The CIF State Track and Field Championships will remain in Clovis through 2017, despite a strong bid to return the event to Sacramento for the first time since 2007.
For the last six years, Buchanan High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium has hosted the meet, which attracts a big crowd (16,372 for two days last weekend) and runs smoothly, thanks in part to more than 400 volunteers from the Clovis Unified School District.
“The decision to go back to Clovis is more about what they have done and the great feedback from the student-athletes, coaches and fans we have received,” said Ron Nocetti, associate executive director of the CIF. “We have had a great experience in Clovis.”
Nocetti said the Sacramento Sports Commission submitted “a great bid” to stage the event the next three years at Sacramento State, which just installed a new surface for the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships from June 26 to 29.
But Nocetti said the Fresno area continues to be a popular choice because of the atmosphere at Buchanan and the central location in the state. And Buchanan has a nine-lane track, one lane more than Sac State.
“We have no doubt that Sacramento would put on a great meet,” Nocetti said.
For years, the meet rotated between Hughes Stadium and Cerritos College in Southern California.
Nocetti said Clovis and Sacramento were the only cities to bid for the event.
Assisting in Rocklin – Capital Christian career assists leader Tyler Jennings, who helped lead the Cougars to three consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V basketball championships, signed a letter of intent to play for William Jessup of Rocklin.
Jennings, a point guard and three-time All-Golden Empire League first-team selection, averaged 11.2 points and 6.5 assists and shot 52 percent from three-point range last season to lead the Cougars to a 28-4 overall record and the CIF NorCal Open Division championship game, where they lost to Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland 70-60 at Sleep Train Arena.
Jennings finished his prep career with 464 assists.
Optimist baseball MVP efforts – Del Oro’s Billy Rockefeller, who has committed to Sacramento State, went 2 for 2 with an RBI double to lead the North over the South 8-2 in the 43rd annual Optimist High School All-Star large-school game Saturday at McAuliffe Field. He was the North MVP.
Granite Bay’s Mitch Hart, drafted by the Giants in the 35th round earlier in the day but likely headed to USC, pitched two shutout innings for the North. Cameron Keup of Franklin was the South MVP.
The South won the small-school game 5-1. Vista del Lago’s Mike Majeski was the South MVP, and Wes Woodward of Colfax was the North MVP.
The games were dedicated to Optimist games founder and chairman Joe Duarte, who died last year. Phyllis Duarte, Joe’s widow, presented the awards.
Multi-talented Derry – Kendall Derry of Bella Vista, the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters champion in the 1,600, was fifth in the state track and field championships in a school-record 4 minutes, 52.69 seconds.
Last fall, Derry won the Division II section cross country championship and was 10th in the D-II state final. She also combined with twin Kaitlin Derry to win the D-II section tennis doubles title.
Volleyball stars shine – The North, behind MVP B.J. Sidhu of Placer, beat the South 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15 to win the 17th annual Optimist High School Volleyball All-Star boys match June 5 at Capital Christian. Rio Americano’s Luke McDonald was the South MVP.
MVP Hannah Christianson of Bear River helped lead the North to a 26-24, 26-24, 25-23 win in the 30th annual girls match. St. Francis’ Chloe Hakim was the South MVP.
Woodcreek triumphs – Woodcreek defeated Cosumnes Oaks 69-68 to win the sixth annual EG-CRC Summer Challenge boys basketball tournament last weekend at Elk Grove High School and Cosumnes River College.
Antelope was third in the 32-team tournament, and Chavez of Stockton won the consolation title. The North defeated the South 104-73 in the tourney’s third annual all-star game.
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