If nothing else, this would make for quite an all-star team on its own.
Five area seniors have been nominated for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American boys and girls basketball games, March 30 at the United Center in Chicago on ESPN.
Three four-year starters from Sacramento High School head the list: guard Aliceah Hernandez of the girls team, and guard Christian Terrell and forward Solomon Young of The Bee’s top-ranked boys team. Versatile forward Danielle Craft of Ponderosa and two-time Bee Player of the Year Jordan Ford, a guard on the Folsom boys team, also were nominated.
Making the cut will be a tall order.
McDonald’s has 755 nominees from 50 states. McDonald’s will announce the final rosters – 12-player East and West teams – on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
In the 38-year history of the McDonald’s boys game, the only regional player to make the cut was DeMarcus Nelson of Sheldon in 2004. The guard, who attended Duke, remains the state’s all-time career prep scorer. And in the 15-year history of the girls game, only Vicki Baugh of Sac High made the final roster (in 2007). She played at Tennessee.
2 Sacramento-area players in history to make the cut for the McDonald’s All-American boys or girls basketball games
Notable McDonald’s boys alumni include Magic Johnson in 1977, Ralph Sampson in 1979, Dominique Wilkins in 1979, Michael Jordan in 1981, Shaquille O’Neal in 1989, Jason Kidd in 1992, Kevin Garnett in 1995, Kobe Bryant in 1996 and LeBron James in 2003.
“It’s an honor for all of us just to be nominated,” Craft said.
The McDonald’s games have raised more than $11 million for the Ronald McDonald House Charities since their inception.
MLK games – The Sac High boys will play Bay Area powerhouse Moreau Catholic of Hayward in the 19th MaxPreps Martin Luther King Classic at Cal on Monday at 4 p.m.
The all-day event also includes Albany of the Bay Area playing Newark at 10, followed by Manteca against Berkeley at 11:30 a.m., Salesian of Richmond against Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco at 1 p.m., The Albany Academy of New York against El Cerrito at 2:30 p.m., De La Salle against Orange Lutheran at 6 p.m., and Saint Francis of Mountain View against Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland in the 8 p.m. nightcap.
Girls MLK – St. Mary’s High in Stockton will host MLK games on Saturday and Monday.
No. 12 Rio Linda will play Brookside Christian of Stockton in the 8:30 a.m. opener, followed by No. 4 Christian Brothers against St. Mary’s of Berkeley at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., No. 6 Sacramento will face Bishop O’Dowd. At 8:30 p.m., top-ranked McClatchy will play Oaks Christian of Westlake Village in the nightcap.
McClatchy on Monday concludes the second day with a 7 p.m. game against Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco.
Football finale – Sac High football coach Justin Reber will lead an area team against a collection of fellow senior standouts from Los Angeles in the California Classic on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Southwest College in L.A.
17 Players from Sacramento High School on the roster for the California Classic all-star football game
Scheduling conflicts, participation in other sports or fatigue prevented players from area powerhouses Folsom, Elk Grove, Del Oro, Oak Ridge, Antelope and others from competing. But Reber has a strong team featuring 17 Sac High players, including All-Metro quarterback Caden Voges, wide receivers Elijah Trosclair and Talik Ellis and defensive back Troy Dangerfield.
Also on the Sacramento-area roster are All-Metro players Michael Roots, a running back, and Eric Brown, a running back-defensive back, from Burbank, linebacker Ryan MacIntosh of Granite Bay and linebacker Jemel Johnson from Grant.
New coach – Laguna Creek has named Dan Davis to replace the retired Dave Morton as football coach. Davis has coached for 22 years at various levels in the Elk Grove Unified School District, working closely with mentors such as Mel Fontes, Dave Hoskins, Ed Lombardi and Rick Messer.