Regional digest: MLS drafts three more area players

Forwards Cameron Iwasa of Sacramento and Chimdum Mez of Elk Grove and midfielder Seth Casiple of Rocklin were selected in the fourth round of Tuesday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Iwasa (Jesuit High School, UC Irvine) was taken with the 65th pick by the Montreal Impact; Mez (Franklin, Sacramento State) was selected 66th by the San Jose Earthquakes and Casiple (Rocklin, Cal) was 84th, the final pick of the draft, by the Portland Timbers.

As seniors last fall, Mez and Iwasa made the All-Big West Conference first and second teams, respectively, and Casiple was All-Pacific-12 Conference first team.

They join Thursday’s first-round selections, Connor Hallisey (Granite Bay, Cal) by Sporting Kansas City at No. 10 and Miguel Aguilar (Encina, USF) by D.C. United at No. 17, marking the most area players selected in the annual college draft.

The previous high had been two on four occasions since the draft began in 1996.

Bill Paterson

Sac Hall of Fame to induct class Friday

The Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame will induct its third class of athletes during a 7:30 p.m. ceremony Friday at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.

The 2015 inductees are Loreto Garza (boxing), James Owens (NFL, track and field), Pete Ranzany (boxing), Greg Vaughn (baseball), Danielle Viglione (basketball) and Douglass Hodges (Special Olympics). All six inductees are scheduled to appear at a free public event Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the casino stage on the main floor.

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Bee Sports staff

Sac’s Robb to fight Saturday

Junior lightweight Guy Robb (14-1) of Sacramento will face Jose Silveria (15-12) of Mexico in an eight-round feature bout Saturday at Cache Creek Casino Resort.

The 10-round main event is a title defense by International Boxing Association middleweight champion Paul Mendez (15-2-2) of Salinas against Ernesto Berrospe (10-5) of Mexico.

Welterweight Moris Rodriguez (5-5-1) of Sacramento and cruiserweight Ryan Bourland (5-0) of Vacaville will fight in preliminary matches beginning at 6 p.m.

Jim Jenkins, special to The Bee