High School Sports

Third annual Boras Baseball Classic brings competition between best of the best

The third annual, 32-team Boras Baseball Classic of California started Monday in Sacramento and in Southern California and continues Thursday.

Elk Grove High is the host school, and McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks next to Sacramento State will be the host site for 16 Northern California teams. Serra of San Juan Capistrano and Mater Dei of Santa Ana are the host schools for the South’s 16 teams.

The North overall winner plays the South representative on May 2 in Fullerton.

Teams ranked by The Bee competing in the North field include Elk Grove, Davis, Granite Bay, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Grove and Yuba City. Bay Area powerhouse programs Bellarmine of San Jose, Mitty of San Jose, Serra of San Mateo and Saint Francis of Mountain View are also competing.

The event was created by major league baseball agent Scott Boras, an Elk Grove graduate.

“The primary objective of the Boras Baseball Classic is to give back to youth baseball,” Boras said. “We want to provide outstanding high school teams a chance to participate in an elite competition, while at the same time giving them a world-class venue to showcase their talent in front of collegiate-level coaches and professional scouts.”

For bracket information: borasclassic.com.

Other area baseball tournaments:

▪ Del Oro, Casa Roble, Roseville and Vista del Lago are host sites for the Allegiant Giving High School Baseball Invitational that started Monday and runs through Friday. Final-round games are at Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City.

▪ The 45th Cordova Easter Tournament runs through Wednesday and includes Atwater, Bear River, Center, Cordova, Mesa Verde, Las Lomas of Walnut Creek, Monterey Trail, Rosemont and the Jerry Manuel Foundation School.

State basketball – CIF officials were delighted with the state basketball championships held at Cal’s Haas Pavilion, which many media and longtime CIF staffers called the best finals weekend since the event’s inception in 1981.

Total attendance was up by more than 3,000 from recent years at Sleep Train Arena, with 10,533 on hand Saturday and 7,363 on Friday night. That so many Bay Area teams reached the finals accounts for some of the attendance boost, and the great games backed it up. Four games went to overtime and three went to double overtime, including McClatchy beating Serra of Gardena 65-61 in the Division I girls final.

The final tally for wins included six for the North teams and six for the South. Both Open Division games went to North schools, with St. Mary’s of Stockton beating Mater Dei 76-69 for its eighth girls’ title, and the Bishop O’Dowd boys edging four-time defending state champion Mater Dei 65-64 in overtime – a great end to the weekend.

National recruit Ivan Rabb was fouled on a drive with 0.8 seconds left with the score tied in overtime, bringing the crowd to its feet. A 75 percent free-throw shooter, Rabb, a 6-foot-11 center, missed the rim on his first attempt, causing a silent murmur throughout the crowd. He made the second, Mater Dei’s final heave from 60 feet was off, and the Dragons celebrated their first title since 1981.

Rabb had 19 points and 21 rebounds, and guard Paris Austin had 21 for O’Dowd, state-ranked No. 1 all season by Cal-Hi Sports, a run that included eliminating Folsom in the NorCal Open Division semifinals.

“I knew I’d make one of them,” Rabb said. “It was hard missing that first one, but I think I showed my poise making the second.”

Said his coach, Lou Richie on the air ball: “I had to laugh and giggle a little when he missed the first one. I knew he’d make the second.”

Formaker bows out – Franklin boys basketball coach Jesse Formaker resigned after nine seasons, five league championships and two appearances in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I finals. Also on a teaching leave of absence, Formaker is tending to his young son, Chris, who is undergoing cancer treatments.

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