High School Sports

High school notes: Jesuit, Davis to renew soccer rivalry Saturday

The rematch is expected to be a bit more competitive and a lot more energized.

Sac-Joaquin Section powerhouse soccer teams Jesuit and Davis meet in a Delta League contest Saturday night at Bonney Field at Cal Expo. The venue seats 8,000, and most of it should be filled for what is expected to be a preview of the section Division I final.

The programs have combined to win 16 Division I championships in 25 total appearances. Jesuit (14-1-1) started the season ranked No. 1 by The Bee, dropped a bit after losing 3-1 at Davis (9-3) on Sept. 17 and has climbed back to the top ranking.

Fourth-ranked Davis has a sense of urgency if it wants to win the Delta. The Blue Devils lost 1-0 to No. 20 Monterey Trail on Monday on an Arnold Arias goal.

The Blue Devils also lost 2-1 in nonleague play to No. 3 Granite Bay, the defending D-I section champion, and 2-1 to No. 10 Franklin in a Delta match.

Jesuit was depleted in the first Davis match. Eight starters sat out because of red cards from the previous game or disciplinary reasons cited by coach Paul Rose.

Rivals since their original Delta League days of the 1980s, Jesuit beat Davis 1-0 in a nonleague match last season. Realignment brought the teams back into the same league this academic year. Davis coach Alex Park said any Davis-Jesuit match is “ The Game.”

In the match last month, Davis, which played without its top player, D.J. Villegas, because of a red-card infraction, got goals from Francis Avoce, Matt Cheung and Ricky Gonzales. Both teams are mostly at full strength now, though Jesuit is down two starters because of injury.

With a growing buzz on campus, Jesuit All-America goalkeeper Luc Barbe anticipates a playoff-like atmosphere against Davis. Jesuit has outscored six opponents 25-4 since falling to Davis. First, Barbe said the Marauders have a score to settle, in a way, with No. 5 Pleasant Grove today. The Eagles tied Jesuit 1-1 Sept. 15.

“Yes, we are ready for the Davis rematch,” Barbe said. “Every game we have played since the last Davis game, our goal has been to score more and to concede less than what Davis scored on us.

“That was only the third game I’ve lost in my Jesuit career and first to Davis. I despise losing and will do anything possible to avenge the loss.”


Ninth-ranked Bella Vista entered the week tied with No. 10 Roseville for second place in the Capital Valley Conference title hunt, one game behind No. 5 Oakmont.

The Broncos (10-5) are led by middle blocker Mikayla Parker, who leads the team with 2.1 kills per set, setters Liz Gray and Tara Kalemba and outside hitter Lenox Loving.

Bella Vista has lost to No. 1 El Camino, No. 2 Oak Ridge, No. 4 St. Francis, Oakmont and No. 8 Christian Brothers. Second-year coach Zara Budenbender played for Bella Vista from 1993 to 1996, including the 1995 team that reached the NorCal D-II finals. She also played at Sacramento State.

“There’s definitely a bigger sense of pride (coaching her alma mater),” Budenbender said. “I take a lot of tradition to heart, and it’s an honor to be coaching here. It’s fun, a lot of memories.”

Et cetera

• Davis junior shortstop Ryan Kreidler, a Bee All-Metro selection last spring, has verbally committed to attend UCLA on scholarship. Last season, he helped the Blue Devils win the section D-I championship along with pitcher and Bee Player of the Year Matt Trask, now a UCLA freshman. Longtime Davis coach Dan Ariola said Kreidler will “be the best player we’ve ever had here” by the time he graduates in 2016.

• Folsom senior center Colin Russell, a Bee All-Metro pick last season, has given Portland a verbal commitment. Last season, the Bulldogs won section and NorCal D-II titles, with Russell averaging 9.1 points and 7.2 rebounds as the team’s most vastly improved player.



Last week’s ranking

in parentheses

1. Jesuit (1) 14-1-1

2. Christian Brothers (2) 9-1-1

3. Granite Bay (3) 10-1

4. Davis (4) 9-3

5. Pleasant Grove (5) 4-3-4

6. Cosumnes Oaks (6) 9-1-3

7. Capital Christian (8) 9-2

8. Galt (10) 11-3-3

9. Bella Vista (11) 5-4-4

10. Franklin (12) 7-3-1

11. Del Oro (19) 8-2-1

12. Oak Ridge (9) 7-3

13. Grant (14) 6-7-2

14. Whitney (15) 6-2-3

15. Rio Americano (7) 6-4

16. Natomas (16) 10-2-1

17. Placer (17) 6-1-4

18. Cordova (18) 11-3

19. McClatchy (20) 5-2-3

20. Monterey Trail (-) 7-6-3

Mike Finnerty



Last week’s ranking

in parentheses

1. El Camino (1) 24-0

2. Oak Ridge (2) 15-0

3. Pleasant Grove (3) 12-3

4. St. Francis (4) 15-7

5. Oakmont (5) 15-2

6. Granite Bay (6) 17-4

7. Rocklin (7) 15-10

8. Christian Brothers (8) 12-6

9. Bella Vista (9) 10-5

10. Roseville (10) 21-9

11. Davis (11) 17-6

12. Rio Americano (12)16-8

13. Placer (13) 7-8

14. Whitney (14) 10-9

15. Elk Grove (15) 11-8

16. Ponderosa (16) 10-12

17. Yuba City (17) 18-5

18. Antelope (18) 15-9

19. Bear River (19) 10-6

20. Nevada Union (20) 6-11

Mike Finnerty