High School Sports

Prep notes: Top-ranked Jesuit beats No. 4 Davis in boys soccer in Bonney Field showdown

Paul Rose spent months formulating a plan to have Jesuit High School’s soccer team take on rival Davis at Bonney Field.

The longtime coach was able to secure Republic FC’s home field at Cal Expo on Saturday night, where No. 1 Jesuit beat fourth-ranked Davis 2-1 in a Delta League thriller in front of an announced crowd of 2,108 while stoking one of the region’s most spirited series dating back to the early 1980s.

And it may not be the last time high school soccer ventures onto Bonney. Republic FC staffers indicated Saturday that the club is open to having more prep games. Bonney will host the UC Davis-Sacramento State men’s soccer match on Oct. 25.

Jesuit and Davis players were excited to play at Bonney, and the energy was reflective in the effort. Diego Buesrostro✔ scored for Jesuit early and Lucas Churchill delivered in the 62nd minute, while All-American Luc Barbe was strong in the net for the Marauders (16-1-1 entering the week). D.J. Villegas scored for Davis on a penalty kick.

“I loved the atmosphere,” said Rose, the state’s winningest coach. “Davis-Jesuit is just so special – win, lose or draw, and I’d rather win – but it’s the experience that makes it so important. I started coaching in 1979, and for the league title, it was always Davis and Jesuit. In the 1990s and 2000s, so many times it was us or them who won the (Sac-Joaquin Section) championship. You can’t be great without rivalries. These games makes Davis great and it makes us great.

“It took 10 months to get this game here, but I wouldn’t trade it. You can’t be great without rivalries.”

Churchill said of the experience: “Everyone on this field hopes to one day play for the Republic or a higher MLS team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here. It’s surreal. We dream of this as kids to play on a field like this.”

As for the rivalry between programs that have combined to win 16 Division I championships in 25 title-game appearances, Churchill said, “Respect to them. I hope we play them again for the section title.”


Ann Reynolds won her 500th game as Sutter coach, a career spanning 20 seasons, beating Marysville 3-0. The Huskies have won 17 consecutive Butte View League championships and are riding an 88-game conference winning streak entering the week. Sutter has won six Northern Section titles.

A 1977 Sutter graduate, Reynolds has coached volleyball for 33 years overall at her alma mater.

Club 200 – Coaches Martin Soyama of El Camino and John Grix of Rio Americano won their 200th career games Monday.

Top-ranked El Camino beat No. 8 Christian Brothers 3-0 in Capital Athletic League action for Soyama’s milestone. Soyama had hoped to win his 200th match on Saturday in the finals of the Carmichael Invitational Volleyball Tournament, but the Eagles were toppled by No. 3 Pleasant Grove, which also beat No. 4 St. Francis for the first time in program history earlier in Delta League action. The Eagles are 31-1.

Grix celebrated his milestone as the No. 13 Raiders beat Vista del Lago 3-1 in CAL play. Rio Americano is led by Madison Hunziker and sisters Maddie and Meghan Merlino. Rio Americano and El Camino play on Oct. 22.

Upset city – In an example of the parity in area volleyball, Yuba City stunned Pleasant Grove 3-1 on Oct. 6 in nonleague play.

The Honkers climbed six positions in The Bee rankings to No. 11. They lead the Tri-County Conference at 7-0 entering the week. Lauren Danna had 19 kills for Yuba City against Pleasant Grove, Summer Williams had 18 kills and nine digs as Laura Solario and Katie Covey had 16 and 22 assists, respectively.

Title time – The 7th Stockton Classic is Saturday, drawing 67 teams (15 state-ranked) from Northern California at four different sites.

National power Mitty of San Jose heads the Bay Area contingent, with regional teams El Camino, Pleasant Grove, St. Francis, Granite Bay and Rocklin also in the mix.

Granite Bay beat Mitty for the tournament title last season. Both went on to win CIF state championships, Granite Bay in D-I and Mitty in D-II.

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Last week’s ranking

in parentheses

1. Jesuit (1) 16-1-1

2. Christian Brothers (2) 10-1-2

3. Granite Bay (3) 12-1

4. Davis (4) 10-4

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

6. Cosumnes Oaks (6) 9-2-3

7. Galt (8) 12-3-3

8. Bella Vista (9) 6-4-4

9. Franklin (10) 7-3-2

10. Capital Christian (7) 10-3

11. Del Oro (11) 9-3-1

12. Oak Ridge (9) 8-3

13. Whitney (14) 7-3-3

14. Grant (13) 7-7-3

15. Rio Americano (15) 6-5-1

16. Natomas (16) 11-3-1

17. Placer (17) 8-1-4

18. Monterey Trail (20) 8-6-3

19. Liberty Ranch (-) 9-6-2

20. Cordova (18) 11-4

Mike Finnerty



Last week’s ranking

in parentheses

1. El Camino (1) 30-1

2. Granite Bay (6) 18-4

3. Pleasant Grove (3) 19-4

4. St. Francis (4) 17-7

5. Rocklin (7) 17-10

6. Oak Ridge (2) 15-2

7. Oakmont (5) 19-3

8. Christian Brothers (8) 13-6

9. Bella Vista (9) 11-6

10. Roseville (10) 22-10

11. Yuba City (17) 19-7

12. Davis (11) 19-7

13. Rio Americano (12) 16-9

14. Whitney (14) 13-10

15. Placer (13) 9-8

16. Elk Grove (15) 16-9

17. Ponderosa (16) 12-12

18. Antelope (18) 15-11

19. Bear River (19) 12-6

20. Woodcreek (-) 11-14

Mike Finnerty