High School Sports

Prep notes: Plenty of basketball tournaments for fans hoping to avoid storm

Mike Wall has a suggestion for sports fans bracing for the wind and rain projected to batter the region Thursday: Go to a gym and hunker down for some basketball.

“Go inside, no leaking roofs, watch some ball, and we’re good to go,” said Wall, coach of top-ranked Folsom High School, the headliner for the Folsom-Vista Varsity Classic that runs Thursday through Saturday.

The field includes No. 3 Woodcreek, led by guard Noah Blackwell, No. 7 Capital Christian, The Bee’s top-ranked team last season, No. 14 Bella Vista, No. 20 Vista del Lago and North Coast Section powerhouse Montgomery of Santa Rosa.

Folsom opens against Bella Vista on Thursday at 7 p.m., and Woodcreek and Capital Christian meet at 8:30 p.m., at Vista del Lago.

“It’s the best field we’ve ever had and it’s going to be one heck of a good weekend,” said Wall, whose team is led by reigning Bee Player of the Year Jordan Ford and center Colin Russell.

Wall adjusted the schedule so Folsom plays at either 4 or 5:30 p.m. on Friday, depending on how it fares against Bella Vista, so Bulldogs fans and players can get to Sacramento State to watch Folsom and Grant play in the CIF Northern California Division I Regional football championship.

Bailey baller – Rounding into basketball shape in a hurry after 12 football games, Jesuit’s Isaiah Bailey is primed for another big season. The senior guard earned MVP honors as No. 4 Jesuitwon the Wild West Shootout in Reno.

The defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions beat preseason national No. 7 Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas 51-49 in the final as Bailey went for 31 points on a variety of jumpers and drives. He had 15 and 38 points, respectively, in wins of 61-53 over Bishop Manogue of Reno and 58-49 over Mountain View of Arizona.

“I surprised myself,” Bailey joked. “I thought I’d still be rusty.”

Jesuit, which graduated standouts Lake Lutes, Nick Hilton and Brady Anderson, now surround Bailey with Malik Duffy, Ethan Pangelinan, Austin Plaat and Armoni Rivers.

“We can be really good again,” said Bailey, whose team headlines the 41st Father Barry Classic that starts Thursday at Jesuit and includes Cal-Hi Preseason No. 10 Archbishop Mitty of San Jose and No. 18 Damien of LaVerne.

In opening-round matchups Thursday, St. Mary’s of Stockton plays Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks at 3:45 p.m.; Mitty faces Cathedral Catholic of San Diego at 5:15 p.m.; Jesuit plays Xavier Prep of Palm Desert at 6:45 p.m.; and Damien faces St. Francis of Mountain View at 8:15 p.m.

Gridley tournament – Second-ranked Sacramento, No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks and No. 6 Kennedy are entered in the 61st annual Gridley Invitational on Thursday through Saturday. The field also includes Bay Area powers Campolindo of Moraga, Salesian of Richmond and Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco. Sacramento lost to Capital Christian in last year’s Gridley final.

Et cetera - Senior wing Eric Toles has helped No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks start 3-0 with games of 15, 20 and 30 points. Toles’ football teammate, guard Jaaron Stallworth, has also played well at guard.

▪ No. 15 Placer beat Shasta of Redding 82-80 in overtime in the Harlan Carter final, rallying from 23 down in the first half. Jeremy Lillis scored the game winner off an inbound pass from Justin DiRuscio, causing fans to honk horns and cheer in the streets of Auburn during the Festival of Lights parade. A 6-foot-7 sophomore, Lillis had 25 points and was the tournament MVP. DiRuscio had 21 points, Derek Haney 18.

▪ New No. 14 Bella Vista won its Bronco Roundup for the first time, downing previous No. 11 Franklin 66-46 in the final. Event MVP Steven Bush had 19 points and Blake Brady 20 for the Broncos.

▪ New No. 18 Florin beat Amador Valley of Pleasanton 68-53 to win the Bill Cartwright Classic at Elk Grove behind a 28-3 fourth-quarter run. Senior guard Phillip Saephan was the tournament MVP, and backcourt mates James Lopez and Jhalen Lumpkinswere all-tournament.

▪ St. Francis, No. 10 in The Bee’s girls’ ranking, won the Viking Classic in Chico. Senior Susie Rogers was the MVP and juniors Lauren Craig and Angie Ortizall-tournament. St. Francis beat Downey of Modesto 77-29 in its opener, Pleasant Valley of Chico 61-54 in the second game and Eureka 58-32 for the title.

▪ Antelope two-sport star Mister Harriel has given a verbal commitment to Sacramento State to play tailback/slot. He’s a starting guard for the No. 12 Titans’ basketball team and helped Antelope win the West Campus Tournament championship Saturday.

▪ Brian Graber of Granite Bay has accepted a track and field scholarship to Cal Poly. He is one of the section’s top high jumpers, and helped lead the Grizzlies to the football playoffs as a receiver.

▪ Jesuit soccer goalie Luc Barbe of Jesuit and Granite Bay forward Corban Anderson are two of the three California seniors who will play in Saturday’s National High School All-American Game in Raleigh, N.C.

▪ By placing eighth in a time of 18 minutes, 39.2 seconds at last Saturday’s Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championships in Walnut, Bella Vista’s Kendall Derry qualified for this Saturday’s national finals at Balboa Park in San Diego.

Follow Joe Davidson on Twitter @SacBee_JoeD. Bill Paterson contributed to this report


Records through Monday

(With last week’s ranking in parentheses)

1. Folsom (1) 4-0

2. Sacramento (2) 0-0

3. Woodcreek (3) 3-0

4. Jesuit (8) 3-1

5. Cosumnes Oaks (4) 3-1

6. Kennedy (6) 4-0

7. Capital Christian (7) 1-1

8. Sheldon (9) 1-1

9. Grant (12) 3-0

10. Pleasant Grove (5) 0-1

11. Burbank (10) 1-1

12. Antelope (15) 3-0

13. Granite Bay (13) 3-1

14. Bella Vista (-) 4-1

15. Placer (-) 5-0

16. Rio Americano (18) 2-1

17. Cordova (19) 3-1

18. Florin (–) 3-0

19. Franklin (11) 2-2

20. Vista del Lago (–) 4-0

Joe Davidson


Records through Monday

(With last week’s ranking in parentheses)

1. McClatchy (1) 2-1

2. Sacramento (2) 0-0

3. Pleasant Grove (3) 3-0

4. Oak Ridge (4) 3-1

5. Antelope (5) 3-0

6. Del Oro (6) 4-0

7. Bradshaw Christian (9) 2-1

10. St. Francis (–) 4-0

11. Nevada Union (10) 1-2

12. Bella Vista (–) 4-0

13. Vista del Lago (13) 2-1

14. Kennedy (19) 2-1

15. Cosumnes Oaks (15) 2-1

16. Sheldon (17) 3-2

17. Elk Grove (16) 2-1

18. Florin (8) 1-2

19. Folsom (–) 4-0

20. River City (11) 1-2

Joe Davidson