High School Sports

St. Hope Elite Classic features six top-20 teams

Derek Swafford already has the area’s largest boys basketball tournament in the St. Hope Elite Classic, which starts Thursday and runs through Tuesday at Sacramento High School.

But even with 16 teams, including four from Southern California, in this year’s 13th annual event, Swafford says there is plenty of room to grow and make it a destination event for high school fans throughout the region.

“Our goal is be a 32-team tournament,” said Swafford, the longtime Sacramento High boys coach. “We’re working with the Sacramento Sports Commission and our sponsors to bring in eight of Southern California’s top teams next year and to play at Sac High and Memorial Auditorium. We want it to be branded as the top high school tournament in Northern California.”

The St. Hope tourney, which features six of The Bee’s top 20 teams, already has established itself as a good draw.

Last year, Centennial of Corona beat Capital Christian 69-66 in a thrilling championship game. Centennial went on to win the CIF Southern California Regional Division I title. Current No. 7 Capital Christian lost to Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland in the CIF NorCal Regional Open Division final.

In the 2012 St. Hope title game, Sac High upset Chaminade of West Hills 70-68 on a last-second basket by freshman Christian Terrell. Chaminade lost to St. Augustine of San Diego in the Southern California Division III final later that season.

Terrell, now a 6-foot-5 junior, and 6-7 junior center Solomon Young make the Dragons, The Bee’s No. 2 team, the pre-tournament favorites. Terrell and Young, both three-year starters, are among Northern California’s top college recruits, with nearly two dozen scholarship offers between them.

Young averaged 18.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks and Terrell 12 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists to lead Sac High to the consolation title of the Gridley tournament Saturday. The Dragons lost 66-65 to tournament champion Campolindo of Moraga, beat Berkeley 62-61, then topped Metro Conference rival and No. 6 Kennedy 97-84.

“We’re exciting to watch, but we’re still young, so all our games are going to be close,” said Swafford, who has only one senior this season.

The Dragons open the tournament against Center on Friday at 9 p.m.

Lawndale, which features 6-10 Chimezie Metu (USC) and 6-10 Brodricks Jones (San Diego State), is the top team from Southern California. The other Southern California teams are Clovis North, West Ranch of Valencia and Eisenhower of Rialto.

Other top area teams are Kennedy, No. 7 Capital Christian, No. 11 Pleasant Grove, No. 12 Oak Ridge and No. 18 Cordova.

Oak Ridge, which opens against Lawndale on Friday at 6 p.m., beat West Campus 67-49 to win the Titan Holiday Classic on Saturday at Antelope High. The Trojans’ Cole Compton was tournament MVP and Tyus Millhollin and Conner Schmutte made all-tournament.

Capital Christian features multi-sport athlete and Harvard football recruit Justice Shelton-Mosley; Pleasant Grove is led by 6-8 Washington signee Marquese Chriss; and Cordova has 6-4 guard Jordan Roberson, who averages 32.3 points per game, third-best in the state according to MaxPreps.com.

The consolation final will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the third-place game at 7 p.m. and the 8:45 p.m. final

Et cetera – Top-ranked Folsom used a 19-0 run to open the fourth quarter en route to a 59-47 win over No. 3 Woodcreek on Saturday to win the Folsom-Vista Tournament for the third consecutive season and remain unbeaten. Folsom’s Jordan Ford scored 28 points and was the tournament MVP. Folsom also defeated Bella Vista 62-44 and Montgomery of Santa Rosa 54-36.

▪ After losing to St. Francis of Mountain View 67-57 and St. Mary’s of Stockton 72-61 in its Father Barry tournament, No. 4 Jesuit will try to rebound with a win against Salesian of Richmond on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at Berkeley High.

▪ Senior forward Eric Toles Jr. had back-to-back 28-point performances to lead No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks to third place in the Gridley tournament.

▪ The 31st annual Optimist All-Star girls volleyball matches for top area seniors will be Thursday at 5 p.m. at El Camino High School. The event opens with the inaugural small-schools match, followed by the large-schools match. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds will be used for the Evening Optimist Club’s community service projects. The boys all-star match was moved to the spring.

Call The Bee’s Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.

THE BEE’S BOYS

BASKETBALL TOP 20

Records through Monday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Folsom (1) 7-0

2. Sacramento (2) 2-1

3. Woodcreek (3) 6-1

4. Jesuit (4) 4-2

5. Cosumnes Oaks (5) 3-2

6. Kennedy (6) 5-1

7. Capital Christian (7) 1-3

8. Sheldon (8) 1-1

9. Grant (9) 6-1

10. Granite Bay (13) 6-2

11. Pleasant Grove (10) 2-1

12. Oak Ridge (–) 6-1

13. Franklin (19) 5-1

14. Placer (15) 7-1

15. West Campus (–) 5-2

16. Antelope (12) 6-1

17. Burbank (11) 4-3

18. Cordova (17) 5-3

19. Nevada Union (–) 6-1

20. Monterey Trail (–) 4-1

Joe Davidson

THE BEE’S GIRLS

BASKETBALL TOP 20

Records through Monday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. McClatchy (1) 2-1

2. Sacramento (2) 3-1

3. Pleasant Grove (3) 5-1

4. Oak Ridge (4) 6-1

5. Antelope (5) 5-0

6. Del Oro (6) 6-1

7. Bradshaw Christian (7) 3-2

8. St. Francis (8) 6-0

9. Bella Vista (10) 6-0

10. Folsom (17) 6-1

11. Ponderosa (–) 5-2

12. Vista del Lago (11) 6-2

13. Kennedy (12) 2-2

14. Sheldon (14) 3-2

15. Elk Grove (15) 5-2

16. Nevada Union (9) 3-3

17. Inderkum (–) 3-1

18. Cosumnes Oaks (13) 2-2

19. Granite Bay (–) 5-2

20. Rio Linda (–) 4-2

Joe Davidson

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