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Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame inducts another stellar class

It will be a who’s-who collection of former players, coaches and administrators who helped shape the Sac-Joaquin Section into one of the California Interscholastic Federation’s best that will gather Sunday afternoon.

The section’s fourth Hall of Fame ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento will induct six athletes dating to 1914, four coaches, two officials, two media members and three administrators and benefactors.

Pete Saco, the section commissioner for 21 years and a driving force behind the state’s expansion of the football playoff format who also stressed sportsmanship throughout the 190 member schools until his retirement in 2014, will give a speech on behalf of the induction class.

“I’ll talk about all the great things we have in this section, what makes high school sports so special,” Saco said.

Two quarterbacks headline the athlete inductees.

Robbie Bosco of Roseville High excelled in football, basketball and golf in the late 1970s. He later led BYU to the national championship in 1984, when he was third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Aaron Garcia led Grant to the 1987 city championship game while shattering John Elway’s state records for passing yards with 3,500 yards. Garcia later logged 19 seasons in the Arena Football League, passing for 1,336 touchdowns, more than any quarterback in football history.

Two swimmers will be inducted: Jeff Float of Jesuit won four section titles in the late 1970s before winning Olympic gold in the 1984 Games. Denali Knapp of Davis won five section swimming titles and was later inducted into the Arizona Hall of Fame for being part of national championship relay teams and earning All-America honors 23 times.

The track and field inductees include Lindsay Hyatt of Placer, who won four consecutive state championship 800-meter titles in the 1990s and remains the only section track athlete of either gender to win four state titles in a running event.

Jim Jorgensen, a longtime assigner of referees, and Joe Harper, a track and field starting official for 50 years, are the officials inductees.

The coaches will include Art Banks, whose softball teams at Roseville and Woodcreek won 633 games and four section titles; Dan Carmazzi, who has won 251 football games at Jesuit and Christian Brothers, where he coaches now; Duwaine Ganskie of Bear River, who won eight girls section basketball titles; and the late Mike Takayama of Del Oro, who won a section girls-record 627 basketball games.

Takayama’s family will accept in his behalf.

For more information: cifsjs.org

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This week’s schedule

Games start between 7-7:30 p.m., unless noted

Thursday

McClatchy at Burbank, 5:30 p.m.

Friday

Top 20

No. 2 Folsom at Nevada Union

No. 3 Del Oro at No. 9 Rocklin

No. 4 Elk Grove vs. Pleasant Grove at Sheldon

No. 5 Grant at No. 11 Monterey Trail

Cosumnes Oaks at No. 6 Antelope

Granite Bay at No. 7 Oak Ridge

Oakmont at No. 10 Whitney

No. 12 Franklin vs. No. 20 Davis at Cosumnes Oaks

No. 13 Roseville at Bella Vista

No. 16 Inderkum at Woodland

No. 18 CBS vs. Rio Americano at Hughes Stadium

No. 19 Capital Christian at Lindhurst

Other games

Bradshaw Christian at Rio Vista

Casa Roble at El Camino

Foothill at Bear River

Center at Placer

Colfax at Lincoln

Cordova at Union Mine

Rosemont at Galt

Mesa Verde at San Juan

St. Francis-Watsonville at Delta

Pioneer at River Valley

River City at Yuba City

Liberty Ranch at El Dorado

Ponderosa at Del Campo

Natomas at Marysville

Johnson at Kennedy

Valley Christian at Foresthill

Woodland Christian at Western Sierra

Vista del Lagovs. Mira Loma at Folsom

Laguna Creek vs. Florin at Cosumnes River College

Saturday

Valley at No. 1 Sacramento, 1 p.m.

No. 14 Sheldon at No. 8 Jesuit, 1 p.m.

Dixon vs. West Campus at Burbank

Highlands vs. Encina at El Camino

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