Joe Davidson

High school notes: For McClatchy’s championship girls team, it’s a week of celebrations

McClatchy Lions head coach Jessica Kunisaki celebrates with Kamaree Donald (23) following the 65-61 double overtime victory on March 27, 2015 in the girls Divivison I State Championship game between the McClatchy Lions and Serra Cavaliers at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California
McClatchy Lions head coach Jessica Kunisaki celebrates with Kamaree Donald (23) following the 65-61 double overtime victory on March 27, 2015 in the girls Divivison I State Championship game between the McClatchy Lions and Serra Cavaliers at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California jvillegas@sacbee.com

The season ended March 27 in Berkeley, when the McClatchy High School girls basketball team beat Serra of Gardena in overtime to win the CIF State Division I championship in front of a raucous crowd at Cal’s Haas Pavilion.

The celebrations continue this week for the only Sacramento City Unified School District girls team to win a state title in any sport.

The Lions will be at Sacramento City Hall on Tuesday night for a resolution of achievement presented by Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City Council. Then the Lions will be off to Sleep Train Arena, where the players and coaches will be acknowledged during the Kings’ game against Minnesota.

And there’s more. On Friday, the players and coaches will lead a parade through the streets of Land Park, near the school, starting at 12:30 p.m.

“We’re so excited and honored,” McClatchy coach Jessica Kunisaki said.

The Kings also will introduce members of the Sacramento State men’s and women’s and UC Davis men’s basketball teams that had record-breaking seasons, including Aggies coach Jim Les, who played for the Kings in the early 1990s.

Last month, the Kings Foundation presented retired McClatchy basketball coach Harvey Tahara with the Pete Saco Lifetime Achievement Award. Tahara coached Kunisaki, who graduated from McClatchy in 2004.

▪ McClatchy guard Lauren Nubla will sign a letter of intent with Cal State Fullerton of the Big West Conference on April 15.

Nubla – deemed by teammate Gigi Garcia, The Bee’s Player of the Year, as “the one who makes us go” – impressed Titans coaches in the CIF playoffs, specifically with how she handled pressure defenses, set up teammates and calmly made free throws down the stretch.

Baseball/softball – Elk Grove remained No. 1 in The Bee’s baseball and softball rankings after both teams remained unbeaten against local competition entering this week’s Delta League openers.

The baseball team (6-5) has lost only to powerful programs Valley Christian of San Jose (2-1), Buchanan of Clovis (9-6), De La Salle of Concord (5-2), Clovis West of Fresno (2-1) and Serra of San Mateo (7-2). The Clovis West loss was in 13 innings in the semifinals of the Boras Baseball Classic, despite strong pitching by Dylan Carlson, Erek Bolton, Walker Brown and Ryan Robards. Saint Francis of Mountain View beat Clovis West 1-0 to win the Boras title.

Elk Grove softball (8-2), which lost to Vanden (7-0) and Benicia (5-4) in the Elk Grove Victory Tournament, has since won six straight games.

Track triumphs – Woodcreek’s Lenny Nelson, who didn’t finish the basketball season until the CIF Northern California Regionals on March 21, won the long jump at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday. Nelson improved his school record with a leap of 22 feet, 7 inches.

Also at the Stanford meet, Jurnee Woodward of Vacaville won the girls 100-meter hurdles in 14.29 seconds, Isaiah Holmes of Oakmont won the high jump at 6 feet, 101/4 inches, Darrin Paulo of Grant took the shot put at 60-111/4, and Davis won the boys 1,600 relay in 3 minutes, 23.47 seconds

Williams headed to Alabama – Folsom’s Jonah Williams, a Bee All-Metro offensive lineman, has verbally committed to Alabama. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior, who also excels in track and field, received offers from across the country as the top-rated lineman prospect on the West Coast. Folsom co-coaches Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor said Williams is the most dominant high school lineman they’ve coached and that they regularly had to remind him to ease up on teammates in practice.

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Editor’s note: This story was updated on April 7 to correct the time of McClatchy’s parade.

THE BEE’S

BASEBALL TOP 20

Records through Saturday

Team Record

1. Elk Grove 6-5

2. Oak Ridge 12-2

3. Jesuit 8-3

4. Franklin 10-2

5. Sheldon 8-4

6. Del Oro 8-5-1

7. Vista del Lago 11-1

8. Davis 6-6

9. Woodcreek 7-6-1

10. Oakmont 9-4

11. Grant 8-3

12. McClatchy 11-4

13. Antelope 8-4

14. El Camino 5-4

15. Whitney 9-4

16. River Valley 9-6

17. Woodland 9-5

18. Christian Brothers 6-5

19. Placer 12-4

20. Rio Americano 8-3

Joe Davidson

THE BEE’S

SOFTBALL TOP 20

Records through Saturday

Team Record

1. Elk Grove 8-2

2. Pioneer 13-1

3. Woodcreek 14-1-1

4. Rocklin 9-5

5. Pleasant Grove 11-4

6. Ponderosa 13-1

7. Del Campo 10-6

8. Roseville 10-6

9. Casa Roble 9-5

10. Sheldon 9-5

11. Bella Vista 10-3-1

12. Cosumnes Oaks 11-5

13. Antelope 10-9

14. River City 10-2

15. Lincoln 11-3

16. Whitney 8-10

17. Bear River 8-3

18. St. Francis 6-7

19. Del Oro 9-7

20. Christian Brothers 8-7

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