Joe Davidson

Annual event uses high school soccer incident to teach sportsmanship

An incident during a soccer playoff game last fall was one of the topics at Saturday’s annual Character Combine at Folsom High School as seminars and speakers focused on sportsmanship and leadership.

During a 2-1 loss to Oak Ridge in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game, some Davis players were upset about that they considered a non-call on an apparent hand-ball violation. Some players angrily surrounded referee Chris Elliott, and one shoved him from behind. Elliott promptly ended the game with a few minutes remaining.

The scene was replayed on a large screen, seen by most of the sellout crowd of 800 students, coaches and administrators. Seven Davis players were suspended by the school and/or the section, and section Commissioner Mike Garrison said it gave “high school sports a black eye.”

Character Combine founder and director Jason Harper invited Davis athletic director Jeff Lorenson and members of the Davis soccer team to his event as a learning tool and to “make amends.”

Lorenson was joined by four players, though none was suspended.

“We feel one of the principles of character is, if failure occurs on a public stage – in a game – restoration has to be made in public,” Harper said. “So make the amends public. This was an awesome time to do this, and Jeff Lorenson is a top-shelf AD who was all in. The four Davis players who came to represent their school were the character leaders of the team and wanted to be part of this. Great ending.”

Elliott, the referee, joined the Davis contingent on the stage, and he shook hands with the players and embraced and chatted with Lorenson.

“This is sportsmanship,” Elliott said.

▪  Longtime Highlands High and Sierra College baseball coach Steve Eakes, now retired, was presented the Character Combine Lifetime Achievement Award. Twenty former players and coaching pals joined Eakes on stage, bringing a man known for sayings such as “Believe and achieve” to tears.

Baseball

▪ Grant Dragmire of Bradshaw Christian leads the section in batting at .607, just ahead of Isaiah Garcia of Lincoln (.596) and Micah Gunter of Valley Christian Academy in Roseville (.583). For larger schools, freshman Jack Filby of McClatchy is hitting .545, and Caden Voges of Sacramento is at .516.

▪ Tyson Solis of top-ranked Oak Ridge leads the region with 30 RBIs. Teammate Chris Roppolo is third in the area in runs with 32, trailing Chase Tarr of Marysville (33) and Garcia of Lincoln (33).

▪ Erick Marzan of Lutheran of Elk Grove leads the section with 40 stolen bases, followed by Dragmire (28), JeVante Scally of Lutheran (28), Garcia (25), Alejandro Garcia of Encina (25) and Nick Madrigal of Elk Grove (23).

Softball

▪ Rylie Carlier of Pioneer leads the section with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs, followed by Kira McKechnie of Christian Brothers (eight and 39). Gabriella Jimenez of McClatchy has eight homers and 35 RBIs.

▪ Terra Jerpbak of Ponderosa and Breanna Swint of Lindhurst lead the section with 19 wins. Swint leads the section with 239 strikeouts. Megan Stacy of Cordova is third in the area in wins with 17 and second in ERA at 0.54.

Et cetera

▪ Woodcreek’s Jordan Brown, a Bee All-Metro center, was named a first-team MaxPreps Freshman All-American and the Cal-Hi Sports Freshman of Year. At 6-foot-9, Brown already is on the national basketball recruiting radar.

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THE BEE’S BASEBALL TOP 20

Records through Saturday; previous ranking in parentheses.

TeamRecord

1. Oak Ridge (1) 22-2

2. Jesuit (3) 17-5

3. Franklin (4) 18-4

4. Elk Grove (2) 13-8

5. Woodland (11) 16-5

6. Davis (6) 11-11

7. Grant (7) 12-8

8. Pleasant Grove (5) 8-14

9. River Valley (15) 15-8

8. Sheldon (8) 12-10

9. Rocklin (16) 10-11

10. Granite Bay (-) 10-10

11. Woodcreek (17) 9-10-1

12. McClatchy (13) 16-5

13. Rio Americano (-) 14-7

14. Christian Brothers (12) 12-9

15. Vista del Lago (14) 15-5

16. El Camino (10) 11-7

17. Oakmont (9) 14-9

18. Bella Vista (18) 12-11

19. Roseville (-) 13-10

20. Lincoln (-) 16-6

Joe Davidson


THE BEE’S SOFTBALL TOP 20

Records through Saturday; previous ranking in parentheses

Team Record

1. Elk Grove (1) 20-2

2. Woodcreek (3) 19-1-1

3. Pioneer (2) 19-2

4. Sheldon (5) 16-6

5. Bella Vista (6) 18-5-1

6. Ponderosa (4) 20-2

7. Del Campo (7) 15-8

8. Roseville (8) 14-9

9. Bear River (15) 15-6

10. Cosumnes Oaks (11) 14-10

11. Pleasant Grove (12) 14-8

12. Rocklin (9) 12-8

13. Casa Roble (10) 13-7

14. Lincoln (14) 17-7

15. Antelope (13) 12-13

16. St. Francis (16) 12-11

17. Franklin (18) 15-7-1

18. Del Oro (17) 13-9

19. Vista del Lago (19) 14-7

20. Whitney (20) 10-15

Mike Finnerty

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