Joe Davidson

Why the 41st Optimist All-Star basketball games are taking a shot at something new

The season isn't over for Sheldon High star Dale Currie. He and several other seniors in the Sacramento area have one more game to play: The 41st Optimist All-Star games, which will tip off Saturday at Sacramento High School.
The season isn't over for Sheldon High star Dale Currie. He and several other seniors in the Sacramento area have one more game to play: The 41st Optimist All-Star games, which will tip off Saturday at Sacramento High School. hamezcua@sacbee.com

High school hoops will make one last appearance this week in Sacramento.

The 41st Optimist All-Star basketball games are Saturday at Sacramento High School, and they have a new twist. There will be four games, twice the norm, pitting area seniors in a girls and boys Small Schools Classic and a girls and boys Large Schools Classic.

Proceeds will go to area youth programs and projects.

Sheldon stars Dale Currie and Ronald Agebsar, Capital Christian stars Rick Barros and Zach Chappell and the Folsom duo of Mason Forbes and Jayce McCain lead the South Large boys team, coached by J.T. Roberts of Cosumnes Oaks, which will feature that school's top player in this game, Greg Milton.

Sheldon was the region's only team to compete for a CIF State Championship after winning the NorCal Open championship in a tournament that included Capital Christian and Folsom. This game is at 4 p.m.

Forbes scored 23 points on Sunday in Livermore in the Sacramento vs. Bay Area All-Star game. Chappell had 16.

The North Large Schools boys will be led by the Jesuit duo of Elias King and Jake Virga and the Woodcreek duo of Delis Boggs and Chris Cagle, who had 17 points in the Sacramento vs. Bay Area contest. North coach Greg Granucci of Roseville will have two of his Tigers, Joe Cirrincione and Jase Giorgi, on the team as well.

The South Large Schools girls team is headed by McDonald's All-American McKenzie Forbes of Folsom and UCLA-bound teammate Shayley Harris.

Kristen Hoffman and Marie Olson of Oak Ridge, Kelsey Forrester of Davis and Richelle Turney of McClatchy are also on the team, coached by Lynn Wolking of Folsom. Forbes won the 3-point contest at the McDonald's game last week in Atlanta, then led her West team to victory. On Sunday, the Cal-bound guard scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds in the Sacramento Stars' 100-98 overtime loss to the Bay Area in Livermore. Tiana Lowery of River City scored 26 points and Olson 17.

The North Large team features Arionna Butts and Jaden Coleman of Cosumnes Oaks and Azaana Sands of Antelope, which won its first Sac-Joaquin Section championship. It will be coached by Josh Errecart of Roseville, which includes the Tigers' Bailey Bowen-Seay. This game tips at 2 p.m.

The South Small Schools boys are headed by 6-foot-9 center Nate Karren of West Campus, which won its first section title, Cordova guards Calvin Augusta and Caleb Clark and Liberty Ranch center Chris Fielding, who will be led by his Hawks coach, Josh Williams.

The North Small Schools team features Placer guard Kai Huntsberry, Sacramento Adventist guard Griffin Trull and the Colfax duo of Garren O'Keefe and Nate Sawi. The team is coached by David Ancrum of Sacramento Country Day. 

The Small School Boys game is at noon.

The South Small Schools girls team has West Campus guards Kiara Jefferson and Nia Johnson, who led the Warriors to a CIF State championship repeat, and will be coached by the Warriors' John Langston.

The North team is led by Colfax stars Annaliese Ballowe and Caleigh McClenahan, and the Foothill trio of Oksana Gorkavchuk, Marisse Jackson and Makaila Sanders, who will play at UC Davis. Rich Simpton of Colfax is the coach.

These teams will play at 10 a.m.

Final Cal-Hi rankings – Sheldon finished No. 4 in the final CalHi Sports state rankings behind state Open Division winner Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth;, Bishop Montgomery of Torrance, which lost only twice to Sierra Canyon; and Etiwanda.

Modesto Christian finished 10th and Folsom 12th, the highlight for the Bulldogs coming with a win over then-state No. 1 Salesian of Richmond in a NorCal Open opener. Capital Christian finished 16th.

All-Metro basketball plea– Area coaches are encouraged to submit names and information for basketball All-Metro considerations by Tuesday at 4 p.m. to jdavidson@sacbee.com. All-league teams are also welcomed.

Because the majority of area programs declined to submit statistics into MaxPreps, The Bee will be running only a first team, second team and third team All-Metro list without honorable mentions. The Bee cannot guess how athletes performed this season.

Baseball

Bee No. 3 Franklin reached the championship game of the Boras Baseball Classic, falling to Bay Area powerhouse Bellarmine of San Jose 3-2 in eight innings despite an eight-strikeout effort by ace Evan Gibbons, who struck out 15 in a perfect game against Vacaville this season.

Franklin beat Carlmont of Belmont 2-0 in the tournament opener, then topped Woodcreek 12-2 and St. Mary's of Stockton 5-2 to reach the title game. Franklin's lone local loss this spring is to No. 2 Rocklin, which is unbeaten locally and went 1-2 in the prestigious Lions Tournament in Southern California.

Elk Grove remains No. 1 by The Bee with no local losses. The Thundering Herd fell to powerhouse programs Helix of La Mesa 5-3 and El Camino Real of Woodland Hills 2-0 in the San Diego Lions Easter Tournanment, where they also beat Torrey Pines of San Diego 4-1.

Honors

Nicholas Kull of El Dorado was named a recipient of the CIF Spirit of Sport Award for the winter and spring quarters, the CIF announced. He was one of four winners across the state, each representing the 16 principals of the CIF's motto of Pursuing Victory with Honor. Kull is a three-sport star, competing in basketball, soccer and volleyball while also serving as a peer tutor in classes such as algebra and volunteering in the community.

“Sportsmanship is learning how to channel the passion for winning while maintaining respect and love for the game and one’s competitors,” Kull said. “The love of the game is what motivates each athlete to excel in their sport. It is the foundation of all the experiences that fuel the fire within each athlete.”

The Bee's Top 20 baseball rankings

With last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Elk Grove (1) 4-2-2

2. Rocklin (2) 5-0

3. Franklin (3) 9-2

4. Oak Ridge (5) 7-3

5. Davis (4) 4-5

6. Jesuit (6) (3-4)

7. Cosumnes Oaks (19) 9-1

8. Del Campo (8) 8-2-1

9. Capital Christian (9) 7-3

10. Woodcreek (12) 5-4

11. Winters (10) 9-0

12. Yuba City (13) 8-4

13. Granite Bay (11) 4-5

14. Pleasant Grove (14) 3-6-1

15. Woodland (17) 8-1

16. McClatchy (15) 7-4

17. Oakmont (-) 9-3

18. Christian Brothers (16) 6-3

19. Lincoln (18) 7-3

20. El Camino (20) 8-1

Dropped out: Del Oro

The Bee's Top 20 softball rankings

With last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Sheldon (1) 4-0

2. Casa Roble (2) 10-2

3. Del Campo (3) 5-1

4. Elk Grove (4) 4-3

5. Lincoln (5) 4-2

6. Granite Bay (6) 5-0

7. Oak Ridge (7) 5-2-1

8. Pleasant Grove (8) 5-3

9. Roseville (9) 9-3

10. Bella Vista (10) 8-3

11. Rocklin (11) 3-3

12. Woodcreek (12) 4-3

13. Pioneer (13) 6-1-1

14. Whitney (14) 4-3

15. Davis (15) 3-1

16. Del Oro (16) 4-4

17. Christian Brothers (18) 5-2

18. Oakmont (19) 5-4-1

19. Yuba City (20) 9-3

20. Antelope (-) 3-3-1

Dropped out: River City

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