Joe Davidson

Folsom is No. 1 in boys basketball, too

Mike Wall is a football fan, but he’s anxious.

For the veteran Folsom High School basketball coach, several of his key players who helped the Bulldogs to a championship last season are trying to do the same this fall in shoulder pads and helmets.

Even without those players, Folsom, The Bee’s preseason No. 1 team, is in good hands with guard Jordan Ford, The Bee’s Player of the Year last season.

The Bulldogs, who were 32-3 and won Sac-Joaquin Section and NorCal Division II championships last season, also return Portland-bound center Colin Russell, energizer guard Jared Wall (the coach’s son), versatile guard Alec Andrews and football players Josiah Deguara, Parker Boone and Lukas Hendricks, one of the section’s standout defenders.

“For us, it’s basically don’t screw it up, because we can be good again,” Wall said. “It’ll work this year again (with the addition of the football players) because of the maturity and understanding. They’re veterans. They trust each other. There’s no agenda. We’ll be fine. And the football guys came by today to pick up their basketball shoes. We’ll be here when they’re done with football.”

Sacramento, second in the preseason rankings, also returns the core of its lineup, including guard Christian Terrell and center Solomon Young, both generating recruiting interest. No. 3 Woodcreek features Long Beach State-bound guard Noah Blackwell, 6-foot-9 freshman forward Jordan Brown and football players Lenny Nelson and Malcolm Thomas.

Cosumnes Oaks, which lost to Folsom in the section and NorCal finals, is No. 4 with returning swing players Jaaron Stallworth and Eric Toles. Pleasant Grove, led by Washington-bound center Marquese Chriss, is No. 5. Kennedy, led by guards Cole Tairaand Colin Uda, is No. 6.

At No. 7 is Capital Christian, which lost its top five scorers from a team that went wire-to-wire as The Bee’s No. 1 team before losing in the NorCal Open final to powerhouse Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland. Leading the way will be guards Justice Shelton-Mosley, Edward Ware and Tiegen Jones, son of coach Devon Jones.

No. 8 Jesuit, which won the section Division I title last season, returns one of the section’s top players in Isaiah Bailey. No. 9 Sheldon, which returns standout guard Devin Greene, aims to rebound from an 8-18 season rocked by sanctions by the section. No. 10 Burbank, a longtime Metropolitan Conference rival of Sacramento and Kennedy, is led by forward James Gill.

Girls basketball

McClatchy, which was 26-5 last season and returns its top six players, is No. 1 in the girls preseason rankings.

The Lions are led by UNLV-bound center Destiny Lee and 6-2 forward-center Gigi Garcia. Guards Kristi and Kelsey Wong, Lauren Nubla and Jordan Cruz provide shooting, depth and defense.

No. 2 Sacramento, which won its fifth consecutive section title and graduated five players who signed with Division I programs, will be led by shooting guard Aliceah Hernandez and defensive guard Courtesy Clark.

Pleasant Grove, the defending NorCal Division I champion, is No. 3. Oak Ridge, ranked No. 4, seeks its third section title since 2009 and is led by Grace Derksen, Saraya Smith, Isamar Conde and Shelby Peters.

No. 5 Antelope returns its top five scorers, including guard Nadia Johnson, daughter of early 1990s Kennedy star Leland Johnson, and wing Angelica Baylon.

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With last season’s record

1. Folsom 32-3

2. Sacramento 23-6

3. Woodcreek 18-9

4. Cosumnes Oaks 16-18

5. Pleasant Grove 13-14

6. Kennedy 21-10

7. Capital Christian 28-4

8. Jesuit 29-4

9. Sheldon 8-18

10. Burbank 20-8

11. Franklin 20-9

12. Grant 27-7

13. Granite Bay 16-13

14. Natomas20-9

15. Antelope 16-11

16. Del Oro28-3

17. Davis 15-11

18. Rio Americano 16-13

19. Cordova 19-9

20. Rocklin 15-13

Joe Davidson, Mike Finnerty


With last season’s record

1. McClatchy 26-5

2. Sacramento 23-9

3. Pleasant Grove 25-10

4. Oak Ridge 26-6

5. Antelope 17-8

6. Del Oro 23-10

7. Christian Brothers 18-11

8. Florin 22-11

9. Bradshaw Christian 20-7

10. Nevada Union 23-5

11. River City 24-5

12. Monterey Trail 18-10

13. Vista del Lago 20-9

14. Davis 17-10

15. Cosumnes Oaks 21-8

16. Elk Grove 17-11

17. Sheldon 15-14

18. Grant 11-13

19. Kennedy 17-12

20. Granite Bay 17-11

Joe Davidson, Mike Finnerty