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Prep notes: TV coverage showcases state football games, hurts attendance

Del Oro’s John Spencer (11), sacks Camarillo quarterback Jake Constantine during the CIF State Division II-AA championship football game at Sacramento State, Friday Dec 18, 2015. Wet weather – and TV coverage – contributed to low attendance for the games the concluded Saturday, Dec. 19.
Del Oro’s John Spencer (11), sacks Camarillo quarterback Jake Constantine during the CIF State Division II-AA championship football game at Sacramento State, Friday Dec 18, 2015. Wet weather – and TV coverage – contributed to low attendance for the games the concluded Saturday, Dec. 19. Special to The Bee

One of the best things about the CIF State Football Championship Bowl games over the weekend at Sacramento State was they were televised by Comcast SportsNet.

One of the worst things? They were televised.

The comforts of home compared to the inclement weather Friday and cold conditions Saturday didn’t help attendance at Hornet Stadium. Despite the quality matchups, the two-day announced paid attendance of 14,626 for the five upper-division games was the fourth lowest in the 10-year history of the CIF Bowl Championships. The lowest attendance came in the first two seasons in Carson – 2007 (12,505) and 2006 (13,683). The 2010 games, also in the rain in Carson, drew 13,972.

De La Salle prevails – MaxPreps’ preseason national No. 1, De La Salle of Concord, beat top-ranked Centennial of Corona 28-21 in the Open Division championship game late Saturday night, the Spartans’ sixth Open title and seventh CIF trophy overall since 2007.

On Sunday, De La Salle was crowned national champion by MaxPreps.com’s computer rankings. Centennial, which dressed 125 players for the title game, was held to 35 points below its season average by the Spartans, who stopped the Huskies five times on fourth down.

Grand totals – North teams won seven of the 13 bowl games, and the Sac-Joaquin Section went 3-0 as Del Oro beat Camarillo 16-13 in Division I-AA, Sierra of Manteca beat Chowchilla 20-15 in Division IV-A and Central Catholic of Modesto beat San Marino 56-21 in the Division Open-Small School.

Sacramento-area CIF state football winners include Grant in 2008, Folsom in 2010 and 2014, Granite Bay in 2012 and Del Oro in 2015.

Parade of champions – Del Oro will have a parade at noon Wednesday in downtown Loomis to celebrate the program’s first CIF banner in three Bowl attempts this decade.

East Nicolaus, which beat Coronado 16-6 in the D-VI title game, plans a parade for sometime in January.

Cattolico returns – Joe Cattolico, who transformed Pleasant Grove High into an immediate and longstanding regional football power over nine seasons, has been named the next coach at Sheldon. Cattolico did not coach the last two seasons.

All-Stars – Running back Mike Green and linebacker-safety Elijah Orr of Grant represented the West in the Blue-Grey All-American game Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Both made plays in the West’s 21-14 victory at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. On Feb. 3, the U.S. Under-18 National Team will face Canada in the International Bowl at AT&T Stadium. The U.S. Team includes Antelope lineman Joshua Cook and Del Oro wide receiver-defensive back Trey Udoffia.

Optimist football switch – The annual Optimist All-Star Football Classic will not be played in December, as it was the previous three years through a partnership with The Bee. The Optimist game will return to its summer roots on June 18 at Jesuit.

Heavy on hoops – The 32-team St. Hope Elite Hoop Classic, featuring top teams from across the state and eight of The Bee’s top 12 teams, will finish Wednesday at three Oak Park sites. The Gold bracket championship game is at 7 p.m. at Dave Hotell Pavilion, and the Platinum bracket finale will follow at 8:30.

The MaxPreps Holiday Classic, Dec. 26-30 in Palm Springs, will feature teams from eight states in the 16-team elite Open Division bracket. The field includes area powers Folsom and Capital Christian.

Et cetera – The Davis boys basketball team won its Les Curry Invitational, beating Wood of Vacaville 79-70. Ben Prussel had 23 points, Glen Welch 14 and tournament MVP Ryan Kreidler 13. Kreidler also is one of the top infielders in the country.

▪ The North beat the South 3-1 in the 32nd annual Optimist Girls Volleyball All-Star Games behind MVP Megan Priest of Oak Ridge. The South MVP was Taylor Jacky of River City.

In the Small School Optimist game, the North prevailed 3-1 behind MVP Emily Baptista of Hilmar.

The Bee’s Boys Basketball Top 20

With records through Saturday and last ranking in parentheses:

School

PR

W-L

1. Sacramento

(3)

7-0

2. Folsom

(1)

7-1

3. Sheldon

(2)

5-3

4. Granite Bay

(11)

7-0

5. Jesuit

(5)

6-1

6. Burbank

(7)

6-0

7. Capital Christian

(6)

3-1

8. Woodcreek

(4)

8-2

9. Antelope

(10)

6-2

10. Nevada Union

(-)

7-1

11. Oak Ridge

(9)

6-2

12. Bella Vista

(14)

8-2

13. Davis

(15)

6-3

14. Liberty Ranch

(18)

8-0

15. Monterey Trail

(17)

6-3

16. Kennedy

(8)

3-4

17. Christian Bros.

(12)

3-4

18. Pleasant Grove

(13)

2-3

19. Lincoln

(-)

10-0

20. Whitney

(-)

6-1

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The Bee’s Girls Basketball Top 20

With records through Saturday and last ranking in parentheses:

School

PR

W-L

1. McClatchy

(1)

4-2

2. Antelope

(3)

6-0

3. Oak Ridge

(4)

7-1

4. St. Francis

(5)

6-0

5. Folsom

(9)

7-1

6. Sacramento

(2)

4-3

7. Christian Brothers

(7)

6-2

8. West Campus

(8)

5-3

9. Franklin

(20)

8-1

10. Rio Linda

(19)

5-4

11. Pleasant Grove

(10)

5-2

12. Elk Grove

(11)

5-2

13. Inderkum

(13)

6-2

14. Capital Christian

(14)

7-3

15. Woodcreek

(15)

6-5

16. Del Oro

(6)

5-5

17. Rosemont

(-)

9-1

18. River Valley

(-)

8-1

19. Del Campo

(-)

6-3

20. Bella Vista

(17)

7-2

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