Joe Davidson

High school notes: Sacramento-area basketball players, coach hit milestones

Oak Ridge girls coach Steve White notched his 500th victory, 56-39 over Folsom on Jan. 26. The Trojans surprised their coach by presenting him with a banner adorned with Oak Ridge’s school colors that read “Congratulations Coach Steve White: 500 WINS!” and a cake with “500 Wins.”
Oak Ridge girls coach Steve White notched his 500th victory, 56-39 over Folsom on Jan. 26. The Trojans surprised their coach by presenting him with a banner adorned with Oak Ridge’s school colors that read “Congratulations Coach Steve White: 500 WINS!” and a cake with “500 Wins.” rbenton@sacbee.com

This has been a high school basketball season of milestones as six seniors eclipsed the career 1,000-point mark and one coach earned his 500th victory.

A closer look:

▪ St. Francis center Lauren Craig recorded her 1,000th point in a 44-40 win over Pleasant Grove on Jan. 29. She had 13 points and 20 rebounds, her 17th double double of the season. Craig also is nearing 1,000 career rebounds for the sixth-ranked Troubadours, who are closing in on the Delta League championship.

“It feels amazing, and I can’t believe it,” Craig said of her feat. “I could not have done it without the help of my teammates, so I am really happy.”

▪ Elk Grove guard Madison Wong scored her 1,267th point last month to break the schoo’s all-time record held by Amanda Fitzgerald-Buck, now an Elk Grove teacher and softball coach. Wong set another school record with 40 points in a 64-58 loss to Acalanes on Jan. 9. She bettered the mark of 38 set by Kelly Hodges against Valley in 1998.

The No. 10 Thundering Herd, a Delta League team, will be a threat in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

▪ Granite Bay guard Charlie Tooley scored his 1,000th point in a 62-57 loss to Woodcreek on Jan. 19. The four-year varsity player will be in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

▪  Sheldon forward Matt Manning passed the 1,000-point mark this season in displaying his impressive versatility. Manning, also a baseball pitching prospect, can score from three-point land, on the break, inside on drives and from above the rim for a team closing in on a Delta League championship.

▪ Rio Americano guard Matt Lyon, who joined the 1,000-point club this season, beat El Camino 57-55 on Thursday by banking in a wild three-point shot off a last-play inbound pass to keep alive the Raiders’ playoff hopes.

▪ Davis guard Glen Welch reached 1,000 points this season, posting career-high games in scoring as a three-point specialist. But the Blue Devils, 1-10 in the Delta League, will miss the playoffs.

▪  Rosemont rush - Rosemont senior guard Irene Colaivalu reached 1,000 career points last season and has 1,522 now with two Sierra Valley Conference games to go. The Wolverines are targeting the school's first such championship.

▪ Oak Ridge girls coach Steve White notched his 500th victory, 56-39 over Folsom on Jan. 26.

The Trojans surprised their coach by presenting him with a banner adorned with Oak Ridge’s school colors that read “Congratulations Coach Steve White: 500 WINS!” and a cake with “500 Wins.”

“It means I’m getting old,” White joked.

It also means he has been really good. White’s résumé includes five appearances in section finals since 2007, two section titles, seven NorCal tournament berths and the 2010 CIF State Division I championship.

The top-ranked Trojans are 23-1 despite losing several key players to graduation.

Major upset – The biggest upset of the girls basketball season happened Friday, when Cosumnes Oaks defeated then-No. 1 and previously unbeaten Antelope 62-56 in a Capital Valley Conference game in Elk Grove. Denay Frazier scored 15 points, Ariyana Smith-Robinson 14, Abreanna Lake 11 and Abena Boateng 10 for the Wolfpack., which played inspired defense.

Cosumnes Oaks made eight three-pointers, three by Smith-Robinson, a 5-foot-6 senior guard and captain who recorded a triple double (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). Antelope won the teams’ first meeting 80-57 on Jan. 15.

Wolfpack coach Kevin Scott told his players this win could take them to greater heights, while Titans coach Sean Chambers said the loss could only help his team.

“Cosumnes Oaks played well, played hard, and this will help us, because we can get better and we need to get better,” Chambers said.

Williams honor – Two-time Sacramento Bee All-Metro offensive tackle Jonah Williams of Folsom was named to the Parade All-America football team, which honors the top senior players in the country. Williams graduated early and enrolled at Alabama in December.

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The Bee’s Top 20

With records through Saturday and last ranking:

Boys basketball

School

W-L

Last

1. Sacramento

22-1

1

2. Folsom

22-2

2

3. Sheldon

17-4

3

4. Jesuit

19-4

4

5. Woodcreek

16-8

5

6. Granite Bay

17-6

6

7. Liberty Ranch

25-0

7

8. Burbank

19-5

9

9. Capital Chr.

15-9

10

10. Antelope

18-6

11

11. Placer

21-3

12

12. Whitney

20-4

8

13. El Camino

18-6

13

14. Elk Grove

17-7

15

15. Grant

11-12

14

16. Inderkum

17-7

16

17. Nevada Union

16-8

18

18. Ponderosa

17-7

17

19. West Campus

20-4

20. Lincoln

20-4

20

Girls basketball

W-L

Last

1. Oak Ridge

23-1

2

2. Antelope

23-1

1

3. Sacramento

17-7

3

4. McClatchy

19-5

4

5. Christian Bros.

18-5

5

6. St. Francis

20-4

6

7. Folsom

16-7

7

8. West Campus

18-6

9

9. Cosumnes Oaks

16-8

14

10. Elk Grove

16-8

11

11. Pleasant Grove

15-9

8

12. Inderkum

18-6

12

13. River Valley

20-4

15

14. Rio Linda

13-10

13

15. Franklin

17-7

10

16. Ponderosa

15-9

16

17. Placer

15-7

17

18. Colfax

19-5

18

19. Capital Chr.

16-6

19

20. Roseville

14-10

20

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