The high school basketball season ends Saturday with the 39th Optimist All-Star boys and girls games for local charities.
The girls’ North squad plays the South at 4 p.m., followed by the boys at 6 at Sacramento High’s Dave Hotell Pavilion. Both showcase games feature area seniors.
“It’s a great way to end a great season, at a great venue,” said South boys coach Derek Swafford of Sacramento High.
Optimist events go beyond scoring and rebounding. On Monday afternoon, players from all four teams served more than 120 homeless people and worked a variety of stations at the Bayside Church in midtown in an effort to give back to the community.
“It has to be more than just basketball,” Swafford said. “This is for the community, too. This is real-life stuff.”
The South girls team includes McClatchy center Gigi Garcia, the 2014-15 Bee Player of the Year who missed this season because of a knee injury. The South coach is McClatchy’s Jessica Kunisaki, who will monitor Garcia’s minutes as she gets back into playing shape before heading to Washington on scholarship.
The South girls roster also includes three Bee first-team All-Metro players: Oak Ridge guard Briana Dulgar, St. Francis center Lauren Craig and Sacramento wing Aliceah Hernandez. The North girls, coached by Antelope’s Sean Chambers, include Antelope guard Angelica Baylon, Ponderosa guard Danielle Craft, Bella Vista twin forwards Rebeccah and Rachael DiRegolo and Placer center Baylee Vanderdoes.
The South boys are led by The Bee’s Player of the Year, Sacramento forward Solomon Young, and include three first-team selections: Folsom guard Jordan Fordand Sacramento guard Christian Terrell.
It has to be more than just basketball. This is for the community, too. This is real-life stuff.
Optimist All-Star coach Derek Swafford of Sacramento, on the Optimist players’ community service
The North, coached by Nick French of Whitney, is paced by guards Matt Lyon of Rio Americano, Kenny Olsem of El Camino, Kai Tease of Antelope and Charlie Tooley of Granite Bay.
Between the games, the Optimist Club will induct coaches Duwaine Ganskie and Steve White into its Hall of Fame.
Ganskie guided the Bear River girls to eight section championships and last month retired as the school’s boys coach. White has directed the Oak Ridge girls to three section titles and the 2010 CIF State Division I championship.
Track and field – The Davis girls won the Arcadia Invitational 4x1,600-meter relay in 20 minutes, 5.26 seconds on Saturday at Arcadia High School.
The Blue Devils ran with, in order, Abigail Fisk, Sofia Castiglioni, Olivia O’Keeffe and sister Fiona O’Keeffe, who is headed to Stanford on a running scholarship. Castiglioni also won the mile in 4:59.88, holding off Bella Vista’s Kendall Derry, who was second in 5:00.80. In the mile seeded run, Olivia O’Keeffe was second in 4:57.54.
St. Francis’ Ariane Arndt repeated as the girls open 800 champion. Her time of 2:10.46 was the second fastest in the state this season and just off her school record of 2:10.05 set at Arcadia last season.
Sydney Vandegrift of St. Francis won the 3,200 in 10:47.28. Kiani Reyna, Elizabeth Hennessy, Lilly Enes and Arndt teamed to give the Troubadours a victory in the 1,600 relay in 3:54.34 with Arndt passing four runners on the final lap.
Willie Hall of Davis placed second in the invitational 800 in 1:51.59, and Brendan Jones of Jesuit was second in the open 3,200 in 9:23.38. Derrick Griffiths of Cosumnes Oaks won the 300 hurdles in 38.67 seconds and was second in the 110 hurdles in 14.56, with Isaiah Holmes of Oakmont third in 14:59.
20:05.26 Winning time by the Davis girls in the 4x1,600-meter relay at the Arcadia Invitational
Baseball — Bee No. 1 Davis is ranked No. 1 in Northern California by NorCalPreps.com. The Blue Devils, 12-0 entering Monday, are followed in the NorCal rankings by No. 2 Jesuit, No. 3 De La Salle, No. 4 Oak Ridge, No. 5 Tracy and No. 6 Elk Grove, The Bee’s preseason No. 1 team. Jesuit beat De La Salle 9-1 on Thursday.
Anna Belenis, Davis; Irene Colivalu , Rosemont; Danielle Craft, Ponderosa; Lauren Craig, St. Francis; Briana Dulgar, Oak Ridge; Gigi Garcia, McClatchy; Tia Hay, St. Francis; Aliceah Hernandez, Sacramento; Kiana Moore, Vanden; Brittany Nguyen, Pleasant Grove; Kelsey Wong, McClatchy; Kristi Wong, McClatchy; Madison Wong, Elk Grove; Coach: Jessica Kunisaki, McClatchy.
Angelica Baylon, Antelope; Kylee Bauer, Colfax; Daeja Black, Granite Bay; Danielle Biggs, Del Campo; MacKenzie Crouch, Oakmont; Del Campo; Rachael DiRegolo, Bella Vista; Rebeccah DiRegolo, Bella Vista; Kaliya Griffin, Inderkum; Cassie Pisik, Lincoln; Jordan Purvis, Rocklin; Baylee Vanderdoes, Placer; Daisia Williams, Inderkum; Alexis Zimmerman, Rio Linda. Coach: Sean Chambers, Antelope.
Matt Battaglia, Oak Ridge; Kamren Belden, Pleasant Grove; Isaiah Brooks, Sheldon; Tre Finch, Folsom; Jordan Ford, Folsom; Khari Hutt, Kennedy; James Gill, Burbank; Isaiah Halsey, Liberty Ranch; Tiegen Jones, Capital Christian; Kenneth Macklin, Ponderosa; Christian Terrell, Sacramento; Andrew Williams, Sacramento; Solomon Young, Sacramento. Coach: Derek Swafford, Sacramento; Cole Taira, Kennedy.
Moe Ali, Whitney; Justin Asuncion, Woodcreek; Aaron Berkness, Bella Vista; Malik Duffy, Jesuit; Joe Gallagher, Del Campo; Matt Lyon, Rio Americano; David Menary, Nevada Union; Kenny Olsem, El Camino; Ethan Pangelinan, Jesuit; Kyle Price, Whitney; Tim Strijaous, Antelope; Kai Tease, Antelope; Isaiah Tenette, Highlands; Charlie Tooley, Granite Bay. Coach: Nick French, Whitney.