Joe Davidson

Prep notes: Oak Ridge wins CIF State swimming title

Oak Ridge High boys’ swim team, from left assistant coach AJ Abrego, Colby Mefford (freshman), Leon Kassianenko (junior), Bryce Dillard (junior), Ethan Dillard (senior), head coach Tim McCormick, assistant coach Doug Smith.
Oak Ridge High boys’ swim team, from left assistant coach AJ Abrego, Colby Mefford (freshman), Leon Kassianenko (junior), Bryce Dillard (junior), Ethan Dillard (senior), head coach Tim McCormick, assistant coach Doug Smith. courtesy Oak Ridge High School

The intent was to prove Sac-Joaquin Section swimmers can compete with Bay Area and Southern California powerhouses.

Oak Ridge High School’s boys did one better. The Trojans won the CIF State swimming championship on Saturday, scoring 136 points at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex outside Fresno. San Ramon Valley was second with 130 points, Clovis third at 107 and Palo Alto fourth with 90.

It is the third state team title in Oak Ridge history, joining the 2005 boys basketball team and the 2010 girls basketball team, and it marks the first section swim team – boys or girls – to win a state title.

On Saturday, Bryce Mefford and Ethan Dillard led the Oak Ridge charge.

Mefford won the 100-yard butterfly in 47.89 seconds and was eighth in the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 39.14 seconds. Dillard won the 200 individual medley in 1:47.58. He was the second leg, leading to Mefford, in the 200 relay that won in 1:32.92. Colby Mefford, Bryce’s brother, swam leadoff, and Leon Kassianenko was the anchor. Oak Ridge was second in the 400 free relay in 3:04.25.

Liam O’Haimhirgin of Bella Vista won the 100 free in 43.86 and was second in the 200 free in 1:36.67.

In girls races, Granite Bay was second in the 200 medley relay in 1:45.29, and Chloe Clark of the Grizzlies was second in the 100 back in 53.67 and fifth in the 100 free in 50.70.

Rugby champs – Granite Bay defeated Royal Irish of Indianapolis on a muddy field in Charlotte, N.C., to win the National High School Club Championship at the Rugby Athletic Center on Saturday.

The Grizzlies’ Jagger Maderos played especially well, earning earned Player of the Game honors. Also playing well for Granite Bay were Sam Cusano, Roddy Hamilton, Gavin Janis, Ryan MacIntosh, Justin Oles, Jon Rogers, Andrew Smith, Desi Streater and Anthony Wiley.

It was the fifth consecutive national championship appearance for Royal Irish, who beat Granite Bay in the title game last season.

Soccer champions – Mia Villegas scored on a free kick with 12 minutes remaining to give top-seeded Davis a 1-0 victory over Rocklin for the Division I section girls championship, the program’s first since 2011 and sixth overall to cap a 20-0-2 season.

Del Oro won its third consecutive D-II title, topping rival Granite Bay 1-0. Emily Curry had a first-half goal. Del Oro allowed two goals since April 26 and just one in four playoff games.

Manteca beat Rio Americano 6-5 on penalty kicks in D-III, and Woodland beat Placer 3-0 on goals from Ariana Coronado, Ellie Burgess and Lala Marin to repeat in D-IV. In D-V, Capital Christian beat Amador 2-1 in overtime.

Grams bows out – Phil Grams is stepping down as the football coach at Capital Christian, where he elevated a strong small-school program into a power, to coach running backs at Division III Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

He will work under offensive coordinator Mark Speckman, the renowned coach and motivational speaker born without hands. Mike Lynch, a former Granite Bay assistant coach, is the offensive-line coach at Lawrence.

Grams went 48-11 in five seasons at Capital Christian, winning the 2014 section D-VI title.

Baseball – The Bee’s top two teams face off Tuesday night at Sacramento City College in the Division I-North semifinals.

Elk Grove will play Oak Ridge at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to Friday’s title game against the losers’ bracket survivor. Trenton Denholm (10-0) could pitch for Oak Ridge, and Elk Grove may go with ace Alex Zalasky (6-1).

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Winters rolled Durham 14-1 to repeat as the Northern Section D-IV champion, capping a memorable season for coach Jeff Ingles, who earned his 500th career win earlier this spring at his alma mater. Ingles has won 19 league championships and 12 section banners in 19 title game appearances with 27 playoff teams in his 28 seasons as coach.

Greg Creamer batted .448 with 48 RBIs for Winters (22-6-2) and was 6-1 on the mound.

Murray bows out – Roc Murray, the only varsity baseball coach in Rocklin’s 22-year history, is retiring. Murray was moved by the outpouring of support from past and present players, faculty members and parents during a ceremony before the Thunder’s last home game of the season – an 11-3 win over Granite Bay on May 11.

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Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD