Joe Davidson

Storied McClatchy gym a beauty after $2.2 million face-lift

The old gym has a sparkling new look while maintaining its unique charm.

McClatchy High School’s facility, opened in 1937, celebrated its face-lift Friday when The Bee’s No. 1-ranked Lions hosted Laguna Creek in a Metropolitan Conference girls basketball game. Before tipoff, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Sacramento City Unified School District officials to celebrate $2.2 million in renovations. They include the installation of air conditioning, new bleachers, new energy-efficient lighting, refinished flooring and locker room and restroom upgrades, all funded through Measure R bonds.

Athletic director Rob Feickert proudly showed off the digs last month, pointing out every detail, including the new basketball backboards on the side walls for physical education classes.

“We used to have to pull those backboards up with a chain, and we had the most muscle-bound custodians in the district,” Feickert said. “It’s nice to see how great this place looks.”

Class gesture – During Davis’ “Break the Record” night Friday, parents of Blue Devils boys basketball players held a bake sale to raise funds for the family of Franklin coach Jesse Formaker, who has taken a leave of absence from teaching at the Elk Grove Unified School District school to tend to his 8-year-old son, Chris, diagnosed with bone cancer in his leg.

Franklin won 89-72 before a record crowd, with a continuous line at the bake sale, which generated nearly $1,000. The sale was headed by Traci Prussel, a nurse whose son, Ben, is a Davis player.

Hot ticket – The top-ranked Folsom boys visit No. 3 Woodcreek on Wednesday for the Sierra Foothill League championship. Folsom won the first meeting 57-53 as Jordan Ford took over in the fourth quarter.

In anticipation of a sellout, both schools will offer pre-sale tickets on campus today and Wednesday.

Manning on fire – Matt Manning of No. 5 Sheldon scored 21 of his 33 points in the second quarter of the Huskies’ 77-72 victory at No. 12 Jesuit on Friday. The junior guard/forward made all four of his three-point shots in that quarter.

He is the son of Huskies assistant coach Rich Manning, The Bee’s Player of the Year for Center in 1988. Matt’s brother, Ryan, graduated from Sheldon and now plays at Air Force.

The Huskies lead the Delta League and host rival and No. 4 Pleasant Grove on Friday, seeking to avenge a 65-61 loss.

SVC showdown – No. 8 Cordova hosts No. 9 Liberty Ranch tonight for the Sierra Valley Conference championship. The Lancers, winners of 13 consecutive games behind area scoring leader Jordan Roberson (32.6 points), won the first meeting this season 97-82. Roberson, a 6-foot-4 guard, scored 44 in that game.

Liberty Ranch is led by 6-6 wing DeAndre Stallings, who scored 37 in the first meeting and is averaging 26.1 points.

Girls basketball

No. 2 Oak Ridge hosts No. 4 Del Oro on Friday in its refurbished gym for the SFL title. Oak Ridge won the first meeting 50-45. The Trojans have won 10 consecutive games, last losing to Bishop’s of La Jolla 60-58 in the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic. Behind balanced scoring and defense, Oak Ridge has not lost to a Sac-Joaquin Section team this season.

Girls wrestling

Del Oro won the section’s Masters Tournament on Saturday at McNair in Stockton, one of eight CIF-sanctioned tournaments in the state as the sport’s popularity continues to soar.

The top five finishers in each weight class advance to the CIF State Meet in Visalia on Feb. 27-28.

Del Oro scored 251 points despite not having any individual champions. Candice Corralejo (106 pounds), Savannah Scott (111), Marissa Thomas (121), Haley Callaway (160) and Emelia Kingston (189) placed second in their weight classes for the Golden Eagles.

Area individual champions are Woodcreek’s Lauren Mason (111), Bella Vista’s Alex Hedrick (116), Casa Roble’s Alyson Sabbagh (137), Folsom’s Nonie Reyes-Small (143) and Christian Brothers’ Alexandria Glaude (170).

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Records through Saturday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Folsom (1) 21-3

2. Sacramento (2) 20-4

3. Woodcreek (3) 20-4

4. Pleasant Grove (4) 18-6

5. Sheldon (5) 15-5

6. Kennedy (6) 18-5

7. Capital Christian (7) 14-8

8. Cordova (8) 20-5

9. Liberty Ranch (9) 22-3

10. Antelope (11) 20-4

11. Christian Brothers ( 12) 18-6

12. Jesuit (13) 16-8

13. Cosumnes Oaks (10) 17-6

14. Franklin (14) 15-9

15. Oak Ridge (15) 15-9

16. Marysville (16) 22-1

17. River Valley (17) 17-8

18. River City (18) 17-7

19. Granite Bay (-) 15-8

20. Placer (-) 18-5

Joe Davidson


Records through Saturday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. McClatchy (1) 17-6

2. Oak Ridge (2) 21-3

3. Antelope (3) 21-1

4. Del Oro (4) 19-4

5. Sacramento (5) 15-8

6. Inderkum (6) 22-2

7. Davis (7) 21-2

8. Pleasant Grove (8) 19-5

9. Bradshaw Christian (9) 15-9

10. Rio Linda (10) 19-5

11. Whitney (12) 21-3

12. Folsom (11) 16-8

13. River City (13) 16-8

14. St. Francis (16) 16-7

15. Florin (15) 15-8

16. Elk Grove (14) 15-9

17. Ponderosa (19) 16-8

18. Bella Vista (17) 17-6

19. Christian Brothers (20) 13-11

20. Nevada Union (-) 12-11

Mike Finnerty