During a football game at Oak Ridge High School two years ago, a curious fan wondered out loud about Trojans quarterback Ian Book: “Why so much recruiting interest for a guy who isn’t that big?”
The fan was told to watch the kid throw, to watch how the ball zipped from his arm, to admire the accuracy.
The ball would jet out of Book’s textbook passing motions while he powered the Trojans. College programs knew to look beyond his 6-foot frame because of his numerous intangibles.
Book signed with Notre Dame and he has impressed the Irish coaches with his spring workouts in South Bend, Ind.
Book is the No. 2 man behind projected starter Brandon Wimbush, though he vows to make it interesting. Book completed 17 of 22 passes for 277 yards in leading the Gold team to a 27-14 victory over Wimbush and the Blue team in the annual Blue-Gold spring game.
Said Book to media after the April 22 competition, “I’m just trying to be as confident as possible. I know the mentality here is the next man is, and that’s where I am right now. If something were to happen as the next man, I think I will do a good job.”
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he was impressed with Book.
“We all came into the spring talking about Brandon Wimbush and rightly so. The starting quarterback at Notre Dame is a big topic. It’s a big story.
“But the story beneath the story for me was: Who the heck is going to be the No. 2 quarterback? Because if you guys have followed us long enough, we’ve used our No. 2 here quite a bit. So having that No. 2, and seeing him perform the way he has this spring, for me, has been one of the big stories. And Ian has done this all spring.”
Sac State QB move – Nate Ketteringham was granted his release to transfer from Sacramento State after starting 15 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons, passing for 3,391 yards with five games with 300 or more yards. Ketteringham hasn’t selected a school yet, and he still has a redshirt season if needed.
Sac State is coming off back-to-back 2-9 seasons.
Green Bay bound – Josh Letuligasenoa of Elk Grove and Cal Poly is the 11th area player to agree to terms with an NFL team. The rush-end linebacker signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent, landing on the 90-man roster.
Letuligasenoa is finishing up his coursework for his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and is scheduled to graduate next month. Then he reports to work in an attempt to make Green Bay’s 53-man active roster.
Sierra success – Sierra College won the 40th California Community College Athletic Association women’s swimming and diving championships in Monterrey Park, scoring 470 points for veteran coach Scott Decker.
Sierra was second last season. Sierra won despite not having any individual champions, though Claudia Guillory, Abigail Brouwer, Lauren Ostrander, Corinne Linke and Kirsten DePauw combined to win two relays.
Community college baseball – Sacramento City beat Chabot 5-1 to win the opening-round Northern California baseball playoff series 2-1.
The fourth-seeded Panthers host No. 11 Cabrillo in a best-of-three Super Regional series on Friday at Union Stadium. Outfielder Auston Chastain leads the Panthers, batting .399 with 40 RBIs. Polo Portela is 6-1 and Isaiah Nunez 6-2.
Community college softball – Third-seeded Cosumnes River beat No. 14 Butte in two games to advance to this weekend’s Super Regional against No. 11 Taft at CRC.
Fourth-seeded Sierra beat Siskiyous in two games and will host No. 5 Foothill in a Super Regional series that start Saturday. Sierra coach Darci Brownwell won her 700th game earlier this season. Sierra won the 2014 state title.
Utility Courtney Beatty and infielder Chelsea Martinez earned All-State honors for CRC, as did catcher/third baseman Rylie Carlier of Sierra. Outfielders McKenna Anderson and Rachel Tadlock earned All-NorCal honors for Sierra.