Jessup hosts basketball classic and cross-country championship

Basketball action begins Friday
By: Staff Report
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William Jessup University will host the 10th Annual Bill Holtz Warrior Classic basketball tournament Nov. 4-5 and the Golden State Athletic Conference cross-country championships Saturday. The combined events will bring more than 300 college athletes to Placer Valley.

The Bill Holtz Warrior Classic has a rich history and honors long-time supporter and former staff member Bill Holtz, who lost his battle with ALS in 2011.  

WJU Athletic Director and men’s basketball head coach Lance Van Vogt announced the tournaments exciting lineup.

"The field is outstanding this year, as we are bringing in two nationally-respected programs to compete against, Oregon Tech University and Eastern Oregon University,” Von Vogt said. “On the opposite side of the classic we have our GSAC travel partner Menlo that will also be facing off against OIT and EOU." 

Bethesda Christian University out of Anaheim, Simpson University from Redding, OTI and of course WJU will be competing in the women's bracket.

Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Half the ticket sales will be donated to ALS, as a thank you to Holtz for his incredible dedication to the Warrior programs. 

Saturday morning, the WJU cross-country team will be out at Springview Johnson Park in Rocklin to host the GSAC cross-country championships for the first time ever.  All nine teams from the conference will be in attendance.  

"This is the first time we have had the privilege of hosting the GSAC cross-country finals and we are looking forward to providing a great experience for the rest of the conference while they are here," said Parker Daniells, WJU cross-country head coach.

Daniells said the visiting teams, coaches and followers will be able to enjoy the excellent hotels, restaurants and activities this area has to offer. Daniells also said this is one of the best running communities around and Springview a common training site for many elite athletes.  

Some of WJU’s top athletes, Bailey Shykowski from Colfax, Michael Kinoshita from Folsom, Hannah Schmidt of Elk Grove and Hailey Parkhouse-McAllister from Loomis are expected to perform well in the championships.