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TOP 10 SPORTS STORIES OF 2015

From Cameron Smith to Beau Smith, Hall of Famers to Olympic medalists, 2015 was full of great sports moments!
By: Steven Wilson,
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No. 1 - Roseville grad Beau Smith gets six years

Far removed from his glory days on the gridiron at Roseville High School, Beau Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree and to possession of a controlled substance this past September in Salem, Oregon. He will spend the next six years behind bars. The 2011 Tigers alum admitted to taking psilocybin mushrooms on Nov. 12, 2014, just before a fight left 66-year-old Michael Hampshire dead on the streets — roughly a mile north of Willamette University, where Smith attended college and played football. Read more here: http://ht.ly/Wvuil 

 

No. 2 - Israel Saavedra transfers to Granite Bay

Two-time California state champion and three-time state place winner, Israel Saavedra transferred to Granite Bay this past fall to wrestle his senior season as a member of the Grizzlies. Saavedra, who has won the prestigious Freakshow and took home first place at 132 pounds in the NHSCA Junior National Championship last year to become Modesto High’s very first national champion, joins Granite Bay in search of another state title. If he pulls that off, it would be a first for the program. The senior enters the year as the nation’s No. 7 ranked wrestler by Associated Wrestling Press at 132 pounds. Read more here: http://ht.ly/Wvujy 

 

No. 3 - Cam Smith commits to USC

Granite Bay graduate Cameron Smith made headlines when he signed his National Letter of Intent to join the University of Southern California over a year ago. His journey began when he left Granite Bay High early and started practicing with the team in February. His journey came full circle when nearly three million people watched Smith pick off three passes in a game against Utah. The Trojans linebacker sustained a knee injury a few weeks later ending his season, but he was still named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Read more here: http://ht.ly/WvuhK 

 

No. 4 - Oakmont celebrates Hall of Fame class & 50 years

With a strong academic reputation and a storied athletic program, Oakmont High School celebrated 50 years of excellence this year and showcased their athletic success with the school’s first Athletic Hall of Fame inductees on Sept. 26. Ten graduates over the school’s first 25 years were honored including 1967 grad Ivan Lippi, Steve Smith (1990), coach Glenn Poole (1965-1991), Stan Thomas (1975), Dan Navarro (1977), Angela Vasconcellos (1981), Steve Hall (1972), Bob Trythall (1988), Dan Bunz (1973) and 1990 grad Summer Sanders.  Read more here: http://ht.ly/WvukL 

 

No. 5 - Jordan Holt commits to Kentucky

Granite Bay native Jordan Holt showcased her soccer talent at the 2015 Surf Cup tournament with her San Juan Soccer Club team just a few days before traveling to Oregon for the renowned Nike camp. Holt, who already signed with the University of Kentucky women’s soccer program, had the opportunity to train with the best coaches in the area and display her skills for national scouts. Holt is less than a week away from joining her new school after graduating early from Granite Bay High. Read more here: http://ht.ly/Wvul9 

 

No. 6 - Sammie Stroughter returns to Granite Bay

One of only six football grads from Granite Bay High School to reach the NFL, Sammie Stroughter hung up his cleats and retired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following his four year stint from 2009 to 2012. His decision prompted a new career path for the 29-year-old as he returned to the Grizzlies football program as a receivers and flybacks coach. Stroughter helped Granite Bay reach the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs this past season. Read more here: http://ht.ly/Wvum5 

 

No. 7 - Justin Castrillo leaves Oakmont wrestling

For the last four seasons, Justin Castrillo built up a strong wrestling program at Oakmont High School. Castrillo led the school to Roseville School District’s only individual California State placers. But his legacy as the Vikings leader came to an end this year as he announced his resignation. Read more here: http://ht.ly/WvugR 

 

No. 8 - Jordan Brown leads Woodcreek into 2016

Fresh off winning a gold medal with the 2015 U.S. under-16 Olympic team, Jordan Brown returns to Woodcreek this season to lead the Timberwolves back to the playoffs. Although they graduated nine seniors from last year’s squad, including four starters and the team’s second-leading scorer, Noah Blackwell — who is now competing for a Division I program at Long Beach State University — Brown has his team primed for a return trip to Sleep Train Arena. The 6-foot-10 basketball phenom has scored 40, 36, 34, 32 and 30 points in games this season and continues to improve. Read more here: http://ht.ly/Wvuno 

 

No. 9 - Sierra College baseball grads sign with big programs

Standouts from the 2015 Sierra College baseball team entered the market for college bidders this past summer. Woodcreek grads Kyle Dixon and Tyler Milani joined Roseville grad Bryce Reichmann as three of the top prospects in the Wolverines program. Each earned offers and interest from top programs as Reichmann continues his career as a pitcher on the St. Mary’s Gaels staff, Dixon signed with New Mexico State and Milani joined Central Arkansas. Read more here: http://ht.ly/Wvupe 

 

No. 10 - Roseville looks to add $5 million sports complex

Placer Valley Tourism and the City of Roseville are working to bring a cornerstone amenity to one of the city’s most recently developed areas. The Roseville city council approved a contribution of $5 million and 55 acres, by way of a “low-dollar land lease,” to a multi-use sports complex located at the southeast corner of Blue Oaks Blvd. and Phillip Road. The complex will include eight to 12 multi-use fields, designed for soccer, lacrosse, football and rugby, along with other sports traditionally played on long fields. Read more here: http://ht.ly/Wvuqd