Local Flavor

Keeping up with the local athletes in college
By: Nick Pecoraro
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We’re trying to keep track of the locally grown athletes who are still competing at the college level and beyond.



Grizzly Groundwork

A pair of former Granite Bay cross-country teammates helped their respective schools win big races Sept. 1. Cal Poly sophomore Jake Ritter led the Mustangs to a first-place finish in the Mark Covert Classic at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. Ritter placed fourth overall in the men’s 8,000-meter run at 24 minutes, 51.4 seconds and led six Cal Poly teammates that finished in the Top 20.


Paul Zeiss helped his Cal Bears win the San Francisco Invitational at Golden Gate Park, placing sixth overall at 25:05.5 in the men’s 8,000.


Killin’ it for ARC


Savanah Smith of American River College women’s volleyball leads Beavers with 56 kills as of Sept. 8. The former Roseville High player has led ARC to a 7-2 start to 2018.


Dodging Traffic


Whitney High alum Logan Dodge scratched the best time for the American River College men’s cross-country team, which placed third Saturday at the Fresno City College Invitational. Dodge came in 15th (21:48.5), the best score for the Beavers’ men’s team.


Cool Hand Luke

Former Woodcreek player Anthony Luke contributed a pair of tackles and a sack against Sacramento State Saturday, helping San Diego State to a 28-14 victory over the Hornets – the Aztecs’ first win of the season.


Max-imum Effort

Former Rocklin quarterback-turned UC Davis kicker, Max O’Rourke booted a pair of field goals for the Aggies in a 54-21 victory over San Diego Saturday, including a career-long 45-yarder.


Please help keep us informed on area athletes who are playing at the college level and beyond.


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