Prep Roundup

By: Nick Pecoraro
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Oakmont boys off to hot start

The Oakmont Vikings won the six-team Brandon Bridges Memorial tournament Sept. 15 at Roseville High School with wins over Whitney, 10-5, Del Campo, 12-3, and Roseville, 16-9.

Goalie Dalin Howes averaged nine saves per game in the tournament as well as kickstarting the Vikings transition offense, racking up 10 assists.

We always expect our senior athletes to have a ‘senior step-up’ with their level of play,” said Oakmont head coach Mark Plank. “Dalin has definitely taken his game to a much higher level this season.”

The Vikings are 8-1 thus far and seek more Ws this weekend in the Vintage Crush tournament in Napa before Foothill Valley League opens with teams like Ponderosa, Bear River, Nevada Union, Rio Linda and El Dorado. Plank says that the biggest challenge will be Ponderosa.

“We will be fighting for a playoff spot,” he said. “We hope to be able to compete with all the teams in our league.”


Granite Bay girls take 3rd at Sierra Shootout

After winning its first two games against Foothill and Woodcreek, Granite Bay lost a semifinal match to Buchanan of Clovis. The Grizzlies won the next game against Carondelet, 4-3, in a fourth-quarter comeback to take third place out of a 64-team field in the Sierra Shootout last weekend.

Seniors Natalie Ruybal and Mikayla Deblaquiere, who together tallied 19 goals, were each named to the All-Tournament team.

Led by head coach Tyson Frenn, the Grizzlies are 4-1 as of Tuesday morning. They’ll play in the Woodcreek Invite this weekend before starting Sierra Foothill play Sept. 25 against Oak Ridge. Granite Bay is the two-time defending league champ.


Roseville girls getting warmed up

Senior Shannon Young has led a steady attack for the Tigers’ girls team with 29 goals, 11 assists and 10 steals through the first nine games, in which Roseville is 6-3.

Junior Megan Huber and sophomore Lizzie Pelzman have split admirable time between the goal posts with nearly identical save numbers for Roseville, who is 1-0 in the Capital Valley Conference. The team’s next league game is Sept. 27 at Woodcreek.



Roseville stays unbeaten in CVC

The Roseville girls tennis team improved to 4-0 in the Capital Valley Conference with an 8-1 win at Yuba City Tuesday. The Tigers, who are 8-5 overall, sit in first place in league.

“The team is making small goals every week for team improvement,” said Roseville head coach Shamila Tooker. “Team spirit is very high.”

The Tigers’ singles are led by Maya Tooker, Sophia Appelbaum, Martina Arendain and Aubrey Tuttle, who all have unblemished records during CVC play entering Thursday’s contest with Bella Vista. Alyssa Stilwell and Gabby Supapo are unbeaten in league to lead the Tigers’ doubles teams.




The 8-11 Timberwolves are led by setter Arlie Trevino, whose 300 assists and 21 aces are tops among CVC players. Trevino likes to feed juniors Gianna Nielsen, Lauren Juricich and Kylee Michaud, who have all helped Woodcreek to a 3-2 league record through Wednesday.

In what Woodcreek head coach Brian Jew called two “marathon matches”, the Timberwolves prevailed against Del Oro Aug. 28 and Inderkum Sept. 6, showing that the team has the ability to win tight games.

“We know that we can go five sets if we have to,” said Jew. “We are learning what it takes to become a solid team.”


The Vikings opened up Foothill Valley League play with a four-set win over Lincoln Monday ‒ 25-13, 17-25, 25-13, 25-21 ‒ to keep pace with Placer and Ponderosa in going 1-0 in league play. Oakmont is 8-10 overall as of Tuesday night.

Granite Bay

The Grizzlies are just 5-8 heading into this week with tough Sierra Foothill League matches with Rocklin and Folsom. They dropped their league-opener at Oak Ridge last week in a 3-0 sweep by the Trojans ‒ 19-25, 20-25 and 18-25.

“This week and next week will be pretty key for us,” said Granite Bay head coach Tyler Jaynes. “Every opportunity we have to play a league game will help us out tremendously at getting better.”

Next week, the Grizzlies host Whitney Tuesday and travel to Del Oro Thursday.



Woodcreek 6-2 entering this week

Woodcreek is 6-2 on the season behind strong performances from Carmina Alves and Macy Anderson, said the Timberwolves’ head coach Keith Rogers.

Woodcreek, who was undefeated through the first half of non-league play, were scheduled to play Yuba City and Roseville this week before Monday’s Capital Valley Conference tournament at Teal Bend Golf Course.