Local Flavor

By: Nick Pecoraro
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Here’s what some of the local kids are doing at their big schools:



A potential Hall call for Bruschi


Former Roseville Tiger and ex-New England Patriot Tedy Bruschi was announced last week as a nominee for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame. Over 100 modern-era players were nominated for a class that will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, next fall. Bruschi spent all 13 of his NFL seasons with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowls and being selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl a year before winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

Bruschi helped the Patriots win eight division titles. He is second on the franchise’s all-time tackles list (675) and was a part of the last NFL team to win back-to-back Super Bowls.


Cordell goes yard


Valley Christian Academy alum Ryan Cordell, who recently made his MLB debut earlier this month, collected his first big league hit ﹘ a homer. After starting his September call-up going 0-for-15, the former VCA Lion connected on a 3-1 delivery from Baltimore Orioles’ pitcher Tanner Scott, sending Cordell’s Chicago White Sox to an 8-6 victory Sept. 14.


Raking in the Rookie League


Ex-Granite Bay and Sacramento State outfielder Vinny Esposito finished up his Gulf Coast League campaign hitting .312 overall in 45 games between stops with the Detroit Tigers’ East and West rookie league teams. Esposito cranked four homers and 26 RBIs with a .921 OPS.


Rocklin area helps Sierra football to first win


Sierra College running back Brendan Rakela of Rocklin High rushed 13 times for 113 yards while teammate Will Brocchini picked up his second interception of the year when the Wolverines picked up their first win of 2018 Sept. 15 at West Hills Coalinga. Brocchini, a former Whitney Wildcat, had an interception and scored a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery Sept. 8 against Modesto.


Aiyuk ready for Pac-12 play


Brandon Aiyuk, whose 14 touchdowns grabs for Sierra College last season were the second most in California, took a 12-yard touchdown pass and put Arizona State University up 7-0 against San Diego State Saturday. Although the Aztecs would win the game, 28-21, the Sun Devils are 2-1 heading into Pac-12 play this weekend at Washington, a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.


Aggies led by Hillmen


Placer High alum Marin Chamberlin ran in the Mark Covert Classic Sept. 1 in Brea to help her UC Davis Aggies take fifth place as a team. Chamberlin finished with a time of 18 minutes, 56.2 seconds in the women’s 5K, good for 51st overall.

On the men’s side in the 8K, more former Hillmen helped the Aggies to a ninth-place finish. Sophomore Ryman Crone (25:58.7) and freshman Adam Fragola (26:04.6) placed 44th and 54th, respectively. The next run for the Aggies is set for Friday at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Oregon.


Big Bear


Bear River grad Ryan Tantum, is a sophomore captain and starting right tackle for the Sierra College Wolverines, who picked up their first win of the season Saturday at West Hills Coalinga. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Tantum, according to defensive coordinator Jim Gray, is being heavily recruited by Division I schools.


Jenkins leads the ‘Jacks


Del Oro grad Alex Jenkins leads the Humboldt State women’s soccer team with four goals and nine points through the team’s first six matches. The senior midfielder had a stretch of three straight games with at least one goal from Sept. 1﹘9 for the Lumberjacks, who are 2-3-1 in 2018.

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