Area players have Sierra College baseball off to hot start

Honors keep coming to Granite Bay football team
By: Staff Reports
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Nick Blaser is batting .400 and Jake Riffice is at .375 as Sierra College has won four of its first five games this baseball season.

Blaser, a 2011 Roseville High School graduate, had a .500 on-base percentage and no strikeouts in 19 plate appearances. Riffice, a Granite Bay graduate, also had a .500 on-base percentage and led the Wolverines with four runs.

First baseman Jimmy Jack, another Granite Bay grad, was hitting .250 and was one of 18 players named to the community college All-State Academic Team with a 3.66 GPA.

Ryan Gearing, a freshman from Oakmont, had a save and a 1.93 ERA in three appearances.

Also playing for Sierra are Dalton Blaser (Roseville), Jon Nutter (Woodcreek) and Sean Sundberg (Granite Bay).

The Wolverines play host to College of San Mateo at 1 p.m. Saturday.


Football players to be honored


Eight football players from Roseville and Granite Bay schools will be among 36 honored by the Sacramento Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame at its annual dinner March 7 at the Elks Club in Sacramento.

Honored for their academic and football performances will be Grant Caraway, Parker Doyle, Beau Hershberger, Aaron Knapp and Taft Partridge of CIF Division I state champion Granite Bay, Taylor Laird and Tino Loconte of Oakmont and Kyle Schwartz of Roseville.

The Grizzlies will pick up another plaque for their state title to add to the one they received Feb. 8. The team visited the Assembly floor at the capitol in Sacramento with Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin.

“It was an honor to present them with an Assembly resolution and to host them at the capitol,” Gaines was quoted as saying in a news release. “Their determination and ability to work together brought them success on the football field and will continue to serve them in the future.”


Woodcreek softball player signs


Woodcreek senior Jasmine Dwerlkotte signed a national letter of intent to play softball with Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.

The Swedes are ranked No. 23 in the NAIA preseason poll.

An outfielder/shortstop, Dwerlkotte hit .467 last season with two doubles and a triple among her seven hits in just 15 plate appearances. She scored a run in 12 of the 14 games in which she appeared and totaled 16 runs for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-champion Timberwolves. Dwerlkotte also stole nine bases in 12 attempts.


Alumni baseball, golf tourney at Oakmont


Oakmont’s baseball program has scheduled its annual golf tournament for 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Sierra Pines and the alumni baseball game for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

For information, contact Athletic Director Dean Perkins at or (916) 782-1092; or, visit the Oakmont baseball website at