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California Interscholastic Federation names Roger Blake new executive director

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Roger Blake has been promoted to executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation.

Blake, 58, has been with the CIF for 15 years, including assistant executive director for six years and associate executive director for the last six years. He replaces Marie M. Ishida, who’s retiring. Blake officially begins his new post Aug. 1.

“I am extremely honored, excited and humbled to be selected,” Blake was quoted as saying in a news release issued by the CIF. “Marie may be small in physical stature, but I have big shoes to fill in following her and the great traditions of CIF.”

Blake earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Cal State Fullerton in 1976 and a Master of Arts at Azusa Pacific. He’s a certified master athletic administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations National Teaching Faculty on several subjects.

“There is not a more qualified person for this job than Roger Blake,” Ishida said. “He is well prepared and will do an outstanding job. I’m leaving the CIF knowing it is in very capable hands.”

Oakmont golfer wins co-title in The First Tee event

Zach Will of Roseville shot a 2-over-par 74 and shared the overall boys championship with Cameron Champ of Sacramento in The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour event at Sunset Whitney.

Will is on the golf team at Oakmont High School.

Other local winners included Connor Day of Roseville with a 77 in the boys 16-18 division, Drake Mendenhall of Granite Bay with a 77 in boys 12-13 and April Chang of Antelope with a 78 in girls 15-18.

Bryce Johnson, who golfs for Woodcreek, tied for second in boys 16-18 with a 79, and Granite Bay freshman Jeff Inouye-Wong carded a 77 to place second in boys 14-15.

Kelsey Ulep of Rocklin fired a 2-under 70 to claim the overall girls crown. Roseville resident Clare Sorensen tied for second in girls 15-18. Her 79 was one stroke behind Chang.

Hole in one

Hal Bettis used a 9-iron to ace the 119-yard 17th hole at Woodcreek Golf Club on April 12.