Granite Bay’s Kecki wins SFL singles tennis title
Kammy Kecki of Granite Bay High School defeated Abby Bacharach 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 to win the Sierra Foothill League singles tennis championship.
On Tuesday, Kecki and her Grizzlies teammates will begin their quest for a sixth consecutive team tennis section crown when they play host to either Elk Grove or Napa.
And on Thursday, Kecki will begin defense of her section singles title at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club. Also, Granite Bay senior twins Chloe and Lily Forlini will shoot for their fourth section doubles championship.
Section Masters Tournament — Oakmont’s Maddy Gedeon shot a 73 and Granite Bay’s Paige Lee a 74 on Monday at the Section Masters Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
Both qualified for the CIF NorCal Championships on Monday, Nov. 5, at Brookside Country Club in Stockton. Sara Scarlett of Woodland was the medalist with a 70, and Kelsey Ulep of Whitney shot a 72.
Teams qualifying for the NorCal tournament were Masters champ St. Francis (415), Lodi (419) and Pleasant Grove (425).
Woodcreek boys win SFL — The Timberwolves edged Granite Bay at William Jessup University and captured their third consecutive SFL varsity boys championship.
The Timberwolves had only Jon Horvath in the top 10 — he finished sixth in 15 minutes, 52 seconds — compared to six in the top 10 at last year’s meet.
“It was pretty hard fought,” Woodcreek coach Terri McKillop said. “We’ve been battling illness and injuries. We were a little concerned we could pull it off.”
Granite Bay senior Trent Brendel was the individual winner for the second year in a row, his time of 15:26 seven seconds quicker than Roseville sophomore Neilson Powless. Grizzlies teammates Paul Zeiss (15:53) and sophomore Ben Pavik (16:19) were fifth and 10th. Roseville sophomore Arturo Sotomayor placed eighth in 16:12.
Del Oro won the varsity girls crown with Woodcreek second and Granite Bay third. Granite Bay freshman Maggie Bell won the race in 18:31 with teammate Katie Mersereau trailing by one second.
Karina Nunes of Woodcreek finished third in 18:54, and Lauren Mason was fifth in 19:05.
Woodcreek also won the frosh-soph boys title.
Rocklin 3, Roseville 2 — The host Tigers (22-16, 4-4 SFL) came back from a two-set deficit but fell to the Thunder 25-13, 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 15-12 on Senior Night.
“It was a great SFL match,” Roseville coach Ron Grove said.
Roseville led 10-8 in the fifth set, but Rocklin (24-12, 6-2) rallied with a tough serve and came back to win.
Abby Jensen and Gabby Lyttle led the Tigers with 11 kills apiece, and Leslie Pease had six kills to complement her solid defense and blocking. Hayley Barnes kept several rallies alive with digs in the back row.
“A few less errors in the fifth game and we could have taken it,” Grove said.
The Tigers need to win one of their last two matches to qualify for the section playoffs. Roseville plays at Nevada Union (15-20, 1-7) on Monday and at Del Oro (19-7, 5-3) on Tuesday.
Boys water polo
Granite Bay 19, Bear River 10 — The playoff-bound Grizzlies rode six goals by Max Vigeant to a victory over the Bruins. Jack Ellinthorpe scored four goals and Alek Dendall and Patrick Carroll two each for Granite Bay.
Liam Bell, Chase Cooper, Corey Consunji, Keenan Koukol and Frankie Cervantes scored one goal apiece. In goal, Max Munsell blocked seven shots, and Tyler Kenney had three blocked shots and four steals.
Roseville 7, Rocklin 6 — Evan Artica, Nick Sapp and Elijah Keaton two goals each and Justin Young one. Keaton four steals, Jacob Darby three steals, Chance Owen 19 saves, two steals and an assist.