Granite Bay graduate Riffice signs to play baseball with Indiana State

Sierra soccer loses; Roseville PONY taking registrations
By: Staff Reports
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Jake Riffice, a 2010 graduate of Granite Bay High School, was one of nine baseball players signed by Indiana State University for the 2014 season, according to a news release.

Riffice, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound shortstop, had team highs with 19 runs and 137 assists playing for American River College last spring. He’s now at Sierra College.

“Jake is an outstanding defensive player,” Indiana State head coach Rick Heller said in the news release. “He can make all the plays and throws extremely well. We love Jake’s makeup, as he plays the game hard, is an excellent student and will be a great fit in our program.”


Sierra soccer falls in state semifinals

Sierra College lost to Cerritos 2-1 in the CCCAA Women’s Soccer State Championship semifinals last weekend in Walnut.

Freshman forward Marissa Griffen, formerly of Woodcreek, sophomore midfielder Kayla Granley (Roseville) and freshman defender Tiffani Rice (Oakmont) were starters for Sierra.

Trailing 2-0, sophomore Miani Mahannah scored for the Wolverines (16-6-3) in the 50th minute. Mahannah, formerly of Antelope High School, took five shots, including two on goal.

American River (13-6-4) lost to Santiago Valley 5-0 in the other semifinal. Cerritos (21-2-1) went on to score a 2-0 victory over Santiago Valley (23-1-1) in the championship match.


PONY baseball receiving registration forms

Roseville PONY baseball will accept paperwork for online registration from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Round Table Pizza, 1020 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Ste. 170, in Roseville.

The league has moved to a new online registration system, which will require submitting a copy of each player’s birth certificate, medical release forms and player/parent conduct agreement.

Parents and guardians need to register online at and then bring printouts of the documents to Round Table to be processed. Laptops and extra forms will be available at Round Table.

The league will hold a fundraiser dine-in night at Round Table in conjunction with registration. Roseville PONY will receive 20 percent of the proceeds, which will go toward fields, equipment and umpires.

For information, contact Juli Tilton-Traylor at (916) 622-4030.


Hole in one

Bob Porter made a hole in one on Nov. 8 at Woodcreek Golf Club. Porter used a sand wedge to ace the 100-yard 17th hole.


Hoop Shoot free throw contest is Dec. 8

Roseville Elks Lodge No. 2248 has scheduled its annual Hoop Shoot free throw contest for Saturday, Dec. 8, in the gym at Kaseberg Elementary School, 1040 Main Street, in Roseville.

Sponsored by the Elks National Foundation, this is the first stop in the national competition. Winners in Roseville will advance to the district competition. State, regional and national events follow.

The contest begins at 3 p.m. and is open to boys and girls ages 8-13. Age groups will be 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each age group.

There is no cost to enter. For information, contact Gary Platz at or (916) 204-5663.


Woodcreek announces girls basketball league

Woodcreek High School’s girls basketball program will hold its Little Lady Timberwolves youth league on four consecutive Saturday mornings — Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 and 9.

The league is open to girls in kindergarten through sixth grade. The Woodcreek coaching staff and players will teach basic offensive and defensive fundamentals during each 90-minute session, a combination practice and game. Divisions will be split up by grade: K-2, 3-4 and 5-6.

The pre-registration price is $60 by Dec. 20. Late registration, which costs $75, will be held at 8 a.m. Jan. 19 in the Woodcreek gym.

For more information, contact head coach Raymond Beck at or (916) 771-6565, ext. 4126.