Grizzlies’ Adams places second in section diving

Granite Bay tennis duo falls in Division II semifinals
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Elliott Adams’ high school diving career ended with two Sac-Joaquin Section championships and two runner-up efforts.

The Granite Bay senior, the section champ as a freshman and sophomore, finished second Saturday at Johansen High School in Modesto. Adams totaled 484.5 points, better than his scores when he won his section titles, but finished well short of Jacob Crayne of Jesuit. Crayne totaled 558.05 points.

Crayne is coached by his mom, and the family has high and low boards in their backyard. Adams’ coach, Mike Brown, described Crayne’s performance as “solid” with no major mistakes. He also was proud of Adams.

“Elliott did well. I was really pleased with his effort and his attitude. He was very gracious,” Brown said. “I told Elliott a couple years ago Jake was the kid he was going to have to watch out for.”

Adams had winning scores of 471.9 in the 2008 finals and 475.9 in 2009. He finished second to Hunter Smith of Kennedy in 2010. Smith, diving this spring for McClatchy, finished third Saturday with 476.85.

Molly Kearney of El Camino won the girls championship with 499.8 points. Amy Crayne of St. Francis, Jacob’s sister and the 2010 champ, was second with 495.6. Shelbie Holden of Bella Vista, who attended Silverado Middle School in Roseville, was third with 473.15.

Sarah Strand of Oakmont placed fifth with 377.25, and Brandi Mello of Woodcreek was 16th with 261.

Chase Van Liew of Del Oro won the frosh-soph boys competition with 350.3. In frosh-soph girls, Karrisa Conner of Granite Bay and Harlie Hedger of Woodcreek tied for seventh with 274.45.

Division II section championships
— Third-seeded Zach Low and Wade Graves of Granite Bay lost to No. 2 Jonathan Limhengco and Ryan Peabody of Christian Brothers 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals Friday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club. Limhengco and Peabody then lost to No. 1 Kadyn Silva and Patrick Johnson of Rio Americano 6-4, 6-2 for the championship. Low and Graves won two matches Thursday to advance to the semifinals.

In singles, fourth-seeded Kyle Coates of Oakmont lost to top-seeded Brett Bacharach of Del Oro 6-0, injury default in the semifinals. Bacharach then lost to No. 3 seed Matt Alves of Casa Roble 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final. Coates lost just one game in his first two matches Thursday en route to the semifinals.

In the Division II team playoffs, Granite Bay blanked Bella Vista 9-0 on Monday to advance to the semifinals Wednesday against Fairfield-Vanden, a 9-0 winner over McClatchy. Del Oro and Rio Americano meet in the other semifinal. The championship match is at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Granite Bay would host if it wins Wednesday.