High school spring sports 2011: A look back

It was a championship season for Roseville schools
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
-A +A

Roseville High School’s run to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II baseball championship capped the spring sports season, but much more happened on other fields and courts, in pools and on tracks and courses.

Here is a look back at the high school spring sports season:

Lions and Tigers
Before Roseville took the field against Rocklin on Memorial Day, Valley Christian Academy beat Tracy-Millennium 3-1 in Lodi to win the Division VII section championship, its third in four years. Lions coach Brad Gunter Jr. made it back to Sacramento City College that evening to watch Roseville coach Hank DeMello lead the Tigers to their title.

Valley Christian had a young pitching staff — and a good one.

Sophomore Jimmy Shaw pitched a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Faith Christian. His numbers: Seven innings, nine strikeouts, one walk, 78 pitches. He and freshman Jeremiah Moore combined on another no-hitter against Faith Christian. In their playoff opener, Shaw and Aaron Perchaz combined for a no-hitter against San Andreas-Mountain Oaks with all 18 outs coming via strikeout.

Making quite a splash
* Granite Bay swimming continued to own the pool, stretching its unbeaten run of league seasons to 15 for the girls and 14 for the boys. The Grizzlies boys went on to capture the section championship, winning the final event of the meet — the freestyle relay. Andrew Murch swam on that relay team. He also set All-America times in the 100 backstroke and 200 medley relay with Hunter Christian, Austin Akre and Brandon Sanders.

* Roseville’s Adam Jorgensen led a list of double winners at the SFL swimming championships. Others were Hannah Calton and Sophie Weber of champ Granite Bay and Whitney Jorgensen of Roseville. Cal-bound Adam Jorgensen went on to repeat as section champion in the 100 butterfly. Weber broke a 14-year-old section record in winning the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 1.15 seconds.

They come in threes
* Valley Christian had six female athletes win Sacramento Metro Athletic League titles in volleyball, basketball and softball: seniors Midori Bounds, Carly Gish, Sam Shoemake and PresLeigh Sinerius, junior Heather Frank and sophomore Emily Flood. Bounds finished with the third-best batting average in the section at .636.

* Granite Bay senior Kyle Howarth had a different three-of-a-kind hand. He was selected to the All-Sierra Foothill League first team in three sports: soccer, basketball and volleyball. All three teams won league titles, either outright or shared. The soccer team won the Division II section championship and was ranked 10th in the country in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America fall poll.

Titles, titles and more titles
* Elliott Adams of Granite Bay won his fourth SFL diving title and finished his high school career as a two-time section champ and two-time runner-up.

* Stephanie Blumm of Roseville won the SFL 300 hurdles championship for the fourth year in a row. She then won the 100 hurdles at the Division II section meet.

* Granite Bay defeated SFL rival Rocklin 1-0 to win the Division II section girls soccer championship. It was the last match for coach Chris Roberts, who left to become the assistant principal at a middle school in Grass Valley.

* Granite Bay’s golf team had a whirlwind postseason. After finishing second to Del Oro in the SFL, the Grizzlies won the Division II section title and took third at the Masters tournament to qualify for the NorCal tournament.

* Granite Bay defeated Rio Americano to win its first section team tennis championship.

* The Granite Bay doubles team of Wade Graves and Zach Low, seeded fourth, knocked off top-seeded Chris Hartman and Tyler Clark of Rocklin on their way to winning the SFL title.

* Oakmont’s boys blew away the competition to win the CVC track and field championship.

* Oakmont won the CVC boys volleyball crown.

Who could forget …
* The section added to its annual A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships by giving out Clarke Coover Scholarship Awards for the first time, and both went to local student-athletes — multiple-sports stars Kayla Granucci of Roseville and Kyle Howarth of Granite Bay. Oakmont’s Drew Wixon won a Lacky scholarship.

* SFL, Division II and Masters track and field champs all: Granite Bay’s Katie Zingheim in the pole vault, James Kinloch in the discus and Kevin Nielsen in the high jump. Zingheim, in her final high school season before moving on to Stanford, had the best height in the state this year and finished third at the State Meet. She and Kinloch also won their events at the Meet of Champions in Sacramento, and Nielsen won the long jump at the Division II meet. Zingheim also won the Arcadia Invitational in April and finished by winning her event at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento.

* Christine Zavesky of Granite Bay doubled in the 1,600 and 800 at the Division II meet.

* The annual Stephanie LeDoux Spring Softball Tournament came down to an all-Roseville final: Roseville 1, Woodcreek 0.

* Stanford-bound Jazmin Harper of Oakmont was a triple winner at the CVC track and field meet, and freshman Marisa Carino won two events. Harper, Carino, freshman Tiyana Dorsey and sophomore Katie Carte then won the 4x400 relay at the Masters Championships.

* Chris Campbell, known last fall as Granite Bay’s booming kicker, was the section scoring leader in lacrosse with 38 goals.

* Lee Gearhart of Woodcreek was the co-medalist at the Division II section golf tournament.