Longtime wrestling coach Lynch earns mentor award

He'll be honored at CCA banquet; two local athletes commit to colleges
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Longtime local wrestling and football coach Mike Lynch will receive the prestigious Jim Brownfield Mentor Award at the California Coaches Association Coach of the Year awards banquet June 11 in Sacramento.

Lynch coached for more than 30 years, according to Grizzlies wrestling coach Shane Dixon, including stints at Jackson, Ceres and Oakmont, before starting Granite Bay’s wrestling program when the school opened in 1996. He also started the Grizzly Duals, and Dixon added Lynch’s name to the team tournament invitational when Lynch retired last year.

“It is fitting that he is being honored with a mentor award. He certainly has been and continues to be a mentor to me,” Dixon said in an e-mail. “He is a great resource to screen ideas. Many of his former wrestlers are now coaching around the state. He always works in a way that conveys respect to his wrestlers, to other coaches, and to the sport of wrestling itself. I have the utmost respect for him and his coaching style.”

Dixon said Lynch still serves as the Sierra Foothill League representative to the Sac-Joaquin Section and as treasurer for the Sacramento Area Wrestling Association.

Other Coaches of the Year who will be honored include Mike Takayama (Del Oro girls basketball), Dave Muscarella (Rocklin girls volleyball) and Kris Richardson (Folsom football).

Section Commissioner Pete Saco will receive the William Rockwell Distinguished Service Award for 2011, and Paul Rose of Jesuit will be inducted into the CCA Hall of Fame.

Woodcreek’s Chanco signs
Joleen Chanco of Woodcreek signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore.

Chanco, an All-Sierra Foothill League first-team selection, averaged 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals in leading the Timberwolves to the Division II section playoffs. She also played in the Optimist All-Star game.

Woodcreek girls basketball coach Raymond Beck said in an e-mail Lane is the top community college in the Pacific Northwest. The Titans won the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship in 2006, ’07 and ’09 and have made 10 consecutive NWAACC championship appearances.

Beck said Lane coach Greg Sheley, who played basketball and baseball at Sierra College in the 1980s, is impressed with Chanco’s defense and ability to play point guard. Lane, like Woodcreek, runs some triangle offense.

“They like her dribble penetration and pull-up game in case they choose to run some dribble-drive offense as well,” Beck said. “Joleen is a steal for any junior college program.”

Oakmont’s Boshart commits
Oakmont junior soccer player Kendall Boshart has committed to play for Point Loma University near San Diego. Boshart, who also plays for Placer United Elite U17, has a 4.4 GPA at Oakmont.

Boshart has played varsity soccer since her freshman year. Her defense helped lead the Vikings into the Division II section playoffs. Oakmont is scheduled to play Rocklin on Tuesday night. She’ll join Granite Bay’s Chelsea Putman at Point Loma, an NAIA Christian school.

Five locals to play in Optimist volleyball matches
Five players from Roseville schools will compete in the Sacramento Evening Optimist Club volleyball matches Friday night at Capital Christian High School.

Kyle Howarth and Anthony Giannotti of Granite Bay and John Fluette of Antelope will play for the North squad in the 13th annual Jake Schales Boys All-Star Volleyball Game at 5 p.m.

Simone Durham and Abbey Wade of Roseville will play in the 24th annual Carmen Gaskins All-Star Volleyball Game after the boys match.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students with an ID and $3 for children under 12. The matches benefit Optimist Club charities.
- Bill Poindexter, staff reports