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North comes back to win 11th boys Optimist volleyball game

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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In the final high school contest of the year, the North came from behind to knock off the South squad in the 11th annual Optimist Club Jake Schales Boys High School All Star Volleyball Game Thursday night at Capital Christian High. The Optimist All Star games feature the best senior players from the greater Sacramento area. The North team, headlined by Sierra Foothill League co-MVPs Jack Powell of Granite Bay and Tyler Salcedo of Nevada Union, won the first game easily 25-16 before dropping the next two stanzas. It took all the crew made up almost entire of the SFL’s top players could muster to overcome that deficit and win in five games 25-16, 22-25, 25-27, 25-16, 15-12. “What a spirited contest,” said North team and Granite Bay High coach Bruce Honberger. “Again boys volleyball was represented well with high quality, powerful volleyball. A great way to end the seniors’ high school careers.” The Grizzlies’ Mike Naki paced the North with 15 kills and outstanding back row defense. The less-heralded hero of the section champion Granite Bay squad came up with some huge fourth-game kills that helped turn the tide in the North team’s direction. “He (Naki) was the key to the North squad’s win, Honberger said. “He was the best all-around player on the floor and he filled up the stat sheet.” Naki had three blocks, two aces, 25 serve receptions, eight digs and hit at a .385 clip, with 15 kills. Powell and Granite Bay libero Travis Wefald also had outstanding performances to close out their high school run. Wefald controlled the back row and delivered outstanding defense, particularly in the critical fourth game. He finished up with seven digs for the North. Powell hammered home 11 kills and added three blocks. The North MVP was Jeff Patton of Placer, while Oak Ridge’s Josh Nelson was named the top player from the South side. Mike Greiner, Ryan Albers and Tevin Tyus represented Woodcreek on the North squad as well.