Pro soccer league invites Granite Bay grad Hollingshead to Player Combine
Long graduated from Granite Bay High School and fresh off an All-America senior season at UCLA, Ryan Hollingshead is creating a new chapter in his soccer life.
Hollingshead received an invitation to the Major League Soccer Player Combine from Jan. 11-15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Hollingshead will try out for all 19 MLS squads, and 38 players will be chosen in the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.
Hollingshead made the decision to invite him easy. A captain for a Bruins team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, he tied for the team lead with seven goals and had eight assists and team highs with 61 shots and 22 shots on goal in being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Hollingshead finished his UCLA career with 16 goals and 21 assists.
Four years after recording two assists in Granite Bay’s 5-2 victory over Oakmont in the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship match, Hollingshead was 30th in the nation in assists this fall. He also was named first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Far West Region, third-team Capital One Academic All-American and was the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Career-high 23 for Oakmont grad Adenrele
Oakmont graduate J.T. Adenrele scored a career-high 23 points against Stanford on Saturday and followed with his first college double double for UC Davis on Monday.
Adenrele had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Aggies (2-6) pounded Eastern Washington 87-65 at The Pavilion. He’s averaging 12 points and 4.6 rebounds and leads UC Davis with 14 blocked shots. His previous career high was 19 points, set against Sacramento State last season.
Two days earlier, the 6-foot-6 sophomore led a comeback at Maples Pavilion before the Aggies fell to Stanford 75-52. His basket during a short run helped pull UC Davis within seven before the Cardinal pulled away.
Adenrele dominated inside on both ends of the court. On defense, he forced turnovers and drew charging calls.
“Once I was able to find my rhythm, I tried to take advantage of the opportunities I had when my team was on offense,” said Adenrele, who received a rousing ovation when he was taken out of the game late in the second half, according to a UC Davis news release.
UC Davis’ next home game is Jan. 5 against UOP.
Granite Bay grad is CalPac Player of the Week
William Jessup University junior forward Sara Petersen, formerly of Granite Bay, was named the California Pacific Conference Player of the Week.
Petersen had two double doubles as the Warriors won twice. She had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Hope International and 16 points and 13 rebounds in a victory over La Sierra. Petersen, formerly Sara Sciascia, is averaging 12.7 points and eight rebounds a game for the Warriors, who play host to New Hope Christian at 3 p.m. today.
Oakmont graduate earns scholar award
Junior Cole Alexander, an Oakmont graduate, was one of three Missouri State soccer players named to the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region second team. Alexander, who has a 3.75 GPA, was one of three unanimous first-team choices. He led Missouri State with three goals, six points, 33 shots and 12 shots on goal.