Roseville-fueled Yuba falls to Fresno City in state championship game
Yuba College and its band of players from Placer County came up one victory short of a California Community College Athletic Association men’s basketball championship.
The 49ers lost to Fresno City 77-62 in the final Sunday at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.
Yuba (33-4) was trying to add a state title to its six consecutive conference crowns and first No. 2 seed for the Northern California Regional playoffs after defeating Antelope Valley 79-69 on Saturday.
Spencer Butterfield, a former star at Del Oro, led the 49ers with 17 points and 11 rebounds Saturday, and he had eight points and six rebounds against Fresno City (33-3). Butterfield led Yuba in scoring and rebounding this season.
Former Rocklin players Anthony Romero and Cody Kale scored 15 and 14 points in the win over Antelope Valley, and Kale had 15 against Fresno City.
Roseville graduate Kevin Crabb had 11 points and eight rebounds against Fresno City.
Season ends for Woodcreek grad, Cal Poly Pomona
Woodcreek graduate J.J. Judge scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting for Cal Poly Pomona in its 49-48 loss to Grand Canyon in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Judge appeared in 24 games for the Broncos (19-9) and averaged six points and 15 minutes per game. She scored a season-high 18 points against Humboldt State on Jan. 12.
Roseville grad DeMello is nominated for Johnny Bench Award
Roseville graduate Toby DeMello, a catcher at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, was nominated by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission for the Johnny Bench Award, honoring the top collegiate catcher in the country.
DeMello has caught nine of 20 runners attempting to steal this season. His pop time to second base averages in the low 1.8-second range with an all-time best of 1.77, according to a news release.
Bam-Bam! Local boxers stop opponents
Felix Cadena and Ernesto “Tito” De La Torre, representing Lord’s Gym/Bam Bam Boxing of Roseville, scored second-round technical knockouts Saturday at Superior Fight Academy in West Sacramento.
Cadena, 18, defeated Conar Sanders, 17, of Westside Boxing Club in San Mateo at 128 pounds. De La Torre, 25, stopped Daniel Lazano, 25, of Grimz Gym in South Sacramento.
Placer United soccer wins in Las Vegas
The Placer United Elite 95 Girls team, featuring several players from Roseville schools, won the Gold U17-U19 championship at the Las Vegas College Invitational, held Feb. 24-26.
Placer United opened with a 5-0 victory over Las Vegas Premier 95 Girls White, as forward Sarah Giddings of Granite Bay teamed up with Kendall Boshart of Oakmont on one goal.
Boshart helped Placer United beat Boise Nationals SC Premier 1-0 when she cleared a ball that nearly dribbled into the goal.
Lauren Hayano of Woodcreek assisted on Placer United’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Heat FC 94 ECNL, and Placer United finished with a 3-0 victory over Northwest Nationals Premier SC 94 Red of Washington.
Placer United tied for first place in the Gold Group with 29 points and won the tiebreaker on goal differential.
Other members of the team included Dorien Johnk of Granite Bay, Madeline Schiffel of Cornerstone Christian, Emily Chalfant of Woodcreek and Anna Goddi of Granite Bay.
Hole in one
Bill Anderson scored a hole in one Feb. 22 at Woodcreek Golf Club. Anderson used an 8-iron to ace the 128-yard eighth hole.