Three-time champ, teen make up Antelope's McAnally team for NASCAR series

Roseville, Granite Bay baseball players rip on opening weekend of college season
By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Eric Holmes will shoot for his fourth championship and Cameron Hayley his first on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West circuit, as Bill McAnally Racing of Antelope on Monday announced its drivers for the 2012 season.

Holmes, of Escalon, has won 16 races in the series and captured titles in 2006, ’08 and ’10. Hayley, 15, of Canada, made four starts last season. He finished second in his debut in Montana and third in the October race at All American Speedway in Roseville.

Driving select Pro Series West races for BMR will be Ben Kennedy and D.J. Kennington. Kennedy, 20, who lives in Florida, will drive in three Pro Series West events while racing full time in Pro Series East. He’s a great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and son of International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy. Kennington won the 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship.

Driving for BMR at All American Speedway will be Chris Evans and Canadian Jamie Krzysik. Evans owns the Great American Stockcar Series (GASS) and has established a West Coast base in Roseville, according to a news release. Krzysik finished eighth in Late Model points last season at the speedway.

College baseball: DeMello, Knapp come out swinging

College baseball season opened last weekend, and Toby DeMello (Roseville) and Andrew Knapp (Granite Bay) impacted their teams with four hits each in three games.

DeMello had an RBI single to help Saint Mary’s College open with a 2-1 victory over Southern Utah on Friday in Moraga. He also caught a combined six-hitter by Martin Agosta and Jordan Mills.

On Saturday, DeMello went 2 for 4, scored twice and had an RBI in a 9-2 win over Southern Utah, and he was 1 for 2 in a 2-1 win in 10 innings Sunday.

Granite Bay graduate Brad Nease struck out two in 1 1/3 innings of relief in Saturday’s win.

Knapp played first base and hit cleanup as No. 22 Cal swept University of the Pacific in a three-game series.

He went 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI in a 9-1 win in Friday’s opener. Knapp hit a two-run homer during a four-run rally in the fourth inning on the way to a 6-3 win on Saturday in Stockton. Knapp capped his 4-for-11 series by stroking a two-run single during a six-run eighth to help the Golden Bears beat the Tigers 9-3 on Sunday in Berkeley.

College basketball: Anderson, Bramow lift Jessup on Senior Night

Anthony Anderson scored 18 points and Preston Bramow 16 to lead William Jessup over Pacific Union College 68-56 on Senior Night at the Rocklin university. Both are Granite Bay graduates.

The Warriors (11-16 overall, 6-6 California Pacific Conference) lost at UC Merced 57-54 in its regular-season finale Saturday. Jessup will be host to Pacific Union again at 7:30 p.m. today in a CalPac tournament quarterfinal.

College wrestling: Loder wins two of three matches for Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa wrestler Ryan Loder won by major decision and pin last week before sustaining his third loss of the season.

The Granite Bay High School graduate, ranked sixth in the nation at 184 pounds, lost to No. 8 Josh Ihnen 4-2, and Northern Iowa fell to No. 8 Nebraska 26-16 in its final dual meet of the season Sunday in Lincoln, Neb.

Loder was coming off two victories at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals at Iowa State. Loder scored an 8-0 major decision over John Dickson of Virginia Tech and a pin at 6:11 over Timmy McCall of Wisconsin.

Loder is 29-3 this season, including 12-1 in dual meets. He leads Northern Iowa with 10 pins.