Valley Christian’s Flood signs to play volleyball at Simpson

Oakmont tops Center in soccer; Granite Bay girls lacrosse goes on a roll
By: Staff Reports
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Valley Christian Academy senior Emily Flood signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Simpson University in Redding.

Flood has been a student at Valley Christian her entire life. Flood played volleyball and basketball for the Lady Lions.

A three-year varsity player in volleyball, she made two trips with Valley Christian to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI finals at UC Davis and was a sophomore on the 2010 team that went undefeated in the Sacramento Metro Athletic League.

She led last season’s team in digs (206) and aces (7) and was second with 207 kills. Flood was an All-SMAL selection last fall and honorable mention in 2011.

Her parents, Dawn and Brian, are Valley Christian alumni, and Dawn Flood heads the school’s elementary department. Flood’s grandma, Maureen Taft, is a longtime first-grade teacher at Valley Christian, and sister Brianna graduated in 2010 and now attends Biola University.


Girls soccer: Oakmont downs Center


Freshman Sierra Brewer opened the scoring and closed it as Oakmont defeated Center 3-1 in a nonleague match. Anna Parker broke a tie score with a goal in the second half.


Boys volleyball: Granite Bay comes back to win two


Granite Bay High School’s boys volleyball team dropped just one set in beating Ponderosa 3-1 and Oak Ridge 3-0 last week.

Greg Smith had 14 kills in 30 attempts in the Grizzlies’ 16-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 victory over Ponderosa. Austin Downs had seven kills and Zach Wilson and Vaughn Petersen six each. Downs also had five blocks and Smith three.

Smith then had 11 kills, five digs and four blocks in the Grizzlies’ 25-21, 25-17, 25-16 win at Oak Ridge.

Granite Bay fell behind Ponderosa in each set and then trailed Oak Ridge 7-1 in the first set.

“Oak Ridge is a tough place to play, so it’s always good to get a win there,” Grizzlies coach Bruce Honberger said. “It’s good to see our team play well and win in straight sets.”


Softball: Valley Christian drubs Forest Lake


Katie Urban struck out seven over four innings, and Erin Patterson highlighted Valley Christian’s 15-0 thrashing of Forest Lake Christian with a bases-loaded triple in a season opener. Newcomer Hayley Simon also went 2 for 2.


Girls lacrosse: Grizzlies back up No. 5 ranking


Granite Bay’s girls lacrosse team has rolled to victory in its most recent five matches. The Grizzlies (6-2) pounded Burlingame 15-3, Christian Brothers 14-2, Napa-Justin Siena 14-4, Bella Vista 12-0 and Menlo-Atherton 17-4.

The Grizzlies had that streak snapped with a 10-8 loss at St. Francis on Tuesday.


Motor sports: Teen Kwasniewski, no longer in Roseville, wins at Bristol


Dylan Kwasniewski wasn’t even 16 years old when he became the youngest driver to start a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race two years ago at All American Speedway in Roseville. Not quite two years later, he conquered famed Bristol Motor Speedway.

The 2012 Pro Series West champion, now racing in Pro Series East, won the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 125 on Saturday on the .533-mile oval in Tennessee.

Kwasniewski took the lead on lap 30 and led the remaining 96 laps. He took the checkered flag 1.232 seconds ahead of Brett Moffitt of Grimes, Iowa.

The Las Vegas teenager described Bristol as “like those (carnival) rides that spin you around to where you don’t have any gravity.”


Youth wrestling: Orange Crush grapplers medal at state meet


Six wrestlers from the Roseville Wrestling Club Orange Crush placed in the top eight at the CAUSA Kids Folkstyle State Championships last weekend in Fresno.

Santino Jordan led the way with a runner-up finish in the novice boy 130-pound division. Ray Ray Harris went 4-1 in intermediate boy 50 and placed third.

Anthony Harris (bantam boy/girl 45) and Jasmine Bonilla (intermediate girl 50) each placed fourth. Harris advanced to the semifinals before losing and went 4-2. James Durham of the Orange Crush went 3-3 and placed sixth in MSB 132, and Lorenzo Toro placed eighth in intermediate boy 50 with a 2-3 record.