Woodcreek youth football players now bound for Florida
Five Woodcreek football players went into Saturday’s local Youth Shrine Bowl knowing they could be chosen to play in the national Youth Shrine Bowl in Florida. Well, they’re all going.
Stone Smartt, Marco Esquivel, Ray Thomas, Camrion Davis and Noah Kravich, all of the Woodcreek Junior Timberwolves Midget team, played for the North in its 18-0 victory over the South on Saturday at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College.
Kravich had a 50-yard reception on the North’s first drive, and that led to a short touchdown run by Nolan Dahler of Woodland. Smartt was the starting quarterback for head coach Marco Esquivel, whose son played receiver and running back. Thomas played on the offensive line, and Davis made tackles at linebacker.
All five were selected to play in the national Youth Shrine Bowl on Dec. 1 and 2 in Orlando, Fla.
Game MVP Riley Mispley of Placer ran for a touchdown and had two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Quarterback Tre’Jon Cotton of Inderkum scored the North’s other touchdown.
Jay Razzano of Roseville also played for the North, and Mike Kravich of the Junior Timberwolves served as defensive coordinator.
Oakmont grad earns academic honor
Cole Alexander was one of five Missouri State soccer players named to the Missouri Valley Conference scholar-athlete team.
The Oakmont High School graduate, a junior forward, was one of three unanimous choices for the first team. He led Missouri State with three goals, six points, 33 shots and 12 shots on goals. Alexander, an advertising and promotion major, carries a 3.75 GPA. He also was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VI first team.
Oakmont golfer Gedeon signs with Rutgers
Oakmont senior Maddy Gedeon signed a national letter of intent on Nov. 16 to continue her education and play golf at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Gedeon is a three-time Capital Valley Conference MVP.
Baumgarten wins at Cameron Park
Granite Bay golfer Brandon Baumgarten shot a 1-under-par 71 to score a one-stroke victory in the boys 16-18 division at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento tournament at Cameron Park Country Club. Zach Kwan tied for third in the 29-player field at 3-over 75.
Jeffrey Inouye-Wong bested a field of 30 in the boys 14-15 group with an even-par 72.
All are teammates on the Granite Bay High School team.