Fall camp for the Sacramento State Hornets begins next week with coach Marshall Sperbeck expected to greet over 90 candidates to mold a squad for the upcoming 2010 campaign.
One of the wide receivers in the Hornets camp will be former Colfax High standout Justin Chastain.
Chastain, a 2007 CHS grad, snagged 111 passes for 1,795 yards and 15 touchdowns in a sparkling two-year varsity career for the Falcons. He then went on to play at Sierra College the past two years where he earned all-state honors has a freshman and was enjoying another strong season in 2009 before an injury sidelined him during the latter half of the campaign.
Chris Briasco, another former Colfax and Sierra standout at linebacker who had accepted a scholarship a year ago to play for the Hornets, won’t be with the team after a nagging knee injury acted up again last spring and forced him to give up the sport.
Sacramento State will open its 2010 season on Sept. 4 at Stanford on a game that will be televised by Comcast Sports Bay Area.
The Hornets will then open their home season on Sept. 11 against Western Oregon. In the Big Sky preseason media and coaches poll, the Hornets were picked to finish in sixth place.
Golfers head north
Colby Smith of University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Patrick Bauer of Sonoma State University both vied in last week’s 109th Pacific Northwest Amateur Golf Championship held at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia.
The two former Colfax High links standouts joined several of the top collegiate players from across the nation in the longstanding tournament.
Bauer advanced after qualifying play to the round of 32 while Smith made it to the round of 16 before being eliminated.
Smith will try and qualify for the U.S. Amateur next week at San Mateo Country Club. Smith played in the U.S. Amateur last year.
Blast from the past
July 22, 1982: With “ace” pitcher Mike Pitz out of town on vacation, Mike Ingram toed the rubber for the Colfax Recreation Association’s Big League team and hurled the local horse-hiders to the District 54 championship. With Ingram firing shutout ball and Bill Ellis, Dave Campbell and Chuck Beedy picking up the timely hits, Colfax defeated Timber of Placerville, 1-0, in the first game of a doubleheader to run its record to 17-1 for the season…..John Humphrey and Skip Cassulo both doubled and Rick Uno drilled a triple to rally Paoli Insurance to a 6-5 win over SPD Market in Colfax Recreation Men’s A League action at Living War Memorial Park. In a lopsided B League men’s game, Alta Restaurant used Rex Stallions’ first inning home run to get on its way to a 19-1 romp over Dingus McGees. Meanwhile, in women’s A League action, Leona Harmon rapped a home run and Carol Fontana, Diane Ewing and Paulette Thompson each added big hits as Scotty’s Roadrunners whipped Shafer’s Cabinets, 15-10.
Mike Ray is sports editor for the Colfax Record.