Ex-Colfax High players still hoopin' it up

By: Mike Ray
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Former Colfax High girls basketball coach Jim Ryan, who bides his time these days in retirement with gardening, playing golf and watching the grandkids play ARD basketball, used to absolutely disdain when the weather turned sunny and warm during the basketball season. Ryan, whose teams, won over 400 games, more league championships than you can count on two hands and also along the way captured five CIF Sac-Joaquin Section crowns, also craved what he termed “basketball weather” during February and March. “The team’s mind-set tends to wander when the weather turns good,” Ryan once told this scribe. With that in mind and a streak of inclement weather hitting the foothills this week, let’s turn to some basketball updates on some former Colfax High boys and girls players that are plying their trade at colleges around the state: Ari Iventosch (CHS ‘06) — Iventosch, a junior at Dominican University in San Rafael, has returned from a wrist injury suffered in December and is averaging 26 to 30 minutes a game for the Penguins who are 13-10 overall on the season and 10-3 in Pac-West Conference games. Iventosch scored five points and had two assists in a tough 65-64 loss at conference leading Cal-State East Bay last Saturday. The Penguins are pointing towards the Pac-West tournament slated for Feb. 24-28 with the winner earning a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. Devin Ginty (CHS ‘07) — Ginty, a sophomore at the University of San Diego, helped the Toreros snap a four-game loss skid by scoring five points and dishing out one assist in last Saturday’s 73-63 win over USF. San Diego, which won the West Coast Conference tournament last season and qualified for the NCAA Tournament, is currently 5-4 in conference action and 13-11 overall. Ginty and the Toreros have a televised game coming up on Thursday, Feb. 19 against St. Mary’s in Moraga. Tip off is 8 p.m. on ESPNU. Scott Krizman (CHS ‘08) — Is he or isn’t he? That’s the question that surrounds Colfax’s all-time leading boys career scorer as the season winds down. Krizman, a 6-4 true freshman guard, appears to be headed for a red-shirt season despite suiting up and traveling to all of the Tritons’ games this season. Krizman, has played in two games for UC San Diego but none after Jan.1. A chance to be a projected starter next season according to coach Chris Carlson has it more than likely that Krizman will still have four years of eligibility left after this season. Tyler Divine (CHS ‘08) — Divine, a freshman guard-forward at Sierra College, has helped the Lady Wolverines remain in the Big 8 Conference title hunt with her stellar play. Divine tallied 15 points in a recent 78-50 win over American River and last Friday hit for 11 points in a 76-55 decision over Cosumnes River. The Lady Wolverines are now 13-5 overall on the season and 9-1 in Big 8 Conference action. Sarah Briasco (CHS ‘07), Lauren Maurer (‘08) — With only two sophomores on its squad, the women’s team at Cuesta College has had a tough time thus far in a 6-17 season. However, Briasco and Maurer have been two bright spots for the Cougars. Briasco is a team leader in scoring and rebounding while Maurer had back-to-back 20 point games before a broken foot sidelined her in December. Rebekah Calvert (CHS ‘04) — The senior guard erupted for 26 points to lead Jessup to a 68-58 win over Cal State East Bay last week. Calvert also had 21 in an 82-70 setback at California Maritime. Jessup is 7-6 in Pac West Conference action and looking to finish high in the standings for a good seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Courtney Harrison (CHS ‘08) — Only one of two true freshman on the Cal State Chico women’s team, Harrison has played in four games and appears headed for a red-shirt season. The Wildcats are 14-9 overall on the season and 10-4 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. Joel Iventosch (CHS ‘08) — Joining his brother Ari at Dominican University, the younger Iventosch, an all-Pioneer Valley League player last season in Colfax’s 29-4 season, is using his red-shirt season this year for the Penguins.