Falcons to kick off showcase

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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The final details of some game times and match-ups still need to be finalized, but it was confirmed this week that the Colfax Falcons will be playing the kickoff game of the 2011 California Football Showcase set for Sept. 2-3 in Sacramento. Colfax, which went 10-3 a year ago in winning the Pioneer Valley League championship and advancing to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semi-final round where they were eliminated by eventual CIF State Champion Escalon, will face Bradshaw Christian on Friday, Sept. 2, at Grant High in Sacramento. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the California Football Showcase are $10. Showcase promoter Matt Williams also noted that the Falcons are the designated home team against Bradshaw. The Colfax-Bradshaw game will be the first of three games that will be played on Friday. The second will be played at 6:30 p.m. between two teams still to be announced, while the nightcap at 8:30 p.m. will feature Del Campo and Rancho Cotati from Sonoma County. On Saturday, Sept. 3, two games will be played at Franklin High in Elk Grove. One of those featured contests will be Franklin versus Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland. The other two preliminary match-ups at either Grant or Franklin will be Placer versus Brookside Christian of Stockton and Yuba City against Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa. The feature game for the California Football Showcase game on Saturday, Sept. 3, will be played at Grant when the Grant Pacers host perennial state large school power Long Beach Poly. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. More football The above-mentioned California Football Showcase will be just one of two special events played the weekend of Sept. 2-3. At Del Oro High in Loomis, the Golden Eagles will be hosting their second “Battle at the Capital.” The Loomis event will open on Friday, Sept. 2, with Del Oro High’s frosh and JV squads playing host to Westlake of Westlake Village in Ventura County. Friday’s feature varsity game at Del Oro will pit Leland High of San Jose, the alma mater of late former NFL star Pat Tillman, against Highlands. In addition to the activities at Del Oro on Friday, Leland’s JV team will play at Highlands and Scotts Valley’s JVs, from Santa Cruz County, will play at Capital Christian. On Saturday, four varsity games will be contested at Del Oro. At 11 a.m., Scotts Valley will meet Capital Christian. That will be followed at 2 p.m. by Bear River tangling with Proctor Hug of Reno. The two final prep games at Del Oro on Saturday are both very attractive early-season match-ups. At 5 p.m., Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove plays against Lincoln of Stockton, and Del Oro meets perennial CIF Southern Section power Westlake of Ventura County. Additional football Del Campo’s Mike Dimino and Pleasant Grove’s Joe Cattolico are the coaches for the 55th annual Optimist All-Star Football Game at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at American River College. Dimino will coach the North stars; Cattolico the South stars. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Tickets, which will be sold at the game, are $10. Children younger than 8 will be admitted free of charge. Don’t forget skiers A few weeks back when reviewing some of the top moments of the past school year in Colfax High athletics, we left out — not by slight — the exploits of Jeff Scott’s Falcons girls ski team that won the CNISSF state championship. Like we mentioned back in March when they accomplished the feat, for athletics at the high school level, state championships don’t come along very often. Also not to be missed were the efforts of the team’s three all-state skiers, Nicole Bajka, Nicola Lorang and Stephanie Scott among the first nine finishers. All total, the girls’ championship effort gave the school three CNISSF state banners this season: the combined snowboard and ski title, girls snowboard and girls skiing.