A quick look at the local sports scene….
Banner Year For PVL
If you see Pioneer Valley League commissioner Bill Flake strutting around with his chest puffed out these days it’s not just because the former longtime Placer High wrestling coach was recently inducted into the state’s high school wrestling Hall of Fame.
No, Flake can be extra proud of the efforts that his PVL schools have accomplished this 2008-09 school year.
Going into this week’s CIF postseason competition, the PVL has already bagged no fewer than seven CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championships this year.
Included in the PVL’s section title haul this school year are Whitney (football and girls soccer), Colfax (boys cross country and golf), Placer (boys track and baseball) and Bear River (softball). In addition, several PVL athletes bagged individual section titles including Colfax’s Heidi Graves and Josh Parker in tennis and Jaymee Kirby in track. Also, El Dorado’s Mikalea Macklin, the granddaughter of longtime area resident Nick Toms, won the women’s 200 IM at the recent section swimming championships.
Rich Get Richer
Winning football games is becoming the norm at Sierra College these days. In fact, lately, if coach Jeff Tisdel’s teams aren’t winning nine plus games a year and in the hunt for state title honors, it’s cause for alarm. Despite losing a ton of talent that has moved on to four-year schools including Lamon Muldrew (San Jose State), Bryson Littlejohn (Oregon), Scott Enos (Hawaii) and ex-Colfax Falcon Chris Briasco (Sacramento State), it appears the Wolverines will be loaded once again. Tisdel confirmed this week the former Pleasant Grove running back standout Deonte Williams will be wearing cardinal and white in 2009. Williams, an all-metro selection in 2007, led Northern Arizona in rushing (950 yards, 12 TDs) last season as a true freshman.
Also, former Elk Grove standout Kevin Frank will be a Wolverine after red-shirting in his freshman season at Washington State.
Sierra opens the 2009 season on Sept. 5 at Diablo Valley.
Some Things Never Change
Caught up recently with a couple of ex-Colfax residents living the good life in retirement.
Former Colfax High baseball coach Dick Adams now resides in Santa Rosa and this season was the pitching coach for Cardinal Newman’s North Bay League championship team. Adams teamed with Gary Cox in the early 1990s to lead Colfax to three straight Golden Empire League crowns ... Also heard from in a blast from the past was John Humphrey, a former Colfax Fireballs fast pitch hitting leader in the team’s glory days in the 1980s.
Humphrey now calls Klamath Falls, Ore. home. Anyone wishing to say hello can reach “Humps” at johnny_5@