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Heikila leads Colfax golf to second straight section title

By: Journal Sports Staff
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ANGELS CAMP — Behind a stellar effort from three juniors, the Colfax High golf team won its second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship Monday at Greenhorn Creek Resort. Austin Heikila shot a 5-over-par 77 for third place overall and teammates Derek Zachman and Danny Kraker tied for fourth with 78s as Colfax rolled up a team score of 406. Sonora was second with a 420, followed by Bear River’s 427. “Our juniors have worked very hard this year,” Colfax head coach John Lamb said. The Falcons are the only Division IV team to advance to the Masters Championship, held next Tuesday at Stevinson Ranch in Stevinson. The Falcons finished second at the Masters last year. “We’ve done really well,” Lamb said. “We’re looking at ourselves as the underdog.” The top three teams at the Masters advance to the Northern California State Championships. Colfax has moved on two consecutive years. East Union finished fourth Monday with a team score of 435, followed by Sierra (437), Placer (457) and Dixon (468). Medalist Kevin Rei of Sonora shot a 3-over-par 75. Colby Smith fired an 80 for Colfax, as did Niall Conn and Taylor Daniels to lead Bear River. Rob Schauble led Placer with an 81. BASEBALL LOOMIS — What was a muddied postseason picture last week couldn’t be more clear for the Del Oro Golden Eagles heading into their Sierra Foothill League finale at Rocklin Wednesday. Del Oro beat the Thunder (13-4) 1-0 in a thrilling game Monday. If the Eagles beat Rocklin again Wednesday, they’ll advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time in 17 years. If the Eagles lose, their season is over. “They’re pretty fired up,” head coach Brett Lachemann said. “Rocklin’s tough. We just have to play well and I think we’ll have a good shot.” In Monday’s pitchers’ duel, Brian Rowe drew a one-out walk before Trevor Thomas’ walk-off double, Del Oro’s first hit off Rocklin’s Chris Garrison. Cole Saunders scattered four hits, walked two and struck out seven in a complete game for the Eagles (11-6 SFL). Mike Schnell made an impressive play at third base to help Saunders escape a first-and-third jam in the top of the seventh. Wednesday’s game at Rocklin starts at 4 p.m. SOCCER LAKE OF THE PINES — K.C. Capuchino scored two goals and Chanel Filteau netted the game-winner midway through the second half as Colfax beat Bear River 3-2 in the PVL finale Monday. The Falcons (15-6-2, 10-2 PVL) survived a scare late in the game when Josie Ruzette was taken away by ambulance after suffering a neck injury in a collision with a Bruin. X-rays on Ruzette, the league’s leading scorer, were negative. “We’re just really glad No. 1 that it’s not a serious injury,” Colfax head coach Steve Robinson said. “We hope to have her back for the playoffs next week.” The Falcons host Oakdale Tuesday to open the postseason. The Bruins (5-9-3, 3-8-1) led 2-0 after 20 minutes and 2-1 at halftime after Capuchino’s first goal on a penalty. Capuchino scored her second goal off a Piper Lofrano corner kick. Chugiak 5, Placer 0 — The Mustangs, the No. 1 ranked team in Alaska, made a mid-season visit to Placer Stadium Saturday for the Hillgals’ season finale. “They’re definitely one of the better teams we’ve ever seen at Placer,” head coach Steve Cook said. Chugiak led 4-0 at halftime. Jenna Davis relieved Tori Jordan at goalkeeper in the second half and allowed one goal in her final 40 minutes at Placer. The Hillgals finished the season 11-10-4 overall and 7-3-2 in the PVL. SOFTBALL LINCOLN — Nikoli Sharp went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and outpitched Kelsey Knox as Lincoln edged Placer 3-2 in Pioneer Valley League action Monday. The Hillgals broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Zebras scored two in their half of the inning to take their first lead and they held on. Sharp allowed two earned runs on four hits. She struck out two and walked two. Knox gave up three runs — one earned — on five hits, walked one and struck out four. Cassie Emerson had an RBI-double and Stephanie Tofft also had a hit for Lincoln. Tiffany Harrington went 2-for-3 and scored a run for Placer. Hailey Stockman tripled home a run and Kelsey Rhode had a double. Placer (11-13, 2-8 PVL) hosts Whitney today at 4 p.m. Lincoln (16-10, 7-4) hosts El Dorado Wednesday. Auburn Nissan’s Red Hot Chili Peppers 12, R&D Property Management’s Island Girls 6 — Sarah Broady singled with the bases loaded, one of her three hits in the game, to lead the Chili Peppers in 5 Cities Fastpitch Softball North Division action Saturday. Katie Garcia allowed three hits in five strong innings for the Chili Peppers. Sydney Anderson had two hits and Jade Jacob doubled and had a solid game behind the plate. Noelle Kehoe-Parsons, MacKenzie Thilmony and Morgan Brummond had hits for the Island Girls. On Wednesday, the Sleep Train Heartbreakers beat the Chili Peppers 12-10. Emma Futrell allowed only one hit in four innings for the Heartbreakers, while Delaney Gilbert and Emilie Vielbig both reached base safely three times and scored twice. Thilmony homered for the Chili Peppers, while Tasha Lewis and Hannah Thilmony also had hits in the loss.