Plenty of weekend action

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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It will be a busy slate for sports activity in the Colfax area this weekend as the Colfax Recreation Association hosts its 46th annual “Labor Day” Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Classic and the Colfax Falcons kickoff off their football season with a tripleheader on Friday. At Living War Memorial Park, the longest running men’s tournament in Northern California — it dates back to 1966 — will kick off a four-day run tonight that continues through Sunday. Ten men’s teams from Grass Valley, Auburn, Reno, Stockton, Roseville and Oroville will compete in pool play games today, Friday and Saturday. Elimination play will then begin Sunday morning and continues through the championship game set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Highlight of the weekend will be the induction of the Class of 2011 into the tournament’s Hall of Fame at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening. A total of 20 players, including a few that are still active, will be honored for their fine efforts over the years. Meanwhile, at Colfax High, the Falcons’ three football teams will kick off their respective seasons with a tripleheader against El Camino. The frosh game will be played at 3:30 p.m., followed by the JVs at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity clash commencing at 7:30 p.m. Martello ascending Speaking of football, Colfax High varsity coach Tony Martello should join some select company this season. Martello enters the 2011 campaign just five wins shy of the coveted 150 career-win plateau. In 15 seasons at the helm of the Falcons’ grid program, Martello’s record with the Forest Green and White is a sparkling 145-34-1. Remarkably, 12 of Martello’s 15 teams have won league championships. This comes at a school that in its first 32 years of existence had put just one league grid championship in its trophy case. Twelve times in his tenure the Falcons have won nine or more games. In eight of his seasons, Martello’s squads have lost two or fewer games. The twelve league titles have been augmented by 13 playoff appearances and three CIF section championships. Eight times his squads have gone to the CIF semi-finals or finals. Grid picks The first week of predicting games in the prep ranks is usually the toughest, so here we go: Colfax 30, El Camino 20 — EC’s option gave Falcons’ fits a year ago. Bear River 21, Cordova 14 — BR must contain shifty Lancer QB Mike Hicks. Woodcreek 21, Lincoln 16 — T-Wolves avenge 2010 upset. Foothill 28, El Dorado 14 — Mustangs have big O-line. Elsewhere: Del Oro 27, Spanish Springs 13; NU 31, McQueen 17; Granite Bay 30, Reed 21; Rocklin 22, Los Banos 20; Segerstom (Santa Ana) 24, Roseville 21; Grant 34, Folsom 23.