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Teams get summer schooling

Sports Chatter
By: Mike Ray
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If there?s a point of comparison for the basketball and football teams at Colfax High during the months of June and July it would be this: the Falcon grid men and hoopsters get out and see the sights around California and in the process play a ton of summer games. Such was the case last weekend with the Colfax football team bunking down in Morro Bay for the Central Coast Passing Classic held in Nipomo and the Falcon boys basketball team participating in the Nevada Wolfpack team camp at Reno. In the grid ranks, Tony Martello?s charges are showing hints this summer that they will be capable of throwing the football next season like Falcon teams of old. ?We did very well,? said the Colfax coach after the Falcons posted a 7-1 record at Nipomo. ?Both sides of the ball had very productive weekends.? Colfax posted wins in the tournament over Cabrillo of Lompoc, 39-9; Pioneer of San Jose, 42-12; Righetti of Santa Maria, 48-30; Nipomo, 36-21; Mission Prep, 30-15; Atascadero, 51-15 and Dos Pueblos of Santa Barbara, 18-6. The Falcons? lone setback came in their first game of the tournament to eventual tournament finalist Arroyo Grande, 27-18. ?It was funny,? said the Colfax coach. ?We beat Dos Pueblos and they beat Arroyo Grande in the finals.? The impressive Colfax showing at the tournament comes on the heels of the Falcons? recent strong effort against quality Div. I and Div. II opponents at the Stanford Tournament. ?We ask a lot of out kids in the summer but that what high school football is these days,? said Martello. ?The kids and coaches are doing a great job.? Next week the Falcons will put on pads and head to Sutter for a two-day contact camp. While the Colfax football team was soaring on the Central Coast, Mike O?Connell?s boys hoops team was keeping its strong summer efforts going with another top flight effort in Reno. ?We played some good teams and picked up some good wins,? said O?Connell, whose Falcons previously won the Reno AAU Memorial Day Tournament and then posted record of 7-1 at the Chico Summer Classic and 5-1 at the El Camino Eagle Shootout. At Reno, Colfax?s squad notched pool play wins over El Dorado, Kennedy of Fremont, Placer. Bella Vista, and Reed of Sparks. The Falcons then posted a pair of quality knock-out bracket victories of two Oregon 5A teams, North Medford and Beaverton. Colfax?s lone nemesis in the tournament was a highly touted Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove team who downed the Falcons twice at the camp. Pleasant Grove was led by 6-foot-6-inch, 250-pound center Arik Armstead who is only a junior but already has received several Div. I football and basketball offers. The Falcons? team leaders on the court this summer have been Chase Mosier, Austin Oberg, Ben Buell, Robert O?Connell, Luke Beninga, Elliot Forsman and Austin Brown, just to name a few.