Bolsa Grande of Garden Grove is still in the unfortunate position of having the state's longest current winless streak (on-the-field). Bolsa Grande started this week with a current slide of 0-32. Next on the list are Los Molinos (0-25, plus 5 losses by default); Herlong (0-21-1, plus 1 loss by default); Mira Loma of Jurupa (0-22); Blair of Pasadena (0-21); Hoopa Valley of Hoopa (0-19-1, plus 2 losses by default); Windsor (0-20); Brookside Christian of Stockton (0-19) and Anderson (0-19).
There's a girls dynasty at a school in Northern California called St. Francis and we're not talking about volleyball. It's girls golf and St. Francis of Sacramento is becoming the De La Salle of the sport. The Troubadours shot a four-person aggregate total of 326 on Monday at the par 72 Butte Creek Country Club course in Chico and easily won their sixth straight Northern California team championship. Casey Gee and Danielle Nash both posted 78s for St. Francis and late finisher Hiliare Fouts came through with an 80. Foothill of Pleasanton was second, 13 shots off the pace. St. Francis kept up its winning ways despite the coaching change of Denise Larson for Diane Aguer.
What a bummer, no 2012 Olympics in San Francisco. We had envisioned it all, beginning with the opening ceremony. And there he would have been, lighting the flame, the one and only Barry Bonds. Can you think of any other athlete from a Bay Area high school who would have been better or who has been more significant in the sports world in recent years? The Serra High of San Mateo alum could be joined by another former Padre, Jim Fregosi, if Dusty Baker doesn't come back as the Giants' manager and Fregosi winds up with the post.
Riverside King was 5-1-1 entering its football game last week against Fontana Kaiser, the state's No. 1 team for Div. III. That's why the performance of Kaiser's defense -- which limited King to just 59 total yards -- was so impressive. On offense, coach Dick Bruich's squad was led by Steve Sturdivant's three TD passes. Marcus McCliman added 102 yards rushing and one TD.
Kaiser's tie was against Rancho Cucamonga, a team that unbeaten Arcadia was able to defeat. So why isn't Arcadia getting more respect in the L.A. Times Top 25 and among others in Southern California who follow the teams closely? One reason is that teams from the Pacific League, such as Crescenta Valley, Arcadia and Muir, haven't exactly been having much success in recent years in the playoffs.
The other statewide No. 1 team from the Southern Section, Carpinteria in Div. IV, was perhaps even more convincing last week that it was against Oaks Christian the week before. Coach Coley Candaele's Warriors were up 41-6 at half and cruised to a 62-25 triumph vs. Gahr of Cerritos. This was just one week removed from Gahr winning by 20-19 over Valley Christian of Cerritos, which some thought was capable of playing Carp close if the two meet in the playoffs. That doesn't look to be the case now. Ye olde classic swarming team D and a bunch of little medium-speed guys on O have really got it going at the Home of the World's Safest Beach.
Lincoln of Stockton looked like a favorite to be one of the teams that will play for this year's CIF Sac Joaquin Section Div. I title after an easier than expected 48-14 win last week over previously unbeaten Edison. It was one of those games in which the pregame hype centered on running backs Louis Rankin of Lincoln and Lynell Hamilton of Edison but it was another running back who shined most. Lincoln's Sopeter Mau piled up 157 yards on just 12 carries and scored on runs of 58, 47, and 1 yard. Edison played the game just a few days after learning its appeal to a section committee was denied and it would indeed be barred from any postseason action.
College scouts, take notice: One of the reasons for Edison's ineffectiveness in its loss to Lincoln was that starting quarterback John Joseph was injured and will be out for the rest of the season. With the team already behind by 28-0, coach Booker Guyton moved top-notch junior Lavelle Hawkins to quarterback. The talented receiver drove the Vikings for a touchdown and capped the drive with a 10-yard TD pass to Ruben Jackson. Despite the big loss to Lincoln, Hawkins still looks like one of the best juniors you'll see anywhere. He's easily on the same level as former Stockton receivers Webster Slaughter, Windrell Hayes and Lonzell Hill, who all made it to the NFL.
The Network Associates Coliseum is going to be a busy place on the weekend of December 6-8. After it had already been announced that this year's CIF North Coast Section Class 4A and Class 3A East Bay championship games will be held at the stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7, word came last week that the night before, on Dec. 6, the annual Oakland Section Silver Bowl title game will be held on the same field. It's the first time the city of Oakland kids will get to play at the big house and the two teams who will probably play in that game -- Skyline and McClymonds -- met last Saturday. It was 0-0 at halftime, but Skyline made the big plays in the second half and wound up with a 33-6 victory.
You want a team with some strong juniors? Check out Charter Oak of Covina. The Chargers knocked off Div. II state-ranked Los Altos of Hacienda Heights last week, 31-16, and two promising juniors led the way. Quarterback Michael Perri, a 6-3, 205-pounder who has Div. I college potential, passed for 145 yards and one TD. Then there's running back Patrick Fuller. After gaining 198 yards in his first start one week earlier, Fuller was a force against Los Altos with 139 yards rushing and two TDs plus an 87-yard kickoff return TD. Charter Oak was chosen to go into this week's Div. II state rankings and defeated Los Altos, its rival, for the third straight time.
Palma of Salinas hasn't won a football game for two weeks now against teams from Monterey County. That's not because the Chieftains lost again, but because they won last week by 28-13 over Gilroy, which is from Santa Clara County. David Donohue had five sacks and Luke Lippincott rushed for 204 yards and scored three TDs to lead Palma, which had a streak of 104 straight wins against fellow county opponents broken on Oct. 25 by Salinas.
It was eerie on Friday morning of last week when we found out that Chino running back Jacob Flowe was injured in a car accident the night before. We had placed Jacob's photo on our web site on Thursday afternoon as one of the state scoring leaders. We had other photo options for that space, but chose Jacob since we hadn't had his photo posted so far this season. We were glad to read in Pete Marshall's column in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that Jacob was scheduled to return to practice this week and should only be out for one more game. The Cowboys lost their first game of the season, 21-14, to Ayala of Chino Hills without Jacob in the lineup. Ayala, though, wasn't at full strength either as the starting quarterback and two linemen were out with injuries.
Sierra High of Manteca opened in 1994 and students at the time voted for Timberwolves as the mascot and picked the school colors. The football team hasn't played in an on-campus stadium but that will change soon and the name of the stadium was determined last week. It will be known as Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium in honor of the running back who died last summer in an auto accident. Despite feelings by some that the stadium should perhaps honor others with connections to the school who've perished and not just a football player, it was a majority of students who wanted that name. The school board unamimously agreed with the students. Teicheira rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season as a sophomore and turned heads at the Stanford Nike Camp in the spring with a 4.53 clocking in the 40.