Prep Notes With a Twist

Possible correction coming on national volleyball record.....Salute to Bishop Montgomery and S.F. University athletic programs....Jesuit's win vs. Nevada Union eerily similar to Mater Dei's vs. Long Beach Poly....It's official for La Jolla Country Day 8-man football, the state champs....plus more from the best prep notes column in the state

•Hold on a minute with regards to Alli Dillon's reported national records for assists in a single volleyball game. There's no question that Dillon was an outstanding player for the Long Beach Wilson girls team that played in last Saturday's Div. I state final against St. Francis. But there are questions whether she's ever had more than 92 or even 81 assists in a match. The senior setter was reported with what would be a national record 98 assists for the Bruins in their Div. I semifinal match last week against Buchanan of Clovis. But John Tawa, who does the Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings and contributes to the CalHiSports.com web site, was at the match and he only had Wilson with 87 kills as a team for the entire match. Innocent mistakes could be the cause of the high totals for Dillon and Wilson coach Susan Pescar told Tawa she would watch some tape of the matches involved and come up with an accurate total.

•Welcome, Bishop Montgomery of Torrance, to the club of schools with double-digit totals for most all-time CIF state championships for all sports combined. The Knights' win in the Div. III volleyball finals last Saturday over Presentation of San Jose gave them a total of 10 CIF state titles and moved them into a tie for fifth on the all-time state list. It was Bishop Montgomery's third girls volleyball state crown and goes with five for girls basketball and two for boys basketball. The only schools with more state titles than the Knights are Long Beach Poly (19), Berkeley (16), Bakersfield (13) and Nordhoff of Ojai (12). Also with 10 is Pasadena Muir. Bishop Montgomery, of course, may add to its total in March at the CIF state basketball championships as both of the school's boys and girls teams could be champs.

•The small school version of Bishop Montgomery is University of San Francisco. The Red Devils' Div. V state championship last weekend in girls volleyball came just one week after they took top honors in Div. V at the CIF state cross country championships. Two University runners did well at the CIF state track meet last June and the University boys basketball team played in the Div. V state finals last March, although it lost to Price of Los Angeles.

•Remember when Roger Craig, the former San Francisco 49er great, would be spotted at various high school athletic events in California watching his daughters compete in track and basketball, respectively, for St. Francis of Mountain View and Mitty of San Jose? Well, we now might have to get used to seeing Roger's former teammate, Joe Montana, do the same with his daughters. The Hall of Famer went to games last week at the Marin Catholic girls basketball tourney since his daughter, Liz, plays for Ursuline of Santa Rosa. Most fans and reporters let Roger be a dad at such games and he never seemed to be inundated with too many requests, that is until his daughters started to become very good. Let's hope the same applies for Mr. Montana.

•No, it wasn't Mater Dei vs. LB Poly at Edison International Field or Monte Vista-San Ramon Valley at the Oakland Coliseum that drew the most fans last week for a single football game in California? The answer is Jesuit-Nevada Union in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I semis at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento with a count of 11,451. That game also is billed as being for the Sacramento city championship and also recently brought in more than 18,000 when Elk Grove and Jesuit played with undefeated records. Yes, big-time high school football is not limited to SoCal or the Bay Area.

•The Mater Dei and Jesuit football teams may have had some kharmic connection going on last weekend. In their two games, the following happened: Mater Dei made its mistakes early, so did Jesuit. Mater Dei got behind early but held form, so did Jesuit. Mater Dei benefitted from a missed field goal, so did Jesuit. Mater Dei prevented a faster team from scoring on too many long TDs, so did Jesuit. Mater Dei scored on a 80-yard play, so did Jesuit. Mater Dei pressured three turnovers, so did Jesuit. Mater Dei completed few passes but scored on a pass, so did Jesuit. Mater Dei was more disciplined, so was Jesuit.

•Thom Simmons of the CIFSS office said Tuesday there was about 12,000 for the doubleheader at Edison International last Saturday. "A lot of the Long Beach Poly fans told us they were planning to come this week," he said. The official attendance for the doubleheader at the Oakland Coliseum was 16,139. Not many of those folks were left after halftime of the second game when De La Salle was up 35-0 over San Leandro.

•Got Milk. Ferndale does. Lots of it. It's a dairy town whose high school just won another CIF North Coast Section football championship, this time with a 28-6 victory last week over Justin-Siena of Napa for the Class A title. That makes it 11 titles for the Wildcats (some in Class B), all since 1975. If you're a movie buff, you know the town, too. It's the one that was nearly destroyed by a virus in the film, "Outbreak," starring Dustin Hoffman. Ferndale High routinely beats larger schools in football and has been doing so since National College Football Hall of Fame coach Len Casanova played there in the early 1920s. Casanova coached college football at Santa Clara and the University of Oregon. Maybe there is something in that milk after all.

•Ray Reyes, the football coach at Edison of Fresno who just led his team to a section title, has resigned. After going 2-17-1 in his first two years at the school, Reyes finished a nine-year run with a mark of 65-36-2. Despite the success, Reyes was not always popular with everyone associated with the program. The forfeiture of four wins this year didn't help matters. "The majority of the people accepted me, but I always felt there was a small minority that never accepted me," Reyes told the Fresno Bee. The speculation is that the Edison job will first be offered to former NFL star Tim McDonald (an Edison alum who has returned to live in Fresno).

•La Jolla Country Day can now make it official. The Torres are the Cal-Hi Sports 8-Man Football State Team of the Year. They follow 2001 winner Faith Baptist of Canoga Park (11-1) and 2000 honoree Cal Lutheran of Wildomar (11-0). La Jolla Country Day was No. 1 for 8-man football before with a 11-0 mark in 1990. That team was led by future Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, the greatest 8-man football player certainly for California and possibly for the nation.


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