Notebook: Was there a spring break? Baseball teams thought so | Sports


Last Monday, April 11, I made the mistake of driving north on Elk Grove-Florin Road from East Stockton Blvd. at 3:15 p.m., classes at Elk Grove High School were ending and parents were picking up their students and some students with vehicles were quickly leaving the campus parking lot.

My 1997 Jeep Cherokee with me driving stood still on the Elk Grove-Florin two-lane highway for some time. With my children out of school and alone, I had no idea that the Elk Grove Unified School District campuses were in session last week. It was Holy Week, I thought, the days between Palm Sunday and Easter. That’s when the schools were supposed to be closed.

They were at Sacramento City Unified. There were Christian schools in Bradshaw. They were on the campuses of Los Rios Community College. Not at EGUSD.

Upon investigation, I was told that spring break was a month ago for students in the Elk Grove area.

This helped explain why Delta League golf hosted an 18-hole match this afternoon at Rancho Murieta Country Club and a series of doubles matches took place on Wednesday (see sidebar story). Men’s volleyball had games, as well as most softball teams.

Baseball, however, continued its tradition of spring break tournaments last week. This essentially meant that several EGUSD teams had to be excused from certain class times in order to compete. A few traveled out of town in what is usually a great team bonding moment.

The Elk Grove baseball team travels to San Diego every year and competes in the famous Lions’ Club tournament. About 130 high school teams played over a four-day period last week at baseball diamonds throughout San Diego County.

The Herd went 2-2 beating Torrey Pines, 6-4, and Sage Creek, 4-0. Then they were beaten by Granite Hills, 12-2, and Poway, 7-1.

The Lions’ Club Tournament has been an annual tradition in San Diego since 1951.

Franklin, one of the Delta-League favorites, took the week off to compete in the Northern California section of the Scott Boras Classic currently being held at Army Depot Field after years of playing at Dick McAuliffe Fields (now disappeared, replaced by Sacramento State dormitories). The Wildcats beat Palo Alto, 2-0, and Stockdale, 3-2, before losing 6-0 to Woodcreek in the semifinals of the tournament.

By the way, Boras has also expanded its high school tournaments to Arizona and Texas.

Pleasant Grove and Bradshaw Christian also traveled to Fresno for the Fresno Easter Classic. The Eagles lost 1-3 to Fresno Central, 5-3, beating Clovis East, 8-5, then dropping games to Highland, 6-5 and Clovis, 5-0.

Pride won three games in Fresno. They opened, however, with a 7-6 loss to Highland, then beat Redwood, 10-6, Madera, 9-8 and Chowchilla, 3-2.

It was the 52nd year of the Fresno tournament.

Delta League action resumed this week with Jesuit (10-2) holding a one-game advantage over Franklin (9-3) in the standings.

Britton is State Div. 2 MVPs

There aren’t many talented seven-footers in the state, and Hacienda Heights Los Altos’ Jazz Gardner has put up big numbers and has a bright future, but no player meant more to his team in this division than guard gutty Ameere Britton of Elk Grove doing what it takes to win. He was named the state’s Division II Player of the Year by online publication CalHiSports on Friday.

Editor Mark Tennis wrote announcing that Britton’s performance in the NorCals and in the D2 Championship match was the reason the publication chose Britton for the honour. Here is part of what Tennis wrote:

in the CIF D2 final, as the hard-nosed guard who can attack or handle most of the scoring charge helped claim the 62-56 victory by making 8 of 10 free throws and scoring 20 points, catching six rebounds and dropping three assists.

Britton’s playoff performances and local honors were also a big factor in his selection. Britton had 25 points and six rebounds in the NorCal D2 Finals victory over Ross Branson; 27 points in a 42-40 regional semi-final against Travis AFB Vanden; 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the quarterfinal win over Danville San Ramon Valley; and 16 points in the first win over Clovis East.

After averaging 18.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 3.4 apg as a junior, Ameere followed with averages of 18.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.5 spg and 1.1 bpg for a 28-6 state championship club. Last season, Britton was Delta League Player of the Year and he has shared that honor this season with Carmichael Jesuit junior Andrej Stojakovic. 2016.

Britton hasn’t decided where he will play in college. He got offers from Cal State-East Bay and Cal State-Monterey Bay, but last week was at Chico State and this week had a trip planned to Cal Poly-Pomona.


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