The American Canyon High girls soccer team opened the two-day River City Raider Cup by defeating Rosemont, 6-1, and tying El Capitan-Merced, 2-2, in Sacramento on Friday.
The Wolves led Rosemont 2-0 at halftime after Jaylynn Del Rosario scored the first goal and then drew a penalty kick that fellow captain Ana Herrera buried in the net. Del Rosario and Herrera scored again in the second half for a 4-0 lead. After the Wolverines got on the board, two freshmen brought up from the junior varsity, Tanya Rivas and Isabelle Aguilera, notched their first varsity goals.
American Canyon’s second match saw El Capitan strike first, but Herrera scored on a Rivas assist and it was 1-1 at halftime. Herrera put the Wolves up 2-1, taking the ball at midfield down the left side, making two feints to cross as she approached the goal, and made a difficult shot across the mouth of the goal to score inside the far post. But the Gauchos equalized with a goal on a 20-yard free kick.
Varsity Boys Basketball
Prolific Prep 78, Tennessee Prep 71
On Day 1 of the Marshall County Hoop in Kentucky on Friday night, the Crew improved to 9-1.
Prolific Prep played without starting sophomore point guard Nimari Burnett, who broke his left hand during a 56-50 loss to Sunrise Christian in last weekend’s championship game at the Lighthouse Classic in Corinth, Mississippi.
The front line of seniors Jordan Brown, Amadou Sow and Onyinyechi Eyisi dominated the majority of the game, combining for 50 points, 29 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
Brown led all scorers with 30 points, going 9 for 13 from the floor and 12 of 16 from the free-throw line, and collected 12 rebounds, four blocks and four assists. The Crew led 40-29 at halftime.
Sow finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, while fellow UC Santa Barbara commit Sekou Toure started at the point and added 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Prolific Prep’s 14 of 24 shooting from the line in the second half allowed Tennessee Prep – led by Tyrese Patterson’s 24 points and Antavious Collum’s 21 – to come back. Collum was 3 of 4 from the 3-point arc before fouling out. Jared Martin scored seven points – hitting a three and all four of his free throws – in the final 90 seconds to help the Crew pull away.
Jeenathan Williams added seven points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist and Eyisi had eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Prolific Program Director Philippe Doherty said the 6-foot-3 Burnett will be out four weeks and is expected to return for the Jan. 5-6 Mustang Madness tournament in Paducah, Kentucky.
Also out this weekend – but returning next weekend for the Memphis vs. The World Classic – is 6-foot-10 junior wing Oton Jankovic, who has sprained his left ankle twice this year and missed most of the season.
Eyisi broke his nose during Friday’s game and was taken to the emergency room, where attempts to reset his nose were unsuccessful. He was questionable for Saturday’s game against Huntington Prep. Eyisi will likely have surgery next week when he returns to Napa and get fitted for a mask, Doherty said.
Braves fall in La Sallian Cup
The Justin-Siena wrestling team dropped the La Sallian Cup dual meet to Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep of San Francisco for the second straight year Wednesday night, 74-6, in the North Gym.
Wriley Sedgwick-Robles earned the Braves’ only points against Sacred Heart for the second year in a row, this time by forfeit.
“We were a bit disappointed because Wriley works very hard and deserved the opportunity to compete in front of his home crowd,” Justin-Siena co-coach Jason Guiducci said of the senior. “We fill out slots with a lot of underclassmen and they step to the line and wrestle seniors. Forfeiting to more experienced wrestlers is a luxury we can’t afford.”
The most heated battle of the night saw Braves freshman Jacob Guiducci drop a 15-10 battle to a Fightin’ Irish senior. Guiducci scored first but was outmuscled and trailed 13-5 after two periods. In the final period, however, Guiducci outscored his opponent 5-2 and was in clear control when time expired.
“Jacob’s conditioning kicked in,” Coach Guiducci said, giving much of the credit to Jacob running for Justin-Siena cross country coach Michael Anderson’s program this fall. “He clearly wore down a much physically stronger wrestler, having just run at the North Coast Section cross country meet two weeks ago. To Coach Anderson, we are much obliged.”
Added co-coach Jesse Ward, “Jacob takes on all comers and doesn’t back down. He was the epitome of the school’s All-Heart mantra and inspired a lot of people tonight.”
The coaches were also pleased with the efforts of Mack Gentry and Tommy Lopez, who also took their opponents the distance, and Erold Ramirez, who wrestled aggressively while the Braves were trailing 68-6 and nearly pinned his opponent twice.
“I thought the kids had heart last night,” Ward said. “I’m proud of them.”