The St. Helena High JV boys basketball team traveled to Willits and came back with a trophy, taking third at the Willits JV tournament last week.
The Saints edged the hosting Wolverines 36-33 last Thursday, led by double-digit scoring efforts from Caleb Granados (11 points), Jake Mendes (10 points) and Caleb Jeske (10 points).
In Friday’s semifinal, they lost to a high-powered Kelseyville team, 44-24. Wolfgang Pritchett scored six points and Jeske had five in the loss.
In the third-place game Saturday, the Saints rebounded from Friday’s defeat with a confident, 36-22 victory over Upper Lake. Pritchett had a team-high 11 points and Jeske scored nine.
Granados and Jeske made the All-Tournament team for St. Helena.
Varsity Boys Basketball
St. Helena rebounds from blowout loss, wins two straight
The Saints (3-3) earned fifth place at the John McMillan Holiday Invitational Tournament in Cloverdale after downing Willows 56-38 Saturday. It was a lopsided affair early, with a 30-14 advantage at halftime.
That victory came less than a day removed from their first win of the three-day event, beating St. Vincent of Petaluma 53-33. St. Helena broke open a tight game by outscoring the Mustangs 16-2 in the second quarter to take a 28-12 lead into the locker room. The Saints kept the defensive pressure on in the second half and pulled away.
Playing well for St. Helena were Ethan Battistini (11 points, seven rebounds, four steals), Ryan Rockwood (10 points, seven rebounds, three steals), Collin Darrall (10 points), Olie Russum (six points, three rebounds, four deflected passes) and Jonathan Gamble (six points, two steals, six deflected passes). Also scoring were Nick Jeweroski (four points), Zac Flood (four points) and Doug Collins (two points).
Against Pinewood of Los Altos Hills in an 84-37 loss last Thursday, Battistini had 11 points, Christian Cia and Jeweroski each scored six, Rockwood five, Russum three, and Collins and Flood two apiece.
Varsity Girls Basketball
Hosts go 1-2 in Red & Blanc tournament
The Lady Saints (1-5) were able to secure their first win of the season last week, but that result was the lone highlight in a 1-2 performance as hosts of the Red & Blanc Winter Classic in St. Helena.
In last Thursday’s first-round night cap, the Saints lost 54-21 to San Rafael, struggling to keep pace with the visiting Bulldogs. They trailed 32-13 at halftime and 46-15 after three quarters.
Andrea Hernandez led St. Helena with 12 points, Citlalli Garcia had four points and six steals, and Lisa Lord corralled nine rebounds.
On Friday came the team’s first win of the year, beating Elsie Allen of Santa Rosa 47-34. The Saints sprinted to an 11-point halftime lead and maintained the advantage with a 21-19 performance over the final two quarters as the Lobos made their push.
Hernandez put up 20 points and six steals, Jessica Rodriguez added 10 points, and Garcia finished with six points and four rebounds.
On Saturday, Berean Christian muted the momentum of St. Helena as the Saints fell 53-24. Hernandez led the way once again, posting 14 of the team’s 24 points, and also had four rebounds. Rodriguez scored seven points and had five steals.
Hernandez made the All-Tournament Team for St. Helena.