Wildfires looking for home cooking this week

Whitney surprises Lady Eagles in SFL opener
By: Mike Ray
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Foresthill’s Wildfires will hope to use some home cooking this week to stay abreast of the leaders in what is shaping up as a very interesting Central Valley California League basketball race.

In the early CVCL going after four games, six of the eight league teams find themselves all within a game of each other in the standings.

“It’s a tight race,” understated Foresthill coach James Kuykendall. “It’s real balanced this year. I think all the coaches knew that coming in.”

Foresthill, 8-8 overall but early tri-CVCL leaders with Forest Lake and Sacramento Waldorf at 3-1, will host Encina Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. before entertaining Futures High on Friday, also at 7:30 p.m.

Last Friday at Clarksburg, Foresthill landed 11 players in the points column on its way to a 69-32 thumping of Delta. Skyler Tuttle’s 11 points paced the balanced attack while Hunter Williams had a good all-around night with 10 points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists.

Elias Estrada and Casey Baldwin came through scoring eight each while Kaiden Pennington pulled down 12 rebounds.


Whitney 71, Del Oro 42


Sophomore Nick Tawney’s 12 points led a field of 14 different Whitney players that reached the scoring column Friday as the Wildcats eased past the Golden Eagles to open Sierra Foothill League play.

Plagued by cold shooting, Del Oro fell behind 21-7 after a quarter and never recovered as the Wildcats built a 38-20 halftime lead.

Isaac Ackerman followed with 11 points for Whitney (14-5, 1-0) while Jacob Fink added 10. Del Oro (7-9, 0-1) was led by Jack Welty’s 16 points and 13 from Mason Mancasola. Del Oro hosts Oak Ridge Tuesday at 7 p.m.



It didn’t take long for the first upset of the Sierra Foothill League girls basketball race to go into the books.

Opening the SFL season at league newcomer Whitney Friday, Del Oro’s Lady Eagles felt the sting of a fine, balanced effort by the host Wildcats and came out on the short end of a tough 65-61 loss.

Going into the game, the Lady Eagles were riding high off a 15-1 preseason. However, before the contest, Del Oro coach Shawn Huckaby had warned that this year’s SFL road could be filled with some unseen chuck holes.

“The league is very good again,” said Huckaby. “Folsom and Oak Ridge are tough again and Whitney is very good too.”

Whitney, which entered last week’s SFL opener with a record of 10-7, trailed most of the game, including 33-25 at halftime. However, after a good third quarter which saw the Wildcats pull to within 49-47, the stage was set for the hosts to put forth a strong fourth stanza to get the win.

The Wildcats’ depth proved a bit too much for Del Oro as Jada Lewis led the way for the winners with 24 points and eight rebounds. She was followed in the scoring column by Emily Brustman’s 13 points, nine from Alyssa Baker and seven by Zoya Mirza. In addition, the Macfarland sisters, Mazie and Makenzie, both contributed six points apiece.

The following night’s 71-67 win against Davis, Whitney head coach Sydney Gatson earned her 100th career win during her tenure with the Lady Wildcats.

For Del Oro, Madison Parry was her usual scoring self as she finished the game with 20 points and also snared 11 rebounds. Jenna Duley chipped in with 16 points and Natalie Moulos added 10.

Del Oro will face another tough SFL test Wednesday when the Lady Eagles host Oak Ridge at 7 p.m. Friday, Del Oro will play at Rocklin in a 5:30 p.m. start.

Colfax 65, Corning 30


In their last preseason game, the Lady Falcons followed a strong, all-around effort from Aliya McCord to fashion the easy victory over the visiting Cardinals from the North Section.

With McCord tossing in 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor, grabbing five rebounds and doling out four assists, the Lady Falcons breezed past the Cardinals to extend their season record to 14-3.

Colfax, which led 29-12 at halftime, was paced in scoring by Grace Bliss with 19 points. Jazzy Owens fired in 14 more and Stella Chavez added nine points and led in rebounding by grabbing nine caroms.

Colfax is set to open Pioneer Valley League play on Wednesday by hosting Bear River at 7 p.m. Friday, Colfax travels to Marysville for a 7 p.m. game.

Foresthill 42, Delta 25


The Wildfire girls broke into the Central Valley California League win column on Friday with the win over the Saints in Clarksburg. Foresthill led 17-11 at halftime and pulled away in the second half.

Holly Brooks with 17 points and seven rebounds paced the Wildfires while Makayla Lechner netted 10 markers and Amber Mackay six. Foresthill entertains Encina Prep in CVCL action Tuesday at 6 p.m.