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By: Nick Pecoraro
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Here’s what some of the local kids are doing in their post-high school careers this week:

 

TACKLING MACHINE

 

USC linebacker and Granite Bay alum Cameron Smith will likely hear his name called next spring on draft day. Meanwhile, the former Grizzly is racking up tackles for the Trojans.

After matching a career-high 15 tackles Sept. 21 against Washington State, Smith followed with seven more at Arizona the next weekend. He is ranked sixth in the Pac-12 Conference with more than nine tackles per game for the Trojans, who at 2-1 are tied for second in the Pac-12 South.

 

MORE GRIZZLIES IN THE PAC-12

 

Granite Bay’s Tony Ellison ignited the Arizona’s 24-17 victory over Cal Saturday with a 31-yard touchdown catch to put the Wildcats up 7-0 in the first quarter.

It was one of three catches for 41 yards for Ellison, and the third scoring grab for the former Grizzly. Ellison is just 59 yards shy of the 1,000-receiving yards marker in his career at Arizona.

 

ALL THE RACKET

 

Del Oro’s Ashley Isaac scored a consolation championship in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Regional Tournament at Pomona-Pitzer Sept. 28–30.

The UC Santa Cruz sophomore lost her opening-round match to the tournament’s eventual runner-up but ran the table in the consolation bracket with four consecutive wins, including a come-from-behind 5-7, 7-6(5), 12-10 marathon semifinal victory over Anna Tifrea of the California Institute of Technology.

 

BEAVERS IN THE BIG 8

 

Roseville grad Savanah Smith has the American River College volleyball team off to a 5-1 start in the Big 8 Conference, which is tied for first with San Joaquin Delta. Smith leads the team with 163 kills as of Oct. 9, while teammate Madeline Adams of Rocklin High is second in the conference with 323 digs.

 

EAGLE WITH BIRDIES

Austin Fox of Vista del Lago shot a 5-under-par 211 over three rounds for the University of the Pacific at the Nick Watney Invitational in Madera Oct. 1–2. The former Eagle finished the final round of the tournament with a 6-under-par 66, tying him for eighth overall.


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