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Catching up with homegrown talent

PVL Pipeline
By: Dave Krizman Journal Sports Columnis
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Within the last two weeks, Greg Denham, a two-year starter at quarterback for UC Davis, announced that he was stepping away from the game. Most who have followed the Aggies football program were convinced that Denham would have rewritten the record book if he had played his senior season this fall. His decision got me to thinking about how many outstanding quarterbacks have come from our local high schools. Denham was a Placer High grad who chose UC Davis over other schools because it was close to home, and because the program was known for throwing the ball. Down I-80 at Del Oro, they too have had their fair share of college-caliber quarterbacks. The first to come to mind is Randy Fasani who would go on to star at Stanford University. More recently, Max Magelby is on scholarship at University of Nevada, Reno. Traveling up I-80, Colfax has been known as the little school that produces big-time quarterbacks. Ben Galbraith was on scholarship at University of Nevada, Reno. Kevin Kleppe, who was headed for a college position, saw his career derailed by a series of injuries. It is remarkable that so many quality quarterbacks have come from this area. Ari Iventosch, a 2006 Colfax grad, is trying out for the Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club in Israel. Iventosch will fly to Florida for the tryouts, which are July 23-24. Identified as one of the top 24 Jewish basketball players in the country, Iventosch is hoping to land a spot on the team that will compete either in Israel or the European League. After leading Colfax to a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship in 2006, Iventosch went on to play at Dominican University in San Rafael. For his senior year, he transferred to NCAA Division III Aurora University outside Chicago, Ill. Led by Iventosch, Aurora won the Northern Athletic league and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. His senior year, Iventosch averaged 14.5 points per game, four rebounds and three-plus assists. He was second in the conference in three-point shooting with a 46 percent mark. Iventosch is currently working out with the St. Mary’s basketball program in preparation for his upcoming tryout. Devin Ginty, a 2007 Colfax grad, has re-earned his basketball scholarship at Division I program the University of San Diego. He had been planning on transferring to Sacramento State before San Diego renewed his scholarship. A senior this upcoming year, Ginty is the only remaining player from his recruiting class three years ago. In addition, he is the only remaining player from the squad that made the remarkable run to the NCAA Tournament three years ago. From the moment Ginty stepped foot on the campus, even though he was a walk-on, he was the acknowledged leader of the team. As a freshman, he was the player who would speak to alumni groups on behalf of the basketball program. Ginty had a minor setback several weeks ago. While practicing with his teammates in an evening workout, Ginty landed awkwardly on his right leg and broke the tibia. He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of basketball practice this coming September.