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Colfax, Forest Lake basketball players land Lacky Scholarships

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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As the top student in her senior class at Colfax High, April Littlejohn will be landing several scholarships this spring. One of her most cherished will be the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship. The Sac-Joaquin Section handed out the honors to 49 student-athletes this year. Local athletes Littlejohn and Joshua Knapp of Forest Lake Christian earned scholarships and will be recognized Tuesday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony in Lodi. “It’s awesome because sports have been a huge part of my life,” said Littlejohn, who was a two-year captain for the Falcons basketball team. “It’s nice to be recognized. The principal and athletic director nominated me and it means a lot. I’ve been working hard at sports and (academics) for a long time.” Littlejohn, who has a 4.23 GPA, won’t be playing hoops collegiately, but she plans on following it plenty at basketball-crazy UCLA. “I applied to some schools back east, but my heart’s in California,” said Littlejohn, the daughter of Bob and Rebecca. “It’s a good school and they have a really good study abroad program. That was important to me.” A trip to Mexico, during which she helped build houses, led Littlejohn to choose her major — international relations. Littlejohn’s other volunteer work included math and English tutoring, Colfax freshman orientation and helping with cleanup and environmental control at the Truckee River. Knapp was also a winner of the $600 scholarship. He was a key member of the Falcons’ basketball team that made the section playoffs and finished 7-5 in the Central Valley Christian League. Knapp, who carries a 3.8 GPA, plans on majoring in mechanical engineering and hopes to pursue a career at NASA or designing robotic systems for the military. The A. Dale Lacky Scholarship money is raised through volleyball and basketball games at the beginning of their respective seasons with 50 percent of the gate receipts going to the scholarship fund. More than $24,000 was generated by the games in 2010. An additional $10,400 in scholarship money was provided by the California School Employees Association.