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Hanrihan Memorial Alumni Soccer Scrimmage Saturday

CIF sets football title game sites for Div. I to IV
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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The first official unofficial event to start the 2009 high school sports season in the foothills will be Saturday’s annual Hanrihan Memorial soccer scrimmage set for 4:30 p.m. at Colfax High School. The annual alumni-varsity match is played in memory of former Colfax High soccer goalie Jesse Hanrihan who died in an auto accident before the start of his senior year in 1999. Colfax High soccer coach Robert Ruzette is inviting all Colfax soccer alumni players to participate in the day’s activities which also includes a barbecue. Donations will be accepted for the event with proceeds benefiting the Hanrihan Memorial Scholarships which are awarded every May. Alumni players interested in participating in Saturday’s match can do so by contacting Ruzette at (530) 401-7962 or JV coach Jim Logan at (530) 852-5107. Prep Football Fix If you’re a high school football junkie and can’t get enough of the sport, you may want to travel to Reno this Saturday. In one of the more earlier starts to the the 2009 season anywhere in the nation, Reno’s McQueen High, the defending Nevada State 4A champion, will play host to Centennial of Peoria, Arizona, that state’s defending 5A Div. II champion. The game – dubbed “Border Battle” – will be played at the University of Nevada’s Mackey Stadium with kickoff set for 7 p.m. While McQueen took some hits to graduation and also lost longtime coach Ken Dalton – also formerly of North Tahoe – to retirement, Centennial comes into the game ranked 14th in the ESPN-RISE pre-season national poll. Centennial brings a 26-game winning streak that dates back to the 2007 season with them into the game. Zero Week Special Closer to home, Whitney High jumped into full pads a week ahead of other CIF Sac-Joaquin Section teams because the Wildcats will meet Fernley, Nevada in one of the three “Zero Week” games slated for the Sept. 5 Nike Showcase at Hughes Stadium. Whitney coach Mike Giminez, whose Wildcats went 13-0 in winning the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Div. IV crown a year ago, reports that he has 48 varsity candidates out for the varsity ranks including as many as four sophomores. “We’ll see what the young guys can do and then make a decision with them,” said Giminez. Fernley will actually have a game under their belts when they meet Whitney. The Vaqueros open against southern Nevada power Moapa Valley next Friday. This ‘n That… Del Oro High’s season opening football game against California High of San Ramon set for Folsom High on Sat. Sept. 12 will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. by the ComCast Home Town television network. The Del Oro game will be one of four televised from the day’s “Battle at the Capital” showcase. The Granite Bay-Pittsburg game at 2 p.m. will also be aired…..Speaking of showcases, Colfax High has inked a contract to play in the 2010 “Battle at the Capital”. The Falcons will match up with perennial North Coast Section small school power Justin-Siena of Napa. Colfax and Justin-Siena previously met twice in the late 1980s….Larry Wyatt, who teamed with Bob Christensen to coach Del Oro to the 1997 CIF Sac-Joaquin Div. II football crown, has “un-retired” and is helping coach the defense for Del Oro’s freshman squad where one of the quarterback candidates is Peter Denham, younger brother of former Placer standout and current UC Davis QB Greg Denham…..The Sac-Joaquin Section’s football championship sites for the 2009 season will be as follows: Div. I – University of Pacific, Div. II – UC Davis, Div. III – Folsom High, Div. IV – Lincoln High in Stockton. Divisions V and VI are still to be determined with sites in the Elk Grove School district being closely looked at.