Prep Roundup

Flake Headed Into CIF Sac-Joaquin Hall of Fame

Placer No. 13 In Max Preps Pre-Season Top 25
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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The California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section debuted its first class of Hall of Fame inductees in 2010 and the new endeavor was well received. Included in the inaugural class were the likes of former Major League Baseball standouts Dusty Baker (Del Campo) and Bill Buckner (Vallejo), NBA stars Bill Cartwright (Elk Grove) and Kevin Johnson (Sacramento High), NFL stalwart Dick Bass (Vallejo) and Olympic gold medal winners Summer Sanders (Oakmont) and Debbie Meyer (Rio Americano),just to name a few. Now, this October, a total of 43 former athletes, coaches, administrators and officials will be inducted into the section’s second Hall of Fame class. Included among the 2012 inductees will be former Placer High School athletic director and coach Bill Flake. Flake, who started Placer’s wrestling program, coached at Placer from 1964 to 2000. His wrestling teams posted a record of 267-59 in dual meet competition and won several Sierra Foothill League championships. “I guess they’re honoring me for something I did well for a long time,” said Flake, who is also a member of the California High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. “I did the coaching but you have to remember that we had a ton of good wrestlers come through Placer.” Flake, who is the current commissioner of the Pioneer Valley League, will join former Placer principal Jug Covich who was also part of the 2010 group. Other names of note being inducted in October will be former Major League Baseball players Joe Rudi (Downey) and Steve Sax (James Marshall-River City), girls basketball standout Danille Viglione (Del Campo), coaches Charlie Lee (Bella Vista) and Max Miller (Cordova) and basketball official Jim Coombs. Top 25 Released Max Preps, which by the way is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has released its Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 pre-season football poll and the rankings definitely have a foothill flavor. While Lincoln of Stockton holds down the No. 1 spot in the poll, also ranked are Nevada Union at No. 3, Granite Bay at No. 7, Del Oro at No. 8, Oak Ridge at No. 12 and Placer at No. 13. Other schools of note include Oakdale at No. 10, Central Catholic at No. 14 and Casa Roble at No. 25. Placer will open its season on Aug. 31 in Modesto against Central Catholic while the Hillmen host Casa Roble on Sept. 14. In an interesting side note about the Hillmen-Rams matchup, the two squads have combined to score 193 total points in their last two meetings. Pole Vault Hotbed The south Placer County area is turning into a hotbed for pole vault standouts. A few years back Granite Bay’s Scott Roth captured a pair of CIF state championships. Roth went on to capture NCAA titles at the University of Washington and is now a world class level competitor. Two weeks ago, two more south Placer vaulters showed they may be following in Roth’s footsteps. Competing in the boys 13-14 age group at the Jr. Olympic Track and Field finals in Baltimore, Md., Travis Kartz and Lance Huber grabbed the gold and silver medals with outstanding efforts. Both pupils of Curt Roth’s pole vault school, Kartz, who will be a freshman at Granite Bay, went 12-6 to finish first. Huber, meanwhile, who is entering the 8th grade at Loomis Elementary School, cleared three personal bests on his way to going 12 feet for the silver. Falcon Tailgate Saturday Tickets are selling briskly for the 7th annual Colfax High Football Tailgate and Auction set this Saturday at the Living War memorial Park in Colfax from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The fundraiser is open to the public with tickets $25 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and under. A full barbecue dinner of either chicken or trip-tip with all the sides will be served. Music for the vening will be provided by “The Menace”. Anyone wishing to purchase ticklets or donate items to the auctions can do so by contacting Johnnie Medeiros at (530) 401-6824. Fall Sports Nights Parents of fall sports athletes should notes these dates that schools in the area have set for their respective Fall Sports Nights. Del Oro – Wed. Aug. 8 – 7 p.m, Bonner Gym. Placer – Mon. Aug. 13 6:30 p.m. Auditorium Colfax - Mon. Aug. 20 6:00 p.m. , Falcon Gym Parents can come and meet their respective athletes’ coaches at these meetings and ask questions pertaining to the upcoming seasons. Logue’s a “Hay Bayler” Bear River's football team is looking to fill the void of losing secondary coach Zach Logue after he recently took a teaching post at Hollister High in San Benito County. Aptly named the “Hay Balers”, Hollister is a Div. I Central Coast Section school. A 2000 graduate of Bear River who was an all-league receiver and defensive back for the Bruins, Logue is following in the footsteps of his father Terry, longtime varsity coach at Bear River, and younger brother Matt who coaches at Sanger High near Fresno.