PD Preps Insider: Casa Grande’s Lawson hosting team breakfast on Saturday

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Casa Grande quarterback JaJuan Lawson and his brother Jaleel will host the entire team and the coaching staff at their home for breakfast on Saturday.

That evening, the Gauchos will welcome Montgomery for an NCS Division 2 semifinal game.

The Lawson boys, with help from father Marcell and mother Shayna along with other parents, will serve the 50 Casa players plus the coaching staff. On the menu will be pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, biscuits, croissants and other breakfast foods.

Following the morning meal, the team will go to the high school for a walk-through practice.

“When we play a Saturday game, we do a team breakfast that morning,” coach Trent Herzog said. “We believe it brings everyone closer together.

“This is the third team breakfast JaJuan and Jaleel have volunteered to host this season.”

Casa Grande, the No. 1 seed in the bracket, sports a 12-0 record. No. 4 Montgomery is 10-2.

Crime doesn’t pay

The North Coast Section Cross Country Championships turned out to be a much more pleasant trip to Hayward for El Molino’s Brian Schulz than the last time he was there for the NCS meet. That trip was to watch his older brother Ben, who is now running at Oregon Tech. Brian tried to sneak into the event by climbing a chain-link fence, but his shoe got stuck at the top of the fence and Brian fell to the ground. He suffered a concussion and chipped a tooth while Ben was qualifying for state.

Now Brian, who finished fifth Saturday in the Division 4 race with a time of 15:58, is headed to Fresno for the CIF State Cross Country Championships — and he won’t even have to sneak in.

On the razor’s edge

Three miles might be a long way to run at a fast clip, but the margin of victory in a cross country race can be agonizingly small. Just ask the Windsor team.

Senior Zach Price, needing to finish fifth or better among runners from non-qualifying teams in Division 2 at the NCS meet Saturday, got there just two seconds ahead of a Dublin boy. Jaguars senior Hannah Haley was fifth-fastest from a non-qualifying team, and qualified for state as an individual.

Funds for a cause

Ex-Montgomery star and current Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi has donated an team-autographed jersey, helmet and football to a fund-raiser tonight at the Legends restaurant at the Bennett Valley Course.

Buddy Martinez, the 26-year-old son of longtime Montgomery assistant coach Marty Martinez, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. The fundraiser was established to help pay for his medical bills.

Puma to Cal Poly

Among the 13 national letter of intent signings announced Tuesday by Cal Poly swimming coach Tom Milich was Maria Carrillo senior Shannon Fong.

Primarily a butterfly specialist, Fong is a three-time All-Empire swimmer for the Pumas.

Press Democrat staff writers Bob Padecky and Phil Barber and correspondent Howard Senzell contributed to this report.

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