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PD Preps Insider: Kelseyville lineman drawing attention

Kelseyville junior lineman Codi McGuire is coming off a fantastic football season starring for the Knights on both sides of the ball. He was an all-North Central League I offensive line selection. He was in on 69 tackles, 50 solos, from his defensive line spot.

A 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, McGuire is being recruited by Oregon, New Mexico State and San Jose State as he begins his season with the Kelseyville basketball team.

Lake County hits mat

Boys wrestling continues to grow in Lake County high schools. Lower Lake coach Ed Fuchs has 36 wrestlers. “That’s by far the most we’ve ever had,” he said.

The key has been Fuchs’ no-nonsense approach to coaching.

“I demand commitment and coach-disciplined practices,” he said. “I’ll hold kids out if they miss practices. That’s actually kept us from being strong in dual meets. We’re always teaching life lessons, so we’ll suffer in some weight classes in a dual meet, but we’ll keep kids out. They have to practice. I want to teach these kids how to graduate from high school and live a productive life.”

El Molino openings

El Molino has openings to lead the school’s junior varsity and freshman baseball teams for the 2014 season.

The Lions play in the Sonoma County League.

El Molino also is seeking a coach to lead the school’s track and field team. The opening comes as Heather Rosales steps down after developing the program.

Applicants for the coaching positions should have experience coaching at the high school level.

To apply, contact El Molino athletic director Mike Roan at 824-6563 or mroan.ehs@wscuhsd.k12.ca.us.

Ironman at the mike

Cal Ripken Jr. is the Iron Man of baseball having played in 2,632 consecutive games. When it comes to announcing basketball, Richard Bugarske takes the prize.

Bugarske manned the microphone for eight games this past Saturday in the Redwood Empire Invitational Basketball Tournament at Healdsburg High. The first game tipped off at 9 a.m. and the final contest ended at 9:15 p.m.

Bugarske had it easy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Only four tournament games were scheduled each of those days.

Ukiah always there

This was the 65th annual Redwood Empire Invitational and a Ukiah High boys team has participated in every one.
Ukiah won the inaugural tournament in 1949 and in succeeding years captured nine more. This past Saturday, the Wildcats settled for the runner-up trophy as Willits prevailed.

In 1984, the REIBT also added a girls division and Ukiah has won three titles (1998-2000).

Kelseyville coach thrilled

First-year Kelseyville football coach Mike McGuire coached the Knights to a 6-5 mark and is thrilled with how he and his family have been treated. He spent the 2012-13 school year as a head coach and teacher at Eureka High School after moving from Southern California.

“The opportunity at Kelseyville has been everything we hoped for when we relocated after 26 years coaching down in the Riverside area,” the coach said. “This is just an amazing place to live and coach. The school just opened up a new weight room that is on its way to being one of the best in the county, and we are building a quality staff for the kids in our program.”

Michael Coit, Ted Sillanpaa and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.