PD Preps Insider: Track star picks graduation over state meet

Satisfied that he qualified for the California prep track championships, Caleb Lundquist will skip the meet to participate in Casa Grande graduation ceremonies Friday. “I weighed the choices. I figured I worked harder as a student than as an athlete and that’s what matters most,” Lundquist said.

“It was an honor to make state. Having that knowledge is satisfying for me.”

Graduation falls on the first day of the CIF championships in Clovis.

Lundquist qualified for the state meet by finishing third Saturday at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in Berkeley. His throw of 156 feet 4 inches would be 21st among state finalists. Lundquist’s personal best would be 18th in the field.

Also at the NCS finals, Lundquist finished fourth in the shot put, one spot from qualifying for state.

Next season, Lundquist will be competing for the track and field team at North Central College, an NCAA Division III school outside Chicago. His older brother, Adam Lundquist, is a hurdler at North Central.

Prep games at Levi’s

The 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, will be the scene of a season-opening high school football doubleheader on Aug. 29. Manteca will play Wilcox in the opener followed by De La Salle against Jesuit-Sacramento. The second game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN2.

High jump heroes

Redwood Empire, the capital of high jumping. Area athletes made it a high jumping clean sweep over the weekend at the NCS Meet of Champions in Berkeley.

Morgan Bertsch of Santa Rosa won the girls high jump title on Friday and Rancho Cotate’s Justin Zinnerman followed up on Saturday with a first-place finish in the boys competition. Bertsch and Zinnerman, along with six other athletes, will be in Clovis this weekend for the state championship meet.

Diamond rankings

With the section baseball and softball playoffs completed, Empire teams made the final Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area rankings.

Maria Carrillo finished 14th in the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Baseball Top 20. The Pumas also were eighth in the Cal-Hi Sports State Division II final poll.

Montgomery, Petaluma and Casa Grande were among the teams on the Bay Area baseball bubble.

On the softball side, Maria Carrillo, Petaluma, Rancho Cotate, and Santa Rosa finished among teams on the Bay Area bubble.

Yeanay will play at SRJC

Casa Grande’s Cetrick Yeanay, an All-Empire first team selection this past season, will play basketball for Santa Rosa JC next winter. The Bear Cubs are the reigning CCCAA champions. “It’s a good fit for him,” Gauchos coach James Forni said. “He’s a great shooter and a lot of players go from the JC to four-year programs.”

Raven likely to sit out

Montgomery’s Alec Raven, the Empire’s Player of the Year, said he probably won’t play basketball next season while he’s a student at Cal Poly. “I’m leaning towards not playing,” he said. “I haven’t gotten much encouragement to walk on from the coaches. I’m going to work out all the time this summer, so I’ll be ready in case I change my mind.”

Fitchie promises ‘best field’

Montgomery hoops coach Tom Fitchie has commitments from several of the leading basketball programs in the state for the annual Russ Peterich Tournament next Dec. 5-7. “Folsom and McClymonds are coming and we’re also bringing in Escondido from Southern California,” he said. “Folsom and McClymonds reached the quarterfinals of the NCS Tournament last season. In the 15 years we’ve had the tournament, this is the best field.”

Fitchie, his coaches and players will be busy this summer with basketball camps at the Montgomery gym. The first of three sessions begins June 16. Grades 3-6 will be on the court in the morning and grades 7-9 will be in action in the afternoon.

Count the days

Only 68 days until Aug. 11, 2014, the first day high school football teams can begin practicing for the new season.

Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit and PD correspondent Howard Senzell contributed to this report.


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