This past week saw furious action in four separate County Sports League football and volleyball tournaments.
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The 7th grade football tournament had the two top seeds, Gold Trail and Camino, collide in the finals. Each won semifinal games – Camino in a close one over Markham, 12-0; and Gold Trail in a runaway over Pleasant Valley, 34-0.
In the championship, Gold Trail continued its scoring explosion, winning 32-6 behind the exploits of Jake Cheney who accounted for all five Gold Trail touchdowns, the first after after a long pass from James Orchard to Alvin Wolf on the opening drive. Camino’s touchdown was a 7-yard run by Sawyer Radekin.
The 8th grade had 6th seed Markham face top seed, Herbert Green. The Miners had drawn a bye in the opening round, then dominated Marble Valley, 41-0. In their semis, Markham’s Panthers squeaked by third seed Pleasant Valley 18-14 and edged No. 2 Camino, 12-7.
Markham started fast behind the running of Steven Fox and an 8-yard run by Byron Saylor into the end zone. Herbert Green settled down, stifling Markham until the fourth quarter when Saylor once again sped 12 yards to paydirt.
The Miners’ offense scored once in each quarter: Nolan Nordquist’s 2-yard run; Nick Brown’s slant pass to Nick Krull; and two, second-half touchdown catches by Adam Saich that added up to the 26-13 victory.
El Dorado High’s girls program hosted the 7th/8th grade tournaments. Six teams survived pool play: Sierra Ridge, Golden Sierra, Markham, Camino, Herbert Green and Marble Valley. Sierra Ridge defeated Golden Sierra in two straight sets and, as the No. 1 seed, received a bye to the finals.
Markham got past Camino, while Herbert Green knocked out Marble Valley. Herbert Green’s girls’ steady serving and overall control of the ball enabled them to down Markham in the semis and give Sierra Ridge its first loss of the season to win the title.
Camino and Herbert Green, both undefeated in league play, met in the 8th grade finals. Each won their pools and joined Golden Hills, Golden Sierra, Pleasant Valley, and Sierra Ridge in the playoffs. Camino earned the straight shot to the championship match as the No. 1 seed, then carried through by downing Golden Hills in straight sets. Golden Sierra defeated Pleasant Valley to move to the semis and face Herbert Green which had ousted Sierra Ridge.
In the semis, Herbert Green’s hitting, serving, and digging ended Golden Sierra’s day. In the championship match, the Miners put Camino in a hole early with a first set victory but in the second, Camino cut down its mistakes, hit well and built a lead of 18-12 before Herbert Green, with Maisey Bruno on serve, rallied and clawed its way back for the win and the title.