Monday, July 28, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Numbers don’t add up for boy vaulters, other finalists

By
From page A6 | May 27, 2013 |

PAT_6079e

BRUIN Robert Holloway gets up and over at Friday's competition. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

ELK GROVE — With seven area vaulters in Friday’s CIF Masters finals, including Divisional champ Matt Johnson from El Dorado, chances appeared promising one or more could advance to the state finals.

Though Johnson was there toward the end, he wasn’t there at the bitter end to grab one of three qualifting spots to the state championships.

Johnson, along with Ponderosa’s Robert Holloway, made it to the final seven from a field of 27 but both bowed out when the bar reached 14-10, effectively ending their seasons and in Johnson’s case, his prep career.

“I though I could do it and was hoping to get it but it was too tough,” Johnson said. “I’m upset … I’ve done 15-4 and was hoping to break my dad’s (school) record (15-10) but I’m out at 14-10.

“I had a great four years and have been with coaches John (Simpson) and Peanut (Harms) the whole way. I owe it to them on how far I was able to get.”

Friday’s top three were: 1-Adam Thomas, Benicia; 2-Ryan Pust, Golden Valley; 3-Jacob Bowler, Del Oro. The winning height was 15-1.

Johnson hung in on his last several vaults, clearing on his final attempt to stay in contention — prompting Harms to label him “the Heart attack kid.” He needed to pull that off again at 14-10 but couldn’t, barely missing on all three vaults.

“From the opening height (12-10) to 14 was easier for me. Mentally I was there but it became harder,” Johnson said. “Each time I was making it on my third attempt, causing me to run a lot more.”

The senior, whose contemplating returning next year to help coach at El Dorado, was among a trio of Cougars vying to reach the state finals. The three: Johnson, Sam McCrea and Cambron Lyles, had gone 1-3-4, respectively at last week’s Division meet, and were primed for more success.

McCrea, a senior, tied for ninth with a vault of 13-10. Lyles, a junior, tied for 17th with a clear of 12-10.

Holloway’s teammate, Connor Goss, tied for 13th with a height of 13-4. Both return next season.

The Oak Ridge duo of Austin Laut and Kasian Strawick also tied for 17th, both making 12-10.

In othe finals events from Friday, Golden Sierra’s Julia Patterson finished 21st with a best throw of 97-10; El Dorado long jumper Gabe Ferges sailed 20-8.5 for 21st place; Bruin shot putter Henry Sharoyan did not place; and Union Mine vaulter Leah Bertuccelli did not advance.

 

 

Comments

comments

.

News

Fatal accident in Camino

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
General Plan workshop today

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Two growth control initiatives get green light

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

 
Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

By Ross Branch | From Page: A3

 
35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

The balancing act: Toxic waste spreads

By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Bee-ing silly

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Letters

Want more water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Refugee crisis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Letter to Speaker of the House

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
GDPUD misinformation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

At the crossroads

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Speedway races cancelled

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Roundup: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Local spiker shines

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

By Cathy Barsotti | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

By Marcia Rose | From Page: B2

Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

 
As we were: Recreation district grows

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Cantare names new director

By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B10

 
After 5 Club to meet

By Senior Day | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

Divorces

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
DUI Log: June 25-July 9

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Crime Log: July 14-16

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Monday, July 28, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8