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Bear River's Logue To Be Honered With Gebhardt Award

Relief Ahead For Div. III Girls Hoop Teams
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country news Services
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The 30th annual Clinic of Champions football clinic set for Feb. 26-27 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno has long been a staple of high school grid coaches around the state of California and in general, the western region. But clinic organizer Max Miller, the former Cordova High head coach and now the new defensive coordinator at Folsom High, wants to get the word out that youth football coaches are also welcome to the event which is now entering its third decade. “We have special speakers just for youth football coaches,” said Miller who grew up in the Grass Valley area and was a standout in his playing days at both Nevada Union and Sierra College. “It can be a great learning tool for youth coaches.” The clinic is open to all high school and youth football coaches and will feature more than two dozen guest speakers, including keynote speaker Chris Peterson, the head coach at Boise State University, as well as several other collegiate coaches. In a special note, longtime Bear River coach Terry Logue will be honored at the clinic as the first recipient of the Mike Gebhardt Memorial Award. The award is named after Gebhardt, the longtime Mesa Verde coach who passed away in 2009. “I was shocked when they told me I would be receiving the award,” said Logue who in a 24-year head coaching stint at Paradise and Bear River has 162 career wins. “Mike was a good coach and in general, a great guy. This is really an honor.” For more information and for registration details, visit clinicofchampions.com. Max Miller can also be reached at (916) 996-9506. Rams Headed Up Before every basketball season you can bet that area girls Div. III coaches such as Del Oro’s Mike Takayama and Placer’s Tony Camillucci won’t even mention the word “section championship” out loud to their teams and can you blame them. With section, state and national power St. Mary’s of Stockton sitting in Div. III, well, playing for second place sometimes isn’t all that bad. However, there may be relief on the way for the rest of the section’s Div. III field. Thanks to CIF realignment, which begins a four-year cycle starting this September, St, Mary’s will have to opt to play for regional and state competition in basketball and volleyball either at the Div. I or Div. II level. St. Mary’s, with an enrollment of only 1,147, would seem to fit in either the Div. IV or Div. III divisions for post season basketball. But because the Rams have been placed in the Div. I Tri-City Athletic League, the CIF Board of Managers approved legislation that a school – despite its enrollment - may only play down one division from its league affiliation. Christian Brothers, long a Div. IV boys and girls power in both basketball and girls volleyball, will also have to play either Div. II or Div. III and Sacramento High, with a Div. IV enrollment of 977, will be fixed in either Div. II or Div. III starting next year. As for objectors for Div. IV boys and girls power Modesto Christian, sorry, the Crusaders, with an enrollment of 312, are 12 students over the Div. V level and penciled in at Div. IV at least for another two years. Speaking of…. Max Miller and members of the 1959 Sierra College football team that was the school’s first bowl invitee will be part of a group that will be inducted into the college’s sports Hall of Fame on Saturday. Feb. 20. Also entering with the 1959 grid squad are athlete Fred Fischer, athlete-contributor Jim Gray, track athlete Kimberly Payton-Bayer, coach Lew Fellows, coach and athlete John Volek and coach Karen Linde. For ticket information go to the school’s website at sierracollege.edu…..Mike Parsons, who guided Modesto Christian’s football team to a perfect 15-0 record which included a 61-40 win over Placer in the Sac-Joaquin Section championship game and a following 44-40 victory over Parker of San Diego in the CIF State small schools title game, has been named the new head coach at Clovis West, a Central Section power in Fresno that has gone through four head coaches over the past four years.