Wildcats look strong heading into sections

Softball, track, volleyball top seeds
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Sports Correspondent
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It was another tremendous season for the Whitney High spring sports programs with teams either making the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs or coming very close to it. The baseball team was in the hunt for the Capital Athletic League crown until a tie and a loss dropped them into third. However, the Wildcats made the postseason when El Camino ended Rio Americano?s hopes of overtaking the maroon and gold. SOFTBALL Capital Athletic League Standings Team W L T Pct GB Whitney 9 1 0 .900 - El Camino 8 2 0 .800 1 Antelope 7 3 0 .700 2 Cordova 4 6 0 .400 5 Whitney secured the CAL pennant with a decisive 7-1 victory at Antelope Monday. The only league loss the Wildcats suffered this season was a 7-5 setback by El Camino. As it stands now, it appears Whitney will host either River Valley or Placer in the second round of the playoffs at the Sacramento Softball Complex. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 18. Junior Taylor Cotton (.430 batting average), senior Darian Harris (.425 BA) and junior Kaylin Mallery (.410 BA) have led the Wildcats? offense. Cotton has also been Whitney?s ace on the mound. She has pitched 105.1 innings, with an earned-run average of 2.46; she has 113 strikeouts and 30 walks. Junior Megan Mello has also pitched a lot this season. Track and Field The Whitney High School varsity track and field team looks to continue another great season. The Wildcats are competing in the CAL Trials and Finals on Wednesday (May 9) and Friday (May 11). The boys team is undefeated in league competition and the girls took second place in two out of the three CAL meets. Going into the league trials here is how the top contenders stacked up. Boys (best CAL time/distance in parenthesis) 100m ? 3. Joey Camarda, 10.84 (10.74) 200m ? 2. Ian Bamsey, 22.49 (22.34) 400m ? 3. Ian Bamsey, 51.84 (50.36) 800m ? 2. Jacob Zufelt, 1:58.61 (1:57.59) 1600m ? 1. Ryan Hodgens, 4:29.43 3200m ? 1. Ryan Hodgens, 9:32.76 Hurdles, 110m ? 1. Trever Sitch, 14.91 Hurdles, 300m ? 1. Trever Sitch, 39.66 Relay, 4x100 ? 1. Whitney 43.02 Team: Joe Atwood, Ian Bamsey, Hemant Thomas, Joey Camarda Relay, 4x400 ? 4. Whitney, 3:31.24 (3:28.28) Team: Ian Bamsey, Koren Vaughn, Blake Abeln, Trever Sitch High Jump ? 1. Phillip Mendoza, 6-1 Pole Vault ? 1. Garret Berberding, 12-6 Long Jump ? 5. Trever Sitch, 20-9.50 (22-3) Triple Jump ? 3. Evan Ja, 40-7.50 (46-0) Girls (best CAL time/distance in parenthesis) 400m ? 3. Taylor Aidnik, 61.62 (60.36) 800m ? 4. Jenica Dodge, 2:31.00 (2:17.21) 1600m ? 2. Jenica Dodge, 5:26.04 (5:16.21) 3200m ? 1. Jenica Dodge, 11:33.50 Hurdles, 100m ? 1. Shea Barker, 15.97 Hurdles, 300m ? 1. Shea Barker, 48.93 Relay, 4x100 ? 3. Whitney, 51.83 (50.66) Relay, 4x400 ? 4. Whitney, 4:26.20 (4:13.58) Shot Put ? 4. Makenzie Holland, 32-1 ½ (39-5 ¾) High Jump ? 1. (tie) Madeleine Dart, 5-0 Pole Vault ? 1. Stephanie Dettinger, 10-4 ½ Triple Jump ? 5. Angela Deniega, 27-10 ½ (32-2 ½) VOLLEYBALL The Whitney High boys volleyball team waited until the last possible opportunity before dropping its first league game. The Wildcats ended the season 14-1 in the CAL and 26-5 overall. In spite of the 3-1 loss to Antelope May 2, the conference crown was never in doubt. The closest competitor was Bear River, 9-5, 12-13 overall. Antelope finished in third at 9-6, 20-12 overall. No. 1 CAL seed Whitney opens Division II (there are only two divisions) play at home against the winner of the Rio Linda vs. Union Mine match up. The Knights finished 14-5 overall and were second in the Capital Valley-North League. The Diamondbacks are 11-9 overall and finished in a tie for third in the Sierra Valley League. The team?s iron men are David Parker, David Smith, Kirk Basquez and Keevan Carr; these ?Cats have played in 35 games apiece. Parker, a sophomore, is a team leader. Basquez, also a sophomore, and Smith and Carr are juniors. Parker leads the club in kills, attacks and errors. But he makes up for it with a near 90 percent service percentage. He also has 34 aces. Leading in blocks is Archy Litvinchuk with 48; Trevor Parker has 26, Carr 25 and Cavan Stewart 24. David Parker and Smith have 16 digs apiece to lead in that category. The other No. 1 seeds: Oakmont (10-6), Valley (5-0) and Vista Del Lago (18-13). SOCCER Capital Athletic League Standings Team W L T Pct GB Antelope 8 1 1 .850 - R Americano 7 1 2 .800 ½ El Camino 5 3 2 .600 2 ½ Whitney 5 4 1 .583 3 A Whitney High girls soccer team 1-0 loss to Antelope in the final match of the regular season tipped the scales in favor of El Camino in making it into the playoffs for 2012. A second half goal by the Titans dropped the Wildcats to 5-4-1 in the Capital Athletic League standings and gave the 5-3-2 Eagles the half-game edge they would need. El Camino goes on to play Lincoln Thursday evening. The irony is Whitney defeated and tied El Camino in the regular season. On the bright side, the ?Cats will only lose three