The Folsom High School basketball teams top The Bee’s rankings, led by twins Mason Forbes, left, and McKenzie Forbes. Jose Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
The Folsom High School basketball teams top The Bee’s rankings, led by twins Mason Forbes, left, and McKenzie Forbes. Jose Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com

Joe Davidson

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Joe Davidson

From the football field to the basketball courts, why Folsom High tops rankings

By Joe Davidson

jdavidson@sacbee.com

December 04, 2017 04:03 PM

UPDATED December 04, 2017 09:14 PM

There has been a distinct Folsom flavor in football of late, with the Bulldogs towering over the region to the tune of a 110-9 record this decade with six Sac-Joaquin Section championships and yet another CIF Northern California Regional title berth.

Now here come the basketball teams with championship ambitions and headliner talents of their own.

The Folsom girls and boys are The Bee’s top-ranked teams. The boys started the season that way and the girls inched up a spot to No. 1 this week as all things sports are a full go on campus.

The Folsom girls (3-0) beat previously ranked Franklin 58-31, No. 8 Antelope 78-44 and No. 6 Christian Brothers to win the Cartwright Classic in Elk Grove behind five-star recruit guard McKenzie Forbes, who has signed with Cal.

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The Folsom boys (4-0) started the season with a 75-49 win over decades-long powerhouse St. Joseph of Alameda in the NorCal Tip-Off Classic in Newark. All five of the Bulldogs’ starters reached double-figure scoring.

On Saturday, as the football team was polishing off St. Mary’s of Stockton 50-21 in the section Division I championship game at Sacramento State, the Bulldogs beat Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas to win the Wild West Shootout in Nevada. Martis Johnson scored 30 points, Jayce McCain 18 and Mason Forbes 10. Forbes is McKenzie’s twin brother, and he’s signed with Harvard.

More Bulldogs – It doesn’t figure to get much easier as the Folsom boys tip off the esteemed Gridley Invitational on Thursday against No. 7 Capital Christian, which is followed by No. 2 Sheldon against No. 10 Woodcreek in a field that includes Bay Area heavies Salesian of Richmond and Mitty of San Jose.

The Gridley Invitational, in its 64th year, is one of the premiere events in Northern California that includes host families providing lodging for visiting athletes. More than 20 players in this event are being recruited, according to tournament director Chris McIntire. For more information, visit gridleyinvitational.org.

The Folsom girls play at No. 19 Inderkum on Tuesday, then compete in the Roseville Tournament. Folsom hosts No. 10 Elk Grove on Dec. 12, then plays at No. 2 West Campus on Dec. 13 and visits No. 3 McClatchy on Dec. 20.

West Campus, the defending CIF State Division IV champion, beat previous No. 1 McClatchy, the defending NorCal D-I champion, 61-49 in the Dorothy Speck Tournament final to avenge a loss in last season’s finale. UCLA-bound senior guard Kiara Jefferson and sophomore Gabby Rones led the Warriors.

More rankings – NorCalPreps.com’s highest area team ranked in the girls Top 20 is Folsom at No. 8, with Sacramento 10, West Campus 11, McClatchy 12, Antelope 19 and Christian Brothers 20.

Football final rankings – Folsom (14-0) ended the sectional part of the season just as it started: ranked No. 1 by The Bee.

Folsom hosts Central of Fresno (12-1) on Friday in the CIF NorCal Regional Division I-AA game, and No. 3 Granite Bay (12-2) will host Pittsburg (8-2) in the D-IA contest Saturday.

Granite Bay was preseason ranked No. 3, behind Jesuit, which finished No. 5 in The Bee’s final rankings.

Placer (12-1) plays at Salinas (11-2) on Friday in the Division IV-AA final and Bear River (10-3) visits Fortuna (12-2) on Saturday in the Division V-A contest.

Wrestling – Calgrappler.com has 12 area wrestlers in its state rankings.

Brenden Johnson of Del Oro is 13th among 113-pounders. Angelo Martinoni of Folsom is fifth at 126 pounds with Jared Hortsman of Oak Ridge seventh.

At 132 pounds, Lokahi Tonge of Elk Grove is 11th. JT Stinson of Del Oro is 13th at 138 pounds. Jackson Redhair of Oak Ridge is seventh at 145. Noah Blake of Del Oro is second at 160 pounds. Dylan Valderrama of Yuba City is fourth at 170, William Costanzo of Del Oro seventh and Hunter Gonzalez of Rocklin 11th.

At 195, AJ Bicocca of Oak Ridge is seventh. At 220, Dylan Amos of Casa Roble is ninth.

Calgrappler’s state team ranks are topped by Buchanan of Fresno, with Del Oro 12th and Oak Ridge 20th.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

The Bee’s Top 20

With last week’s ranking in parentheses.

Girls basketball

1. Folsom (2) 3-0

2. West Campus (5) 3-0

3. McClatchy (1) 2-1

4. Sacramento (3) 1-1

5. Foothill (7) 4-0

6. Christian Brothers (8) 3-1

7. Oak Ridge (4) 1-1

8. Antelope (10) 3-1

9. St. Francis (9) 0-0

10. Elk Grove (6) 1-2

11. Davis (11) 2-1

12. Whitney (12) 2-1

13. Del Oro (13) 3-0

14. Roseville (14) 3-0

15. River City (15) 3-1

16. Rio Linda (16) 3-0

17. Woodcreek (20) 4-0

18. Granite Bay (-) 4-0

19. Inderkum (-) 1-0

20. Bear River (-) 3-0

Boys basketball

1. Folsom (1) 4-0

2. Sheldon (2) 0-0

3. Jesuit (3) 0-0

4. Burbank (5) 3-0

5. Sacramento (6) 3-0

6. Oak Ridge (7) 1-0

7. Capital Christian (4) 0-2

8. Grant (8) 3-1

9. Liberty Ranch (9) 2-0

10. Woodcreek (10) 1-0

11. Cosumnes Oaks (11) 2-1

12. Antelope (12) 3-0

13. Del Oro (13) 1-0

14. Granite Bay (14) 1-0

15. Whitney (15) 3-1

16. Del Campo (-) 3-0

17. Rio Americano (-) 2-1

18. Cordova (16) 4-2

19. Christian Brothers (19) 1-0

20. Rosemont (-) 2-0

Final football rankings

With preseason ranking in parentheses.

1. Folsom (1) 14-0

2. Oak Ridge (4) 11-2

3. Granite Bay (3) 12-2

4. Del Oro (5) 8-6

5. Jesuit (2) 10-3

6. Del Campo (18) 12-1

7. Sacramento (13) 10-2

8. Christian Brothers (16) 10-3

9. Sheldon (12) 9-3

10. Placer (19) 12-1

11. Inderkum (7) 11-1

12. Rocklin (9) 7-5

13. Lincoln (-) 8-3

14. Antelope (14) 10-2

15. Franklin (11) 7-4

16. Bear River (-) 10-3

17. Colfax (-) 9-4

18. Monterey Trail (-) 6-5

19. Center (-) 7-6

20. Rio Linda (-) 7-5