The amazing Las Positas men's team achieved an all-time best second-place finish at the NorCal Cross Country Championship at Sierra in Rocklin.
A trio of freshmen led the Hawks as David Frisbie took third in the 4-mile men's race in a time of 21 minutes, 34.1 seconds. Zach Connolly was seventh in 22:11.8 and Jordan Kirby was eighth in 22:14.8. Backing up the freshmen phenoms were solid sophomores: David Yeshiwas (25th, 22:48.3), Bret Greene (47th, 23:38.1) and Leonel Gomez (48th, 23:39.0).
Hartnell took the top spot with 31 points, but the Hawks, with 90 points, were thrilled to finish a point ahead of powerhouse American River.
So it's no wonder that LPC coach Kyle Robinson, whose team also has Chabot athletes, called it "huge day."
The Hawks' three freshmen in the top 10 were the top-finishing freshman runners in the meet. Now the team will enter the state meet Nov. 19 at Woodward Park in Fresno with a ton of momentum.
The imposing Hawks got 27 points from sophomore guard Keith Hunter in a 94-81 win over Butte in Saturday's championship game of the Tony Costello Tip-Off Classic.
The Hawks (3-0), ranked No. 3 in the CCCMBCA state preseason poll, beat Contra Costa 95-73 in Friday's semifinals, after besting Modesto 75-72 on Thursday.
“It was a good tournament. We had a lot of good teams in there that are gonna win a lot of games,” Las Positas coach James Giacomazzi said.
Hunter of Oakland had five 3-pointers in the championship game. Sophomore Kameron Johnson, a Granada graduate, had 21 points. Tournament MVP Stokley Chaffee, a 6-foot-8 sophomore out of Amador Valley, had 11 points. Donald Mims, a 7-foot sophomore center out of Center-Sacramento, added 10 points.
Diablo Valley beat Contra Costa 75-64 in Saturday's third-place game.
Giacomazzi, whose team will travel to face Gavilan in Gilroy Thursday, gave Chaffee high marks for his performance and fierce determination against a very good Butte team.
“He was an absolute animal in the third game,” he said of Chaffee, who had a double-double. “We put him on one of the best players defensively, he had to step up his game, and he did a great job.”
Giacomazzi was pleased with the team’s performance overall, but is spending the first three days this week looking at film with his players to show them what they need to improve on.
The young Las Positas squad will open the season in the eight-team LPC Hawk Classic on Thursday, when it challenges Marin at 7 p.m.
In other openers, Modesto will face Contra Costa at 1 p.m., Redwoods will tackle Cuesta at 3 p.m., and Compton will meet Lassen at 5 p.m. The winners-bracket semifinals are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, and the championship game is at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Hawks (11-6-3, 5-4-2) notched a 3-1 win over Ohlone and a 1-1 draw with Evergreen Valley last week. They will close out conference place at home against Coast-South power De Anza (12-2-4, 7-1-3) on Tuesday and at Coast-North No. 2 West Valley (8-5-6, 5-2-4) on Friday.
Of course, the big individual story for the Hawks is Marcos Neves' drive toward a possible state scoring title. He entered the week No. 1 in goals with 23, one more than Carlos Eduardo of Lassen and Francisco Contreras of San Diego.
Neves, a former Bellarmine College Prep player from Tracy, is second in the state behind Contreras in total points with 53.
In the Hawks' draw with Evergreen Valley, Neves had the equalizer in the 30th minute off a Mike Hatch assist. Antonio Jimenez stole the show against Ohlone with two goals, and Nevez had one goal. Jimenez had the winner in the 78th minute off a double-assist from Javier Hernandez and Fernando Herrera. Jordan Quick and Matt Hafizi assisted Neves in the 87th.
The Hawks' impressive 14-game unbeaten streak finally came to end an end with a wild 4-3 loss to Canada-Redwood City in a Coast-North makeup game Sunday.
After trailing 3-0, the indomitable Hawks threw a scare into the host team, outscoring Canada 3-1 to the finish. Yesica Morales scored twice and Aimee Ryan scored once during the surge. Rhiannon Adams had two assists and Camila Fonseca, who is tied for third in the state with 13 assists, had one.
The loss followed a thrilling 2-1 win over powerful Ohlone in a conference crossover match on Tuesday. Ashley Carlton and Aimee Ryan scored spectacular goals for the Hawks (now 10-2-4, 4-1-4).
After a scoreless first half, Carlton belted a laser-like 25-yard shot into the net off an assist from Yadie Torres. After Ohlone equalized, Ryan scored the winner off a Fonseca assist.
Las Positas will host district-rival Chabot on Tuesday at 3 p.m., and then complete conference play at Foothill on Friday.
The Hawks women's team fell twice in the Coast Conference tournament, 3-1 against Foothill in the semifinals and 3-0 against Merced at Ohlone.
The Hawks men's team lost to Ohlone 10-5 in the conference tourney after bolting to a 5-2 lead.
Las Positas' top-class aquatic facilities will be on display this week as the Hawks will host the NorCal Regional Playoffs Friday and Saturday. To follow the action, please visit the CCCAA website.