Central Catholic baseball is No. 1
Central Catholic High will enter next week's Sac-Joaquin Section baseball playoffs with a bit of added pressure -- as well as an opportunity. The Raiders will have the chance to earn a third consecutive mythical state title after being promoted to the top spot in Division IV Thursday by CalHiSports.com. Central was selected the state D-IV champ last season and won the D-V title in 2006. Under coach Mike Glines, Central has four state titles in the last six years. Central (21-4), which rose from No. 3 to No. 1 when the teams ahead of it lost, beat Orestimba 12-2 in Thursday's regular-season finale. The playoffs open Tuesday in Lodi.
Stanislaus softball players earn honors
Stanislaus shortstop Meghan Franksen was named to two all-region teams prior to the Far West tournament. The junior from Ceres was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association first team, as well as the Daktronics/CoSIDA first team, which is voted on by the sports information directors in the region. Also on the first team are junior pitcher Jessica Gaumnitz and junior outfielder Alyssa Guzman. Sophomore pitcher and first baseman Jennifer Arnold was a second-team selection. Gaumnitz and Guzman were second-team picks on the NFCA all-region team.
Calling all coaches
The Bee is preparing to select its All-Stanislaus District teams for spring high school sports and is encouraging coaches to send in nominations for student-athletes. Provide the year in school, statistics -- and career stats, if noteworthy -- all-league honors and any comments after the completion of the regular season. Significant academic achievements can be included. Please e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 238-4551.
All-leaguers on deck
The Bee is preparing to run all-league teams for spring sports in the Stanislaus District. League representatives or coaches are urged to e-mail all-league teams to email@example.com or fax them to 238-4551. Coaches should check with league reps to make sure teams are forwarded to The Bee. All of the all-league teams will be published the same day.
Blind man rolls 300
A 78-year-old legally blind man from northwest Iowa has bowled a perfect game. Alta resident Dale Davis nailed 12 consecutive strikes for a 300 score Saturday during league play. Davis has limited peripheral vision but can't see straight ahead. Century Lanes owner Clem Ledoux said Thursday that Davis' game didn't draw much attention until he reached 10 strikes. That's when folks poured out of the bar to watch his final two shots.