FAIRFIELD — After one of the longest Sac-Joaquin Section Realignment Committee meetings on record, Armijo and Will C. Wood high schools are one step closer to changing leagues.
As with the first realignment proposal released on Jan. 8, the second hammered out on Tuesday has the Indians and Wildcats shifting from Monticello Empire League to the Solano County Athletic Conference, trading places with Vallejo and Bethel of Vallejo.
“For what it’s worth, this was a lengthy meeting, probably the longest realignment meeting in SJS history,” Will DeBoard, section director of communications, said in an e-mail. “We started at 9 a.m. and got out of the room at around 5 p.m. (Assistant Commissioner) John Williams, who has been to many more of these meetings than myself, said he hadn’t seen a larger crowd at any previous meetings in other years.”
Other committee meetings are Feb. 19 and March 12 with one on April 9 if necessary. The SJS Board of Managers will vote on the final recommendation on April 24.
Changes take effect in the 2014-15 school year.
FAIRFIELD — The Armijo High boys basketball team survived a second-half surge by visiting Vacaville and hung on for a 60-47 Monticello Empire League victory at E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Good ball control and shot selection helped the Indians (10-7, 3-3 MEL) build a 24-17 halftime lead.
“We almost let them back in the game there,” said Armijo coach Carly Perales. “They had it down to four in the third or early in the fourth. But we got a nice little spurt to get (the lead) back up to 10.”
Armijo also spread the ball around well Tuesday, getting three players into double figures and another very nearly.
Davontre Thompson and Terris Brooks led the Indians with 13 points each, Hosea Barfield added 12 and Troy Anderson scored nine.
“Coming down the stretch, we took a care of the basketball and were able to extend the lead and put the game away,” Perales said. “We had good balance tonight, our ball movement was a lot better. Everyone was sharing it and getting good shots.”
Armijo hosts Wood on Friday.
Rodriguez 69, Napa 64: At Fairfield, the Mustangs (11-11, 6-0 MEL) overcame a 40-27 halftime deficit to remain unbeaten in Monticello Empire League play.
David Shelton and Johnny Shelton led Rodriguez with 16 points each.
DeShawn Hall added 10 points and six rebounds, while Ronnie Glover scored eight points and pulled down six boards.
“Our guys fought back in the third period,” said Rodriguez coach Nate Rankin. “They played well, but we’ve got to fix a lot of stuff on defense.”
In JV action, the Mustangs (17-3, 5-1 MEL) edged the Indians 57-54.
Kesean Graham led Rodriguez with 15 points, while Leroy Wilson added 12.
Roebi Blancio and Elijah Lawson scored 10 each and Lawson had 10 rebounds.
The Mustangs host Vintage on Friday.
Fairfield 85, American Canyon 39: At Fairfield, the Falcons (13-10, 5-1 SCAC) outscored the Wolves in every quarter, including 25-9 in the first.
DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes led Fairfield with 17 points, followed by Raimauri Barron with 16 and Javon Adams with 12, while Asante Morris drained three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with nine.
Fairfield hosts Benicia, the only team to defeat the Falcons in SCAC play this season, on Thursday.
Bethel 72, Vanden 67: At Vallejo, the Vikings (13-10, 2-4 SCAC) led 53-46 heading into the fourth quarter but was outscored 26-14 over the final eight minutes.
“We buckled down in the third quarter and got stops and were actually making shots,” Vanden coach Micheal Holloway said. “In the fourth quarter we were up six, 55-49, and it took us awhile to score again. We weren’t able to make enough plays at the end to win.”
Jordan Collier paced Vanden with 20 points, while Demaree Walker added 14.
Vanden won the JV game 65-54 with the Vikings (11-8, 4-2 SCAC) getting 17 points from Javin White, 12 from Rashad Fisher and 11 from Anthony Anchante
Vanden entertains Vallejo on Thursday.
Wood 61, Vintage 45: At Napa, the Wildcats (15-9, 4-2 MEL) shook off a 13 for 26 night at the foul line by holding the Crushers to single digits in each of the first three quarters.
“We did everything well except shoot free throws,” Wood coach Mark Wudel said. “We played good defense, ran the offense well, we were unselfish. We didn’t make free throws. Everything else was pretty good.”
Cameron Moore topped Wood with 15 points, with Khalid Harrison adding 11.
The Wildcats travel to Armijo on Friday.
Buckingham Charter 61, Lutheran 19: At Elk Grove, the Knights (16-4, 6-1 SMAL) broke the school record for wins in a season set in 2008-09 by holding Tony Jia to 13 points, eight under his season average.
Devin Riley did much of the work on Jia, while Joey Niccum scored 18 points and twin brother Josh Niccum added 14.
“We have 10 seniors who have been together a long time, so they’re reading each other well,” Knights coach Dan Curry said.
Buckingham Charter is at Faith Christian of Yuba City on Thursday.
Prep girls basketball
Balanced Falcons outlast Wolves
AMERICAN CANYON — Alexis Hines, Shawnecia Hill, Shawntanea Moten and Casara Vaugn each scored 10 points as the Fairfield High girls basketball team outscored American Canyon 15-8 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 43-36 Solano County Athletic Conference win on Tuesday.
It was HIll’s first game back after missing much of the season with an injury.
“She gave us an extra boost, she scored 10 points in her first game back,” Fairfield coach Michael Gilliard said. “That helped us out a lot.”
Fairfield is at Benicia on Thursday.
Napa 54, Rodriguez 48: At Napa, the Mustangs (11-12, 3-3 MEL) scored just five points in the fourth quarter after getting 43 in the first three.
“We couldn’t put the ball in the bucket in the fourth quarter and we gave up too many second-chance shots in the fourth,” Rodriguez coach Lou Collier said. “That hurt us. That’s a bad combination.”
Raeona Ford topped Rodriguez with 18 points, followed by Jophiea Irvin with 13.
The Mustangs are at Vintage on Friday.
Armio 87, Vacaville 58: At Vacville, it was solid all-around effort for the Indians (17-6, 6-0 MEL), who made quick work of the Bulldogs.
Armijo spread things around in a game that featured 12 total 3-pointers.
Melaya Gaines and Marshanique Hall led the Indians with 15 points each, Sade Ware and Justice Robinson-Kroon added 14 each and Jainice Robinson-Kroon followed with 12.
‘We had five people in double figures and 10 people scoring, so it was a good offensive night,” said Indians coach Christian Stoll.
In JV action the Indians (14-6, 4-2 MEL) won a nailbiter 37-36.
Brianna Arrazola led Armijo with 10 points and Passion Ware scored nine.
Vanden 73, Bethel 51: At Fairfield, a second-quarter surge lifted the Vikings (20-3, 6-0 SCAC) past the Jaguars.
Leading 13-8 after a quarter, Vanden outscored Bethel 21-10 in the second for a 34-18 halftime lead that was never in danger.
Mariah Williams led the Vikings with 17 points and Chantell Greer added 14.
The victory also marked nine straight 20-win seasons for Vanden.
In the JV game, the Vikings (14-7, 6-0 SCAC) routed the Jaguars 53-14.
Brittney Livingtson led Vanden with 20 points, while Kaily McDaniel added 11 and Bria Barnette had nine.
The Vikings are at Vallejo on Thursday.
Lutheran 34, Buckingham Charter 33: At Elk Grove, the Knights (2-9, 2-6 SMAL) dropped a heart-breaker. Jasmine Gonzalez had 12 points and five rebounds, Ashley Brooks had nine points and four rebounds, and Carissa Williams had five rebounds and three assists in a losing cause.
Buckingham Charter travels to Yuba City on Thursday to play Faith Christian.
Ashanti Randle added eight points for Wood, which hosts Armijo Friday.