Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship
Bridging a city’s championship gap
Fifteen years after witnessing history as part of Galt High School’s first section title team, Liberty Ranch coach Josh Williams will attempt to lead the city’s new school to its first crown
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Boys basketball: Hawks outlast Falcons in overtime, advance to section championship
Liberty Ranch Hawks varsity boys basketball coach Josh Williams, center, watches as DeAndre Stallings shoots and scores on one of his six three-point baskets against the Colfax Falcons at Tokay High School on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. The Hawks beat the Falcons 64-59 in overtime to advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship against the Summerville Bears of Tuolumne at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
- Liberty Ranch vs. Summerville
When: Today, 3 p.m.
Where: Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Admission: $17 adults, $8 students (parking is $12 for cars, $30 for buses).
At stake: The winner is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion. Both teams have already earned a berth in the NorCal Championships.
- Matchup at a glance
Liberty Ranch is 22-8, has won four straight; Summerville is 24-3, has won 16 straight.
Liberty Ranch: Josh Williams
Summerville: Ben Watson
Road to semifinals
Liberty Ranch finished tied for second in the Sierra Valley Conference with a 9-3 league mark. Summerville won the Mother Lode League title with a 13-0 record.
Liberty Ranch def. Mariposa, 75-48; Summerville def. Delhi, 70-33.
Liberty Ranch def. Mesa Verde 69-42; Summerville def. Encina Prep, 72-69.
Liberty Ranch def. Colfax 64-59; Summerville def. Riverbank,
The winner will be the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion.
The two section title game participants both have berths in the Northern California Championship playoffs.
Liberty Ranch def. Linden 71-41; Summerville def. Linden 70-43, 71-42 and 62-35.
Liberty Ranch def. Amador 61-47; Summerville def. Amador 50-48 and 55-33.
Liberty Ranch def. Mariposa County 75-48; Summerville def. Mariposa County 70-57 and 61-40 .
This is Liberty Ranch’s fourth-ever playoff game, all of them coming this season.
This is Summerville’s fourth playoff appearance since 2004-2005. The Bears are 0-2 in section title games, their last one being a 48-42 loss to Colfax.
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We tweeting live stats, updates and player quotes from the game at @LodiSports.
Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013 12:00 am
Philip Ricci found out through text message. For 15 years, the Galt basketball legend had towered as the city’s top scorer. No longer. When Michael Meserole of the Liberty Ranch Hawks set the new mark this season, Ricci’s nephew Xavier, a sophomore at the school, let him know.
“He said , ‘I think Mike just broke it,’” Ricci said. “I was so happy for him. I was like, ‘Wow really, he’s having that kind of season.’”
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Saturday, March 2, 2013 12:00 am.