Clipped From The Californian
Ryan Rohlinger hit a two-out two-out two-out RBI single in the 10th. certainly inexperienced, but he's got all the ability to be these pitchers ready," said. "That's what spring See GIANTS, 6A Palma gets surprise visitor tonight Areata will make the long trip down for the first round of NorCal BY GEORGE WATKINS gwatkinsthecalifornian.com The way Areata High boys basketball coach Eric Vollmers figured things, his team would get a No. 7 seed and home game in the first round of the Northern California playoffs. Even though his Tigers lost to Salesian in their section championship game, 70-47, 70-47, 70-47, Vollmers was hopeful that a second second straight league title, a 15-game 15-game 15-game win streak and a 25-5 25-5 25-5 overall record might be worthy of a NorCal home game anyway. "We thought we'd be sitting at No. 7,"Vollmers said. He's right about one thing they're going to be doing a lot of sitting, but it will be in a van, and not at No. 7 in the 14-school 14-school 14-school tournament. Areata was seeded No. 1 1 in the NorCal Division IV playoffs and will make the seven-hour seven-hour seven-hour trip to Salinas to face the No. 6 seed Chieftains Chieftains (234) today at 7 p.m. "It's a little ridiculous travel distance, but we're happy to be in it,"Vollmers said. He didn't want to say if his team would leave Monday and spend the night in Salinas before the game, or depart Tuesday and spend the night after the game. The state picks up the tab for one overnight stay. Areata, meanwhile, won the Humboldt-Del Humboldt-Del Humboldt-Del Norte Conference title for the second straight year behind a mostly senior lineup. The Tigers have seven seniors on the roster, with five measuring 6-foot-5 6-foot-5 6-foot-5 6-foot-5 6-foot-5 or taller. The biggest of the bunch is 6-11, 6-11, 6-11, 230-pound 230-pound 230-pound junior Max Schmidt. The best of the bunch is 6-6 6-6 6-6 senior Jordan Semple, who averaged a team-high team-high team-high 18 points per game. "We have a few others who score anywhere from eight to 14 points,"Vollmers said. Areata has three 3-year 3-year 3-year varsity starters and two of them guard Conor Byrne and 6-5 6-5 6-5 forward Ryan Dehart were all-leaguers all-leaguers all-leaguers as juniors. The 2010 all-league all-league all-league Del Norte Conference team has yet to be announced. "It's a hard-working hard-working hard-working group.'Vollmer's said. About the only thing Vollmers admits to knowing knowing about Palma is that its point guard, Chris Bena-vente, Bena-vente, Bena-vente, "runs the show," and next door at Notre Dame High, his old fishing fishing and hunting buddy, Joe Given, coaches the softball team. "I'll have Xo give him a call when I get into town," Vollmers said. The Palma-Arcata Palma-Arcata Palma-Arcata winner will play Thursday, most likely at Modesto Christian. Christian.