Glenn Cravens: Stevenson ascends the mountain, wins state title

Glenn Cravens: Stevenson ascends the mountain, wins state title


Glenn Cravens: Stevenson ascends the mountain, wins state title


Stevenson High’s boys golf team won the state championship tournament Wednesday afternoon, beating out the rest of the field by two shots at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

The Pirates, as a team, shot 368, two shots better than runner-up Sunny Hills of Fullerton.

Seb Crampton had the lowest score on the team, shooting a 1-under 70; he was fifth overall and only one of eight golfers to shoot under par.

Drew Nelson was next best, shooting an even-par 71. Sunny Yan shot a 1-over 72.

It is the first state championship in Stevenson school history. Stevenson is also the first school from Monterey County since 2003 to win a team state championship; Carmel won the boys cross-country championship in 2003.

The win came one week after the Pirates took third in the Northern California Regional Championship, which qualified them for the state tournament.

Crampton paced the winners.

He tallied four birdies on the day, three coming on the back nine. He made the turn and immediately posted back-to-back birdies on holes 10 and 11. He kept the roll going, tallying a birdie on the par-5 14th. But a double bogey on No. 16 set him back to 1-under for the day, his eventual final score.

Nelson also did damage on the back nine, getting his three birdies there. After getting a birdie on No. 14, he moved to 1-under for the day, but he ended his round with a bogey.

Yan had two birdies and three bogeys. He opened up the tournament with a birdie on No. 1, but he didn’t get another one until No. 16.

Potapenko to Cleveland

A Santa Cruz Warriors big man is heading to Cleveland. No, it’s not one of the players.

Assistant coach Vitaly Potapenko is heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers to be an assistant coach under Mike Brown.

Potapenko is no stranger to the Cavaliers, having played the majority of his first four seasons there.

He averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds during his time in the NBA.

It is likely that Potapenko, 38, will be a player-development coach.

Open registrations near closing

One of the U.S. Open tennis qualifying tournaments will take place in Monterey County later this year, and registration is nearing the end.

The sectional qualifying tournament is scheduled for June 18-23 at Chamisal Tennis Club in Corral de Tierra.

The deadline to register for the tournament is Saturday. Registration can be done at

Scheduled to be a part of the tournament is Stefan Gordy, the son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. He’s probably more known as Redfoo of the group LMFAO.

Gordy announced earlier this year he wanted to take his tennis career seriously and put in his bid to compete in the Salinas regional.

Coach creates
fog in Kentucky

North Salinas High volleyball coach Bill Ashen is still doing damage on the court as a player. Ashen was a part of the King Mountain Fog men’s volleyball team that won the U.S. Open men’s volleyball tournament last month in Louisville, Ky.

It was the team’s seventh national championship for the 60-over team. Ashen was named an All-American for the fifth time after averaging 4.3 blocks a contest. He also had a kill rate of .586.

The Fog went 9-0 and defeated a Harrisburg, Pa., squad in the championship match.

Cycling in Salinas

The 2013 Northern California Junior Criterium Championships are scheduled to take place Sunday at the Moffett Industrial Park in Salinas.

It’s the fourth time the event has been held in Salinas. Races begin at 8 a.m., with action taking place into the evening.

The championship events are scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. with the 10-12 juniors division.

A 17-18 juniors 50-kilometer race will be one of the featured events; that takes place at 12:45 p.m. There’s also a 35-mile race to take place at 3:30 p.m.

Spectator admission is free.

For information, call 442-8356.

At the center
of the ring

There was plenty of action at the Rock Boxing Gym on Saturday in Salinas.

The boxing gym was host to Rock War VIII, an amateur boxing event featuring dozens of young boxers from throughout Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley.

Three young boxers who train at the gym picked up victories in front of an overflow crowd: Angel Alfaro, Sean Lopez and Ricardo Ayala.

We have a video of some of the action from the Saturday event, and you can check it out at

Nady into
double digits

Salinas High alum Xavier Nady hit his 10th home run of the season, providing the only offense for the Omaha Storm Chasers in their 2-1 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday afternoon.

Nady took a 3-2 pitch deep to left field in the second inning to give Omaha a 1-0 lead.

Memphis scored a run in the fourth and took the lead in the sixth with a run.

Nady finished the game 1-for-3.

He’s batting .333 this season with 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.

Glenn Cravens is a sports reporter for The Salinas Californian. Contact him at or 754-4267. Follow him on Twitter at @glenn_salnews.


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