JC notebook: Fresno City receiver Brayden Sanchez eager to join Nevada

The Fresno BeeMay 29, 2014 

It was an easy decision for Brayden Sanchez, whether to stay for his sophomore season at Fresno City College or sign with NCAA Division I Nevada.

After producing 893 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman for the Rams, the former Hanford High star will play this fall for the Wolf Pack — one of Fresno State's Mountain West Conference rivals.

"I'm extremely grateful for all of the support that I have received from my family, teammates, and coaching staff at Fresno City," he said. "Playing there put me in a great position to go on to play at the next level."

Sanchez was named to the All-Valley Conference and Region I All-State first teams.

"We expect him to do great things over there," Rams coach Tony Caviglia said.

Sanchez has three years of eligibility remaining.

"It's a great school," said Sanchez, who transferred to Fresno City last season after walking on at Fresno State. "The coaches were great when I took my unofficial visit and I think I will be able to get on the field and compete."

Nevada hosts Fresno State on Nov. 22.

* Ex-Rams linebacker Tyler Bates (Madera), also an All-Valley Conference and Region I selection, will attempt to walk on with the Bulldogs.

Rams to host Bulldogs hoops coach White

Fresno City College will host a meet and greet between new Fresno State women's basketball coach Jaime White and her peers in the high school ranks Saturday.

It is from 11 a.m. to noon in Room G-112, next to the concession stand near the gym, and free to any coach who is interested. Fresno City is hosting a 24-team girls tournament that day.

White plans to have a 30-minute clinic on offensive drills and answer questions.

* Seven departing Rams women's basketball players now have received scholarships to play next year.

The list includes previously announced destinations for Northern California Player of the Year Keyora Wharry (Edison), who is headed to Colorado State; and Nina Gregory (Clovis East), who is off to Southwestern Oklahoma.

Others are Ali Orlich (Clovis West) to Cal State Los Angeles; Dominique Pilkinton (Monache) to Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas; Kaylor Kovacevich (Bullard) and Leslie Ahlenslager (Clovis West) to Cal Maritime in Vallejo; and Diana Corona (Monache) to William Jessup in Rocklin.

The Rams (29-4) won a seventh straight Central Valley Conference title and reached the state tournament for a third consecutive year.

Volleyball stars commit

A pair of ex-Fresno City volleyball players also are moving on.

Middle blocker Maggie Fitzgerald has committed to UC Santa Cruz and outside hitter Caitlin Marinos to La Sierra in Riverside.


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