The John D’anna boys volleyball tournament (a.k.a. the Chico Tournament) is Saturday, April 14 and there are five local teams participating out of 23 schools.
Foothill and Deer Valley, perhaps the two best teams in the Times coverage area, highlight the locals which also includes California, Clayton Valley and Encinal.
Foothill placed second at the UC Davis tournament on March 10, losing to Placer High and 6-foot-8 outside hitter Cory Riecks, who will play at Pepperdine in the fall. The Falcons then beat Amador Valley to win the Deer Valley Invitiational. Apparently Chico made a splash during the DV tourney as well.
Pool play starts promptly at 9 a.m. and the top two teams in each pool will move on to the Gold championship. The two bottom teams will compete for the Silver championship. There were some late drop outs, so it looks like Chico will play in two pools. Not sure if that’s 100 percet correct or how it will work, but there you have it.
Here is how the pools shape out:
Pool A, B , & C will be at Chico High, 910 Esplanade; Chico, CA 95926
Pool A: Foothill, Wood Creek, River Valley, Chico
Pool B: Valley Christian, Chico California, Rio Linda
Pool C: Deer Valley, Jesuit, Oakmont, Laguna Creek
Pool D, E, & F will be held at Pleasant Valley High, 1475 East Ave, Chico, CA 95926
Pool D: Madera, Pleasant Valley, Clayton Valley, Del Oro
Pool E: Nevada Union, Valley-Sacramento, Pioneer, Mira Loma
Pool F: Ponderosa, Sanger, Davis, Encinal