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High school notes: Folsom’s Browning selects Washington

Jake Browning wanted to decide where he would play college football by mid-April, but he didn’t wait that long.

After visiting Washington State over the weekend and pondering offers from other Pacific-12 Conference schools such as Cal, along with national powers Alabama and Oklahoma State, the record-breaking Folsom High School quarterback told The Bee on Monday he will attend Washington.

“I was lucky enough to get recruited early and fortunate to be able to commit early,” said Browning, a junior. “Now I can focus on the team and getting better and getting our team better. It’s hard enough trying to win a championship without having this hover over me.”

Browning, a two-time Bee Player of the Year, passed for 5,737 yards and 75 touchdowns, both state records, last fall to lead Folsom to its second consecutive 14-1 season. He threw for 5,248 yards and 63 touchdowns in 2012. With a season to go, Browning is on pace to shattering national career marks.

Washington is coached by Chris Petersen, who played at Yuba City High School, Sacramento City College and UC Davis. Petersen had offered Browning a scholarship when the coach was at Boise State.

“Jake’s only going to get better,” Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson said. “He’s really special.”

Baseball – In the twist-and-turn Delta Valley Conference, No. 7 Grant recovered from a 4-1 loss at top-ranked Elk Grove to beat No. 3 Davis 3-0. Polo Portela pitched a four-hitter and struck out five for the Pacers. Portela struck out 12 to beat then-ranked Valley Christian of Roseville 2-0 on March 13.

• Connor Briare struck out 10 in 42/3 innings and Garrett Yocam drove in two runs, including the winner in the bottom of the seventh, in No. 9 Granite Bay’s 4-3 victory over No. 2 Pleasant Grove.

• Ray Henry of No. 17 Colfax pitched a perfect game and struck out 11 in a 10-0, six-inning victory over Foothill in the Pioneer Valley League.

• No. 16 Del Oro had its second big win over a ranked team, a sign of progress, according to second-year coach Jeff Dietrich. Del Oro, behind ace Kyle Yamada, beat No. 4 Jesuit 3-1. Yamada also beat No. 8 Vista del Lago 4-1 on March 12.

Wrestling – Folsom’s Nick Fiegener, The Bee’s Wrestler of the Year, and Del Oro’s Isaac Blackburn, a Bee All-Metro pick, won gold medals at the National High School Wrestling Championship in Virginia Beach, Va. Fiegener won at 182 pounds and Blackburn at 106. Both will attend Cal Poly.

Softball – Elk Grove moves up to No. 1 after victories over No. 3 Sheldon, No. 4 Pleasant Grove, No. 8 Casa Roble and No. 15 Del Campo. Elk Grove has won six consecutive games after starting 0-4.

“We were still looking for pieces of the puzzle and where they fit,” Elk Grove coach Jeff Alexander said. “And now we are starting to find out where the pieces fit.”

Kimberly Wilburn is the ace and Amber Wright the leading hitter.

• No. 6 Oak Ridge moved up seven spots after beating No. 12 Christian Brothers and No. 17 Union Mine and routing Folsom 15-1. Oak Ridge is led by Caitlyn Olan (.564 average, 20 RBIs), Amber Orchard (.459) and Alyssa Burns (8-2, 1.81 ERA).

Follow Joe Davidson on Twitter @SacBee_JoeD. Bee Correspondent Trevor Horn contributed to this report.

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