Bulldogs take host tourney, now bolster roster

Wolking named MVP of tournament
By: by Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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With the Folsom High football team making what has become an annual deep postseason run, the Bulldogs’ basketball team has been running thin on personnel early in the season. Coach Mike Wall has been going to battle with eight available players through the team’s first six games thus far.

Despite the slim roster, the Bulldogs have prevailed in four of those six contests, including capturing the title of their host tournament over the weekend.

The Bulldogs began the Folsom/Vista del Lago Invitational on Thursday with a victory over El Dorado, 74-54 before Friday night’s rout of Rocklin High, 61-43.

In Saturday’s championship game against Woodcreek, Folsom held a 12-point lead in the third quarter before the Timberwolves hit three consecutive 3-pointers during one stretch in the fourth. Despite being outscored 15-6 in the fourth, the Bulldogs, led by Edwin Olympio’s 23 points, held on for a one-point win 57-56.

Folsom played with three of its eight players fighting illness and Wall admitted that after three straight days with a limited bench, his team was a little gassed.

“I was proud of them for gutting it out,” he said. “They never said quit and we were able to hang on. I think that’s a good sign for the future.”

Zach Wolking was named tournament MVP while freshman point guard Jordan Ford made the all-tournament team.

Now that the Bulldog football team’s season has concluded with its Northern California loss to De la Salle Saturday, the hoop squad will now replenish its roster, adding four sophomores, Josiah Deguara, Parker Boone, Cody Creason and Lukas Hendricks. Wall said that all four will get significant minutes and could compete for starting jobs.

With six sophomores and one freshman, this is easily the youngest team that Wall has had in his seven years coaching at Folsom.

“I expect a couple weeks of trying to gel with the football guys and the guys who’ve been here. It’s always a tough transition,” said Wall. “But it’s the same group of players that we had in the summer workouts, so it’ll make it a little easier. We should compete very well if not win a majority of our upcoming games.”