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Citrus Heights council recognizes San Juan High School basketball team


A photo posted on San Juan High School’s Facebook page shows its basketball team posing for a photo with the City Council on March 24, 2022.

By Mike Hazlip—
After an historic season that saw the San Juan Spartans boys varsity basketball team win their first league title in a decade, the Citrus Heights City Council recognized each player with a proclamation.

Councilman Bret Daniels, himself a San Juan alumni, read the proclamation to a room full of parents and students during the March 24 City Council meeting, pausing frequently to accommodate spontaneous outbursts of cheers and applause for the players.

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“I want you to know that they’re dear to my heart as a San Juan Spartan alumni,” Daniels said. “I’m so extremely excited to see another example of a successful athletic program at the school. I wish more parents would understand that they can send their kids to San Juan High School and find success.”

Each player present at the meeting shook hands with council members as they were called to receive a certificate. Coaches Freddie Bryant and Jermaine Galloway were also recognized by the proclamation and received certificates.

In a previous report by The Sentinel, Junior wing player Sam Silchuck said the most memorable moment was an overtime win during an away game against Vacaville Christian high school.

Galloway previously told The Sentinel the team’s success has rebuilt the San Juan name.

“The season was an absolute success,” Galloway said. “The young men accomplished amazing things winning the 1st league title in 10 years.”

The team lost eight out of their first 12 pre-season games, The Sentinel reported. Despite the rough start, the Spartans finished with a 16-10 overall record and was 11-1 in the league, according to Max Preps, a high school sports division of CBS Sports.

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