All-American nominee Ritchart carries FLC to win |

All-American nominee Ritchart carries FLC to win

The morning before Josh Ritchart played in his final homecoming game on the Forest Lake Christian floor, his school surrrounded the senior with a pep rally Friday that included a prestigious honor.

Ritchart, FLC’s 6-foot, 7-inch UC-Davis recruit, is one of 1,500 players across the country to have been nominated as a 2010 McDonald’s High School All-American.

“It’s just an honor to be recognized,” Ritchart said prior to Friday’s 58-46 Central Valley Christian League win over Delta. “It just shows that all the hard work I’ve put in has paid off. Being in that game is the highest honor you can get in high school. And just being nominated is a dream come true.”

A four-year letterwinner for Forest Lake Christian, Ritchart helped lead the Falcons to 2008 Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship at Arco Arena. Last season, the Falcons reached the home of the Sacramento Kings once again, although finished as the section runner-up.

“The bottom line is he’s the best player I’ve ever coached and he’s also the best player to ever play at this school,” said FLC coach Dave Thomas. “But more importantly, as far as I’m concerned, he has a good attitude and he is a good student – with a 3.9 GPA.

“So he’s the type of player coaches want in their programs and not just for his skills, but for the quality of character he has.”

On Friday night, though, the Falcons were once again thankful for those skills, as well. Ritchart poured in 33 points to lift the Falcons past the Saints, while fellow seniors Garrett Boatman and Jason Camacho each scored seven.

The Falcons led 22-20 at halftime and then 38-32 after three periods of play.

“We took pretty good control of the game in the third quarter,” said Thomas. “But they played tough.”

The win moved the Falcons to 10-10 overall and 4-5 in the CVCL. FLC, which stood 12th in this week’s section power ratings, hosts Sac Waldorf (17-6, 6-2) Tuesday, followed by road trips to Woodland Christian (3-17, 0-7) and Foresthill (3-13, 2-5).

Contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240.

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