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Colfax airs it out

Looking back on 2008-09: Colfax
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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The biggest story of the sports year at Colfax High, at least in terms of drawing the most state and national attention, for the most part, didn’t come on a playing field. In November, the Falcons’ football team finished in third place in the Pioneer Valley League and was tagged as the league’s No. 3 playoff team. The postseason berth marked the 12th straight year that coach Tony Martello’s program had reached the playoffs. However, in one of the most bizarre incidents to ever befall a Colfax athletic team in the 50-year history of the school, a court order by a judge in Alameda County forced a postponement of Colfax’s scheduled first round playoff game at Oakdale. The Falcons’ team bus, already in Sacramento on its way to Oakdale, was turned around and sent home after school officials contacted Martello by cell phone about the temporary restraining order issued by the court. Four days later a hearing was held in Alameda and the court three Placer football forfeits. So instead of Colfax entering the playoffs has the number three PVL team, Placer was given the berth. The bitter end of the season could not tarnish a fine effort on the field. Senior quarterback Spencer Lewis and receiver Jeff Divine formed a dynamic combo. Lewis threw for 2,205 yards and 20 touchdowns. Divine hauled in 1,208 of those yards and found the end zone 14 times. Junior Pat Rawlins developed into Colfax’s top option on the ground, gaining more than 800 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns. Nick Turcotte, Travis Crowley and Thomas Baldoni led the defensive crew. The Falcons gave eventual section champion Whitney its biggest scare all season on Oct. 10 in Rocklin. The Wildcats escaped with a 34-27 victory and were never challenged the rest of the season, finishing 13-0. After the CIF Sac-Joaquin Sub-Section meet at Angels Camp in which his Colfax boys cross country team finished in third place behind Christian Brothers and Bret Harte, coach Tom Read was probably just hoping for a good run at the section meet to qualify for the CIF State meet. However, sparked by individual champion Wesley Cox and fifth and sixth place finishes respectively from Michael Morgan and Nick Read, the Falcons stunned the Div. IV field to win the section title. Colfax scored 42 points to nip Christian Brothers (45) and Bret Harte (64). Max Schopfer was 13th and Ronnie Saavedra 17th for the Falcons who grabbed a 10th place finish in the state run. Colfax’s girls team also fared well as they were second in the section and also qualified for state. On the volleyball court, Colfax finished 15-8 overall, claiming second place in the PVL. Seniors Kayla Giles, Chanel Filteau and Hannah Baldwin anchored the Falcons’ run which ended in a tough playoff loss at Hilmar after beating longtime rival Golden Sierra to open the postseason. Giles was named MVP of the PVL and landed a scholarship to Troy State. On the soccer pitch, Aaron Schindler, Kyle Lutkemuller, Erik Mackenstadt and Jordan Hartman led Colfax to a third place finish in the PVL. The Falcons fell to Central Valley in their playoff opener.