DO coach off to WoodcreekBy: Mike Ray, Loomis News Sports Editor
A pair of Del Oro assistant football coaches, who over the last three years helped the Golden Eagles forge perhaps their most successful gridiron run at the school since the late 1990s, will be on the opposite sideline in 2013.
Jason Stowers, a longtime foothills area assistant coach at both Colfax and Del Oro has been named as the new head football coach at Woodcreek High in Roseville.
Stowers was the defensive coordinator at Colfax for 11 seasons from 1999 to 2009, and a defensive line and special teams coach at Del Oro the last three seasons. He replaces John Hildebrand who stepped down after last season, his fifth year at the helm.
“I’m excited to get started,” said Stowers. “We’ve met with the team and they’re ready to get to work. I’m still putting a staff together. We have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Colfax head coach Tony Martello, who hired Stowers to his first coaching job at Colfax in 1999, feels that Woodcreek made a good decision in his hire.
“Jason came to Colfax in 1999 as a bright, young assistant coach with a passion for the game,” said Martello.
“He grew each year with us and turned into one of the top defensive coordinators in the area. Woodcreek is getting a very good coach.”
While at Del Oro, Stowers helped the Golden Eagles post a record of 30-12, win two league titles and reach a CIF state bowl game.
Stowers will be teaching physical education and social science at Woodcreek.
He will also be joined on the staff by his brother Kyle, who also coached at Colfax and was at Del Oro for the last three seasons.
“As far as spring stuff is concerned we’re a little behind right now,” said Stowers. “The help I’ve already received here at Woodcreek has been very positive. We’re just looking to get things started here.”
Three Del Oro High girls softball team members will be playing at the collegiate level next year. According to Del Oro coach Sean Erickson, Courtney Smith (UC Davis), Hanna Miller (San Francisco State) and Carly Xepoleas (Azusa Pacific) have all inked letters of intent.
And three players to keep an eye on this season and in future years are sophomore Molly Fowkes and freshmen Taya Ruiz and Elena Topete.
The trio currently comprise the middle of the Lady Eagles’ batting order.
Top flight staff
Former Del Oro girls basketball standout Emilie Johnson will be getting a NAIA championship ring after Westmont College of Santa Barbara defeated Lee University of Tennessee, 71-65, last week in the NAIA Div. I women’s championship game played in Frankfort, Ky.
Johnson, who just ended a star-studded four-year career at UC Santa Barbara last season, was one of three top assistants that Westmont coach Kirsten Moore, the NAIA Coach of the Year, brought in this season.
Besides Johnson, who was an all-Big West guard in 2012, the staff included former USC player Meghan Gnekow and former Pacific player and UCSB assistant Selena Ho. Westmont finished the season 30-4.
SF Lacrosse Club
The Sierra Foothills Lacrosse Club says it’s not too late to get started on one of the fastest growing sports in the country. The club, which has begun preseason practices, still has room for new lacrosse players on all of its teams.
The club has teams for boys under 11 through the high school varsity level. Practices are from 4-5:30 p.m. For more information visit sierrafoothillslacrosse.org, email info@sierrafoothillslacrosse or call 663-3944.