Foley lured back to track

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By: Todd Mordhorst
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Just when Rick Foley thought he was out, they pulled him back in. The popular track and field coach at Placer announced he was stepping down in November, but after re-assessing the situation over the following weeks, Foley decided to stick around. He was out at Stacy Dragila Track on Friday, leading close to 150 team members on the first official day of practice. The kids were happy to have me come back, but there were a number of things that helped me come back, Foley said. We have a new schedule next year and that will give me some time to finish my master's degree. Foley teaches algebra and calculus in addition to coaching track and field and junior varsity football. He's hoping to wrap up his master's degree over the next year or two, but anyone who's seen Foley at work knows he's never short on energy. Foley enjoys getting to know the hundreds of athletes in both the football and track and field programs and seeing them progress, especially on the track. We're able to measure and instantly recognize that the kids are working hard, Foley said. It's about improvement and it's easy to see. They really get the value of working as an athlete ” their own success isn't determined by anything else. Placer athletic director Mark Lee was happy to have Foley return. He said no one applied for the position after the vacancy was open for about two months. Foley approached him about taking the position back and there was no hesitation. He does a great job with the kids and with the organization of everything, Lee said. He's an excellent motivator. ¦ Placer senior Kasey Riecks raked in another honor this week when she was named the CalHi Northern California Athlete of the Week. The UC Davis-bound Riecks leads the Lady Hillmen into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs this week. They're on a 15-game winning streak after putting the finishing touches on an undefeated Pioneer Valley League campaign Friday night. Riecks, a 6-1 forward, is averaging 18 points per game. ... The Foresthill High girls basketball team will find out this afternoon if its fine season will be rewarded with a playoff berth - which would be a first for the program. Coach Cal Ryan's team has been decimated by injuries, at times suiting up just five players for league games. A seven-player rotation was a luxury for the Wildfires this season. Foresthill finished just 2-8 in the Central Valley Christian League, but a victory over Woodland Christian last week may boost the Wildfires into the top 16 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V power ratings. Senior Geena Knutson averages 10.5 points to lead Foresthill while senior Madison Page leads the rebounding effort with 7.4 per game. ... Coach Tim Dadigan's Foresthill boys also deserve some love after posting 11 regular-season wins ” which should be good enough to get them into the playoffs. Led by sharp-shooting senior Alan Cassell, the Wildfires finished just 3-10 in the CVCL, but the league was the toughest in Division V, led by Forest Lake Christian and Div. IV Vacaville Christian. Todd Mordhorst's column runs Sundays in the Auburn Journal.