Prep Roundup

Full Plate For Del Oro's Monroe

Golden Eagles Running Back Selected For USA National Team
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Brandon Monroe will be the first to admit that his plate is full right now.


This past Sunday evening at the Del Oro football awards banquet, Monroe was named as the Golden Eagles’ Offensive MVP and honored by being selected by his teammates as a team captain. Later this week, he’ll resume practices with the North All-Stars for the upcoming Optimist All-Star Football Game which is set to be played at Del Oro on Dec. 22.


And, like most senior high school football players getting ready to sign a letter of intent to complete the college scholarship-offer process,  Monroe had originally figured that he would sign in February in front of family, friends, coaches and teammates at Del Oro.


However, Monroe, who just competed a tremendous two-year varsity career and will graduate as one of the Golden Eagles’ top running backs in school history, will instead be doing his letter of intent signing half-way across the country.


“It’s going to be strange doing the signing back there but my parents and coach Taylor will be there,” said Monroe who has verbally committed to play at San Jose State next season.


The reason for the switch in signing locations is all good though. That’s because the first week of February Monroe will be in Austin, Texas preparing with the USA National Under-18 team for a game against the Canadian National Team.


“It’s pretty exciting to be selected to play with guys from across the country,” said Monroe. “Right now I’m pretty busy and I’m trying to balance everything out.”


Despite missing three games due to injury, Monroe finished this past season with 1,545 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. Monroe ended his career at Del Oro by rushing for 3,456 yards and scoring 52 touchdowns.


Monroe’s USA squad will be coached by Chris Metzger of Pinehurst High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The team will consist of 40 of the top high school football players from around the United States. Team USA is not an all-star team, rather it is a national team program composed of the best individuals on a basis of talent and character.

 “This is an honor,” said Monroe. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
 Retro Night This Evening At Colfax
  Former Colfax High girls basketball Jim Ryan, who guided the Lady Falcons to five CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championships and one CIF state Div. IV runner-up finish, will be the guest of honor this evening during Colfax High’s “Retro Night” basketball game against Sutter.
 The game will be played in the school’s old gym with a 1990s’ theme for the night. Frosh action gets things going at 4 p.m with the JVs following at 5:30 and the varsity contest at 7 p.m.    
 Loomis Will Play At USF
 Colfax High’s Devon Loomis has signed a letter of intent to play baseball next year at the University of San Francisco. Loomis was awarded an academic scholarship with a baseball contingency attached to it that places him on the Dons roster.
 “It should work into an academic-athletic scholarship after I’m there,’ said Loomis who has been a two-year varsity starter for the Falcons. “It’s pretty exciting.”
 A right-handed pitcher-infielder, Loomis has been an integral part of the Falcons success the last two seasons that has produced 33 wins and back-to-back playoff appearances.
Kendall Arnett Just Around Corner
The Kendall Arnett boys basketball tournament, one of the longest running prep tournaments in California, will renew its 72nd edition in a couple of weeks at Placer High.
 This year’s tournament will run Dec. 27-29 and once again drawn an eight-team varsity field along with eight JV squads.
 Comprising the varsity teams for the event this year are Bear River, Colfax, San Juan, Woodcreek,  El Camino, Union Mine, defending champion Del Campo and host Placer. Brackets are expected to be released by Placer coach Mark Lee later this week.