Placer-Colfax boys deserve a Friday night showcase

PVL Pipeline
By: Dave Krizman Journal Sports Columnist
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Riddle me this: Something that has been on my mind this basketball season was why the PVL schedule did not allow for a Placer vs. Colfax boys’ basketball game on a Friday evening.
This column time-and-time again has expounded on the benefits of this natural rivalry. With this big game, it seemed only natural a Friday evening date would have the host gym rocking.
However, this season saw the two teams play first on a Thursday evening at Colfax and then tonight, a Wednesday, at Placer’s venerable Earl Crabbe Gym. A phone call to the PVL commissioner, Bill Flake, cleared up the mystery.
According to Flake, after he creates the schedule, the athletic directors of all six league schools, including Rob Hitchcock of Colfax and Mark Lee at Placer, OK the schedule. According to Flake, neither athletic director had any problems with the schedule for this season.
Flake also felt that because of the rivalry between the two schools, the day on which the game is played is not particularly important.
“Regardless of the night, the gym will be packed,” Flake said. “They could play the game on a Sunday afternoon, and the place would be full.”
Perhaps, but an Earl Crabbe Gym packed with screaming students, the Placer pep band, and two teams ready to go to battle would make for some fabulous Friday fun. Speaking of the band, one would have to travel great lengths to hear a more spirited and talented group than these musicians.
Where are they now?
Joey Montoya, Placer’s head football coach, passed along an update on several players who were part of the 2009 football team; a team that lost an offensive shootout to Modesto Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game.
Asher Gotzmer, the prolific running back and defensive back, was given a partial scholarship at UC Davis. Defensive end standout Mike Gray transferred to American River College from Sierra but is still in talks with the University of Nevada. Dalton Dyer was the starting running back for Sierra College this past season.
Where are they headed?
As mentioned in an earlier column, four stars off this past season’s Placer football team are currently carefully weighing their options as to where they will play football next season.
Two-time all-PVL linebacker Caleb Mitchell is leaning toward Division III Linfield College in Oregon. Wide receiver Darren Centi is still deciding between the University of Redlands in southern California and Seattle Pacific in Washington.
Quarterback Collin Burnett is weighing his options between Menlo College in the Bay Area and Sierra College. Meanwhile running back Josh Turney is considering Seattle Pacific and Sierra College.
Mud Bowl Revisited… No true Hillmen fan can forget the heart-wrenching loss to Oakdale in the second round of the CIF playoffs this past fall. The appalling field conditions are also etched in the memories of those who sat through the rain that evening.
The game was played in a mud bowl, or more appropriately, the game was played in a lake in the middle of the field, and in the mud along the shoreline. Placer has begun researching various options to replace the current turf field. Led by principal Peter Efstathiu, Placer hopes to replace both the stadium turf as well as the practice field. Do not expect to see any changes for next season.