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Placer, Del Oro squeeze in midseason scrimmage

Competition comes at important time for both teams
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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LOOMIS – The rain has plagued many sports this spring but the clouds opened up just long enough Wednesday for Placer High and Del Oro to get together for a much-needed midseason scrimmage. Scores were kept but the bigger focus for Placer was to face a higher level of competition. The Hillmen, which play in a coed division while Del Oro is boys only, have won 61 consecutive Pioneer Valley League matches and don’t get to see the type of competition the Eagles provide. Del Oro is considered a favorite to win the Sierra Foothill League title. “We had some close matches,” Placer coach Tom Isaac said. “We had two we won in the third set, we had two we lost in the third set. Anytime you get that sort of experience, I mean you play for an hour and a half and you get it down to a handful of points, you can’t get it any better if you’re trying to train people to play in big venues or important matches. That’s what it’s all about. When you blow somebody out, there’s not much there.” Placer was scheduled to face Lincoln on Tuesday but the match was rained out. Del Oro was slated to play Woodcreek on Tuesday and hadn’t played a match since last Thursday when it beat Roseville. The rain crept back in toward the end of the match, which shortened several doubles matches. “Tennis, a lot of it is physical but so much of it is a mental game,” Del Oro senior Brett Bacharach said. “Especially for the guys that don’t play year-round it’s really big to get as many matches as they can.” The two teams share a connection. Del Oro coach Jill Tooker, who is in her first year at the helm, was a star at Placer. Placer coach Tom Isaac is married to the Eagles’ girls tennis coach, Jenn Isaac, who coached the boys before Tooker.