Placer packed with senior talent

PVL Pipeline
By: Dave Krizman Journal Sports Columnist
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With graduation of the local high schools only three days away, this column wraps up the athletic year for 2009-2010 by identifying some of Placer’s student-athletes and where they are headed off to school. For the third year in a row, Placer won the PVL’s All-Sports Banner by winning seven league titles. PVL championships were won in: boys’ cross country, girls’ cross country, wrestling, girls’ volleyball, co-ed tennis, girls’ track and field, and boys’ track and field. Finishing a distance second was Whitney. Kayla Reeves: Reeves was a two-sport star and will graduate with a 3.72 GPA. She played basketball and track for all four years at Placer. In basketball, she was all-league her junior and senior years. In track she qualified for sections in the 800 meters and was the anchor on the 4 x400 relay team which has won the PVL the last three years and won the Division III championship her sophomore year. Reeves will attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. and play basketball. Kelsey Lardner: Lardner will graduate with a 3.70 GPA and attend Dominican University in San Rafael where she will play volleyball. Narrowing her choices down between Dominican — an NAIA Division II school — or UC Santa Cruz, Lardner received more financial aid from Dominican and was impressed with the school’s coach, Gayle Stammer. Josh Klem: Klem will attend the University of San Diego. Winner of the prestigious Dale Lackey Scholar-athlete Award, Klem graduates from Placer with a 4.01 GPA. Klem was a three-sport star for four years, playing football, basketball and baseball. He was all-league in football and basketball his senior year and a shortstop/pitcher on the Section championship baseball team in 2009. Ryan Studebaker: Studebaker will attend Cal on a swimming scholarship. For the years 2009 and 2010, Studebaker was a Swimming Scholastic All-American and All-American in the 100 breast stroke. Studebaker was one of the most dominant swimmers in California with numerous awards and honors. He graduates with a 3.55 GPA. Catherine O’Connor: One of the most highly decorated scholar-athletes to ever graduate from Placer, O’Connor graduates with a 4.06 GPA. Over her four years, O’Connor won three individual state championships in snowboarding, was a member of the 2006 Girls’ Section Championship team in cross country, and she was a member of two state championship teams in snowboarding. O’Connor earned one of only three spots for the U.S. Junior World Championships in snowboarding to be held in New Zealand this August. Michael Jensen: Jensen, aka ‘Michael Finley,’ was a three-year starter on the boys’ basketball team. Jensen will take his 4.2 GPA to Cal Poly SLO this August. Shannon Harcus: Harcus will attend UC Davis on a cross-country scholarship. She was one of the most dominant runners in northern California. Harcus has a list of school, individual, league, section, and masters awards too long to list. At Placer’s graduation this Saturday, she will be one of the school’s valedictorians. Clay Campbell: Campbell was a three-sport athlete for four years, playing soccer, basketball and track. He graduates with a 4.04 GPA and will attend UC Davis in the fall. Lucas Stancliff: Stancliff will run cross country and track for American River College next school year. His junior year, he won the section championship in the mile and 800 meters. His senior year, he won the section in the 800 meters and 4 x400. Asher Gotzmer: Gotzmer will play football next year as a preferred walk-on at UC Davis. His senior year, Gotzmer was the PVL Offensive Player of the year and an Optimist All-Star Team selection.