Pumped for prep sports

Sierra Scoop
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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A big part of what makes football fun is the anticipation. Since last December, high school players have been thinking about Sept. 11 — the opening night of the 2009 season. Preparations started as soon as the final horn sounded on the 2008 season. The most dedicated players and coaches are constantly motivated by the next game, no matter how long the wait. While no one really knows how the 2009 season will shake out — on the football field, the volleyball court, the soccer pitch or even the cross country trail — it’s a lot of fun to speculate, which is why the Journal devotes several weeks to introducing the area’s athletes, coaches and teams prior to their respective seasons. This week we’ll finish taking a look at the area’s volleyball clubs and get fans ready for the looming football season, starting with Sierra College on Friday. The Journal will provide comprehensive coverage of football and other prep sports throughout the fall. Fans can log on to or the new for game reports shortly after the games each week this fall. In print, you can expect the Journal’s excellent photography and in-depth coverage. is the place to go for everything you need to know about high school sports in the county. Find schedules, standings and stories on teams from the Pioneer Valley League and the Sierra Foothill League as well as youth sports throughout the region. will also feature a weekly poll question on hot topicsfrom around Placer County’s sports scene. You can get scores and updates on storeis in the Journal on your mobile phone via Twitter. Just sign up for a Twitter account, find the Auburn Journal and click on “Follow.” The Journal sports staff is always looking for ways to improve and enhance our coverage of the local sports scene. Feedback of any kind from readers and sports fans is always greatly appreciated. If you have an idea for a story or know an inspirational athlete in the area, or just have a comment, e-mail me at In case you missed it Last week we checked in on Placer grad Greg Denham and his progress at UC Davis. As a sophomore quarterback he put up record-setting numbers as the Aggies finished 5-7 overall. He’s poised for another big season as Davis looks to get back on the winning track. Check out the full story at On the way This week the Journal will feature Foresthill and Forest Lake volleyball. You can learn the ins and outs of radio play-by-play with Placer’s man behind the mic Pete Dufour. Sierra College football is ranked No. 6 in the state as it prepares for its season opener Saturday at Diablo Valley. See Friday’s Journal for a closer look at the Wolverines. And don’t miss the most comprehensive football previews on Placer, Del Oro, Bear River, Colfax and Foresthill, beginning next Sunday.