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PVL Pipeline: Transition time on the prep scene

By: Dave Krizman
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December is a transitional time for prep athletics. Football has concluded, for most schools, several weeks ago. The wrestling programs are in full practice mode with no competitions scheduled for several weeks. The local hoopsters have begun their seasons, but as is often the case, they take off for tournaments far from home. Unknown territories: The Colfax boys’ basketball team has floundered into unknown territories. One of the most successful and decorated programs in Northern California, the Falcons have started their season with a 1-3 record. An opening season loss to Nevada Union and a pair of losses in the Gold Dust tournament over in El Dorado County have fans scratching their heads. With the addition of perennial basketball powers Foothill and Center now part of the PVL, the Falcons will be tested this season. An ill wind blows in the north: The Placer Hillmen made their annual pilgrimage to the Redding area for the Harlan Carter Tournament last weekend. Placer was roundly defeated in all three games. The Hillmen are a young team, and it is a challenge to hit the road and open up one’ season at a tournament. Tournaments offer many distractions with which even veteran seniors often struggle. A healthy Darren Centi and some home cookin’ should help out the Hillmen. However, the team does not play at home until Dec. 14 against Casa Roble. Perseverating on the cost of a ducat: Several weeks ago in this column and in the editorial section of the Auburn Journal, the cost of a ticket to a Sac-Joaquin Section CIF football playoff game was questioned. The CIF office offered their explanation for the cost, and then compared the ticket — for that game the price was $9 — to a night out at the movies. For Del Oro’s section championship game at Sacramento State Saturday night, the cost of a ticket was $12 and parking was an additional $5. For comparison, I researched the cost of a ticket for the CIF championship game in the North Section. A ticket to the championship game cost $8 and all earlier round games cost $7. There was no charge for parking at the championship game. I can only assume the cost to go to a movie in Northern California is also 33 percent less than attending a movie in our region. Weather beaters: Compliments to the Del Oro faithful who suffered through not one but two foul weather games. In their semifinal game at Patterson High, not only did it rain, but it was also cold and windy. This past Saturday, they had to sit through only a steady rain to watch their Golden Eagles dismantle the Oakdale Mustangs. A considerate decision: Kudos to head basketball coach Geoff Broyles for postponing a freshman-junior varsity basketball tournament at Del Oro. The tournament conflicted with the Del Oro football game that Saturday night. Hillmen echoes: This past Saturday, Matt Renfree, a Placer grad who was highlighted in a two-part series about his professional baseball career last summer, graduated from the University of Nevada Reno. Dave Krizman’s column runs Wednesdays in the Journal. Comment online at AuburnJournal.com.