Sierra College football camp underway

Prep Roundup
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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If you?re a prep football junkie and need a summer fix, Sierra College in Rocklin is the place to be this week as the Wolverines are hosting their 4th annual high school Team Camp. Varsity and JV teams from Del Oro, Rocklin, Woodcreek, Davis and Casa Roble opened camp in full pads on Monday with practices. Sessions then will continue through Thursday. Teams participated in a variety of team drills and scrimmage action. JV squads vied from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily while varsity squads go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ?The teams all looked good,? said Sierra College coach Jeff Tisdel about Monday?s practice sessions. Tisdel, who along with Del Oro?s Casey Taylor is the camp co-director also noted that the weather cooperated for the squads. ?Compared to last weekend, the heat really cooled off so everyone got a break.? Placer competed last weekend at the Pioneer team camp in Woodland while Colfax vied at Stanford?s passing tournament last weekend and travels to Morro Bay this weekend for another 7-on-7 affair. Monroe Shines The recent Oakland Nike Football SPARQ Combine drew nearly 1,300 athletes to Laney College to compete and test against their peers. Of all the competitors, only thirteen players eclipsed the century mark in the SPARQ rating which is compiled through speed, agility and strength drills. One of those athletes eclipsing the elusive 100.0 SPARQ rating was Del Oro senior to be Brandon Monroe. A running back-safety, Monroe ran a 4.64 40-yard dash and also shined in other drills on his way to scoring a 107.82 rating. The effort was good enough to earn Monroe a spot on the 24-player all-Combine Team. Area players of note who also cracked the 100 point scoring mark were Johnny Cooley a running back from Granite Bay and Tanner Vallejo a linebacker from Nevada Union, who earlier this week verbally committed to Boise State. Players cracking the top 100 included Del Oro quarterback Zach LaBar and Whitney safety Francis Kim. Also faring well in the drills were Del Oro defensive back Troy Kline and running back Mark Levron, Woodcreek junior running back Mitchell Layton and Granite Bay wide receiver Tony Ellison who clocked a 4.54 40-yard dash time. Other players of note on the all-Combine team included two from Central Catholic in Modesto. Tight end John Mundt (6-5, 228) and linebacker Johan Williams (6-1, 215) were also both tagged. Placer plays Central Catholic in its season opener on Aug. 31 in Modesto. Numbers Gazing The ?official? CBEDS numbers for enrollment - which the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section uses for divisional breakdown for high school playoffs in football, basketball and volleyball, - won?t be released by the CIF section office until September. However, thanks to the California Department of Education?s website and their posting of CBEDS, here?s an early look at how enrollment figures will shape up for the playoffs next year. In the Pioneer Valley League, the numbers ? with gains or losses from last year listed - are as follows: Lincoln (1,478, -19); Placer (1,367, +32); Center, (1,332, -29); Foothill (1,198, -81); Bear River (850, -99); Colfax (785, -70). In the Sierra Foothill League, schools of note included Del Oro, which jumped slightly from 1,696 to 1,704 (+8), Rocklin went from 1,778 to 1,840 (+62) and Roseville went from 2,035 to 1,993 (-42). It must be noted that SFL schools - regardless of enrollment -can play no lower in the post season than Div. II starting with next season. Two other schools of interest that increased and decreased with dramatic numbers were Whitney going from 1,657 to 1,777, an increase of 120 students and Inderkum, because of the closure of a charter school on its campus, dropping from 1,766 students to 1,555. Whitney is likely to land in Div. II this season while Inderkum for the first time looks headed to Div. III. In Case You Missed It... At the recent 53rd annual Golden West Invitational Track and Field Meet held at Folsom High on June 8, Del Oro's Casey Wheeler capped a fine senior season by winning the 300 hurdles in 38.04 seconds. Wheeler was also fourth in the 110 hurdles in 14.56. Placer pole vaulter Shelby Crider, a junior, placed second in the girls pole vault at 11-1 while teammate Haley Carbullido, also a junior, placed 8th at 9-9. Del Oro's Sam Baker was also 7th in the 800 meters in a time of 2:00.45.