Soccer rule change put on hold

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Soccer players in the Sac-Joaquin Section won’t have to choose between club and high school teams, at least for the time being.
The California Interscholastic Federation put a vote on hold indefinitely that would have decided the fate of bylaw 600 and, ultimately, the fate of soccer in the section. The delay means that there will likely be no changes to the soccer rules for the upcoming 2010-11 school year.
As far as local soccer players are concerned, no news is good news, for now.

Several Placer High athletes will be honored Monday night at the Sacramento River Cats’ game. Brett Crider (track), Asher Gotzmer (football), Shannon Harcus (cross country, track), Cameron McCallister (tennis), Anthony Amara (baseball), Dan Ragusano (tennis), Ryan Studebaker (swimming) and Amy Van Groningen (tennis) were all named to the River Cats All-City Team in the respective sports.
The athletes will be recognized during a ceremony prior to the River Cats’ game against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Speaking of honors, Placer athletic director Mark Lee raked in a great one earlier this spring. Lee, who is also the boys basketball coach on The Hill, was recognized by the California State Athletic Directors Association as one of three Athletic Directors of the Year in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Lee has guided Placer through some tumultuous times in recent years. He took full responsibility for the situation when Dalton Dyer was ruled ineligible and the Placer football team was initially forced to forfeit two games during the 2008 season. Of course, he was vindicated when courts ruled in Dyer’s favor and the wins were reinstated.
As one Placer coach pointed out recently, Lee does not have a secretary, on which most athletic directors rely heavily. Lee handles all the paperwork and red tape himself along with his duties as a teacher, coach and leader of the department.

Del Oro High junior Kyle Russell is officially on the national volleyball radar. Volleyball Magazine named the 6-8 outside hitter one of the Top 25 Underclassmen in the country.
Boys’ volleyball has slowly developed from the fringe to become a big-time sport in the foothills. Guys like Braidy Halverson, Sean Allstot and Drew Pascua from Bear River made some noise in the early 2000s. It’s hard to believe boys volleyball wasn’t even a Sac-Joaquin Section-sanctioned sport when Cory Riecks played at Placer less than five years ago.
Now the sport has the backing of the section and is producing talents like Russell, with many more top-level talents surely on the way.
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