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Spring storylines blossoming

Sierra Scoop
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Just like the grass (weeds) springing up all over my yard this spring, there are countless stories blossoming all over the foothills sports scene as the days get longer. There are juggernauts like the Placer High track team, the Bear River softball squad and the Placer tennis team rolling along in their quests for more championships. The Placer baseball team will begin its defense of the Pioneer Valley League title on Friday. The Colfax soccer team is also jumping into the tough PVL slate this week and the Falcons haven’t tasted defeat yet this year. The Hillmen golfers are quietly cruising through the PVL and will see some of the top competition in the area Monday at the Thunder Invitational. Del Oro tennis is trying to keep up with a loaded Granite Bay team in the Sierra Foothill League and the Golden Eagle baseball squad is also intriguing after an impressive non-league run. Look out for the Forest Lake Christian girls soccer squad, which always plays a brutal non-league schedule, but usually feasts on the Central Valley Christian League fare. The Foresthill baseball squad got a late start to the season, but coach Ed Whitsett has a veteran group that could make noise in the CVCL. There are also lots of individuals with lofty goals this spring, including Placer senior Ryan Studebaker, who has his sights set on a section record in the breaststroke. The Journal will be there to cover all the big games and key matches this spring. But we can also use your help. If you have an idea for a story or would like to read more about an outstanding team or individual, let us know. E-mail me at toddm@goldcountrymedia.com and let me know what you want to see in your sports section. I appreciate any and all feedback. And get out and enjoy the hundreds of talented athletes doing their things this spring. … The Placer High football team will be mixing up its non-league schedule next season in a big way. Vallejo, Bethel (of Vallejo) and Woodland are on the schedule, meaning the Hillmen will be facing a total of five new teams in the regular season. Center and Foothill will join the new Pioneer Valley League as El Dorado, Whitney and Mesa Verde exit. Placer will open the season Aug. 27 at home against Vallejo, which finished 2-8 last season, but has some strong talent coming back. Bethel, the former school of Placer senior Dalton Dyer, should provide a tough test when the Hillmen visit in their second game of the season. Placer coach Montoya said both Vallejo teams should give Placer a test with their speed. The Hillmen saw plenty of it in last year’s section title game against Isaiah Burse and company at Modesto Christian. The Rams have been on the Placer schedule for the past two seasons and will visit Auburn on Sept. 17 before the Hillmen go to Woodland on Sept. 24.