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Time for the report cards

PVL Pipeline
By: Dave Krizman Journal Sports Columnist
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The prep sports scene is drawing to a close. While the spring sports are close to wrapping up their season, now is a good time to look back on the many successes the local high schools achieved during the 2009-2010 season. By all accounts, this was a remarkable year the three local schools. From the myriad league championships won by the fall sports teams to the many spring teams still vying for league titles and playoff successes, the Hillmen, Golden Eagles, and Falcons have proven they are sports’ powerhouses. Just as students receive their end-of-the-year grades, following is a grade for the combined successes of the three high schools for the years’ sports. Football: A+. It’s hard to imagine how this year will be topped in the near future. Both Placer and Del Oro played in their respective Sac-Joaquin Section championship games. Although both teams lost, their coaches will explain how difficult it is to get that far in the playoffs. Colfax lost in the first round to eventual Division IV champion Modesto Christian. Girls’ Volleyball: A. All three teams, Colfax, Del Oro, and Placer made it to the playoffs. Placer advanced to the Division IV semifinals before losing to powerhouse St. Mary’s of Stockton. Jennifer Wright, Placer’s head coach, garnished her third consecutive league title. Cross Country: A++. Let’s talk some serious domination. Placer’s girls won the PVL crown and finished third in section. Shannon Harcus was the top runner in the PVL and accepted a scholarship to UC Davis. The Del Oro girls won the Division III section title. Placer’s boys won the PVL and section championship and Luke Stancliff was the top boys’ runner in the league. Boys’ Soccer: C-. This is a sport that has struggled to find success in our area in recent years. Boys’ Basketball: A. Like football, all three teams made the playoffs. Placer was eliminated in the first round; Del Oro was beaten in the second round; Colfax was beaten in the Division IV championship game, marking the fourth time in the last five years the Falcons have advanced to the Arco Arena final. Girls’ Basketball: B. The Colfax girls were beaten in the Division IV championship game. They did, however, notch a win in the NorCal playoffs. Del Oro advanced to the Division III semifinals only to lose once again to area power Sacramento High. The Golden Eagles did advance to the NorCals where they won their first game. Placer did not make the playoffs. Wrestling: B. Jesse Stafford of Del Oro lost in the state finals and the Del Oro wrestling team continued to dominate the area. Stafford will be attending the Air Force Academy next year on a wrestling scholarship. Placer won its third straight Pioneer Valley League crown and took second at the Division IV team championships. Colfax continued to improve and become more competitive each year. Skiing/snowboarding: A++. The Placer girls won the team state championship. Karly Kenworthy of Placer was the state individual champion. Haley Meyer and Paige Rothe of Placer were third and sixth, respectively, in the state. Caty O’Connor of Placer was the state champion in girls’ snowboarding for the third time and the Colfax boys won the state championship in snowboarding.