Trailblazers claim repeat

By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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Del Oro High’s lone section title of the fall came on the cross country trails, where the girls team claimed its second straight Sac-Joaquin Division III championship for the second time in school history in November. Junior Alissa Hood was 33rd overall to lead an inexperienced squad that placed 14th at the CIF State Cross Country Championships under first-year coach Kevin Ostenberg. Sophomores Jessie Rozario, Emma Freeman and Caitlin Devitt-Payne, as well as freshman Alex Lua, all placed in the top 80. The Golden Eagle boys finished second in the section to El Camino and made its first state meet appearance since 2006. Senior Tyler Spangler led the team, finishing 82nd. Del Oro came close to section titles in other fall sports. Kristen Lehman battled for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win in the deciding No. 6 singles match to lead Del Oro to a 5-4 win over Rio Americano in the Division II semifinals. Looking for their first section title since 1989, the Eagles were denied by Granite Bay 6-3 in the title match for the second straight year. On the volleyball court, Del Oro’s quest for its first section title since 1979 and second in school history ended in the semifinal round for the second consecutive season. The Eagles traveled to Oakdale and fell in four sets to finish the fall 23-11 overall after a third place finish in the Sierra Foothill League. On the golf links, sisters Camille and Bailey Furgeson shot 85 and 86, respectively, as Del Oro finished second at the Division II championship and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament. Camille Furgeson, a senior, led the Eagles to their second straight SFL title. Del Oro strung together 24 straight league dual match wins over the two seasons she served as team captain. In the pool, Del Oro had two of its most successful water polo seasons in recent memory. The boys fell to eventual champion Ponderosa in the Division II section quarterfinals after placing second in the SFL Ponderosa also eliminated the Eagles in the quarterfinals on the girls side to finish 22-7 overall and second at 11-4 in the SFL. One of the biggest fall surprises came on the gridiron, and it wasn’t a pleasant one for those clad in black and gold. The Del Oro football team finished 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the SFL after blowing leads in five of six defeats. Mason Magleby had a career performance in his final football game with the Eagles, passing for 310 yards and three touchdowns as Del Oro downed Oakmont 37-9 in its finale. “We lost a handful of tough games where we didn’t take advantage of opportunities to win, but I’m proud of our guys,” head coach Casey Taylor said. “Two weeks ago we could have folded tent and really just quit. I think everyone saw these last two weeks how much of a quality team we are. We really feel that we’re a playoff team that just came up short on a few games. Magleby will compete for a spot running the offense at Nevada this fall, but standout juniors Spencer Butterfield and Bryce Pratt figure to build on their 2008 success. The junior varsity squad also went 8-2.