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Del Oro High home to outstanding athletes

Three vie for January Athlete of the Month
By: Joyia Emard Loomis News Staff Writer
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Del Oro High School abounds with outstanding student athletes and the nominees for the Loomis News January Athlete of the Month represent the Eagles with pride. Katie Pulliam, 17, of Loomis, is the shooting guard for the Lady Eagles varsity basketball team. She averages 10 points a game and has been playing basketball since she was in seventh grade. Katie said she’s “improved a lot.” “I’ve stepped it up,” she said. Katie played well in wins over Nevada Union, scoring 11 points, and Granite Bay, scoring 18 points. The Del Oro senior said she hopes the team will make it to the playoffs at Arco Arena. “We’re just taking it one game at a time and doing the best we can,” she said. Katie said she loves to play basketball, but also loves to play soccer and is the goalkeeper on the school’s team. She said that while she has a hard time choosing between the two, her hope is to play basketball next year at Sierra College and get a scholarship. Del Oro sophomore Aaron Hendricks, 15, of Loomis, is the wing and guard on the varsity basketball team. He stands 6 feet, 1 inch and has played varsity since he was a freshman. Aaron scored a career-high 34 points in Del Oro’s recent 74-56 win over Nevada Union and has been averaging 17 points a game. “I’ve been playing pretty good,” he said. Aaron started playing basketball as a sixth-grader at Placer Elementary School. He also plays on two other competitive basketball teams, which doesn’t leave him much time for other activities. He said when he’s not playing ball he likes to “hang out and sleep.” Corey Johnson, 17, a senior, wrestles at 135 pounds and has racked up a number of prestigious wins. He earned eighth place in the state for all high schools in all divisions last year, he said. Corey recently took first place in the Tim Brown Invitational held in Sacramento. He is also placed at the top in freestyle three times and was all-league. His goal this year is to win at the state competition in March. Corey has been wrestling since he was in third grade and was coached by his dad, Curtis. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his friends. Vote for the January Athlete of the month by going to the bottom of the Loomis News home page. You must register to vote, but registration is free. Voting ends Feb. 19.