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Del Oro pair headed to La Verne

Bergthold, Lewis helped lead Del Oro hoops team to SFL title
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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Apparently Del Oro High athletes like to branch out in groups. After three members of the Eagles? football team committed to play at Linfield College, Taylor Bergthold and Nick Lewis will head to the University of La Verne near Los Angeles together next season. ?We?re trying to room together down there. That will be fun,? Bergthold said. ?I think it will help a lot. I think it will definitely be easier to be with (a friend), especially in the beginning before you meet all your new friends you?re going to make.? The seniors helped lead Del Oro to the Sierra Foothill League title and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff berth behind a 19-9 record. The 6-foot-3 Bergthold was a three-point specialist, who could defend and rebound. He averaged 6.3 points per game and 3.3 rebounds last season. At 6-foot-6 Lewis was a force in the paint. From the forward position he averaged 7.1 points a game and, although he played limited minutes at times, was often in front of the Eagles? up-tempo offense. Both received academic scholarships from La Verne, which plays in Division III and isn?t able to offer athletic scholarships. La Verne is about 40 minutes west of Los Angeles. ?The campus is beautiful, the coaches seem like they run a really good program and they were pretty good about getting us out there and showing us around,? Lewis said. ?I think it?s kind of a small-school feeling, but it?s definitely more like a big college.? Bergthold, who will major in biology, said he would likely play sparingly early on but hopes to round out his game in the meantime. ?I?ve just got to keep on working to improve the other aspects of my game so I?m not just one-dimensional,? Bergthold said. Lewis, who wants to major in either criminal law or psychology, could see playing time early. The Leopards have a need for post players and Lewis will be the second tallest player on the roster. ?It all depends on how well I?m able to play,? said Lewis, who wants to be in law enforcement. ?I have a chance to play but it all depends on how hard me and Taylor want to work.?