Del Oro transfer to learn his fate Thursday

PVL Pipeline
By: Dave Krizman Journal Sports Columnist
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Whether or not Remi Berry, Del Oro High’s 6-foot-7 senior transfer, will play for the Golden Eagles this season will be made public Thursday.
According to Monte White, Del Oro’s athletic director, the Sac-Joaquin Section will make its final decision public on that day. Berry, a transfer student from Florida whose appearance on the court has been highly anticipated, was originally denied clearance to play for the Golden Eagles.
The Hendricks family, the host family for Berry, filed an appeal to the section with the help of an attorney. Aaron Hendricks is a star junior on the Del Oro team. The appeal meeting took place on Jan. 7.
“The section commission knew that day (Jan. 7) whether or not the appeal was successful or not,” White said. “But it is section policy to have three members of the section carefully review the final decision. Section policy also requires that the final decision be made known within two weeks of the meeting. So, Del Oro, Berry,and the Hendricks will all be notified by Thursday.
“This has been a very frustrating experience,” White added. “We have done everything that has been asked of us. Remi is a wonderful young man. He is the consummate team player; he is well-liked by his fellow teammates and students; he has a hug and a smile for students and staff on campus.
“He has already been verbally offered scholarships from two Division I programs, so we are hoping this works out for Remi.”

Michael Jensen’s shooting performance against Whitney last Friday must be close to a Placer record. That evening Jensen lit up the Wildcats for six 3-pointers. A shooting performance like that brings to memory some other great sharp-shooting Hillmen of years past, including Jimmy Carroll and Scott Hamelin.

Speaking of Placer, this is a critical week if the Hillmen hope to stay in contention for the PVL title. Although still in the first round of league play, Placer faces two early season must-win games.
Home games both, the Hillmen will face Lincoln tonight and El Dorado Friday. All three teams have already lost a league game. Placer was beaten by Whitney, El Dorado was thumped by Colfax and Lincoln was edged by El Dorado.