DO football offers plenty of home cookin' in 2011

By: Mike Ray, Loomis News Sports Editor
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Del Oro head football coach Casey Taylor has released the school’s 2011 grid schedule and this season — if you’re a Golden Eagle fan — you should be able to get plenty of home cooking. In another top-flight schedule that features four consecutive home games to begin the season, the Golden Eagles will play six games at Eagle Stadium and have only one road trip of more than 10 miles — to Grass Valley when they meet Nevada Union on Oct. 14. Del Oro will open its slate on Zero Week with an Aug. 26 home contest against Spanish Springs of Reno. The Golden Eagles will then host their “Battle at the Capital” showcase the weekend of Sept. 2-4 with the hosts meeting perennial California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section power Westlake of Westlake Village in the Saturday, Sept. 3, feature game at 8 p.m. The tough non-league slate will continue for Del Oro when the Golden Eagles host defending Central Section Div. I champions Clovis West on Sept. 9, followed the next week by Oak Ridge. Del Oro’s first road game will be on Sept. 23 when the Black and Gold trek to Roseville to meet Oakmont. Following a bye the week of Sept. 30, the Golden Eagles will open Sierra Foothill League play Oct. 7 at Rocklin. Following their Oct. 14 road test at Nevada Union, the Golden Eagles will conclude their regular season with home games against Granite Bay (Oct. 21) and Roseville (Oct. 28) before ending Nov. 5 at Woodcreek. Just like old times It was obvious that last Saturday’s Sacramento Optimist All-Star Girls Basketball Classic played at Center High had a definite Del Oro flavor. With Del Oro coach Mike Takayama at the reins and getting some excellent efforts from a host of Lady Eagles, the North rallied past the South 96-90 in an entertaining game. Leading the way for the winning North squad were Del Oro standouts Crystal Sewell (17 points), Maddie Campbell (12 points), and Belle Obert (2 points) along with strong rebounding. Champs to be honored Del Oro High’s 2nd Hall of Fame ceremony is set for Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. in the school’s theater. The induction ceremonies are free. A dessert reception in the cafeteria immediately following will cost $10. This year’s inductees from the 1960s-70s-80s include: Athletes Karl Richter- tennis; Brian Williams- football; Laurie Otten (Cruse)- volleyball-basketball-softball; Pete Vincenzo- cross-country and track; J.T. Doupnik- football; coaches: Bob Christiansen and John Fletcher-football; coach John Rankin-basketball and student, athlete and coach Steve March. Teams included are 1960-football and 1986-softball and from 1961 the first Del Oro Parents Club. The 1960 football team, coached by Bob Bonner, was the school’s first league championship team. Standouts on the squad included Butch Enkoji, Larry Miyamura, Tom Cooper, Gary Hess, Dennis McLinn, Walter John and Wayne Takagishi. The 1960 squad opened the season with a couple of close losses to Rio Vista and Dixon, but Bonner moved Enkoji to halfback and inserted Tom Cooper at quarterback and the Eagles never lost again. “Butch was a heck of a football player,” Miyamura said. “I think coach Bonner saw that he would be more valuable to us at running back and made the change. We beat Folsom in a good game and things kind of steamrolled after that.” Following the win over Folsom, the Eagles easily handled Colfax, 48-19, and blanked Lincoln, 18-0, to finish undefeated in the Skyline games. The team went on to add wins over Nevada Union and Paradise to finish with a 5-2 mark. Enkoji was named the conference MVP, while end Gary Hess and linemen Dennis McLinn, Walter John and Wayne Takagishi also earned all- conference first team honors. Tagged to the second team were Cooper, who would later go on to play baseball at Cal and later was the Undersecretary of the Air Force, end Jim Jacobson, guard John Coe, and halfback Mike Virgil.