D.O. grad aids run to NAIA title game
In her playing days at both Del Oro and UC Santa Barbara, Emilie Johnson was in complete control of things on the hardwood from her point guard position.
Now, after a standout four-year career at UC Santa Barbara where she was a four-time all Big West selection and set a school record for three-point baskets, Johnson has turned her attention to coaching.
In her first-year since graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Johnson, a 2008, Del Oro graduate, is in her first season as an assistant coach at Westmont College, a NAIA school in Santa Barbara. And, not surprisingly, with the aid of Johnson, the Warriors are currently performing at a high level.
Thanks to four straight wins at the NAIA Div. I women’s tournament, Westmont has run its record to 29-4 and climbed into the Final Four of its division in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Monday night, Westmont turned back Freed-Hardeman of Tennessee (34-2-), 59-49 to reach the finals. Westmont will play Lee College of Tennessee in the nationally-televised (CBS SportsTV, 3:30 p.m.) NAIA finals on Tuesday.
Keeping tabs on former Del Oro golfers, Austin Smotherman is the No. 3 player as a freshman at SMU in Dallas. He is currently averaging 73.3 shots per round and has tied for 12trh in two tournaments. He has shot two low rounds of 68.
The Mustangs look to be a team of the future in NCAA golf as four of SMU’s top five players are freshmen.
Meanwhile, at Sonoma State, Eric Ash (DO ‘2011) is averaging 76.1 shots per round for the Sea Wolves. Ash tied for 21st at the recent Coyote Classic in San Bernardino and a tie for 22nd at the Pioneer Shootout inVallejo where Sonoma State was second in a nine-team field.
Saying that televised events of high school sports has gone above and beyond what it was, say even 10 years ago, may be a huge understatement.
A good example of that will be seen on Tuesday, April 2 when the Del Oro-Granite Bay boys golf match scheduled for Granite Bay Golf Club will be streamed on-line live.
According to Play On Sports, the 3:30 p.m. match between the two Sierra Foothill League powers will be streamed live on playonsports.com. The production is being produced by Granite Bay High School.
“It’s the first I’ve heard of it,” said Del Oro coach Hal Steinback. “But it sounds kind of neat. High school golf on the internet…wow.”
Staying on the links, the Del Oro Black and Gold Golf Classic is set for June 14 at Turkey Creek Golf Club in Lincoln. Cost per player is $110 which includes golf, dinner, range balls and tee prizes. Several other foursome and sponsor packages are available.
To RSVP or signup go to the Del Oro High web page and click on “Black and Gold Golf Tournament”. The tournament proceeds go to scholarships in memory of Bob Bonner, Paul Yokote and Duane Perkins.