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Loomis Sports Chatter

By: Mike Ray, Sports Editor
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It started back in the fall for Del Oro High?s athletic teams with titles in football and girls water polo and it ended in what turned out to be a bountiful of a spring for the Golden Eagles when they garnered five more championship banners. All in all, for the sports teams at Del Oro in 2011-12, it was indeed a championship year for the Golden Eagles. All total, Del Oro bagged 10 Sierra Foothill League crowns this school year. In addition, the Golden Eagles garnered six additional CIF Sac-Joaquin Section titles and had four more of its teams earn CIF section runner-up honors. And the sports year at Del Oro isn?t finished just yet. This week Del Oro will send a large contingent of athletes to the CIF State Track and Field meet in Clovis and next week a pair of Del Oro golfers ? Austin Smotherman and Justin Raskin ? will vie in the CIF State golf tournament slated June 4 at San Gabriel Country Club in southern California. Here?s a season-by-season rundown of Del Oro?s athletic success this year. Fall Football ? The Golden Eagles were a perfect 5-0 in winning the SFL crown and then went on to sweep Sacramento, Whitney, Placer and Oakdale to capture its second straight CIF Div.III football title. Del Oro, which finished 13-2 overall, advanced all the way to the CIF State Bowl Div. II championship game where the Golden Eagles were defeated by Helix of San Diego. Water Polo ? For the first time in recent memory, Del Oro?s girls team posted two key SFL wins over Granite Bay to finish with a league crown and a perfect 10-0 record. In the playoffs, the Del Oro girls defeated Casa Roble, 20-2, El Camino, 7-1, McClatchy, 7-2, and in the championsip match, Oakdale, 10-7. Overall on the season, Del Oro finished a sparkling 27-6. Cross Country ? The Del Oro girls team qualified for the CIF State Meet by taking second place in the Div. II race at the Sac-Joaquin Section finals. Winter Boys Basketball - Coach Geoff Broyles? senior-laden Golden Eagles weathered a tough league schedule to finish the SFL with a 9-1 record and bag the league title. Del Oro was able to claim the crown by virtue of a final 60-52 win over Granite Bay. Overall, Del Oro finished 19-9 in 2011-12. Girls Basketball ? With a ton of talent and experience lost to graduation, this wasn?t a year that Del Oro was expected to win the SFL title. But in a close league race, the Lady Eagles weathered the storm and defeated Nevada Union on the final night of the season, 59-45, to capture its seventh straight SFL flag. On the season, Del Oro finished at 18-11 and were eliminated in the second round of the Div. II playoffs. Wrestling ? A talented squad of Del Oro wrestlers romped to an unbeaten season in winning the SFL and then went on to grab the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II team dual section champuionship. Del Oro qualified Austin Branum and Dylan Kainrath for the CIF state tournament. Branum ended a fine prep career by finishing in 6th place. Spring Softball ? The Lady Eagles out fought Woodcreek to win a competitive SFL softball race. Del Oro posted a 13-2 record in the league?s triple round robin schedule. Woodcreek, who Del Oro defeated in all three of their meetings, was second at 11-4. Overall on the season Del Oro was 19-5. Boys Tennis ? In SFL tennis this season, it was basically Del Oro and Granite Bay. The Golden Eagles and Grizzlies split their twoleague matches but DelOro was awarded the league title by virtue of sets won between the two squads. Del Oro then went one better by nipping Granite Bay, 5-4, to win the section Div. II crown. Track ? Both the Del Oro boys and girls varsity track teams captured SFL championships and both teams then went on to win Div. II championships at the CIF Sac-Joaquin level. Girls Soccer ? For the first time since 1999, Del Oro captured a girls league soccer championship. Fielding one of the tougher defenses in the Sacramento area, the Lady Eagles allowed just seven goals to be scored against them this season while finishing with a record of 10-1-7 overall. The Lady Eagles defeated both Oakmont and Casa Roble in the first two rounds of the playoffs before losing to SFL rival Woodcreek in the CIF Div. II finals.