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Loomis Sports Chatter

By: Mike Ray, Loomis News Correspondent
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The Sierra Foothill League’s first fall sports championship banner is flying proudly in Loomis this week and, no, you don’t have to run over to the school’s football stadium to find it. Coach Lindi Callahan’s girls varsity water polo team blitzed their way through the SFL field this season and on Tuesday tried to cap a perfect 12-0 league campaign with a home match against Roseville. The Lady Eagles showed their league dominance last Thursday by turning an expected close match with second place standing Nevada Union into a 15-1 blow out, which cinched the championship flag. Del Oro will now await the pairings for the upcoming CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II playoffs, which begins Nov. 4, at Woodcreek. The post season then continues with second round matches at Whitney on Nov. 9, before the semi-finals and finals return Nov. 11 through 12 back to Woodcreek. Speaking of the Div. II playoffs, it would be safe to say that Rio Americano, which has won nine consecutive Div. II section titles, is probably the odds on favorite in the upcoming playoff tournament. Staying Grounded While the Del Oro football team picked up a huge win last Friday over Granite Bay, Coach Casey Taylor’s job this week will be to keep his players’ minds out of the clouds with Homecoming activities and ready for the task at hand — a tough expected game with the Roseville Tigers. Whether the Golden Eagles realize it or not, the game with Roseville, as it stands, is a bigger test than the Granite Bay contest when you consider that now, the SFL’s No. 1 automatic bid would go to the Black and Gold with a triumph. While it may not seem like much, if Del Oro can run the table, most likely a high seed awaits the Golden Eagles for the post season, regardless of whether the team is bracketed in Div. II and or Div. III. Roseville comes into Friday’s game just a game behind DO in the SFL standings. The Tigers, with games remaining against Del Oro and Granite Bay, like the Golden Eagles, control their own league and playoff fate. Del Oro’s Huber honored We didn’t want to miss that Tanner Huber, outstanding senior linebacker, was recently named as the Cal-Hi Sports-ESPN RISE Northern California Defensive/Multi Purpose Player of the Week, following the Golden Eagles’ 37-7 win over Rocklin. While the Del Oro offense gets most of the ink, Huber, the team leader in tackles with 50, has been doing his part all season. In the win over the Thunder, Huber had a season-high 12 tackles and also caught a 50-yard touchdown pass as a tight end. Grid Picks A perfect 3-0 in SFL picks highlighted a 6-2 week. The season log now sits at 62-16. This week: Del Oro 28, Roseville 23 — Eagles can’t afford Granite Bay hangover. NU 33, Woodcreek 30 — Both need win to become playoff eligible. Granite Bay 29, Rocklin 16 — Grizzlies eyeing high playoff seed. Elsewhere: Colfax 30, Lincoln 20; Placer 48, Center; Bear River 35, Foothill 20; Delta 28, Sierra 25; Stanford 33, USC 24; Cal 32, UCLA 19; 49ers 26, Browns 14.