Sierra College grid camp starts off summer football season

By: Mike Ray, Loomis News Sports Editor
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If you?re a prep football junkie and need a summer fix, Sierra College in Rocklin was the place to be last week as the Wolverines hosted their 4th annual high school Team Camp. Varsity and JV teams from Del Oro, Rocklin, Woodcreek, Davis and Casa Roble locked horns in last week?s camp in Monday practice sessions and in scrimmage sessions that ran through Thursday. The camp featured full pads. ?The teams all looked good,? said Sierra College coach Jeff Tisdel. Tisdel, who along with Del Oro?s Casey Taylor is the camp co-director, also noted the weather cooperated for the squads. ?Compared to the previous weekend, the heat really cooled off so everyone got a break,? he said. Monroe Shines The recent Oakland Nike Football SPARQ (speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness) Combine drew nearly 1,200 athletes to Laney College to compete and test against their peers. Of all the competitors, only thirteen players eclipsed the century mark in the SPARQ rating, which is compiled through speed, agility and strength drills. One of those athletes eclipsing the elusive 100.0 SPARQ rating was Del Oro senior-to-be Brandon Monroe. A running back/safety, Monroe ran a 4.64 40-yard dash and also shined in other drills on his way to scoring a 107.82 rating. The effort was good enough to earn Monroe a spot on the 24-player, all-Combine Team. Area players of note, who also cracked the 100-point scoring mark, were Johnny Cooley, a running back from Granite Bay, and Tanner Vallejo, a linebacker from Nevada Union. Players cracking the top 100 included Del Oro quarterback Zach LaBar and Whitney safety Francis Kim. Also, faring well in the drills were Del Oro defensive back Troy Kline and running back Mark Levron; Woodcreek junior running back Mitchell Layton; and Granite Bay wide receiver Tony Ellison, who clocked a 4.54 40-yard dash time. Other players of note on the all-Combine team included two from Central Catholic in Modesto. Tight end John Mundt (6-5, 228) and linebacker Johan Williams (6-1, 215) were also both tagged. No Optimist Game For the first time in over four decades, there will be no Optimist All-Star football game this summer. There will, however, be one next December. In a format change, the Optimist All-Star game will pick up a major sponsor and take the place of the now defunct Holiday Bowl, which over the past few years pitted Sacramento all-stars against Stockton-Modesto area all-stars, and last year East Bay all-stars. Numbers Gazing The ?official? CBED numbers for enrollment won?t be released by the CIF section office until September. The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section uses those numbers for divisional breakdown for high school playoffs in volleyball, basketball and football, Thanks to the California Department of Education?s website, here?s an early look at how enrollment figures will shape up for next year. In the Pioneer Valley League, the numbers ? which includes gains or losses from last year ? are: Lincoln 1,478 (-19); Placer 1,367 (+32); Center 1,332 (-29); Foothill 1,198 (-81); Bear River 850 (-99); Colfax 785 (-70). In the Sierra Foothill League, Del Oro jumped from 1,696 to 1,704 (+8), Rocklin went from 1,778 to 1,840 (+62) and Roseville went from 2,035 to 1,993 (-42). Two other schools of interest that increased and decreased with dramatic numbers were Whitney, going from 1,657 to 1,777, an increase of 120 students; and Inderkum, because of the closure of a charter school on its campus, dropping from 1,766 students to 1,555.