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Sommer Dahlberg was "calm, cool, collected"

Del Oro hoops-softball standout heads into Hall of Fame Friday
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Calm. Cool. Collected.

Those were just some of the adjectives used by former Del Oro High girls softball coach Gail Davidson describing the traits displayed by Laurie Sommer Dahlberg on the diamond during her playing days in the late 1980s for the Lady Eagles.

“Even as a freshman you could see that she was going to be a good one,” said Davidson now the principal at Lynnbrook High in Cupertino. “She was intense. Steady and very focused. A complete player.”

This Friday night at the Blue Goose Events Center in Loomis,  Sommer Dahlberg will be one of 10 individual athletes, three coaches, three community members, and three championship teams that will be inducted in the Del Oro High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame 2013 Class.

“She really set an example for the players around her,” Davidson added. “Just a joy to coach.”

Sommer Dahlberg, along with Davidson, went into the Del Oro’s Hall of Fame in 2011 with members of the 1986 softball squad, the first of two consecutive CIF championship softball teams at the school.

While Sommer Dahlberg went on to play four seasons at Sacramento State on a softball scholarship, many also remember that she was also a standout basketball player for the Lady Eagles averaging 20.2 points a game as a senior.

“In 1988, Laurie was second in the voting for the Sacramento metro player of the year,” remembered Del Oro coach Mike Takayama. “She was just an outstanding all-around athlete.”

Sommer Dahlberg, a 1988 DO graduate, has stayed involved in athletics. She now is the Coordinator of Athletic Academic Services at Sacramento State.

“We work with the athletes here making sure they stay on track, are taking the right courses and keep progressing the way they should,” said Sommer Dahlberg. “I’ve worked at Sacramento State for 15 years but it really has gone by fast.”

Sommer Dahlberg and her husband Tom have two sons, Sean 10, and Bryce 8, and reside in Roseville.

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased in the school's office.

In addition to Sommer Dahlberg, the others being inducted Friday include:

Teams

1989 Football Team – The Golden Eagles led by Mike Breckenridge, Clint Nelson, Greg Hoffman, Chris Schultz, David Allen and Brandon Barker went 11-1 and defeated East Union of Manteca, 29-22, to win the school’s first CIF grid crown.

1994 Softball Team – Del Oro defeated East Union in a three game series winning 5-4 in 10 innings in Game 1 and 6-1 in a decisive Game 3 to win the CIF Div. II title.

1997-98 Boys Basketball Team – Coach Joe Hites’ Golden Eagles turned back Sierra Foothill League rival Rocklin, 59-52, to capture the CIF Div. III title at Arco Arena.

Athletes

Jennifer Sherman (Birch), ’91; Jessica Logsdon, ’98; Dave Coyle, ’94; Matt Lofrano, ’93; Randy Fasani, ’97; Mike Maben, ’96; Greg Rankin, ’83; Mike Paris, ’79.

Coaches: Monte White, Bill Barker, Jack Sanchez.

Community Members: Bob Erickson, Diane and Wayne Stilwell.