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By: Mike Ray, Loomis News Correspondent
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If you survived the deluge of rain and hail that played havoc with the spring sports schedules of Del Oro’s athletic squads last week, some interesting Sierra Foothill League races are starting to develop as title chases head into the second half of league action. The Del Oro girls soccer team is living proof this week that points are sometimes more important than wins. If you are not a follower of soccer, the league standings are complied by teams receiving three points for every league victory and one point for ties. Following last Friday’s 0-0 tie at Woodcreek – in a match that was halted by the game’s referee at halftime because of unplayable weather conditions – the Lady Eagles at 2-0-3 and with nine points, lead the SFL soccer race. But for Del Oro, which also defeated Roseville, 2-0, last week, there’s no room to take a day off. Entering this week the Lady Eagles had Woodcreek (2-1-2, 8 pts.), Roseville and Granite Bay (2-2-1, 7 pts.) and Rocklin (1-0-3, 6 pts.) all breathing down their necks for league leadership. Coach Ron Benjamin’s Lady Eagles faced Rocklin yesterday in another key SFL match and then next Wednesday plays at Granite Bay in what is shaping up as another pivotal contest. Stay tuned. Softball Is Tight Too Another developing race comes with Sierra Foothill League girls softball where Del Oro and Woodcreek are starting to separate themselves from the pack. Coming into this week, the Lady Eagles and Timberwolves were sitting with identical 5-1 league marks. Last week, Del Oro held a 5-2 lead over Woodcreek in the third inning of their game in Roseville, before rain washed it out. Because three innings doesn’t constitute a complete game, the tilt will be made up today at 4 p.m. at Del Oro. When you throw in regularly scheduled games this week against Roseville and Granite Bay, you already see Del Oro coach John Peck trying to juggle his pitching moves. And Del Oro will play at Woodcreek on April 27 and May 8 in the dizzying SFL’s triple round robin schedule format. College Signings Athletes with past and present connections to Del Oro are continuing to sign letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at four-year colleges. Spencer Butterfield, a 2010 Del Oro graduate, signed last week out of Yuba College to play basketball next season at Utah State. Butterfield had a banner year for the 49ers as he was named the Bay Valley Conference MVP and helped lead Yuba to the State JC championship game. Closer to home, a pair of standouts from last season’s Del Oro football team that reached the CIF State Div. II championship game have singed letters of intent to play at Linfield College. Both quarterback Bobby Heatherington and running back-linebacker Nick O’Sullivan will play at Linfield, which is located in McMinville, Ore., and plays at the NCAA Div. III level. Linfield, which is about 40 miles southwest of Portland, holds the NCAA record for having 57 consecutive winning seasons. Also planning to sign in coming days are Del Oro tennis player Brett Bacharach, with UC Davis, and girls water polo player Courtney Weddle, also with UC Davis.