SPORTS CHATTER: They had a good yearBy: Mike Ray, Loomis News Sports Editor
If there was one standout trait about the Del Oro High boys basketball team this season it’s that they proved to be a pretty resilient group.
“We were hoping to go a little deeper in the playoffs but the kids played hard and that’s all we ask them to do,” said Del Oro coach Geoff Broyles, whose hoop men finished with a season record of 18-10. “Overall, we can look back and say we had a good year.”
For the Golden Eagles, it may have been a story of what might have been considering that the Black and Gold lost the services of projected leading scorer Kyle Setterlund in the second game of the season to a year-ending knee injury.
“It would have been nice to have Kyle all season,” said Broyles, about the 6-foot-4-inch junior who played varsity as a sophomore. “When he went down the kids picked up the slack, though.”
While some talented seniors will depart to graduation in June, Broyles will welcome back a core of players that contributed valuable minutes this season. They include Setterlund, 6-foot-8-inch Connor Drake, 6-foot-4-inch Jack Huizenga and 6-foot-4-inch Keenan Finney. Other returnees are starting point guard Danny Becker and swing man Michael Moore. A pair of freshmen, 6-foot-4-inch J.J. Rains and guard Trey Udoffia, who were brought up for the playoffs, may also factor in as sophomores.
Broyles, who has directed the Golden Eagles to a mark of 65-29 over the last three seasons, is looking forward to grooming next year’s crop.
“We have a good core of returning players coming back and a good group coming up,” said Broyles. “We have a lot of work a head of us but it should be a lot of fun.”
Shell headed to Marian
Add Summer Shell to the growing list of Del Oro High athletes who will be off to play college sports next year. Shell, a senior at Del Oro, is a standout for the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team and recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Marian University in Indiana.
Besides playing volleyball for DO, Shell plays for the Roseville Hornets club soccer team and had offers from fifty different colleges before narrowing her list to seven and finally settling on Marian.
At Marian, Shell will study to be a nurse. The school is a private university of 2,500 students located just outside of downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Making Shell’s selection of Marian seem like a right fit, the school’s soccer matches will be broadcast on the internet where her family and friends can watch.
Hall of Fame nominations
Del Oro accepting nominations for athletes, coaches, teams, staff and community members from the classes of 1961-2000 for the fourth annual Del Oro Athletic Hall of Fame.
Greg Hoffman, Charles Gardner, Beth Wilson, Ron Jones and Rolf Moeller were just a few of those honored at last year’s event, along with the 1988-89 basketball team, 1993 football team and the Gary Doupnik Family.
A dinner ceremony will be held for the 2013 hall of fame class in April. Nomination forms are available at Del Oro and online at puhsd.k12.ca.us/deloro. The deadline is March 3.