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Vote for Loomis News February Athlete of the Month

These Del Oro athletes' feats require recognition
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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The February Loomis News Del Oro High School Athlete of the Month nominees have competed this year with great highs and a few lows. Wrestler Casey Schumacher, 17, of Loomis, had a great year until a knee injury at the Sac-Joaquin section meet forced him to forfeit his last match. Even with the forfeit, Casey earned a spot at the California Interscholastic Federation state meet in Bakersfield. But his injury kept him sidelined for what would have been his biggest competition of the year. Casey was undergoing tests for what his doctor believes may be a torn meniscus and a strained medial collateral ligament. Surgery has not been ruled out. “I’m really bummed. I’m disappointed that my season ended with an injury,” he said. Casey said he had hoped to earn a scholarship to San Francisco State University, but without being able to compete at the state championships he gave up that dream and plans to wrestle at Sierra College next year. Casey wrestled in the 152-pound weight class and was an important part of the Golden Eagles team, who won their fourth straight Sierra Foothill League crown. Last year, he placed first at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet and second and third at state and was named last year’s most valuable wrestler. Sophomore Crystal Sewell, of Ophir, had a standout year as the post and guard for the Lady Eagles varsity basketball team and is a player to watch in the coming years. Crystal said her team was undefeated in league play and earned the title of league champion. Crystal scored 18 points in the Roseville game, but felt she hasn’t yet played to her full potential. The 16-year-old has competed in basketball since age 5 and said, “I love it.” She played on Ophir School’s team for four years. According to Crystal, her jersey number is 33, the same number as her twin brother, Sawyer, who plays on the Golden Eagle junior varsity basketball team. Crystal said her goal next year is to be a leader and role model for the younger players. Playing basketball year-round doesn’t leave her with time for any other sports, but she does find time for her favorite activities of hiking and being outdoors. She also likes art, playing guitar and hanging out with her family. Crystal also admitted to being a huge fan of actor Johnny Depp. Athlete Connor Morgan, of Rocklin, wrestles at 130 pounds and recently qualified for the CIF state wrestling meet by finishing second in the CIF Masters tournament where he won two matches. Connor's excellent season helped Del Oro win the Sierra Foothill League title. Connor was injured last year and was unable to wrestle, but during his sophomore year he earned a fourth-place medal at the state tournament. The 18-year-old senior earned a full-ride scholarship to Utah Valley State University for wrestling and currently wrestles year-round. Connor said he likes wrestling because it is a contact sport and he likes the “adrenaline thing” of a match. “You get to release your rage,” he joked. In his free time, Connor likes to “hang out” with family and friends. Voting for the Loomis News Athlete of the Month for February ends on March 19 and the winner will be announced in the March 26 issue. To vote for your favorite Athlete of the Month, go to theloomisnews.com.