Rocklin High Roundup

Thunder begins the winter season
By: Noe Passmore for The News Messenger
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The Rocklin High basketball, soccer and wrestling teams are off to a good start for the 2018-19 season.

Boys Basketball

The Thunder has gotten started with a great season and had a game Nov. 24 vs. Center, winning 86-63.

In the NorCal Tip-Off Tournament, the Thunder defeated Yuba City 85-63 in game one Nov. 28.

They finished second in the 16-team tournament this past weekend. Rocklin lost to Clovis West High School 84-70 in the championship game.

Upcoming games were Rancho Cordova Tuesday, before competing in the West Campus tournament scheduled to begin Thursday in Sacramento. 

Rocklin head coach Stephen Taylor said “We are excited about our early-season success, but we also realize we have a lot of areas to improve. We have a great group of guys that work hard and play well together. At this time of the season we are trying to constantly get better from week to week and move towards reaching our potential.”

Girls Basketball

Rocklin started with a win Nov. 24 against Lodi, 64-56. The Thunder had another great win 61-37 over River City.

Rocklin played Kennedy Tuesday and will host a tournament Dec. 6-8.

Boys Soccer

The Storm played hard, but lost last Thursday to Roseville 2-0.

The boys had a game at Woodcreek Monday and will host their first tournament Dec. 7-8.

Head coach J.J. Barnette said”Our boys played really well with a couple costly mistakes, but took many positives away from the game.”

Girls Soccer

The girls opened with a 2-1 loss to Roseville Nov. 27.

The Thunder had a great game against Ponderosa, leading 2-0 at the half. Makenzie henderson and Katie Elliott scored the goals, both are juniors.

However, the Bruins came back to tie the game with the final score being 2-2.

Rocklin was also take part in the tournament that beings Dec. 6 on the Thunder campus.


The wrestling team did great at the Granite Bay invitational Saturday and defeated Whitney 42-28 in a dual meet. The Thunder will compete in the Folsom tournament Saturday.

Rocklin has something new for wrestling this year, it’s first ever girls wrestling team.

The girls are doing great, placing well and winning matches; this sport is not just for boys.

Rocklin High strongly encourages any girls who want to come out while the season is still starting as it is an all around great experience.

_ Noe Passmore is a Rocklin High student and member of the leadership class.