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Rocklin High Thunder
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Correspondent
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BOYS BASKETBALL The Rocklin High team is hoping to finish its tough 2011-12 season on a positive note. The Thunder (1-7 Sierra Football League, 4-21 overall) host Nevada Union (4-4 SFL, 14-11 overall) on Friday. Rocklin, coming off a close game with Woodcreek is hoping to play spoiler. Nevada Union could still finish second in the conference with a victory. Guard Devin Moss leads the Thunder. The junior averaged 10.9 points per game in 16 games this season. As a team, the Thunder average 40.7 ppg. On the other end of the court, Nevada Union is averaging 55.9 ppg. If the Thunder are going to win then it is essential for Rocklin to stop senior forward Samuel Barber (8.2 ppg, 6.5 rebounds per game) and junior guard Ian Davis (14.2 ppg, 2.0 assists per game). It is going to be tough for Rocklin to get second-chance points because Barber, sophomore Lucas Vojak (6.1 rpg) and senior forward Alex Ward (5.9 rpg) are all good rebounders. This will be a tough way to end the season for Rocklin, but if the Thunder can get the win it will be a great way for the program to gain momentum heading into next season. GIRLS BASKETBALL The varsity girls 2011-12 season is also soon coming to an end, but only regular season. The Thunder are currently seed 12th in the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. The Thunder (5-3 SFL, 14-11 overall) travel to Woodcreek (4-4 SFL, 16-9 overall) to take on the Timberwolves tonight. This will be the last game for Rocklin’s leading scorer, guard Joie Camalo (13.6 ppg). Camalo and junior guard Lydia Summers (10.1 ppg) must have a good game if the Thunder is going to win. Camalo (3.6 steals per game) and Summers (2.6 spg) are both good at taking the rock away, while junior Jaimie Curtis (4.8 rpg) and freshman Kaitlyn Solomon (4.8 rpg) have been big in the post. Rocklin is good enough to get the win. The Thunder had a good season and nine of 13 players should be returning next season.