Saturday Jan 05 2013
Boys basketball: Sierra Foothill League championship up for grabsBy: Mike Ray / Gold Country News Service
The Sierra Foothill League boys basketball chase looks to be shaping up as another one of those “on any given night” circuits after several SFL squads showed during the preseason in December that they have the talent to make a run at league honors.
Despite losing four starters to graduation, defending champion Del Oro (11-5) figures to be in the thick of the title chase. The Golden Eagles took an early big hit to their lineup when 6-foot-5 forward Kyle Setterlund was lost to a season-ending knee injury last month.
“We’ll have to have other guys pick things up in his absence,” said Del oro coach Geoff Broyles about losing Setterlund. “We have pretty decent depth, so any night out it could be several different guys stepping up.”
Here’s a look at the SFL boys basketball race:
Del Oro (12-5) – Without Setterlund in the Del Oro lineup, the Golden Eagles have gone to 6-5 Keenan Finney, 6-5 Jack Huizenga and 6-8 Connor Drake down low for offense. Guards Trevor Pistochini, Collin Mitchell and Danny Becker have also played well for the Black and Gold.
Granite Bay (11-5) – The Grizzlies played one of the tougher preseason schedules among SFL squads and they’re hoping to carry that experience over into league battles. Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud has plenty of offensive punch to turn to with the likes of veterans Jacob King, Kendrick Jackson, Scott Romuk and Daniel Romero leading the way.
Roseville (15-2) – If there’s one thing the Tigers accomplished this preseason it is that they went out and won some games. Already playoff eligible, coach Greg Granucci’s charges will enter league action following fine play from guards Daniel Rios, Cole Jacobs and Marcus Garcia and frontcourt men Jason Del Rosario and Dillon Bortmos.
Rocklin (11-5) – The Thunder may have the makeup to be a serious contender this season under first-year coach Casey Cutts, a former Rocklin standout. Last season Rocklin fell to 4-24 on its campaign and finished in the SFL cellar with a record of 1-9. Hoping to get Rocklin back on track are returnees Jake Faulkner, Devin Moss, Taylor Cherry and Nate Versoza. Two of Rocklin’s wins in the preseason were impressive verdicts over Folom and Del Campo.
Woodcreek (9-8) – Woodcreek is short on height this season but the Timberwolves have an assortment of outside shooters that hope to wreak havoc on foes. Coach Paul Hayes’ squad will count on the play of sophomore Noah Blackwell at point guard, shooter Sean Chew and forward Tyler Milani.
Nevada Union (7-10) – The Miners’ record may be somewhat misleading when you consider that four of their losses came at the hands of Southern California foes and two others to strong Nevada opposition. Leading NU’s efforts this year in the SFL will be guards Cody Gardner and Jason Mickel and 6-7 center Lucas Vojak. Forward Elliot Fournier is one of the Miners’ top all-around players capable of playing anywhere on the floor.