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COMMENTARY

Reasons to be thankful

By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Today is the day we give thanks for a bountiful harvest in the tradition of the Pilgrims who braved coming to this new world for a better life. Theirs was not so great but things got considerably better as time went along.

Today, we have sports.

Whitney is thankful, their boys and girls cross country teams will compete at the State Meet this Saturday in Fresno. What better way to try and drop those extra Thanksgiving dinner pounds than to run 5,000 meters two days later.

The football teams of Lincoln, Rocklin and Whitney can all be thankful they made it into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. Unfortunately, they did not progress that far but it’s nice to be able to say, “We made the playoffs.”

Just a side note, teams from the Pioneer Valley League and Sierra Foothill League are still in the hunt. Center from the PVL and both Granite Bay and Del Oro from the SFL are in the semifinals to take place this Friday. However, all are on the road.

In golf, there were no representatives from Lincoln, Rocklin or Whitney at state. However, Whitney’s Kelsey Uslep shot a solid 72 at the NCGA/CIF High School Nor Cal Championship. She tied for ninth but did not qualify for State.

Lincoln made a more-than-thankful run in sections in Division IV soccer. The Fighting Zebras advanced to the second round to play No. 1 seed Vista del Lago. They lost that semifinal match to the Eagles 1-0. Vista del Lago went on to win the championship over No. 7 seed Galt.

Whitney’s soccer team also stepped up to make it to round two. Coming in at the No. 12 seed, they lost a 2-1 decision to No. 4 McNair on a controversial off sides call. Not much to be thankful for there, but No. 1 Bella Vista then blanked McNair 10-0.

Tennis has but two divisions. Rocklin made a run of three deep in Division I before falling to Davis. The eventual champion was the SFL’s Granite Bay.

Whitney, thankfully, also made the playoffs, only in Division II. The Wildcats defeated Oakdale but couldn’t get past eventual champions Bella Vista. By the way, the Broncos defeated the Capital Athletic League’s Rio Americano for the title.

Lincoln does not have a girls tennis team but competes in mixed competition in the spring.

Thanks to a highly successful volleyball program under coach Dave Muscarella, Rocklin made another deep run into the Division II volleyball playoffs. The Thunder fell to Gregori, who in turn fell to El Camino in the championship game.

The Eagles also won last year, defeating the Thunder in the title match.

Whitney also made the playoffs, but also had to compete in Division II. Perhaps that would be a no thanks.

Rocklin and Whitney are just getting their feet wet in boys and girls water polo, but thankfully they are all showing lots of improvement. Water Polo is a tough, tough sport. It’s slightly like trying to play basketball while up to one’s neck in water.

Thankfully, no one drowned.