Rocklin boys look to the future in spite of slow start

By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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After opening Sierra Foothill League play with a 70-36 loss to Del Oro, Jan. 12, a young Rocklin High boys basketball team is maintaining focus on what lies ahead and not what they’re leaving behind. Composed of two freshman, two sophomores, 10 juniors, and four seniors, the varsity Thunder boys’ basketball team has had a difficult start to their current season. With a record of 3-12 for the preseason, the team is looking forward to strong league play. “We are a very young team, finding out who we are. We are not exactly happy, but I am happy with us both as a team and individually,” said Rocklin boys varsity head coach, Mike Lorente. The boys have scored a total of 708 points so far this season. According to Lorente, the preseason play has served as an opportunity for the squad to develop the traits necessary for league competition. As a team, Rocklin’s goal is to share this year’s league title, beating Del Oro and Granite Bay. “Either a 6-4 or 8-2 record would be successful,” Lorente said. Junior captain, Devin Moss is a key player for the squad, as he has a great work ethic and good potential. Maintaining a 4.2 grade-point-average during basketball season, Moss is a leader for the Rocklin boys. Freshmen point guard Keyshon Williams and small forward Vinnie Safin have stepped up as young members of the varsity team. Taylor Cherry, a junior guard, has also heavily impacted the team. “At this point, we are focusing on one thing at a time, trying not to move too far ahead. We are taking it one game at time,” Lorente said.