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Rocklin rolls into volleyball playoffs

Thunder sports review
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Sports Correspondent
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The Rocklin Thunder girls varsity volleyball team swept by Granite Bay, Woodcreek, and Nevada Union in preparation for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. They will likely draw the No. 1 seed in Division II, giving them at least one home game. Senior Katelyn Ivy leads the team with 826 attacks, Cailyn Prewitt has recorded 342 kills, senior Erin Davis has 40 assists and Sierra Ueltzen leads the Thunder with 334 digs. Football Oct. 28 – The Rocklin High School varsity football team’s 2011 season is almost over. The Thunder lost on the road 35-13 to Granite Bay High School, Friday. Rocklin senior running back Brandon Crotts was the offense for the Thunder. Crotts had 164 yards on 26 attempts with one touchdown. Rocklin (0-4 Sierra Foothill, 3-6 overall) hosts Nevada Union (2-2 Sierra Foothill, 6-3 overall) on Friday. For the Thunder to pull off the upset they must stop Nevada Union junior quarterback Kyle Cota (84-124, 1,321 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions). Nevada Union averages 30.2 points per game. Rocklin likes to use a balanced attack (143.2 passing yards per game, 139.4 rushing yards per game). However, with starting quarterback Daniel Kniffin out of the lineup with a shoulder separation, it’s likely the scales will tip in favor of the ground game. Without a good passing attack, it will be tough to beat Nevada Union. But don’t count out the Thunder and their desire to end the season on a positive note. Soccer Oct. 26 – The Rocklin High School varsity boys soccer team’s 2011 season ended with a 2-1 loss at Nevada Union. The Thunder finished the season 1-7-2 in Sierra Foothill League, and 5-12-4 overall to finish in last place in the league. The Thunder will lose team captains goalkeeper Zach Kammerer and striker Mike Mazzoni. Leading goal-scorer, striker Stephen Hakala (four goals) is also graduating. Rocklin has reason to be optimistic, though; 12 players are expected to return.