Rocklin shakes up SFL

By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The highlight of this week’s beginning of league play was the Rocklin boys basketball team win at Del Oro. Anyone familiar with high school competition in this area knows the Sierra Foothill League is one of the toughest.

Of course, each year the title team is subject to change but this year might prove more dramatic than most. That being because of the turnaround Thunder boys basketball has achieved in less than a year.

At this point in the season last year, Rocklin was 3-16. It opened SFL play hosting eventual league champion Del Oro and lost 79-36.  and ended up 1-9 and in the league cellar. This season the Thunder is 13-5 and defeated the Golden Eagles in Loomis by nine points.

If one goes back five years the season-to-season sequence is predictable. Five years ago, Rocklin took the SFL title with an 11-1 record. A year later, the Thunder again won going undefeated.

In 2009-10, Woodcreek (10-2) took the title and Rocklin dropped to 8-4. A year later, the Timberwolves ended up sharing the crown with Granite Bay with identical 9-1 records and Del Oro was third at 5-5.

Last year, Del Oro went 9-1 to win the SFL and was 10-8 in preseason. This year the Eagles came in 12-5 only to discover a repeat of last year would not come easy.

This is not to say Rocklin is on its way to an SFL title but the Thunder story is far from done. Whether or not it has a happy ending, there’s no question the beginning is akin to “A Tale of Two Cities.”