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Volleyball player digs scholarship

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Volleyball is taking Lauren Orozco places. The Rocklin High School senior signed a letter of intent last Friday to continue her career at Chico State. She will move to Chico after she plays in the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships. Orozco plays for Force Volleyball Club of Sacramento, which had two teams qualify in the open division for the national tournament in Atlanta. Orozco is the only Rocklin High player with Force 18-1. The other team to qualify was Force 14-1, which has one player from Rocklin in Ashley Sutter. The national championships will be June 25 to July 4 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Joining Orozco at last Friday’s ceremony was Thunder teammate Olivia Lane, who will play at Hawaii-Hilo. Orozco was the Sierra Foothill League’s most valuable player in 2009 and 2010. She was also the first Rocklin player to be a first-team selection to the Division II all-state team by Swimmers reach section meet Whitney High School will send three swimmers to the Sac-Joaquin Section championships May 12-14 at Tokay High in Lodi. Rocklin High will be represented by Christian Holm and the 400-yard freestyle relay team. Qualifying for the Wildcats were Colleen Daley in the 50 and 100 freestyle, Loree Olson in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley, and Haley Barker in the 50 freestyle. Daley won her two events and Olson was first in the 200 individual medley last Saturday at the Capital Athletic League meet. The Wildcats also received a victory from the 200 medley relay team of Olson, Daley, Stephanie Henderson and Mariah Patterson in finishing second to Rio Americano in the team standings. Whitney’s boys placed third and will send diver Trevor Parker to the section diving trials today at Bella Vista High. Rocklin will send Christian Holm in the 100 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay team of Holm, Eli Byron, Austin Diele and Jeffrey Seyfried. The Thunder will be represented in the junior varsity boys competition by Robert Noble in the 100 butterfly; Noble, Mason Lightle, Derek Digrande and Parker Ficek in the 200 freestyle relay; and Ficek, Zachary Siler, Brandon Yoshida and Jordan Trevino in the 400 freestyle relay. Rocklin finished last in the both boys and girls competition at the Sierra Foothill League meet last Saturday. Jessup sweeps softball awards William Jessup University’s softball team swept the major awards when coaches in the California Pacific Conference gathered recently to honor the conference’s top players and coach. Junior Samantha McMahan was named the Player of the Year. Also honored were senior Erin Houston (top pitcher), junior Kelsey Meyers (top newcomer) and Jode Johnson (top freshman). Jessica Pistole was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Warriors to a 15-1 record and the conference’s regular-season championship. Jessup’s all-conference players were Houston, McMahan, Meyers and junior Mallory Blodgett (first team); Johnson, senior Kara Besseghini and sophomore Heidi Louber (second team); and junior Cassie Emerson (honorable mention). Jessup’s season came to an end last Saturday with a 13-2 loss to Simpson of Redding in the NAIA Frontier Qualifying Tournament at Azevedo Park in Rocklin. The Warriors finished 28-18 overall. Sierra falls in rugby Final Four A second-half rally fell short for Sierra College’s rugby club last Saturday in a 29-20 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Division II national semifinals in Pittsburgh. At least the Wolverines can take consolation in losing to the best Division II team in the country. Wisconsin-Whitewater claimed its first national title a day later with a 7-3 victory over Middlebury of Vermont. Sierra can also take pride in being the only two-year college to reach the Final Four. The Wolverines trailed 19-5 at halftime against Wisconsin-Whitewater, but they fought back in the second half to outscore the Warhawks 15-10. Wisconsin-Whitewater validated its No. 1 ranking in the latest Division II poll by Sierra was ranked fourth. Thunder leads SFL soccer race Rocklin High’s girls soccer team maintained its hold on first place in the Sierra Foothill League last week by defeating Woodcreek 4-0 and battling Granite Bay to a 2-2 tie. Dana Greenwood, Megan Hanson, Jessica Santos and Shannon Garvella scored in the win over Woodcreek. Santos and Torey Walter had goals against Granite Bay. The Thunder entered this week at 6-1-2 in the SFL and 14-3-2 overall. Rocklin’s last SFL match was Wednesday against Nevada Union. Whitney claims volleyball title Whitney High’s boys volleyball team claimed the Capital Athletic League championship last week with a 25-11, 25-10, 25-13 victory over El Camino. The Wildcats entered this week at 13-0 in the CAL and 18-3 overall. They will host Antelope on Friday in their final CAL match.