The buzz continues in Loomis.
Just weeks removed from watching its football team play in the CIF State Division I Bowl championship game, Del Oro High School has turned its attention to the Golden Eagles’ emerging boys basketball team.
The No. 6 Golden Eagles (15-1) took an 11-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game, thanks to experience, balanced scoring, defense and size.
Nine players return from last season’s 18-win team for coach Geoff Broyles, including three-year starting guard Danny Becker and forwards Kyle Setterlund, Jack Huizenga, Keenan Finney and Connor Drake (who will play volleyball on scholarship at UC Santa Barbara). Michael Moore, who started at quarterback for Del Oro’s football team, is playing the wing position for Broyles, and Trey Udoffia, who played wide receiver for Del Oro, is a guard.
The Golden Eagles won the 51st Del Oro Invitational last month, downing Casa Roble 69-49 in the final with Huizenga winning MVP honors. Del Oro also beat Whitney 54-34 in the final of the Whitney Holiday Classic with Setterlund the MVP. The seniorcenter missed last season with a knee injury.
And last Saturday, the Golden Eagles topped River City 49-46 to win the Rocklin Holiday Classic with Brandon Lopez making 14 3-pointers in three games. Broyles said Lopez and fellow guard Jacob Tarabetz have been unsung performers “who have done a nice job for us.”
“We’ve had a nice start to the season, but we know we still have a lot of work to do,” Broyles said. “We’ve still only played a couple of games with our entire roster, so we’re still a work in progress, especially on the offensive end.”
Del Oro opens Sierra Foothill League play against two rivals, Rocklin on Friday and defending champion Granite Bay on Jan. 14.
Dean of wins – Dean Stark of Sacramento Waldorf, already the winningest coach in regional history, recorded his 500th career victory on Dec. 30 with a 71-44 win over Global Youth Charter. Stark reached the milestone in 28 seasons at Waldorf, a small-school power for years. Waldorf (8-5) has one senior, making it one of Stark’s youngest teams.
“It’s been a great run at Waldorf, and I’m excited about the future,” he said.
Rankings madness – Readers often ask how The Bee compiles its weekly rankings, particularly why teams don’t drop when they lose. Teams that lose to out-of-area competition generally do not drop in the rankings, which explains why Capital Christian remains top-ranked despite two losses with No. 2 Jesuit entering the week 14-0. Capital Christian has beaten state-ranked teams and has losses to state-ranked teams.
Strength of schedule plays a big role in rankings, which explains why Sheldon remains ranked No. 7 despite seven losses (all to out-of-area teams). Or why Pleasant Grove remains at No. 15 with seven losses (six of those to out-of-area teams) and a win over No. 16 Granite Bay).
Common Good – The Common Good Classic on Jan. 18 at Antelope will not be short on scoring. The schedule: Davis vs. Center, 11 a.m.; Encina vs. Mission-San Francisco, 2 p.m.; Cosumnes Oaks vs. Colfax, 4 p.m.; Nevada Union vs. Franklin, 5:30 p.m.; Antelope vs. Acalanes-Lafayette, 7 p.m.
The Antelope girls play Center at 11:30 a.m.
Davis made 23 3-pointers, 17 in the first half, in beating Pleasant Valley of Chico 101-84 in the Oak Ridge Trojan Toss-Up last Saturday. Matt Michael had six 3s and 24 points.
THE BEE’S TOP 20
Records through Monday
|1. Capital Christian||14-2||1|
|5. Cosumnes Oaks||13-1||5|
|6. Del Oro||15-1||6|
|11. Del Campo||12-3||10|
|12. Monterey Trail||12-4||12|
|13. Rio Americano||9-7||13|
|15. Pleasant Grove||6-7||16|
|16. Granite Bay||8-7||15|
|18. Oak Ridge||6-5||–|
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