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Falcon sports shine in '11-'12

Colfax High sports in review
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For the first time in recent memory, the athletic teams at Colfax High School didn?t hang up a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship banner this past school year. However, the Falcons and Lady Falcons sports teams still did enough in 2011-12 to provide their fans and followers with plenty of thrills and excitement. For the record book, Colfax varsity teams bagged three Pioneer Valley League crowns this past school year with the trio of titles coming in football, girls basketball and girls soccer. In addition, on a bigger scale, because its competition is outside PVL play, the school?s girls ski team brought home a California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski Federation state championship. Also, Colfax?s Nelly Steinhoff claimed the individual overall girls snowboard state title. Overall, Colfax athletic teams were more than competitive as eight Falcon teams qualified for post-season competition. "Overall, it was a good year for us," said Colfax High athletic director Rob Hitchcock. "I think the job Dave Campbell did with girls basketball and Mike McCabe with the baseball team were highlights. Of course, Tony Martello's football team was exciting to watch every week. All in all a fun, exciting year." Here?s a look back at what the Record Sports recounts as highlights of sports at Colfax High this past year. 1. Colfax football wins PVL; finishes 11-1 If there?s one thing that hasn?t gotten old at Colfax High, it?s winning Pioneer Valley League football championships. For the 10th time in the 12 years of the PVL?s existence, the Falcons were crowned champions. This season Colfax did it with an explosive, dynamic and dominating squad. Picked by many of the pre-season polls to finish no higher than third place in a competitive PVL, the Falcons fooled the soothsayers by romping through the league campaign undefeated. Highlight of the season for the Falcons came in week eight when Colfax motored to Auburn and in a showdown for the league title before a throng estimated at 6,000, responded with a scintillating 41-28 win. Standouts for the Falcons were many but were led by running backs Hunter Perez (2003 yds. 31 TDs) and Austin Perry (1,098 all purpose yards, 12 TDS), quarterback Austin Young (2,752 yds. 33 TDs), and receivers David Mowbray (39x1098, 10 TDs) and Sam Quinlan (38x837, 10 TDS). Offensive line stalwarts were Brett Fowler, Dustin Downey and Cory Rodgers, while the defense was keyed by Roger Lillie, Benton Brown, Nolan Karbowski, Jeremy Dawson, Henry Freer and Chancey Trentman. 2. Lady Falcons hoops wins PVL crown Hovering at just above the .500 mark after a so-so preseason, the Lady Falcons caught fire in a balanced PVL and a mid-season seven-game winning streak proved enough for the local girls to bag their second-straight league title. Led by seniors Haley Biles, Ashley Scott, Haleigh Lis, Sara Davidson and Mariah Turcotte, junior Kaila Tremoureux and sophomores Raegan Lillie and Amber Tobiasz, the Lady Falcons advanced to the semi-final round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs and for the third-straight year qualified for the CIF Northern California Regional tournament. Biles was named the PVL?s most valuable player and was joined on the all-league squad by Scott, Lis and Lillie. Dave Campbell was tagged as the league?s Coach of the Year. 3. Banner season for Lady Falcons soccer With its daunting defense providing the impetus, the Colfax girls soccer team made it two straight PVL titles by posting an 8-0-2 mark and winning the outright crown. Colfax claimed two tournament crowns (Woodland and Manteca) and overall on the season posted a record of 16-2-3. The team allowed just eight goals to be scored on its defense this season and produced 15 shutouts. Sparking the team were all-PVL selections Kate Bianchi, Katy Thomas, Celena Wall, Iona Lofrano, Amy Blackburn, Kelly Harris, Michallynn Hoffman, Christina Keyes, Emiliee Klug, Savanah Newman and Sophia Satterlee. 4. Baseball earns 2nd straight playoff berth Posting the most wins in a season since 2000, the Colfax High baseball team made a late surge to clinch its second-straight CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoff berth. Finishing the season at 18-11, the Falcons were able to overcome a season-long list of nagging injuries to rally the last week of the season and notch a pair of wins over heretofore PVL leading Lincoln and earn their post-season trip. Once in the playoffs, Colfax hosted its first home playoff game in 20 years and produced a 4-1 win over Vanden. Colfax was finally eliminated in the Div. III tournament by Yuba City. Leading Colfax?s surge were all-PVL selections Dave Campbell, Ryan Glazner, Michael Moore, Devon Loomis and Austin Young. Also playing key roles for the Falcons were Gary Root, Adam Tricomo, James Dean and Roger Lillie. 5. Colfax girls win State ski crown For the second-consecutive year, the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski Federation girls varsity state championship banner will reside at Colfax High School. Placing three of their top four skiers in the top 10 in both slalom and giant slalom races, the Falcons scored 695 points in the two-day competition held at Northstar. "The girls did a great job," said Colfax ski coach Jeff Scott. "They stayed focused and delivered in both races." Colfax was followed in the girls team scoring by Davis (671) and Mammoth Lakes (634). Leading Colfax's charge to the crown was freshman Teagan Santin, who placed first in both competitions and was crowned the overall state women?s champion. Stephanie Scott placed 5th in the combined, while Nicola Lorang placed 7th. Also scoring for Colfax was Bailey Semmens, who placed 28th combined. Colfax High?s Nelly Steinhoff finished second in both the snowboard downhill and slalom to help claim the girls individual championship at the CNISF state meet.