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Rockefeller Sisters Headed To Sac State On Scholarship

Del Oro Twins To Join Hornets Rowing Program
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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The Rockefeller Twins – Brooke and Alexis – have always been outgoing, active and athletic during their four years at Del Oro High School. Brooke is Del Oro’s senior class president and Alexis was a mainstay on the Lady Eagles’ girls tennis team the past two seasons. But it’s hard to imagine that the sisters had athletic scholarships on their minds before they began their respective senior years at Del Oro last August. However, with a little hard work in a high profile girls weight training program under the direction of football coach Casey Taylor - and a phone call - the Rockefellers last week signed a letter of intent to attend Sacramento State next year on rowing scholarships. “It’s really amazing,” said Brooke. “My sister and I have never rowed, but that’s exactly what they were looking for.” Taylor, Del Oro’s successful varsity grid coach, also oversees a top flight weight program at the school for both boys and girls. “I received a call from Sacramento State rowing coach Mike Connors,” said Taylor. “He had heard about our girls weight program and was asking if we had any tall, strong, athletic students. I told him we did and the rest is kind of history.” Both Brooke, who stands 5-9, and Alexis, who is 6-0, fit the Hornets’ rowing needs. “They like girls who are taller and have longer arms for the leverage,” said Taylor. “For the most part they also like to recruit athletes who haven’t rowed before…that way they can teach them the proper technique.” For Brooke and Alexis, the interest to the Sacramento State rowing program drew an official recruiting visit to the program’s home at Lake Natoma. “It’s like a big family,” said Brooke Rockefeller. “My sister and I are very excited about the opportunity.” The Rockefellers will most likely begin their careers next season on the Hornets’ novice team and then move up the team ladder. “Brooke and Alexis are both super kids and students,” said Taylor. “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer pair of girls.” Bonner Tid-Bits Speaking of Del Oro, Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner is part of the school’s first inaugural class going into the Golden Eagles’ Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will be held this Sunday in Loomis. A couple of little known facts about Bonner who graduated in 1969 and was indeed a throwback to the old three-sport athlete: Playing tailback, he was a 1,000-yard rusher for coach Rolf “Sonny” Moeller in his senior football season and a power type forward for John Rankin’s basketball squad. On the gridiron, Bonner’s long-standing record of average yards per carry in a game (11.0) was finally over taken this past season by Bryce Pratt. And in amazing track statistic, even after the conversion from yards to meters, two records that are still recognized by the North Section came by Bonner in 1969 when he set two championship meet records in the 220 (21.4) and 440 (48.3). Bonner’s conversion in the shorter race grades out to a 47.8 400 meter effort, still a record some 40-plus years later. Remarkably, the two records were set on a then dirt track at Chico State. PVL Non-League Slates In case your wondering who area Pioneer Valley League schools are playing in non-league football games next season here goes: Colfax - El Camino, Durham, Wheatland, Union Mine and Davis. Bear River – Capital Christian, Cordova, Woodcreek, Golden Sierra and River Valley. Lincoln – Natomas, Wheatland, Yuba City, Woodcreek and Amador. Placer – Casa Roble, El Dorado, Bethel (Vallejo), Vallejo and Woodland.