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Sports Chatter's Tip Of The Cap Honor To Zebras

Lincoln Didn't Back Down From Tough Foes In Preseason
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When the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section came up with its new football playoff format last year with all wins counting towards gaining entry to the post season, it was almost comical watching coaches from the Pioneer Valley League falling all over themselves to somewhat “soften” up preseason schedules for this season. In other words, there was some rhyme to reason why Placer didn’t play Woodcreek this season, why Bear River and Calaveras didn’t renew their contract and why Colfax gave up a home game against Truckee. Whether they like it admit it or not, here are the cold hard facts: three PVL teams – Placer, Bear River and Foothill – tied for playing the weakest preseason schedule in terms of opponents’ win loss records, each at 11-14. Meanwhile, the Sports Chatter Tip of the Cap Award goes to Lincoln for playing the toughest non-conference slate. The Zebras took on four teams that are all 4-1. All total, Lincoln’s foes’ records were 19-6. Colfax played the second toughest schedule with its opponents going 15-10. Oh by the way, for those Falcon fans wanting to know, Truckee is off to a 5-0 start this season and has not given up a point in five shutouts to date. KOC Winners The Knights of Columbus’ first ever Soccer Challenge was held at Colfax Elementary recently. Council Level winners included in the girls division: 10 yr. old – Maya Vossoghi; 12 yr. old – Jennifer Vossoghi; 14 yr. old – Alexis Wildman. The boys 14-year-old winner was Jacob Ritchey, The local area winners all advance to Folsom this Sunday for district level competition. Movin’ On It’s always a pleasure to see Colfax High athletes move on to the next level and compete as collegiate student-athletes. In football, 2008 Colfax High grad Zach Flagg is seeing time as a freshman defensive back and on special teams for the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen who are off to a 2-1 start. Flagg was an all-PVL player for the Falcons. Meanwhile, closer to home, Sierra College’s volleyball team is using the services of ’09 CHS graduate Cassandra Campbell while the Sierra soccer team is bolstered by Amber Cramer, another ’09 graduate who plays goalie. Also, now in her fourth season has head coach of the William Jessup women’s soccer program is Jamie Howard, a 2000 CHS graduate. Gridiron Predictions A 5-2 mark in last weekend’s light slate of action brings the season record to 43-15. This week: Colfax 33 Center 12 – Falcons need to build some “Big Mo” for rest of season. Placer 34 Bear River 17 – Hillmen rolling…Bruins hurting at key spots. Lincoln 26 Foothill 19 – Zebra fans hoping recent Lincoln-Wheatland vandalism hi-jinx doesn’t hit close to home. Elsewhere: Granite Bay 27 Nevada Union 25; Del Oro 30 Rocklin 27; Woodcreek 28 Roseville 27; Sierra College 30 Feather River 26; 49ers 24 Eagles 21.