Oak Ridge maintains its poise despite no home, new coaches
With the gymnasium at Oak Ridge High School undergoing a face-lift, the fifth-ranked Trojans have been without a home court this season.
Under first-year co-head coaches Christy Bergin and Bre Horton, the El Dorado Hills team has played home matches 11 miles away at Ponderosa in Shingle Springs.
The coaches joked that they were going to provide incentive for the construction crew to move up the completion date from the scheduled Dec. 1 (in time for basketball season).
"We were prepared to offer cookies every day if they could hurry it up a little," Horton said.
After five seasons of at least 20 wins that included the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title in 2008 and the D-I crown in 2009, coach Becky Potter stepped down. She remains on campus as a math teacher.
Bergin and Horton, close friends of Potter, were promoted from within.
"First of all, Potter's shoes are big ones to fill," Bergin said. "When she decided to not coach (this year), we were bummed because we enjoy coaching with her. Both of us felt like we had different things to bring to the table, so it was something we thought about. 'You do this well, and I do this well. Why don't we do it together?' It lessened the burden for both of us."
The Trojans (17-13) have responded well, impressing their coaches with their composure during a season of upheaval.
"They've dealt with so much this year with so many changes and adjustments," Horton said. "It's nice to know that when we throw something new to them, they just take it in stride and do a great ... Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/04/5878343/oak-ridge-maintains-its-poise.html