Lady Trojan basketball team honored

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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It rained on their parade on Sunday, but the Oak Ridge girls’ basketball team was still honored for winning the California Interscholastic Federation Division I state championship. Ignoring the downpour under cover of trees and umbrellas, supporters gathered outside Yogaberry at the El Dorado Hills Town Center to present the girls their proclamation. Along with El Dorado County Supervisor John Knight, the presentation featured the team posing for television cameras, photographers and fans. Initially the plan was to parade the squad down the boulevard, but that was squandered by weather. Despite the conditions, the Lady Trojans were wide with smiles and soaked up the stardom. Before they were state champions, Yogaberry Owner Darcee Rotz and Tracey Kellogg of Kellogg’s Portraits began a marketing campaign months ago featuring the girls of Oak Ridge basketball. Now state champions the flavors at the yogurt shop are ‘Trojan Tart, Rebound Raspberry, State Champion Chocolate and Coach White Vanilla.’ “We call them the Yoga Models,” said Rotz. “The rain is kind of a bummer because I was going to have them come down for a signing but Tony Mansour heard about it and wanted to use the whole town center for a parade. Now that they’re done with basketball, of course, all of the girls want jobs, though.” Oak Ridge senior Sara James, who’s earned an athletic scholarship to Stanford, enjoyed the event. “It’s really awesome to see the community come out despite the rain,” James said. “It’s so much fun to get the team and fans together again. I’m really excited to go to Stanford, but I’m not going to look over the rest of my senior year. We’ve got a lot of fun things coming up so I’m just going to continue to improve and have as much fun as I can doing it.” James was not the only person having fun on Sunday. The autograph signing was brought indoors across the street from Yogaberry to where Kellogg will have her new studio. Inside the girls lined up to sign autographs for fans like the Costamagna family. Father Chris and his spouse Kelly attended Oak Ridge years ago. Kelly, who also is a former basketball player at the school, and Chris took their daughters Gabby (11) and Sophie (9), to Bakersfield for the championship game. “It’s amazing and fun to see Oak Ridge basketball at a different level,” said Kelly. “Our daughters told Coach White the night they won, ‘We’re going to be in this tournament when we’re at Oak Ridge.’ Their whole rooms are decorated in Oak Ridge basketball stuff and we have pictures of a couple of the girls holding trophies that we’re going to have them autograph.” Other fans include Joe Hoffman and his daughter, Kristen, 10, and son, Jake, 8. “The kids have been following it all along,” said Hoffman. “My niece and nephew play for Oak Ridge as underclassmen so we’ve been out to a lot of games. We didn’t know what to expect so we came down to check it out and it has worked out well and been really fun.” Holding his team poster autographed by the entire Trojan team, Jake was happy. “It is pretty awesome; I got autographs from all of the girls.”