Friday, August 1, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Jenn Hoffman can do it all

web photo

OAK RIDGE senior Jenn Hoffman has brought an array of skills to the court as a three-year starter in the Trojan backcourt. Democrat file photos

By
From page A9 | February 21, 2014 |

Jenn Hoffman epitomizes what Oak Ridge girls basketball is all about.

Hard working, dedicated, giving.

Day in, day out; year in, year out.

Hoffman, the Trojans’ senior guard listed at 5-foot-5 on the roster, brings a big game to the court and is, according to head coach Steve White, the complete package.

“Our program has relied over the years on kids working hard and giving the most of themselves, something Jenn has done. She’s unselfish, plays defense, can shoot, rebound and play point guard. It’s been nice to have her in the program as long as we have,” White said.

The rest of the Delta River League agrees — recently naming Hoffman its Most Valuable Player.

As team captain, floor leader and catalyst, Hoffman has helped lead Oak Ridge to its second straight undefeated league season while averaging 11 points in a system that regularly sees starters loose minutes due to large leads.

Another of Hoffman’s endearing qualities is her points-per-shot-production, a key internal team statistical category she tops.

“She’s a scoring point guard but not shoot first,” White said. “She’s all about the team.”

Hoffman came into the program the year after Oak Ridge won the 2010 state championship. An eighth-grader at Marina Middle School at the time, she couldn’t wait to get to Oak Ridge and even attended that game in Bakersfield.

Now, after one year on the Trojan junior varsity team and nearing the end of a three-year varsity stint, Hoffman, who came close as last season’s NorCal finalist, represents another unit poised to go after a state title.

“We want to make it to the state finals just like the 2009-10 team,” Hoffman said. “We were so close last year. It’s weird that it’s (prep career) so close to the end but at the same time it’ll be exciting to see what happens (in the postseason).”

State champion aspirations aren’t pressure-free. Hoffman, in perhaps her most recognizable game, knows all about tense situations when, as a sophomore at the section finals against Kennedy at Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco. now Sleep Train Arena), she hit two-of three clutch free throws with seconds left to force overtime.

“I joke with her about not making all three but I was really impressed how calmly she stepped up in that environment after missing the first to hit the next two,” White said.

Hoffman ended up sinking six three-pointers, her trademark shot, and scored 24 points. Despite falling in double overtime, Oak Ridge was poised to make a solid NorCal run but lost Hoffman early in the NorCal semifinals at Berkeley when she took a hard spill and broke her wrist and sprained an ankle.

“When I look back at that game … if we had her … I like our chances in the final outcome,” White said.

The Hoffman-White connection goes back to a 4-5s Mighty Mites team White and Hoffman’s dad co-coached. Since then White has been involved in Hoffman’s career in some capacity every year.

Hoffman was the school’s Sophomore Female Athlete of the Year and shared the honor with teammate Ali Bettencourt after her junior year. She’s an All League pick and twice was All Metro Honorable Mention. Along with Bettencourt, Oak Ridge’s three-year record with both in the varsity lineup is 78-18 overall, 27-3 in league.

She describes herself as someone who leads by example and tries to get everyone on track to play together. She’ll attack the basket, kick out to shooters and is prone to step up to the three-point line and knock one down.

“I’ve worked hard on my shot outside of practice and Coach White has helped me a lot,” said Hoffman who makes 51 percent of her overall shots — 52 percent on two-pointers and 49 percent from beyond the arc.

Sister Shelley plays on the JV squad and Steven, her older brother, played varsity basketball before he graduated.

While her post Oak Ridge basketball plans are undecided, academically she’ll focus on becoming a nurse in the medical field.

For now, the business at hand is the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs that open next Tuesday. Oak Ridge will play the Kennedy-Granite Bay winner.

Hoffman is ready.

“My goal for my senior season was to work as hard as I possibly can and do everything I can to help the team go as far as possible,” Hoffman said. “I knew if I did that, the season would be fun and we could go far.”

No one is betting against that.

Comments

comments

.

News

Cameron Park house burns

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Supes delay petition

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Fire generated small city, inspired volunteers

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Sand Fire 95% contained

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
Two fires in town

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A3

SUV hits parked cars

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A12

 
.

Opinion

The weekly Daley: The wrong side of history

By Chris Daley | From Page: A4

 
Billingsley’s bullets: Advice from my psychiatrist

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: A4

.

Letters

EID rate discrimination

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Second Amendment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

Pollock Pines’ Fourth of July Parade

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Water conservation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

Koby

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Debt reduction at EID with Coco?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Time for change in CP

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Olives need less water

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

.

Sports

Camp draws good numbers

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
New law tackles gridiron concussion problem

By Mike Bush | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Rafting denied

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A9

 
Racing returns with big 5-division card

By Bill Sullivan | From Page: A9

Roundup: July 31, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10

 
.

Prospecting

Sing while you paint

By Placerville Arts Association | From Page: B1Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
Plenty of golden fun during SlugFest

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: Aug. 1, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2

 
The making of a champion

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: B2

Art on the Divide is showing new exhibitor

By Art On The Divide | From Page: B3

 
‘The Flu Season’ stirs emotions

By Ovation Stage | From Page: B4

Guitar group performs in Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B5

 
Time to register for classes at Center Stage

By Center Stage Dance Academy | From Page: B5

Get a groove on in Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B8

 
Chris Young in concert at Carson Valley Inn

By Carson Valley Inn | From Page: B8

The music continues at Bear Valley Music Festival

By News Release | From Page: B8

 
Sacramento Museums are celebrating

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B9

 
.

Essentials

Weather stats

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 17-19

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Larry A. Randall

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Mark A. Smith

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jeffie “Jeff” Lee Callahan

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Patsy Ruth Wing

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

Decorating your home by the numbers

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

 
Avoiding the deal killers

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Hilltop home views outrank water-front views

Press Release | From Page: HS7

 
Luxury home sales jump

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Pending home sales decrease in June

Press Release | From Page: HS13

 
Sheryl Lindroos joins American Heritage

Press Release | From Page: HS17

Sunny Rosabella exudes a warm ambiance

Press Release | From Page: HS23

 
.

Comics

.

Home Source

Decorating your home by the numbers

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

Avoiding the deal killers

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Hilltop home views outrank water-front views

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Luxury home sales jump

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Pending home sales decrease in June

Press Release | From Page: HS13

Sheryl Lindroos joins American Heritage

Press Release | From Page: HS17

Sunny Rosabella exudes a warm ambiance

Press Release | From Page: HS23