New poll at Placer Sports - defending baseball titles?

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The participation in our last poll at Placer Sports (, our regional all-sports Web site, generated a lot of buzz as more than 3,000 or our readers (64 percent) felt that Cody Kale of Rocklin was the top basketball player in the Sierra Foothill League.

The league's coaches disagreed, giving a slight nod to Nik Milani of Woodcreek in what had to be a very close call among three or four possible choices.

Our new poll begins our look ahead at the spring sports season as we ask you which of three baseball teams that won section titles in 2009 is most likely to repeat that feat in 2010. Log on at and cast your vote or drop to the comments section there and let us know which teams are going to knock off those defending champions.

Placer won the Division IV title last season, with a title game win over one of its PVL rivals, El Dorado. Do the Hillmen have enough back to do it again?

In Division II, Rocklin won another section title in 2009, and the Thunder figure to be in the race again. Can they continue their run of dominance over SFL foes Granite Bay and Del Oro?  Is there someone else out there to challenge the power at the top of the SFL?

Valley Christian of Roseville has won two straight D-VII crowns. Can the Lions make it three in a row? The extended basketball playoff season seems to have impacted VCA out of the gate, but can they get their game back as the league competition gets going?

It's going to be a great baseball season. Who are your teams to beat?  Let us know at .