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Steve Sacher spent enough time on Bear River1s bench last basketball season to know that1s where he didn1t want to be.

Then, the 6-foot, 1-inch junior, who picked up his first basketball as a tyke, knew he had enough game to perform at the varsity level, but still couldn1t break into the starting lineup.

3It was tough for me because I1m really competitive. I hate not to be able to contribute, so I knew I needed to do more than just sit around over the summer and do a couple workouts here and there. I wanted to take (my game) to the next level,² he said.



On the advice of friend and Bruin teammate Keith Marin, Sacher gave plyometrics a try.

Plyometrics is a training regimen which uses the combination of speed and power exercises to train the muscles to become more explosive.




HEADFIRST

With his senior season just six months away, Sacher went to work.

He made the round trip from his home in Alta Sierra to 90-minute sessions in Rocklin two to three times a week over most of the summer.

He worked out with a medicine ball, bungee cords and special shoes designed to build leg strength by placing the weight of the body on the balls of the feet.

3It was really tough to keep going that many times a week because it1s a pretty tough workout, but you really do see results,² Sacher said.

Bruin head coach Jack McCrory knew Sacher had hit the gym pretty hard in the offseason, but hadn1t had the chance to see him play until the first day of practice in the fall.

3A lot of players say they1re going to do this and do that over the summer, but very few make the commitment (it takes to really improve their game),² he said.

LEAPS AND BOUNDS

Sacher, who had grown to 6-foot-3, and his new-found talents caught McCrory1s eye from day one.

He wasn1t built like Dennis Rodman or anything, he just rebounded the ball like him.

3If you saw him last year compared to now, you1d laugh. He went from a little puppy to a man child,² McCrory said. 3I penciled him in as a starter before the season began, but when he showed up to practice I said OWhoa!1. I had no idea he1d be such a great rebounder.²

3I1m going to have him meet with my JV and freshman teams and tell his story. How he committed himself and worked so hard to become a great rebounder,² he added.

Sacher had found his niche.

3I (didn1t want to necessarily) lead the team in scoring this year because we1ve got a lot of guys who can score. Pretty much what1s needed, I1ll do. We really didn1t have too many really aggressive players (down low), and somebody needed to do that,² he said.

ON NOTICE

Bear River unveiled its new rebounding machine in its preseason opener with Marysville Nov. 26.

Sacher snagged a team-high 16 rebounds to go along with 10 points in a 65-57 win.

He followed that up with a 14 rebound performance against Golden Sierra (Garden Valley) then grabbed a game-high 18 boards in a 62-57 win over western Nevada County rival Nevada Union Dec.3.

He went on to record double-digit rebounds in (15) out of the next 17 games, including a season-high 20 in a two-point win over Colfax in late December.

Sacher has gone on to pull down 244 rebounds this season – an average of 12.8 per game – and take his place among the top rebounders in the Sacramento area.

3We wouldn1t be as successful without him, no question about it. I don1t know what we1d be doing without him on the boards,² McCrory said.

MULTI-TASKING

While there1s no doubt of Sacher1s skill in the paint, he1s far from a one dimensional player.

He1s scored in double figures (12) times this year, including a career-high 21 points in Bear River1s 70-52 Pioneer Valley League opening win over Lincoln.

His 11.4 points per game scoring average is second on thr team behind Gopal Caberea1s 16.6.

3He1s really developed into a great all-around player. Everybody looks at his rebounding, but he does so many things out there on the court for us,² Bear River assistant coach Steve Box said. 3There are times when we ask him to help bring up the ball or play lock-down defense. He fills a lot of roles for us. It1s a coaches dream to have a guy like him on the court.²

As the Bruins march through the second half of the PVL season, Sacher, a player McCrory said he can1t afford to ever sit, is all smiles.

3I knew coming in, I didn1t want to have any regrets this year. I didn1t want to look back and say I coulda done this , or I shoulda done that,² he said. 3I1m happy with the work I1ve done, but I still think I can improve and the team can go higher.²

McCrory1s eye from day one.

He wasn1t built like Dennis Rodman or anything, he just rebounded the ball like him.

3If you saw him last year compared to now, you1d laugh. He went from a little puppy to a man child,² McCrory said.

3I penciled him in as a starter before the season began, but when he showed up to practice I said OWhoa!1. I had no idea he1d be such a great rebounder,² he added.

3I1m going to have him meet with my JV and freshman teams and tell his story. How he committed himself and worked so hard to become a great rebounder,² he added.

Sacher had found his niche.

3I (didn1t want to necessarily) lead the team in scoring this year because we1ve got a lot of guys who can score. Pretty much what1s needed, I1ll do. We really didn1t have too many really aggressive players (down low), and somebody needed to do that,² he said.

ON NOTICE

Bear River unveiled its new rebounding machine in its preseason opener with Marysville Nov. 26.

Sacher snagged a team-high 16 rebounds to go along with 10 points in a 65-57 win.

He followed that up with a 14 rebound performance against Golden Sierra (Garden Valley) then grabbed a game-high 18 boards in a 62-57 win over western Nevada County rival Nevada Union Dec.3.

He went on to record double-digit rebounds in (15) out of the next 17 games, including a season-high 20 in a two-point win over Colfax in late December.

Sacher has gone on to pull down 244 rebounds this season<an average of 12.8 per game<and take his place amopng the top rebounders in the Sacramento area.

3We wouldn1t be as successful without him, no question about it. I don1t know what we1d be doing without him on the boards,² McCrory said.

MULTI-TASKING

While there1s no doubt of Sacher1s skill in the paint, he1s far from a one dimensional player.

He1s scored in double figures (12) times this year, including a career-high 21 points in Bear River1s 70-52 Pioneer Valley League opening win over Lincoln.

His 11.4 points per game scoring average is second on thr team behind Gopal Caberea1s 16.6.

3He1s really developed into a great all-around player. Everybody looks at his rebounding, but he does so many things out there on the court for us,² Bear River assistant coach Steve Box said. 3There are times when we ask him to help bring up the ball or play lock-down defense. He fills a lot of roles for us. It1s a coaches dream to have a guy like him on the court.²

As the Bruins march through the second half of the PVL season, Sacher, a player McCrory said he can1t afford to ever sit, is all smiles.

3I knew coming in, I didn1t want to have any regrets this year. I didn1t want to look back and say I coulda done this , or I shoulda done that,² he said. 3I1m happy with the work I1ve done, but I still think I can improve and the team can go higher.²


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