MJC wins big; Sonora girls wa­ter polo wins sec­tion

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JU­LIAN A. LOPEZ jalopez@mod­bee.com

Be­hind a dom­i­nant de­fen­sive ef­fort, Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege beat San Joaquin Delta 49-0 on Satur­day.

The Pi­rates’ de­fense forced four turnovers, had seven tack­les for a loss, and al­lowed 173 to­tal yards.

Sopho­more de­fen­sive line­man Bryan Eaton (Kim­ball) had five tack­les.

Fresh­man quar­ter­back Jack Weaver (East Union) was close to per­fect on Satur­day as he com­pleted 20 of 22 pass­ing at­tempts for 307 yards and two touch­downs. He also ran for 55 yards and a touch­down.

Three dif­fer­ent run­ning backs scored a touch­down for the Pi­rates ( 7-3, 4-1) , who will find out their post­sea­son fate next week.

SONORA WINS SEC­OND STRAIGHT GIRLS WA­TER POLO TI­TLE

Sonora head coach Matt Per­so­n­ius said Satur­day that if his wa­ter polo team was go­ing to have any suc­cess against Kim­ball in the Div. III fi­nal, it would have to push the counter at­tack.

The ob­jec­tive was suc­cess­ful as the Wild­cats won their sec­ond straight sec­tion ti­tle with a 9-3 vic­tory at Tokay High School.

“We are a coun­ter­at­tack team,” Per­so­n­ius said. “It has al­ways been one of our strengths.”

Se­nior Desi Bos­tic had four goals while sopho­more Megan Slater had three.

“She (Megan) cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties and cre­ated pres­sure on Kim­ball’s team,” Per­so­n­ius said.

Af­ter beat­ing Kim­ball 6-5 in the ti­tle game last year, Per­so­n­ius was con­fi­dent his team could re­turn to the ti­tle game with only two play­ers grad­u­at­ing.

“We have been plan­ning on this since the be­gin­ning of sum­mer,” Per­so­n­ius said.

The sea­son isn’t over just yet for the Wild­cats as they have ad­vanced to the CIF State NorCal Re­gional Cham­pi­onships, which be­gin on Tues­day.

OAK­DALE FALLS TO CHRIS­TIAN BROTH­ERS IN BOYS WA­TER POLO FI­NAL

When its best player was ejected in the third quar­ter, Oak­dale tried to ad­just with­out ju­nior Ethan Perry. But in the end, the Mus­tangs fell to Chris­tian Broth­ers 10-7 in the Div. III fi­nal.

“He is one of our most con­sis­tent play­ers,” Mus­tangs coach Di­ane Kline said. “It was tough to lose him.”

Oak­dale kept the game close and trailed 7-6 af­ter the third but the Fal­cons scored two early goals in the fourth, forc­ing Kline to call a time­out in hopes of dis­rupt­ing the mo­men­tum.

“We couldn’t re­ally cap­i­tal­ize,” Kline said.

For the sec­ond straight year, the Fal­cons ended the Mus­tangs sea­son (lost in semi­fi­nals last year) but the team made his­tory with the school’s first ap­pear­ance in a ti­tle game.

“I am su­per proud of

how they played all sea­son,” Kline said. “They be­lieved from the be­gin­ning that they would get a chance at a re­match.”

Oak­dale ended the sea­son at 16-11.

MODESTO CHRIS­TIAN BOYS BAS­KET­BALL BE­GINS SEA­SON NO. 7 IN CAL-HI SPORTS RANK­INGS

CalHiS­ports.com re­leased its first bas­ket­ball rank­ings of the sea­son on Thurs­day and the Cru­saders checked in at No. 7. Last year, Modesto Chris­tian started the sea­son at No. 6 and won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Div. I cham­pi­onship with a win over Shel­don. The Cru­saders open the sea­son on Nov. 24 against Santa Mar­garita.

STAN STATE MEN’S BAS­KET­BALL OPENS 2018 SEA­SON WITH A WIN

Led by 22 points from ju­nior for­ward Vasil­ije Saraba, the War­riors (1-0) beat Holy Names Univer­sity (0-1) 74-57 on Fri­day. Saraba also had 11 re­bounds, and se­nior guard Andy Cleaves had 19 points and six re­bounds. Stanis­laus State had 48 points in the paint. The War­riors played Notre Dame De Na­mur on Satur­day.

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