LODI -- Grant Plunkett, Corey Plaster and the Johansen boys water polo team wanted to create a few waves at the DeLong Tournament.
A good showing at one of Northern California's premier tournaments would showcase the strides the Vikings have made in a calendar year, said Plunkett, a rangy, moppytopped junior.
Johansen, the two-time MMC champion, finished sixth in a 40-team tournament that drew from all corners of the Sac-Joaquin Section map, toppling a defending section champion. The showing should put Johansen, a one-and-done playoff participant a year ago, in position for a fair seed in November's Division 1 tournament.
The Vikings went 3-2, including 2-0 on Friday to advance to the winner's bracket at Tokay High. The Vikings topped reigning D-1 champ Jesuit and Oakmont to advance to Saturday's winner's bracket, where wins were much harder to come by.
Plaster scored two goals and Zac Kulina and Kody Kamstra had one apiece, but Johansen suffered its first loss 9-4 to host Tokay. The Vikings rebounded with an 8-3 victory over Golden Valley, also 2-0 on Friday. Plaster led the way, tallying three goals. Will McCormick chipped in two, while Plunkett, Kulina and Vince Apodoca each had one.
In the fifth place match, Johansen was edged by Stockton-St. Mary's 9-6. Kody Kamstra led a balanced attack with two goals, and four others notchd one: Plaster, Plunkett, McCormick and Kulina.
Golden Valley went 0-3 on Day 2 and finished eighth after losing to Reno 11-5 in the seventh-place match. Ripon finished 10th.
VOLLEYBALL, at Arcata Two tight sets turned out in favor of the Warriors as Cal State Stanislaus (7-14, 4-9 CCAA) beat Humboldt State (0-13, 2-18) in straight sets, 27-25, 27-25, 25-20, at Lumberjack Arena on Saturday.
Andrea Fett led the Warriors with 14 kills her 10th consecutive double-digit kill game and her third 14-kill game. Jennifer Marsh added eight kills. Kendal Munoz dished off 32 assists with two service aces and Ashley Pittman had 17 digs.
CROSS COUNTRY, at La Jolla Courtney Anderson, Rubye Elhard and Rachel Naranjo all made the podium as All-CCAA runners as the Warriors finished second at the CCAA Championships on Saturday, held on the campus of UC San Diego. In the men's competition, Dawson Vorderbruegge finished sixth after clocking a time of 25 minutes and 49.6 seconds for the All-CCAA finish.