Gregori High football games fun, fresh

Each contest has theme; this week honors military

October 23, 2013 


Gregori High School running back Carlos Fernandez slips past Chavez defenders during the first quarter of the season opener with Chavez Titans at Gregori High School in Modesto, Ca, Friday August 30, 2013.

ANDY ALFARO — Modesto Bee Buy Photo

Gregori High has selected a different theme for each home football game this season.

For their first home game, the Jaguars' theme was "Welcome to the Jungle," which included a tailgate party for all the students.

In addition, Gregori has had a Breast Cancer Awareness Night, where breast cancer survivors were honored by the team and students wore pink to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness.

Another theme was Staff Appreciation Night, where players from all levels of the Gregori football program wrote a letter to a GHS staff member and told them how they'd made a difference in their lives. Then, the staff member was asked to wear the player's jersey and attend the game as their guest.

It's a simple way to drum interest for each game, and get the student body involved in worthy causes.

For Friday night's game against Beyer, the Jags are honoring the military.

"All active and retired military personnel will get into the game for free," said Gregori head coach Jason McCoy. "There will be an ROTC color guard on hand to present the colors before the game. We'll have honorary captains join the players for the coin toss and we'll ask all servicemen and women to stand up so we can honor their service to our country."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Gregori High's Don Lanphear Stadium, 3701 Pirrone Road, Modesto.

One theme night that didn't come together this year, but is in the planning stages for 2014, is Superhero Night, where students come to the game dressed as their favorite superhero.

That's one you won't want to miss.

• Masters golf on Monday — Three impressive sophomores — East Union's Brooke Riley, Enochs' Alyse Padilla and Merced's Netanya Hernandez — lead the Stanislaus District's top golfers into the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament, which is being held Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

Riley shot 76 at Diablo Valley's Ranch course to anchor the Lancers' run to their seventh Section Division 4 title in the last eight years. Padilla posted an 85, a stroke ahead of Hernandez, and placed second individually at the Division 1 South at Turlock Country Club.

The Masters tees off at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The top three teams and four individuals will advance to the Northern California Championship on Nov. 4 at Ripon's Spring Creek CC.

• Tripleheader on tap — A Modesto Metro Conference soccer tripleheader will be held on Tuesday at Downey High School, 1000 Coffee Road, Modesto.

Beyer and Johansen will square off at 3:30 p.m., followed by Gregori vs. Downey at 5:15 p.m. Modesto and Davis will complete the event at 7 p.m. Enochs has a bye.

• Plunkett update — Johansen High water polo player Grant Plunkett has scored 157 goals this season, leaving him 26 goals behind John Jacobs (183), the Vikings' single-season record holder. Plunkett has two more games, and probably one playoff game to score the 27 he needs for a new record. That's nine per game — not out of the realm of possibility, but awfully tough.

• BVC rallying — The Big Valley Christian Lions are 3-0 since the untimely passing of their head coach, Modesto High teacher Larry Shimel. The Lions have honored the legacy of their coach with a courageous response to very difficult circumstances.

They'll likely face their toughest opponent of the season on Friday, when they host reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division 6 champion Brookside Christian (4-3) of Stockton.

Brookside Christian beat BVC 52-0 in last year's section semifinals.

• Fall schedules needed — Calling all Stanislaus athletic directors ... calling all Stanislaus athletic directors. The Modesto Bee sports department needs your winter athletic schedules. Email schedules to or fax them to 578-2207 (attention Sports Department).

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