Leading off: Modesto Christian boys shoot for state record tonight

February 10, 2014 


Modesto Christian’s boys basketball team has not lost a league game since Gary Porter took the helm of the program prior to the 1996-97 season, and with a victory at home tonight against Ripon, the Crusaders will have notched a state boys’ record of 126 consecutive league victories. MC started the streak with two undefeated seasons in the Southern League before going independent for eight seasons. The Crusaders joined the Trans-Valley League in 2006-07 and next season will be moving into the Modesto Metro Conference for boys and girls basketball only. The program currently shares the record with Washington Union of Easton (west of Fresno), which reeled off 125 consecutive Central Sequoia League wins from 1994-2006.


The Modesto Junior College men’s basketball team (12-13, 5-5) needs a Big 8 Conference win over cellar-dwelling American River (3-19, 0-10) tonight to keep alive its postseason hopes. Tipoff is 7:30 at MJC Gym. The Pirates completed a season sweep over San Joaquin Delta last week and moved into a three-way tie for fourth place with four games left. The MJC women (6-15) meet American River (9-13, 3-7) at 5:30.


The Cal State Stanislaus baseball team is apparently ready for prime time. The Warriors, playing its first home night game in school history, swept a doubleheader against Fresno Pacific 7-6 and 6-5. Playing under its new lights, Stanislaus recorded its first two victories of the year. In the opener, Stanislaus trailed 6-5 when it scored a run in the eighth to tie the game. In the ninth, Marcus Matrobuoni, who went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, singled home the winning run with one out. In the second game, the Warriors erased a 4-1 deficit in the third with five runs, led by Colt McLaughlin’s two-run single.

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