October 25, 2007

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Friday night, in a big Western Athletic Conference game against Patterson, Glines is going to get his first chance at career win No. 200. His record: 199-31-4.

Mike Glines has won his share of football games.

He's been Central Catholic's head football coach for a combined 21 years over two stretches, and his teams have been consistent winners.

Friday night, in a big Western Athletic Conference game against Patterson, Glines is going to get his first chance at career win No. 200. His record: 199-31-4.

"Two hundred wins? I wasn't aware," Glines said. "I guess that means I've been coaching for a while."

It adds a little extra spice to a game that really didn't need it.

Central Catholic (5-1-1) is ranked No. 2 in the state in Division IV by The Raiders have won five consecutive games, all of them in decisive fashion.

Patterson (7-0) is a rising program that appears to have one of its strongest senior classes in some time. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the state in Division IV. After Patterson defeated Escalon 28-13 in Week 2, it appears that -- whatever happens in this game -- these teams are headed for a rematch at the University of the Pacific for a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

"This is a very good league opponent," Glines said. "This is shaping up to be what should be a great game."

Whether it happens this week or next, Glines will become the 49th coach in California to reach 200 wins. He'll only be the second coach from the southern half of the Sac-Joaquin Section to reach that number; Tracy's Wayne Schneider won 224 games in 24 years. Escalon's Mark Loureiro could be the next coach to reach that number -- he's got 184 wins in 19 years.

Glines also heads the Raiders' baseball program, which has won eight section championships in a row.

"What really makes Mike Glines stand out is, he's incredibly successful in two sports," editor Mark Tennis said. "You don't see that too often for any two sports, much less football and baseball. It's quite an accomplishment."

Glines started coaching at Central Catholic in 1971, compiling a 70-12-1 record in seven years. He returned in 1995, and the Raiders football program took off yet again. They won 61 games in a row from 2001-06, although many of those wins were against outclassed opponents.

Some wins really stand out in Glines' mind.

"I'll always remember our very first playoff game (in 1972)," Glines said. "It was against Escalon, and I think Mark Loureiro was their quarterback. They scored on the very first play, and we came back."

More recently, he remembers Central's "tremendous effort" in a playoff victory over Vanden in 2001 -- maybe the last time a Central Catholic team was an underdog in the postseason. Last year's victory over St. Mary's of Stockton was another biggie.

"You remember the losses, too," Glines said. "Our last loss before that streak was to Manteca, who went on and finished at 13-0. I'll remember how well they played. That was a good team."

For now, though, Glines isn't worried about numbers. He's worried about Patterson.

"They're a very good team," Glines said. "It could be quite a game."

And, should the Raiders win, it'll be quite a milestone victory.

SOME LOCAL SOCCER players have been making plays for the entire season.

Ripon Christian senior Aaron Van Groningen leads the state in saves with 213 in 23 games. That's an average of 9¼ a game. And many of his saves aren't your common garden-variety grounders. Instead, he's diving all over the box.

Also out of the Trans-Valley League and just a block away, Ripon senior Joel Robles is the state leader in assists with 26. Many of those passes have been to junior forward Eric Cavanaugh, who has scored 29 goals.

As the Davis soccer team makes a last-second push for the playoffs, Spartans goalkeeper Kyle Ausema has played a key role. He stopped a combined 15 shots as Davis beat the top two teams in the Modesto Metro Conference, Modesto and Downey, last week. Both games were won 1-0.

Will DeBoard's high schools column appears Thursdays. E-mail him at, write him at P.O. Box 5256, Modesto, CA 95352-5256, call 578-2300 or fax 238-4551.

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