Women's football team shuts down
The Modesto Magic tackle football team folded halfway into its first season in the National Women's Football Association. The Magic was 1-3 this season, having won its opener 20-6 over the Arizona Wildfire on April 19 at Waterford High. The Magic was scheduled to play host to the Los Angeles Amazons this Saturday. Kesha Walker had 20 tackles in Modesto's final game, a 64-0 home loss Saturday to the Phoenix Prowlers, according to the NWFA Web site.
Pole vaulter Kirsten Loftin (top) was named the Cal State Stanislaus Female Athlete of the Year and pitcher Marquis Fleming (middle) and golfer Erick Justesen shared Male Athlete of the Year honors at Tuesday's annual Warrior Athletics awards banquet. Loftin tied for fourth at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships last week, earning All-American status for the second year in a row. Fleming, a second-team All-American, led the Warriors to a school-record 37-win season. Justesen, a two-time All-American, came within a stroke being in a four-way playoff for the national title. For the awards list, see Page C-5.
VOL selects elite
Sonora High senior forward Lexi Kopf and Oakdale junior pitcher Justin Jones, who led their teams to Sac-Joaquin Section titles this spring, have been selected Valley Oak League MVPs in soccer and baseball. East Union pitcher Erin Arevalo, the state strikeout leader the last two seasons, was selected the softball MVP. For all the MVPs and all-VOL teams, see Page C-5.
Sonoma softball wins a marathon
Sonoma State, which eliminated Cal State Stanislaus en route to the NCAA Division II Championship tournament in Sauget, Ill., advanced to the national semifinals with a 6-5, 19-inning Monday victory over Central Missouri that took 6 hours, 45 minutes to complete. The game ended just before 3 a.m. CDT Tuesday, according to the school's Web site. The Seawolves (52-13), ranked No. 2, play Ouachita Baptist (49-15) at 6:30 p.m. today. Stanislaus went 3-7 against Sonoma this season, including a doubleheader sweep of the Seawolves on April 27 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play.