Few in the Stanislaus District have affected high school soccer as much as Sierra’s Manuel Pires, who celebrated career win No. 400 with Thursday’s 9-0 victory over Holt Academy, a defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion.
Central Valley’s defensive line saw all four of its starters earn postseason honors, with defensive tackle Erik Mejia grabbing the MVP award. In all, seven members of the Hawks’ roster, along with coach Scott Edwards, were feted.
The Mustangs start 13 juniors and have had to battle from behind in playoff wins over Vista del Lago and Merced, but here they are, playing in their sixth Sac-Joaquin Section Division III final in the last seven years. By contrast, it took Christian Brothers, Oakdale’s opponent, 30 years to return to a section final.
Versatile Malcome Green helped Downey win its fifth consecutive Modesto Metro Conference football title. Known primarily as a running back with receiving ability, he also played defensive back and returned kicks.
Faced with the prospect of having to leave Sutter Creek before sunrise to make the noon kickoff for Saturday’s Northern California regional play-in game against Lincoln of San Francisco, Amador High’s football team met is goal of raising $9,000 so that it could stay overnight in the Bay Area.
Manteca High School’s defense picked off Placer five times, and quarterback Gino Campiotti threw for more than 300 yards as the Buffaloes won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship, the school’s second section title in four seasons.
Amador High took advantage of four Bradshaw Christian fumbles and stymied three fourth-down conversion attempts en route to the school’s first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section football title on Saturday at Stockton’s Lincoln High in the D-VI final.