Buhach Colony softball
New responsibilities, as well as a new position, greeted Dallas when she showed up for the first day of practice at Buhach Colony High. The junior was moved from second base to shortstop and was told she'd get the green light more often on the base paths.
"Morgana needs to be a stabilizing force in the middle of our infield," coach and father Bobby Dallas said. "She's almost like having another coach on the field. Also, she relates to her teammates very well and there's never been a problem with her being the head coach's daughter."
Dallas got her season started by going 11 for 14 (.786) with two doubles, two runs scored, four RBIs and four stolen bases as the Thunder went 3-1 and won the consolation title at the St. Mary's Tournament.
"We still need Morgana to be a big bat in the middle of our order this year," Bobby Dallas said.
Garcia got into the CIF State Wrestling Championships thanks to the luck of the draw. After placing eighth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet, Garcia found out a day later that he was granted a spot in state. He received it from the Oakland Section. He didn't waste the chance.
After a 1-1 start, he won his next four matches, then defeated Clovis' Clinton McAlester for seventh place at 112 pounds. He became the first Turlock freshman to win a state medal.
"Fabian had a great season, followed by a not-so-great section meet," Turlock coach Mike Contreras said. "But he came back strong for state. We feel he can scramble with anybody, and he showed it in Bakersfield."
Garcia was the talk of the state tournament for another reasonl: He dyed his hair pink for the postseason and it was still that color in Bakersfield.
After leading Orestimba High to a 26-0 record, a Sac-Joaquin Section title and a mythical Division IV state championship -- recognized by CalHiSports.com -- there are high expectations this season for pitcher Spinelli and her teammates.
They got things off to a good start at the St. Mary's Tournament, going 4-0 to win the title. The Warriors shut out large-school powers Oakdale 2-0 and St. Mary's 10-0 in the semifinal and final.
"(Kara's) game has changed. It has definitely stepped up a notch," coach Kasey Cooper said. "Being older and more focused on her softball future after high school is definitely making her work harder. She is throwing harder and hitting her spots better."
Spinelli was at her best in the final two games, firing a four-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks to beat Oakdale, then tossing a three-hitter with four Ks and no walks vs. St. Mary's. She had three walks in 25 innings.
Modesto Christian basketball
Despite having secured his college future before the season, inking a letter of intent with Cal during the early signing period, Seeley is still playing like a senior looking for a spot on a college roster. He's diving for loose balls and throwing his body around under the basket for rebounds -- as well as scoring points and piling up assists.
"I didn't come in here to be 'the man,' " said the transfer from Tokay of Lodi. "I've never been a guy who has to be the star. It's always about winning and we've got more to do."
The 6-foot-2-inch guard had 30 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in a 122-100 win over Encina in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal, and 18 points, four assists. three rebounds, three steals and no turnovers as MC knocked off defending champ Colfax 85-56 for the title. It was the ninth consecutive section crown for the Crusaders.