Playing opposite The Bee's 2007 Player of the Year, junior Ebie Harris never showed a sign of resentment or frustration while helping Beyer High to its fourth consecutive Modesto Metro Conference title and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
"Ebie has been a huge asset. She brings incredible ball skills along with speed," coach Stuart Kaplan said. "She complements Jennie (Marshall) and helps to create opportunities."
Harris had two goals and an assist, increasing her season totals to 22 goals and 10 assists, in a 4-2 win over Pitman to open the playoffs. Her running mate, Marshall, has 53 goals and 19 assists this season.
"Teams get so caught up with Jennie, they overlook Ebie's ability and contributions," Kaplan said. "Ebie has increased her goal output year after year. If it were not for Ebie, Jennie would be smothered."
Barrett, a senior southpaw, pitched his first complete game in Modesto Metro Conference play last Wednesday as the Patriots beat Davis 4-0. It was his second shutout of the season and 10th of his four-year varsity career. It was also Barrett's 34th career victory and his 23rd MMC win without a loss.
Against the MMC runner-up Spartans, he allowed just three hits while striking out four. He also picked three runners off first base, giving him 15 pickoffs this season.
"Every time Kyle takes the mound, it gives us a lot of confidence," Beyer co-coach Steve Clark said. "He's been a big part of this program over the last four years."
Barrett said he'll be attending Modesto Junior College next year, and will play baseball with the hopes of transferring to a four-year university after that.
It must have seemed so familiar to Escalon High's Kaitlyn Brayton, who finished her freshman year with a perfect Trans-Valley League record and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III singles crown. Here she was, at the end of her sophomore year, and Brayton was in a position to duplicate that feat.
She didn't disappoint, either, rolling through the tournament for her second consecutive title. Adding to her accomplishment is she competed against the Pioneer Valley and Central Valley leagues -- which have larger schools and are in the medium-school playoffs in most other sports.
"Kaitlyn responded to the pressure of defending champion by treating this year's competition as a new challenge," coach Daniel Thompson said. "Kaitlyn has the potential to be a four-time section champion, given the combination of her mental toughness, physical ability, natural talent and positive attitude."
Turlock Christian golf
Turlock Christian High has developed into a small-school golf power these last few years, winning a fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin team title last week when it earned the Division VI championship. Only three schools have won as many or more section team titles than the Eagles.
What surprised many, however, was that TC's top player was Beau Warda, a sophomore who shot a season's best 1-over 72 at Castle Oaks GC in Ione to capture the individual title.
"I absolutely saw (this) coming," said coach Jeff Cederlind, whose school never had an individual boys title before Warda's victory. "He has been playing with a lot more focus and hitting the ball strongly. After four-putting the first hole, he kept his composure."
Warda is a natural athlete, according to Cederlind, and "playing junior tournaments in the offseason would help his game tremendously."