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The Maloof era in Sacramento, at times spirited and uplifting, at times dismal, appears to have come to an end.
Despite two losses earlier this season to Turlock High, Enochs baseball coach Matt Brown liked his chances in a third matchup. But Turlock scored four runs in the third the big blow a three-run homer by Austin Bush and went on to win 11-5 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 baseball playoffs at the University of the Pacific.
Cal State Stanislaus athletes have been honored many times over the years at the Outstanding Athlete Awards Banquet. Yet no member of the Warriors had received the top OAA awards since 2005.That run ended Wednesday night when basketball star Reggie Jones and soccer scoring machine Karenee Demery were named the respective men's and women's open-division athletes of the year for 2012.
Wednesday's High School and College Results
Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland and the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday.
Thousands of Modesto youth soccer players finally have a home of their own. The City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to approve an agreement between the city and the Modesto Youth Soccer Association that calls for the MYSA to operate the soccer complex at the new Mary Grogan Community Park.
Jennifer Moreno's first career home run opened the scoring and set the pace as Buhach Colony cruised to a 10-1 victory over the visiting Panthers in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoffs. In Modesto, Atwater was eliminated by Gregori, 8-1, in their playoff opener as every Jaguar batter had at least one hit.
The Golden Age Bears Fundraising Tournament held at McHenry was a winner for Paul Morelli, Cat Eastman and the local vets. Morelli topped the men's prize list with his 761 series. David Castro finished second (757), followed by Mark Downing (698). Cat Eastman was the lead for the women with a 735 set. Betty Plant (728) placed second. Third place was Venessa Duenas (720).
Matt Brown has no idea why teams, year after year, look past Enochs High in the postseason. Not that he's complaining, particularly after his Eagles defeated Lincoln of Stockton 6-2 in Monday's opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoffs.
The most powerful team owners in the NBA met again Monday to discuss the fate of the Kings, and apparently left unchanged their earlier recommendation to keep the team in Sacramento.
Dustin Spillers launched a towering fly ball over the left-field fence at Zupo Field for a fourth-inning grand slam to spark Pitman High's baseball team to a 7-0 victory over Tokay on Monday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 baseball playoffs.
East Union High's Will Brink, after a 1-under-par 71 at The Reserve at Spanos Park, scored a solid par on the second playoff hole to edge Turlock junior Teo Chiesa for the fourth and final berth at next Monday's Northern California Championships.