Local Digest: Johansen girls 10th

The Johansen High girls placed 10th and Pitman 15th in the A Division of the Western States Water Polo High School Championships.

The two-day, two-division, 50-team tournament -- with top teams from California and Oregon -- concluded Saturday at Johansen when Monte Vista edged Miramonte 8-7 in the championship game.

Earlier Saturday, Johansen beat Pitman 7-5 and St. Francis 7-6, then lost to Archbishop Mitty of San Jose 9-2 in the ninth-place game.

Jodi Hansen scored three goals against Pitman (Lyndsay Sutterley had three for Pitman) and four against St. Francis. Brandie McGee had both Johansen goals against Mitty.

Johansen coach Brent Bohlender said Melyssa Lopez had an outstanding game against St. Francis.

"That was a big win for us. St. Francis was last year's section winner," he said. "Then they were worn out from that win and lost to Mitty."

Pitman lost to Lincoln of Stockton 11-7, then defeated Newberg, Ore., 12-5 for 15th place. Sutterley scored three goals against Lincoln and five against Newberg. Pitman teammate Megan Bohlender totaled seven goals on the day, including three against Newberg.

The Pride (13-7, 10-0 CCC) went 2-3 in the tournament.


MERCED COLLEGE 21, AMERICAN RIVER 20 (OT), at Merced -- The Blue Devils won when they stopped ARC's Derrick Watkins on a two-point conversion attempt in overtime.

Merced (1-4) quarterback Reid Herchenbach opened the overtime scoring with a 6-yard run, and Adrian Trevino kicked the PAT. American River came back on Tom Frachter's 8-yard scoring pass to Matt Cole, only to be stopped when they went for the game-winner.

The other Merced touchdowns came on a 2-yard run by David Foster in the first quarter and Samuel Toomer's 94-yard kickoff return in the third period.

ARC (2-3) outgained Merced 298-117. Watkins ran 21 times for 122 yards.

Cross Country

MJC MEN, at Rocklin -- Led by Benny Perez (third in 23 minutes, 49 seconds) and John Rea (fifth, 24:10), Modesto placed third at Sierra College's Gary Judd Invitational. The course was 4.2 miles.

"Perez and Rea have been vastly improving in the last couple of weeks, and it is starting to pay off," MJC coach Demitrius Snaer said. "This is one of the best meets we have had, and that is great that it comes two weeks before conference."

MJC WOMEN, at Santa Clara Bronco Invitational -- Ana Mendez took 14th, covering the 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course in 19:33, as the Pirates placed fifth out of six teams in the Open Women division.

Natalie Benoy was 39th in 21:35, and former MJC runner Jodi Leal was sixth for team champion Sacramento State in 19:05. Christine Jowaiszas of USF won in 18:51.

BRET HARTE, at Roughrider Invitational -- Matt Airola (16:01) won the boys race and Katie O'Connor (19:09) the girls race Friday at Fresno's Woodward Park, and they helped the Bullfrogs win the sweepstakes trophy for best combined performance by boys and girls.

RIVERBANK CHEESE & WINE RUN -- Raymond Rodriquez (17:24) and Meaghen Stevenson (21:35) prevailed in the 5K and Michael Leech (37:10) and Jenny Coenenberg (43:30) in the 10K.