MJC football players haul in league honors

After going undefeated in the Golden Gate Conference, league honors were plentiful for the Modesto Junior College football team.

Quarterback Chad Draper was named Offensive Player of the Year, running back Marquell Colston was the All-Purpose Player of the Year, coach Sam Young was named Coach of the Year and nine other players earned first-team nods.

Offensive linemen Martin Patron and Josh Green, wide receiver Marcus Allen, linebackers Seth McDaniels and Dylan Miller, defensive backs Mark Newman and Corey Nichols and defensive linemen David Hiriscau and Jeremy White were named to the GGC first team.

Draper completed 148 of 247 passes this season with four interceptions, none of which came in conference play. He passed for 2,209 yards with 20 touchdowns. Colston ran 151 times for 996 yards, caught 25 passes for 492 yards and also returned punts and kickoffs.

Modesto, ranked 12th in Northern California, will play No. 4 Laney in the Absolute Loans Graffiti Bowl at MJC Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.

JC Women's Soccer

HOST PLAYOFF -- The Modesto Junior College women's soccer team will play host to Feather River on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the first round of the Northern California playoffs.

The No. 6 Pirates (13-5-3) did not play No. 11 Feather River this season. Modesto went 6-5-3 in the Big 8 Conference season while the Golden Eagles (16-7-1) were second in the Golden Valley Conference at 10-1-1.

JC Men's Soccer

ON THE ROAD -- The Modesto Junior College men's soccer team will face a familiar foe in the first round of the NorCal Playoffs: former Central Valley Conference rival Fresno City.

The Rams (16-4-2) are seeded sixth and will play host to the No. 11 Pirates (11-6-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Modesto went 5-3-1 in its first Big 8 Conference season. Fresno was second in the CVC at 4-2.

JC Women's Basketball

MJC 83, NAPA VALLEY 64, at Napa -- Connie Gomes scored 22 points and Ursyla Mueller added 20 to lead the Pirates (2-0).

Women's Basketball

PACIFIC 96, STANISLAUS 55, at Stockton -- Shristy Kumar led the Warriors with 14 points in an exhibition at Spanos Center. Pacific went on a 10-0 run to lead 23-13 early and didn't let up. The Warriors' season opener is Friday in their own Eva Schicke Memorial Classic. Stanislaus plays Northwest Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.