High School notes and quotes


Escalon's 38-7 rout of Western Athletic Conference co-favorite Patterson, Central Catholic's last-second victory over Sutter and Gustine's 2-0 start have folks buzzing about WAC football:

  • "The first two weeks (in the WAC) have been 'different,' if not completely unexpected. Hilmar is up, Patterson and CC are down and ... Gustine -- Wow! As I thought CC could go 0-2, I'm more than happy after (Saturday's 30-28 win over Sutter). As for Friday, I thought Escalon would give the Tigers a good game and maybe even win, so the actual outcome was sorta fluke-ish as to the score. I want to think Escalon played above itself and Patterson below. I expect the Tigers to run the table now, with one exception, maybe two. The 2-0 Gustine team really jazzes me. I hope they give Mariposa a good game. No, I don't think Patterson stays home in November -- no way. I think Hilmar, Patterson and CC go to the playoffs but I won't suggest in what order. The first two weeks have cautioned me. Don't take Sierra for granted."


  • Central California Conference volleyball action continues with Turlock hosting Atwater at 6 in a featured match. It's expected to be a tight CCC race with Buhach Colony and Golden Valley the early favorites for the top spot.
  • Downey, atop the Modesto Metro Conference boys soccer race, hosts Johansen and Jose Luis Rodriguez -- who scored all four in last week's 4-1 win over Beyer -- at 3:30 p.m. Only two teams go to the playoffs, and with defending-champion Modesto in the mix, it makes for a tight race.

    Boys Soccer

    Modesto at Davis, Enochs at Beyer, Johansen at Downey, 3:30 p.m.; Oakdale at Central Valley, Orestimba at Hilmar, 4 p.m.; Ceres at East Union, Sonora at Sierra, 5 p.m.; Livingston at Central Catholic, 6 p.m.; Amador at Argonaut, Calaveras at Bret Harte, 7 p.m.


    Enochs at Modesto, Johansen at Beyer, Downey at Davis, Golden Valley at Los Banos, Pitman at Merced, Atwater at Turlock, 6 p.m.; Riverbank at Escalon, Hughson at Modesto Christian, 6:30 p.m.; Ripon Christian at Ripon, Linden at Summerville, Calaveras at Bret Harte, Amador at Argonaut, 7 p.m.

    Girls Tennis

    Beyer at Downey, Davis at Enochs, Modesto at Johansen, Buhach Colony at Pitman, Turlock at Los Banos, Ceres at Sonora, East Union at Oakdale, 3:30 p.m.

    Girls Golf

    Downey vs. Beyer (Modesto Muni), Enochs vs. Davis (Dryden), Modesto vs. Johansen (Creekside), Pitman at Merced (Stevinson Ranch), Buhach Colony at Los Banos, Sonora at Manteca, Linden at Riverbank, 3 p.m.; Oakdale at Weston Ranch (Van Buskirk), Gustine at Modesto Christian (Modesto Muni), Hughson at Central Catholic, Hilmar at Orestimba, Livingston at Patterson, Bret Harte at Ripon, 3:30 p.m.

    Water Polo

    Downey at Ceres, Davis at Beyer, Enochs at Modesto, Oakdale at Johansen, Merced at Los Banos, Buhach Colony at Pitman, Turlock at Golden Valley, 3:30 p.m.