FROM THE FORUM
What readers are saying on The Bee's forum at forums.modbee.com:
The Western Athletic Conference's slate of football games Friday night is shaping up to be a fun one:
"Week 7 brings two exciting matchups. Central Catholic-Hilmar: CC is the big dog of the league and it will be interesting to see how they will handle Hilmar's strong defense. This will be the first game where Hilmar's D has been really tested. I haven't watched either team play yet this year, but I predict that CC wins. Livingston-Orestimba: Both of these teams got beat up pretty bad last week. Here's a chance for both teams to face a similar strength opponent. Orestimba has a better pre-league record so I will predict that Orestimba wins this one. Gustine-Patterson: Its Patterson's homecoming and Patterson has been playing strong since their loss to Escalon. Gustine has proven they are a good small school team. They played well against CC last week and will challenge Patterson this week. Despite Gustine's definite improvement they are not yet up to the task of defeating Patterson. I do think that it will be a better game than last week's Orestimba-Patterson game." westsidechick
The Valley Oak League prognosticators are out there as well:
"Central Valley at East Union: CV gets first league win against struggling EU team. 48-16. Manteca at Ceres: Buffs on a roll after big win in Sonora. They continue 45-24. Weston Ranch at Oakdale: Mustangs getting better each week and roll against over matched WR. Oak 43-WR 17. Sonora at Sierra: Must win for my Cats, but too many injuries on our once dominant O-line. Sierra is also too athletic for us. T-Wolves 24 Cats 7." wildcat4life
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TOP OF THE DAY
The Central California Conference boys soccer season is coming to an end, and a handful of teams are still in the playoff mix. Merced (8-1-1) appears to have sealed up one berth, while Pitman (6-2-2), Turlock (4-3-3) and Golden Valley (4-4-2) are gunning for the second spot. Today, Pitman travels to Los Banos, Buhach Colony is at Golden Valley and Merced and Atwater face off in the evening.
Beyer at Downey (Tuolumne River Regional Park), Davis at Enochs, Johansen at Modesto (East La Loma Park), 3:30 p.m.; Patterson at Livingston, 4 p.m.
Le Grand at Denair, 3:45 p.m.; Buhach Colony at Golden Valley, Pitman at Los Banos, Ripon at Modesto Christian, 4 p.m.; Escalon at Hughson, 4:30 p.m.; Merced at Atwater, Central Catholic at Patterson, 7 p.m.
Ceres at East Union, Weston Ranch at Oakdale, Sonora at Sierra, 6 p.m.; Central Valley at Manteca, 6:15 p.m.; Le Grand at Denair, 6:30 p.m.; Orestimba at Livingston, Central Catholic at Patterson, 7 p.m.
STATS & STARS
Brandon Duncan, Johansen water polo: Scored seven goals in 16-8 win over Davis.
Meredith Perkins, Ripon volleyball: Had 11 aces and 11 digs, leading the Indians to a 25-9, 25-16, 25-7 TVL victory over Hughson.
Kaycee Martinez, Beyer volleyball: Led her team with 18 kills, three aces and eight digs in a four-game MMC victory over Davis.
Gianna Gallo, Modesto volleyball: Led the Panthers with 17 assists in a straight-sets victory over Downey.
Joey Camarda, Modesto soccer: Scored two goals as the Panthers got past Beyer 3-2.
Chad Cooper, Downey soccer: Made passes for three assists as the Knights beat Enochs 6-4.
Carlos Navarrete, Johansen soccer: Had a goal and an assist in 2-1 win over Davis.
-- WILL DeBOARD