College Sports

Local Digest: Road Warriors on 1,440-mile basketball weekend

Play basketball, see the world – through a bus window.

That’s what’s facing the Cal State Stanislaus men’s and women’s basketball teams this week as they play tonight at Humboldt State and Saturday at Cal State San Bernardino.

The teams began their journey Wednesday afternoon. The men (14-7, 11-5 California Collegiate Athletic Association) stopped for a shoot-around at Mendocino College before reaching their hotel in Eureka, and will meet the Lumberjacks (15-7, 9-7) tonight at 7:30 in an attempt to hold onto third place in the conference. The Warrior women (6-14, 4-12) drove straight through to their hotel and will have a shoot-around this afternoon prior to their 5:30 tip against Humboldt (18-3, 14-2).

Both teams will begin their journeys southward after their games tonight, and will stay in San Rafael before climbing back on the bus Friday morning for the trip to San Bernardino. The women’s game against the Coyotes (15-5, 11-5) will tip off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with the Warrior men playing San Bernardino (10-9, 10-6) at 7:30.

Both teams will head back to Turlock immediately following their games, with the men scheduled to arrive back on campus Sunday at 3:30 a.m. at the end of a road trip of roughly 1,440 miles.

The Stanislaus teams also are on the road the following week, but the journey will be much easier with trips to San Francisco State and Sonoma State on back-to-back nights. The teams close out the regular season with CCAA home games Feb. 27-28 against Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay.

Merced stuns Columbia – John Zaragoza and Jermaine Crowder made three-pointers in overtime as the Blue Devils (2-20, 1-9 Central Valley Conference), who had lost 18 in a row and had not won since Nov. 11, shocked the Claim Jumpers 83-81 at Don Reid Court. Columbia (15-10, 6-4) dropped its fourth game out of the last five despite a 28-point performance by guard Marquell Hubbard.

Men’s Tennis

MJC Invitational – Eighty-four men’s tennis players from 14 schools will compete in the 41st Modesto Junior College Invitational, to be held Friday and Saturday. Matches will be held at MJC, Brenda Athletic Club and Davis, Downey and Beyer high schools. Saturday’s schedule at MJC calls for singles semifinals at 9 a.m., followed by the finals and doubles in the afternoon.

High School Wrestling

MMC Championships – Enochs High is the host for the Modesto Metro Conference Championships today, beginning at 9 a.m., with the finals at about 3 p.m. The top four in each weight class will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section divisional meet. The Central California Conference Championships also will be staged today at Atwater.

League meets set for Saturday: The Valley Oak at Sierra, the Trans-Valley at Hilmar, the Western Athletic at Livingston and the Southern at Delhi. The Mother Lode meet is Friday at Calaveras.