High School Football

Local Digest: Davis football wins fourth straight, MJC volleyball upsets ranked team

The chances of Davis High making the playoffs are slim but if Thursday was the Spartans’ last game of the football season, they ended on a high note with a 42-7 win over Ceres (1-9, 1-6) at Modesto Junior College.

The victory was the Spartans’ (5-5, 4-3) fourth straight win after starting the season 1-5 and their the most wins since 2014, Davis coach Tim Garcia’s first year at the school.

“We knew the matchups early were going to be difficult physically and schematically,” Garcia said. “Our kids continued to grind even though we had losses early.”

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Davis’ Francisco Mercado runs the ball as Ceres defenders close the gap during the Western Athletic Conference game at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Ca., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Davis won the game 42-7. Andy Alfaro aalfaro@modbee.com

At 5-5, the Spartans have a chance at an at-large bid in Div. III but they are ranked No. 19 by calpreps.com, making a playoff bid seem unlikely. In most cases, the top 12 seeds advance.

“We have gotten better every day and every game and we are just hoping that we can go one more week,” Garcia said. “ At the end of the day, when you have done everything you possibly can to improve and get better and work and compete and finish strong, that’s all we can ask for.”

Thursday was Senior Night for the Spartans as they honored the 20 seniors in the program.

One of those, running back Francisco Mercado, had two rushing touchdowns — a 61-yard run down the right sideline in the first quarter and a 2-yard run up the middle in the second.

Senior quarterback Xavier Rodriguez, who entered the night leading the Sac-Joaquin Section and the state with 3,185 passing yards, had another great night with more than 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Davis will await its fate when the brackets are released on Saturday afternoon.

Johansen 24, Beyer 14- The Vikings (3-7, 2-5) picked up their third win of the season, equaling their total from the last five years combined. Beyer ended the season without a win.

Big Valley Christian volleyball advances to semifinals

Behind 27 kills from senior Julia Copland, the Lions (18-8) beat Valley Christian in four sets in the first round of the Division VI playoffs on Thursday. Sophomore Emmalynn Camoirano had 42 assists for the Big Valley, which will travel to face Forest Lake Christian on Tuesday.

Pleasant Grove 3, Pitman 1 - The Pride (23-12) saw their season end in the second round of the Division I playoffs.

Central Catholic 3, El Camino 0 - The Raiders (32-8) will host Nevada Union in the Division III semifinals on Tuesday.

Ripon 3, Union Mine 2- The Indians (22-11) will face top-seeded Hilmar (30-12) in the Division IV semifinals.

Escalon 3, Linden 0 - The sixth seed Cougars (25-12) swept the third seed Lions.

Vacaville Christian 3, Ripon Christian 0 - The second seed Knights (19-11) were upset at home.

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MJC volleyball upsets Folsom Lake College

The Pirates (11-17, 6-5) won their second straight game with a four-set win over No. 12 Folsom Lake College on Wednesday. Freshman setter Ambria Schneringer (Central Catholic) and sophomore middle blocker Tarq Mims (Pitman) each had 12 kills for the Pirates. Modesto dropped the first set 25-14 but bounced back to win the next three sets, 25-18, 25-13, 26-24.

Central Catholic sophomore Colleen Ballatore wins Valley Oak League title

Central Catholic sophomore Colleen Ballatore remained undefeated in 2018 with a straights set win over Sierra junior Kaitlyn Rausa in the singles final of the Valley Oak League championships at the Manteca Union Tennis Courts on Thursday.

Bellatore won the first set 6-2 but trailed 1-4 in the second set before coming back to win 6-4.

“She stayed focused and was determined to win,” Raiders coach Natalie Wagner said.

Both girls advanced to the section finals which will be on Nov. 1 at Johnson Ranch.

Central Catholic begins the Division IV team playoffs on Wednesday and host Los Banos.