PREP ROUNDUP: Gridley volleyball opens playoffs with win
The Gridley High volleyball team opened up the Northern Section Division IV playoffs in impression fashion with a 3-0 sweep of University Prep in the first round on Tuesday at Farmer's Hall in Gridley.
The No. 7 Bulldogs beat the No. 10 Panthers by game scores of 25-13, 25-16, 25-21, to advance to the second round of the playoffs against No. 2 West Valley on Nov. 13.
Ashtyn MacFarlane led Gridley (17-15) with 10 kills and Megan Anthony added nine kills, 10 digs and three aces.
Madison Mardesich dished out 16 assists and Claira Hunter picked up 10 digs. Kaelin Rice added seven kills for the Bulldogs.
Ponderosa 3, Yuba City 0
In Shingle Springs — The Honkers returned to the postseason for the first time since 2009, but unfortunately the results were the same as three seasons ago.
No. 12 Yuba City (13-25) was ousted in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs by No. 5 Ponderosa by game scores of 25-11, 25-17, 25-16.
Maddie Collins ended a solid tenure with the Honkers with six kills, two aces and two blocks on Tuesday. Junior setter Brittany Walker added 12 assists, three digs and two kills.
Freshman libero Ally Reines amassed 17 digs, two aces and two kills, while Nataly Solis added five digs.
Bear River 3, Marysville 0
In Grass Valley — The No. 2-seeded Bruins made quick work of the No. 15 Indians with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-12 win in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV postseason.
Candice Hugi put up five kills, a block and a dig for the Indians, who finished with a 13-11 overall record.
Reyna Williamson tacked on four kills, a block, dig and three assists. Morgan Cowan-Fayter added a kill, block, ace and dig.
Annie Wooten totaled two kills and seven digs, while Marimar Terriquez doled out eight assists and totaled two digs.
Foothill 5, Live Oak 4
In Live Oak — The Lions couldn't hold off Foothill in a Northern Section play-in game for the upcoming NorCal regionals.
Lucero Topete won 6-2, 6-2, Aisha Kahn rolled 6-2, 6-3 and Clarissa Herrera edged out a 7-6(7-5), 6-3 victory in singles.
In doubles, Crystal Rodriguez and Herrera teamed up to win 6-3, 6-4.
The Lions finished the season 16-2.
RV boys qualify for sections
In Angels Camp — The River Valley varsity boys team qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Meet after taking eighth out of 27 teams at the subsection meet on Saturday.
Senior Swarnjit Boyal once again led the way for RV by completing the 3-mile course in a time of 16 minutes, 29 seconds to finish eighth out of 228 runners in the Division III race
Coming in second for the Falcons was junior Aaron Hutton, who finished 40th in 17:41. Junior Alex Hoskins was next in 54th place in 18:06, and not far behind him was junior Inderpreet Singh, who came in 60th in 18:10.
Senior Andres Quijas rounded out the scoring five by taking 62nd with a time of 18:13.
Also competing for the Falcon boys were senior Jacob Clayton (68th, 18:27), and juniors Andre Titus (127th, 19:48) and Amrit Boyal (134th, 19:58).
In the varsity girls race, River Valley juniors Leanne Jarvis and Harkiren Everest both qualified as individuals for the section meet. Jarvis finished third out of 153 runners with a time of 19:32, and Everest finshed in 30th in 21:20.
Joining Jarvis and Everest at sections will be Yuba City's Holly McAlister and Kate Aldridge, who placed 31st and 37th, respectively. McAlister clocked in at 21:24 and Aldridge timed in at 21:45.
Also running well for the Honkers girls were Kelsey Mincer (96th, 24:13), Elena Collins (106th, 24:50), Harpreet Kaur (124th, 26:16), Aide Pinedo (134th, 27:31) and Justine Hernandez (139th, 28:09), each of whom ran their best races of the year.
Yuba City's boys team was led by senior Matt Bailey, who clocked in at 18:30 for an 89th-place finish. Shanahan Sarabia timed in at 19:43 for 126th place and Pablo Rodriguez (140th, 20:18), Ali Adame (189th, 21:52) and Raghvir Dhoot (214th 23:53) also competed for the Honkers, who placed 25th as a team.
RV's frosh-soph boys team also qualified for the section meet by placing sixth out of eleven teams with Jerorme Santiago leading the charge by finishing 12th in 12:35 over the 2-mile course. Micah Calabrese (20th, 12:48), Sahil Pandid (26th, 12:53), Gabe Stultz (28th, 12:55), Jacob Goesser (59th, 13:54) completed the scoring five.
Harprabjot Singh (65th, 14:04) and Rishaad Ashimi (67th, 14:12) also competed for River Valley.
The Falcons' frosh-soph girls team just missed qualifying for sections by coming in eighth out of 10 teams, with only six moving on. However, Ynez Titus timed in at 15:06 for 21st place and qualified as an individual for the section meet.
Also competing was Caleigh Calvo (38th, 16:07), Andie Samay (52nd, 16:45), Shagun Bali (69th; 17:25), Holland Bills (88th, 18:17), Simran Chahal (101st, 19:23), Myshelle Wilson (105th, 19:52) and Katie Eyeler (116th, 24:15).
Courtney Giles (112th, 22:38) and Billie Smith (113th, 23:00) represented the Honker girls in the frosh-soph race, and McKay Hammerstron (84th, 14:58) represented Yuba City in the frosh-soph boys race.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Meet will be held on Saturday at the Willow Hills Reservoir in Folsom.
Yuba City 21, River Valley 7
In Yuba City — Jonathon Rodriguez carried the ball 22 times for 261 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Honkers past the Falcons on Thursday night.
With the win, Yuba City ended the year 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the Tri-County Conference. River Valley fell to 5-4-1 overall and 3-2 in the TCC with the loss.
Isaac Torres had an interception and Donald Wagner blocked a punt to set up a touchdown for the Honkers, who saw strong defensive efforts from Mikey Passaglia, Sam Stephens, Joey Goebel, Spencer Kibbe and Gavin Durkin.