Except for the football team—they play in the rugged Valley Conference—Sierra College teams inhabit the Big 8 Conference. Most pundits regard the Big 8 as the top conference in northern California and, in many sports, one of the top leagues in the state and the nation.
The teams in the Big 8—Sierra, American River, Cosumnes River, Diablo Valley, Modesto, Sac City, San Joaquin Delta and Santa Rosa—are always top contenders for NorCal and state titles. With the exception of Modesto, each conference team has won at least one state title in some sport within the past decade.
Sierra may be the most successful Big 8 team, year in and year out. Women's tennis has won 12 consecutive Big 8 titles; women's basketball has been a Sweet 16-or-better team in every one of Brandie Murrish's eight years as head coach; baseball won the Big 8 last year and has been a regular Super-Regional participant; softball has a pair of conference crowns in the last four years and has been to 16 straight Super Regionals. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
I bring all this up because men's and women's water polo opened up Big 8 play this week, while soccer hosts DVC 9/24 in the Big 8 opener, and volleyball welcomes CRC 10/2 in the first conference match for both teams. The action will be relentless; every game is a must win. This is competition at the highest level and you won’t want to miss it. I'll see you at the games.
Be sure to visit the Sierra Sports Insider next Monday as we'll review tomorrow's Sierra/Siskiyous football game and look ahead to the week's sports schedule. It will be a huge week for women's golf, water polo, soccer, football and volleyball. And, right around the corner: wrestling and men's and women's basketball!