Third week of school already! With the challenges associated with parking and adding classes and going over syllabi behind everyone, it’s time to get out and watch some Wolverine athletics. A full home schedule is on tap this week as soccer, volleyball and football highlight the action:
Coach Jason Gantt’s Wolverines return home after four fixtures in SoCal. Sierra, ranked #7 in Cali and #3 in NorCal, sits at 3-2 after topping Santa Monica and Mt. San Jacinto last weekend. Keeper Molly McConnell has not allowed a goal in the three Sierra wins. The Knights come to Rocklin with a 1-1-2 record.
These are monster matches for Vera Nelson’s squad. Feather River is 6-0 and Porterville is 4-0, while the Wolverines are 4-0 after big wins over Napa Valley and Solano at the Solano Tournament last Friday. The three-set win over Solano may have provided a preview of Sierra’s chemistry and mental toughness. After escaping with narrow wins over the Falcons in the first two sets, the Wolverines rallied from 15-8 and 22-12 deficits to win the clincher 27-25. Sophomore Madi Macauley has set the tone for Sierra, but Nelson is getting production from the entire lineup.
The home opener for Sierra—the annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game—features a pair of teams looking for their first win of the new season. Coach Ben Noonan’s Wolverines were less than a foot away from topping Sac City last Saturday, as A.J. Silva’s 33-yard field goal attempt just missed with 27 seconds left in regulation. The Panthers scored in overtime to escape with the 37-31 home win. QB Daniel Harding had an impressive debut, going 32-62 for 390 yards and four TDs, including a 63-yarder to Tre’Von Lampley on the game’s opening drive. Austin Wyatt-Thayer had 16 tackles for the Wolverines.
We expect a huge turnout for the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game. All Sierra staffers who show their badge at the gate get in free. There will be quarterly raffle prizes provided by the Associated Students of Sierra College—proud sponsors of Sierra College football—and a surprise public address announcer (who has been a Sierra fixture for decades)!