There's the way others do things and there is the Wolverine Way. The latter involves setting a standard to which others aspire, be it in a win or a loss. Sierra College athletes exhibit class and sportsmanship, even as they strive to dominate their opponents. New Sierra football coach Ben Noonan understands the Wolverine Way even though he's in the midst of his first season in Rocklin. He proved that last Saturday at a cold, wet Homer "Buzz" Ostrom Stadium.
In the midst of getting humiliated (there is no other way to say it) 31-0 by the visiting Eagles from the College of the Siskiyous in the wind and rain, Noonan set a tone for his program. Sierra's head man dealt with an ill-advised personal foul by a Wolverine player on the sideline – after Siskiyous had been flagged for its own personal foul on a late hit – swiftly and decisively. This was not the way HIS Wolverines play the game.
Take notice Wolverine fans, there’s something big happening here that goes beyond wins and losses.
With regard to the Siskiyous game, 11 Sierra turnovers and a lackluster offensive effort overshadowed a solid game by the defense, which gave up only 173 total yards. But, stick a fork in that game and look at it as an opportunity to learn and grow for these young Wolverines. A trip to Cupertino Saturday to face De Anza looms. Yet another chance to show what the Wolverine Way is all about
Conference action heats up for a trio of Sierra teams this week:
Soccer vs. Diablo Valley, Tues., Sept. 22, 3:30pm at the Sierra Soccer Complex
Coach Jason Gantt's Wolverines went 5-2 in a rugged pre-season that had them squaring off against four state-ranked opponents. Will they be ready for the Big 8? We think they will; we'll find out tomorrow as the always-tough Vikings come to town.
Men's & Women's Water Polo vs. Santa Rosa, Wed., Sept. 25, 3:30pm and 5pm at the Wolverine Aquatic Center
This is a huge match for these two teams. Chris Breitbart's men stumbled last week in the Big 8 opener against Modesto and must win against the Bear Cubs to stay in the conference title hunt. Scott Decker's women dominated Modest and look to keep things rolling against Rosa.