Sierra Sports Insider: Pirates invade The Buzz Saturday for huge Valley Conference battle…

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To borrow a few sentences from the website, “There’s nothing like a Sierra College football game on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon. Few community college game environments can equal the noise and the color of a sold-out Homer “Buzz” Ostrom Stadium on game day!”

That’s more than just marketing hyperbole, but, don’t take my word for it, come out to the Sierra/Modesto game tomorrow afternoon and find out for yourself. The campus is awash with red and gold, the weather people promise a drop in the temperature and, with the incredible sight lines at The Buzz, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

The game itself pits a pair of squads that can light up the scoreboard. Modesto, which topped previously unbeaten Sequoias 76-32 last week, is averaging 46 points a game. The Wolverines put up 24 a game and scored 46 and 51 against Feather River and Foothill, respectively. Scoreboard operator Stu Modder has his work cut out for him tomorrow.

We’ll see you at The Buzz!

November means Sierra hoops is happening...

With November comes a perfect storm of Sierra College sports. At no other time of the year is more going on for more teams. In just a few weeks, the Sierra men’s and women’s basketball teams join football, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, water polo and golf (and if we want to get technical, both baseball and softball are involved in fall-ball).

Coach Brandie Murrish’s defending Big 8 champion women’s basketball team features an intriguing mix of returners – Joie Camalo, Ericka Magana, Christina Mandich, Dakota McLarnan, Jasmine Shedrick, Tyler Swycinsky – and six highly-regarded newcomers. Fans can get a early look at the Wolverines at the annual Cardinal and White intersquad game November 5 at 5:00pm at Goto/Goldenberg Court. Then things get serious November 8 as the Wolverines open the season against San Jose City at The GoGo at 6:00pm.

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Coach John Fusano’s men’s team is deep and talented and ready to improve on its second place Big 8 finish of a year ago. A corps of experienced returners in Antwain Ashley, Devin Campbell, Matt Scott, Daniel Smith, Pogos Trunyan and Cody Wilcox leads this athletic bunch. Fusano has set up an imposing pre-season schedule of seven highly competitive tournaments beginning November 15 at Fresno City.

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(L to R: Pogos Trunyan, Cody Wilcox, Devin Campbell, Matt Scott, Daniel Smith, Antwain Ashley)

I’ll be posting season outlooks for both teams next week right here at the Sierra Sports Insider.

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