Sierra Sports Insider: One Big 8 title down…

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Congratulations to coach Jason Gantt and the Sierra College soccer team for capturing the team’s first-ever Big 8 Conference championship. Last Friday’s scintillating 2-1 win over Cosumnes River College clinched the crown for the Wolverines and ended the seven-year title run for Santa Rosa. Sierra (15-3-2, 10-1-2 Big 8) ends the regular season today at Sacramento City College (1-15-2, 0-13), a team they beat 7-0 Oct. 15 at the Sierra Soccer Complex. Kickoff is slated for 3:00pm if you’re thinking about heading down to watch.

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The week ahead is filled with Sophomore Celebrations.

It is a Sierra College tradition to honor a team’s sophomores at their final regular season game. Soccer honored a dozen student athletes last Friday; it’s volleyball’s, wrestling’s and football’s turn this week:

Wrestling vs. Sacramento City College, Wed., Nov. 13, 8pm at Goto/Goldenberg Court

This is one of the great rivalries in community college sports. Two of the top wrestling programs in the country go toe-to-toe tonight at The GoGo. Start time is listed as 8:00pm, but it may begin a bit sooner or a bit later depending on the Sierra/Sac City volleyball match taking place beforehand. Coach Ken Wharry will honor his sophomores as they take to the mat at Sierra for the last time.

Volleyball vs. Sacramento City College, Wed., Nov. 13, 5pm at Goto/Goldenberg Court

Playoff positioning is on the line tonight for both Sierra and Sac City. Coach Vera Nelson’s Wolverines (18-7, 7-4 Big 8) have clinched at least a fourth place finish in the rugged Big 8 and, with a win tonight, can move closer to hosting the first round of the NorCal playoffs. Sac City (11-12, 4-7) needs to win out to make the playoffs.

Volleyball vs. American River College, Fri., Nov. 15, 5pm at Goto/Goldenberg Court

We’ll say goodbye to an amazing quartet of sophomores – Haley Biles, Brittany Campbell, Erin Ellner and Madi Macauley – as the Wolverines host the Big 8 champion Beavers (20-3, 11-0).

Football vs. American River College, Sat., Nov. 16, 1pm at Homer “Buzz” Ostrom Stadium

Even after their devastating 35-32 OT loss at SJ Delta last Saturday, coach Ben Noonan’s Wolverines (5-4, 2-2 Valley) can still earn a share of the Valley Conference title with a win over the Beavers (8-1, 3-1). Sophomore DB Zack Starnes had a spectacular performance against the Mustangs. He had five tackles, a half a sack, broke up a pass, recovered a fumble for a safety and returned TWO interceptions – a 32 yarder and an amazing 94 yarder - for TDs.

This will be your final chance to see Zack and his fellow sophs in the Cardinal and White at The Buzz.

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