Baseball Loses at Sierra, 8-6; Men’s Tennis Defeats Shasta; Softball Falls to CRC, 6-4; Golfers Take Second in Big 8 Tournament #4

Source: Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2017-03-09

Catcher Gaby Friuciano had four hits on Saturday.

Men’s Baseball

The Falcons hoped to conclude their three-games series against Sacramento City with a win on Friday afternoon, but those hopes were dashed early as the Panthers piled up 10 runs in the first four innings on their way to an 11-6 victory at Falcon Field. Falcon starter Cody Lindsey escaped a bases loaded jam in the first inning, but wasn't so lucky in the second as the Panthers tallied six runs on five hits in the inning. The Panthers tacked on four more runs in the fourth -all with two outs - by virtue of a Falcon error to take a commanding 10-2 lead. The Falcons managed to put four runs on the board over the final four innings, but it was a case of too little, too late. FLC freshman outfielder Aidan Malm continued his hot hitting with two more hits, including his first collegiate home run in the seventh inning.

After opening their Big 8 schedule with three losses to Sac City last week, the Falcons looked to get untracked against Sierra College yesterday in Rocklin. The Wolverines, however, were just as desperate for a win after losing three to Santa Rosa. Sierra jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but FLC freshman Carson McCusker erased that with his seventh home run of the season, a three-run blast that put the Falcons on top 3-2. That lead didn’t last long as Sierra tallied four in the third and added another in the fourth to go up 7-3. The Falcons closed the gap in the fifth with two runs on Greg Vaughn’s RBI double and McCusker’s sacrifice fly. A Jack Rotteveel solo home run in the sixth - his second of the season - pulled the Falcons within one, but that was as close as they would get. Sierra added a run in the seventh for the final 8-6 score.

With four RBI in the game, McCusker is now fourth in the state in that category and second in home runs.

The Falcons host College of Marin today at 2:00 pm in a non-conference rain make-up. They’ll face Sierra College at Falcon Field tomorrow at 2:30 pm.

Men’s Tennis

The Falcon men hosted Shasta College on Tuesday afternoon for their final Big 8 dual match of the season and improved their conference record to 4-1 with a 9-0 victory over the Knights. The only close match of the day was at #1 doubles, where Shawn Morgan and Josh Harder paired for the first time this season and pulled off a 9-8 victory. With the Big 8 round robin now concluded, the Falcons have secured the #2 seed in the Big 8 playoffs, meaning they will host a second-round Big 8 playoff match here at FLC on March 21. The Falcons make their annual road trip to southern California, with a day of spectating at the BNP Pro Tournament at Indian Wells and a match at Reedley College on Saturday as they return.

Women’s Softball

The FLC softball team had a case of ‘too little, too late’ yesterday at Cosumnes River College, where they lost 6-4 in a Big 8 Conference game. The Falcons spent the first six innings mostly spectating as they fell behind 6-0 before their bats finally came to life in the seventh. With the hits now falling in and the Hawks contributing with an error, the Falcons scored four and had the potential tying run at the plate when the final out was made. The loss drops the Falcons’ overall record to 3-10, and they’re now 1-4 in the Big 8. They’ll play a non-conference game at Falcon Diamond today against Lassen College at 1:00 pm.

Men's Golf

After winning their first two Big 8 tournaments of 2017, the FLC men’s golf team took second place on Monday for the second straight tournament, this time at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa. The Falcons again finished four strokes behind Sierra and now cling to a narrow two point lead over the Wolverines in the Big 8 standings after four tournaments. Sophomore Mason Troike disregarded the sloppy course as he again led the Falcons with his low-medalist score of 71 on a cold and blustery day. With a chance to play on their home course on Wednesday, coach Barry Zarecky is hoping his team can snap out of their funk. “We’ve got to get everybody playing well at the same time. We’re just lacking consistency at this point,” noted Zarecky. Big 8 Tournament #5 begins at 11:00 am Wednesday at Rancho Murieta. Spectators are welcome to walk the course.

Upcoming Sports Schedule

Sat March 11     M/W Tennis at Reedley
                Softball at Diablo Valley (Pleasant Hill), 12:00 & 2:00 pm
                Baseball at Sierra, 1:00 pm

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Cordova Basketball Season Ends in Playoffs

By Mike Bush  |  2017-03-02

Cordova guard Calvin Augusta drives the lane past a Capital Christian player in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener last week. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

In the first half of its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener last week, the Cordova High School boys basketball team played solid with one of the top teams in the division and section.

That lasted only one half.

Cordova, the No. 15th seed, stayed toe-to-toe with No. 2 seed Capital Christian in the first half. But in the second half, the host Cougars sped up to post an 85-38 victory over the Lancers at the Cougars’ gym on Feb. 22nd.

The loss ends the Lancers’ season at 15-12 that includes an 8-2 mark in the Sierra Valley Conference for second place.

The first half had Cordova stay within four and three points in the first and second quarters respectively with Capital Christian (21-7). By the end of each quarter, the Cougars led 13-9 and 18-15.

“It wasn’t too fast of a start,” said Cordova head coach Fletcher Johnson of Capital Christian, which won the Golden Empire League title. “Offensively, we just wanted to make sure that we didn’t turn the ball over, hold the ball and get some movement.”

Cordova followed its game plan for the first half, which led to staying within reach of Capital Christian at 31-24.

But in the second half, the Cougars’ defense came and dominated the Lancers. Capital Christian forced Cordova into turnovers, and slowed down their offense that led to Cordova scoring a combined 14 points in the final 16 minutes of the game. The Lancers had only four points in the fourth quarter. The Cougars led 58-34 after three quarters.

“Coming out of the second half, whatever we had been doing in the first, we stopped (in the second half),” Johnson said.

Leading scorers for the Lancers were guard Joe Danielyan with 10 points. Guard Calvin Augusta followed with nine points, guard Markell Briggs five, forwards Mike Brown and Caleb Clark four points each, and guards Jason Novik and Najee Clark three points each.

The Cougars’ leading scorer was Kendall Munson with 19 points. Conor Jeffery and Austin Alexander followed with 14 points each, and Micah Filer 13.

Throughout the regular season, the Lancers were dealt with many injuries. But depth played a factor for Cordova, which took second place in the SVC behind champion Liberty Ranch.

“It’s been great,” said Johnson of the season. “As a young team, we had only three seniors.”

Those seniors are Brown, Najee Clark and Novik, who was the team’s second leading scorer with 14.2 points per game. Briggs was first in scoring at 14.9, and Augusta 13.6. Briggs and Augusta are two juniors, and nine total on the team.

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Lady Lancers Soccer One and Done in Playoffs

By Mike Bush  |  2017-03-02

Cordova soccer players Kelsie Graf (8) and Shelby Konarshi (9), seen here in a home game against Capital Christian earlier this season, helped the Lancers to a third place finish in the SVC and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff berth. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Throughout the regular season, the Cordova High School girls soccer team dominated most of its opponents.

That continued in Sierra Valley Conference action for the Lady Lancers. That led to 5-3-2 record in conference play, and ended the regular season with an 11-8-3 mark for third place.

Taking third place in the SVC, Cordova advanced into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs as the No. 16th seed. And that spot meant playing at fellow Folsom-Cordova Unified School District and No. 1 seed Vista del Lago at Livermore Park on Feb. 22nd.

The Lancers’ post-season came to a quick end, as the Eagles soared to a 7-0 win. Vista del Lago jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half.

Cordova booters who were seniors on this year’s team were Adrienne Hammond, Lexi Samayoa, Kelsie Graf, McKenzie Emery, Hunter Roberts and Alyssa Moreno.

Projected to return next winter for the Lancers are five juniors. The roster was also sprinkled with underclassmen power that included four sophomores in Amella Alvarado, Shelby Konarshi, McKayla Tyson and Leonor Vega. Cordova also had two freshmen on its team with Annette Medina and Gabby Maduri.

This winter was the first time that Cordova, the SVC and the section played girls soccer. In 2014, the section’s board of managers voted in favor of moving girls soccer, which was played in the spring season, and boys soccer that was played in the fall season, to the winter season.

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Lancer Wrestlers Finish Strong for Cordova

Story by Rick Sloan  |  2017-03-02

(L-R) Sophomore Makayla Bailey, Junior Alexis Cuevas and Freshmen Atziry Chavez. 
--Photo courtesy of the Cordova High Athletic Department

The Cordova High wrestling team finished the 2016-17 Sierra Valley Conference with seven members placing at the Divisional Tournament that qualified them to compete at the Masters Tournament.

For the boys at the Divisional Tournament, Freshman, Bryson Coleman took 4th Place in the 106-pound weight class, Senior Zachary Guerrero took 2nd in the 113-pound weight class, Senior Derrick Burton took 4th in the 132-pound class and Senior Deante McCullough finished 1st in the 152-pound class. All four boys competed in the Masters Tournament but none advanced to the State Tournament.

The Lancers had five girl wrestlers qualify for the Divisional Tournament with three of them advancing to the Masters Tournament. At the Regional Tournament, Sophomore Makayla Bailey took 6th in the 111-pound weight class, Freshmen Atziry Chavez finished 8th in the 137-pound weight class and Junior Alexis Cuevas took 2nd place in the 133-pound class. Alexis was the only Cordova wrestler to advance to the State Tournament after finishing 3rd in the Masters Tournament. She wrestled both days where she won two and lost two, just missing the placing round by one match.

Varsity Coach Marco Garcia was real proud at the way his wrestlers performed all year and looks forward to more success in the 2017-18 season. Congratulations to all the Cordova wrestlers and coaching staff for an outstanding year of competition.

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Tennis Teams Dominate Santa Rosa; Baseball Loses and Wins; Softball Splits Doubleheader with Redwoods, Drops Two at Delta

Source: Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2017-03-02

Men’s Tennis
The Falcons were clearly dominant in their Big 8 Conference opener Thursday afternoon, winning all nine matches in the 9-0 shutout of Santa Rosa at the Falcon Tennis Complex. Shawn Morgan, Jeff Chale, Alex Bychkoviak, Josh Harder, Max Hennessy, and Praj Ta were all winners in both singles and doubles as the Falcons improved their season record to 3-0. They must now focus their attention on Tuesday’s match against defending Big 8 champ American River. The teams were originally scheduled to play last Tuesday, but rain forced the postponement.

Women’s Tennis
With nearly nearly two weeks having passed since their last competition, the Falcon women were excited to find dry courts and blue skies on Thursday afternoon. Their play reflected their competitive desires as they opened Big 8 Conference play with an 8-1 win over Santa Rosa at the FLC Tennis Complex. New number one player Ella Zagorenko was dominant in winning in both singles and with partner Ariele Frank in doubles as the team improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Big 8 play. The Falcons will next face Sierra College on Tuesday in Rocklin.

Women’s Softball
The Falcons hosted College of the Redwoods on Thursday afternoon in a make-up doubleheader that was rained out in Eureka last weekend. The Falcons wasted no time in the opener as they scored five runs in the first inning, then added one in the second and two more in the third to go up 8-0.  With an eight-run lead to work with, Falcon pitcher Lauren Orris shut out the Corsairs while giving up just five hits to earn the five-inning win.

In the second game, the Corsairs turned the tables as they collected 15 hits on their way to a 14-1 victory over the Falcons. The home team contributed to the blowout by committing four errors while managing just three hits of their own. The loss dropped the Falcons’ record to 2-2.

On Saturday, the Falcons opened their Big 8 schedule with a doubleheader at Delta College in Stockton, but came home without a victory as the Mustangs walloped the Falcons twice, 16-1 and 9-0. In the opener, sophomore infielder Abigail Strickland collected two of the Falcons’ five hits in providing one of the few highlights. Right fielder Mickaela Robertson had two hits in the late game, but the Falcons were shut out with just four total hits.

Men’s Baseball
With the rain having eliminated any chance of outdoor practice last week, the Falcons traveled to Ukiah to take on Mendocino College on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles were already leading 2-1 when they put up a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-1 lead. The Falcons responded with two in the seventh on a Greg Vaughn RBI single and a Carson McCusker sacrifice fly to close the gap to 5-3.  In the ninth, the Falcons made it interesting as they scored on John Mook’s RBI single to make it 5-4, then loaded the bases before the game ended on a Mason Allen flyout.

After traveling 340 miles on Thursday’s round trip to Ukiah, the Falcons made the 255-mile one-way trip to Porterville on Saturday morning for another non-conference game. This time the Folsom Lake squad prevailed 14-10 as they pounded out 16 hits. After falling behind 5-2 in the second inning, the Falcons took the lead for good when they scored six in the third, then added one in the fourth and two more in the fifth.  First baseman Kale Leach not only led the team with four singles in four at-bats (and 3 RBI), but came in to pitch a perfect ninth to cement the win. Carson McCusker and Aidan Malm each added three hits as they continued to swing hot bats for the Falcons.

Upcoming Sports Schedule

Fri March 3       Men’s Tennis at Diablo Valley (Pleasant Hill), 1:00 pm

                Softball at Butte (Oroville), 1:00 and 3:00 pm

                M/W Tennis vs Solano at FLC, 1:00 pm

Sat March 4      Men’s Tennis vs Foothill at ARC, 9:00 am

                Softball vs Modesto at FLC, 12:00 & 2:00 pm

                Baseball vs Sac City at FLC, 1:00 pm

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Cordova Boys Basketball Start Playoffs

By Mike Bush  |  2017-02-23

Cordova guard Calvin Augusta, shown here during a recent SVC game, and the Lancers’ boys basketball team opened the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs at Capital Christian on Wednesday. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

In the 1982 movie Rocky III, Rocky Balboa’s former rival turned trainer Apollo Creed spars with Rocky in preparing for his rematch against Clubber Lang.

During their sparring, Balboa wants to stop, and tells Creed “tomorrow.” Then Creed fired back by saying, “There is no tomorrow.”

That’s the approach that Cordova High School boys basketball team is using when it comes to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.

On Wednesday, the Lancers are one of 16 prep hoop teams that begin action in the section’s D-III playoffs. Tabbed as the No. 15th seed, Cordova makes the short trek to the Bradshaw Road Exit to play at Capital Christian, the No. 2 seed.

Should Cordova beat Capital Christian in the first round, it plays the winner of the No. 10 Benicia-No. 7 Center playoff game. That game would be played today, Friday, at 7 p.m.

Cordova enters the post-season with a 15-11 record, which includes an 8-2 mark in the Sierra Valley Conference for a second-place finish. The Cougars posted a 12-0 record to capture the Golden Empire League title, and went 19-7 during the regular season.

Cordova head coach Fletcher Johnson spoke before Wednesday’s game. He feels the keys going into the playoff opener against the Cougars are his Lancers committing minimal turnovers and fast start on offense.

“That’s what I think will be the key,” Johnson said. “If we execute offensively, and don’t have turnovers, and get some fast breaks, that is what’s going to keep us in the game. In the playoffs, there is no tomorrow.”

Throughout the season, the Lancers have battled injuries to both starters and role players. But Cordova has dug deep with its depth, in particular in conference play that led to only two losses, both to Liberty Ranch, which won the SVC title and also opened the D-IV playoffs as the No. 6 seed hosting No. 11 Lindhurst.

Leading scorers for the Lancers, entering Wednesday’s playoff opener, are guards Markell Briggs at 14.9 points per game, Jason Novik at 14.2 per game and Calvin Augusta at 13.6. Xavier Johnson at 8.7 points per game and Joseph Danielyan follow at 7.9 points per game.

Johnson feels the strength of the Cougars’ offense is the front and back courts. Three players are averaging double-digits in scoring; Zachary Chappell at 15.2 points per game, Austin Alexander at 13.5 and Conor Jeffery at 12.7.

“They’ve got exceptional guards,” Johnson said. “They’ve got outside shooting. That’s going to be a tough battle.”

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Softball Defeats Lassen in Home Opener; Ninth Inning Rally Caps Falcon Victory

Source: Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2017-02-23

Catcher Gabby Fruciano had an RBI single and played great defense behind the plate.

Women’s Softball

Having endured two weeks’ worth of rainouts, spillway failures, and drenched fields, the FLC softball team finally got a chance to play their second game of the season on Wednesday afternoon, their first at Falcon Diamond in 2017. The rust was apparent in the early innings as the Falcons failed to get a hit until the bottom of the third. Meanwhile, Lassen had built a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings. But in the fourth, the Falcons’ bats awoke as they tied the score on runs by Brie Maddux and Kelsey Liddell. With their confidence growing, the Falcons continued to put the ball in play as they added a run in the fifth on Gabby Fruciano’s RBI single that scored Amanda Miller to make it 3-2. With the Cougars threatening in the sixth, the Falcon defense stepped up with big plays by Liddell at second and Mickaela Robertson in centerfield. The Falcons added two unearned insurance runs in the sixth on a single by Liddell and a 2-error bunt by Robertson before pitcher McKenna Rickles shut down the Cougars in the seventh to earn the win.

The victory was the first for new Falcon head coach Jenna Alexander, who was pleased with the way her team competed. “We didn’t back down after we fell behind. We kept grinding, kept putting the pressure on the opponent. Our defense made some key plays and it paid off,” noted the coach.

The Falcons’ next game is scheduled for next Tuesday, a home doubleheader against Los Medanos… weather permitting. Saturday’s doubleheader at College of the Redwoods has already been cancelled due to the weather and field conditions in Eureka. Instead, they’ll play a doubleheader at FLC on Friday, February 24.

Men’s Baseball

Trailing 4-2 and down to their last two outs on Saturday afternoon at College of Marin, the FLC baseball team staged a remarkable ninth inning rally that saw them score 10 runs, resulting in a wild 12-4 Falcon victory. The Falcons had trailed since the second inning, when the Mariners scored on three walks and a balk by Falcon pitcher Grant Dragmire. Dragmire had been FLC's most consistent starter through the first 10 games, but control issues plagued him on Saturday. He loaded the bases in the third with a walk and two hit batters before a double and a groundout brought in three more Mariner runs for a 4-0 lead. But the FLC bullpen shut down the Mariners the rest of the way, with Cody Lindsey and Austin Beard each pitching three shutout innings. In the fourth, the Falcons bunched four singles to produce two runs that cut the deficit to 4-2. The score remained that way until the fateful ninth, when the Falcons took advantage of three Mariner errors but also provided six hits, including a John Mook triple and a Carson McCusker homer (his fifth of the season) to blow the game open. The win improves the Falcons' season record to 6-5 and was their fourth win in their last five games.

Upcoming Sports Schedule

Fri Feb 24 Softball vs Redwoods at FLC, 12 noon and 2:00 pm
                M/W Tennis vs Solano at FLC, 1:00 pm

Sat Feb 25 Baseball at Porterville, 12 noon
                Softball at Delta (Stockton), 12 noon and 2:00 pm

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