Sports for the week of November 20, 2014

Modoc volleyball. . .
MODOC’S VARSITY Volleyball team beat Portola in the first round of the North Section playoffs. They are , left to right, Macie Larranaga, Pricila Madrigal, Melissa Knoch, Emily Lowrey, Beth Derner, Larrell Smith, Kelly Schmidt, Dawn Waterman, and Marhlena Torres. Photo by Victoria Larranaga

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Braves whip Portola in five

Modoc’s Braves beat the Portola Volleyball team in the opening round of the CIF North Section Division playoffs 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 21-25 and 15-9.
Beth Derner led the team with 18 kills, while Kelly Schmidt added 11, Emily Lowrey seven, and Pricila Madrigal five.
Derner and Melissa Knoch each served three aces, while Lowrey and Schmidt each had two.
The girls played Durham in the second round of the playoffs Tuesday night there, but no results were reported.

Braves beat Quincy, head to Maxwell

While the score doesn’t do justice to Modoc 28-20 win over Quincy Friday night, it sends the Braves into the second round of the CIF North Section playoffs against Maxwell, there Friday night, with kickoff at 6:30 p.m.
Modoc had two fourth quarter touchdowns called back against Quincy on questionable penalties.
Both Maxwell and Modoc have lost this season to the top seed, Fall River. Maxwell lost 45-3, while Modoc lost 27-8. Fall River plays host to Etna Friday night. The winners of these two games will meet for the section championship Nov. 26.
Maxwell heads into the game with a 6-2 record and Modoc is at 9-2. The Braves are averaging 30.4 points per game and Maxwell 22.9. Modoc is averaging 453 yards offense, while Maxwell is averaging 287.9 yards. Modoc’s holds the edge in passing with 144 yards compared to 70 yards, and the teams are fairly even in the ground game.
“I think we’ll be okay as long as our defense keeps playing well,” said coach Shaun Wood. “They are good and they have a good back, but we’ll be ready.”
The Braves’ offense returned in the Quincy game and actually took control early. They led 6-0 in the first, but Quincy tied it at 14 by half. Modoc got up 28-14 after three. Quincy added six points in the fourth. Modoc had two long touchdowns called back on holding penalties in the fourth period.

Modoc girls win section, on to State meet

The Modoc girls Cross Country team narrowly beat Durham to win the CIF North Section Division 5 Championship and Advance to State Championships in Fresno on November 29.  
Modoc scored 233 points to Durham’s 236 winning the championship by a mere three points. The Braves were led by Taryn Burns with a time of 21:44, Casey Burns 22:02, Stephanie Gouveia 22:07, Madelyn Binning 23:23, and Cindy Cohen 23:28.  All five runners posted season bests on the challenging West Valley course in Cottonwood.

The girls will travel to Fresno on November 28 and are scheduled to run at 11:10 am on Saturday, November 29, at Woodward Park.

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