Sports for the week of May 21, 2015

MODOC'S TRACK team was led by first-time discus champ, Kelsey Sphar, who also grabbed the silver in the shot. Photo by Laura Van Acker

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Knoch tosses perfect game in playoff opener

Modoc’s Melissa Knoch tossed a perfect game against the Etna lions Tuesday in the opening round of the CIF North Section softball playoffs.
Knoch faced 20 batters, allowing no hits, no runs, no walks and didn’t allow a runner on base in the 10-0 win.
The Braves scored seven in the first, added one in the second and two in the sixth. They had four hits, with Macie Larranaga 2-3 with a double, Mattea Wilson 1-3 with a double and Dawn Waterman 1-3 with a double.
Modoc ran into a very tough team in the second game, losing to East Nicolaus 7-0.
Modoc only got one hit in the game, a single by Lynnzi Malcolm. They also committed five errors.
Knoch got the loss, going six innings, allowing four hits, seven runs, walked one, hit one batter and struck out five.

Hamilton knocks Braves out of playoffs

Hamilton City knocked the Modoc Braves out of the CIF North Section Division Five baseball playoffs last week 9-3 in Hamilton City.
Neither team scored in the first two innings, but Hamilton took a 2-1 lead in the third, and went up 4-1 in the fourth. Modoc cut the score to 4-3 in the sixth, but Hamilton came up with a five-run bottom of the sixth for the win.
Alex Valencia got the loss, going 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits, walked five, struck out four, and hit two batters with a pitch. He was relieved by Daniel Beebout and Jarrett Royce.
Modoc collected seven hits in the game, one each by Tyler Doss, Tyler Ewing, Valencia, Trevor Schluter, Alan Weber, Grady Ingraham and Royce.
Modoc was the fifth seed in the tourney with Hamilton seeded fourth. Esparto was the top seed, Etna number two, Fall River number three, Quincy number six, Weed number seven and Portola number eight.
Esparto beat Portola 10-3 in the first round, while Quincy upset Fall River 9-5 and Etna beat Weed 14-0.
Modoc finished the season with a 13-11 record and 6-6 on the road.

Girls just miss defending track title

Modoc Girls track missed defending their SCL title by 9.5 points losing to Etna 107-97.5. While Modoc girls beat up on Etna during head to head events, it was the events Modoc had no entries in that let Etna slip by for the win.
Modoc was led by first-time discus champ, Kelsey Sphar. Kelsey also grabbed the silver in the shot. This was Kelsey's first year as discus and shot thrower. A big boost was the ability of first year sprinter Kayla Aarstad to grab a first in the 200 meters, a second in the 100 meters. Aarstad also ran in both relays for Modoc.
Emily Lowrey tried to pull off the most difficult task of the day. Lowrey was asked to run the 400m, 800m then the 300m hurdles and finally anchoring the 4 x 400m relay. While not uncommon to expect distance runners to complete the "Gauntlet" of 800m, 1600m, and 3200m, running 4 races out of the final six is just insane, remarked Coach Bill Hall.
Lowrey won the 800, placed second in the 400 and anchored the final race of the day. Another big shot in the arm for Modoc was Megan Budmark. In only her second year of throwing, Megan grabbed a third in the shot and a fifth in the discus, both setting personal records.
The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Taryn Burns, Stephanie Gouveia, Aarstad and Lowrey blew away the competition running a 4:42.26 and will be one of the favorites at Division on Thursday. Gouveia came back from a season long illness to grab seconds in the 1600 meters, 3200 meters, as well as a third in the 800 meters. Freshman Taylor Ryan set a blistering pace for her fellow runners in the 800 meters and also grabbed bronze in the 3200 meters.  
On the boys side, Modoc ran into a sprint-heavy Burney squad. Burney took home the championship by 17.5 points. Etna was second, Weed third with Modoc fourth.
Allen Clark won the shot put, with Troy Culp grabbing a second. Culp also took home the silver in the discus. Both Culp and Clark move on to divisions at West Valley. Ruben Orozco took home a bronze in the1600 and 3200 meters, Michael Bratton took a third in the 800m.
“Zach Norby, Bailey Doss, Cody Tiffany, Jonas Collier, Jeff Gouveia, Sean Anderson, Zach Fendler, Eric Van Acker, Jordan Wade Kylee Beneventi, Madison Toomey, Cindy Cohen, Izzy Cervantes, Annie Price all helped the team achieve great success this year,” said Hall.

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