Sports for the week of March 6, 2014
Masters success. . .
MODOC’S wrestling squad placed five members at the North Section Master’s Tournament in Redding last week. They are, left to right, David Buckley, Ethan Dunn, Alex Valencia, Steven Aceves and Tristan Osborne. Photo from Cary Dunn
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Modoc’s Dunn heads to state finals
Modoc senior wrestler Ethan Dunn will have his second shot at a state title after qualifying Saturday at the Master’s Tournament in Redding.
Dunn placed second at the masters in the 135-pound division. Dunn also qualified for the state finals as a junior last season. The state championships are in Bakersfield this weekend.
“Ethan didn’t have a real good match in the finals, but he tore up the field on the way to the finals,” said coach Shaun Wood. “We had not seen the Las Plumas wrestler he lost to all year. Ethan will do fine.”
Modoc wrestlers had to place in the top three at Masters to qualify for state. Steven Aceves placed fifth at 120 pounds, Alex Valencia placed sixth at 126 pounds, David Buckley was fifth at 145 pounds and Tristan Osborne was sixth at 220 pounds.
“I was very pleased with the team,” said Wood. “All nine of our wrestlers made it to the second day of the event and we had five place. Last year we just had one placer, Ethan. As a team we finished seventh out of about 40 schools. The only ones above us were much bigger schools.”
Sutter High won the event with Chico second, followed by Orland, Paradise, Corning, Las Plumas, Modoc and others.
Other wrestlers for Modoc at the Masters were: 113-pound Timmy Reed; 152-pound Jarrett Royce; heavyweight Allen Clark; and Zack Norby 132 pounds.
Weed knocks Braves out of playoffs
The Weed Cougars knocked both the Modoc varsity boys and varsity girls out of the Division Five playoffs Friday night in Weed.
The boys were crushed 86-57 and the girls lost 51-21. The boys finish the season with a 17-9 overall record and 7-5 in the Shasta Cascade League. The girls finish at 11-13 overall and 7-5 in the SCL.
“The three things we've avoided all year finally crept up and bit us,” said coach Keith Weber. “We had a starter foul out, another starter sick, and an injury. Give credit to Weed. They are playing solid ball."
Fernando Alcala led the Braves with 21 points. Benjamin Jones added 15 points and nine rebounds.
"This was a fun group to coach, I am proud of every one of the guys," said Weber.
Modoc defeated Portola 77-60 in the first round of the Northern California Division V playoffs.
Modoc was off in the first quarter, missing numerous easy shots, and trailed 17-14.
“We started to settle in and led 37-31 at the half,” said Weber. "We extended our pressure full court, which resulted in turnovers and easy transition baskets."
Fernando Alcala was a spark plug for the Braves scoring 22 points. Alan Weber added 20 points.
Modoc’s girls played a tough first half against Weed with the game knotted at 16-16. But then the wheels fell off and Weed outscored the Braves 35-5 in the second half.
“Game plans are for the whole game and we made it work for the first half,” said coach Bill Hall. After playing Weed for the fourth time, it was easy to expect what Bobby West's team would do and they did just that. What changed was Weed extended their own man-to-man and became more aggressive. Both teams were in foul trouble and our girls let it take them out of their own rhythm. We shot poorly and in a championship playoff game once it starts to fade it fades quickly.”
Beth Derner had seven points and Jordan Marquardt had seven.
“We did not make a field goal in the fourth,” said Hall. “I played everyone late and the score reflected it. Good season and I will be returning four starters.”
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