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Sierra College Roundup

Local Products Help Spark Sierra Women's Soccer

Football Team Back Home To Host DeAnza Saturday
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Sparked by a bevy of local talent, the Sierra College women’s soccer team is off to a good start to its 2012 season. Coached by former Oakmont High and Sacramento State standout Jason Gantt, the Lady Wolverines moved their record to 4-3-1 on the season by handily defeating outclassed Los Medanos, 8-1 on Tuesday. Gantt, now in his fourth season at the helm of the Sierra program, has upgraded the Lady Wolverines’ schedule this season as last weekend the Rocklin booters split a pair of matches in Southern California against Fresno City and Long Beach City. “The way the state power ratings work, a loss against a good team on the road will sometimes outweigh a win over a weaker team,” said Gantt. “We play in such a tough conference that we had to go out and help our power ratings.” On Friday, Sierra played at perennial state power Fresno City and despite receiving a goal from Caroline Stromick (Rio Americano), the Lady Wolverines fell, 2-1. However, on Sunday, Sierra rebounded with a 1-0 win over Long Beach City with a goal by Monet Filteau (Colfax) being the difference. Gantt, a former assistant men’s coach at Sacramento State, saw Marissa Griffin (Woodcreek) score four goals in Tuesday’s win over Los Medanos Mahannah (Antelope) added a pair of scores while Filteau and Stromick added one each. Sierra competes in the tough Big 8 Conference which this week had four of its schools – Santa Rosa, Modesto, Ameican River and Diablo Valley – all ranked in the NSCAA national Top 20 for JCs. “Our conference is very, very competitive,” said Gantt. “Every match is like a war.” Tuesday at Sierra at 3:30 p.m. the Lady Wolverines host defending state champion Santa Rosa in Rocklin. Other local products on Sierra’s roster include Rebekah Anderson and Giuliana Grana of Rocklin, Kelly Edwards of Del Oro, Mackenzie Edwards and Jacara Givhan of Whitney, Tiffani Rice of Oakmont, Bailey Tremoreaux of Colfax, Natalie Bonilla of Lincoln and Kayla Granley of Roseville. Football Returns Home Saturday After two road trips that totaled over 800 miles and nearly nine hours of bus time, Sierra College’s Buzz Ostrom Stadium will be a welcome site for the Wolverines’ football team this Saturday when Sierra (1-2) hosts Denza of Cupertino (2-1) in Rocklin at 1 p.m. The Wolverines will be coming off a tough 20-16 loss to College of the Siskiyous in Weed last Saturday. The setback came following a loss the previous week at Feather River in Quincy. “We fumbled on their three-yard line going in with four minutes left in the game,” said Sierra coach Jeff Tisdel. “You just can’t do stuff like that and expect to win. It will be good to be back home Saturday.” Casey Lambert (Roseville) was Sierra’s leading rusher in Weed with 67 yards on 19 carries while quarterback Myles McKee tossed two touchdown passes to give him nine in three games. He has also thrown for 543 yards.