Mar 08, 2016
The resilient Diablo Valley track and field team brought the heat to the cold and wet American River Beaver Relays on March 7.
Notably, Ryan Hoffman, a Campolindo High graduate, was first overall in the men's 400 meters with a season-best time of 49.40 seconds, and Isaiah Mobley (49.75) was second overall.
Geoffrey Weseman continued his impressive first season of track and field with a lifetime best of 1:55.29 in the 800, good for first place overall and No. 4 in the state.
Latell Thayer was third overall in the men's 100 meters in a season-best time of 11.10.
In women's action, Jordan Hinds (Acalanes) was third overall in the 100 (13.04), and Tia Harper (Deer Valley) was second overall in the 400 with a season-best 1:00.80.
Angelina Dazasanchez was second overall in the 800 (2:30.09), and Laura Becerra (Freedom) was second in the 1,500 (5:23.49). Petrice Beattie (Benicia) tied for first in the high jump (1.57m).
The Vikings (9-4), who have been dancing around puddles of late, entered the week riding a three-game winning streak. They notched a 5-4 win over a good De Anza squad on March 1, in their most recent game.
First baseman Atticus Soane had a clutch RBI single in the top of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie. Andrew Merken nailed down the save, getting a strikeout to end the game with runners on second and third.
In a recent 6-2 win over Contra Costa, DVC right fielder Ricky Pato made a tremendous diving catch on a dead sprint in the second inning, possibly denying the Comets three runs. He somehow caught the ball and threw the base runner out at third for a double play to end the inning.
DVC is scheduled to open Big 8 play on March 10 at Santa Rosa, after a road game at Canada on March 9.
The No. 4 seeded Vikings' outstanding season ended with a 54-46 loss at No. 1 CCSF on Saturday in the North Regional final, meaning the Vikings finished one win shy of the State Final Four for the second straight year.
DVC all but erased 34-17 halftime deficit with a 28-14 uprising in the third quarter, but the Rams recovered and fended them off with a 16-11 run in the fourth quarter.
Freshman all-State selection Jojuan Carrington had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and fellow all-Big 8 pick Brandy Williams had 10 points and 15 boards. Raeona Ford and Cecila Cuneo both had five rebounds. Safiyyah Yasin had 14 points.
CCSF's Gabrielle Vigil had a game-high 22 points.
The Vikings won two of three games last week to improve to 14-2-1 heading into Tuesday's home doubleheader against district-rival Contra Costa.
The Vikings beat Yuba 14-1 and De Anza 9-0, sandwiched around a 10-5 loss to Feather River.
Nicole Nordahl tossed a one-hit shutout over five innings against De Anza, and right fielder Kaitlyn VanMotman was 4 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Nordahl entered the week tied for the state lead in wins with 14 and was first by a wide margin in strikeouts with 129, 43 more than second place Yasmine Jamison of Southwestern.
The Vikings will open Big 8 Conference play with a doubleheader at Modesto on March 12.
The Vikings scheduled matches against visiting American River on March 4 were postponed because of rain. They are scheduled to play at Shasta on Tuesday.
-- Matt Schwab