Memories from year in sports
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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The Patterson High School 4x100 Relay team of Rajaee Delane, Matthew East, Rodney Lawson and Rajheem Carrie embrace after placing second at the  Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament at Elk Grove High School on May 25.--Irrigator file photo
The Patterson High School 4x100 Relay team of Rajaee Delane, Matthew East, Rodney Lawson and Rajheem Carrie embrace after placing second at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament at Elk Grove High School on May 25.--Irrigator file photo
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During the 2011-12 high school sports season, hundreds of Patterson High’s most talented athletes waged battle on the gridiron, court, mat, pitch, diamond, pool, links and track.

This week, the Irrigator takes a look back at some of the top moments of the past 12 months:

Boys basketball

After a three-year hiatus, the Tigers punched their ticket to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Feb. 17 by way of a 63-61 come-from-behind victory over Central Catholic High of Modesto in the final game of the Western Athletic Conference season.

Patterson stormed back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, spoiling the Raiders’ Senior Night.

Nothing was easy, however. On Feb. 22, the Tigers made an early exit from the postseason, as the 19-8 team struggled throughout a 78-50 loss to Center High of Antelope in the first round of the Division III playoffs.

Four Patterson players were among the student-athletes appointed to the all-WAC teams, the league office announced in March.

Cariaun Williams was named to the conference’s first team, while teammate Keegan Sanchez earned second-team honors. Adan Cortez and Skylar Job each received an honorable mention.

Girls basketball

Patterson improved to 10-0 at home with a 50-34 victory over Modesto’s Central Catholic High on Feb. 16, but the girls’ season ended, like the boys’, in the first round of the postseason.

The Tigers, returning to the playoffs after a two-year absence, won three straight games heading into the first round of Sac-Joaquin Section Division III postseason play.

They gave a strong effort but were ultimately unable to match Manteca High, losing 62-40.

Patterson (19-8) trailed by only seven points at the end of the first half, but a 38-23 Manteca scoring advantage in the second half spelled doom.

The Patterson squad put four players on various all-WAC teams.

Patterson’s Stephanie Cantu and Marisabel Carrillo were selected to the conference’s second team. Jovanah Arrington and Shealyn Craven each received an honorable mention.

Wrestling

After going 3-3 during the WAC season, Patterson gave an impressive performance at the league tournament Feb. 11 at Central Valley High in Ceres.

The Tigers sent eight wrestlers to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament Feb. 17 at Weston Ranch High in Stockton. Two emerged as league champions — Daniel Cota (120 pounds) and Dallas Hernandez (197) — and the other six had top-four finishes.

Three local wrestlers represented Patterson at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Feb. 23 and 24 at Stockton Arena, including Hernandez, who won the Division IV title in the 195-pound weight class.

Also advancing and representing the Tigers were Cota, who posted a third-place finish at 122 pounds, and Manuel Cruz, who placed fourth in the 132-pound class at the Division IV tournament.

None of the trio reached the California Interscholastic Federation state meet at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, however.

Track and field

Patterson High’s boys track and field team finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record with an 82-49 triumph over Central Valley High of Ceres at Patterson Community Stadium on April 26.

The girls track and field team picked up a 98-27 win over Central Valley and claimed WAC runner-up honors, finishing the season at 5-1.

Patterson displayed 19 of its top athletes during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V championship May 17 at Modesto Junior College, and 12 qualified for the next level of competition.

Rajaee Delane, Rajheem Carrie, Rodney Lawson and Matthew East took first place in the boys 4x100-meter relay with a showing of 42.94 seconds as they powered the Tigers to a second-place team finish at the Division IV-V meet.

Patterson’s quartet of speedsters again took center stage in the 100-meter dash, an event in which the Tigers claimed four of the top six qualifying spots — a first for any school in any event in the history of the division competition.

The foursome seized another big moment May 25, when they placed second in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters boys 4x100-meter relay final at Elk Grove High.

The group posted a 42.29-second finish and advanced to the CIF State Track and Field Championship, which was June 1 and 2 at Buchanan High in Clovis.

Delane earned a place in the individual 100-meter dash at the state championship.

The relay team finished 23rd in the state among a field of 29.

In the third heat of the preliminary races, facing some of the state’s stiffest competition and in scorching weather, Carrie, East, Lawson and Delane finished sixth with a time of 42.75 seconds. All four had graduated from Patterson High the evening before.

Swimming

Patterson competed in the WAC swimming tournament at Pacheco High of Los Banos on April 28, pitting the Tigers against the best of the league’s athletes.

As they had done all season, the Tigers didn’t look to measure themselves against other teams, but considered how they stacked up against their own best records.

Patterson came away with a third-place team finish among the league’s seven squads.

The boys placed third to runner-up Ceres High and league champion Los Banos High.

The girls finished in fourth place, behind Livingston High, Ceres and league winner Los Banos.

Patterson’s Michael D’Onofrio had a fine showing in the boys 100-yard breaststroke with a personal best time of 1 minute, 5.88 seconds. He had already qualified to compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section meet May 10 to 12 at Tokay High of Lodi.

Patterson coach Sara Gomez named D’Onofrio the Most Valuable Player of the boys swim team. Michaela Homen earned MVP honors for the girls swim team.

Baseball

With two games remaining and the Tigers barely clinging to a playoff spot, Patterson had to start playing postseason-style baseball during the regular season, beginning with its May 4 tilt against Pacheco High of Los Banos.

The Tigers won two consecutive league road games — a 5-4 victory over Pacheco and a 9-1 win May 8 over Central Valley High of Ceres — to secure a 10-12 record and third place in the WAC.

The Tigers’ surge at the end of the regular season didn’t last through a play-in game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, however.

River City High of West Sacramento won 3-1 on May 14 to advance to the first round of the Division IV playoffs, ending Patterson’s year.

At the conclusion of a season that saw Patterson put together its first Division IV playoff run in three years, two Tigers were honored with first-team all-WAC spots: Frankie Sanchez and Robert Marroquin.

Patterson's Joey Lopes was selected to the conference’s second team, while teammate Sean Rainwater received an honorable mention.

Softball

Patterson completed a season-series sweep of Central Valley High of Ceres with a 3-1 victory May 8.

The Tigers went 2-0 against the Hawks in 2012, their second such sweep since 2010.

Patterson (4-18) ended the campaign by winning two consecutive conference games, including a 6-1 victory against Pacheco High.

Kyra Martel took home the softball team’s Tiger Hustle award, while teammates Annabel Lopez and Brooke Schaa each earned the Tiger Pride award. Francheska Olvera received the Coach’s Award.

Girls soccer

Just five days after the Tigers captured their second WAC girls soccer title in three years, they capped off their regular season April 30 by besting rival Central Catholic High of Modesto, 2-1, before a large home crowd on Senior Night.

In the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, Patterson drew the Sierra Valley League’s Cosumnes Oaks High of Elk Grove.

After 100 minutes, Patterson’s season came down to five shots in penalty kicks.

Cosumnes Oaks edged the Tigers 4-2 in the shootout after the teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation and two overtime periods May 16 at Patterson Community Stadium.

Five Patterson players were among the student-athletes appointed to the all-WAC team, the league office announced in May.

Patterson’s Claudia Barron came away with the league’s MVP award. The forward finished the year with 27 goals and six assists as she led Patterson to a 17-3-2 overall record.

Eliana Varela and Monique Garcia-Bradley were also selected to the league first team. Teammates Jessica Funston and Tessa Gonzales earned second-team honors.

Patterson High’s fifth-year coach, Cade Tomasegovich, was named the WAC’s Coach of the Year. He also won the award in 2010.

Boys tennis

The league boys tennis campaign was wrapped up with a three-match winning streak.

Patterson competed at the WAC tournament April 27 at Pacheco High in Los Banos, where Sterling Ramirez placed second in boys singles to earn a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II event at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville.

Ramirez was the tennis team’s MVP, and Adan Cortez earned Coach’s Award honors.

Daniel Cota took the Tiger Pride Award, and Dylan Halland was the team’s Most Improved Player.

Boys golf

Anchored by three strong performances, the Patterson High boys golf team concluded its league season with a fourth-place finish at the WAC tournament May 2 at Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club.

As top individual finishers, Alex Whitney, Brian Lemmon and Luis Castaneda secured dates at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV subsection tournament May 8, also at Diablo Grande.

Whitney and Lemmon were among the student-athletes named to the all-WAC team, the league office announced in May. Whitney was named to the first team, and Lemmon earned second-team honors.

Patterson coach Richard Jones named Whitney the team’s Most Outstanding Golfer, while teammate John Grischott came away with the Tiger Pride Award.

Football

Patterson engineered a remarkable comeback that nonetheless fell short against the visiting Benicia High Panthers in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III football playoffs on Nov. 9.

Trailing 21-0, the home team scored 24 unanswered points to take the lead. But the rally was reversed when the Panthers returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, downing the Tigers 27-24 before a boisterous crowd at Patterson Community Stadium.

After making their eighth straight appearance in the SJS football playoffs, the Tigers (7-4) placed five players on the all-WAC first team: offensive lineman Robert McDonnell, defensive lineman Isaiah Tuefele, linebacker Drake Vatuvei, tight end Jordan Levu and defensive back Brandon Williams.

Named to the all-WAC second team were quarterback Joey Lopes, linebacker Miles Jacks, wide receiver Avion Warmsley and linebacker Rueben Rosas.

Boys soccer

Patterson claimed a share of the WAC boys soccer championship with a 6-2 victory against the Pacheco High Panthers of Los Banos on Oct. 24 at Patterson Community Stadium.

The Tigers (10-1-1 WAC) finished the regular season tied for first place in the conference with Central Valley High of Ceres and had the tiebreaker advantage in Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff seeding because of their 1-0-1 record against the Hawks.

Patterson entered the Division III playoffs riding a five-game winning streak and celebrating its first league title since 2009.

In the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, Patterson drew the Tri-County League’s River Valley High of Yuba City.

Eighty minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime produced a scoreless tie, and River Valley defeated the Tigers 5-4 on penalty kicks Nov. 1 at Patterson Community Stadium.

Jose Rodriguez, Kiki Gonzalez and Andres Herrera were honored with first-team all-WAC spots.

Oscar Toledo, Adrian Ramirez and Fernando Ramos were selected to the conference’s second team, while Israel Sotelo and Osvaldo Barbosa each received an honorable mention.

Cross-country

For the first time, Patterson captured the top individual spots in the boys and girls races in the WAC championship, Oct. 24 at River Bluff Regional Park in Ceres.

Nathan Stanton won his 3.1-mile race in 16 minutes, 26 seconds, leading the Tiger boys to a third-place team finish with 85 points.

Lupe Ventura was the top finisher in the girls race, completing the 3.1-mile course in 21:09.

Both Stanton and Ventura came away with all-league honors.

Five Patterson runners, including Stanton and Ventura, qualified to compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section championship meet by turning in top performances Nov. 3 at a subsection race on the Frogtown course in Angels Camp.

Stanton placed 14th out of 228 runners with a time of 16:49 on the 3-mile varsity boys course.

Ventura led Patterson’s girls team with a time of 14:25, good enough for seventh place on the 3-mile course.

The Patterson junior varsity boys team had three runners ready to move on to sectional competition.

Antonio Venegas set the pace for Patterson with a 16th-place finish and a time of 12:41. Teammates Devin Burnett (19th, 12:48) and Dylan Halland (32nd, 13:02) qualified to race in the SJS championship meet, too.

Patterson’s athletes finished short of qualifying for the CIF state meet during the SJS championship Nov. 10 at Willow Hills Reservoir in Folsom.

Girls golf

Patterson won its final WAC dual match of the season, 240-282, over Pacheco High of Los Banos on Oct. 15 at Diablo Grande.

Sarah Sanchez led the Tigers (5-7 WAC) with a score of 52 on the par-36 course.

Two members of the Patterson High girls golf team hit the links for the final time this season Oct. 23 during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament.

Sanchez — who had reached the Division IV tournament for a third straight season — and Veronica Benitez closed their year with solid efforts on a rainy, blustery afternoon at Elkhorn Golf and Country Club in Stockton.

Strong winds and a chilly downpour made for difficult conditions on the par-72 course. Sanchez scored 125, enough for a 12th-place finish in the field of 60. Benitez capped her season with a round of 145.

Girls tennis

The Patterson girls tennis team honored its standout athletes Nov. 19 at the annual Fall Athletic Awards Night.

The event acknowledged several individual accolades, noting achievements in leadership, team spirit and overall improvement.

Sisters Kelby Norfleet and Kendal Norfleet were selected to the WAC first team.

Nzuzi Mahungu was named the girls tennis team’s Most Valuable Singles Player. Teammates Britnei Murray and Avree Chairez earned Most Valuable Doubles Player honors.

Jennifer Camberos was the team’s Most Improved Player, and Kelby Norfleet and Victoria Paden were named co-captains.

Volleyball

Patterson finished the WAC volleyball season with three wins and nine losses, concluding with a 3-1 defeat by the visiting Panthers from Pacheco High on Oct. 30.

Mele Tupouata was selected to the all-WAC first team, and Karina Villafana received an honorable mention.

Villafana was named the volleyball team’s Outstanding Defensive Player. Tupouata took home the Most Improved Player award, while teammate Mariele Schut earned the Tiger Pride Award. Bailey Boschi came away with the Hustle Award. Kiara Job and Sadie Schut were selected as team co-captains.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.

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