Sports Briefs – Nov 23 2012

Men’s

Basketball – The men played in the Shasta tournament on Nov. 16-18. The team went 1-2 in the tournament, beating Merrit College but lost to Diablo Valley College and Ohlone College. The team’s next home game isn’t until Jan. 11 when they play Sacramento City College.

Cross-Country – Led by California men’s cross-country Coach of the Year Rick Anderson, the men repeated as state champions. Sophomore Matt Airola took first place in the race averaging a 5:02 mile time. The five runners whose scores counted toward ARC’s total time finished in the top 28.  The men beat second place finisher Glendale Community College by 12 points (84-96).

Football (7-2) – The football team’s next game is the Northern California Championships in a rematch versus City College of San Francisco on Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. The Beavers lost to the rams earlier this season 52-33.  The Beavers recently saw many of their sophomores verbally commit to 4-year universities, running back Devontae Booker to The University of Utah, linebacker Sampson Faifili to the University of Kansas and defensive back Zane Petty to the University of Illinois.

Soccer (8-10-3) – The men’s soccer team failed to qualify for the playoffs this season after an 8-10-3 record and a 3-4-1 record in division. This is the first time the men have missed the playoffs in over 10 seasons. Daniel Lomeli led the team in scoring with five goals.

Water Polo – After a shaky start to the beginning of the season, the men redeemed themselves in the Big 8 division finishing 10-9. In the NorCal Championships, the men finished in third place. The team beat Modesto Junior College.

Women’s

Cross-Country – The women finished No. 13 in the California Community Cross-Country Championships. Alexa Lua led the way for the Beavers, finishing in 47th place. The American River College women finished the season as Big 8 Champions and claimed second place in the NorCal Championships.

Golf – The women finished the season in the sixth spot in the Big 8, led by freshman Megan Santo Domingo who led the team in golf scores with a 97.20 average. The team failed to qualify for the Nor-Cal Championship.

Soccer (8-4-1) – The women’s soccer team won their first match of the playoffs versus Ohlone College, led by Ceci Velazquez who contributed two goals to the team’s win. The women will play at division rival Santa Rosa Junior College on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. The women are 0-2 versus Santa Rosa this season.

Volleyball (23-5) – The team finished second in the Big 8 Conference this season, behind Santa Rosa Junior College. The women lost to Santa Rosa Junior College in the sophomore match on Nov. 14 3 sets to 1.  The team is ranked No. 4 in the Northern California bracket. They kicked off the playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 20 versus Taft College.

Water Polo – The women followed in the same footsteps as the men. They finished in third place after beating Sierra College in the NorCal Championships, but failed to qualify for the state championships. The women had a strong showing in the Big 8 conference, finishing 6-1.

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