Sports Briefs 4-23-2013

ARC’s Tennis player Kevin Valentine in a match during the Big 8 North Conference Tournament hosted at ARC on April 5 and 6. Photo by Emily K. Rabasto

Men’s

Baseball – With two games left in the regular season, the men look to shake up the NorCal championship bracket. The men play at Cosumnes River College on April 25 at 2:30 p.m. and finish the regular season at home versus Diablo Valley College on April 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Golf – The men’s last match before the NorCal Championships is the Big 8 #12 Conference match on Tuesday, April 30, at the Chardonnay Golf Course in Napa, Calif., at 12 p.m. The NorCal Championships will be held on May 6 at the Diablo Grande Golf and Country Club in Patterson, Calif., at 7:30 a.m.

Swim & Dive – Freshmen divers James Kent and Zack Yokoyama look to claim state titles for the team at the State Swim and Dive Championships on April 25 through the 27, hosted by East LA College. The men will also have a shot at claiming a title in the freestyle event, having 14 guys eligible to compete in the event.

Tennis – After the teams 22 game win streak was ended in a 5-0 loss to No. 1 ranked Fresno City College during the NorCal championship match, the No. 3 ranked men are gearing up for the singles and doubles state championship in Ojai, Calif., on April 24 through the 28.

Track & Field – The team is currently the No. 1 ranked team in Northern California and is favored to win the Big 8 conference title again. Luis Luna is the favorite to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Will Reyes is a strong candidate to win the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter. The team hosts the NorCal Championships on May 4 and May 11 at 12 p.m.

Women’s

Softball – After starting the season off 14-3, the women have sputtered during divisional play going 10-10 for an overall record of 24-13. The team is gearing up for playoffs, led by sophomore pitcher Karolanne Tipton who leads the Big 8 conference with a .206 ERA and is No. 15 in the state.

Swim & Dive – The team will have 12 eligible swimmers to compete in the freestyle event at the competition. Nicole Grottkau and Meghan Neep are strong contenders in the sprint event as well. The women will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the State Swim and Dive Championships on April 25 through the 27 at East LA College.

Track & Field – The women are entering the Northern California championships with an 11-point lead after sophomore Hannah Hardy won the NorCal Heptathlon with 4,146 points on April 17 at the College of San Mateo. The women will host the NorCal Championships on May 4 and May 11 at 12 p.m.

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