Millennium High coach Bess Haldi is used to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs — but she isn’t used to taking a program in its second year of varsity play to the postseason.
At least not yet.
The Falcons wrapped up their first season in Harvest Christian League play with a 6-6 record, defeating Calvary Temple of Modesto, 3-0, at Williams Middle School on Monday. And the year might not yet be over, as the Falcons are currently ranked 16th in the Division V CIF-SJS playoff power rankings.
Against Calvary Temple, the Falcons (6-6 HCL, 9-8 overall) were led by nine aces, seven digs and three kills from Abigale Medina, and two aces, five assists and five digs from Allison Forrest. Lillian Buckley knocked four aces, two kills and dug four balls, and Shalimar Hicks served up one ace, dug six balls and added three kills.
Mary Sue Savage blocked two balls, dug six, made four aces and added two kills. Amber Fuentes had two aces, a block and four digs and kills, and freshman Michelle Laban had nine aces, 13 assists, eight digs and three kills.
“It was a great send-off for our seniors,” said Haldi, who used to coach at West High.
The top 16 teams go to the postseason. Final power rankings should be released sometime this week.
The Tracy High cross country team wrapped up its league season Friday with the San Joaquin Athletic Association meet at Lodi Lake, and several runners made the All-League team.
Sophomore Ben Burchett took sixth overall in the boys varsity race, with a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds. Ramiro Rojas was 29th overall in 21:13, and Joseph Sanchez was right behind in 21:16. Eric Stockel ran a 21:42, and Eduardo Lopez ran a 22:06.
Jennifer Brawley was the highest Tracy girls varsity finisher, with a 21:52 good for fifth place. Ashley Freitas finished in 23:26, good for 10th overall, and Caitlin McLean ran a 23:32, good for 11th place.
All varsity runners are eligible to run in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Delta Subsection meet at Frogtown in Angels Camp on Saturday.
Jade Reynolds finished 11th in the frosh-soph boys race in 10:44, and Dylan Multanen was 26th in 11:18.
Meghan Gleason medaled for the frosh-soph girls, with a sixth-place finish in 12:13, and Marissa Matta was 20th place in 13:18.