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Prep volleyball: Vacaville opens MEL play with sweep of Vanden

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VACAVILLE — The set scores were close, but Vacaville emerged with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 victory over Vanden to open Monticello Empire League play at Harold Youngblood Gymnasium, Tuesday.

For the Vikings (1-2 overall), Anaya Thrower had six kills and seven blocks; Breanna Davis was 12 of 13 on serves with twos aces, 11 assists and two kills; Kelsey Wall was 14 of 16 with four aces, five kills, three blocks and four digs; and Soleil Sands was 6 of 7 at the service line with seven blocks.

Vacaville won the JV match 25-19, 25-7 while Vanden’s Alex Berlin was 4 for 4 at the service line; Ariah Isadora was 7 of 8 with one ace, four kills snd three blocks; and Taya Kelly was 3 of 3, with one kill. six assists and one. block.

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Prep football: Bulldogs open season by crushing Davis, 45-8

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VACAVILLE — Darian Leon-Guerrero scored on runs of 65 and 62 yard, and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass as the Vacaville High football team rolled to a 45-8 season-opening victory at Zunino Stadium, Friday night.

Leon-Guerrero, who ran for 162 yards on just eight carries, got the Bulldogs on the board 11 seconds into the game by scoring on a 65-yard run with Ariel Till kicking the first of six conversions.

The Blue Devils got their first and only lead of the night by scoring on a 4-yard run and added a two-point conversion with 8:16 to go in the first quarter.

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Vacaville Swim Club introduces water polo camps

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Vacaville Swim Club is hosting an introduction camp that focuses on the basic skills of water polo. Athletes will be introduced to treading, passing, shooting, defense, offense and base rules.

Coach Justin Koeppen has 20 years of water polo playing experience including school, clubs, Division I college, and National. Furthermore, he has 13 years of coaching experience including high school, club, Long Beach State, and USA Olympic Development. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sports Psychology and Coaching from Long Beach State.

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Woman to compete in Olympics 17 years after eating disorder forced her to quit sports

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Race walker Robyn Stevens is heading to the Olympic Games in Tokyo with Team USA this month 17 years after she retired from competition because of an eating disorder. Stevens, 38, who lives in Vacaville, California, talked about her health struggle and comeback in an interview with TODAY.

I showed signs that I could develop an eating disorder in my senior year of high school. I remember getting on the scale and seeing that I weighed 100 pounds — I had always been under 100. In my head, seeing the three digits just seemed like a lot. I was only 4 feet, 11 inches tall.

It fully developed in freshman year of college. I was at an indoor meet and when a girl won an event, one of my coaches said, “Yes, she did well, but imagine how much faster she would be if she were skinnier.” It registered in my head as something that might be a possibility for why I wasn’t going faster.

My goal was to go to the 2004 Olympics and race walk, but there were all these things going on with my body. I went through late puberty so I didn’t start developing breasts until that first year of college. I looked heavier. The coach would have weigh-ins in front of everyone.

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California high school softball: Three join this week’s MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings

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Like the weather, high school softball league play is heating up throughout the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Delta League has six teams that have already been ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 this season. No. 3 Sheldon (Sacramento) will be on the road Thursday as they take on fourth-ranked Elk Grove.

Another Delta standout, St. Francis (Sacramento) checks in at No. 6 this week. After a nine-inning loss to then No. 4 Del Oro (Loomis) to start the season, the Troubadours have rolled off six straight wins. Coach Warren’s squad has scored at least 11 runs in each of those victories.

In the Tri-City Athlete League, Lincoln (Stockton) (8-0) looks to be the favorite, but teams like TracyLodi and St. Mary’s (Stockton) might have something to say about that.

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California high school softball: Rocklin takes over top spot in this week’s MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section rankings

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Rocklin has not backed away from competition to start the season. The Thunder so far has knocked off fourth-ranked Elk Grove, No. 3 Sheldon (Sacramento), No. 15 Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) and finished with a 10-0 win Friday over Lincoln (23).
Rocklin’s success against a very tough strength of schedule has pushed the Thunder to No. 1 in this week’s MaxPreps Top 25 Sac-Joaquin Section high school softball rankings. It doesn’t get easier for them this week, starting Tuesday at home against No. 10 Roseville, before Sierra Foothill League play begins Wednesday at No. 6 Folsom and 22nd-ranked Granite Bay (22) on Friday.

Some small schools are making noise in the southern part of the section. Both Escalon and Atwater have yet to give up a run this season in eight games combined. Both teams join this week’s rankings.

In a year that unfortunately will not conclude with postseason play, we can still get excited about so many big-time matchups.

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A look back: When sports returned in Solano County

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Kierra MacKenzie (right) scores a hit against Kelara Madani in a Suzuki Cup match in Addison, Texas, in December 2019. MacKenzie competed in the tournament again in December 2020 and won a gold medal. (contributed photo -- Sonny Lopez)

Vacaville Christian High graduate Kiera MacKenzie is the best karate fighter in the heavyweight women’s division in the state of California and third best in the United States.

But MacKenzie, who usually participates in about 20 karate tournaments a year, hadn’t had a fight since March 8, 2020. California COVID regulations precluded any contact sports.

But Texas was allowing karate competition. So when MacKenzie and Jim Ernest, her coach at Ramtown Karate in Dixon, got wind of a tournament in early December in Dallas, they jumped at the chance.

MacKenzie came back from the competition, the Suzuki Cup, with a gold medal in her fighting division and a bronze in kata (a non-contact detailed choreographed pattern of martial arts movements).

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The pandemic: How high school athletes in Solano County coped

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Will C. Wood junior soccer standout Taylor Ford (front) stayed in shape for both soccer and volleyball. She hopes to play both in the compressed high school sports season. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

When the coronavirus closed schools and discontinued high school sports last March, athletes had to find ways to stay motivated as they waited a year for sports to resume.

Some athletes, like runners, had to stay in shape or risk losing their previous level of attainment.

“I attended a level 2 USA Track and Field coaches certification,” said Shannon Bubar, head track and field coach at Vacaville Christian High School. “After just two weeks off there’s a reduction of 6 percent of VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen a person can utilize during intense exercise), a 19 percent reduction and a significant decrease in power after 30 to 63 days off, and a 25.7 percent reduction and a severe decrease in power after more than 63 days.”

Larry Hogue, head track and field coach at Vanden, echoed Bubar’s thoughts.

“With track you do have to condition,” he said. “Even if you go out and jog around the block once a day, at least it gets your heart rate and stamina up.”

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Bay Area ATH Croix Stewart Lands First Pac-12 Offer From UCLA

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Benicia (Calif.) cornerback Croix Stewart gets his season started next weekend against Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo.

And he’ll start his junior year with his first Pac-12 offer under his belt.

UCLA offered Stewart after his scrimmage against Walnut Creek (Calif.) Northgate.

The Bruins were the first from the Pac-12 to offer him but he also has offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah State.

With his offseason testing, a new school and his junior year forthcoming, we expected Stewart to land a slew of Power 5 offers and the Bruins got him started with it.

His offseason started with a stellar showing at the Stack Sports Showcase (formerly The Opening Regional) in Northern California. Stewart ran an event-best 4.40 laser timed forty (the fastest 40 on the Stack Sports Showcase tour) and finished with the second highest rating there, a 111.24, and was named by 247Sports as the event’s Alpha Dog.

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Vacaville, Vanden, Wood football ready to kick off

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Will C. Wood defensive end, Xavier Copeland fights through a block during practice Wednesday at Wildcat Stadium. The Wildcats open up the season at home on March 19 against league rival, Vanden High School. Copeland is one of the top returners for the 'Cats. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

When the California Department of Public Health declared on February 19 that high school football could resume in counties with 14 or fewer COVID cases per 100,000 people, one could almost hear a collective whoop getting ready to emanate from the mouths of local high school football players.

When the Solano County COVID-19 rate, which had been at 18.4 cases per 100,000 that day, dipped to 12.4 by the following Tuesday, the football players in the Monticello Empire League let that whoop out full throttle in celebration and put on their cleats to get ready for official practice and for their first games on Friday, March 19.

This week they got another boost when Solano County, previously in the purple color-coded COVID tier, entered the red color-coded tier. That means that, pending decisions by the local school districts (which have generally followed county guidelines), football players will no longer have to undergo weekly COVID testing.

The coaches and players at Vacaville, Will C. Wood and Vanden High Schools may be competitors. But they are unanimously thrilled to be playing football again.

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