REEDLEY COLLEGE: Modesto ends Tiger football’s 4-game win streak

Pirates roll to 35-0 halftime lead, cruise to 42-7 victory to drop Reedley from share of first place in National-Valley Conference

A trio of Reedley College tacklers combine to bring down Shasta College receiver Randy Gibson (7) during the Tigers’ season-opening 35-21 victory over Shasta College on Sept. 2 at Sal Gonzalez Field. (Danny Jimenez)
Jon Earnest
Published October 30, 2023  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – Reedley College’s four-game win streak — and a share of first place in the National-Valley Conference standings — came crashing down on Oct. 28 at the hands of fellow NVC member Modesto Junior College.

Five different players scored as the visiting Pirates stormed to a 35-0 halftime lead, eventually going up 42-0 before cruising to a 42-7 victory over the Tigers at Reedley High’s Sal Gonzalez Field. Modesto (5-3 overall) shares first place with Fresno City College (also 5-3) at 3-0, while the Tigers fell a game off the pace while dropping to 6-2 overall.

Modesto’s offense was proficient, racking up 545 total yards including 402 on the ground. Six different players rushed for at least 40 yards, three for more than 60 with Kimoni Stanley finishing with 93 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Luke Weaver threw for 143 yards and a pair of scores.

Reedley, conversely, finished with just 272 total yards and had the Pirates returned a pass interception 54 yards just before halftime to build the lead to 35-0. Quarterback DJ Stevenson finished 14 of 23 for 173 yards and the Tigers’ lone touchdown, a 32-yard pass to Ladanian Sheets in the closing seconds of the third quarter.

Reedley finished with just 99 yards rushing, led by 35 yards from Stevenson on 11 attempts. Defensively, linebackers Langston Latham and Brak Hill led the Tigers with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.

Another huge game awaits Reedley College this week as the Tigers travel to play Fresno City College on Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff for the annual “Battle for the Pump” is set for 1 p.m. at Ratcliffe Stadium. The Rams the all-time series, 48-14, after posting a 55-20 win in Reedley last season.

The Tigers will close out the regular season with a conference home game Saturday Nov. 11 against Sacramento City College.

Tigers snap three-match losing streak

Reedley College snapped a three-match Central Valley Conference losing streak in women’s soccer, riding the strength of three first half goals to defeat visiting West Hills College Lemoore, 3-1, at RC field on Oct. 27.

The Tigers (10-6-1, 7-5-1 CVC) got scores in the opening half from Dinuba High products Krysta Casas and Diana Rico as well as Nazira Nunez. Visalia native Nunez opened the scoring two minutes in off an assist from Jennifer Martinez.

Rico then took a feed from Nunez and converted at the 39 minute mark, before Casas made 3-0 just before the break after getting a feed from Kassandra Rita. West Hills scored in the 80th minute to cut into the lead, but the defense and goalkeeper Areal Galvan (Reedley High) finished with four saves.

Reedley College dropped a 2-1 decision at Clovis Community College on Oct. 24, getting its lone goal from Rico in the second half. The Tigers outshot Clovis, 10-9, but the Crush got goals from Jimena Gutierrez and Natalie Galicia in the first half and held on.

Reedley plays at Porterville in a CVC contest at 4 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 31, then closes the regular season with home matches against Fresno City College (Friday, Nov. 3) and Madera (Friday, Nov. 10). Both contests start at 6 p.m.

Women’s golf wins Big 8 Tournament #10

The Reedley College women’s golf team finished the regular season on a high note, winning the Big 8 Conference Tournament #10 at Turlock Country Club on Oct. 25. The Tigers came in first with a team score of 341, 13 shots ahead of Sacramento City College.

The Reedley College women’s golf team is pictured after winning the Big 8 Conference Tournament #10 at Turlock Country Club on Oct 25. The Tigers beat out Sacramento City College by 13 strokes. (Reedley College)

Freshman Ethel Asequia was the first place medalist of the tournament, and was named conference Most Valuable Player. Sophomore Meghan Hansen was named First Team All-Conference for the second straight year. Ava Arredondo also earned First Team All-Conference honors.

The Tigers now head to Yolo Fliers Golf Club in Woodland on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6-7 to play for the NorCal Regional Championship.

Road loss caps winless October for volleyball

Reedley College’s volleyball team captured its first set in nearly a month, but the Tigers’ October drought was completed in a four-set loss at West Hills-Lemoore on Oct. 25. Scores were 25-12, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-20. Reedley lost all seven of its matches for the month, dropping to 3-14 overall and 2-10 in Central Valley Conference matches.

Sophomore outside hitters Leah Mosqueda and Sariah Serrano each collected 15 kills for the host Golden Eagles (4-17, 2-10). No stats were available for the Tigers.

Reedley College plays at Columbia in a 5 p.m. conference match on Wednesday, Nov. 1, then is taking on College of the Sequoias in Visalia at 6 p.m Friday, Nov. 3. The Tigers close out their home campaign at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 against Porterville and then finish the season at Taft on Friday, Nov. 10.

Jon Earnest
Reporter