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Angel Garcia Goes Up for the Basket
Driving to the basket is Cordova guard Angel Garcia.
Photo by Rae Lynn Flippo

Lancers Fall to Eagles

By Mike Bush
Posted: 12/18/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - One quarter of scoring made the difference for the Cordova High School boys’ basketball team in Tuesday’s home non-league game against Vista del Lago.

The end result: Lancers fell 101-91 to the Eagles. Trailing 26-19 after the first quarter, Cordova (3-5) looked to get back into the contest. But the Eagles soared to a 36-9 advantage that led to a 62-38 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Lancers rallied as they outscored Vista del Lago, 65-39. Additional results of the game were not available at press time.

Cordova 69, Tokay 64 (OT)
In the final game of the McDonald’s Classic at Edison High School last Saturday, the Lancers and Tigers were tied at 58-58 after four quarters. But in overtime, Cordova raced past Tokay with an 11-6 run to post the win over Lodi’s second high school.

Cordova 81, Franklin 62
On Dec. 11th, also at the tourney, Cordova, which was tied 8-8 with Franklin after the first quarter, erupted for 28 points in the second quarter for a 36-26 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Yellowjackets outscored the Lancers, 24-15 that trimmed the Lancers’ lead to 51-50. But Cordova put a folk in the Stockton school in the fourth quarter with a 30-12 advantage for the win.

Cordova had four players who scored in double figures: DeAnte Wilkins led the way with 17 points; Damion Baldwin and Jason Novik followed with 13 points each; and Najee Clark had 12.

Three Lancers scored five points each: Angel Garcia joined teammates Ben Danielyan and William Moore with their contributions. Mike Brown had four points and Joseph Gomez and Devin Baldwin had one each.

Lodi 81, Cordova 58
Wilkins and Clark had nine points each for Cordova, which were burned by the Flames in the first quarter, 23-13, in its second game of the tourney on Dec. 10th.

Other Lancers who scored in the game were Moore with six points each and Devin Baldwin, Slavik Demchyk, Garcia and Mike Brown had five points each.

Chavez 73, Cordova 49
In the tournament opener on Dec. 9th, Chavez, also a Stockton school, outscored the Lancers, 27-18, in the first quarter that led to the win.

Leading Cordova scorers were Novik with nine points, Damion Baldwin seven, Demchyk six, Wilkins and Danielyan five each, Garcia four and John Pacholski and Brown two each.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Cordova takes part in its second tournament of the season, the St. Hope Classic at Hiram Johnson and Sacramento high schools. The Lancers play Valley of Sacramento to start the tourney, which runs through Dec. 23rd.

Then on Monday, Dec. 28th, Cordova will host its 40th annual Cordova Christmas against Encina at Lancer Gym. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Cordova High School Lancer Logo

Lady Lancers Drop Close Games

By Mike Bush
Posted: 12/18/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Four games into the season, the Cordova High School girls’ basketball team has yet to play a home game.

Making the journey to Yuba City, the Lady Lancers fell to River Valley, 52-39. After falling behind 19-9 in the first quarter, Cordova (2-3) rallied in the second, 14-13, to trim the Falcons’ lead to 42-33 at halftime. But in the second half, River Valley outscored its visitors, 19-17, for the win.

River City 52, Cordova 40
In the second and final game of River City’s Rumble on the River Tournament, the Lady Lancers led 10-6 after the first quarter. But in the second, the Lady Raiders went on a 21-11 for a 28-21 halftime lead. River City outscored Cordova, 25-19, in the second half for the win.

Two Lady Lancers scored in double figures: guard Erika Wilson had 12 points and Kelsie Graf 11. Jullissa Reis followed with seven points and Nikki Jones and Annalise Tate had two points each.

Cordova had 34 rebounds in the game, with Wilson grabbing about one-third of the boards at 10 that included seven defensive. Leila Cooper pulled down nine, Reis six and Kelsie Graf five. Wilson and Graf had five steals each.

Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova started action at the Liberty Ranch Tournament in Galt that runs through Saturday.

Next Monday, the Lady Lancers continue their road adventures at Kimball of Tracy. Then on Tuesday play at Placer.

Cordova High School Lancer Logo

Cordova Hoops Split Games

By Mike Bush
Posted: 12/11/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Three Cordova High School boy basketball players scored in double digits in Tuesday’s 87-62 non-league home win over Casa Roble inside the Lancers’ gym.

The Lancers’ DeAnte Wilkins led the way with 26 points. Guard Najee Clark followed with 16 points and Damion Baldwin with 12. They combined for two-thirds of the Lancers’ points in the game.

Leading 33-28 at halftime, Cordova (1-2) went on a 27-17 third quarter run to expand its lead to 60-43. The Lancers finished the game with the same 27-17 run for the win.

Additional scorers for Cordova were guard Jason Novik with seven points, Kyle Lorena, and William Moore had six each, Ben Danielyan five, Joseph Gomez four, and Devin Baldwin two.

Kennedy 88, Cordova 83
In another non-league game at Grant High School, in a one-day tournament as part of a Sacramento playing Bay Area squads on Dec. 5th, Cordova battled Kennedy, out of Richmond.

On Wednesday, Cordova started action in the McDonald’s Classic at Edison High School of Stockton. The Lancers played host Edison in the first round game. The tourney concludes tomorrow, Saturday.

Next week, Lancer fans will have a chance to catch Cordova in action with two home games. On Tuesday, the Lancers host Vista del Lago and next Saturday, Dec. 19th, host Valley of Sacramento.

Later this month, Cordova will take part in two more tournaments before playing one more non-league game and the start of Sierra Valley Conference next month. In two weeks, the Lancers take part in the St. Hope Classic that is scheduled to be played at Sacramento High School.

Then on Monday, Dec. 28th, Cordova will tip-off in its 40th annual Cordova Christmas Classic. The tourney will run through Dec. 30th.

The Lancers’ final non-league game will be on the road at Mira Loma on Jan. 6th.

Cordova High School Lancer Logo

Lady Lancers Off to 2-1 Start

By Mike Bush
Posted: 12/11/2015

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A scoreless first quarter was the difference in the Cordova High School girls’ basketball team’s road game against the Capital Christian High School squad on Tuesday.

That quarter led to the Lady Lancers losing 47-34 to the Lady Cougars. In the second quarter, Cordova (1-1) outscored Capital Christian, 16-10, but the host Cougars led 23-16 at halftime.

The Lancers continued their pace in the third quarter, as they raced past the Cougars with a 12-11 run to cut the lead to 34-28. But CC held Cordova to six points in the fourth quarter to hang onto the win.

Leading scorers for Cordova was guard Leila Cooper with eight points. She was followed by Kelsie Graf with seven points, Jullisa Reis six, Erika Wilson five, Nikki Jones four, Aneka White three, and Julia Rosales one.

Cordova 44, Tracy 38
In their first official road game of the season on Dec. 1st, the Lady Lancers jumped out to a 16-12 lead in the first quarter. They led 25-20 at halftime and 30-25 after three quarters over the Lady Bulldogs.

Cooper led the way for the Lady Lancers with 15 points. Graf was next with nine points and Graf six. Wilson joined Jones and White with four points each and Reis two.

Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova continued its non-league schedule at River City. Next Tuesday, the Lancers play at River Valley of Yuba City. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Guy Anderson Watches a Cordova High Game
Guy Anderson watches from the dugout during a Cordova High School baseball game last season. The skipper at this point was second among California high school baseball coaches with wins at 927.
Photo by Rick Sloan

Guy Anderson Back in Baseball

By Mike Bush
Posted: 12/4/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Baseball has been a part of Guy Anderson’s life for a long time.

For 45 years, Anderson was the Cordova High School baseball head coach in which he racked up 927 wins, second among California high school baseball coaches. Anderson guided many Lancer teams to multiple league crowns and five Sac-Joaquin Section titles. His 2014 Cordova baseball team captured the Capital Athletic League crown.

Anderson also taught and eventually became Cordova’s athletic director before he retired from education in the early 2000s but continued as the Lancers’ head coach.

Last May, after Cordova posted a 6-21 record, Anderson was relieved of his duties from the Cordova baseball program. In a position where he was considered an at-will, year-to-year contracted coach, Anderson was given an option of resigning or termination. When he refused to resign, he was relieved of his duties.

But next spring, Anderson will be back on the diamond.

Anderson, 82, was hired as an assistant coach for the Capital Christian High School baseball team. He will be working with head coach Nelson Randolph, who led the Cougars to the section’s Division V crown last spring. Capital Christian has played in the last three section title games.

Mike Brown Keeps the Ball Away from His Opponent
Looking to pass the ball at midcourt is Cordova forward Mike Brown.
Photos by Rae Lynn Flippo

Lancer Basketball Returns Many Seniors

By Mike Bush
Posted: 12/4/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - On Tuesday, the Cordova High School boys basketball team rallied but lost a 53-43 non-league home game to Wood inside the Lancers’ gym.

Trailing 39-28 after three quarters, Cordova (0-1) started its rally toward the end of the final quarter thanks to defense. The Lancers forced the Wildcats into turnovers that led to cutting the deficit to 49-40.

Then the score was cut to 49-43 thanks to a 3-pointer from Lancer point guard Jason Novik, who was the leading scorer with 12 points, with 28 seconds left in the game. But Wood, out of Vacaville, made four free throws to register the win.

On Monday, Cordova knocked off Stagg of Stockton, 77-57, in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Foundation Games. Money paid toward admission for Monday’s games goes to funding the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship and Women in Conference.

For the last two seasons, Cordova has captured back-to-back league titles in the Sierra Valley Conference (last season) and the Capital Athletic League from the 2013-14 season. Leading the way was Jordan Roberson, who graduated last spring.

Out of 16 players on its roster, Cordova has 10 seniors. Lancers who saw significant time on the court in Tuesday’s game against the Wildcats were forwards DeAnte Wilkins, guards Damion Baldwin, Kyle Lorena and Angel Garcia, and forward William Moore.

Other seniors on the squad are forwards John Pacholski, William Moore, Eric Shin, Joseph Gomez, and DeAnte Wilkins, plus guards Devin Baldwin and DeReginald Walker.

Joseph Gomez Moving Fast
Cordova forward Joseph Gomez looks to pass the ball to a teammate in Tuesday’s non-league home game against Wood.

“We had such a good group of seniors last season that most of the seniors, this year, didn’t get much game experience,” said Cordova head coach Fletcher Johnson.

The six juniors on the team are Mike Brown, Najee Clark, Novik, Kenny Haney and Slavik Dernchyk.

One of the strengths Johnson has is depth and athleticism. As the preseason continues for the Lancers, finding their identity on offense and defense should become clearer.

“We’ve got 16 guys who are all quick and can get out and shoot better than we have in the past,” Johnson said. “It’s just a matter of us getting some game experience.”

Tomorrow, Saturday, Cordova will continue its preseason schedule at Grant High School in Sacramento, taking part in a Sacramento vs. Bay Area schools. Cordova will play Kennedy of Richmond at 2 p.m.

Next Tuesday, the Lancers host Casa Roble in another home non-league game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, Cordova will take part in the McDonald’s Classic at Edison High School of Stockton. The Lancers will play the host Vikings at 6:30 p.m.

Bonney Field Selected as First Venue for Rugby League

Posted: 11/27/2015

PRO Rugby Organizers Meet at Bonney Field
PRO Rugby is sanctioned by USA Rugby and World Rugby in an effort to showcase the talents and skills of American players. Participation and interest in the sport has made rugby the fastest-growing team sport in North America.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Representatives from PRO Rugby, Spectra, and Cal Expo announced that a partnership has been developed to bring the professional sport of rugby to Sacramento. PRO Rugby launched the newest professional sports team at its new home, Bonney Field, on the grounds of Cal Expo. The venue agreement is for a minimum of two years.

A contest will be launched soon to develop the new team name. The club expects to begin play in April 2016 with tickets going on sale in January 2016.

“We are excited to launch PRO Rugby in Sacramento and five other cities around the United States,” said PRO Rugby CEO Douglas Schoninger. “Sacramento’s support of USA and international rugby games during the California State Fair proved that there is strong demand for professional competition in the Sacramento region. We look forward to connecting fans with this new team and the league.”

PRO Rugby is sanctioned by USA Rugby and World Rugby in an effort to showcase the talents and skills of American players. Participation and interest in the sport has made rugby the fastest-growing team sport in North America.

“Bonney Field was created to serve as a community gathering spot for sports and entertainment activities in the Sacramento region,” said Nick Nicora, vice president of Development for Spectra, owners of Bonney Field. “We welcome PRO Rugby to this community which has shown great support for its professional sports teams.”

Spectra operates the food and beverage in the following facilities in Northern California, and manages the ticketing at UC Berkeley: Cal Expo/Bonney Field, Sacramento, CA; Raley Field, West Sacramento, CA; Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton, CA; Coliseum, Oakland, CA; and Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA.

“As a showcase for our remarkable State, Cal Expo plays an increasing role in helping to build a vibrant community and a more robust region. The launch of PRO Rugby in Sacramento is a logical progression that builds on the success of the international rugby matches that have already occurred at Cal Expo,” said Rick Pickering, Cal Expo CEO. “As home to the oldest professional sport in Sacramento—horse racing—and the newest professional sport—soccer—Cal Expo is honored to provide a platform for the historic launch of professional rugby. Celebrating achievement through competition is core to our mission as the State Fair.”

Bonney Field has drawn large crowds in the past for Sacramento Republic FC soccer games and exhibition international rugby games. The stadium’s capacity is approximately 11,000.

The inaugural PRO Rugby season will include 10 games from April to July. Additional venues will be announced shortly for the other PRO Rugby league teams.

Source: Cal Expo

Unique Perez Takes the Hike
Cordova quarterback Unique Perez, No. 10, earned the SVC’s MVP honors. He was also named the Lancers’ co-MVP. The Lancer passed for more than 3,000 yards this season.
Photos by Rick Sloan

Lancer Gridders Earn Awards

By Mike Bush
Posted: 11/20/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Cordova High School football players Unique Perez and Devin Baldwin have been recognized by Sierra Valley Conference head coaches and Lancer teammates.

Perez, the Lancers’ quarterback the last two seasons, was named the SVC’s Most Valuable Player. The signal caller completed 193 passes out of 297 attempts for 3,085 yards, which is a new school record, 35 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. He finished with a combined 4,744 yards and 51 touchdowns.

“Unique was the clear choice for (the SVC’s) player of the year,” said Cordova head coach Darren Nill, who guided the Lancers to a 2-3 mark in the SVC and 5-5 overall this season. “He put it all together.”

Baldwin, a wide receiver, earned the conference’s co-Best Offensive Player with Galt running back Zach Orman. Baldwin pulled in 88 receptions for 1,760 yards and 20 touchdowns. Both Baldwin and Perez are seniors.

“Unique and Devin were two of five choices for MVP, and deservedly so,” said Nill of the duo.

Devin Baldwin Catches the Bomb
Lancer wide receiver Devin Baldwin was tapped for all-SVC first team honors, as well as picked by Cordova teammates as co-MVP.

On Tuesday night, Perez and Baldwin were also honored by Lancer teammates at the program’s banquet held at Mills Middle School. The duo was named the team’s co-MVPs.

Another Lancer who was named to the all-SVC’s first team offense was junior wide receiver Angel Garcia, who finished with 46 receptions for 573 yards and six TDs.

On defense, Cordova linebacker Kenny Haney, defensive back Aaron Giles and strong safety Terrill Johnson were recognized. All juniors, Johnson led the team in tackles with 100, followed by Giles at 75 and Haney 58.

Three more Lancer players were also honored on the SVC’s second team and honorable mention lists. On the second team, wide receiver Isaac Black and free safety Nate Williams, a junior, were tapped. Black had 29 receptions for 338 yards and five touchdowns. Williams had 49 tackles.

Cordova linebacker Jason Johnson rounded out the SVC selection, named to the conference’s honorable mention list. He had 68 tackles for the season.

More team awards:
Joining Perez and Baldwin in winning team awards were Giles, Defensive MVP; Williams, Most Improved; Michael Gonzalez, Lineman of the Year; and Seth Trujillo, Lancer Award.

“He (Trujillo) was the guy who held us together,” said Nill of Trujillo.

Cordova Football 2016
Out of the 10 Lancers who were named to the SVC’s first, second and honorable mention teams, eight are juniors.

That gives Nill and his coaching staff many reasons to smile when juniors and sophomores who were part of the Cordova junior varsity football team that posted an 8-2 record this season hit the weight room in January.

“They are going to be leaders,” Nill said.

Luis Aguilar Controls the Ball
Cordova midfielder Luis Aguilar, shown here during a home game last month, was named the SVC’s MVP. He had 22 goals this season.
Photo by Rae Lynn Flippo

Aguilar Named SVC’s MVP

By Mike Bush
Posted: 11/20/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Four members of the Cordova High School boys soccer players were named to the Sierra Valley Conference’s first team.
Out of the quartet, Lancer midfielder Luis Aguilar was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player. A three-year starter, Aguilar had 22 goals and eight assists.

Three other Lancers making the SVC’s first team were forward Miguel Medina, another three-year starter who also had 22 goals this season, midfielder Alex Casal (five goals for the season) and goalie Kevin Bejines, who had 24 saves.

“I was really happy for and proud of the boys this season,” said Cordova head coach Eric McCahon. “It was huge for Luis to receive league MVP… I feel it was well-deserved.”

In addition, McCahon was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. He led the Lancers to a third place finish in conference at 5-3-2 and 12-10-3 overall. Cordova also advanced into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.


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