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Cordova Boys Soccer Ready for SVC Action

By Mike Bush  |  2017-01-12

In the battle of players wearing No. 7, Cordova defender Oscar Natalio (right) battles a Christian Brothers’ player in last week’s non-league game at Lancers Stadium. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Before Sierra Valley Conference action started yesterday, Thursday, the Cordova High School boys soccer team finished its pre-season schedule with four non-league games.

The last of those games for the Lancers was at Lancers Stadium against Placer, which ended in a 3-1 loss on Jan. 9th. Cordova (3-7-3) finished the slate of games with a 1-2-1 mark.

“Things have been really up and down over the course of the last four games,” said Cordova head coach Eric Mc Cahon. “Over the (holiday) break, we installed some new tactics and wrinkles in the formation… tough way to wrap up our non-league schedule and prepare for league.”

The visiting Hillmen found ways to bust through the Lancers’ defense in the final 40 minutes of the game. Leading 1-0 at halftime, Placer scored two goals in the second half to secure the win.

Cordova scored its only goal, also in the second half. That came off the feet of junior midfielder Fernando Vasquez.

“We were able to put our passes together, and carve out some scoring opportunities, but failed to capitalize,” Mc Cahon said.

Lancer goalie Kevin Bejines had three saves in the game against the Hillmen.

Center 2, Cordova 0
In a non-league road game at Antelope on Jan. 6th, the Lancers had trouble finding the net against the Cougars.

“The theme for the next two games became inconsistency,” Mc Cahon said. “In both games (including Placer) we had moments where we played well.”

Bejines had two saves for the Lancers.

“Unfortunately, we fell behind in both games and started to press,” Mc Cahon said. “Once we started pressing higher up the field chasing goals it left us vulnerable at the back which ended up in us conceding more goals, and ultimately back-to-back losses.”

Cordova 1, Christian Brothers 1
In a home game at Lancers Stadium against the Falcons on Jan. 5th, the Lancers scored their lone goal in the first half. Junior midfielder Yevgeniy Kharamtsova had that shot for the Lancers.

In the second half, Christian Brothers responded with a goal.

Cordova 4, Laguna Creek 2
The first of four non-league games last week started with this contest at Lancers Stadium on Jan. 3rd.

Laguna Creek actually led 1-0 at halftime. Then the scoring gates opened in the second half for the Lancers.

Part of the scoring fest included two goals each from Oscar Natalio and Erick Hernandez-Chavez, both juniors.

“Things seemed to the win versus Laguna Creek,” Mc Cahon said. “The boys started to look too hard for the shots they wanted versus taking the shot on goal that were there.”

Yesterday, Cordova started SVC action at Rosemont. Next Tuesday, Cordova will host its first conference game against Galt, which won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title in 2015 – when boys soccer was played during the fall season before moved to winter this school year.

“We’ll keep plugging away in training and do our best to get ready for Rosemont,” Mc Cahon said of the Lancers’ first SVC game against the Wolverines.

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Lancers Fall in Close Game

By Mike Bush  |  2017-01-12

Cordova guard Jason Novik drives toward the net against Antelope in a non-league home game last week. Tonight, Novik and the Lancers begin SVC action against Rosemont at Lancers Gym. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

In its final non-league game of the season, the Cordova High School boys basketball team fell to Antelope 62-59 on Jan. 5th.

Hosting the game at Lancers Gym, Cordova (7-9) jumped out to a 20-15 first quarter lead. But the second quarter seemed to become the difference for the Lancers, who were held to only nine points. That gave Antelope a slim 31-29 halftime lead.

The visiting Titans would expand their advantage in the third quarter, 20-10, which led to a 51-39 lead. The Lancers were able to outscore the Titans, 20-13, in the final eight minutes of the game, but fell short of the win.

Sierra Valley Conference

Today, Friday, at 7 p.m., Cordova and the rest of the SVC will open action at Lancers Gym. That’s when Rosemont makes a visit.

Last season, Cordova lost only two conference games – both to defending champion Liberty Ranch, which went undefeated in the regular season at 27-0. This season, the Hawks are 11-6. Liberty Ranch and Rosemont are the only two SVC teams that have winning records.

Then the Lancers continue conference play next Tuesday when they welcome El Dorado, which won its last two non-league games. Next Friday, Jan. 13th, Cordova hits the road to play at Galt. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

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Cordova Girls Basketball Looks to Contend

By Mike Bush  |  2017-01-05

Taking the shot in a recent game is Cordova guard Amia Moore (4). 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Next week is the start of Sierra Valley Conference play for the Cordova High School girls basketball team.

The Lady Lancers are 2-12. Out of the six teams in the conference, only one team has a winning record; Union Mine at 6-5. But with the number of returning players on the roster, Cordova head coach Raymond Bradley is confident his squad will battle for the SVC title.

“We’re a way better team than 2-12,” Bradley said.

One of the returning players is forward Leila Cooper, one of five seniors on the team. She’s also a three-year starter who has displayed leadership, according to Bradley.

“Leila has stepped up her game tremendously, offensively and defensively,” said Bradley of Cooper. “She’s been scoring a lot more than previously and taking control of basketball games.”

Another senior returning is guard Kelsie Graf, who is one of the team captains with Cooper. Graf is also a three-year starter who has proven to be solid on both sides of the ball for the Lancers.

“Kelsie is an all-around player,” said Bradley of Graf. “She’s not just a shooter. She’s grabbing rebounds, playing like heck on defense. She’s able to create her own shots now. She’s a lot better than what she was last year.”

Other seniors on the team are forward Adrienne Hammond, guard Lexi Somoya and center Giana Bell. Hammond is splitting time between playing basketball and girls soccer, which along with boys soccer, have been moved to the winter season for prep sports.

“We don’t have her every game,” said Bradley of Hammond.

Hammond is one of Cordova’s players who are also doubling in playing soccer. Bradley has 11 players on the roster. There have been games only six to eight players suit up because of soccer. Part of the roster does not count players who have been cleared by the Sac-Joaquin Section because of transferring and foster care.

“We’re slacking on numbers because of soccer,” Bradley said. “It hurts us more than helped us.”

Returning to the court for the Lancers this season is center Josephine Apole, a sophomore who started as a freshman last season.

Players who moved up from last winter’s junior varsity squad are Amia Moore, Lauren Johnson, Anahi Zuniga and Carla Donis. Newcomer to the team is freshman guard Brianna Escobar.

As for the SVC, Bradley feels his squad, plus Union Mine and El Dorado, which has won the conference title the last three seasons, Liberty Ranch and Rosemont are the teams to beat.

“Us, to be honest with you,” said Bradley of his team is to beat. “El Dorado is going be a good team. We played them (at Liberty Ranch’s tournament last month, losing 64-54). We played without our post players in Gianna and Josephine. I haven’t seen Union Mine play yet. I would expect Union Mine to be a better team than what they have been last couple of years. (Liberty Ranch) is playing well. They are a lot better than they have been in year’s past.”

This week, Cordova played at Vista del Lago and Center. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Lady Lancers conclude their preseason schedule at Heritage of Brentwood.

On Wednesday, Jan. 13th, Cordova opens SVC action at Rosemont. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Lancers Too Much for Napa

By Mike Bush  |  2017-01-05

Cordova guard Markell Briggs drives around an Inderkum player in last week’s Cordova Christmas Classic. The Lancers took third place in their own tournament. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

A surge on offense and defense led to a win for the Cordova High School boys basketball team against Napa on Tuesday.

Leading 32-27 at halftime, the Lancers dominated the Indians that led to a 65-42 win at Lancers Gym.

Pressure on the Indians’ offense led to the Lancers holding their visitors to only seven points in the third quarter. That paced Cordova to building its lead to 55-34 entering the final quarter.

“The ball really started falling in,” said Cordova head coach Fletcher Johnson, whose squad sank five, 3-pointers in the third quarter. “The defense was just tenacious.”

The game also marked the return of starting guard Jason Novik, who had missed the Lancers’ last six games because of a back injury. He was the team’s leading scorer with 24 points.

“He brought a lot of energy,” said Johnson of Novik. “He changed the way we’ve been playing.”

Novik was one of three Lancers who scored in double figures. Forward LeAndre Ward had 14 points and another guard in Calvin Augusta 10. Markell Briggs finished with eight points.

Cordova Christmas Classic
Hosting its 41st annual tournament, Cordova took third place that was topped off with a 79-49 win over Chavez of Stockton.

In the first quarter, Cordova jumped out to an 18-13 lead. That expanded to 39-28 at halftime. The Lancers continued to take charge over the Titans in the third quarter with a 23-11 scoring advantage for a 62-39 lead.

Named to the all-tourney team was Lancer forward Mike Brown.

“He’s showing non-verbal leadership,” said Johnson of Brown, a senior. “He’s working hard. He’s playing hard. He’s doing a good job. He’s leading by how he plays.”

Inderkum 66, Cordova 43
In the winner’s bracket game on Dec. 29th, Cordova trailed 38-29 at halftime. But Inderkum’s defense held the Lancers to a combined 14 points in the second half; Cordova scored seven points each in the third and fourth quarters.

Cordova 88, Ben Holt Academy 52
In the tourney opener on Dec. 28th, the Lancers jumped out to a 16-8 first quarter lead. That expanded to 43-24 halftime advantage, and 68-47 after three quarters.

Next Friday, Jan. 13th, Cordova begins Sierra Valley Conference action against Rosemont at Lancers Gym. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Cordova Girls Soccer Making Their ‘Mark’ in Pre-Season

By Mike Bush  |  2016-12-29

Getting ready to boot the ball for the Cordova girls soccer team is Hunter Roberts (16), while teammate Maria Vigil (18) watches. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Give the Cordova High School girls soccer team a break – literally.

The Lady Lancers are enjoying a nice holiday break from non-conference play. Their last game was on Dec. 15th, when they fell to Elk Grove 4-0 at Lancers Stadium. But that loss didn’t damper their spirits, as they are off to a 4-3-1 start.

Next Tuesday, the Lancers return to action, along with the Cordova High School boys soccer team, as they will host Laguna Creek in a doubleheader at Lancers Stadium. The girls will play at 4 p.m., followed by the boys at 6 p.m.

Brian Danzl is in his first season at the Cordova girls soccer coach. He’s served as an assistant coach on the Cordova varsity and junior varsity teams for the last nine years. Danzl is thrilled to have a mixture of returning players – seven seniors and five juniors – plus nine underclassmen.

“Good bunch of girls,” Danzl said.

Seniors on this year’s squad are Adrienne Hammond, Lexi Samayoa, McKenzie Emery, Charlotte Perez, Hunter Roberts, Maria Vigil and Alyssa Moreno.

Juniors who make the move from last year’s JV team are Priscilla Juarez, Claire Nuttall, Yelena Melnik, Yamira Martinez and Grace Hill, who is in her first year of playing high school soccer.

On the roster are six sophomores; Amella Alvarado, Annalisa Tate, Shelby Konarshi, Kiran Pooni, McKayla Tyson, Leonor Vega and Rianna Tyson.

Rounding out the Cordova varsity roster are freshmen Gabby Maduri and Annette Medina.

Battling for playing time as goal keeper are Juarez and Tyson. Even better news that the two are not only battling to be the starter before Sierra Valley Conference action begins, but they are a junior and sophomore expected to return next winter.

“It’s going to be a good rivalry,” said Danzl of the two goal keepers.

The coach feels the team has made a smooth transition to playing high school girls soccer during the winter time. Two and a half years ago, most of the Sac-Joaquin Section leagues voted to move soccer from spring to winter. This is in order to launch NorCal and state playoffs in the both genders the next two to three years, as there already is in football, volleyball, cross-country, boys and girls basketball and wrestling. The rest of the sections in California were already playing boys and girls soccer in the winter months.

The team to beat in the SVC, according to Danzl, is Liberty Ranch, which won the conference title last spring and had a deep run in the section’s Division IV playoffs.

“I wanted to step up our pre-season schedule so that we’ll have a look at what we’ll be facing,” said Danzl of Liberty Ranch and the rest of the SVC squads.

Cordova will play American Canyon to wrap up the preseason on Friday, Jan. 9th before starting SVC action on Jan. 12th against rival Rosemont.

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Cordova Christmas Classic Underway

By Mike Bush  |  2016-12-29

Cordova forward Mike Brown (23) shoots in front of a group of Vista del Lago players and teammate Markell Briggs (25). 
--File photo by Rick Sloan

Today, Friday, wraps up the third and final day of the 41st annual Cordova Christmas Classic at Lancers Gym.

The Cordova High School boys basketball team, along with seven area squads, opened action in the tourney on Wednesday. The Lancers hosted Ben Holt Academy in the first round.

The rest of the teams competing at the tourney are Inderkum, Center, Rosemont, Grant, American Canyon and Chavez of Stockton. Cordova and Rosemont are rivals in the Sierra Valley Conference.

If Cordova beat Ben Holt Academy, it played the Center-Inderkum winner yesterday, Thursday. Game times for today are 3 p.m. for seventh place, 4:30 p.m. for the consolation title, 6 p.m. for third place and 7:30 p.m. the championship game.

Cordova (4-7) has lost most of its non-conference games by less than 10 points. Head coach Fletcher Johnson said prior to the tourney that he’s looking for his squad to turn their fortunes around in the win column, but knowing they are facing tough teams in the tourney.

“Most of those teams are playing real good basketball,” Johnson said. “Inderkum (7-2) is playing real well.”

Before the start of SVC action in two weeks, Cordova will play another pre-season game against Napa, also at Lancers Gym, next Tuesday.

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