Spring sports have another dominant season


Julianna Cardinale

James ‘Tanner’ White pitches for the Diablo Valley College Vikings on Friday, April 15 against the Modesto Pirates.

Julianna Cardinale, Sports editor

In the 2015-16 spring sports season, Diablo Valley College showed that they can be a continuous force in the Big 8 Conference.

Women’s basketball proved yet again to be a tough competitor in the Big 8, finishing the season with a record of 22-10. They also made it all the way to the elite eight round in the Northern California playoffs before being defeated by arch rival City College of San Francisco. Forward Jojuan Carrington lead the Big 8 with 519 points scored during the season.

Although softball dropped the last two games of their season, they finished tied for fifth place in the conference and with a record of 26-13-1. Softball made the playoffs and will host Merced on Saturday, May 7. Pitcher Nicole Nordahl finished the season off with a 1.98 earned run average and led the state with 260 strikeouts.

Baseball finished the season tied for last place in the conference with a record of 15-21. Freshman Zachary Guardino led the team with a .300 batting average. And freshman pitcher Billy Babb led the pitching staff with 43 strikeouts.

After finishing last season in 11th place in the state, Men’s basketball didn’t have the season they would have liked to, as they finished the season with a record of 14-14 leaving them in sixth place in the Big 8 and just missing the playoffs.

Swimming and Diving finished out the season strong. Brandon James won the 100-yard backstroke and 200 backstroke titles and the men finished second overall with 680 points in the Big 8 Conference Championships. Mirelle Augst, of the Women’s swim team was second in the 1,650 meter freestyle, and Melody Pope came in third. The women were fourth overall with 477 points. Swimming and Diving are looking forward to competing in the State Championships at East Los Angeles College on May 5-7.

Men’s tennis finished the season out strong with an 11-4 record, securing them a playoff birth. They would win the first round against Fresno before losing to Foothill. In the Big 8 Conference Championships Garrett Goldman won the Men’s Singles championship. He and teammate Mariano Salvador won the Men’s Doubles title.

Women’s tennis finished the season with a record of 2-8 overall, with Seila Besirovic and Kristina Lencesova winning the Women’s Doubles title in the Big 8 Conference Championships.

Track and field finished the season strong sending many athletes to the Big 8 Championship meet, which began last Monday April 25 at Modesto Junior College.

Spring sports set the bar high for not only the upcoming spring season, but for fall as well. As the athletes gear up, lets look forward to entertaining and competitive seasons of football, cross country, volleyball, soccer and water polo.