DVC athletic teams have had an impressive fall season, and three of the teams are into post-season play.
The Vikings football team, coached by Mike Darr, had an 8-2 record overall, and was 4-1 in conference play. The team has been invited to play in the Graffiti Bowl at Modesto Junior College on Saturday, Nov. 20, and will be playing the host team, Modesto.
Joey Bradley, Vikings quarterback, was named the Offensive Player of the Year, and eight players were named all-conference selections. They were Nick Garitano, Greg Wilson, Chase Danska, and Diante Jackson on offense, and Morgan Breslin, Derek Goetting, Byron Richardson, and Chris Mamon on defense.
The DVC men’s water polo team, coached by John Roemer, competed in the NorCal championships at American River College, and now will go on to the state championships Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20.
At NorCal, DVC competed against American River College, Merced College, West Valley College, Sierra College, and Modesto Junior College. Ayal Keren of DVC was named Conference Player of the Year.
Four teams will compete in the state championships. DVC plays Golden West College and West Valley College plays Long Beach City College. The consolation game will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the championship game at 3 p.m. The DVC men’s and women’s cross country teams, coached by Shelly Pierson, also will compete in the state championships. They competed in the regional championships at American River College, competing against 15-20 teams from northern California. The women placed eighth overall and the men placed 11th. At the NorCal championships, the team advanced to the state level, with competition to be held in Fresno.
The entire women’s team and two men qualified for state. The women’s cross country team finished third in the conference, placed eighth at the NorCal meet, and advances to the state meet. Chelsea Thommes, tenth, and Beth Ann Humphrety, 14th, were named to the all-conference first team. From the men’s cross country team, Julian Corona and Derek Burgstaller advance to the state meet as individual participants.