DVC athletic teams have had an impressive fall season, and three of the teams competed in 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 was invited to play in the Graffiti Bowl at Modesto Junior College vs 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 continued into the state championship semi-final series in November.
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 competed in the state championships. DVC played Golden West College, losing in the semi-finals 12-7.
The DVC men’s and women’s cross country teams, coached by Shelly Pierson, also competed 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 the competition 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.