A look back at Patterson High athletics: 2012-13 a year of triumph, transition and titles
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
Dec 30, 2013 | 2914 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tiger quarterback Damien Paulo (2) looks down field for an open receiver during a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff game against Oakdale High at Patterson Community Stadium on Friday, Nov. 8. Elias Pasillas | courtesy photo
Tiger quarterback Damien Paulo (2) looks down field for an open receiver during a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff game against Oakdale High at Patterson Community Stadium on Friday, Nov. 8. Elias Pasillas | courtesy photo
slideshow
After going undefeated in every WAC competition, Patterson High senior Nathan Stanton stamped his ticket to the CIF State Cross Country Championships by virtue of a seventh-place time of 16:47 on the 3-mile course at the SJS subsection meet in Angels Camp on Nov. 9. Gerardo Magana | courtesy photo
After going undefeated in every WAC competition, Patterson High senior Nathan Stanton stamped his ticket to the CIF State Cross Country Championships by virtue of a seventh-place time of 16:47 on the 3-mile course at the SJS subsection meet in Angels Camp on Nov. 9. Gerardo Magana | courtesy photo
slideshow
Patterson High forward and co-captain Claudia Barron made the 2013 all-WAC girls soccer first team, the league office announced May 2. The Tigers finished third in the final WAC standings with a 7-3-2 record, qualifying for their fifth straight appearance in the SJS playoffs. Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
Patterson High forward and co-captain Claudia Barron made the 2013 all-WAC girls soccer first team, the league office announced May 2. The Tigers finished third in the final WAC standings with a 7-3-2 record, qualifying for their fifth straight appearance in the SJS playoffs. Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
slideshow
Patterson High senior Sterling Ramirez earned a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II event May 2, at the Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville. Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
Patterson High senior Sterling Ramirez earned a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II event May 2, at the Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville. Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
slideshow
Patterson's Brandon Williams (3) follows a line of blockers up the field during a first-round playoff matchup against Oakdale High at Patterson Community Stadium on Friday, Nov. 8. Elias Pasillas | courtesy photo
Patterson's Brandon Williams (3) follows a line of blockers up the field during a first-round playoff matchup against Oakdale High at Patterson Community Stadium on Friday, Nov. 8. Elias Pasillas | courtesy photo
slideshow
Patterson High senior Megan McWilliams, who returned to the SJS Masters meet after qualifying the previous year, placed first in the girls pole vault during the two-day Division IV-V championship May 16, at Sierra High School of Manteca with her mark of 9-5. Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
Patterson High senior Megan McWilliams, who returned to the SJS Masters meet after qualifying the previous year, placed first in the girls pole vault during the two-day Division IV-V championship May 16, at Sierra High School of Manteca with her mark of 9-5. Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
slideshow
Patterson High's Andrew Basaldua delivers to the plate in during a game at home April 18 against Central Catholic of Modesto. The Tigers expect to return Basaldua, who had the most hits on the team in 2013 with 17 and led the club with a .279 batting average. Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
Patterson High's Andrew Basaldua delivers to the plate in during a game at home April 18 against Central Catholic of Modesto. The Tigers expect to return Basaldua, who had the most hits on the team in 2013 with 17 and led the club with a .279 batting average. Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
slideshow
It was a Patterson High sports year filled with individual and team successes.

Two teams — girls basketball and boys cross country — took home league championships, while a total of 13 teams qualified for their respective postseasons. There were several exciting playoff games involving Tigers’ teams, plus many impressive individual feats.

Here are some of the moments that made the 2012-13 sports seasons a year to remember in Patterson.

Boys basketball

Patterson built its lead to double digits after two straight baskets, including a 30-foot 3-pointer near the buzzer from Michael Smith that gave his team a vast amount of momentum going into the locker room.

But after leading the No. 3-seed Casa Roble Rams of Orangevale by 10 points at halftime, the No. 6 Tigers (22-7 overall) scored just 16 in the second half and lost 53-47 in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.

Four Patterson players made the 2012-13 all-Western Athletic Conference basketball teams, the league office announced.

Keegan Sanchez and Jordan Levu were named to the first team, while Cariaun Williams earned second-team honors.

Skylar Job received an honorable mention.

After guiding the Tigers to the Division III playoffs in both of his seasons at the helm of the varsity team, including the first postseason boys basketball game played at Patterson High since 2008, coach Agustin Arreola left to focus his attention on his new role as assistant principal of Creekside Middle School.

In May, Brian de la Porte took over at Patterson for Arreola after five seasons as varsity coach of the Ceres High boys basketball team.

Girls basketball

Patterson's skill and resilience took them to great heights in 2012-13, winning a WAC title, while maintaining a perfect league record at 12-0 and earning the program's first postseason victory since 2003.

But at some point, the dream would have to end. And if it had to end, at least the Tigers went down with a fight against a formidable opponent in the second round of the SJS Division III playoffs.

Patterson (24-3) hung close with Placer High of Auburn for most of the game Feb. 21, but ultimately the Hillmen were too much for the No. 5-seed Tigers. No. 4 Placer clinched a Division III semifinals berth with a 58-44 home victory.

The Patterson girls squad put three players on all-WAC teams.

Shealyn Craven was selected to the first team, while Mele Tupouata and Jovanah Arrington were on the second team.

Wrestling

Patterson placed eighth out of 22 schools in the SJS Division IV tournament at Los Banos High on Feb. 16, and sent four local wrestlers to represent the Tigers at the SJS Masters tournament Feb. 22 and 23, at Stockton Arena.

Jordan Canseco, Daniel Cota, Manuel Cruz and Joey Howard — the season's breakthrough Patterson High grapplers — took on the best the area had to offer at the Masters tournament, but fell short of the state meet.

Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Lee Scoles stepped down at the end of the 2012-13 campaign as the head wrestling coach at Patterson after eight seasons leading the Tigers and more than 30 seasons in all.

In May, Virgil Canseco was named the new head coach of the Tigers' varsity wrestling program.

Softball

Every game seemed like a coin toss for the 2013 Patterson softball team.

For a second straight year, that unpredictability ultimately cost the Tigers a shot at contending for a SJS Division IV playoff spot.

Still, Patterson looked to end its long campaign with some promise for a better future. Though the Tigers dropped their WAC finale at Pacheco High of Los Banos, 7-5, on May 7, Patterson coach Jennifer Hamm remained positive.

"From beginning to end, this team got better," Hamm said, following the defeat. "The players were able to come every day to practice and give 100 percent, and even though we did encounter some hurdles, we were able to overcome them and continue to push through to become better ball players."

The Tigers (5-7 WAC) finished the league campaign in fourth place.

Patterson put catcher Kianna Garza on the all-WAC second team.

Baseball

Patterson's varsity baseball team came up short May 7 in an 8-7 defeat against visiting Livingston High in 12 innings to end its WAC season.

The Tigers (5-18 overall) trailed 3-0 after two innings but rallied to score runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh frames to tie the game at three and send it into extra innings.

Both squads scored once in the ninth inning and twice in the 11th before the Livingston Wolves outscored Patterson 2-1 in the 12th to earn the hard-fought win in the season-finale for both teams.

The Tigers finished the league season in seventh place, and had three players named to the all-WAC second team.

Selections included outfielder Andrew Basaldua, infielder Sal Becerra and pitcher Joey Lopes.

Track and field

Patterson's teams enjoyed their share of success May 4, at the WAC championship at Patterson Community Stadium.

The top three finishers from each event at the league meet advanced to the SJS Division IV-V championship at Sierra High School of Manteca. In 2013, Patterson sent 10 athletes.

Only the top five finishers in each event advanced to the SJS Masters meet at Elk Grove High, and five Tigers qualified for the next level of competition.

Patterson's Megan McWilliams returned to the Masters meet after qualifying the previous year. McWilliams placed first in the girls pole vault with her mark of 9 feet, 5 inches.

The Patterson boys qualified four athletes to Masters as their representatives.

Tigers Ivan Barbontin, Chase Guenther, Lourienzo Mixon and Hunter Powers took fourth-place in the boys 4x100-meter relay with a personal-best showing of 42.94 seconds.

No one, however, qualified for a trip to the 2013 state meet at Clovis' Buchanan High School.

Facing some of the state's stiffest competition, and in somewhat windy conditions, McWilliams placed 11th among a field of 27 with a mark of 9-9 at Masters.

For the Patterson boys 4x100-meter relay team, it was a tough road to Masters.

The four Patterson speedsters were eliminated before the competition began when one member of the team forgot to pack his uniform for the trip.

Swimming

Patterson's swim team competed against the WAC elite at the league tournament on April 28, at Pacheco High School of Los Banos.

Patterson came away with a fourth-place team finish among the league's seven squads. The girls (4-2 WAC) finished in fourth place, while the boys (3-3 WAC) placed fifth.

Among the swimmers who continued their seasons at the SJS championship meet May 9 to 11 at Tokay High in Lodi were Michael D'Onofrio, who earlier in the season qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

The boys 200 freestyle relay team of D'Onofrio, Austin Johnson, Matthew Schaa and Aaron Gonzales, which won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:42.16, also competed at sections.

At the SJS championships, the Patterson boys 200 medley relay team finished third in their heat and posted a time of 1:51.2.

D'Onofrio posted a personal-best time in his boys 100 breaststroke (1:05.86) and earned a 2:14.06 finish in his boys 200 individual medley.

Girls soccer

One week after the Tigers qualified for their fifth straight appearance in the SJS girls soccer playoffs, Patterson capped off its regular season April 30, besting Pacheco High, 4-0, before a home crowd on Senior Night.

Improving to 7-3-2 in Western Athletic Conference play, third-place Patterson extended its unbeaten streak to seven.

Plagued with injuries throughout the 2013 campaign, however, Patterson's patchwork lineup staggered through a 2-0 loss against River Valley High of Yuba City in the first round of the SJS Division III playoffs on May 7 with several starters missing from the roster.

Four Patterson players made the all-WAC girls soccer teams.

Co-captain Claudia Barron, midfielder and co-captain Eliana Varela and sweeper Shantel Perez were named to the first team, while halfback Rebekah Ruiz earned second-team honors.

Boys tennis

Patterson's boys tennis team made its first appearance in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs on April 29.

But the day ended in heartbreak for the No. 2 seed Tigers, as visiting No. 3 seed Whitney High of Rocklin won two of three doubles matches to rally for a 5-4 victory.

The contest was a seesaw affair with neither team leading by more than a point at any time during the match. Tied 4-4, the match came down to No. 3 doubles, where the visitors pulled out a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

For a second-straight year, Patterson stalwart Sterling Ramirez placed runner-up in the boys singles section of the WAC tournament, hosted April 24 and April 26, at Pacheco High in Los Banos.

Boys golf

Patterson High honored its standout spring athletes May 22 at its Spring Athletic Awards Night inside the school's gymnasium.

Patterson boys golf coach George Crawford named Carlos Martinez the team's Most Valuable Golfer, and team captain Philip Apostol came away with the Tiger Pride Award.

Football

The Tigers (9-2 overall) finished the WAC campaign at 5-1, following the deepest unbeaten run in program history.

After starting the season 9-0, Patterson's dreams of chronicling the first unblemished season in school history ended when Central Catholic High of Modesto rallied for a victory on Nov. 8, knocking off the Tigers 17-13, to claim an undisputed league title.

After surging to its ninth consecutive winning campaign while reaching the playoffs for a ninth straight season, Patterson's remarkable stretch was halted about three rounds short of its goal, following its 21-17 elimination by the 13-seeded Oakdale High Mustangs in the first round of the SJS Division III playoffs.

The Tigers collected one of the WAC's major yearly football awards and placed eight players on the all-league first team.

Patterson junior middle linebacker Ruben Rosas was the conference's Outstanding Defensive Player.

Joining Rosas on the all-WAC first team were quarterback Damien Paulo, offensive lineman Oscar Calderon, wide receiver Avion Warmsley, tight end Jordan Levu, defensive lineman Jesse Nuia, outside linebacker Jacob Gomez and defensive back Damarrio Hammonds.

Named to the all-WAC second team were wide receiver Brandon Williams and defensive back Michael Campbell.

Nick Marchy was selected as the WAC Coach of the Year.

Boys soccer

Despite trailing 2-0 at halftime, No. 11 seeded Patterson staged a colossal second-half comeback scoring three unanswered goals to defeat the No. 6 seed Florin High Panthers of Sacramento, 3-2, in the first round of the SJS Division III playoffs.

Marcos Melendez netted the equalizer and assisted on the final score.

While the referees disrupted the flow of two of the section's better boys soccer teams and played some role in the outcome of a bitterly disappointing season-finale for the Tigers, Patterson coaches and athletes refused to solely blame the match officials for their 4-1 loss to Christian Brothers High of Sacramento on Nov. 7, in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.

While the officiating might not have tilted the match one way or another, the lack of decisions in favor of Patterson seemingly impacted its chances of gaining some vital opportunities, since many crucial calls came down to the coin toss of referee whimsy.

Still, Patterson finished third in the final WAC standings with a 17-4-1 overall record, qualifying for their second straight appearance in the SJS playoffs.

Co-captains Melendez and Fernando Ramos, and Andres Herrera were named to the all-WAC first team, while teammates Osvaldo Barbosa, Jose Morales, Israel Sotelo and Argenis Torres all earned second-team honors.

Cross country

Patterson's first state-level cross country qualifier, Nathan Stanton finished 79th among a field of 198 runners on Nov. 30, at the California Interscholastic Federation State Cross Country Championships with a finish of 16:45.

It marked the end of a brilliant 2013 season for Stanton.

On Oct. 23, Stanton completed the 3.1-mile course at the T.W. Patterson Sports Park first, with a time of 17:20, helping the Patterson boys fend off a tough Livingston High team, and marking the first time since 1994 that the local contingent finished a league season undefeated.

One week later, Stanton won the individual title for a second straight season to spark the Tiger squad to their first league crown in 19 years in the WAC championship at Ceres' River Bluff Regional Park.

For the second year in a row, Patterson captured the top two individual spots in both varsity races at the WAC season-ending affair.

Patterson's Lupe Ventura also blew away the field in the girls race with a time of 21:06. An all-WAC selection, Ventura topped the second-place finisher by more than a minute, to cap a perfect individual league season.

Girls golf

Three Patterson golfers finished their 2013 season Oct. 21, during the SJS Division IV Girls Golf Tournament.

Patterson's Simone Grice was the leading local golfer at the Division IV tournament at the Diablo Grande Ranch Course. She shot 122 on the par-73 course.

Tiger coach Jason Oliveira awarded his standout athletes Nov. 25 at the annual fall sports awards ceremony in the Patterson High cafeteria.

Oliveira named Sarah Sanchez the team's Outstanding Golfer. Grice earned Tiger Pride honors, while Sanchez and Sadie Schut were selected team co-captains.

Girls tennis

In 2013, Patterson (7-5) finished third in the WAC, with four of the Tigers' losses to two league teams that qualified for the playoffs: Los Banos High and Central Catholic High.

Patterson made its first appearance in the SJS Division II playoffs on Nov. 4.

But the season ended for the Tigers, as host Valley High of Sacramento won five of six singles matches and one of three doubles matches for a 6-3 victory.

Patterson's contingent earned all-league recognition from the conference, and had four players named to the all-WAC first team, including sisters Kelby and Kendal Norfleet for singles play and Ngoc Nguyen and Arian Rico for doubles competition.

Volleyball

After qualifying for the postseason for the first time in ten years, the Patterson High volleyball team's solid season ended with a loss in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs at Oakdale High School.

Patterson (8-4 WAC) fell to the Oakdale High Mustangs, 25-8, 25-18, 25-7 on Nov. 12, concluding the Tigers' most successful season in recent memory.

Two Tigers were recognized with first-team all-WAC spots, with Patterson's Dayna Hansen and Mele Tupouata earning berths.

Kiara Job and Mariele Schut, as well as, Julia Sill each received an honorable mention.

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.

Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet


We encourage your online comments in this public forum, but please keep them respectful and constructive. This is not a forum for personal attacks, libelous statements, profanity or racist slurs. Readers may report such inappropriate comments by e-mailing the editor at news@pattersonirrigator.com.