Spring time ends with strong showings from the Big 8 in the State Championships.
Track and Field: With the State Championships making the trip to Memorial Stadium in Bakersfield the American River Beavers were able to finish as the #4 in the State on the Men’s side and the #1 team in the North on the Women’s side. On the men’s side finishing behind them from the North was Modesto, San Joaquin Delta and Diablo Valley giving the Big 8 three of the top 4 teams. On the Women’s side Sacramento City College came in behind American River and were the only teams in the North to make the top 10 in the state.
Softball: In the new format for Softball Sierra was the only team to enter the Friday matchup in the winners bracket. San Joaquin Delta lost their final game of the State Championships to last years State Champions Cypress College. Sierra College was able to make it to the third day of play before losing to College of San Mateo.
Baseball: The power of the Big 8 was shown off in the CCCAA Baseball Championships with San Joaquin Delta and Sacramento City College playing for the State Title. To even show how strong the Big 8 Conference was in Baseball you can look at the Northern California Championships where the Big 8 had three of the four teams and it required a Big 8 team to knock out a Big 8 team which happened when Sacramento City College made the trip up to Rocklin to beat Sierra College. In the State Championships, the Big 8 teams were undefeated against their foes from Southern California and it required a game 7 at the Finals to finally get a champion, and that was San Joaquin Delta and their Head Coach Reed Peters, with his second title with his first coming in 2011 for the Mustangs. That gives the Big 8 eight of the last nine titles in Baseball won by the North.