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Sierra Gains Share Of 3rd Straight Valley Crown

Wolverines To Host Butte In Premier Bank Bowl Saturday
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Quietly, and with not a whole lot of fanfare, the Sierra College Wolverines football program will hang up another Valley Conference championship pennant this season. Thanks to Saturday night’s 28-14 win over College of Sequoias in Visalia and Fresno’s 34-8 rout of Reedley, the Wolverines emerged in a three-way tie for the Valley Conference crown with Fresno and Reedley. The tri-title for Sierra marks the third straight time that the Wolverines have won or shared the Valley Conference title, the first time that has ever been done. “I’m so happy for our kids, they really persevered this season with all our injuries,” said Sierra coach Jeff Tisdel. “We didn’t get back from Visalia until 3 a.m. in the morning but it was good trip home.” Sierra, 5-5 overall, will now make its eighth straight bowl appearance Saturday when its hosts Butte College in the Premier West Bank Bowl slated for 1 p.m. in Rocklin. Butte, the 2008 National JC champions, is 7-3 this season and is led by Ricky Barr Jr., a fleet running back from Gainsville, Fla. and quarterback Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In Saturday’s win at Sequoias, Sierra’s Brandon Michalkiewicz caught an 80-yard scoring pass from Will Olson and another 26-yard touchdown strike from Jeff Nelson to spark the win. Sierra led just 6-0 at halftime and trailed 14-12 going into the fourth quarter but rallied with 16 fourth quarter points including a one-yard scoring run from Deonte’ Williams who finished with 117 yards on the ground. In other Sierra College football news, Tisdel noted that the Wolverines’ official 2008 record was changed to 10-1 after the State JC COA forced Santa Rosa JC to forfeit all 10 of its wins from last season for using an ineligible player. Santa Rosa had defeated Sierra in last season’s Premier West Bank Bowl.