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Valley Christian girls complete trifecta

Lady Lions add softball league title to volleyball, basketball crowns
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Valley Christian Academy’s softball team lost to Buckingham Charter 8-3 on Tuesday in Vacaville, but the Lady Lions still achieved their goal for the school year.

The Lady Lions won the Sacramento Metro Athletic League championship, giving the three-sport senior athletes and two others titles in all three seasons — volleyball last fall, basketball last winter and softball this spring.

The softball title is the fifth in a row for Valley Christian. The volleyball and basketball league championships were the school’s first in each sport.

“For all of them to do it was awesome because we’ve been hoping for it,” softball coach Shawnda Bowen said.

Seniors who played on all three teams include Midori Bounds, Carly Gish, Sam Shoemake and PresLeigh Sinerius, plus junior Heather Frank and sophomore Emily Flood.

Bounds had two doubles and all three RBI against Buckingham Charter, and Gish had a double and single. Bounds’ .645 batting average is third-best in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Valley Christian opens the Division VII playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lodi Softball Complex. The Lady Lions will play the winner between Tracy-Millennium and Olivehurst-New Life Christian.

Girls soccer
Granite Bay 2, Roseville 0
— The Grizzlies blanked the Tigers at Woodcreek in a playoff to decide the second seed from the Sierra Foothill League for the Division II tournament. Kayla Karlsson and Brigid Lummis scored for Granite Bay, Ashley Sweeting had an assist, and goalkeeper Maria Dela Cruz needed to make just one save for the shutout.

Granite Bay will be host to McClatchy, the second seed from the Metro League, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the first round. Roseville will play at Bella Vista, the Capital Valley Conference champ, at 3:30 Tuesday. The winners meet Thursday in a semifinal.

Boys tennis
Granite Bay in Division II final
— Granite Bay defeated Fairfield-Vanden 8-1 on Wednesday and was to play Rio Americano on Friday for the section championship. The Grizzlies won their first two playoff matches 9-0.

Granite Bay won its first section championship in team tennis in 2007 but since was the runner-up three years in a row, including a 6-3 loss to Rio Americano last year.
- Bill Poindexter