PVL hit early in playoffs

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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That loud “ouch” sound you heard coming last week from the vicinity of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s spring sports playoffs was likely the end result of schools from the Pioneer Valley League getting their rear ends spanked in the section’s new Div. III post season format. PVL teams — overmatched throughout the post season — were still licking their wounds earlier this week as all total in girls soccer, softball and baseball, the PVL playoff squads mustered just a 3-10 win-loss mark that really doesn’t tell the whole story. The PVL, with an average range of students from 800 to 1,400, was outscored in Friday’s second round of the baseball playoffs by schools ranging in enrollment from 1,500 to 2,200 by a whopping total of 29-2. In girls soccer, the three PVL playoff teams were all first round losers by a combined goals against score of 10-2. Colfax High’s Lady Falcons, with an enrollment of 800, played Rodriguez of Fairfield, enrollment 2,200, in the first-round. Final: Rodriguez 5, Colfax 0. Softball didn’t get much better. In losses by Colfax (4-0), Bear River (9-2) and after a win by Lincoln in a second round game , a 10-0 loss to Rodriguez, the PVL was on the short end of a 24-6 margin. Why did this happen? According to CIF officials, it’s because in the last realignment plan, PVL schools opted not to be placed in Div. IV that would have included playoff competition with the Valley Oak League, which includes Manteca, Oakdale and Sonora. Fans of basketball, football and girls volleyball see their playoff teams placed by enrollment every year. It’s too bad that spring sports teams from the PVL face huge odds in trying to win a CIF championship. Golf notes Patrick Bauer completed his collegiate golf career at Sonoma State last week by finishing in 30th place overall at the NCAA Div. II National Championship Tournament held in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Bauer, a 2007 Colfax High School graduate, was the Seawolves’ top finisher in helping lead the team to an 11th place overall finish. Bauer will graduate as one of Sonoma State’s all-time greats as he is just one of two athletes in the school’s 45-year history who earned All-America honors three times. Although not faring well as a team this season, Colfax High’s golf team had representation at the recent CIF Div. III divisional tournament where Patrick Cabrera shot a respectable 85 at Plumas Lake to finish in the top ten of the individual competitors. Colfax’s version of the “Sunshine Boys” — Ed Herrnberger, Bill Bean, Lynn Fontana and this writer — will represent Black Oak Golf Club in the upcoming NCGA Zone Qualifier set for June 13-14 at Poppy Hills. It marks the second straight year the Black Oak will send an “Above the Fog Below The Snow” contingent, as in 2010 John Lamb, Randy Havens, Rick Spears and Mike O’Connell competed.