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Golden Sierra Boys Volleyball DIII State Runner Up by Staff Writer

Front Row: Coach Brust, Lucas Larson and Dre Rosas

Back Row (left to right): Beefcake Murray, Riley Larson, Riley Smith, Dylan Spencer, Keaton Wright, John MacLatchie, and Tristan Webster being almost as weird as Beefcake.


Madera High School ended the epic season of the Grizzlies in a 3-0 sweep this past Thursday night in Madera.  According to Maxpreps, the Grizzlies were Nationally ranked at 293, in California 134, and in the Sac-Joaquin Section we were ranked fifth behind powerhouse programs Whitney, Nevada  Union, Roseville and Granite Bay.  These are all Division One schools.  The Grizzlies finished with a record of 31-10.  This is the first time the boys program has eclipsed the thirty win threshold.  Coach Brust has done a remarkable job with this group of young men.  Great job Grizz.

by Staff Writer

Candle Rose by Madisyn Schmitz

Division Champs Section III Boys Volleyball

Golden Sierra Boys Volleyball Bring Home a Section Banner by Staff Writer.


The Grizzlies beat the El Dorado Cougars 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Whitney High School to bring home their first boys volleyball Section Championship.  Last year the Griz made it to the Finals, but lost to Christian Brothers 3-1.  

The Grizzlies immediately jumped on the Cougars and dominated the first two games.  El Dorado regrouped and won game three.  However, the Grizzlies started strong in game four and jumped out to an insurmountable 11-4 lead that the Grizzles held onto winning game four 25-19, and the Section Championship.


Junior Lucas Larson and his brother Riley Larson (a senior) were named Co-MVP of the match.  When asked about the game, Riley Larson responded, "My brother is an amazing setter.  He crushed it today and it has been awesome to share the court with him the past three years."  When asked what he appreciated most about the contest, Lucas Larson responded, "first I am thankful to my teammates, and to the training and opportunity NCVC (Northern California Volleyball Club) has given me.  The training their is insane.  I am also thankful to Coach Brust for putting up with me and my brother."  

Senior Riley Smith added, "I love that we brought home a banner to forever commemorate this awesome team."  Senior John MacLatchie added, "Our crowd was insane.  It was incredible to see all the support at the gym."  And Senior Tristan Webster added, "We will be talking about this season when we are fat old men."


However, their season is not over yet. This Tuesday night (5/22) at 7 PM, the Grizzlies host the first round of the State Championships against Lincoln of San Francisco.  These two teams faced each other earlier this year in a tournament at U.C. Davis.  The Grizzlies in a closely contested battle won in three.  Coach Larson is asking that the community continue to come out and support this amazing group of young men.  This is the first time the boys team has been invited to the State Championship.  


Finally, three members of the team: Riley Smith, Riley Larson and Tristan Webster have all been invited to participate in the Optimist All-Star game.  This is a huge honor and a testament to their coach and to their abilities.  However, due to scheduling conflicts they are unable to compete. 

Summer Countdown! By: Haley Walthall


It is almost the end of the school year and students are counting down! With only a few weeks left of school, students are making their last few weeks count. For eighth grade students, they are getting ready for graduation. The last few weeks of school always have the students riled up for summer.

Each year a student attends school for several months and has a summer break for a couple months. Some spend summers at home, while some go to other states, or countries. There are many things to do and one of the most popular is water activities. Many people like to swim during summer months due to the warm weather.

Just like summer break, there is others, just not as long. In winter, there is a winter break that usually consist of two weeks. Easter break, Thanksgiving break, and other holidays let students stay out of school.

Talking about summer break, Emily Lewin states “I think summer break is fun because you don't have a curfew and you can stay up as late as you want.” Multiple teachers have said they will miss having students in their classes but they are glad to have a break, and the students deserve a break for all they have done.

With only a few weeks left of school, students are getting grades up, getting ready for finals, thinking about what to do this summer and more. Summer breaks are fun for most people because they get to do fun activities. What will yo

Boys Volleyball Updates by Staff Writer

Coach Brust said, "I am so excited with how far our Varsity team has advanced this season!  We will be playing this Saturday at 12:00 @ Whitney High School for the Section title!! Please be sure to bring a cheering section!"


In addition, we have been selected to attend the State Regional rounds.  This is the first boys volleyball team in Golden Sierra History to be awarded this prestigious honor.  This will begin next Tuesday 5/22.  Coach Brust stated, "I will not know who or where we are playing until Sunday.  If we win our first round Tuesday we will play again Thursday 5/24.  If we win Thursday we play again Saturday 5/26 for the State regional title!" 


Finally, Riley Larson, Riley Smith and Tristan Webster have been invited to play in the Optimist All-Star game on June 3rd at Capital Christian High School.  This too is an incredible honor.  Only the best-of-the-best are invited to play.  Never have three volleyball players been chosen from one team to participate in this game.  



Grizzlies Prepare for Semi-Finals of Playoffs By: Riley Larson



The Golden Sierra Grizzlies men's volleyball team has a home semi-final playoff game against the Vacaville Christian Falcons. The Grizzlies have faced the Falcons twice this season and won each match. In the first match the Grizzlies won in 5. In the second meeting the Grizzlies won in 4 sets. The Falcons have had a notable season taking second in league behind the Grizzlies. The winner of tonight's match moves on to the Division 3 Section finals on Saturday. Tonight's match is expected to be a battle from start to finish. Come out and support your Grizzlies at 7:00.



Grizzlies Complete First Home (and Last League) Meet By Sam Johnson



Last Thursday at Golden Sierra, the Grizzlies track team competed in its third and final league meet before finals. Golden Sierra had a strong showing, with both the men’s and women's teams finishing second. Many athletes performed well on Golden Sierra’s dirt track, with some running their best times of the season, or their career. Senior hurdler Elijah Edington took first in both the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. In the shot put, throwers Adam Pivin, Caleb Evert, and Lucas Murray took the first, second, and fourth spots respectively. Pivin and Evert also got on the board in the discus. In both jumping events, Sam Johnson and Roman Medrano placed second and third, with high marks. Medrano also took first in the high jump, clearing six feet.

In the women’s events, current league champion and school record holder Brooke Hoppe took first in the pole vault with a jump of ten feet and six inches. Senior thrower Rebecca Riebel took third in the discus and the shot put, putting sixteen points on the board for the women’s team. Additionally, the lady Grizzlies took many of the top three spots in the other events.

Track manager Mason Ziegler said this on the teams performance: “Overall as a team we did pretty good, but Vacaville is still producing better numbers because of the amount of kids they have.” The track season is currently winding down with Sierra Delta League division five finals on Thursday, May 10th at Foothill high school. The top three in each event will move on the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 and 5 finals next week. As the season’s end nears, the athletes prepare for the big meet by working hard and staying healthy.

Grizzlies take League Championship By: Riley Larson



The Golden Sierra men’s volleyball team took home their fifth consecutive league championship last night after defeating the San Juan Spartans. The best of 5 senior night match was swept in 3 sets by the Grizzlies who held a commanding lead throughout. The first set ended with a score of 25-13. The second set ended with a score of 25-14. The third set that solidified the Grizzlies undefeated league season ended with a score of 25-11. The Grizzlies who have moved up to 8 in the section are slotted to be placed as the 2 seed for playoffs in Division 3. When asked about his thoughts on the season, junior setter Lucas Larson stated, “I felt like we played well all season and I am happy to have another league championship under our belt.” The Grizzlies begin playoffs next week.


Grizzlies Take Falcons to 4 By Riley Larson




On Tuesday night the Golden Sierra men’s volleyball team took their fifth consecutive league championship by beating the second place ranked Vacaville Christian Falcons. The game went to 4 sets in which every set was very competitive. The first set was won by the Falcons by a score of 25-17. The second set, the Grizzlies rallied back and won by a score of 26-24. The third set resulted in a more dominating match by the Grizzlies with a score of 25-20. The fourth set was the most exciting game with the Grizzlies rallying back from down 24-20. After an ace to tie the game 24-24, the score went back and forth with the Grizzlies winning by a score of 34-32. When asked about his thoughts on the game, junior setter Lucas Larson stated, “We played with a lot of energy and we played like league champions.” The Grizzlies have their senior Wednesday night at 5:30 against the San Juan Spartans.

Madison Ziegler Softball vs. Rio Vista


Today, April 27th, Golden Sierra’s softball team plays Rio Vista at home. The game starts at four o’clock, and even with a tough start, the players are optimistic for today's game and the rest of the season. “I think we had a bit of a rough beginning,” says player and Senior Chrissy O’brien, “but I’m happy to say that we seem to have gotten ourselves together and have a chance of finishing second in league.” Especially with the persistent rains in the beginning of the season, it's been hard for the softball team to get out and practice, but now with the spring weather finally coming in, they are ready to get out and play some softball. Don’t miss out and come support!

Golden Sierra Men's Volleyball team are headed to U.C. Davis by: Riley Larson



The men's volleyball team is headed off to U.C. Davis for a 26 team tournament on Saturday April 28. The Grizzlies currently hold a record of 20-7. While also holding a league record of 13-0. The U.C. Davis tournament holds some of the best teams from Sac Joaquin Section. Teams include first place ranked Nevada Union as well as Elk Grove, Rocklin, Jesuit, and Monterey Trail. The Grizzlies are in a 5 team pool that includes, Monte Vista, Golden Valley, Lincoln, and Valley High School. The Grizzlies are looking to improve their record with a guaranteed four pool play games and a single elimination bracket to follow. The Grizzlies are seeded as third in their pool. Play begins at 8:00 and is expected to go the majority of the day. When asked about his thoughts on the game, junior setter Lucas Larson stated, “I am very excited for this weekend and I know the guys are super stoked as well.

Grizzlies v. Lions By: Jenna Campbell


This Thursday on April 26th at Golden Sierra, the varsity boys volleyball team has a home match against Leroy Greene at  5:30. The varsity Grizzlies previous match against the Lions this season was a win of 3-0. Leroy has a total record of 8-5 being 8-5 in league. Golden Sierra has an overall record of 19-7 and still is undefeated in league with a score of 12-0. “We’ve been practicing well, and expect to play well this match.” #3 Riley Larson says. The strength seems to be on the Grizzlies side. Come out and support your local Grizzlies!

It’s Finally Our Time! By: Madisyn Schmitz

Candle Rose is right around the corner, in less than a week! The class of 2018 has been waiting for this moment since they joined Golden Sierra as seventh graders, and got to participate in their first Candle Rose as eighth graders. A ton of work and planning goes into Candle Rose. Mrs. Schroeder, the high school Leadership teacher stated, “It’s a ton of work and I usually become stressed beyond belief, but this year’s senior class has got it in the bag and knows how to handle business before the last minute.” Senior Class President Brody Costin explains, “People have every right to be super excited for candle rose, but little do they know about the hard work that happens behind the scenes. From something as simple as speeches, and something as complicated as the order you walk and sit in, Candle Rose is time consuming.” The leadership class is hoping for the greatest possible outcome at the end of Candle Rose.

The Walking Dilemma By Madi Schmitz


Golden Sierra High School is really cracking down on this year’s high school graduates. Tardies, absences, and cuts are all big issues that the senior class is undergoing. According to staff, they are being very strict on this senior class because of their slacking, and need for more motivation. Administration and staff decided to hold big events, such as Candle Rose (a senior graduation ceremony that involves the school) and walking at graduation as prizes for students who have kept good attendance and grades all year. Some students are not so happy about this sudden crack down. Julian GeBron, graduating senior stated, “I think it's unfair and I'm pretty pissed that they picked now to crack down on this attendance, and use walking at graduation as a punishment if we don't meet their expectations.” A message to seniors and parents, there’s only a couple days left, so make sure you, as well as your assignments, are on time!

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