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MJC Athletics Pirates Fest fundraiser features beer, wine and food tasting

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April 19, 2019

(Modesto, CA)—The Modesto Junior College Athletics Department and MJC Foundation invite the community to the 20th Annual Pirates Fest - Beer, Wine and Food Celebration on Friday, May 10, 6 – 9 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto.


 The event features regional beers and wines for tasting, accompanied by food samples and a silent auction that includes premium wines, gift certificates, gift baskets and more.  In addition, there are sports memorabilia, door prizes and music by “the Valley’s DJ” D. Ferreira.  Proceeds benefit the 21 sports in MJC’s Athletic Program.


 Beer tasting is provided by Anchor Brewing, Blaker Brewing, Contentment Brewing, Delta Sierra Brands, Dust Bowl Brewing Co., Persuasion Brewing Company and St. Stan's Brewing.


 Wine tasting is provided by Berryhill Vineyards, Bronco Wine Company, CJ Produx LLC, Delicato Family Vineyards, Gallo Family Vineyards, Hatcher Winery, Modesto Grocery Outlet, Rios-Lovell Winery, Silkwood Wines and Wend-Tyler Winery.


A wide variety of cuisine is provided by Chopping Block Butcher Shop and Deli, Concetta, Downey High School Culinary Program, El Marisquero, Fired Up Grill, Fiscalini Cheese Company, Graffiti Dogs, KFC, O’Brien’s Market, P. Wexford’s Pub,Papa John’s Pizza, Ralston’s Goat, Rueb’s Q’in BBQ and Togo’s. Dessert and non-alcoholic beverages are provided by Cheesecake Kitchen, Yogurt Mill, Mocha Magic, Noah’s Water and Starbucks. Dessert and non-alcoholic beverages are provided by Cheesecake Kitchen, Yogurt Mill, Mocha Magic, Noah’s Water andStarbucks.


Restaurants, wineries or breweries interested in supporting Pirate Athletics can still sign up to participate by contacting Nick Stavrianoudakis, MJC athletics director and dean of physical education, at 575-6835 or stavrianoudakisn@mjc.edu.


“It is a great atmosphere with plenty of food and drink provided by local businesses,” said Nick Stavrianoudakis, MJC athletics director. “Come enjoy a fun evening that supports MJC’s sports programs and our student athletes.”


Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door.  A special group ticket price of 10 tickets for $300 is also available. To purchase tickets, contact the MJC Athletics Department at (209) 575-6270, MJC Foundationat (209) 575-6068, or online at https://bit.ly/2OQlQVA and scroll to find “Pirates Fest” in the donation drop down menu.

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23rd annual golf tournament

Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce will host their 23rd    Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. 6 p.m.

Location is  Rancho Del Rey

5250 Green Sands Ave., Atwater, CA.


The culmination of the tournament will feature substantial hour d' oeuvres and beverages, in addition to a raffle. Registration is now open call (209) 384-7092 to register your team of four!



10:00 a.m. -Registration

10:30 a.m. - Food and Drink

12:00 p.m.-Shot Gun Scramble

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for more information visit www.mercedchamber.com

Women's basketball quartet named to All-Cal Pac Team

MERCED, Calif. - Junior Mia Belvin was named the California Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Rainah Smith notched Cal Pac Freshman of the Year honors and four Bobcats overall earned postseason honors, as voted upon by the league coaches and announced at the awards banquet Friday night.


Belvin's Defensive Player of the Year award marks her second straight and third major conference postseason honor in her career. She was named the Freshman of the Year in 2016-17 before back-to-back DPOY awards.


The UC Merced women's basketball program has now had a player win one of the five major conference awards in each season since becoming a program in 2012-13, the only team in the Cal Pac who has that accolade to their name.


Also a unanimous All-Cal Pac First Team selection, Belvin led the Cal Pac in steals with 2.7 per game. That number was good for tenth in the NAIA DII. Belvin finished second in the conference with 15.8 points per game and was fifth with 3.07 assists per game. Efficiency wise, Belvin ranked Top 5 in the Cal Pac in field goal percentage (.412), free-throw percentage (.751) and assist/turnover ratio (1.5). The Long Beach, Calif., native notched at least one steal in all but two games this season and recorded multiple steals in all but six games. Belvin closed the year with 2+ steals in eight straight games and 12 of the last 13. She also scored in double figures in all but six games and tallied 20 or more points in ten games, five conference games. In a season in which Belvin joined the 1,000 point club and became the program's all-time steals leader, she also ranked amongst the program's single-season bests in multiple categories. She broke the Bobcats single-season made free throws record and ranked Top 5 in single-season scoring, steals and assists. On a game-by-game basis, Belvin led the team in scoring a team-high 16 times and assists a team-high ten times. She also averaged 4.9 rebounds per game and she is just one of four players in the entire NAIA (D1 & DII) to average at least 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 steals.


Seniors Aubrey Hayes and Mia Shannon also earned a spot on the all-conference first team.


Hayes knocked down a career-best 54 triples en route to a career-high 11.7 points per game, 13.6 points per game during conference which is good for a top five finish. Leading up to tonight's award ceremony, Hayes put together one of the longest double figure scoring streaks in program history. Her near record breaking streak of nine games started on January 17 when she scored a career-high 24 points against La Sierra. She cashed in on four triples that game, one of 18 games this year that Hayes knocked down multiple three-point field goals. A double figure scoring effort on Saturday night in the Cal Pac semifinal game would move her two games back from the longest double figure scoring streak in program history. Hayes was also good for a program-best 91.5% (43-47) effort from the charity stripe and 3.2 rebounds per game. From December 28, 2018-February 7, 2019, Hayes sunk a triple in 12 straight games. During that stretch, her 3-PT FG percentage was 46% and that helped her finish 36th in the NAIA with a total 3-PT FG percentage of 39%.


The program's all-time blocks and rebounding leader, Mia Shannon, earns her third career postseason honor after averaging 10.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. During conference games, Shannon put up a stat line of 11.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game which ranked her within the top eight of all three statistical categories. Shannon paced the Bobcats in the rebounding category in a team-high 13 games, bringing her career total up to 36 games. The Fresno, Calif., native also notched five double-doubles this year, including a 20 point, 10 rebound performance against the co-regular season champion Embry-Riddle (AZ). Other opponents Shannon registered a double-double against are co-regular season champion Antelope Valley, NCAA opponent Fresno Pacific, Westcliff and Pacific Union. From November 17-December 1, Shannon scored double figures in five straight games and scored at least nine points in nine straight games from November 17-December 17. Shannon was one of two Bobcats to start at least 28 games this season.


Cal Pac Freshman of the Year and All-Cal Pac Second Team member Rainah Smith was one of four Bobcats to average double figures and finished with 10.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Over the course of a 29 game season, those numbers mark the closest thing to a double-double in program history. Her numbers overall and in conference play were nearly identical and she ranked top 5 in rebounding in both overall and in conference play (7.0). She broke the program's single-season record with 98 offensive rebounds and grabbed at least one O-board in 28 straight games to kick off her Bobcat career. Smith was inserted into the starting lineup on November 10, 2018, and responded with double figure scoring efforts in six of the next seven games and 16 of the next 20 games. She also registered five double-doubles, tied with Mia Shannon. Smith's first such effort was a 14 point, ten rebound performance against NCAA foe Holy Names University on November 24. Two days later, Smith was named the conference's first Player of the Week for the 2018-19 winter sports season. On February 9, 2019, one game after the Bobcats broke the program record for most wins, Smith anchored the team to a 75-70 overtime victory over Simpson University. Smith tallied 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the game. Seven of the rebounds were on the offensive glass to help her finish the year ranked 21st in the NAIA DII with 3.34 offensive rebounds per game. Other notables for Smith include averaging 1.28 steals per game, 1.21 during conference action.


The third seeded Bobcats (23-6, 11-3) open up the California Pacific Conference Championships with a semifinal match against the second seeded Antelope Valley Pioneers on Saturday, February 23, at 8:30pm. The game will be played at the Pioneer Events Center in Lancaster, Calif.

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