Johansen water polo player named All-American

Jodi Hanson of Johansen High has been selected to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-America water polo team after leading the Vikings to the Modesto Metro Conference title and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals.

The senior also is one of four Stanislaus District girls on the all-section team, joining Johansen junior Andie Plunkett and Pitman's senior tandem of Lyndsay Sutterley and Megan Bohlender.

Johansen's Taylor Hanson was a second-team all-section pick, and teammates Brandie McGee and Brooke Fuller were honorable mention selections.

The boys' all-section team includes Johansen's senior trio of Steve Giahos, Brad Fuller and Sean Towers, who capped their careers with an MMC title and a trip to the section semifinals. Turlock's Zac Young and Pitman's Josh Day also were all-section picks.

The second team included Turlock's Taylor Sellers, Golden Valley's Andrew Price, Atwater's Colby Jerner, Merced's Matt Rabe and Pitman's Justin Jones. Turlock's Eric Bonander and Johansen's Steve Solario were honorable mention.

The boys' NISCA All-America teams will be selected in December.

FEW SURPRISES HERE -- You have to hand it to the section commissioners who seeded the Northern California volleyball playoffs. They seeded four teams in each of five divisions, and only one of those 20 failed to win in the first round Tuesday.

Sixteen of those teams, including Ripon Christian in Division V, rolled to three-game sweeps to earn spots in Saturday's semifinals. The lone upset came in Division II, where No. 5 St. Francis of Mountain View beat No. 4 Maria Carillo of Santa Rosa.

Fourth-seeded RC (23-10) visits No. 1 Mt. Madonna (27-6) of Watsonville at Bethany College in Scotts Valley for a berth in Tuesday's regional final. The state finals are Dec. 1 at San Jose State University.

The Hawks have a strong front line in 5-foot-10-inch outside hitters Alexa Rosendale (16 kills in Tuesday's sweep of Turlock Christian) and Hannah Meade (12 kills and eight aces vs. TC).

BIG MONDAY -- It will be a busy day of basketball Monday with dozens of Stanislaus District teams playing in section Foundation games. Results don't count on regular-season records, and proceeds go to the section scholarship fund.

Featured boys games include Merced at Modesto -- the Panthers make their debut following the departure of Sammy Yeager, The Bee's Player of the Year last season -- and St. Mary's of Stockton at Turlock. Top girls games include Sonora at Bret Harte and Davis at Golden Valley.

Bee staff writer Richard T. Estrada can be reached at or 578-2300.