Fresno City College debuted as Northern California's No. 4- ranked football team Tuesday, with the No. 1 team coming to town this weekend.
In a battle of teams both nicknamed Rams, Fresno City and top-ranked City College of San Francisco will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ratcliffe Stadium.
Each team is 3-0, with San Francisco remaining the top-ranked team in the state by the JC Athletic Bureau. CCSF's roster includes former Clovis North safety Justin Gallegos as its starting rover.
The regional rankings of the California Community College Athletic Association and California Community Colleges Football Coaches Association are used for selection of postseason and bowl game participants.
Fresno City fell two spots to No. 7 in the state after a 28-24 win over Reedley.
San Francisco beat Fresno 57-13 in a matchup of 10-0 teams in last year's regional championship game. CCSF went on to win a record sixth state football championship.
Sequoias (3-0), No. 17 in the state, is No. 9 in NorCal. It hosts No. 8 Foothill this week.
Rams women play to draw
Diablo Valley's Wendy Magarin scored off a free kick in the 87th minute as the Vikings and Fresno City settle for a 1-1 nonconference soccer tie.
Jenna Thomason scored her sixth goal of the season, off a Lesslee Hernandez assist, in the 48th minute for the Rams (3-3-2).
Diablo Valley (3-0-3) converted its only shot of the match.
National honor for Sunbirds volleyball player
Fresno Pacific's Rupia Inck is the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association's volleyball player of the week after totaling 30 kills and 24 digs in a pair of Sunbirds victories.
Inck had 16 kills and 13 digs as Fresno Pacific swept previously unbeaten NCAA Division II No. 12-ranked Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Saturday. She had 14 kills, 11 digs and five blocks in a 3-1 road win at Dixie State.
Inck was listed along with teammates Jessie Alcorn, Hannah Butler and Karah Mitchell as part of the Pacific West Conference's "Fantastic 15" for the week of Sept. 10-16.
The Sunbirds play their home opener at 7 p.m. Thursday against Holy Names.
MWC honors 'Dogs runners
Fresno State swept the Mountain West Conference's cross country athlete of the week honors, with Lyndsie Etherton winning for the second straight week and Olivier Bernard earning his first award.
Etherton finished fourth at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, running the 6-kilometer race in 20:58.34 -- a Fresno State record at that distance.
Bernard was sixth on the men's 8-kilometer course in a personal-best 24:14.53. It was the best time in the MWC at that distance this season.
Bulldogs swimmers picked seventh in conference poll
The Fresno State swimming and diving team was picked by the conference coaches to finish seventh in its debut season in the Mountain West.
San Diego State, with former Bee Swimmer of the Year Loreen Whitfield (Clovis East High), was the pick of the MWC's nine coaches to win the title, receiving four first-place votes and 60 points overall.
Defending champ Boise State was second with five first-place votes and 59 points.
The Bulldogs, with 16 letterwinners back from a team that broke eight school records last year, open Oct. 12 with the Early Bird Invite, where they host defending national champion Cal.
"Why not start the season off tough?" coach Jeanne Fleck said. "With tough competition, the team will learn and grow to develop a mental toughness that will help them throughout the season and new conference competitions."