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Former Bulldogs Johnson, Beck enjoy stellar Pirates basketball careers
Ex-Bulldogs lead MJC to 17-11 record, NorCal playoff appearance
Former Bulldog standouts Jode Johnson (22) and Jamie Beck teamed up for one season at Modesto Junior College. Johnson and Beck were major contributors. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High grads Jode Johnson and Jamie Beck wrapped up their basketball careers with the Modesto Junior College women's program earlier this month.

Johnson had 22 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the Pirates' 68-62 loss to Ohlone in the first round of the NorCal Playoffs.

Beck added 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

"They'll be missed," Modesto JC head coach Mike Girardi said.

Johnson, a transfer from William Jessup University, suited up for the Pirates for just one season.

Beck was a major contributor for two years.
Jode was named to the Big 8 First Team. The standout guard averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 3.0 assists per game.

Johnson ranked first on the team in scoring, steals and field-goal percentage, second in assists, and third in rebounding.

She guarded the opposing team's best player.

Jode was selected to play in the Sophomore Showcase on March 15 at American River College.

"I'm not surprised at all," Girardi said. "Jode was one of the best all-round players in Northern California. Every game, we could count on her. She plays to her strengths well. Obviously, she's a great athlete. She works so hard. She has a great attitude. She's such a good person. She's so valuable. I could go on and on. I wish I had her for a couple more years."

Beck, a 6-foot-2 center, averaged 10.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.

Jamie broke Modesto JC's career (166) and single-season (87) records for blocks.

"She gave us a presence inside," Girardi said. "She could change a game. That's going to be tough to replace."

Johnson and Beck played major roles while leading Modesto JC to a 17-11 overall record and fifth-place finish in the Big 8 standings (6-8). The Pirates also qualified for the postseason.

Jode and Jamie both plan to continue their athletic careers at four-year schools.