Josh Ritchart, a 2010 Forest Lake Christian graduate, stepped up as a starter last week after working mostly off the bench this season for the UC Davis men’s basketball team and helped his team earn wins in two impressive outings.
In Monday’s game at home against Eastern Washington, he contributed a team-high 31 minutes in an 87-65 winning effort. Ritchart was 5-of-10 shooting from the floor for 14 points with seven boards, three assists and a steal. The Aggies were impressive with their ball handling on offense, playing the entire second half without committing a turnover.
In Thursday’s 78-70 victory over Northern Illinois, Ritchart shot 2-of-4 for five points and gathered in three rebounds. Trailing 31-29 at the half, the Aggies stormed back in the second half and built a 10-point lead, shooting an astounding 52 percent form the floor as a team. They outscored the opposition 30-24 in the paint and overcame allowing 23 points off turnovers in a game that had 13 lead changes.
UC Davis (3-6) next plays UC Irvine Saturday.
Patrick Scott (Bear River ‘09); Sonoma State — Scott started in a game for the Seawolves Wednesday, as they won 78-71 over Notre Dame de Namur. In the game, Scott contributed a team-high 34 minutes, shooting 6-of-10 from the floor for 16 points, including three 3-pointers to go with a block and a steal. Sonoma State led the entire way, building a lead of 14 points before Notre Dame went on a 21-8 run to pull within a point with about two minutes remaining. The Seawolves battled and came away with the victory.
Sonoma State (4-3) will play Sunday at Fresno State.
Caroline Reeves (Nevada Union, ‘08); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — Reeves started in two games last week as the Mustangs split, losing at home versus San Francisco and winning at home against Loyola Marymount.
In Tuesday’s 71-67 loss, Reeves shot 3-of-7 from the floor to finish with six points, three boards and three assists. San Francisco converted 50 percent of its 3-point shots and led by 17 points early, but Cal Poly came back to tie the game at 49 in the second half and led by a basket with six minutes to play before surrendering the lead.
Reeves played 25 minutes in Thursday’s 84-71 win, shooting 2-of-7 from the floor for eight points, five assists and a team-high 11 rebounds. Cal Poly led the entire way.
The Mustangs’ (6-5) next game is at Long Beach State Jan. 3.
Dillon Virva (Nevada Union, ‘12); University of Nevada, Las Vegas — Virva’s Rebels finished second at the UNLV Invitational meet, just 20 points behind University of the Pacific. The event wrapped up Monday, and Virva finished 19th out of 24 swimmers in the men’s 100-yard freestyle finals with a time of 47.39 seconds. In the men’s 400 freestyle relay, Virva was part of a four-man team that finished fourth out of 21 teams, posting a time of 3:07.03 seconds, six seconds behind its UNLV teammates who won.
Tessa Butterfield (Nevada Union, ‘11): University of Alaska, Fairbanks — Butterfield signed a national letter of intent with University of Alaska, Fairbanks, during the early signing period last month. Butterfield played on the Lady Miners’ varsity squad in her sophomore, junior and senior years, helping the team to an overall record of 77-36 and two runs deep into the playoffs.
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