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March 9, 2014
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Alumni notebook: Hopkinson helps Tabor to KCAC title

Marc Hopkinson, a 2009 Nevada Union graduate, and the Tabor College basketball team won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament last week, topping Sterling College in the title game, 97-90.

Hopkinson scored six points, coming off a pair of 3-pointers, grabbed four rebounds and had an assist in the win.

Tabor College now takes on Indiana University Southeast in the first round of the NAIA national tournament.

Nicole Lierly (Nevada Union 2013; Cal State San Marcos) and the Cougars won both games they played in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament, beating Northern New Mexico and Lindenwood-Belleville.


Jace Tiller (Nevada Union 2012; Folsom Lake Community College) shot an 82 for the Falcons as the team finished tied for third with Modesto Community College at the Van Buskirk Golf Club in Stockton.


Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union 2012; Holy Names University) and the Hawks (10-12) hit a rough stretch last week, losing eight straight; four to Point Loma and another four to Azusa Pacific.

Zeisler played shortstop in every game and went 7-for-32 with two runs scored.

Chris Porter (Nevada Union 2011; Cal State East Bay) and the Pioneers (11-8) took three of four games last week, beating Menlo once and winning a pair against Cal State Stanislaus before losing one to the Warriors.

Porter saw action in one game playing catcher and going 1-for-3 from the plate.

Zach Welz (Bear River 2011; Texas Southern University) and the Tigers (5-12) lost four in a row last week, falling to Texas A&M, and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette three times.

Over the four-game stretch Welz went 2-for-11.

Brandon O’Callaghan (Nevada Union 2013; Yuba Community College) and the 49ers (5-10) lost three games last week, falling to Modesto, Sacramento and Santa Rosa.

O’Callaghan played two games at catcher and one at designated hitter, going 1-for-8 over the three games.

James Harris (Bear River 2012; Solano Community College) notched his first win of the season for the Falcons (2-10), throwing five innings, allowing just one run on six hits and striking out three. Harris is 1-2 as a starter for Solano.


Katie Mathis (Bear River 2010; San Diego State) and the Aztecs (16-7) won all five of their games at the Shocker Softball Classic, beating Wichita State, UMKC, Iowa State, Northern Illinois and North Dakota.

Mathis played in three of the five games, going 3-for-11 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Brianna Nicholson (Nevada Union 2010; Cal State Stanislaus) and the Warriors (9-14) dropped three of four games against Cal State San Bernardino.

Nicholson went 1-for-9 with a double and an RBI in the four game series.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River 2012; University of Texas) and the Longhorns (14-13) won just one game at the Judi Garman Classic, beating Houston, but falling to Arizona State, Michigan, Washington and Long Beach State.

In the five games, Ceo, playing second base, went 1-for-10 with an RBI.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union 2010; Colorado State University) and the Rams (10-5) split four games at the Colorado State Classic. The Rams split two with Dayton and beat Southern Utah, but lost to Nebraska-Omaha.

Butterfield played in all four games and went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the tourney.

Maddie Phelps (Bear River 2012; Sierra College) picked up her sixth win of the season, pitching Sierra College (17-3) past Santa Rosa, 16-1.

Phelps (6-0) pitched five innings, scattered five hits, struck out one and allowed just one earned run.

Water Polo

Kara Dodd (Bear River 2011: UC Santa Cruz) played solid defense in the Banana Slugs’ losses to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and L.A. United.

Dodd again played solid defense and scored a goal in UC Santa Cruz’s victory against UC Davis.

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