Caroline Reeves, a 2008 Nevada Union graduate, started for her No. 14 seeded Lady Mustangs in the opening round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament Sunday in Baton Rouge, La. as her team was eliminated by No. 3 seed Penn State, 85-55.
“It was amazing to have the opportunity,” Reeves said. “I’m gald we were able to stick with (Penn State) in the first half.”
Reeves played 32 physical minutes to finish the game 3-of-13 shooting from the floor for seven points to go along with five boards, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Her defensive assignment on Penn State, top-scoring junior Maggie Lucas, finished the game with 19 points (1.5 points less than her average) as she knocked down 8-of-16 attempts from the floor.
Cal Poly hung tough and led 15-14 with eight and a half minutes to play in the first half, but Penn State went on an 24-13 run to give itself a 10-point advantage heading into the locker room.
The Lady Lions held the Lady Mustangs to just 27.9 percent shooting from the floor and two 3-pointers for the game as they pulled away in the second half. Penn State also won the battle on the boards 50-33 and made the most of its opportunities tossing in 47.2 percent of its shots to advance to the round of 32.
“Coach (Mimnaugh) was excited for us,” Reeves added. “(Mimnaugh) said we could have cleaned up some things, but we played with a lot of heart and thanked us for the season.”
Reeves’ senior season ended on a high note as her won the Big West Conference tournament title and earned the school’s first ever NCAA tournament appearance. She graduates in June with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01); Minnesota Twins– Roenicke pitched for a combined total of three innings in two games last week as the Twins fell to the Yankees and beat the Blue Jays.
In Friday’s game Roenicke came in as relief and pitched a scoreless top half of the ninth inning allowing no hits. The Twins were able to score one run in the bottom of the ninth, but lost to the Yankees 9-7. Roenicke threw two solid innings of middle relief in a 14-5 win over the Blue Jays in Sunday’s game allowing just one hit, one walk and also recorded one strikeout.
The Twins (14-13) continue spring ball in the Grapefruit League today against St. Louis.
Chris Porter (Nevada Union ’11); Cal State East Bay– Porter played in two games last week as Cal State East Bay swept a three game series versus Holy Names.
In Friday’s 16-2 rout, Porter entered the game as catcher and slugged a pinch hit RBI-double to finish 1-for-1 at the plate and recorded two put outs on defense. Porter rested in the second game Saturday as his team won 8-5. In the final game of the series Saturday, Porter started at catcher batting seventh and went 1-for-4 at the plate with a walk and a run scored as his team clobbered Holy Names 11-1.
The Pioneers (22-8) open a four game series at UC San Diego Thursday.
Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union ’12) Holy Names University– Zeisler’s Hawks had a tough road trip as they were swept by Cal State East Bay in a three game series last week.
Zeisler started at short stop batting eighth and played in two of the three games to finish the series batting 0-for-7 at the plate, including a HBP. Holy Names lost the first game on Friday 16-2 as the team was out hit 19-4. In the second game Saturday the Hawks led 5-3, but Cal State East Bay rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth and went on to win 8-5. In the series finale Staurday the Hawks continued to struggle offensively as they fell 11-1.
The Hawks (9-17) open a series at Grand Canyon University Friday.
Zach Welz (Bear River ’11); Solano Community College– Welz and the Solano Falcons went 2-1 last week with wins over Contra Costa and Laney.
In Tuesday’s game the Falcons cruised over Contra Costa 13-0 as Welz started in right field batting third and finished 1-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Solano jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back as it ripped 16 hots for the game. In Thursday’s 5-4 walk-off win against Laney the Falcons came from behind scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the victory. Welz was 1-for--3 at the plate with a triple, an RBI, a walk and scored a run on a past ball to give the Falcons a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning. On Saturday the Falcons lost at Mendocino 8-0 with Welz going 0-for-2 batting as his team only came up with three hits.
Solano (14-7) hosts Mendocino Tuesday.
Karly Harris (Nevada Union ’10); Dominican University of California– The Lady Penguins went 0-4 last week losing double-headers Thursday versus Holy Names and Friday at Cal State Monterey Bay.
Harris started in the circle for the opening game and threw five strong innings allowing five hits, three earned runs, four walks and struck out four batters as Dominican fell just short to Holy Names, 3-2. Harris next pitched in Friday’s game as her Lady Penguins lost to Cal State Monterey Bay 4-0. Harris started and threw five innings yielding six hits, three earned runs and a walk. In the second game of the double header Harris entered as relief with her team trailing 4-0 and worked 3 2/3 innings surrendering nine hits, six earned runs and a walk.
Dominican (5-25) hosts a four game series against Chaminade University beginning Thursday.
Maddie Phelps, (Bear River ’12); Sierra College— Phelps pitched in game one of a double-header Saturday versus American River as Sierra College lost 3-2.
In the loss Phelps started in the circle and went the distance pitching seven strong innings yielding 10 hits, two earned runs and a walk while striking out four batters. American River scored all three of its runs in the fourth inning and Sierra College just couldn’t get their bats going as it suffered its first Big 8 Conference loss of the season. The Lady Wolverines bounced back to win the second game 8-0.
Sierra College (17-7-1, 7-1) travels to play Modesto Tuesday.
Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union, ’10); Colorado State — The Lady Rams went 2-0 last week as they defeated Long Beach State and Marist.
In Tuesday’s game at Long Beach State the Lady Rams rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth and held on to win, 2-1. Butterfield started in left field batting sixth and finished 1-for-2 batting with an RBI-single to tie the game, a walk and then scored the go-ahead run on a single by a teammate. In Thursday’s opening game of the Colorado State Spring Tournament the Lady Rams dismantled Marist 17-0. Butterfield went 1-for-4 batting with an RBI-single and a run scored as her team slugged 18 hits for the game. Colorado State’s offense erupted for eight runs in the top half of the third inning to blow the game wide open. The remainder of the tournament was cancelled due to weather.
The Lady Rams (14-14) hosts a series versus UNLV beginning Thursday.
Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 10 ranked Lady Ducks won the first two games of their three game series versus No. 15 Stanford.
In Saturday’s 4-3 walk-off win the Lady Ducks came from behind scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie game 5-5 and won it in the bottom of the seventh with two outs on an RBI-double down the right field line. Ceo started at short stop and led off at the top of the order to finish 0-for-4 at the plate. Oregon rallied late to win 3-2 Sunday as it was held to just one hit until the bottom of the sixth inning when it scored three unearned runs. Ceo batted second in the line up and went 0-for-3. In the bottom of the sixth with two outs and a runner on first the Lady Cardinal committed an error to extend the inning. The Lady Ducks took advantage with an RBI-single and a two-run RBI-double to jump on top.
Oregon (25-4) hosts Stanford for the final game of the series today.
Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, ’12); University of Texas (Longhorns) — The No. 9 Lady Longhorns went 2-0 last week as they took care of Baylor both times.
Texas won 4-0 at Baylor on Saturday in extra innings as Ceo went 1-for-1 at the plate with a pinch hit single to begin a four-run rally in the top half of the ninth. She later scored on an RBI-single to give her team the lead. Hosting Baylor on Sunday the Lady Longhorns rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth as they won 5-1. Ceo started at second base and went 2-for-2 batting with an RBI-single and scored twice.
Texas (29-4) opens a three game series at Kansas Thursday.
Alyssa Reina (Bear River, ’12); North Dakota State University — The Lady Bison split a double-header at Nebraska last week in a pair of lopsided games.
In Wednesday’s first game North Dakota State obliterated the Lady Cornhuskers 13-0. Reina started at catcher batting sixth and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a bases clearing triple to score three runs, a walk and a run scored. The Lady Bison rallied for 10 runs in the top of the seventh to slam the door. In the second game it was Nebraska piling on the runs as it won 11-0. Reina finished the game 1-for-2 batting as her team managed only three hits.
North Dakota State (13-13) hosts a three game series against Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis beginning Friday.
Jace Tiller (Nevada Union ’12) Folsom Lake Community College– Tiller played in a couple of tournaments with his team winning at Rancho Murieta in a non-conference match Thursday, March 14, and finishing in second place at Yolo Flyers Golf Club in Woodland Tuesday, March 12.
At Rancho Murieta Tiller shot a 78 as all of his teammates scored in the 70s to edge rival Santa Rosa by one stroke, 377-378. Earlier in the week at the fifth Big 8 Conference tournament of the season at Yolo Flyers Golf Club the Falcons came up five strokes short against Santa Rosa, 377-382, as Tiller posted a round of 79.
Folsom’s next conference tournament comes Tuesday, April 2, at Whitney Oaks Golf Club.
Brandyn McCary (Nevada Union ’02); Delta Ducks– McCary, a linebacker for the Delta Ducks minor league football team, played solid defense as his squad routed the Central Coast Barnstormers 40-3 in their Pacific Coast Football League season opener on Saturday.
The Delta Ducks (1-0) host the East Bay Outlaws this Saturday at Del Oro.
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