Dan Pettinato, a 2010 Nevada Union graduate and junior defensive lineman for the University of Arizona Wildcats football team, ended his season on a high note, helping his squad to a 42-19 rout of Boston College Tuesday in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, LA.
Pettinato wrapped up a pair of tackles, including a sack for a loss of eight yards. It was his first sack of the season.
The defense also snagged two interceptions and held the Eagles to just 206 yards passing for the game.
Arizona was unstoppable on offense, opening a 28-6 lead by halftime and extending it to 42-6 early in the fourth quarter.
The squad finished its season 8-5 overall and took third place in the Pac-12 South going 4-5, which included an upset win over No. 5 Oregon on Nov. 23.
Pettinato, who red-shirted his freshman year, will return for his senior year of eligibility. He played in 10 games this season and wrapped up 10 tackles for the season, bringing his collegiate career total to 61.
Marc Hopkinson (Nevada Union, ‘10); Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) — Hopkinson and the Bluejays won the Tabor College Holiday Classic after notching victories in both of their games last week.
On Friday the team knocked off Benedictine College 72-65 as Hopkinson rested. In Saturday’s 85-71 win over Central Baptist College, Hopkinson came off the bench and contributed over 9 minutes. The senior guard finished with an assist and five rebounds, including two on the offensive end. Tabor College shot 50 percent from the floor and tossed in seven 3-pointers.
The Bluejays (8-7) host Haskell Indian Nations University today.
Nicole Lierly (Nevada Union, ‘13); Cal State University San Marcos — Lierly and the Lady Cougars had a rough stretch returning to the hardwood after their holiday break as the squad lost all three of its games last week.
The freshman guard contributed seven minutes off the bench and had an assist in a 91-54 loss versus Vanguard on Dec. 30. The team was held to just 30 percent shooting from the floor. In Thursday’s 68-59 loss against Hope International, Lierly played 10 minutes and finished with two boards, an assists and a steal. The Lady Cougars held Hope International to just 29 percent shooting but were outscored from behind the arc 12-3. San Marcos battled The Masters College on Saturday and also came up short, 89-60. Lierly played 18 minutes and led the team in scoring off the bench, shooting 4-of-8 with a pair of 3s to finish with 11 points, two rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.
Cal State University San Marcos (7-12) hosts Biola on Thursday.
Kendall Pawlowski (Nevada Union, ‘13); UC Santa Cruz — With the help of NU alumni Pawlowski and Patrick Herbert, the UC Santa Cruz Slugs swimming and diving team outscored Cal Lutheran 973-672 Friday and Saturday at the Inaugural Chris Knorr Invitational in Thousand Oaks.
Freshman swimmer Pawlowski began the meet on Friday afternoon with a mile swim, finishing first in the 1650 yards with a time of 17 minutes, 10.36 seconds. He beat out Mike Potter of Cal Lutheran, who finished with a mark of 17:24.04. The two swimmers met again Saturday in the 500 Free, with Pawlowski edging Potter again for another first place finish with a time of 4:59.16.
The Slugs are back in the pool at Fresno Pacific Jan. 18.
Patrick Herbert (Nevada Union, ‘13); UC Santa Cruz — Herbert also had a key role in the Slugs’ 973-672 win over Cal Lutheran on Friday and Saturday at the Inaugural Chris Knorr Invitational in Thousand Oaks.
The freshman had a pair of tremendous performances for the team in both of his backstroke events. Herbert swam the 100 yard backstroke earning a second place finish with a time of 57.78. He backed up that impressive showing with another second- place finish Saturday in the 200 yard backstroke, posting a time of 2:10.26.
The Slugs are back in the pool at Fresno Pacific on Jan. 18.
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