Alumni notebook: Ceo, Ducks end season; Phelps signs with Alabama State |

Alumni notebook: Ceo, Ducks end season; Phelps signs with Alabama State

The Union Staff

Courtney Ceo, a 2010 Bear River graduate, and the top-ranked Oregon Ducks softball team was bounced from the Women's College World Series Sunday, falling to No. 2 Alabama, 2-0.

The Ducks (56-9-1) had beaten Florida State, 3-0, in the opening round, but fell to Florida, 4-0, in the next round., sending them to the loser's bracket. A 4-2 win over Oklahoma on Saturday kept their championship hopes alive, but the Ducks were eliminated on Sunday by Alabama.

Throughout the WCWS, Ceo went 6-for-12 from the plate with two walks and a stolen base. Ceo also accounted for two of Oregon's four hits in their loss to Alabama.

Ceo, a senior, concludes the 2014 season with team highs in batting average (.493), slugging percentage (.626), runs (64) and hits (104). She also had five home runs, seven doubles, 18 stolen bases and 35 RBIs. Ceo started all 66 games for the Ducks this year.

Maddie Phelps (Bear River '12; Sierra College) completed her second season with the Wolverine softball team by capturing the 2014 California State Championship earlier this month in Bakersfield.

It was the first softball state championship in Sierra College history.

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For the season, Phelps was 12-0 with the lowest ERA in the state (1.11), 28 strikeouts, nine walks and only 11 earned runs. At the plate, Phelps was 3-for- 4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Her two-year totals at Sierra College were 33-7 with 2.00 ERA, 86 strikeouts and 37 walks.

Phelps was selected to the 2014 Big 8 Conference second team, received 2014 CCCFCA All-Academic first team award and was captain of this year's Sierra College Wolverines.

Phelps has now signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball and attend Alabama State on a partial athletic scholarship.

The Alabama State Hornets are a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference where Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Alabama A&M and Alcorn State make up the Eastern Division with Texas Southern, Southern, Prairie View, Grambling State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Western Division.

Alabama State finished second in the Eastern Division with an 11-6 record this past season.


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union '01 — Syracuse Chiefs-Triple-A) logged his first win of the season Friday, throwing five innings of shutout baseball, allowing three hits and two walks while striking two in a 5-4 victory over Buffalo.

Roenicke, who has been used as a starter and out of the bullpen this year got his first win in five starts this season. Roenicke's ERA this season is 3.14.

Track & Field

Jordan Halleib (Bear River '12; Florida Tech) earned Academic All-District honors in men's track & field and cross country.

The 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District men's track & field/cross country teams have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Halleib competed in both track & field and cross country. Halleib ran a season best 8K for cross country at the Mountain Dew Invitational. The sophomore finished the course in a time of 28 minutes, 11.35 seconds. On the track, Halleib competed in distance events, and had a season best finish of fifth in the 5,000 meters at the Walt Disney World Track & Field Open. He finished the race with a time of 16:11.59.

The business administration and finance major carried a 3.80 GPA, and was a member of the SSC Fall Commissioner's Honor Roll. NCAA Division II District 5 is made up of athletes from the Gulf South Conference, the Sunshine State Conference, and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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