Alumni notebook: Virva claims All-American status at NCAA Championships |

Alumni notebook: Virva claims All-American status at NCAA Championships

The Union Staff

University of Nevada, Las Vegas swimmer Dillon Virva faced off with the best collegiate swimmers in the nation last weekend at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving championships in Austin, Texas.

Virva, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, was a member of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels 200-free relay team that took sixth place, the 400 free relay team that placed 11th, the 400 medley relay team that placed 13th and the 200 medley relay team that placed 15th. Virva also placed 10th in the 50-free finals.

In his sophomore season, Virva earned All-American status (top-16) in five events and broke several UNLV records and one Western Athletic Conference record along the way.

As a team, UNLV finished 19th in the nation. California won the national championship for the third time in four years.


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union '01 — Syracuse Chiefs-Triple-A) will start the 2014 baseball season as a member of the Syracuse Chiefs, a Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate.

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Roenicke, a hard throwing relief pitcher, and the Chiefs open the season Thursday against Scranton.

Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union 2012 — Holy Names) and the Hawks (16-18) played eight games in Hawaii last week, sweeping a four-game set against Hawaii Hilo, and splitting a four-game series with Hawaii Pacific.

Zeisler played all eight games at shortstop and went 7-for-26 from the plate with three runs scored and an RBI.

Chris Porter (Nevada Union '11; Cal State East Bay) and the Pioneers (15-13) won one game out of four with UC San Diego last week.

Porter saw action in two games, playing catcher and going 3-for-7 from the plate with a double, a triple and three RBIs.

Brandon O'Callaghan (Nevada Union 2013; Yuba College) and the 49ers took one game of a three game set against Mendocino last week.

O'Callaghan, acting as the team's designated hitter, went 3-for-12 with a double, a triple and two RBIs in the three game series.

Zach Welz (Bear River 2011; Texas Southern University) and the Tigers (10-16) lost to Houston Baptist University and split a double header with the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff last week.

After going 0-for-8 to start the week, Welz knocked in four runs and tallied three hits, including a double in the Tigers win over the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

James Harris (Bear River 2012; Solano Community College) took a no decision in his only start from the mound last week. Harris pitched 3 1/3 innings in the Falcons 10-5 victory over Laney. Harris struck out two, walked two and allowed four earned runs in the game. Harris is 1-3 with a 5.04 ERA this season.

Andrew Harris (Bear River 2013; Solano Community College) and the Falcons (6-16) took one game out of a three-game set with Laney last week.

Harris, playing center field, played in two games, going 2-for-7 with a double, an Rbi and a run scored.


Courtney Ceo (Bear River 2010; University of Oregon) and the Ducks (30-4) swept the Washington Huskies in a three-game set over the weekend.

Ceo, playing third base and leading off, went 4-for-10 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored over the three-game stretch.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River 2012; University of Texas) and the Longhorns (20-15) played one game last week, beating Texas A&M – Corpus Christie, 8-0.

Ceo, playing second base, went 1-for-2 with a double, an Rbi and a run scored.

Katie Mathis (Bear River 2010; San Diego State) and the Aztecs split a pair of games last week, beating Cal State Northridge, and losing to New Mexico.

Mathis, playing second base, went 2-for-6 with a triple and an RBI in the two games.

Brianna Nicholson (Nevada Union 2010; Cal State Stanislaus) and the Warriors (10-27) lost all four contests with UC San Diego last week.

Nicholson saw action in three games and went 1-for-4 from the plate.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union 2010; Colorado State) and the Rams (18-9) swept Boise State this week, winning all three of their matchups with the Broncos.

Butterfield went 3-for-7 in the three games and scored three runs.

Maddie Phelps, (Bear River '12; Sierra College) picked up the win from the circle against Modesto Junior College.

Phelps (8-0) pitched six innings with five strikeouts, one walk and six hits in the 8-0 mercy-rule victory.

Phelps also started and pitched 2 innings against Diablo Valley giving up only two hits in a 10-0 victory.  Sierra College (24-3, 9-0) continue conference play today at Santa Rosa College.

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