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April 14, 2013
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Alumni Notebook: Phelps hurls 3 Ws for Sierra College softball team

Maddie Phelps, a 2012 Bear River graduate, picked up three mercy-rule wins for Sierra College this past week, improving her overall record to 14-4 with a 2.34 ERA and Big 8 Conference record to 9-3 with a 2.07 ERA.

In Tuesday’s game, Phelps scattered six hits while walking only two batters and yielding three earned runs for a five-inning 16-4 win over San Joaquin Delta College. In Saturday’s first game against Diablo Valley College, Phelps pitched her first shutout of the season, working six innings for an 8-0 victory. Phelps limited Diablo Valley College to only three hits with five strikeouts and just one walk. In the second game of the double-header, Phelps made a relief appearance in the third inning with no outs and got out of a jam with Sierra College leading 5-2. She limited Diablo Valley to three hits the rest of the way as Sierra College scored three runs in the fifth inning and two more runs in the sixth on its way to a 10-2 win.

The Lady Wolverines (24-9-1, 14-3) remain tied for first with Sac City College and play at 3 p.m. Tuesday at American River.

Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 7 ranked Lady Ducks swept No. 17 Arizona in a three-game series this weekend.

Oregon outscored the Lady Wildcats 22-3 in three games where Ceo started at shortstop batting second and finished the series 1-for-7 with a run scored. In the first game Oregon rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth and held on for a 5-3 win. The Lady Ducks’ pitching was phenomenal the final two games as both starters went the distance, Cheridan Hawkins pitched no-hitter in an 8-0 win, and Jessica Moore threw a perfect game in a 9-0 rout.

Oregon (36-6, 13-2) hosts Portland State Tuesday.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River ’12); University of Texas— The No. 6 Lady Longhorns won all three of their home games last week to sweep Iowa State.

Texas outscored the opposition 27-6 in the three-game stretch, and Ceo started at second base batting ninth finishing the series 3-for-7 at the plate with three runs scored, with an RBI single and RBI double. Ceo’s hits came in the first two games with Blair Luna throwing a no-hitter for the Lady Longhorns to earn an 8-0 win in the series opener. Texas scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning in the second game and went on to win 12-4. In Sunday’s series finale, Texas won 7-2, scattering 12 hits.

Texas (38-4, 8-0) hosts No. 1 Oklahoma in three-game a Big 12 Conference showdown beginning Friday.

Karly Harris (Nevada Union ’10); Dominican University of California– The Lady Penguins went 1-3 last week as they split a double-header with Academy of Art before being swept in games by Notre Dame de Namur.

Harris pitched for the complete-game win against Academy of Art in game one on Thursday allowing just three hits and one earned run striking out two batters. The Lady Penguins’ offense had four hits to score runs in the first inning, second and sixth. Harris threw 3 2/3 innings of relief in the second game and was perfect, allowing no hits or runs and collecting one strikeout in a 6-4 loss. In Saturday’s 8-0 and 7-3 losses, Harris started the first game and came in for relief in the second. She threw for a combined two innings and gave up six hits, five earned runs, three walks and fanned two batters.

Dominican (8-40) plays BYU and Hawaii on Saturday in non-conference play.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union ’10); Colorado State — The Lady Rams went 1-2 in a three-game series at Nevada this weekend as Butterfield homered.

Colorado State won the first game in a landslide 10-0. Butterfield started in left field batting eighth and went 1-for-2 at the plate with one run scored a pair of walks. Her team rallied for five runs in the top of the third and scattered nine hits for the game. The Lady Rams suffered a tough loss in their second game as Butterfield went 1-for-3 with a solo blast in the top of the seventh to tie the game 3-3, but the Lady Wolfpack won 4-3 on an RBI-single in the eighth inning. In the final game Butterfield’s hot streak continued as she went 3-for-5 with an RBI and walk as her team scored a run in the top of the seventh but fell short to Nevada 5-4.

The Lady Rams (18-18, 4-1) travel to take on Nevada in a three-game series beginning Friday.

Brianna Nicholson (Nevada Union ’10); Cal State Stanislaus— The Lady Warriors went 0-4 last week as they were swept in four games by UC San Diego.

Cal State Stanislaus was outscored 37-10 in the four-game stretch where Nicholson started at first base batting seventh and went 0-for-9 at the plate with a walk. The Lady Warriors only lead came in the second game when they rallied to take a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the first inning, but San Diego answered with a run in the top of the second, five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth in an 11-3 victory.

Cal State Stanislaus (13-31, 6-22) hosts a four-game series with Cal State East Bay beginning Friday.

Katie Mathis (Bear River ’10); San Diego State — The Lady Aztecs split two games last week at Cal State Fullerton and at UC Riverside.

In Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Fullerton, Mathis started at second base batting ninth and went 0-for-3 at the plate. The Lady Aztecs scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on an RBI-single when a fielding error allowed the runners to advance. In Saturday’s 6-5 loss Mathis rested as her team let a 5-2 lead slip away with UC Riverside rallying for two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off with the win.

San Diego State (26-14, 5-1) plays at UC San Diego Tuesday.

BASEBALL

Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01); Minnesota Twins– Roenicke and the Twins had a tough week as they went 0-5 being swept in a three-game series at Kansas City and dropped a pair of games at home versus the New York Mets.

In Wednesday’s game at the Royals, Roenicke made a middle relief appearance and threw 1 1/3 innings and yielded two hits, including a home run in a 3-0 loss. On Saturday against New York, Roenicke entered the game in the middle of the fifth and pitched for 1 2/3 innings. He allowed no runs, one hit, a walk and struck out a batter in a 4-2 loss.

The Twins (4-7) host the Los Angeles Angels today.

Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union ’12) Holy Names University– Zeisler’s Hawks fought hard last week and rallied back to split a four-game series versus Cal Baptist.

Zeisler started at short stop batting eighth and went 0-for-3 at the plate in game one as his team lost 3-1. In the next game Zeisler was 1-for-4 batting with a run scored and an RBI-double in the bottom of the seventh to score a pair of runs. He finished with three RBIs as the Hawks overcame a 3-1 deficit and scored six unanswered runs to earn a 7-3 victory. Holy names dropped the first game Saturday 4-2 with Zeiseler going 1-for-3 with a run scored. In the final game of the series, the Hawks scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth with a couple of RBS-singles and held Cal Baptist to just three hits as Zeisler finished 1-for-2 at the plate in a 2-1 win.

Holy Names (12-26) hosts Pt. Loma Nazerene for a double-header Friday.

Zach Welz (Bear River ’11); Solano Community College– Welz and the Solano Falcons went 1-2 last week losing a pair of games against Marin and defeating Napa.

In Tuesday’s 8-5 home loss, Welz started in right field batting second in the line up and went 1-for-3 at the plate and walked once. The Falcons built a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hang on as Marin rallied for two runs in the sixth, three in the eighth and three in the ninth inning to pull away. In Thursday’s game at Marin the Falcons fell 11-0. In the loss Welz was 1-for-3 batting. Solano picked up a win Saturday defeating Napa 6-3 with Welz going 0-for-3 at the plate. His team scattered 10 hits for the game and rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead.

Solano (17-12) hosts Napa Tuesday.

Ethan McGill (Nevada Union ’11); Yuba City College– The Niners went 0-3 last week losing a p[air of games versus Laney and one to Mendocino.

In Tuesday’s 4-2 loss at Laney, McGill started at first base batting third and finished 1-for-4 at the plate. Laney scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh with three of them coming as unearned. In Friday’s 12-1 home loss to Laney, McGill finished 1-for-3 batting with a double as his team was outhit 14-5. Saturday the Niners hosted Mendocino where McGill was impressive at the plate going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and also walked twice. Yuba tied the game 5-5 when it rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Mendocino answered with four runs in the top of the ninth and went on to win 9-5.

The Niners (16-15) play at Mendocino Tuesday.

Chris Porter (Nevada Union ’11); Cal State East Bay– Porter and the Pioneers had a rough return from their spring break as they were swept in four games at Cal State Los Angeles.

Porter started at catcher batting seventh in the third game and went 0-for-2 at the plate. The Pioneers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but Cal State LA fired back with six runs in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed thereafter on its way to a 11-9 victory. The Pioneers best chance for a win came in the final game when they led 9-4 headed to the bottom of the ninth inning, but Cal State LA hit a grand slam home run and rallied to win 10-9.

The Pioneers (24-14) host a four-game series versus Cal State Dominguez Hills beginning Friday.

WATER POLO

Kara Dodd (Bear River ’11); UC Santa Cruz — Dodd played solid defense in UCSC’s victories over Fresno State and St. Mary’s College at the Sierra Pacific League Championships held at UC Davis this weekend.

The Lady Banana Slugs (4-4) finished fourth in the league.

ROWING

Morgan Bachus (Bear River ’11); UC Santa Barbara — Bachus rows in seat eight of UCSB’s women’s varsity eight-member crew and helped her boat row to a second place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic in a race for the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Cup Sunday, April 7th.

Bachus’ boat beat out UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Humboldt State, Chapman University and Orange COast College in the final race, losing to Central Oklahoma by only .04 seconds. Previously the Lady Gauchos raced UC Davis on Saturday, March 30, and Bachus’ boats won both its races in the eight and four member crew races.

The UCSB crew will be back in action on Saturday, April 27th, for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at the Sac State Aquatic Center at Lake Natomas.

GOLF

Spencer Biersdorff (Nevada Union ’08); University of Colorado, Colorado Springs —

The UCCS men’s golf team finished in sixth place out of 15 teams with a team score of six shots over par and 13 strokes back of tournament-winner Western Washington.

Biersdorff shot rounds of 75, 73 and 74 for a three-day score of 222 (+6), shooting par on 43 of the 54 holes. He finished tied for 41st overall in a field of 81 golfers.

The Mountain Lions resume today for the CSU-Pueblo Wolf Pack Invitational at the Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo, Colorado.

Jace Tiller (Nevada Union ’12); Folsom Lake Community College– Tiller played in the eighth Big 8 Conference tournament of the season Thursday at at Van Buskirk Golf Course in Stockton where his team finished in second just four strokes behind Modesto, 379-375.

The second place finish moves the Falcons men’s golf team moved into first place in the conference standings, one point ahead of Santa Rosa. Tiller posted a round of 87 as the Falcon’s team score of 379, but more importantly the team finished nine strokes ahead of Santa Rosa (388) who came in fourth.

Folsom’s next conference tournament comes Tuesday at Castle Oaks Golf Course.

FOOTBALL

Brandyn McCary (Nevada Union ’02); Delta Ducks– McCary, a linebacker for the Delta Ducks minor league football team, played defense in what turned out to be an offensive showdown in a 42-31 win over the Capital City Fury.

McCary has two tackles on the season while his team’s defense has racked up 10 sacks, six forced fumbles, five interceptions and allows 10.8 points per game.

The win moves the Delta Ducks (4-0) into solo possession of first place in the Pacific Coast Football League. They will host the Golden State Giants (2-2) on Saturday.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college or professional athlete with local ties, e-mail sports@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4232.


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