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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Bear River, NU alumni help power Sierra to 3rd win in a row

The Sierra College football team powered past Sacramento City College on Saturday, helping the Wolverines to their third straight win were some local alumni.

Austin Baze, a 2018 Bear River graduate, made an impact on the defensive side of the ball. The 6-foot, 2-inch, 240-pound, sophomore linebacker notched eight tackles including a sack which resulted in a 13-yard loss.

For the season, Baze is second on the team with 36 tackles. He also has two sacks and a fumble recovery which he took back for a touchdown.

Making his presence felt on special teams was 2018 Nevada Union graduate Hayden Fay. The 6-2, 180-pound freshman receiver didn’t catch a ball in the game, but tallied 64 yards in kick returns.

On the year, Fay has six catches for 204 yards and a touchdown from his receiver position. As a kick returner he’s averaging 22.5 yards per return with a long of 34. Fay is second on the team in all-purpose yards with 402.

Also getting in on the action was freshman defensive lineman Trae Nix, a 2019 Bear River graduate, who made his first tackle of the season.

Nix was a standout on both the offensive and defensive lines during his time at Bear River. The two-time All-Pioneer Valley League selection helped the Bruins win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title in 2017 and reach a second straight championship game in 2018. Across his two seasons as a varsity starter, he was a leader from his center position on offense, and wrapped up 104 tackles and 10 sacks from his defensive line position.

During Baze’s time at Bear River, he played at the varsity level all four seasons, notching 183 tackles and 11 sacks along the way. He helped the Bruins win two Section titles (2014, 2017) and was a force on both sides of the ball. As a fullback with the Bruins, Baze ran for 1,544 yards and 30 touchdowns on 251 carries.

Fay was a three-year varsity starter for the Miners, earning All-Sierra Foothill League honors as a receiver his junior season and as a defensive back his senior season. During his three varsity seasons at NU, Fay pulled down 87 catches for 1,501 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Wolverines (3-2) have a bye next week, then kickoff conference play against Shasta College (5-0) Oct. 19.

Sierra College competes in the California Community College Athletic Association’s National-NorCal Conference along with with American River College (3-2), Butte College (3-2), Feather River College (0-5), College of the Siskiyous (0-5) and Shasta.

Also on the college gridiron, 2018 Nevada Union graduate Justin Houlihan helped the Beavers get back to their winning ways with a 9-3 victory over Fresno City College Saturday.

Houlihan, a 6-foot, 225-pound, sophomore linebacker, tallied a team-high six tackles in the win.

For the season, Houlihan is tied for the team lead in tackles with 40.

While at Nevada Union, Houlihan was a three-year varsity starter at middle linebacker, racking up 340 tackles across 33 games. He was an All-SFL selection three times.

American River (3-2) has a bye this week, and gets back to work with a conference matchup against Siskiyous Oct. 19.

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: NU grad Hayden Fay, Bear River alum Austin Baze shine in Sierra’s win

The Sierra College football team captured its first win of the season on Saturday, taking down West Hills College-Coalinga, 69-32, at Homer “Buzz” Ostrom Stadium in Rocklin.

A pair of local alumni played big roles in the win.

Hayden Fay, a 2018 Nevada Union graduate, had a huge day as the freshman receiver pulled down four catches for a game-high 141 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Fay’s touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Preston Eklund late in the third quarter, and put the Wolverines up, 55-19.

For the season, Fay has six catches for a team-best 204 yards and one touchdown. The 6-foot, 2-inch, 180-pound Fay is averaging 34 yards per catch.

Fay was a three-year varsity starter for the Miners, catching 87 balls for 1,501 yards and 10 touchdowns in 29 games. He was an all-league selection twice.

Sierra linebacker and 2018 Bear River grad Austin Baze was a terror on the defensive side of the ball, wrapping up a game-high 12 tackles, including one for a loss.

Baze, a 6-2, 240-pound sophomore, has 23 tackles, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown on the season.

During Baze’s time at Bear River, he played at the varsity level all four seasons, notching 183 tackles and 11 sacks along the way. He helped the Bruins win two Sac-Joaquin Section Division V titles and was a force on both sides of the ball.

Justin Houlihan, a 2018 Nevada Union graduate, and the American River College Beavers suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, falling to College of San Mateo, 42-10.

Houlihan, a sophomore linebacker, made seven tackles in the loss. For the season, Houlihan is second on the team with 22 tackles.

While at Nevada Union, Houlihan was a three-year varsity starter at middle linebacker, racking up 340 tackles across 33 games. He was an all-league selection three times.

American River (2-1) competes in the CCCAA’s National-NorCal Conference.

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: NU grad Justin Houlihan helps American River take down defending champs

Justin Houlihan, a 2018 Nevada Union graduate, and the American River College football team earned a big win on Saturday, taking down defending state champ and preseason No. 1 Laney College (Oakland), 15-10.

The Beavers from American River trailed 10-6 at halftime, but hit three second half field goals and shutdown Laney’s offense down the stretch to pull out the victory.

Houlihan, a sophomore linebacker, and the Beavers defense held Laney to just 112 passing yards and 150 rushing yards.

The 6-foot, 225-pound Houlihan wrapped up nine tackles in the victory, which was second on the team. He now has 15 tackles through two games this season.

While at Nevada Union, Houlihan was a three-year varsity starter at middle linebacker, racking up 340 tackles across 33 games. He was an all-league selection three times.

American River (2-0) competes in the California Community College Athletic Association’s National-NorCal Conference.

Austin Baze, a 2018 Bear River graduate, and the Sierra College Wolverines fell to 0-2 on the season after a 50-20 loss to Modesto Junior College.

Sierra went toe-to-toe with Modesto early on, and was down just one, 21-20, in the second quarter, but Modesto scored 29-unanswered points to pull away.

Baze, a 6-2, 240-pound linebacker, tallied five tackles in the game. The sophomore now has 11 tackles through two games.

During Baze’s time at Bear River, he played at the varsity level all four seasons, notching 183 tackles and 11 sacks along the way. He helped the Bruins win two Sac-Joaquin Section Division V titles and was a force on both sides of the ball.

Sierra teammate Hayden Fay, a 2018 Nevada Union graduate, made his presence known in the game as well. The freshman receiver grabbed one pass for 40 yards, and returned four kickoffs for 102 yards, including a long of 34 yards.

Fay was a three-year varsity starter for the Miners, catching 87 balls for 1,501 yards and 10 touchdowns in 29 games. He was an all-league selection twice.

Sierra College (0-2) competes in the CCCAA’s National-NorCal Conference.

WOMEN’s VOLLEYBALL

Kaely Rath, a 2016 Bear River graduate, and the Southern Virginia University Knights won both of their contests last week, topping Roenoke College and Randolph College.

Rath, a junior outside hitter, led the Knights with 15 kills in the victory over Roenoke. No stats were available for the win over Randolph.

While at Bear River, Rath was a four-year varsity player. She was on the Lady Bruins’ 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section championship team as a freshman, and as a senior led the team to a Pioneer Valley League title. She was named the league MVP in 2015.

Southern Virginia (7-3) is a Division III school that competes in the Capital Athletic Conference.

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Bear River grad Kaely Rath leads Southern Virginia University to tourney title

Kaely Rath and the Southern Virginia University Knights volleyball team powered past the competition at the Washington and Lee Invitational over the weekend and took home the tourney championship.

After dropping their first match of the tourney, the Knights beat Gettysburg in straight sets and followed that with a five-set victory over host Washington and Lee University to claim the tourney trophy.

Rath, a 2016 Bear River graduate, impressed all tournament, leading her team in kills each match. The junior outside hitter tallied 55 kills across the three contests and was named the tourney MVP.

For the season, Rath leads her team in kills (121) and hitting percentage (.241).

Southern Virginia (5-3) is a Division III school that competes in the Capital Athletic Conference.

While at Bear River, Rath was a four-year varsity player. She was on the Lady Bruins’ 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section championship team as a freshman, and as a senior led the team to a Pioneer Valley League title. She was named the league MVP in 2015.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The junior college football season got rolling over the weekend with several local alumni suiting up and making their presence known on the gridiron.

Justin Houlihan, a 2018 Nevada Union graduate, helped the American River College Beavers earn a 27-0 victory over Sacramento City College.

The 6-foot, 225-pound, sophomore linebacker, made six tackles in the win.

While at Nevada Union, Houlihan was a three-year starter at middle linebacker, racking up 340 tackles across 33 varsity games.

American River (1-0) competes in the California Community College Athletic Association’s National-NorCal Conference.

Austin Baze, a 2018 Bear River graduate, made a big impact for Sierra College in its contest with City College of San Francisco.

The 6-2, 240-pound linebacker wrapped up six tackles and recovered a fumble he took 81 yards for a touchdown.

Baze’s scoop and score in the third quarter started off a second half rally for Sierra. The Wolverines trailed 30-0 at halftime, and made a late charge, but in the end fell, 37-29.

During Baze’s time at Bear River, he played at the varsity level all four seasons, notching 183 tackles and 11 sacks along the way. He helped the Bruins win two Sac-Joaquin Section Division V titles and was a dominant force on both sides of the ball.

Nevada Union graduate Hayden Fay (2018) made his debut with Sierra Saturday. The freshman receiver caught one ball for 23 yards.

Fay was a three-year varsity starter for the Miners, catching 87 balls for 1,501 yards and 10 touchdowns in 29 games.

Sierra College (0-1) competes in the CCCAA’s National-NorCal Conference.

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AUTO RACING: Brad Sweet gets second Silver Dollar Speedway victory

CHICO – The clamor of 24 Sprint Cars in a gladiatorial battle at Silver Dollar Speedway faded into the calm Northern California night. Several minutes later a new clamor slowly elevated outside the quarter-mile track.

“Brad Sweet. Brad Sweet. Brad Sweet! Brad Sweet! Brad Sweet!” Fans chanted the Grass Valley native’s name like a posse honoring a warrior’s victory.

Sweet out dueled fellow Californians, Tim Kaeding and Shane Golobic, to claim his second Silver Dollar Speedway win Friday night, and 14th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the year – 48th career win overall.

“We’re happy tonight,” said Sweet, a Bear River High School graduate. “Tough racing out there. It’s treacherous. You never know which way the car is going to bounce or if you’re going to make a good corner or a bad corner. I just tried to stay up on the wheel. We pushed hard all night.”

His opening night had a sour start, qualifying 14th of 30 cars. He rebounded in his Drydene Heat race by charging from fifth-place to second. That put Sweet in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash where he finished fourth.

The last three races at Silver Dollar Speedway had been won by a California native. The preamble to the Feature suggested that streak would see forth. Kaeding, of San Jose, and Golobic, of Fremont, occupied the front row for the Feature. Both won their Heat race. Golobic drew the pole for the Dash and ended up second to Kaeding.

In last year’s two Gold Cup races at the speedway, Kaeding finished second both nights – once to Sweet. He wanted one spot better this year.

On the initial start, Kaeding jumped to the lead but Golobic was able to find grip on the bottom and keep pace with Kaeding running the preferred line on the high side. Sweet powered around Donny Schatz for third and begin his trek to the front.

To get to Kaeding, Sweet had to go through Golobic first. And the young Californian forced Sweet to exert all of his talent to do so.

After restarting the race for a caution on Lap two, Sweet snuck underneath Golobic and passed him for second down the backstretch. Sweet cleared the NOS Energy Drink No. 17w car off turn four. With Golobic gaining momentum around the high side, Sweet also tried to block Golobic’s run off the corner but failed. Golobic turned underneath the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 and charged back to second-place around the bottom of turns one and two.

Four laps later, with 23 laps still to go, Kaeding began to pull away and Sweet took another charge at Golobic. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver charged around the outside of Golobic in turns one and two. However, Golobic, continuing to use the bottom to his advantage, powered his way back in front of Sweet off turn four. Sweet attempted to dive underneath him into turn one, but Golobic closed the door.

He hadn’t won, yet. Two laps later Sweet put together another run to charge to the outside of Golobic. The duo raced side by side, Sweet high and Golobic low, for two laps. With 18 laps to go Sweet was able to prevail, holding onto second with a firm grasp.

Kaeding had about a straightaway lead, but lap traffic was coming into play.

Sweet worked his way to Kaeding by the halfway point of the race. He got to the outside of the R&B Company No. 7s and drag raced him down the front stretch. Kaeding out powered Sweet into turns one and two, but slid his right rear off track down the back stretch, allowing Sweet to dart underneath him and officially take the lead on Lap 17.

Sweet said he had to be aggressive on Kaeding to take the lead.

“It’s Tim Kaeding at Chico, he’s never going to be easy,” Sweet said. “I watched him my whole childhood dominate this place.”

Kaeding was then subjected to the same war with Golobic that Sweet had to battle through. The two California’s battled hard, swapping second-place several times. Justin Sanders, of Watsonville, Calif., even joined in on the battle for a few laps. However, Kaeding and Golobic were able to best Sanders in the closing laps and duel for second amongst themselves.

Before Sweet could run away with his second win in-a-row – having won Wednesday’s race at Willamette Speedway – a caution with eight laps to go gave Kaeding and Golobic their final shot at taking down the “Big Cat.”

When the race restarted, Sweet wiped away any hope they had of doing so. He pulled away with the lead, leaving Kaeding and Golobic to make their last few swings at each other for second. Kaeding won that battle, while Golobic maintained a podium finish in third.

While Kaeding had to settle for second for the third time in-a-row, during the Gold Cup Race of Champions event at the speedway, he still left with a smile.

“This R and B Company 7s, Jason Sides Motorsports, this thing hauls ass,” Kaeding said. “Hopefully we can move up one more spot tomorrow night.”

For the second race in-a-row, Sweet left with the biggest smile, the trophy and $8,000 check.

Sweet followed his win Friday by taking second in Saturday’s Gold Cup Feature race. His runner-up finish was his third podium finish in-a-row. In those three races he’s also cut 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz’s points lead over him down from 36 points to six.

This article was submitted to The Union by Nick Graziano, PR coordinator for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Vallejo picked up by Washington; Sweet earns top-5 finishes over Labor Day Weekend

Tanner Vallejo is on the move again.

A day after the Arizona Cardinals released Vallejo, the Washington Redskins announced they had claimed the third-year linebacker off waivers.

Vallejo, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, was let go by the Cardinals on Sunday to make room for recent waiver signings of their own.

The Redskins are Vallejo’s fourth team since being chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2017 draft. He spent his rookie season with the Bills, playing mostly on special teams. He saw action in 16 total games, helping the Bills go 9-7 and snap a 22-year playoff drought.

After being released by the Bills just before the start of the 2018 season, Vallejo was claimed by the Cleveland Browns. He played in 13 games, including one start and made 27 tackles while playing for Cleveland.

Across his first two seasons in the NFL, Vallejo has 33 total tackles in 29 games played.

During his stint with the Cardinals, the 6-foot, 1-inch, 230-pound linebacker, played in three of the team’s preseason games, notching 14 tackles and an interception.

While at Nevada Union, Vallejo tallied a school record 419 tackles in his three-year varsity career. He was also a two-time Sierra Foothill League Defensive MVP, three-time All-Metro selection and three-time All-Sac-Joaquin Section selection. Vallejo led the Miners to the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, the last two times NU made it to the postseason.

Vallejo was heavily recruited out of high school and chose Boise State over several Pac-12 options. He played in 42 games, made 275 total tackles and earned multiple all-conference honors in his four-year college career with the Broncos.

AUTO RACING

Sweet races to a pair of top-5 finishes

Brad Sweet, a 2004 Bear River graduate, remains in the hunt for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship after strong showings over the Labor Day Weekend.

The veteran driver grabbed back-to-back top-five finishes at Skagit Speedway in Burlington, Washington, and sits in second place in the overall series point standings. Sweet trails reigning series champ Donny Schatz by 26 points.

On Saturday night, Sweet settled for a third place finish after vying for the win for much of the race. Despite several efforts to pass the leader in the late stages of the race, Sweet was unable to get around Logan Schuchart, who won both races over the weekend. Sweet was fifth in Friday night’s race.

In 52 starts this season, Sweet has 46 top-10 finishes, 35 top-fives and a series-high 12 wins, including the Kings Royal.

Sweet drives the No. 49 NAPA Auto Parts car for Kasey Kahne Racing. He has finished second to Schatz in the points race in 2017 and 2018. Sweet has finished in the top six in points every year since 2014.

Sweet and the World of Outlaws series comes to the region this month with feature races in Chico (Friday and Saturday), Placerville (Sept. 11) and Stockton (Sept. 13).

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Sprint car driver Brad Sweet earns top-8 finishes over weekend

Brad Sweet drove to a pair of top-eight finishes over the weekend, and remains in the thick of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season points race.

Sweet, a Bear River graduate, earned a fifth place finish in Saturday’s feature race, The Brawl at Big Sky Speedway in Shepherd, Montana. He was eighth a day earlier in the feature race at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota.

In 50 starts this season, Sweet has 44 top-10 finishes, 33 top-fives and a series high 12 wins, including the Kings Royal and the $175,000 prize that came with it.

The veteran driver is currently in second place in the points race with 6,902, trailing defending champ Donny Schatz (6,932) by 30 points. David Gravel, who won the race in Montana, is third with 6,826.

Sweet, who drives the No. 49 NAPA Auto Parts car for Kasey Kahne Racing, finished second to Schatz in the points race in 2017 and 2018. He’s finished in the top six in points every year since 2014.

Sweet and the World of Outlaws series comes to the West Coast in September with feature races in Chico (Sept. 6-7), Placerville (Sept. 11) and Stockton (Sept. 13).

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Lowe’s historic run at George Washington comes to an end

Logan Lowe’s stellar collegiate career came to a close last week.

The 2015 Nevada Union graduate wrapped a decorated and historic four-year run with the George Washington University golf team by competing at the NCAA Regional Tournament at the University of Louisville Golf Club. Lowe shot a 6-over-par 219 and tied for 40th. Needing to finish in the top-10, Lowe will not be advancing to the next round, but leaves behind a legacy at George Washington no other golfer in school history could contend with.

While competing as a Colonial, Lowe won five tournaments, which is a school record. He tied the school record for a round with a 66 as a freshman and went on to break it twice with a 65 his sophomore season and a 64 his junior year. Lowe was named to the All-Atlantic 10 team four times. He was named the Atlantic-10 Golfer of the Year as a junior, and won the Atlantic 10 Championship as a senior. He also holds the top three single-season scoring averages in school history and his 72.22 career average is also a record.

Lowe will graduate cum laude in real estate, according to gwsports.com.

During Lowe’s time at Nevada Union he was a two-time Sierra Foothill League individual champion, a two-time SFL MVP, a four-time All-SFL selection and he won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship in 2014.

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union grad Garrett O’Callaghan closes collegiate career with solid outing

Garrett O’Callaghan, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, put forth another strong showing to close out an impressive senior season with the Holy Names University baseball team.

O’Callaghan, a senior left-handed pitcher, took the bump for the Hawks against Concordia College last Thursday and struck out eight in 7.1 innings. He allowed three earned runs in the game. O’Callaghan departed with the game tied 3-3, and Holy Names eventually lost 4-3. O’Callaghan did not figure into the decision.

For the season, O’Callaghan started 11 games, went 4-3 overall, struck out 79 batters in 69 innings pitched and finished with a 2.48 ERA.

The Hawks wrapped their season with a 16-32 overall record. Holy Names is a Division II school that competes in the Pacific West Conference.

During O’Callaghan’s senior year at Nevada Union he was an All-Sierra Foothill League First Team selection in baseball, and an All-SFL Second Team selection in basketball.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Nerissa Eason, a 2016 Bear River graduate, and the Oregon State softball team closed the season by taking two out three against the University of Utah.

Eason, a junior pitcher, appeared in the second game of the series. The hard throwing righty pitched four innings of relief in a 6-2 loss to the Utes. Eason allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out three.

For the season, Eason appeared in 10 games, notched a 3-0 overall record with 33 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched and closed with a 4.08 ERA.

The Beavers end the season with a 26-19 overall mark, but did not get an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney. Oregon State is a Division I school that competes in the Pac-12.

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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Logan Lowe rallies to win Atlantic 10 Championship

With the title within reach, Logan Lowe shined down the stretch and claimed victory at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship.

The 2015 Nevada Union graduate and senior on the George Washington University golf team came into the final round trailing by three shots, but closed the three-day tourney with a 4-under-par 68 to finish -6 overall and capture the title by one stroke over George Washington teammate Adrian Castagnola and VCU’s Ian Peng, who both finished at -5.

Peng and Lowe were both at -6 heading to the 18th hole. Peng’s bogey opened the door for Lowe, who nailed a two-foot par putt to claim the title.

Lowe shot an opening round 74 and followed it with back to back 68s at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

The victory is Lowe’s fifth overall with George Washington, which is a school record.

For Lowe, who was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2018, this is his first win at the Atlantic 10 Championship. His previous best finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships was a tie for eighth in 2017.

Lowe was named to the All-Atlantic 10 team for the fourth time and by virtue of the win gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, which will be held May 12-15.

As a team, George Washington finished third.

During Lowe’s time at Nevada Union he was a two-time Sierra Foothill League individual champion, a two-time SFL MVP, a four-time All-SFL selection and he won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship in 2014.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Dalton Maxwell, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, earned All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors after an impressive senior season with the Menlo College baseball team.

Maxwell, a senior second baseman, had career bests in batting average (.333), on base percentage (.409) and slugging percentage (.516). He had 17 multi-hit games and tallied 14 doubles along the way.

It’s the second time Maxwell earned All-GSAC honors during his time at Menlo, also getting the nod in 2017.

After his four-year run at Menlo, he’s third in the school’s history in games played (177), third in doubles (43), fourth in RBIs (104), fifth in hits (177), and ninth in runs scored (89)

Fellow Nevada Union graduate Ryan McCarthy (2013) also had an outstanding season for the Menlo Oaks.

The righty appeared in eight games, started three, finished with a 2-2 overall record and a team-best 1.37 ERA.

Menlo finished the season 15-26 overall and 11-21 in GSAC contests.

Garrett O’Callaghan, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, was dominant in his only start for Holy Names University last week.

O’Callaghan, a senior left-handed hurler, tossed a complete-game shutout against Hawai’i Pacific University. O’Callaghan allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out 10 in the 7-0 victory.

For the season, O’Callaghan is 4-3 in 11 starts with 71 strikeouts and a 2.34 ERA.

Holy Names (16-27, 10-17) is a Division II school that competes in the Pacific West Conference.

Matt Lopez, a 2016 Bear River graduate, extended his hit streak to an impressive 19 games, but it didn’t translate into wins for Sierra College, which dropped all three of their games against Santa Rosa Junior College last week.

Lopez, a sophomore first baseman, hit safely in all three games, going 3-for-12 overall with a double, a triple and four RBIs.

For the season, Lopez is batting .396, has five home runs, 47 RBIs and 47 runs scored.

Sierra (29-10, 16-8) finished the regular season in third place in the California Community College Athletic Association’s Big 8 Conference. The Wolverines open the CCCAA playoffs Friday against College of San Mateo.

Andrew Schnitzius, a 2016 Nevada Union graduate, and the No. 15 ranked Lyon College Scots dropped two out of three against Columbia College last week.

Schnitzius, a junior catcher, played in one game, going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

For the season, Schnitzius has played in 26 of the team’s 47 games, has 21 starts, is batting .315, has one home run, eight doubles and 28 RBIs.

Lyon (37-18, 19-11) is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school which competes in the American Midwest Conference.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Nerissa Eason, a 2016 Bear River graduate, and the Oregon State softball team swept their in-state rival Oregon last week.

Eason started the third game of the series, a 12-8 victory. The junior tossed 3.1 innings, allowed four hits, walked five and gave up five earned runs while striking out five. She did not figure into the decision.

For the season, Eason has appeared in nine games, has a 3-0 record and a 4.15 ERA.

Oregon State (24-18, 6-13) is a Division I school that competes in the Pac-12.

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