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Here’s a look at how some other local athletes with local ties fared recently at the college level (baseball and softball athletes will be included beginning next week, Feb. 21):

TRACK & FIELD

Ryder Heidelberger (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis ” The 6-foot, 1-inch sophomore sprinter finished 30th overall in the 400 meter run with a time of 50.51 at the Holiday Inn Team Invitational hosted by Boise State.



Matt Tyrrell (Bear River, ’01) Idaho State ” The senior distance runner took second place in the men’s 3,000 meter run at the Montana State Multiple Duals finishing in a time of 8:36.36. The Idaho State men’s track team beat Montana State, Weber State and Montana at the meet.

Paul Litchfield (Bear River, ’99); Pocatello Track Club ” The Idaho State alumnus and pole vaulter cleared 17-09.00 to win the Holiday Inn Team Invitational hosted by Boise State.




GYMNASTICS

Tiffany Chan (Nevada Union, ’01); UC Davis ” Despite being unable to practice all week because of illness, the 5-foot, 3-inch senior posted a team-high 9.650 on vault and another team-high 9.750 on the floor exercise in a dual meet against Sacramento State.

The Aggies lost the dual, scoring 191.775 points to Sacramento State’s 192.925 points.

Julia Richards (Nevada Union, ’03); UC Davis ” The 5-foot, 1-inch sophomore matched her career-high score set last season with a 9.775 on the beam. Her score was also the highest score by an Aggie in any event this season. Richards also scored a 9.400 on the vault and a 9.500 on the floor exercise.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Brynee Edwards (Forest Lake Christian, ’03); The Master’s College in Santa Clarita ” The sophomore libero finished her sophomore year playing libero/defensive specialist for the Mustangs. She started and played 93 out of 102 games totaling 356 digs, 15 service aces and 25 assists. The Mustangs finished 14-14 overall and 10-9 in conference. Next season Edwards will be a team co-captain.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Briana Thomas (Bear River, ’02); Air Force Academy ” The junior center played three minutes in the Falcons’ 77-69 loss to New Mexico, dropping the Air Force’s record to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in the Mountain West conference.

Chrysten Cotney (Bear River, ’04); Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) ” The 5-foot 3-inch freshman guard scored 11 points and played 40 minutes in the Argos 58-56 win Friday against Simpson. She also totaled three rebounds, four assists and two steals. The next night, Notre Dame de Namur lost 64-41 to Dominican University dropping the Argos to 7-19 overall and 7-8 in league play.

Nicole Scott (Bear River, ’03); Sierra College “The 5-foot, 10-inch sophomore forward led her team in scoring with 17 points in a 70-63 win against Sacramento City. Friday night, Scott scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in Sierra’s 75-53 win against Napa. The Wolverines improve to 18-7 overall and 9-1 in league play.

Ali Parrott (Nevada Union, ’04); Sierra College ” The 5-foot, 8-inch freshman guard tallied two points, one steal, two rebounds against Napa while contributing some great defensive stops.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Jon Sheets (Nevada Union, ’03); Yuba Community College ” The 49ers posted a 76-55 win Saturday night against No. 2 San Joaquin Delta. Sheets chipped in 10 points with his team improving to 16-9 and 10-2 in the Bay Valley Conference.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Tyler Madden (Nevada Union, ’01); University of California, Santa Cruz ” The 6-foot, 3-inch junior led his team with 15 kills against San Jose State Feb. 5th. He also tallied 3.5 blocks, six digs and one ace during the five-game match. Against Davis on Feb. 3rd, Madden tallied seven kills and 3.5 blocks. Santa Cruz is currently ranked No. 4 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association in Division III men’s volleyball. The slugs are 2-2 in NCAA matches and 2-0 on Division III matches.

SKIING

Zach Violett (Nevada Union, ’99); University of Alaska, Anchorage ” The 5-foot, 11-inch senior Nordic skier placed sixth in the men’s 10K freestyle Feb. 5-6 at the Alaska Nordic Cup with a time of 29:20.5.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college/professional athlete with local ties, please contact Stacy Hicklin via e-mail at stacyh@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4244.


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