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Here’s a look at how some other local athletes with local ties fared recently at the college level:

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Briana Thomas (Bear River, ’02); Air Force Academy – The junior center played two minutes, grabbing one rebound, in a 70-63 loss Thursday to UNLV. In a 77-61 loss to San Diego State on Saturday, Thomas played three minutes totaling two rebounds and one point. The Falcons fall to 7-18 overall and 2-10 in the Mountain West Conference.



Chrysten Cotney (Bear River, ’04); Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) – The 5-foot 3-inch freshman guard finished the season scoring 11 points in the Argo’s 78-67 loss to CSU East Bay in the Cal Pac playoffs. Notre Dame de Namur ends the season 9-20 overall and 8-8 in conference play. Cotney played in all 29 games this season, starting 27 of them and averaging 31.2 minutes per game. She also averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.66 steals per game.

Nicole Scott (Bear River, ’03); Sierra College -The 5-foot, 10-inch sophomore forward scored 12 points in the Wolverines’ first-round playoff game against No. 10 Butte. Sierra College, seeded No. 7, won the game 84-71 and will play next week at either San Jose or will host Fresno at Sierra College. Scott also grabbed eight rebounds in the win.




Ali Parrott (Nevada Union, ’04); Sierra College – The 5-foot, 8-inch freshman guard scored five points and grabbed two offensive rebounds in the Wolverine’s win.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Kelib Thompson (Nevada Union, ’02); Chico State – The 6-foot, 6-inch, 205-pound sophomore center played two minutes in the Wildcat’s 95-68 win against San Francisco State Friday night.

Jon Sheets (Nevada Union, ’03); Yuba Community College – The good news is that No. 11 Yuba advanced in the Northern California State playoffs with a 98-69 upset win at No. 6 Hartnell Friday night, but the bad news is that the team may have lost Sheets for next week because of a severely sprained ankle. Sheets scored 10 points before suffering the injury.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Tyler Madden (Nevada Union, ’01); University of California-Santa Cruz – The 6-foot, 3-inch junior turned in a stellar hitting performance against Sacramento State Friday night, posting a .679 hitting percentage with 21 kills and only two errors. The Slugs won the match in three games. In another three-game win, against Fresno State the next day, Madden put down 12 kills. The Slugs improve to 8-7 overall and 2-0 in Division III matches.

GYMNASTICS

Tiffany Chan (Nevada Union, ’01); UC-Davis – The 5-foot, 3-inch senior took second-place on the beam in a three-team dual hosted by Sacramento State Friday night. She also scored a team-high 9.750 on the floor exercise in addition to scoring a 9.450 on the vault. The beam, floor exercise and team totals were team’s best scores in road meets in 2005. The Aggies finished second at the meet to the host Hornets.

Mei Ling Clark (Nevada Union, ’02); UC-Davis – The 5-foot, 2-inch junior scored an 8.675 on the uneven bars.

Julia Richards (Nevada Union, ’03); UC Davis – The 5-foot, 1-inch sophomore scored a 8.500 on the beam and a 8.775 on the floor exercise.

SKIING

Zach Violett (Nevada Union, ’99); University of Alaska-Anchorage – The 5-foot, 11-inch senior nordic skier took sixth place in the Men’s 10K classical race at the NCAA West Regionals in Bozeman, Montana. He finished in a time of 29:53.2.

TRACK & FIELD

Jessica Lorson (Nevada Union, ’03); UC Davis – The 5-foot, 7-inch freshman ran the third leg of the Aggies’ 4×400 meter relay in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Washington. The Aggies finished ninth in the finals with a time of 3:50.83.

Matt Tyrrell (Bear River, ’01) Idaho State – The senior distance runner took third-place in the mile with a time of 4:19.28 at the Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championship. Idaho State’s men’s team won the meet.

James Litchfield (Bear River, ’03); Idaho State – The 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore pole vaulter failed to clear any height at the Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championship.

SOFTBALL

Michelle Mathis (Bear River, ’03); St. Mary’s (Calif.) – The 5-foot, 4-inch sophomore started at third base in both of the Gaels’ games Saturday against UC Santa Barbara. In the first game, a 4-0 loss, Mathis went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and in the second game, a 10-3 loss, she went 0-for-2 with one put out and two assists.

BASEBALL

Gary Daley (Nevada Union, ’03); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – The 6-foot, 2-inch, 180-pound sophomore pitched seven innings Feb. 20th against the University of San Francisco. He gave up three hits, two runs and a walk, in addition to totaling seven strikeouts. The Mustangs lost the game 6-4, but Daley was not charged with the loss. Against Santa Clara Saturday, Daley pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up six hits, five runs and three walks with a strikeout. The Mustangs lost 8-5, but again Daley was not tagged with the loss.

Justin Deme (Nevada Union, ’03); Sacramento State – The 6-foot, 2-inch, 220-pound sophomore pitcher faced four batters, striking out two, in 1 2/3 innings of work against North Dakota State in the 2005 River City Classic. The game ended in a tie because of darkness at Hornet Field. Sacramento State’s is currently 5-6-1 overall.

Chris Brown (Nevada Union, ’03); Solano Community College – The freshman catcher played all nine innings in a Feb. 22 6-5 loss to American River. Brown went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. Against the College of Siskiyous Friday, the Falcons won 2-0 with Brown going 0-for-2 but earning 2 RBI off of a sacrifice fly. In a rematch against Siskiyous the next day, Solano lost 10-6, but Brown went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

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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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