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Alumni notebook

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


Zach Violett (Nevada Union, ’99); Having already been named an all-American nordic skier while skiiing at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Grass Valley’s Zach Violett can add national champion to his growing résumé.

This past Tuesday, Violett and his FSX teammate Dave Stewart won the National Team Sprint Championship in Presque Isle, Maine. Violett and his teammate were actually edged by a nose in a photo-finish by the Candian team of Alex Harvey and Phil Widmer, but because they weren’t Americans they couldn’t win the United States title.

Violett and his teammate were behind almost the entire classic team sprint relay race, but Violett caught Harvey in the final 50 meters, forcing both racers to lunge over the finish line because the race was so close.

Dan Rackley (Nevada Union, ’05); Yuba Community College – The freshman hurler pitched seven solid innings in Yuba’s 5-3 Bay Valley Conference win at home Thursday against Laney. Rackley (2-0) allowed just four hits and two walks to go with nine strikeouts before he left the game with a 5-1 lead. All nine of his strikeouts came on fastballs, according to Yuba assistant coach Clarence Griego.

“It was a pretty gutsy performance,” Griego said of Rackley, who left five runners stranded. “He worked out of some tough situations with some clutch pitches.”

Chris Brown (Nevada Union, ’03); Solano Community College – Brown went 1-for-3 in loss to Marin and 1-for-3 in a 5-1 win against Mendocino last week. Two weeks ago, Brown went 0-for-2 with a walk in an 8-7 win against Napa and 0-for-1 with a walk in a 6-5 win.

Gary Daley (Nevada Union, ’03); Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo – Daley suffered his third loss of the season, giving up five runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings during a 5-0 loss to California State, Northridge.

Justin Deme (Nevada Union, ’03); California State, Sacramento – Deme came in as a reliever in yesterday’s 12-11 loss to Fresno State. He gave up two runs on five hits with one strikeout in 31Ú3 innings for no decision.

Kevin Holt (Forest Lake Christian, ’01); The Master’s College (Santa Clarita, Calif) – The senior pitcher took a loss on the mound, giving up eight runs on 11 hits in 62Ú3 innings in a 6-10 loss to Biola.

Mike Weiss (Forest Lake Christian, ’05); The Master’s College – Seeing the majority of his time on the this season as a reliever, Weiss earned the start against California Baptist this past Saturday. He gave up eight runs on six hits in four innings to take his third loss of the season. Cal Baptist won 10-6.

Julia Richards (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – Richards scored a 9.775 to win the balance beam title at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Gymnastic Championship. She also earned a 9.575 on the floor exercise and a 9.600 on the vault.

Davis took second at the meet with 191.025 points to Seattle Pacific’s 191.650 total points.

Mei Ling Clark (Nevada Union, ’02); University of California, Davis – The senior finished with a 9.600 on the uneven bars at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Gymnastic Championship.

Ryan Ursiny (Bear River, ’05); Sierra Community College – The freshman golfer shot an 85 to finish as the No. 5 man for the Sierra College team March 14 during a Big 7 Tournament held at Bidwell Park in Chico.

Doug Black (Nevada Union, ’02); Haverford University – Black recorded nine kills in a 3-2 loss to Villanova, but was forced to sit out the rest of the week with a sore back.

Tyler Madden (Nevada Union, ’01); University of California, Santa Cruz – In a matchup between No. 3 Santa Cruz and No. 5 Carthage College, Madden led both teams with 14 kills despite his Slugs losing 3-0. He also totaled 11 kills March 16 against Santa Clara and 12 kills March 18 against Holy Names University on senior night.

Max McDaniel (Nevada Union, ’05); University of California, Santa Cruz – The freshman middle blocker led the Slugs with 13 kills in a 3-0 win against Santa Clara.

Emma Heck (Nevada Union, ’05); California State, Chico- The freshman threw the shot put 32 feet, 1Ú4 inch for 26th place at the Hornet Invitational along with a 24th-place finish in the discus with a throw of 92-8.

Jessica Lorson (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – Lorson took eighth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1 minute, 6.30 seconds at the Arizona State Track and Field Invitational.

Tom Hummel (Nevada Union, ’02); Cal Poly Pomona – Hummel, a distance runner, finished the 1,500 meter run at the USC Trojan Invitational in 4:16.43 to take 24th place.

Chad McCammon (Nevada Union, ’05); Sacramento City College – The freshman pole vaulter cleared 13-11 1/4 to finish sixth place at the Hornet Invitational.

Greg Morgan (Nevada Union, ’05); California State, Chico – Morgan, a freshman high jumper, tied for eighth place in the high jump at the Hornet Invitational after clearing 6-2.

Christina Guerland (Bear River, ’03); Yale – The junior second baseman and her Bulldogs won four games this week, beating Quinnipiac 6-2 and 5-3 in addition to sweeping Fairleigh Dickinson University 9-8 and 9-1. Against Quinnipiac, Guerland was 1-for-8 with five putouts and three assists. And in her team’s 9-1 win against FDU, she went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, three assists and two putouts. In the 9-8 win against FDU, she totaled five putouts in addition to going 1-for-3 with a run at the plate.

Michelle Mathis (Bear River, ’03); St. Mary’s (Calif.) – The Gaels split two games with Princeton this past week, losing 7-3 and winning 6-1. In the loss, Mathis went 0-for-3 with an RBI, two putouts and one assist, while going 0-for-3 with three assists in the win.

Amanda Poteet (Nevada Union, ’04); MIT – The sophomore center fielder went 0-for-4 in MIT’s 3-1 loss in eight innings to Brandeis University.

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

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