Alumni Notebook- Bachus’ UCSB women’s rowing team wins silver and bronze medals at WIRA Championships |

Alumni Notebook- Bachus’ UCSB women’s rowing team wins silver and bronze medals at WIRA Championships

Morgan Bachus, a 2011 Bear River graduate, competed for the UCSB women's varsity team at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships Sunday in Folsom. The team won silver and bronze medals. Pictured from left to right: Amanda Klaiver-Short, Jessica Mosbarger, Emily Bond, Carley Ryckman, McKenna Lux, Jackie Gove, Julia Quinn, Adriane Turner, Morgan Bachus.
Photo Submitted by Sonja Bachus |

Morgan Bachus, a 2011 Bear River graduate, and rower for UC Santa Barbara women’s varsity crew took home a silver and bronze medal at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships Sunday in Folsom.

Bachus’ eight-member A-boat took the bronze medal in the Grand Final 2K race with a time of 7 minutes, 3.2 seconds just behind Western Washington (7:00.1) and UC San Diego (7:00.9). Bachus’ crew won first place in its heat Saturday to make it to the Grand Championship race Sunday. The Lady Gauchos’ women’s varsity B-boat took home a silver in their final race and the men’s team won first place in the team all-around competition.

The eight-woman boat was racing for the first time in a boat that was donated by a previous women’s crew from UCSB which raised $40,000 in honor of a teammate who died of cancer. This was the inaugural race for the Joanne Rae Klein.

The entire UCSB crew team heads to Georgia for the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships May 25-26.


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01) Minnesota Twins– Roenicke and the Twins went 3-3 this past week splitting two games with the Miami Marlins and splitting four games against the Texas Rangers.

In Thursday’s 2-1 loss versus the Rangers the Twins were trailing 2-0 when Roenicke entered the game as middle relief in the sixth inning. He pitched two strong innings allowing three hits, no runs, a walk and struck out a batter. Minnasota added a run in the bottom of the seventh with a home run, but lost by one as it left six runner on base and was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

The Twins (11-10) open a three-game series today at Detroit.

Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union ’12) Holy Names University– Zeisler’s Hawks took two out of three games at Academy of Art this past weekend with no stats available for the final game.

Zeisler started at short stop batting eighth and went 0-for-4 at the plate on Friday in an 8-2 loss. In the second game Zeisler was subbed in late and only played defense as his team won 4-3. In the first game of a double-header on Sunday the Hawks won 9-5 with no stats being released. The final game of the series was played Sunday afternoon.

Holy Names (14-31) wraps up its season with six games versus Fresno Pacific beginning Thursday.

Zach Welz (Bear River ’11); Solano Community College– Welz and the Solano Falcons split a pair of games versus Laney last week winning the first and losing the second.

In Tuesday’s 7-6 victory the Falcons went up early 3-0 in the second inning, fell behind 6-4 after five and regained the lead with three more runs in the sixth. Welz started in right field batting fifth and went 2-for-4 with a run scored, including a single to start the three-run rally in the top of the second inning. In Thursday’s 11-0 loss Solano only scattered four hits as Welz went 1-for-3 batting. The Falcons also used seven pitchers and allowed a combined 16 hits, but the damage was done early with Laney scoring 10 of its 11 runs in the first three innings.

Solano (21-13) finished the season in third place with a Bay Valley Conference record of 15-9. Welz led the team with nine doubles and had the fifth highest batting average at .295.

Ethan McGill (Nevada Union ’11) Yuba City College– The Niners ended their season on a high note winning two games versus Los Medanos.

In Tuesday’s 7-6 win McGill contributed a pinch-hit single in the top of the ninth as his team came up with 16 hits for the game and went ahead for good with a two-run double in the top of the sixth inning. In Thursday’s game, McGill started at first base batting third and went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored as Yuba never trailed and won 7-2.

The Niners (19-17) finished with a 12-12 Bay Valley Conference record which earned them sixth place. McGill led his team offensively with a .328 batting average and slugged five home runs on the season.

Chris Porter (Nevada Union ’11); Cal State East Bay– Porter and the Pioneers took three out of four games versus San Francisco State this past week.

On Saturday in the second game of double-header, Porter started at catcher batting eighth and went 1-for-3 with a double and scored a run in a 5-0 victory. Cal State East Bay’s Michael Pope pitched seven innings and surrendered just one hit.

The Pioneers (30-16) wrap up their season with a four-game series at Cal Poly Pomona beginning Friday.


Alyssa Reina (Bear River, ’12); North Dakota State University — The Lady Bison went 6-0 this past week sweeping a pair of three-game series against South Dakota State and Oakland.

In the three-game series versus South Dakota State on Tuesday and Wednesday the Lady Bison outscored their opponent 16-2. Reina started at first base batting sixth and finished the series 3-for-8 at the plate, including a 2-for-3 performance with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning of the second game which her team won 10-1. She also contributed a bunt RBI-single in that game. Over the weekend in three games versus Oakland the Lady Bison outscored their opponent 7-1. Reina went 4-for-8 batting for the series, including a 2-for-3 performance and a 2-for-2 showing with a double and an RBI-single.

North Dakota State (28-13, 15-0) hosts South Dakota for a three-game series starting Friday.

Karly Harris (Nevada Union ’10); Dominican University of California– The Lady Penguins were sept in four games at Cal Baptist University this past weekend as they were outscored 14-0.

Harris pitched in the series’ opener Friday going six strong innings allowing seven hits, two runs, one walk and striking out a batter in a tough 2-0 loss. Harris had a similar results Saturday as she pitched six innings and yielded five hits, just one run, two walks and struck out one in a 1-0 loss. In the series finale Harris entered the game as relief with her team trailing 5-0 and threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits, five runs, no walks and recorded a strikeout in a 10-0 loss.

Dominican (9-45) concludes its season with a double-header versus Holy Names Saturday.

Maddie Phelps, (Bear River ’12); Sierra College— Phelps had a tough game against Sac City on Tuesday as Sierra College came up short in a 9-6 loss to finish in second place. The Big 8 Conference awards were announced with Phelps being selected to the all-conference First Team as she complied an 11-4 conference record with an 2.24 ERA.

In Tuesday’s loss Phelps pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and six runs while walking five batters and striking out one. Sierra College jumped out to an early lead on Jessica Snow’s two-run homer in the second inning, but Sac City answered back in the fourth with a two-run home run of its own. Phelps and the Lady Wolverines regained the lead in the top of the fifth with three more runs, which included a two-run blast by Alexis Johnson, but Sac City collected three hits and took advantage of four walks in the bottom of the fifth to put four runs up on the scoreboard to take the lead. Sierra College added one run in the seventh inning.

Sierra College grabbed the No. 7 seed in the CCCAA softball playoffs and will host the No. 10 seed Monterey Peninsula at 2 p.m. Saturday, then again at noon Sunday and 2 p.m. (if necessary) in the best-of-three series.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union, ’10); Colorado State — The Lady Rams went only won one game in a three-game series versus Boise State this past weekend.

Butterfield started in left field batting seventh and finished the series 3-for-11 at the plate, which included a 2-for-4 performance with a run scored in a 3-2 extra inning loss. With the game tied 1-1 both Colorado State and Boise State scored two runs in the eighth to extend the game to the ninth where the Lady Broncos won on a walk off with an unearned run. In the final game Butterfield was 1-for-4 batting as her team allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and hung on to win 5-4.

The Lady Rams (21-22, 7-5) play at Northern Colorado Wednesday.

Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 4 ranked Lady Ducks won two out of three games against No. 16 UCLA this past weekend.

In Friday’s series’ opener Ceo started at short stop batting second and went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored twice. Oregon rallied from behind and put five runs on board in the top of the sixth and won 9-6. In the second game on Saturday the Lady Ducks stranded 13 runners on base and lost 7-5 as Ceo went 1-for-5 batting. In the final game Sunday the Lady Ducks rallied late with four runs in the top of the seventh, which included a three-run homer as they won 7-5. Ceo went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Oregon (40-7, 15-3) host Seattle for a double-header Wednesday.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, ’12); University of Texas— The No. 7 Lady Longhorns swept a three-game series at Texas Tech this past weekend outscoring their opponent 16-8.

Ceo started at second base batting ninth in Friday’s series’ opener and went 0-for-3 at the plate as her team pounded out 13 hits for an 8-0 lead. Texas held on for an 8-6 win. The Lady Longhorns won both of the other games 4-1, which included a 2-for-3 performance at the plate by Ceo in the final game where she scored a run.

Texas (42-6, 12-2) travels to take on Oklahoma State for a three-game series beginning Friday.

Brianna Nicholson (Nevada Union ’10); Cal State Stanislaus— The Lady Warriors season ended on a bitter note as they were swept in four games by Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Nicholson started at first base batting eighth in the series’ first game Friday and went 0-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt to advance a runner in a 3-0 loss. In Saturday’s second game Nicholson made a plate appearance as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-1 in a 1-0 loss.

Cal State Stanislaus (16-36, 9-27) won’t be going to the post season as Nicholson finished the season with 25 hits, including three doubles and recorded a team-high 229 put-outs on defense.

Katie Mathis (Bear River ’10); San Diego State — The Lady Aztecs took two out of three games from Fresno State this past weekend.

In Friday’s 5-3 win over the Lady Bulldogs Mathis started in right field batting ninth and later moved to second base. She finished the game 0-for-2 at the plate, but her team never trailed as it jumped out front early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. In a 3-2 victory on Saturday the Lady Aztecs rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held on for the win. Mathis went 1-for-2 at the plate. In the final game Mathis was 1-for-3 batting as San Diego State lost 4-0.

San Diego State (30-17, 8-4) travels for three-game series at Colorado State beginning Friday.


Spencer Biersdorff (Nevada Union, ’08); University of Colorado, Colorado Springs — The UCCS men’s golf team won its 11th Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship and the eighth conference tournament title Tuesday at the Golf Club at Estrella in Goodyear, Ariz. beating out Colorado Mines by 17 strokes, 869-886.

Biersdorff finished in a four-way tie for 12th individually in a field of 44 golfers as he posted rounds of 75 (+3), 76 (+4) and 73 (+1). Teammate Kevin Witte led the way for the Mountain Lions shooting rounds of 67 (-5), 70 (-2) and 73 (+1).

The Mountain Lions will compete in the NCAA Division II West/South Central Region Championships May 6-8 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

Jace Tiller (Nevada Union ’12) Folsom Lake Community College– Tiller played in the eleventh Big 8 Conference tournament of the season as his Falcons finished in third place three strokes back of Santa Rosa and six strokes back of tournament winner American River College, 390-396.

Tiller contributed a round of 82 as only two members of his six-player team were able to shoot in the 70s. The Falcons third place finish drops them back to second in the standings behind Santa Rosa with just one tournament to play.

Folsom’s final conference tourney is Tuesday at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa.


Brandyn McCary (Nevada Union ’02); Delta Ducks– McCary, a linebacker for the Delta Ducks minor league football team, played solid defense helping his team to a 68-6 victory over the Solano Chiefs on Saturday.

McCary has two tackles on the season while his team’s defense has racked up 17 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 10 interceptions and allows 10.5 points per game.

The Delta Ducks (6-0) sit in first place in the Pacific Coast Football League and the Bay Area Assassins (2-5) Saturday.

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