ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Bear River grad Huffman helps Humboldt get back on track |

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Bear River grad Huffman helps Humboldt get back on track

Dillon Huffman
Courtesy of the Humboldt State Sports Department |

Dillon Huffman, a 2012 Bear River graduate, and the Humboldt State University Lumberjacks got back on track after their first loss of the season a week ago, beating Central Washington University 42-17.

Huffman, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 300-pound senior defensive lineman, had one of his best games of the season, notching four tackles including two sacks, his first two of the season. On the year, the former All-PVL First Teamer (2011) has 27 total tackles (16 solo) to go with five tackles for a loss, two sacks and a blocked kick.

Next up for Humboldt (6-1) is a Halloween game at home with Simon Fraser University.

Kyle Cota (Nevada Union ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines lost for the first time in more than month Saturday, falling to league foe Butte, 30-27.

Cota, playing quarterback, was 12-for-24 for 181 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown pass in the game. Cota splits time at the quarterback position with Jesuit grad Cole Brownholtz.

The Wolverines’ defense was led by defensive back Ian Davis (Nevada Union ‘13) who tallied 10 tackles (six solo), including a sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Chipping in on the defensive side was linebacker Hank Humphers (Nevada Union ‘13) with six tackles and defensive back Gabe Humphers (Nevada Union ‘12) with two tackles, including one for a loss.

Over on the Butte side, kicker/punter Braaten Sill (Nevada Union ‘13), hit a 24-yard long field goal and added three extra-points. Sill also punted five times for an average of 35.8 yards per kick.

Butte (4-3) will now hit the road to face Sacramento City College. Sierra College (3-4) travels to face American River College.

Austin Marks (Nevada Union ’13; Stetson University) and the Hatters earned their second win of the season Saturday, beating Valparaiso University.

Marks, a junior tight end, caught one pass for five yards in the game.

Next up for Stetson (2-5) is a home matchup with San Diego University.

Josh Cena (Nevada Union ‘11; Lewis and Clark College) and the Pioneers dropped to 0-6 this season after falling to Puget Sound, 38-7.

Cena, a senior defensive back, made three tackles in the loss.

The Pioneers will look to earn their first win against Willamette on Halloween.


Dillon Virva (Nevada Union ‘12; University of Nevada Las Vegas) opened his senior season with a pair of meets against the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

Virva, the 2014-15 Western Athletic Conference Male Swimmer of the Year, won the 50-meter freestyle race with a time of 20.69 seconds. Facing Arizona State, Virva again won the 50 freestyle event, this time with a time of 20:46.


Logan Lowe (Nevada Union ‘15; George Washington University) and the Colonials competed in the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational over the weekend.

Lowe, a freshman, shot 70 and 72 in the first two rounds, respectively, and closed with a 74 for a three-round total of even-par 216. Lowe finished tied for 36th with teammate Christian Cichan.

The Colonials finished 12th as a team.


Sara Schell (Bear River ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines split a pair of matches last week, beating American River College in straight sets and losing to San Joaquin Delta College in four sets.

Schell, an outside hitter, had 32 kills and 15 digs across the two matches. Schell tallied 20 kills alone in the match with San Joaquin Delta.

Sierra College is now 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the Big 8 Conference.

Amanda Roberts (Nevada Union ‘14; Cal Lutheran University) and the Regals lost to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to start last week, but beat Occidental College to close it out.

Roberts, a freshman hitter, had 13 kills and 29 digs in the two matches.

The Regals now have a record of 21-4 overall and 11-2 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Teryn Rath (Bear River ‘13; McDaniel College) and the Green Terror won all three of their matches last week, topping Haverford College, FDU-Florham, and Gettysburg College.

Rath, a sophomore outside hitter, scored 21 kills in the three matches.

The Green Terror is now 17-6 overall and 6-2 in Centennial Conference play.

Morgan Koch (Forest Lake Christian ‘14; Masters College) and the Mustangs extended their win streak to seven games last week after beating San Diego Christian College and Arizona Christian University.

Koch, a sophomore middle block, had 13 kills in the two wins.

The Mustangs are 18-8 overall and 9-3 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Madison Heppe (Nevada Union ‘12; Swarthmore College) and the Garnet had a rough weekend, losing three straight matches against Stockton University, Susquehanna University and Eastern University.

Heppe, a senior defensive specialist, tallied 23 digs across the three matches.

Swarthmore is 18-7 overall and 7-1 Centennial Conference play.

Leila Whaley (Nevada Union ‘12; Bethany College) and the Swedes lost both of their matches last week, falling to Oklahoma Wesleyan College and Kansas Wesleyan University.

Whaley, a junior setter and oppo, had three kills in the two losses.

The Swedes are now 8-18 overall.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college or professional athlete with local ties, email or call 530-477-4232.

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