Alumni notebook: FLC grad Ritchart, Aggies to face Stanford in NIT opening round
Josh Ritchart, a 2010 Forest Lake Christian graduate, and the UC Davis men’s basketball team had their bid to make the NCAA Tournament come to a disappointing end Friday, losing to Hawaii in the Big West Tournament semifinals.
Despite not getting an invite to the big dance, Ritchart and the Aggies are not quite finished and will battle it out in the National Invitational Tournament. On the heels of a 25-win season and a Big West Conference regular season title, UC Davis got the No. 7 seed in the Colorado State quadrant and will face No. 2 seed Stanford in round one today. It is the first time UC Davis has made a Division I postseason tournament.
Ritchart, a 6-foot, 9-inch forward, starting in 30 of the Aggies 31 games this season, is averaging 12 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Ritchart is also second on the team with 63 3-pointers this season, hitting at a 46 percent clip.
The former FLC standout is in the final stretch of his college basketball career, a five-year campaign that has had its ups and downs.
As a freshmen, Ritchart averaged 7.9 points per game and was the Big West Co-Freshmen of the Year and also was named to the Freshmen Mid-Major All-American Team. In his sophomore season Ritchart worked his way into the starting lineup and averaged 11.3 points per game, and hit at least one 3-pointer in 27 of the 30 games he played in. In his junior season, Ritchart’s offense dipped a bit, scoring just 7.8 point per game, but he did score 10 or more in 12 games and topped 20 once.
In his initial senior season of eligibility, Ritchart suffered a season ending injury after nine games, but was a granted a medical-hardship red shirt and granted an extra year of eligibility. Before the injury Ritchart set a career-high in scoring with 35 points against Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, which is fifth all-time at UC Davis.
In his career at UC Davis so far, Ritchart has played in 129 games, started 82 of those, scored 1,326 points, hit 233 3-pointers and grabbed 518 rebounds.
The NIT game with Stanford tips off at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN 2.
Alyssa Reina (Bear River ‘12; North Dakota State) and the Bison (17-5) went 3-0 at the Indiana University Hoosier Classic, beating Bowling Green, Wright State and Indiana.
Reina, a sophomore catcher, went 4-for-11 from the plate with four runs scored, three RBIs and a home run. On the season, Reina is batting .353 with five home runs, 26 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
Stephanie Ceo (Bear River ‘12; University of Texas) and the Longhorns (17-8) won a pair of games against Arkansas over the weekend.
Ceo, a junior infielder, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in the two games.
Maddie Phelps (Bear River ‘12; Alabama State) and the Hornets (6-19) took one game out of three against Northern Kentucky.
Phelps, a junior pitcher, threw in two games. She took the loss in one game, and closed out the Hornets’ win with an inning of no-hit baseball.
Shyanne Parrish (Nevada Union ‘14; Yuba College) and the 49ers (4-20) played six games last week and won two, both coming against Contra Costa.
Parrish, a freshmen catcher, went 2-for-4 in the two wins over Contra Costa with four runs scored and three walks.
Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union ‘12; Holy Names University) and the Hawks (11-13) took one of four games with Point Loma last week.
Zeisler, a junior shortstop, went 7-for-19 from the plate, including a double, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
Chris Porter (Nevada Union ’11; Cal State East Bay) and the Pioneers (7-13) split a four-game set with Cal State Dominguez Hills last week.
Porter, a junior catcher, played in three games, going 1-for-6 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Jakob Freele (Nevada Union ‘14; Northland College) and the Lumberjacks (4-8) lost three straight last week, falling to Elmhurst College twice and Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Freele, a freshmen outfielder, went 5-for-13 with four runs scored, three RBIs and two doubles. On the season, Freele is batting .423 with nine runs scored, four doubles and six RBIs in nine games played.
Zach Welz (Bear River ‘11; Texas Southern University) and the Tigers (8-11) got swept last week, losing four straight to Dallas Baptist.
Welz, a senior outfielder, went 1-for-14 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base during the four-game set.
Brandon O’Callaghan (Nevada Union ‘13; Yuba Community College) and the 49ers (11-10) won two of three games last week, splitting two with Folsom Lake and topping Laney once.
O’Callaghan, a sophomore catcher, played in one game, going 0-for-3 with a run scored in the loss to Folsom Lake.
Joey Souza (Nevada Union ‘14; Yuba Community College) also played in the loss to Folsom Lake, pitching to one batter and striking him out.
Evan Kittle (Nevada Union ‘14; UC Santa Cruz) and the Banana Slugs (18-5) won 4-of-6 matches last week
Kittle, a freshmen setter, starts for the Banana Slugs and leads them with 485 assists. Kittle is also fifth on the team with 12 service aces.
Bobby Curtis (Nevada Union ‘13; UC Santa Barbara) and the Gauchos (13-7) beat UCLA last week.
Curtis, an outside hitter, played in two sets, but did not record a kill.
On the season, Curtis has appeared in 12 matches, 25 sets, and has four kills to go with six digs.
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