ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Former Miners help Sierra to 3rd straight win |

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Former Miners help Sierra to 3rd straight win

Ian Davis
Courtesy of Sierra College Athletics Department/Photo by Matthew C. Folsom |

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The Sierra College football team earned its third straight win Saturday, beating Sacramento City College, 42-16.

Helping the Wolverines (3-3) to victory was a host of Nevada Union alumni as Sierra College boasts five former Miners.

In the win over Sacramento City College, Sierra College quarterback Kyle Cota (Nevada Union ‘13) excelled with his arm and his feet, throwing 8-of-13 for 106 yards and two touchdowns and leading the team in rush yards with 39 on nine carries. Cota was also tapped to punt in the game, booting six balls for an average distance of 36.7 yards and pinning three inside the 20-yard line.

On the season, Cota has thrown for 1,375 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions while sharing time at quarterback with Jesuit High School graduate Cole Brownholtz.

On the defensive side of the ball, Ian Davis (Nevada Union ‘13) led the team in tackles with seven (six solo), including one for a loss. Linebacker Hank Humphers (Nevada Union ‘13) wrapped up three tackles, including a sack, and Gabe Humphers (Nevada Union ‘12) tallied four tackles and got in on a sack.

Matt Cross (Nevada Union ‘15) and Davis Ragan (Bear River ‘14) are offensive lineman on the Wolverine football team.

Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union ‘13; Boise State) and the Broncos fell behind Utah State early and never recovered, losing to their Mountain West Conference opponent, 52-26.

Vallejo, a junior linebacker, made two tackles in the game. The Broncos are now 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the MWC.

Braaten Sill (Nevada Union ‘13; Butte College) and the Roadrunners buzzed by Feather River, 62-13, Saturday.

Sill, a sophomore kicker and punter, got plenty of work in the game, hitting 8-of-9 extra points, kicking off 10 times and punting three times for an average of 38.7 yards. Butte College is now 3-3 overall.

Dillon Huffman (Bear River ’12; Humboldt State University) and the Lumberjacks lost for the first time this season, falling to Midwestern State University (Texas), 35-10.

Huffman, a senior defensive lineman, had his best game of the season, wrapping up a team-high 11 tackles, including one for a loss.

The Lumberjacks are now 5-1 this season.

Josh Cena (Nevada Union ‘11; Lewis and Clark College) and the Pioneers dropped to 0-5this season after losing, 49-28, to Pacific College (Oregon),

Cena, a senior defensive back made one tackle in the game.


Sara Schell (Bear River ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines won one and lost one last week, topping American River College and falling to Santa Rosa Junior College.

Schell, an outside hitter, tallied 32 kills across the two matches. The Wolverines are 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big 8 Conference.

Amanda Roberts (Nevada Union ‘14; Cal Lutheran University) and the Regals won two out of three matches last week, beating Cal Tech and Whittier College, and losing to the University La Verne.

Roberts, a freshman outside hitter, had 12 kills and 15 digs across the three matches. Cal Lutheran is now 20-3 overall and 10-1 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Madison Heppe (Nevada Union ‘12; Swarthmore College) and the Garnet split a pair of matches lst week, beating Ursinus College and falling to McDaniel College.

Heppe, a senior defensive specialist, had 34 digs across the two games.

Swarthmore is now 16-4 overall and 6-1 in Centennial Conference play.

Teryn Rath (Bear River ‘13; McDaniel College) and the Green Terror won two matches last week, topping Swarthmore College and Lebanon Valley College.

Rath, a sophomore outside hitter, had 21 kills in the two wins. The Green Terror is 14-6 overall and 4-2 in Centennial Conference play.

Leila Whaley (Nevada Union ‘12; Bethany College) and the Swedes started last week with a loss to Ottawa University, but rallied for a victory against Southwestern College later in the week. Whaley, a junior hitter, had 13 kills combined in the two matches.

The Swedes are now 8-16 overall and 4-9 in conference play.

Morgan Koch (Forest Lake Christian ‘14; Masters College) and the Mustangs went 3-0 last week, beating West Coast Baptist College, Menlo College and William Jessup University.

Koch, a sophomore, had 23 kills across the three matches. Masters is now 16-8 overall and 7-3 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

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