ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Huffman helps Humboldt end postseason drought |

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Huffman helps Humboldt end postseason drought

Dillon Huffman
Courtesy of the Humboldt State Sports Department |

Dillon Huffman, a 2012 Bear River graduate, helped the Humboldt State Lumberjacks football team reach the postseason for the first time since 1968.

After finishing the season 9-1 and as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions, Humboldt State is the No. 4 seed in the 2015 NCAA Division II Super Region Three bracket and will host No. 5 seed Augustana at the Redwood Bowl in Arcata, Saturday.

In the regular season finale, the Lumberjacks beat Western Oregon University, 29-13.

Huffman, a senior defensive lineman, made two tackles in the game, including a sack and a forced fumble. On the season, Huffman has 34 tackles, six tackles for a loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and he blocked a kick.

Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union ‘13; Boise State) and the Broncos lost their third game of the season Saturday, losing to University of New Mexico, 31-24.

After missing several weeks due to injury, Vallejo, a junior linebacker, returned to action Saturday and wrapped up five tackles, including 1.5 for a loss.

Next up for the Broncos (7-3, 4-2 Mountain West Conference) is a home match with the Air Force.

Kyle Cota (Nevada Union ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines finished the regular season on a high note, beating Feather River 56-9 to finish the season 5-5 and earn a bid to the State Center Bowl against Fresno City College Saturday.

Cota, Sierra’s quarterback, threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Feather River. Cota also accounted for 34 rush yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

On the season, Cota has passed for 2,276 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

On the defensive side of the ball for Sierra, linebacker Hank Humphers (Nevada Union ‘13) tallied three tackles, defensive back Gabe Humphers (Nevada Union ‘12) had three tackles, defensive back Ian Davis (Nevada Union ‘13) had two tackles, including one for a loss, and defensive lineman Matt Cross (Nevada Union ‘15) added a tackle.

Braaten Sill (Nevada Union ‘13; Butte Community College) and the NCFC NorCal Division Champion Roadrunners closed the regular season with a 20-19 loss to the College of the Siskiyous.

Sill, the team’s place kicker and punter, was 0-for-2 on his field goal attempts and was 1-for-2 on extra point tries. Sill also boomed seven punts for an average of 42.4 yards, including a long of 64 yards.

Butte College (6-4) is in the San Francisco Community College Bowl and will play City College of San Francisco (9-1) Saturday.

Josh Cena (Nevada Union ‘11; Lewis and Clark College) and the Pioneers concluded their 2015 football season without a win after a 47-19 loss to Whitworth University.

Cena, a senior defensive back, made four tackles in the game.


Madison Heppe (Nevada Union ‘12; Swarthmore College) set a new program record for career digs and helped the Garnet win their first ever the Eastern College Athletic Conference South Division III Volleyball Championship last week.

With 13 digs against FDU-Florham, 10 digs against Lebanon Valley College and seven digs in the championship game against Carnegie Mellon University, Heppe now has school-record 1,584 career digs, breaking the previous mark of 1,560 set in 2009.

Teryn Rath (Bear River ‘13; McDaniel College) and the Green Terror fell to Heidelberg University in the first round of the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament.

Rath, a sophomore outside hitter, had one kill in the match.

McDaniel finishes the season with a 21-8 record and as the Centennial Conference Tournament Champions.

Amanda Roberts (Nevada Union ‘14; Cal Lutheran University) and the Regals buzzed through the NCAA Division III Regional, beating Colorado College, the University of Texas, Dallas and the University of Washington, St. Louis. The Regals (28-5) are now in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals where they will face Calvin College.

Roberts, a freshmen outside hitter, had 19 kills and 27 digs in the regional tournament.

Sara Schell (Bear River ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines won both their matches last week, beating Santa Rosa Junior College and American River College.

Schell, an outside hitter, had 29 kills and 11 digs in the two victories.

Sierra is now 18-4, and 11-2 in the Big 8 Conference standings. The Wolverines play Sac-Joaquin Delta College Wednesday for the Big 8 title.

Morgan Koch (Forest Lake Christian ‘14; Masters College) and the Mustangs capped their regular season schedule with a victory over Westmont College.

Koch, a sophomore, had a team-high 14 kills in the victory.


Cayce Shaw (Nevada Union ‘15; UC Santa Cruz) and the Banana Slugs lost to Hardin-Simmons, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship in San Antonio, Texas.

The loss wraps the season for Shaw and the Lady Slugs, who qualified for the NCAA DIII tourney after winning the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament. Shaw was second on the team in games played (18).

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