Alumni Notebook: King’s Wolves defeat Huffman’s Lumberjacks |

Alumni Notebook: King’s Wolves defeat Huffman’s Lumberjacks

ALUMNI MOMENT: Nevada Union graduate Taylor King, left, and Bear River graduate Dillon Huffman stand side by side Saturday at the Redwood Bowl in Arcata.
Photo submitted by Tom Allen | Photo submitted by Tom Allen

Taylor King, a 2011 Nevada Union graduate and starting center for Western Oregon University, battled with 2012 Bear River graduate Dillon Huffman, who plays as a defensive lineman for Humboldt State, in the teams’ final game of the regular season Saturday as the Wolves beat the Lumberjacks, 26-14.

Behind King and the Wolve’s offensive line, Western Oregon had 456 yards of total offense with 336 going through the air. The Wolves sustained three scoring drives in the first half, two of which resulted in touchdowns as the squad drove more than 80 yards to build itself a comfortable 17-0 lead. They never trailed and put the game out of reach with another 67-yard scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter.

Western Oregon (7-4, 7-3 GNAC) finished tied for second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings, averaging 30.4 points per game with 117.5 yards rushing and 294.6 passing.

Dillon Huffman (Bear River, ’12); Humboldt State University – Huffman and the Lumberjacks completed a winless season to finish 0-11 as they fell at home 26-14 against the Western Oregon Wolves.

The sophomore defensive lineman wrapped up five tackles in the season finale, including a monster sack for a loss of 14 yards. The Lumberjacks found themselves down 17-0 before punching in a late score to pull within 10 before the half and eventually cut the lead to six points, trailing 20-14 after another score in the fourth.

Huffman wrapped up 60 tackles on the year with 6.5 going for a loss and scooped up one fumble. Humboldt State will look to rebound next season.

Cole Stanford (Nevada Union, ’09); Cal Poly — Stanford and the Mustangs took a hard hit Saturday in a 35-22 home loss against Eastern Washington.

The senior captain was active on offense, finishing with three catches for 34 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown catch and also rushed four times for 20 yards. However, it would not be enough to knock off Eastern Washington as it stayed perfect in conference play (7-0) and took a commanding 35-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Cal Poly (5-6, 4-3 Big Sky) plays at Northern Colorado Saturday.

Broughan Jantz (Nevada Union, ’10); University of Sioux Falls — Jantz and the Cougars ended their season on a high note Saturday, earning a winning record (6-5) as they thumped Wayne State, 35-10.

Jantz, who played quarterback for Nevada Union, wrapped up eight tackles on defense as the team yielded 297 yards of total offense. The Cougars scored the game’s first 21 points before finally surrendering a field goal in the third quarter.

The junior defensive lineman wrapped up 68 tackles for the season and added an interception, as well as a pair of fumble recoveries. Sioux Falls tied for fourth place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings.

Braaten Sill (Nevada Union, ’13); Yuba College — Sill and the 49ers wrapped up their 2013 season with a big road win Saturday at Mendocino, 33-23.

Sill converted 2-of-4 of his field goal attempts with a long of 30 yards. He also made 3-of-4 of his PAT attempts as the Yuba offense began to gain momentum down the stretch. The freshman booted six punts for a combined 195 yards and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line four times. For the game, Sill blasted seven kickoffs for a total of 389 yards, a 55.6-yard average, and had one touchback. The 49ers took their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter and Mendocino would rally right back, but Yuba had the last laugh as it added two more scores.

Yuba (4-6) finished in second place in the Bay Valley Conference behind a trio of teams tied for first and led the conference on field goal conversions, making 70.6 percent of its kicks. The team also had a league-best 92.3 percent conversion rate on its PAT attempts.

Dan Pettinato (Nevada Union ’10); University of Arizona — Pettinato and the Wildcats were on the losing end of a 24-17 ballgame Saturday against Washington State.

The senior defensive lineman wrapped up one tackle while the defense allowed 420 yards of total offense. With the game tied 17-17 in the fourth quarter, the Cougars drove 80 yards in 10 plays and had a 25-yard pass for the winning score with just over two minutes to play.

The Wildcats (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) host Oregon Saturday.

Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union, ’13); Boise State — Vallejo and the Broncos throttled past the Wyoming Cowboys for a 48-7 victory Saturday.

The freshman linebacker wrapped a two tackles as the defense gave up just 265 total yards of offense and forced four turnovers. Wyoming’s only points came in the first quarter on its opening drive to take a short-lived 7-0 lead.

Boise State (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West Conference) is tied for first in its division and hits the road to take on San Diego State Saturday.


Rachel Hadley (Nevada Union, ’13); Cal State San Marcos — Hadley and the Lady Cougars won all four of their matches last week at the conference championships, including the final match Saturday to claim their third consecutive Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship with a four set victory over No. 1 seed Ashford, 25-27, 25-23, 28-26, 25-21.

Hadley, a freshman outside hitter, played in all 14 of the team’s sets Friday and Saturday as her squad beat Indiana Northwest (3-0), Rochester College (3-0), Johnson & Wales (3-1) and tourney host Ashord (3-1), surrendering only two sets the entire way. Hadley stepped up big in the championship match, smacking down 11 kills and added 15 digs on defense as the Lady Cougars overcame a 1-0 deficit.

Cal State San Marcos (26-11) continues its playoff run at the NAIA National tourney Saturday.

Madison Heppe (Nevada Union, ’12); Swarthmore College — Heppe was named First Team All-Centennial and the Lady Garnet closed out their season with a victory in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southeast Championship consolation match.

Heppe played in all four sets of her team’s win Saturday against Wilkes University (27-29, 25-21, 25 -17, 25-13) and contributed 15 digs. Earlier in the tourney on Wednesday, the squad defeated Marywood university in three straight four sets, 25-15, 28-26, 24-26, 25-16, where Heppe tallied a team-high 23 digs and added three assists. Saturday the squad was knocked into the consolation game after falling to Lebanon Valley in three straight sets as Heppe came up with a team-best 16 digs.

Swarthmore (17-14) will look to come out strong in 2014.


Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ’10); UC Davis — Ritchart and the Aggies went 1-1 this past week, defeating Holy Names at home but losing at Utah.

The six-foot nine-inch senior started at forward and contributed 25 minutes Nov. 8 in an 80-54 win against Holy Names where he was 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and dropped in 16 points and added seven boards, three blocks and steal. Friday the Aggies ran into a tough Utes squad and suffered a 94-60 loss. In that contest Ritchart put in just 16 minutes and was 4-of-6 from the floor with 11 points.

UC Davis (1-2) hits the court again Friday for the Portland State Tournament where it will open against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Marc Hopkinson (Nevada Union, ’10) Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kansas) — Hopkinson and the Bluejays split a pair of games last week, falling hard at Central Missouri State but rebounding back nicely for a win versus Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Hopkinson, a senior guard, contributed four points in the team’s 87-51 loss Wednesday at Central Missouri State. He played 21 minutes, finishing 2-of-6 shooting from the floor and also swiped a steal. In the team’s 82-81 victory Saturday against Oklahoma Wesleyan University he had limited play and committed one personal foul.

The Bluejays (3-2) open the Warrior Classic tourney Friday against William Penn University.

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