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Alumni Notebook: Lierly contributing in freshman campaign at CSUSM

Nicole Lierly, a 2013 Nevada graduate and freshman guard at Cal State University San Marcos, goes around a defender during a basketball game earlier this season.
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Nicole Lierly, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate and basketball guard for Cal State University San Marcos, has adjusted well at the collegiate level and is regularly contributing to her team’s efforts as the Lady Cougars have experienced a few ups and downs so far this season.

The squad’s three-game winning streak came to a halt after losing their last two at the Thanksgiving Classic in Los Angeles. In Friday’s game, the freshman guard came off the bench and contributed two assists, a rebound and a blocked shot in the 85-67 loss to Cal State L.A. In Saturday’s game versus Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Lady Cougars fell 77-47 and Lierly collected two boards. Her best performance of the season came Nov. 15 in a 79-64 victory over Warner Pacific, Ore., where she was 3-of-6 shooting from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 12 points, three rebounds, an assist and a block.

San Marcos (5-5) hits the court again Tuesday at San Diego Christian.



Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ‘10); UC Davis — Ritchart and the Aggies lost a pair of games this past week, falling to Sacramento State and Idaho.




The six-foot nine-inch senior started at forward and dropped in a team-high 20 points in a 73-67 loss in Tuesday’s home game against rival Sacramento State. He was 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 behind the arc and also had four rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. The Aggies controlled the first half and led most of the game until surrendering the lead for good with about seven minutes to play when the Hornets hit a 3-pointer to go up 53-50. Idaho rolled into town and knocked off the Aggies 80-76 on Saturday. In that contest Ritchart finished 6-of-11 shooting with 16 points, nine boards, three blocks and a steal. Again the Aggies set the temp and led most of the way until Idaho went ahead 72-69 on a 3-pointer with under five minutes to play.

UC Davis (3-5) hits the court today at Seattle University.

Marc Hopkinson (Nevada Union, ‘10); Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kansas) — Hopkinson and the Bluejays didn’t fair so well as the squad lost all three of their games this past week.

Hopkinson, a senior guard, contributed 8 points and an assist off the bench in the team’s 102-80 loss against Washburn University on Tuesday. At the Hastings College Classic the Bluejays dropped their tourney opener Friday by a score of 76-66 against host Hastings College. Hopkinson tossed in nine points on 4-of-7 shooting to go with two boards, an assist and a steal. In Saturday’s game against Doane College the senior added five points and one assist shooting 2-of-3 from the floor. Tabor College overcame a double-digit deficit and tied the game on a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, but Doane hit the winning jump shot with three seconds to play.

The Bluejays (4-5) host Kansas Wesleyan on Thursday.

Football

Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union, ’13); Boise State — Vallejo and the Broncos clobbered New Mexico in their regular season finale Saturday for a 45-17 victory.

The freshman linebacker wrapped up a team-high seven tackles, including one for a loss of five yards and shared a sack for a loss of four yards. Boise State held New Mexico to just 62 yards passing for the game and 300 yards rushing. but allowed only 17 points despite losing the time of possession battle by 13 minutes. The Bronco offense was efficient came away with points on all five of its trip inside the redzone.

Boise State (8-4, 6-2 Mountain West Conference) finished the season in second place in its division and will now await its bid to play in a bowl game.

Dan Pettinato (Nevada Union ’10); University of Arizona — Pettinato and the Wildcats were embarrassed by rival Arizona State in a lopsided 58-21 loss Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

The senior defensive lineman didn’t accumulate any states for the game. He finished the regular season with eight tackles and hurried the quarterback once.

The Wildcats (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) are bowl eligible with seven wins overall and will wait to receive a bid.

Swimming

Kendall Pawlowski (Nevada Union, ‘13); UC Santa Cruz — Pawlowski added two first place finishes and the slugs outperformed Cal Lutheran in the pool to win their meet 1,340-875 at the three-day Santa Cruz Invitational held Nov. 22-24.

The freshman won both the 500 free and 1,650 free to help contribute to his team’s point totals.

UC Santa Cruz will host Azusa Pacific Saturday.

Patrick Herbert (Nevada Union, ‘13); UC Santa Cruz — Herbert contributed a first place finish and the slugs wrapped up an impressive win over Cal Lutheran at the UC Santa Cruz Invitational Nov. 22-24.

Herbert won the 100-yard backstroke event to add to his team’s overall totals and help secure the victory.

UC Santa Cruz will host Azusa Pacific Saturday.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college or professional athlete with local ties, e-mail sports@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4232.


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