Alumni Notebook: Logan helps lift Azusa to NAIA title |

Alumni Notebook: Logan helps lift Azusa to NAIA title

Here’s a look at how some athletes with local ties fared recently at the college level:


Anthony Logan (Bear River ’06); Azusa Pacific University – Logan, a junior at Azusa, ran a 47.38 in the 400 meters to finish in fifth place at the NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill. Saturday.

Logan’s run added four points to the Azusa Pacific, which went on to win its 14th NAIA outdoors title – the first since 2002 – edging Dickison State University (N.D.) by a three-point margin.


Nicole Jackson (Bear River, ’07); California State University, Sacramento – Jackson, a freshman, clocked a time of 1:02.44 to take sixth place in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big Sky Outdoor Track & Field championships May 14 in Sacramento.


Rachel Welz (Bear River, ’07); California State University, Sacramento – Welz, also a freshman from Bear River, took eighth place in the high jump at the Big Sky Championships, clearing the bar set at 5 feet, 3 inches.


Chelsea Haverty (Bear River, ’04); University of Colorado – The senior out of Bear River placed seventh in the heptathlon at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Potts Field in Boulder, Colo.

Haverty’s top finish was third in the high jump, in which she cleared the bar set at 5 feet, 41Ú4 inches. Haverty also took fifth place in the 800 meters and 200 meters, along with a sixth place finish in the long jump. Haverty finished seventh in the javelin, eighth in the 100 meter hurdles and 11th in the shot put.


Jessica Lorson (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – A senior, Lorson finished ninth in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:04.37 in the Big West Championships held May 16-17 at Cal State Northridge.



Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05); University of California, Los Angeles – Flores, in his junior season with the Bruins, tied for sixth place individually as UCLA finished fifth at the NCAA West Regional at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. to qualify for the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.

This week, UCLA will be making its sixth consecutive appearance in the national championship tournament, a school record.

Flores and fellow All-American teammate Kevin Chappell tied for sixth at two-under par 214. Both players posted scores of 71 (-1). Flores was one over par after four holes before an eagle at the par 5 14th (his fifth hole) brought him to one-under. He birdied his 10th hole, then double-bogeyed his 14th (No. 5) and birdied the next hole for his 71.



Braidy Halverson (Bear River, ’01); Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Tour – In the fifth stop of the 18-tournament beach volleyball season, Halverson and his teammate Jason Lee won their opening match in Louisville over the weekend, but dropped the next two.

Halverson and Lee, the 18th seed, downed Adam Jewell and Austin Rester 21-15, 21-17, before falling to second-seeded John Hyden and Brad Keenan 21-12, 21-14. Halverson and Lee then fell to Pedro Brazao and Jose Loilola, the 10th seeded duo, in the contender’s bracket. Hayden and Keenan advanced to the semifinals.

Halverson, who is the tour’s 40th ranked player, will be in action this week at the AVP Crocs Tour Atlanta stop.



Candice Wermes (Bear River, ’05); Sierra College – Wermes, who played two years of softball for Sierra College, where she was NFCA All American and all-conference first team member has signed a letter of intent to play softball for Simpson University this fall in Redding.

Wermes was a member of the 2008 Sierra College squad that posted a 38-16 record, a No. 6 ranking in Northern California and No. 12 ranking in the state. Over her two years with the Wolverines, Sierra College totaled an 81-27 record.


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union, ’01); Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati Reds) – the relief pitcher saw action in two games this week against the Mississippi Braves, totaling four strikeouts, two walks and allowing one hit and no runs in two innings of work.

On the season, Roenicke owns a 4-2 record with a 3.15 ERA and nine saves. He’s struck out 25 and walked 12 in 20 innings of action in the AA Southern League.


Zach Masch (Nevada Union, ’07); Arizona Western – Masch, who will begin his sophomore season with the Matadors this fall, has been listed on as one of the top interior defensive linemen in junior college football.

“Should be one of the top defensive prospects from the Western States Football League in 2008. Has an early offer from Nevada,” the Web site notes of the 6-foot, 3-inch 285-pound tackle.


Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college/professional athlete with local ties, please contact Brian Hamilton via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240.

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