ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union alum Shaw helps UC Santa Cruz earn bid to NCAA tourney |

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union alum Shaw helps UC Santa Cruz earn bid to NCAA tourney

Cayce Shaw, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, helped the UC Santa Cruz womens soccer team earn a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
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Cayce Shaw, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, helped the UC Santa Cruz women’s soccer team gain an automatic berth into the NCAA D-III soccer playoffs by beating Salem College in the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championship game.

The top-seeded Lady Banana Slugs won in a dramatic 4-3 penalty kick shootout after a scoreless 90 minutes and two overtimes.

Shaw, a freshman forward/midfielder, played in 17 of 18 games this season, and tallied a pair of assists as well as six shots on goal.

It is the fourth time the Lady Slugs have played in the NCAA playoffs, the last coming in 2011. The Lady Slugs will face Hardin-Simmons University the first round in San Antonio, Texas.


Dillon Huffman (Bear River ‘12; Humboldt State University) and the Lumberjacks beat Dixie State University, 57-14, Saturday to secure an outright Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship.

Huffman, a senior defensive lineman, made three tackles in the game.

Humboldt, the No. 14 nationally ranked Division II team in the nation, is now 8-1 and closes the regular season against Western Oregon.

Kyle Cota (Nevada Union ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines got back on track Saturday with a 34-27 overtime victory over College of the Siskiyous.

Cota, playing quarterback, was 29-for-40 passing for 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. In the overtime period, Cota connected with Isaiah Bailey from 13-yards out for the game-winning touchdown.

Cota also punted for Sierra, booting the ball three times for an average of 44.3 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball for the Wolverines defensive back Ian Davis (Nevada Union ‘13) led the team with 10 tackles, including two for a loss. Linebacker Hank Humphers (Nevada Union ‘13) wrapped up six tackles (four solo).

Sierra is now 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the NorCal Conference.

Braaten Sill (Nevada Union ‘13; Butte Community College) and the Roadrunners made it six wins in a row Saturday, beating American River College 27-24.

Sill, the team’s place kicker and punter, hit all three of his extra point tries and booted eight punts for an average of 38.4 yards.

The Roadrunners (6-3, 4-0 NorCal Conference) won the game with a 65-yard touchdown off a Hail Mary pass as time expired.

Josh Cena (Nevada Union ‘11; Lewis and Clark College) and the Pioneers dropped to 0-8 this season after a 26-7, loss to Pacific Lutheran University.

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

The Pioneers wrap the season next Saturday against Whitworth University.


Dillon Virva (Nevada Union ‘12; University of Nevada Las Vegas) and the Runnin’ Rebels went to the state of Utah over the weekend to face BYU and the University of Utah.

While UNLV struggled as a team, losing both meets, Virva provided some highlights for his squad.

In the meet with BYU, Virva, a senior, won the 50 free event with a time of 20.46 seconds.

In the meet against Utah, Virva won the 50 free and was a member of the winning 200 free relay team.


Teryn Rath (Bear River ‘13; McDaniel College) and the Green Terror won its first ever Centennial Conference championship last week, beating Haverford College in five sets in the final.

Rath, a sophomore outside hitter, had two kills and three digs in the victory.

McDaniel (21-7) will now take on Heidelberg University in the NCAA D-III Regional tournament.

Amanda Roberts (Nevada Union ‘14; Cal Lutheran University) and the Regals lost in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last week. Roberts, a freshman outside hitter, had one kill and nine digs in the championship match.

Cal Lutheran (25-5) next takes on Colorado College in the first round of the NCAA D-III West Regional.

Sara Schell (Bear River ‘13; Sierra College) and the Wolverines won a pair of matches in straight sets last week, beating Cosumnes River College and Sacramento City College.

Schell, an outside hitter, led Sierra with 14 kills against Cosumnes River. Schell then tallied 14 more kills against Sacramento City. The Wolverines are 9-2 in conference play and 16-4 overall.

Madison Heppe (Nevada Union ‘12; Swarthmore College) and the Garnet dropped their semifinal game at the Centennial Conference Tournament, falling to Haverford College.

Heppe, a senior defensive specialist, had 11 digs in the match.

Swarthmore (19-9, 8-2 CC) now awaits a bid into the ECAC tournament.

Leila Whaley (Nevada Union ‘12; Bethany College) and the Swedes concluded their volleyball season with a five-set loss to the University of Saint Mary’s. Whaley had 11 kills in the match.

Morgan Koch (Forest Lake Christian ‘14; Masters College) and the Mustangs won their only match last week, beating Golden State Athletic Conference opponent Hope International.

Koch, a sophomore, led the team with 14 kills.

Masters College (19-10, 10-5 GSAC) closes their regular season schedule against Westmont Saturday.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college or professional athlete with local ties, email or call 530-477-4232.

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