ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union grad Danica Minard, American River marching through playoffs |

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union grad Danica Minard, American River marching through playoffs

Danica Minard
Photo courtesy of American River College Athletics

Danica Minard and the American River College women’s volleyball team won both their playoff games last week and are now one of eight teams left battling for the California Community College Athletic Association’s State Championship.

Minard, a 2018 Nevada Union grad, helped the Beavers beat Solano Community College in four sets in the first round, and knock off Folsom Lake College in four sets in Saturday’s second round playoff bout.

Minard, a sophomore, tallied four kills, three digs and two blocks in the win over Solano. She then hammered down seven kills, notched seven digs and accounted for two blocks in the victory over Folsom Lake.

For the season, Minard is second on her team in blocks (48) and sixth in kills (131).

While at Nevada Union, Minard was a two-year varsity standout who helped the Lady Miners reach the playoffs in both her junior and senior seasons.

In her freshman year with American River, she played in 32 matches, tallied 129 kills and helped the Beavers win the 2018 California State Championship.

American River has already laid claim to a share of the of the Big 8 Conference title and will now go for their second straight State Championship.

The Beavers (24-7) face Irvine Valley College in the CCCAA State Tournament quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Southwestern College.

Bekah McGill, a 2019 Nevada Union graduate, and the Sierra College Wolverines had their season come to an end in the second round of the CCCAA Regional Playoffs.

McGill and the Wolverines beat College of the Sequoias in the first round, but were ousted in the second round after a five set loss to Cabrillo College

McGill, a freshman setter, led the Wolverines in assists in both games, notching 27 in the win over Sequoias and doling out 17 in the loss against Cabrillo.

McGill led the Wolverines in assists this season with leads the team in assists with 642. She was also fifth on the team in digs with 173.

While at Nevada Union, McGill was a three-year varsity player and a team-captain in her junior and senior seasons. She helped the Lady Miners reach the playoffs all three years and was a two-time all-league selection.

Sierra earned a share of the Big 8 Conference title this season, along with American River, and closes the year with an overall record of 22-8.


David Menary, a 2016 Nevada Union graduate, and the University of Redlands men’s basketball team took it to UC Santa Cruz last week, beating the Banana Slugs, 72-50.

Menary, a senior forward, led the Bulldogs with 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Menary also had three rebounds and two assists in the win.

Redlands teammate and younger brother Gary Menary, a 2017 NU graduate, chipped in seven points and nabbed three steals in the victory.

For the season, David Menary is averaging a team-highs in points per game (17.5), rebounds per contest (6.5) and assists per game (4.3)

Gary Menary, a junior, is first on the team in steals with 2.6 per game. He’s second on the squad in rebounds per game (6) and fourth in scoring per game (9.6).

The Menary brothers were standouts for the Nevada Union hoops program, helping the Miners reach the playoffs in the 2015-16 season. Both earned All-Sierra Foothill League First Team honors in their respective senior seasons.

Redlands (4-1) is NCAA Division III school that plays in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


Meadow Aragon, a 2019 Nevada Union grad, and the Western Oregon University Wolves lost their only contest last week, falling to Southwest Minnesota State, 70-62.

Aragon, a freshman forward, came off the bench and chipped in two points to go with three rebounds in eight minutes of floor time.

For the season, Aragon has played in all six of the Wolves’ games and is averaging 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Western Oregon (2-4) is a Division II school which competes in the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference.

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