Alumni Notebook: Reina’s big bat has North Dakota State on top of its league |

Alumni Notebook: Reina’s big bat has North Dakota State on top of its league

In this file photo North Dakota State softball player Alyssa Reina, a 2012 Bear River graduate, takes a cut during a game against Seton Hall earlier this season.
Submitted photo by Stan Liu |

Alyssa Reina, a 2012 Bear River graduate, continued her phenomenal sophomore season with the North Dakota State softball team, notching her team-leading eighth home run and helping the Bison take two of three games from league foe University of Nebraska-Omaha last week.

Entering the weekend, North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha were tied for first in the Summit League at 3-0, but when the dust settled at the end of the series, the Bison (25-6, 5-1) stood alone atop the league standings.

Through the three game series, Reina, a redshirt sophomore catcher, went 3-for-11 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and an RBI.

Reina, who suffered an injury that forced her to sit out last season, has returned better than ever, starting all 31 games this season with a .340 batting average, 11 stolen bases, eight home runs and a league-leading 33 RBIs. On the defensive end, Reina has a .997 fielding percentage and committed just one error all season.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River ‘12; University of Texas) and the Longhorns (23-9) won all five of their games last week, beating University of Texas, San Antonio twice, and Kansas University three times.

Ceo, a junior infielder, went 3-for-11 from the plate with a run scored and a stolen base through the five games. On the season, Ceo has started 31 games, is batting .299, has two triples, two home runs and 10 RBIs.

Maddie Phelps (Bear River ‘12; Alabama State) and the Hornets (10-22) took two of three games last week, beating Southern University and Grambling state, and falling to Texas Southern.

Phelps, a junior pitcher, threw a complete game in the win over Southern, going seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out four. The win was the fifth of the season and second in league play for Phelps.

Shyanne Parrish (Nevada Union ‘14; Yuba College) and the 49ers (6-24) dropped four in a row last week, losing a pair to Solano Community College and a pair against Napa Valley College.

In the series with Solano, Parrish, a freshmen catcher, went 3-for-6 from the plate with two runs scored, an RBI and a double. On the season, Parrish is batting .333 with 18 runs score, four RBIs and five stolen bases.


Zach Welz (Bear River ‘11; Texas Southern University) and the Tigers (16-11) extended their winning streak to eight games last week, beating Huston-Tillotson twice and Prairie View A&M three times.

Welz, a senior outfielder, played in four games, went 4-for-15 from the plate with a home run, a triple, two RBIs and eight runs scored. On the season, Welz has started 25 games, is batting .250 with 20 runs scored, 13 walks and 10 RBIs.

Dustin Zeisler (Nevada Union ‘12; Holy Names University) and the Hawks (12-20) took the first game with Central Washington last week, but then dropped the final three.

Over the four-game stretch, Zeisler, a junior shortstop, played in three games and went 1-for-8 from the plate with a run scored and two RBIs.

Chris Porter (Nevada Union ’11; Cal State East Bay) and the Pioneers (7-20) dropped four straight to Cal State Los Angeles last week.

Porter, a junior catcher, played in two games, going 0-for-6 from the plate. On the season, Porter has played in 20 games, is batting .222 and leads the team in home runs with three.

Jakob Freele (Nevada Union ‘14; Northland College) and the Lumberjacks (7-12) swept Northwestern in a three-game series last week.

Freele, a freshmen outfielder, went 2-for-11 in the series with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. On the season, Freele is batting .289 with 12 runs scored, eight RBIs and four doubles.

Brandon O’Callaghan (Nevada Union ‘13; Yuba Community College) and the 49ers (15-11) won a pair of games last week over Contra Costa College.

O’Callaghan, a sophomore catcher, played in one game and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. On the season, O’Callaghan is batting .226 with eight runs scored and three RBIs.


Dillon Virva (Nevada Union ‘12; University of Nevada, Las Vegas) earned a pair of All-American Honorable Mentions and helped set a few Western Athletic Conference and school records at the NCAA Men’s National Championships in Iowa City, Iowa last week.

On day one of the competition, Virva helped the UNLV 200-meter free relay team earn 11th place, which was good enough for All-American Honorable Mention.

The relay team set a new WAC and school record in the preliminaries. Virva also placed 18th in the 50 free event.

On day two, Virva finished 40th in the 100 butterfly, and helped the UNLV 200 medley relay team earn 21st place.

On the final day of competition, Virva and the UNLV 400 free relay team earned All-American Honorable Mention after taking 13th place. That team also set a new WAC and UNLV record in the preliminaries (2:51.97).

Track & field

Emilie Arnoldi (Nevada Union ‘13; Santa Barbara City College) and the Vaquero track and field team took first place at a WSC Coastal meet Friday.

Arnoldi was part of SBCC’s women’s 4×100 relay team that took first place and also competed in the women’s long jump event, taking fourth with a leap of 14 feet, 7.25 inches.

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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