Alumni Notebook: Tiller shoots hole-in-one, Folsom Community College wins Big 8 Conference title |

Alumni Notebook: Tiller shoots hole-in-one, Folsom Community College wins Big 8 Conference title

Julian Purdy, left, wrestled at the Men's Opens Freestyle and Greco State Championships and won first place in freestyle and second place in Greco in Los Banos California. The previous weekend he wrestled in Fresno at the Fila State championships where he placed first in Greco and third in Freestyle.
Photo submitted by Andrea Purdy |

Jace Tiller, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, played in the final Big 8 Conference tournament of the season as his Folsom Lake Community College Falcons won by four strokes over Santa Rosa on Tuesday at the Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa, 368-372.

The tournament victory also earned the FLCC men’s golf team the conference championship as it surpassed Santa Rosa in the season standings by two points, 150-148, after exchanging seven lead changes throughout the season. The team is the school’s first conference champion in any sport. Tiller contributed a round of 75, which included a hole-in-one on the 206-yard 12th hole. Tiller finished the back nine with an impressive mark of 34 (-2). Joel Slak and Brad Peil led the Falcons with excellent rounds of 68 and 69, respectively.

The Falcons will play in the NorCal Championship at Diablo Grande Golf Club in Patterson today. They will play 36 holes with the top two teams plus 12 individuals qualifying for the State Championship.


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01) Minnesota Twins– Roenicke and the Twins went 2-4 this past week as he entered three games as middle relief and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

In Monday’s 4-3 loss at the Detroit Tigers, Roenicke threw 1 1/3 innings and allowed no runs and no hits, but the damage had already been done and his team couldn’t mount a comeback. In Friday’s game at the CLeveland Indians, Roenicke entered the game with in the seventh inning with a 6-5 lead. He pitched one inning and din’t allow any runs or hits and struck out two batters. The Indians scored a run in the eighth inning to tie it and another in the bottom of the 10th for a 7-6 victory. In the series finale Sunday at Cleveland, Roenicke pitched one inning and yielded just one walk and stuck out a batter. The Twins won 4-2.

The Twins (13-14) open a four-game series at Boston today.

Dusty Zeisler (Nevada Union ’12) Holy Names University– Zeisler’s Hawks won took one out of four in a four-game series versus Fresno Pacific Thursday and Friday.

Zeisler started at short stop batting eighth all four games and went 4-for-12 at the plate during the series including a 2-for-2 performance with an RBI-double and walk in a 4-3 loss. In the Hawks’ 5-2 win Zeisler was 1-for-3 batting with a walk and scored a run.

Holy Names (15-35) now heads into its off-season.

Zach Welz (Bear River ’11); Solano Community College– Welz and the Solano Falcons opened the first round of the post season with an impressive 2-1 series win over the No. 3 seed Marin. Despite losing the first game of the series and facing a 2-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning of game two the Falcons rallied to prevail.

The Falcons lost game one of the best-of-three series on Friday 5-2 with Welz starting in right field batting third. He finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and scored a run. In Saturday’s must-win double-header, Welz went 2-for-3 batting in the first game and scored a run as his team put together a string of hits and rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk-of with a 3-2 win. In game three Welz was 2-for-4 at the dish with an RBI-double and scored a run. The Falcons scored three runs in the top of the third to take a 4-2 lead. They added another run in the fifth and hung on for a 6-4 victory to knock off Marin.

Solano (23-14) advances to the California Community College Athletic Association’s Super Regional where they will take on the No. 1 seed Santa Rosa Junior College (30-7-1) Friday.

Chris Porter (Nevada Union ’11); Cal State East Bay– Porter and the Pioneers split a four-game series at Cal Poly Pomona this past weekend after winning the first two games.

On Saturday in the second game of a double-header, Porter started at catcher batting eighth and went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and scored a run in a 3-2 loss. Cal State East Bay scattered nine hits in what turned out to be a defensive game as neither team scored after the fourth inning.

The Pioneers (32-18) were officially eliminated from postseason contention in the CCAA With Sonoma State’s win over Cal State L.A. this weekend. Porter finished the season batting .290 with two home runs and an impressive .405 on base percentage.


Alyssa Reina (Bear River, ’12); North Dakota State University — The Lady Bison took two out of three games from South Dakota this past weekend to finish the season 17-1 in Summit League Conference play and win the regular season championship.

In Friday’s series’ opener Reina started at first base batting sixth in the lineup and went 1-for-3 at the plate in a 5-1 loss. In the second game later that day Reina went 1-for-3 batting and scored a run in a 4-1 victory. In the series’ finale on Saturday it was North Dakota State coming from behind in the bottom of the third inning with a three-run homer to left-center field by Reina as it went on to win 7-5. Reina finished the game 2-for-3 batting with three RBIs and a run scored.

North Dakota State (30-14, 17-1) will host the league championship as the No. 1 seed beginning Thursday.

Karly Harris (Nevada Union ’10); Dominican University of California– The Lady Penguins concluded their season by splitting a double-header versus Holy Names University on Saturday with Harris earning a win and a loss.

Harris pitched six impressive innings in the first game and only surrendered three hits and struck out four batters in an 8-0 win. In the second game Harris entered in the sixth with the score tied 4-4, but Holy Names rallied for three runs in the top half of the eighth and went on to win 7-4. She pitched three innings and allowed three runs off three hits with a walk.

Dominican (10-46) now enters its off season as Harris finished with an 4.46 ERA through 199 1/3 innings, struck out 68 batters and earned seven wins.

Maddie Phelps, (Bear River ’12); Sierra College— Phelps (18-5, 2.19 ERA overall) stifled Monterey Peninsula College’s bats this weekend in the first round of the 2013 CCCAA Regional Playoffs as Sierra college won the best-of-three series in two games.

Phelps pitched a one-hit gem as she strikeout three, walked only one batter and induced 16 infield outs for a 4-0 victory in game one. She also had four putouts and did not see more than four batters in any inning as she was aided by the Sierra College infielders turning a double play in the fourth inning. Sierra College used a Jenna Thorne walk, stolen base and Tayana Mata triple to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Sarah Rasmussen followed with an RBI-single as the Lady Wolverines took an 2-0 lead. They added another run in the second inning then Carly Evans added a two-out RBI-single in the fifth to cap the scoring. Phelps came up huge again in game two with a three-hit shutout as Sierra College won 9-0. The Lady Wolvernines scored eight in the bottom of the first inning as Phelps did the rest as she scattered three hits, struck out one and didn’t walk a batter in the five-inning contest. Phelps held the Coast South Player of the Year, Megan Scherer, to a 1-for-6 weekend.

Sierra College (29-10-1) will now travel to take on Shasta College in the Northern California Super Regionals in Redding Friday.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union, ’10); Colorado State — The Lady Rams only won one game in a three-game series versus San Diego State this past weekend.

Butterfield started in left field batting eighth and finished the series 0-for-5 at the plate. Colorado won the first game 3-0 as it scattered six hits. The Lady Aztecs won the second game in six innings 12-4 and in the final game they help Colorado State to just two hits on their way to a 4-0 victory.

The Lady Rams (22-24, 8-7) open a three-game series at New Mexico beginning Thursday.

Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 4 ranked Lady Ducks won all five of their games this week sweeping a double-header versus Seattle on Wednesday before taking three more from in-state rival Oregon State over the weekend.

In Wednesday’s double-header Ceo started at shortstop batting second and finished the series 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Oregon won the first game 4-0 as starting pitcher Cheridan Hawkins threw a no-hitter and fanned 17 of the 21 batters she faced. Oregon won the second game 6-4 and led start to finish. In a 2-1 victory over Oregon State Friday afternoon Ceo went 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk and an RBI-single in the bottom of the fourth inning to give her team a 1-0 lead. She also picked up her 20th stolen base of the season. With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth pitcher Jessica Moore homered to give the Lady Ducks the lead as they went on to win 2-1. Oregon won the final two games of the series by a combined score of 19-0 as Ceo went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a walk.

Oregon (45-7, 18-3 Pac-12) wraps up its regular season with a four-game series at Arizona State starting Thursday.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, ’12); University of Texas— The No. 6 Lady Longhorns only managed to win one game in a three-game series at Oklahoma State this past weekend.

Ceo started at shortstio batting ninth in Friday’s series’ opener and went 0-for-2 at the plate as her team scattered four hits and allowed only two, but lost 1-0 in nine innings. Texas also lost the second game by one run 2-1 with Ceo going 0-for-3 batting. In the final game the lady Longhorns finally came around with their bats and smashed 13 hits in a 7-2 win as starting pitcher Luna Blaire struck out 14 batters. Ceo was 0-for-2 at the plate and scored the first of four runs in the top half of the third inning after after being hit by a pitch.

Texas (43-8, 13-4 Big 12) hosts Baylor for one game to wrap up its regular season Sunday.

Katie Mathis (Bear River ’10); San Diego State — The Lady Aztecs took two out of three games from Colorado State this past weekend.

In the series’ opener Mathis started in right field batting ninth and went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and a walk in a 3-0 loss. Mathis continued her hot hitting streak in the second game where she went 1-for-2 with a solo homer to right field in the top of the fourth, walked and scored a run as her team cruised to victory in six innings 12-4. In the final game she went 1-for-3 at the plate with a double and scored a run as the Lady Aztecs came out on top 4-0.

San Diego State (32-18, 10-5) concludes its regular season as it hosts UNLV for a three-game series beginning Thursday.


Brandyn McCary (Nevada Union ’02); Delta Ducks– McCary, a linebacker for the Delta Ducks minor league football team, played solid defense helping his team to a 99-6 bashing of the Bay Area Assassins Saturday at Del Oro.

McCary has two tackles on the season while his team’s defense has racked up 17 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 10 interceptions and allows just 9.9 points per game.

The Delta Ducks (7-0) sit in first place in the Pacific Coast Football League and finish their season with three road games with the first coming at the South Bay Stallions on Saturday.


Julian Purdy (Nevada Union ’12); Custesta Junior College– This past weekend Purdy Wrestled at the Men’s Opens Freestyle and Greco State Championships and won first in freestyle and second in Greco in Los Banos California.

The previous weekend he wrestled in Fresno California at the Fila State championships where he placed first in Greco and third in Freestyle.

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