ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Vallejo leads Boise State D as Bronocs bash Ragin’ Cajuns
Tanner Vallejo and the Boise State football team kicked off the college football season with a, 45-10, thrashing of the Ragin’ Cajuns from the University Louisiana-Lafeyette.
Vallejo, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, led the Broncos defense, wrapping up nine total tackles, including one for a loss. Vallejo also tallied half a sack in the win.
The 6-foot, 1-inch, 225-pound Vallejo is on several early award watch lists, including the Butkis Award Watch List, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List.
Next up for Vallejo and the Broncos is a home game against Washington State Saturday.
Fellow former Nevada Union linebacker and 2013 graduate, Hank Humphers, also had a strong opening day, albeit in a loss.
The 6-foot, 1-inch, 210-pound Humphers, who had a strong 2015 campaign with Sierra College and is now at the University of Central Oklahoma, wrapped up six tackles and half of a sack in the Broncos’ 49-26 loss to Lindenwood University.
University of Central Oklahoma is a NCAA Division II school that plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Former Bear River linebacker Beau Baggett (class of 2016) began his collegiate career at Sierra College Saturday, wrapping up five tackles in a 45-19 loss to Fresno City College.
Also getting some playing time for Sierra College was Justus Spillner, a former Nevada Union quarterback and 2016 Colfax graduate. Spillner was 5-for-8 for 27 yards and two interceptions in the game against Fresno City College. It was Spillner’s first game action since his junior year at Nevada Union. Spillner transferred from NU to Colfax before his senior year, but the transfer was deemed to be “athletically motivated,” and he was banned from playing football in his senior year.
Zach Welz, a 2011 Bear River graduate and outfielder for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, played in three games last week, helping the Travelers beat Northwest Arkansas, and split a pair of games with Springfield.
Across the three games, Welz went 1-for-6 from the plate with two walks and a run scored.
Since joining the Travelers in late July, Welz has played in 25 games, has a .206 batting average with 14 hits and a home run. For the 2016 season, Welz has played in 97 games for minor league teams, including the Burlington Bees, Inland Empire 66ers and the Arkansas Travelers. He has a .241 batting average with five home runs and 35 RBIs on the season.
The Travelers are a Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play in the Texas League North Division.
Josh Roenicke, a 2001 Nevada Union graduate and relief pitcher for the Salt Lake Bees, had a rough first outing after returning from the disabled list.
In Roenicke’s first appearance since Aug. 14, he pitched 1.1 innings, allowed four hits, one walk and five earned runs while striking out one.
The 6-foot-3-inch righty, has moved throughout the Los Angeles Angels farm system this season, playing for the Single A Inland Empire 66ers, the Double-A Arkansas Travelers and the Triple A Salt Lake Bees. During the season, Roenicke threw 42.2 innings across 31 games for the three teams. He has a 1-2 record with 34 holds and one save. Roenicke struck out 49 batters and finished with a 3.80 ERA .
The 34-year-old Roenicke had bounced around the Majors from 2008-2013, having stints with the Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins.
Amanda Roberts, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, helped the Cal Lutheran Regals open the womens volleyball season with a championship at the Pacific Coast Classic Tournament.
Roberts, a sophomore outside hitter, tallied 29 kills and 46 digs as the Regals didn’t drop a set across the four-game tourney.
Cal Lutheran is the defending NCAA Division III National Champs and are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Morgan Koch, a 2014 Forest Lake Christian graduate, helped The Masters University womens volleyball team get off to a 7-3 start to the season.
Koch, a junior middle block, has played in every match and has 90 kills to go with nine aces. Koch’s 90 kills is second on her team.
The Masters University competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
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