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Alumni Notebook: Virva swims to first place at three meets for UNLV

Nevada Union alumni Dillon Virva takes off from the starting block in a swim meet representing UNLV earlier this season.
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Dillon Virva, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, swam very well for the UNLV Rebels Oct. 25-26 and again last Friday as the sophomore powered through the pool for three individual first-place finishes.

On Oct. 25 he won the 50-yard freestyle against the University of Arizona with a time of 20.24 seconds and in the same event on Oct. 26, he also took the top spot against Arizona State University with a time of 20.06. In addition to those races, Virva competed in the 100 free at Arizona for a fourth-place finish (46.16), helped his team to a second place finish at Arizona in the 200 freestyle relay (1:22.59) and played a key role in a first place finish in the 200 free relay at ASU (1:21.38). Friday the Rebels swam in a home exhibition meet against the University of Toronto where Virva won his 50 free event with a time of 20.35 and anchored the winning 400 free relay team with a combined time of 3:02.74.

With the impressive finishes Virva now boasts the third best ranking in the nation among collegiate swimmers. As a team, the UNLV men lost to Arizona but defeated both Arizona State and Toronto. The Rebels hit the pool again Friday at Utah.



Tanner Vallejo (Nevada Union, ’13); Boise State — Vallejo and the Broncos powered past the Colorado State Rams this Saturday and overcame a 10-point deficit for a 42-30 victory.




The freshman linebacker wrapped a team-high 11 tackles, which included nine solo tackles. The Bronco defense gave up the game’s first 10 points but buckled down after that as the Bronco’s offense opened fire and built a 42-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Despite being outgained in total yards 626-437 and time of possession 40 minutes to 20 minutes, Boise State made the most of its opportunities scoring on all four of its trip into the red zone. The difference was Colorado State’s 1-for-7 showing on its field goal attempts.

Boise State (6-3, 4-1 Mountain West Conference) is tied for first in its division of the MWC and hosts Wyoming Nov. 16.

Broughan Jantz (Nevada Union, ’10); University of Sioux City — Jantz and the Cougars mounted a late fourth quarter comeback Saturday but fell short in a 30-28 loss Saturday at Upper Iowa.

Jantz, who played quarterback for Nevada Union, wrapped up seven tackles on defense with one going for a loss of three yards. The Cougars trailed 23-7 early in the fourth quarter and rallied back to pull within two points down 23-21. Upper Iowa didn’t let the game slip away anymore however as it scored once more and held on for the win despite Soux Falls recovering an on-side kick with four seconds left.

The Cougars (5-4) host Minnesota State University Saturday.

Braaten Sill (Nevada Union, ’13); Yuba City College — Sill and the 49ers were trounced at home by Shasta College 58-23 Saturday after letting an early lead slip away.

Sill was a perfect 5-for-5 kicking on the day, hitting all three of his field goal attempts with a long of 49 yards and putting each of his PAT attempts through the uprights as well. He also punted six times for a combined 189 yards and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line once. For the game, Sill blasted six kickoffs for a total of 339 yards, a 56.5-yard average, and had two touchbacks. The 49ers led twice early, 7-6 and 14-13, but were outscored 45-9 from the end of the first quarter to the final whistle.

Yuba (3-5) travels to battle Los Medanos College Saturday.

Dillon Huffman (Bear River, ’12); Humboldt State University — Huffman and the Lumberjacks came up short for the ninth consecutive time this season as they fell 21-14 Saturday at Central Washington.

The sophomore defensive lineman wrapped up 10 tackles, which was the second-most on the team. Humboldt State’s defense allowed 381 yards of total offense and held its opponent to just 2-of-12 on third down attempts. The Lumberjacks trailed 21-7 early in the fourth quarter and scored a touchdown with about three minutes to play to pull within seven but Central Washington’s offense secured first downs and was able to run out the clock.

Humboldt State (0-9) travels to British Columbia to battle Simon Fraser Saturday.

Taylor King (Nevada Union, ’11); Western Oregon University — King started at center for the Western Oregon Wolves Saturday as his squad was out-dueled by Azusa Pacific 38-28 Saturday.

Behind King and the Wolve’s offensive line, Western Oregon had 323 yards of total offense with 244 going through the air. The team was limited to an average of just 3 yard per carry when it rushed. The Wolves never led or ever really threatened to take control of the game as they trailed by 17 points twice, 24-7 and 38-21.

Western Oregon (5-4) hosts Central Washington University Saturday.

Cole Stanford (Nevada Union, ’09); Cal Poly — Stanford and the Mustangs brought their running game with them Saturday in a 34-16 victory at UC Davis.

The senior captain had one carry for 4 yards in a new-look offense which was without its usual starting quarterback. Yet, it was a successful scheme for the Mustangs, who racked up 414 yards on the ground, averaging 5.6 yard per rush. The offense was only 1-of-5 passing. With the game tied 13-13 at halftime, the Mustangs outscored the Aggies 21-3 in the second half. The defense also snatched two interceptions to help preserve the win.

Cal Poly (4-5, 3-2 Big Sky) hosts Sacramento State Saturday.

Cole Hannum (Nevada Union, ’13); Sacramento State — Hannum and the Hornets suffered a heartbreaking 51-48 defeat in overtime Saturday at home versus Montana.

Hannum wrapped up one tackle from his linebacker position and the defense allowed just 91 yards rushing on 29 attempts. The Hornets’ offense lost three fumbles but forced overtime as they scored a touchdown to tie the game 45-45 with 23 seconds to play. In OT, Sacramento State was held to a field goal on its opening possession while Montana scored on its very first play with a 25-yard pass to win.

The Hornets (4-5) travel to take on Cal Poly Saturday.VOLLEYBALL

Madison Heppe (Nevada Union, ’12); Swarthmore College — Heppe and the Lady Garnet won 1-of-3 of their matches last week to close out the 2013 season.

Heppe played in all three sets of her team’s 3-0 win Wednesday against Ursinus (25-19, 29-27, 25-21) and contributed 11 digs Saturday in the first match of a double-header, the Lady Garnet were outplayed by Muhlenberg losing in three straight sets 20-25, 22-25, 17-25. Heppe led the team on defense with 16 digs and knocked down two kills. In the squad’s second game Saturday against Moravian College she added 16 digs but the team fell in three straight sets 21-25, 22-25, 18-25.

Swarthmore (15-13) finished 3-7 within its conference and will now head into its offseason. Heppe concluded her sophomore season with a team-best 490 digs, averaging 4.85 per set.


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