Alumni Notebook: Virva wins gold, UNLV wins MWC, qualifies for NCAA men’s championships |

Alumni Notebook: Virva wins gold, UNLV wins MWC, qualifies for NCAA men’s championships

Dillon Virva, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, helped lead the University of Nevada Las Vegas to its eighth Mountain West Conference title in nine years and also earn a berth into the NCAA men’s championships in March.

Virva competed in the Mountain Pacific Swimming Federation Conference Championship at East LA Community College in Monterey Park last week as the Rebel’s edged Wyoming, 613-603.5.

Wednesday night his 200 medley relay team won first place with a time of 1-minute, 25.63 seconds. Thursday Virva was part of another four man team to qualify, which placed second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:18.55 . Virva also qualified himself, winning gold in the individual 50 freestyle race with a time of 19.91 seconds. Saturday Virva’s team took second place in the 400 freestyle relay with a mark of 2:55.50 and he won the consolation 100 yard freestyle final with a time of 44.99 seconds, which was good for ninth place overall.

The NCAA championships begin Thursday, Mar. 28, in Indianapolis.


Josh Reineke (Nevada Union ‘01); Minnesota Twins– Reineke began the spring season Saturday in the Grapefruit League pitching one inning while allowing two hits and one earned run in a 5-3 loss against the Baltimore Orioles.

Zach Welz (Bear River ‘11); Solano Community College– Welz and the Solano Falcons lost twice to Santa Rosa last week, 3-1 Thursday and 16-5 Saturday.

In Thursday’s game Welz was the team’s DH batting third in the lineup. He went 1-for-4 and also scored a run as the Falcons gave up a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh in the loss. In Saturday’s loss Welz started in right field and went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI-double and an RBI-triple and also scoring twice. Solano allowed 13 hits and briefly held a 2-1 lead after the first inning.

The Falcons (5-4) host American River Tuesday.


Karly Harris (Nevada Union ‘10); Dominican University of California– The Lady Penguins lost a pair of tough games against Dixie State Saturday.

Harris started on the mound in the first game and threw for 2 1/3 innings allowing seven hits and three earned runs as her offense only combatted with three hits for the game in an 8-0 loss. In the second game of the double-header Harris started and threw 3 2/3 innings allowing five earned runs off 10 hits and striking out three. Dominican rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game 10-10, but Dixie State went on to score four runs in the bottom half and hold on for a 14-109 victory.

Harris drops to 3-4 on the season and Dominican (4-8) travels to play at Sonoma State Wednesday.

Maddie Phelps (Bear River ‘12); Sierra College– Phelps pitched in two games last week, including a complete game versus Yuba at Shasta college in Redding Thursday allowing just three earned runs off three hits and struck out two as her team slugged 14 hits to win, 10-3. In the second game of the day, Phelps entered out of the bullpen as relief and threw three innings allowing four hits and four earned runs in an 11-6 loss against Shasta.

Sierra College (6-3-1) played a double-header Sunday versus San Mateo and West Valley losing 2-0 and 13-0 respectively with stats yet to be posted.

Kendal Butterfield (Nevada Union, ‘10); Colorado State — The Lady Rams went 0-5 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs last week.

Thursday Colorado State was edged out 5-4 by Georgia. Butterfield went 0-for-2 batting as her team let a 4-1 lead slip away. In its next game later that day, the Lady rams were crushed 11-0 by Oregon State in five innings and only mustered two hits as Butterfield pinch ran but was out at second on a fielder’s choice. Friday Butterfield got some rest as Colorado State fell 7-3 to Utah. Butterfield played in two games Saturday as she went 0-for-2 at the plate with a walk in a 7-1 loss to Virginia and 1-for-3 with a double and scored a run in a 4-2 loss against Syracuse.

The Lady Rams (6-9) host the Colorado State Classic beginning Friday.

Courtney Ceo (Bear River ’10); University of Oregon — The No. 9 ranked Lady Ducks went 5-0 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Friday through Sunday in Palm Springs.

Oregon opened with a 13-0 slaughtering of Virginia slugging 14 hits as Ceo started at shortstop and led off at the top of the order batting 1-for-2 and scored three times. Saturday Ceo went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI-double as the Lady Ducks won 2-1 over Cal Poly. In its next game Oregon defeated Nebraska 11-2 where Ceo was 1-for-3 batting with an RBI and a walk. Sunday the Lady Ducks knocked off the University of Nevada Las Vegas 4-2 as Ceo went 0-for-3 batting and the Lady Rebels committed four errors to aid Oregon’s comeback. In the final game of the tournament Ceo went 2-for-3 batting and scored a pair of runs in the Lady Ducks a 3-1 victory over San Diego State.

Oregon (13-3) plays at the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida beginning Friday.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River, ‘12); University of Texas — The No. 6 Lady Longhorns won 5-0 over Houston baptist Wednesday with Ceo going 1-for-2 at the plate and scoring a run. Texas then went 4-1 as it hosted the texas Invitational.

Texas opened with a 5-0 win over Lamar as Ceo started at second base and went 2-for-3 batting with a pair of singles. In the following game Ceo was 0-for-3 at the plate as the Lady Longhorns lost for the first time this season as they fell 7-4 versus No. 24 Tulsa. Saturday Texas got back on track with a 13-2 bashing of Utah State where Ceo went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI-walk, an RBI-single and scored a run. In the second game of the day Texas handed Lamar a 9-1 loss in a game which Ceo was 0-for-1 batting with a walk. InSunday’s tournament finale the Lady Longhorns earned revenge against Tulsa in a 1-0 extra inning win with Ceo batting 0-for-2 and scoring the game winner in the bottom of the eighth on a single up the middle.

Texas (16-1) travels to play in the Citrus Classic Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida beginning Friday.

Alyssa Reina (Bear River, ‘12); North Dakota State University — The Lady Bison went 0-2 at the Carolina Classic last week and had two of its games canceled due to weather..

In Thursday’s opening game North Dakota fell to George Washington, 5-4. Reina went 0-for-2 batting with a walk as the Lady Bison surrendered what would be the winning run in the top of the seventh. In its second game, North Dakota was shutout and held to no hits as North Carolina took a 2-0 victory. Reina was 0-for-2 at the plate and contributed eight put outs on defense.

The Lady Bison (4-8) travel to compete in the 5th Annual Georgia Bulldog Invitational beginning Friday.

Katie Mathis (Bear River ‘10); San Diego State — The Lady Aztecs went 2-3 last week at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs.

Mathis began the tournament batting second starting at second base and went 0-for-3 at the plate in a 2-1 loss versus No. 7 ranked Missouri. The Lady Aztecs dropped their next game 5-2 against Virginia as Mathis rested. Friday Mathis was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI-double and scored a run to help her team win 3-0 over Syracuse. Saturday San Diego State won 5-0 against Ohio State with Mathis batting 0-for-3 with a walk. In the final game of the tournament Sunday the Lady Aztecs fell to No. 7 ranked Oregon 3-1 where Mathis went 0-for-2 at the plate and reached base on a walk.

San Diego State (8-7) hosts the San Diego Classic beginning Thursday.

Brianna Nicholson (Nevada Union ‘10); Cal State Stanislaus— The Lady Warriors went 1-3 last weekend in a four game series at Cal State San Bernardino.

In Friday’s 15-6 pummeling Nicholson started at first base and went 4-for-4 batting with an RBI-single and scored twice as the Lady Warriors recorded 10 hits to score nine runs in the top half of the sixth to run away with the victory. In the following game Nicholson went 0-for-2 batting as her team lost 10-1 and only managed three hits. In Saturday’s first game Nicholson was 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI-single, but the Lady Warriors lost, 8-5. Nicholson went 0-for-2 with two walks and scored a run in a tough 10-9 loss to conclude the series as the Lady Warriors couldn’t hold on to a 9-4 lead and failed to scored in the games final three innings.

Cal State Stanislaus (7-9) hosts a four game set against San Francisco State beginning Friday.


Patrick Scott (Bear River ‘09); Sonoma State– Scott started in two homes games for the Seawolves as the team split, winning against Humboldt State and losing to Cal Poly Pomona.

In Friday’s 83-68 victory, Scott was 1-of-4 shooting from the floor with 4 points and played just 14 minutes. Sonoma State led 39-29 at the half and shot 49 percent including seven 3-pointers as they cruised to an easy win.

In Saturday’s 68-60 loss, Scott shot 4-of-12 from the floor and finished with a team-high 12 points, but the Seawolves couldn’t keep up as they lost the battle in the paint with Cal Poly Pomona hauling in eight more rebounds and scored 10 more points than Sonoma for the game. Sonoma State clung to a 55-54 lead with just under four minutes to play, but ended the game on the losing end of a 14-5 run.

Sonoma State (10-14, 8-12 CCAA) finishes its season on the road playing at UC San Diego Thursday and at Cal State San Bernardino Friday.

Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ‘10); UC Davis– Ritchart played in two games last week as the Aggies lost at Long Beach State Wednesday and won a thriller over Northern Colorado at home Saturday.

In the 71-65 loss, Ritchart contributed 13 minutes off the bench and scored two points to go along with a pair of rebounds, an assist and a steal. The Aggies built a 33-24 lead at halftime, but surrendered the lead with under four minutes to play and never regained control as Long Beach State shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the second half and also won the battle on the boards tossing in 12 second chance points for the game.

Saturday the Aggies knocked off Northern Colorado 79-78 on a late score by Paola Mancasola with 1.8 seconds remaining. Ritchart shot 3-of-6 from the floor and finished with seven points, two boards and a pair of steals. The lead changed eight times with the Aggies trailing by five at the break. Two consecutive 3-pointers by Northern Colorado gave it a one point lead with 1r4.5 seconds to play before Mancasola drained the final jump shot.

The Aggies (12-14, 7-7 BWC) play at UC Riverside Thursday.

Marc Hopkinson (Nevada Union ‘09); Tabor College– Hopkinson came off the bench in the opening round of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship tournament last week as No. 2 seeded Tabor College lost to No. 7 seeded Ottawa (Kan.), 69-53.

Hopkinson scored 5 points contributing 12 minutes. The Bluejays trailed by just five points at the half, but were outshot 49 percent to 30 percent as Ottawa (Kan.) pulled off the road upset to eliminate the Blue Jays.

Tabor College (15-13, 14-4 KCAC) finished in second place behind the University of Saint Mary which was also upset in the opening round of the championship tournament.

Caroline Reeves (Nevada Union, ‘08); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — Reeves started in two games last week as the Cal Poly Lady Mustangs defeated Cal State Northridge Thursday and Hawaii Saturday.

In Thursday’s 66-49 victory, Reeves shot 4-of-7 from the floor and finished with nine points and six boards. The Lady Mustangs opened the game on an 8-0 run capped off by a Reeves’ lay up and would never trail. Cal Poly grabbed nine more rebounds, nine more assists and amassed an additional eight points off turnovers than Cal State Northridge would tally on its way to shooting 50 percent for the game as a team.

Saturday the Lady Mustangs won 47-43 while Reeves was 2-of-6 shooting for five points, two rebounds and an assist. Cal Poly dominated the paint, outscoring the Lady Rainbow Warriors 30-14 and led by as many as 13 points. Hawaii took a 41-40 lead with under five minutes to play, but the Lady Mustangs finished on a 6-2 run dropping in a lay up with eight second remaining to ice the game.

Cal Poly (16-9, 10-4 BWC) currently sits half game back of Pacific in the Big West standings and plays at UC Riverside Thursday.


Jace Tiller (Nevada Union ‘12) Folsom Lake Community College– Tiller played in the second Big 8 Conference tournament of the year last Tuesday at Stockton Country Club.

The Falcons finished the tournament in third place shooting 390 as a team, five strokes behind Sierra and 19 strokes behind tournament champion Santa Rosa. Tiller posted a round of 86 as only three members of his six man team were able to shoot under 80.

Folsom’s next conference tournament comes Tuesday, Mar. 8, at Teal Bend Golf Course in Sacramento.

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