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Flores flourishes in championship

Here’s a look at how some athletes with local ties fared recently at the college level:


Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05); UCLA – It was a big week for Flores as the freshman golfer finished second in the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship, while also shooting a 66 to move on to the second stage of qualifying for the Nissan Open next week at Riviera.

For Flores to qualify to play in the Nissan Open he must come in the top four of 50 golfers at today’s qualifier at Industry Hills in Los Angeles.

The Bruins also finished first as a team at the Mercedes Benz event, holding off Texas Tech. Flores shot a 218 stroke 2-over-par, finishing one stroke out of first place.


Nicole Scott (Bear River, ’03); California State, East Bay (Hayward) -The junior forward totaled three rebounds, two points and two steals in 12 minutes during CSEB’s 85-76 loss to Holy Names University.


Phil Sparling (Forest Lake Christian, ’05); Bethany College – Sparling played six minutes during his team’s 74-40 loss to William Jessup, totaling two points and one assist. He also played one minute in a 93-76 win against California State, Maritime.

Grant Marple (Forest Lake Christian, ’05); Bethany College – Marple played three minutes, and scored two points, in the loss to William Jessup and one minute in the win against CS-Maritime.

Jon Sheets (Nevada Union, ’03); University of Maine – Sheets scored 15 points in Maine’s 87-73 loss to Albany, also turning in two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Kelib Thompson (Nevada Union, ’02); California State, Chico – Thompson played four minutes in Chico’s 70-56 loss to the University of California, San Diego.


Julia Richards (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – Richards made her collegiate all-around debut at a four-team meet with the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles, California State, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis. The Aggies finished fourth.

Richards ended the meet with a 9.7 on the floor exercise, 9.5 on the vault, 9.25 on the bars and a 9.525 on the balance beam. Her 9.7 on the floor exercise was the highest Davis score of the year in the event.


Wade Sauer (Nevada Union, ’04); Fresno State – Sauer lost by a technical fall to Arizona State’s Cain Velasquez. The Bulldogs lost the dual against Arizona State 46-9.


Chelsea Haverty (Bear River, ’04); University of Colorado – The sophomore long jumper went 18-feet and half an inch to take 17th place at the Washington Husky Classic in Seattle.

Jessica Lorson (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – Lorson placed 28th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.52 at the Husky Classic.

Jefferson Heidelberger (Nevada Union, ’01); University of Montana – The senior sprinter finished in eighth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.28 at the Husky Classic. He also came in at 49.04 in the 400 meter dash for a seventh-place finish.

James Litchfield (Bear River, ’03); Idaho State – Litchfield took eighth in the pole vault at the Idaho State University Multiple Duals, clearing 14-feet-5 inches.

Paul Litchfield (Bear River, ’99); Pocatello Track Club – The Idaho State alumnus and pole vaulter finished in a two-way tie for first place at the ISU Multiple Duals with a jump of 17-feet and a half inch.

Matt Tyrrell (Bear River, ’01) Idaho State – Tyrrell won the 3,000 meter race at the ISU Multiple Duals finishing in a time of 8:31.84. He also finished second in the mile, taking 4:12.43 to run the race.


Michelle Mathis (Bear River, ’03); St. Mary’s (Calif.) – The junior third baseman hit her second collegiate home run against the University of California, San Diego at the University of California, Riverside Tournament. She finished the game 2-for-3.

In the Gaels’ first two games of the tournament she went 0-5 with a put out and four assists and finished 0-for-3 in the final game of the tournament. St. Mary lost all four of its games in the tournament.


Gary Daley (Nevada Union, ’03); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – The junior pitcher struck out six in 5 2/3 innings in a 10-8 loss to Loyola Marymount. Daley gave up four runs on seven hits, but was not tagged with the loss.

Mike Weiss (Forest Lake Christian, ’05); The Master’s College – The freshman pitched three scoreless innings in an 8-7 loss to Claremont. Weiss gave up two hits and struck out two.

Anthony Welz (Bear River, ’05); Butte Community College – Welz earned his first collegiate win Saturday, Feb. 4, on his 19th birthday, pitching five relief innings, giving up zero runs and just three hits. Then on Feb. 10 he earned his first save, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a 3-1 win against Chabot. The next day he pitched three innings, giving up one run on three hits in Butte’s 12-11 loss to Chabot.


Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college/professional athlete with local ties, please contact Stacy Hicklin via e-mail at stacyh@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4244.

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