Former Bruin on title-winning team |

Former Bruin on title-winning team

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


Jeff Duran (Bear River, ’03); Hope International University – Duran and his Hope International University volleyball team won the NCCAA volleyball championship in Walla Walla Washington beating Columbia Bible 30-24, 30-22 and 30-27 in the title game. Duran compiled nine kills, two digs and one block assist.


Samantha Stowe (Nevada Union, ’04); Sierra Community College – The freshman swimmer won the 100 yard freestyle in a dual meet April 1st against the defending state champion Bear Cubs of Santa Rosa. The Sierra College women’s swimming team finished the Invitational season undefeated.


Jessica Lorson (Nevada Union, ’03); UC Davis – The freshman hurdler finished fourth in the 400 meter hurdles at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational with a time of 62.96.

Steven Conrad (Nevada Union, ’04); Cal – Conrad, a freshman, took eighth place in the 100 meter dash at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. He put up a time of 10.85 in the preliminaries and then was timed at 11.06 in the finals. He also placed sixth in the long jump going a distance of 6.74 meters.

James Litchfield (Bear River, ’03); Idaho State – The sophomore pole vaulter failed to clear any height at the Weber State Wildcat Invitational.


Christina Guerland (Bear River, ’03); Yale – The sophomore second baseman went 7-for-22 in six games this week. The Bulldogs spilt all three doubleheaders they played this week against Sacred Heart, Darmouth and Harvard. Guerland totaled three runs, three RBI’s, 15 putouts and five assists. Her best game was a 2-for-3 performance with a run and two RBI’s in a 5-1 Yale win against Dartmouth. The Bulldogs are 11-7 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League.

Stephanie Johansen (Nevada Union, ’01); Rutgers – The senior outfielder and her teammates scored their first win of the season again the University of Connecticut, winning 2-1. Johansen went 6-for-22 during six games this past week, with 10 putouts. Her best game was against Army in which she went 2-for-3 with a run and five putouts. Rutgers stands at 1-27 overall and 1-5 in the Big East.

Amanda Poteet (Nevada Union, ’04); MIT – In seven games this past week, Poteet played four different positions including catcher, pitcher, third baseman and first baseman. She went 7-for-19 in those games while totaling 32 putouts and six assists. Poteet pitched four innings against Babson College and gave up 11 runs on 11 hits.

Nicole Tunget (Bear River); Sierra College – Tunget pitched Sierra College to an 11-1 victory against Los Medanos and hit a double. Sierra College is 19-9 overall and 10-4 in league.

Michelle Mathis (Bear River, ’03); St. Mary’s (Calif.) – The sophomore third baseman went 0-for-3 with two putouts and three assists in two losses to No. 3 The University of California, Berkeley. In a double header against Loyola Marymouth Saturday, Mathis went 1-for-7 with two putouts and an assist.


Gary Daley (Nevada Union, ’03); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – The sophomore pitcher started Sunday against Pacific and gave up two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in six and 1/3 innings of work. The Mustangs won 6-3 in 10 innings and improve to 22-13 overall and 5-1 in the Big West.

Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union, ’01); UCLA – The junior pinch hit and played centerfield in a 1-0 loss to Long Beach State. He went 1-for-3 with three putouts in an 11-1 loss to USC Friday while playing centerfield. Roenicke pinch hit again in Sunday’s 6-0 loss to USC and went 0-1 while playing rightfield.

Justin Deme (Nevada Union, ’03); Sacramento State – The sophomore pitcher went 2/3 of an inning in a 7-5 win against Hawaii-Hilo Thursday. He gave up one run on two hits.


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

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