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Former Falcon shines

Amber Donovan’s picked up where she left off last season.

The 2002 Forest Lake Christian grad, who set a Westmont College volleyball program record with a average of 12.16 assists per game in 2003, recorded match-highs in assists in each of the Warriors’ first two matches this year.

The junior setter totaled 44 assists in a 3-1 win over Holy Names University Aug 24, then had 53 more in a 3-2 loss to Notre Dame de Namur later that day.



” I feel really good about (my game) right now,” she said. “But I have to give the credit to my team because they’ve been giving me the passes I need.”

Donovan, a three-time All Central Valley Christian League first team selection while in high school, was fourth in the Golden State Athletic Association in assists last season with 1,398.




Here’s a look at some of the area’s college athletes:

FOOTBALL

Spencer Havner (Nevada Union, ’01); UCLA – Havana, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 236-pound redstart junior inside linebacker, tallied a game-high 16 tackles, including two for a loss, in the Bruins’ 31-20 loss to Oklahoma State in the teams’ season opener Saturday.

Jefferson Heidelberger (NU, ’01); Montana – The senior wide receiver caught seven balls for a game-high 115 yards, including a 25-yard scoring strike from Craig Ochs at the 8 minute, 36 second-mar of the third quarter, to help lead the NCAA Division II’s third-ranked Grizzlies to a 27-20 victory over No. 11 Maine Saturday.

Kent Sheridan (Bear River, ’00); UC-Davis – The 6-foot, 4-inch, 247-pound senior defensive end finished with four tackles in the Aggies’ 52-0 season-opening win over South Dakota State Saturday.

Rich Wilson (NU, ’02); Rocky Mountain College (Billings, Mont.) – The 6-foot, 3-inch, 220-pound junior outside linebacker, who helped lead the Sierra College (Rocklin) defense last season, finished with seven tackles and a sack and a half in a 17-3 season-opening loss to University of Mary (Bismark, N.D.) Saturday.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

MacKenzie Murphy (NU, ’03); Montana – The sophomore defender started for the Grizzlies in a pair of wins to start the season.

Montana defeated both Idaho and Washington State 2-1 on Aug. 27 and Aug. 29 respectively

Lauren Zealear (NU, ’03); Santa Clara – The sophomore midfielder/forward had two shots on goal in the forth-ranked Broncos’ 2-1 overtime win over No.23 SMU Friday.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Ashley Bello (Forest Lake Christian, ’01); San Francisco – The 5-foot, 11-inch senior middle hitter finished with nine kills and was in on one block as USF topped Hofstra (Hempstead, N.Y.) 3-0 to take second in the 2004 USF/Coca Cola C2 Classic Saturday.

Elena Schmidt (NU, ’04); Fairleigh Dickinson (Hackensack, N.J.) – Schmidt, a 5-foot, 11-inch freshman middle/outside hitter had five digs, three kills, an ace and a match-high two solo blocks in a 3-0 loss to Syracuse Saturday.

Jackie Coudert (NU, ’01); Sacramento State – The 5-foot, 8-inch senior outside hitter had three digs versus Colgate (Hamilton, N.Y.) in the Nanook Volleyball Classic in Anchorage, Alaska over the weekend.


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