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Local bobsledder’s team captures two medals in as many days

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


Ben Fogel (Nevada City) – Fogel’s 4-man bobsled team won two gold medals in two days, making it six straight United States gold medal wins in America’s Cup 4-man races this year. Fogel races with teammates John Napier (Schenectady, NY), Alex Sprague (Indianapolis, IN) and Cameron Gardner (Monclair, NJ). During the first day, Fogel’s team had the two fastest runs of the day with times of 55.90 and 56.12 for a combined time of 1:52.02. The second day was much like the first, with Fogel’s team posting the two fastest runs in 56.12 and 56.28 for a combined time of 1:52.40.


Jefferson Heidelberger (Nevada Union, ’01); Montana – The 5-foot, 10-inch 175-pound senior wide receiver was selected as the Terry Dillon Award winner, an award given to the team’s outstanding back or receiver. Heidelberger had a team-high 1,240 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns this past season. His 1,240 yards are the second most in a single season at Montana.


Briana Thomas (Bear River, ’02); Air Force Academy – The junior center played 15 minutes and grabbed one rebound in the Air Force’s 63-42 loss to Colorado State. She also played seven minutes in the Falcons’ 69-66 overtime win against Wyoming, totaling three rebounds. The Air Force improves to 7-13 and 2-5 in Mountain West play.

Chrysten Cotney (Bear River, ’04); Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) – The 5-foot, 3-inch freshman guard scored 10 points in a 81-68 loss to Cal State East Bay (Hayward) Jan. 28. In a 80-65 loss to No. 10 Holy Names University Jan. 29, Cotney played the entire 40 minutes and led her team with 18 points. In a Feb. 5 win against Pacific Union College, Cotney played 10 minutes, totaling five steals and six points. The Argonauts won the game 62-17 and improved to 6-18 overall and 6-7 in league play.

Nicole Scott (Bear River, ’03); Sierra College -The 5-foot, 10-inch sophomore forward had four points in Sierra’s first league loss of the season to Delta Jan. 28. Against American River Feb. 1, Scott totaled four points, one assist, one steal and five rebounds in the 67-55 Sierra College win. The Wolverines improved to 16-7 overall and 7-1 in league play.

Ali Parrott (Nevada Union, ’04); Sierra College – The 5-foot, 8-inch freshman guard snagged one steal in the team’s win against American River College.


Kelib Thompson (Nevada Union, ’02); Chico State – The 6-foot, 6-inch, 205-pound sophomore center played one minute in Chico State’s 100-84 win against Cal State Stanislaus. He also played four minutes, grabbing two rebounds, in Chico State’s 102-72 win against CSU Monterey Bay. The Wildcats improve to 13-6 overall and 8-4 in the CCAA.

Jon Sheets (Nevada Union, ’03); Yuba Community College – Sheets led Yuba with 13 points in the team’s 79-73 loss to Sacramento City. Yuba also posted a 102-48 win against Napa to improve to 14-8 overall and 8-2 in league.


Steven Conrad (Nevada Union, ’04); Cal – The 5-foot, 10-inch freshman placed in four events at the Air Force Classic. His time of 6.91 in the 60-meter dash was good enough for fourth place while his 8.42 in the 60 meter hurdles put him in sixth place. He placed fourth in both the pole vault and long jump, clearing 12-11.50 in the pole vault and jumping 22-04.25 in the long jump. Cal finished third with Colorado State winning the meet.

Matt Tyrrell (Bear River, ’01) Idaho State – The senior distance runner finished third in the mile at the Mountain State Games with a time of 4:17.32.

James Litchfield (Bear River, ’03); Idaho State – The 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore pole vaulter took eighth in the Mountain State Games with a jump of 15 feet.

Paul Litchfield (Bear River, ’99); Pocatello Track Club – The Idaho State alumni jumped in the Mountain State Games with the Pocatello Track Club, winning the meet and setting a new facility record in the process. Litchfield jumped a personal best 18-4.50 feet, a mark that broke the previous Holt Arena all-time facility record of 18-3.


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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