NU graduate Flores named to watch list |

NU graduate Flores named to watch list

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


Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05); UCLA – The freshman golfer was named Thursday to the 2006 Ben Hogan Award Watch List, with the award being considered the most prestigious collegiate golf award in the country. The award takes into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the previous 12 months.

“I wasn’t really aware that they came out with the list before the end of the season so it took me by surprise,” Flores said via phone Sunday night. “I’m really honored – my coach told me for a freshman to be on the list is a pretty big deal. But I need to keep playing well and probably win my next tournament to stay on the list.

“I didn’t really have a great amateur season this past summer so I think my college performances are what’s helping me out.”

Flores, one of three Pac-10 golfers on the list, leads the fifth-ranked Bruins with a 71.8 scoring average after finishing in the top 10 in four of his five tournament appearances. The list will be cut March 29 to 10 semi-finalists.


Sara Ford (Nevada Union, ’05); California State, Monterey Bay – Ford has played in all 13 games her team has played this season, scoring two goals with one assist.


Nicole Scott (Bear River, ’03); California State, East Bay (Hayward) -The junior forward played in all 27 games this season, starting 24 games and averaging 21.5 minutes per game. She also averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Her team finished with an 18-9 record.


Phil Sparling (Forest Lake Christian, ’05); Bethany College – Sparling, a freshman guard, played in 14 games this season averaging 4.2 minutes per game. The Bruins finished with a 7-17 overall record.

Grant Marple (Forest Lake Christian, ’05); Bethany College – Marple, also a freshman, played in nine games, averaging 5.2 minutes per game.

Jon Sheets (Nevada Union, ’03); University of Maine – Sheets and his team ended its season with a 71-62 loss to Binghamton in the quarterfinals of the American East Tournament. The junior guard was one of three players to start all games for the Black Bears, who finished with a 12-16 overall record.

Sheets averaged 30.6 minutes, 9.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while also totaling 79 assists and 36 steals.

Kelib Thompson (Nevada Union, ’02); California State, Chico – Thompson finished his season on a high note, playing 13 minutes in a 80-69 win Saturday night against California State, Los Angeles. He totaled eight points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal. In Chico’s 73-69 upset win against California State, Bakersfield, he played two minutes.

Chico finished the season 9-18 with Thompson playing in 21 games and averaging 8.2 minutes, 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.


Mei Ling Clark (Nevada Union, ’02); University of California, Davis – Clark and her team ran away with a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dual meet against the Air Force. On the uneven bars, Clark posted a 9.150.

Julia Richards (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – The junior took first place on the floor exercise with a 9.675, while also earning scores of 9.500 on the vault and balance beam.


Jessica Lorson (Nevada Union, ’03); University of California, Davis – The sophomore hurdler finished sixth in the 400 meters hurdles with a time of 1 minute, 6.6 seconds at the all-Cal Challenge Cup.


Michelle Mathis (Bear River, ’03); St. Mary’s (Calif.) – The Gaels went 1-2 in their first day at the Indiana State Tournament, losing to Indiana State and Western Illinois, while beating Eastern Illinois. Mathis went 1-for-8 with a walk with eight assists and two put outs.


Chris Brown (Nevada Union, ’03); Solano Community College – The sophomore catcher went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 7-5 win Feb. 22 against Gavillian College, 1-for-3 in a 5-0 loss Feb. 24 to Long Beach City College, 0-for-3 in a loss Feb. 26 to Long Beach and 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt in a 7-1 win March 2 against Laney College.

Gary Daley (Nevada Union, ’03); Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo – The junior pitcher earned his third win of the season, giving up just three hits while striking out eight in eight innings of work in a 4-0 win against the University of San Diego.

Justin Deme (Nevada Union, ’03); California State, Sacramento – Deme took a loss against the University of California, Irvine, after giving up two hits and one run in 2 1/3 innings of work. The Hornets lost 5-4.

Bryan Hart (Bear River, ’03); Solano Community College – Hart pitched eight innings while striking out nine in a 7-1 win against Laney College.

Kevin Holt (Forest Lake Christian, ’01); The Master’s College (Santa Clarita, Calif) – The senior pitcher took a loss against Fresno Pacific, giving up five runs on four hits in two innings with two strikeouts. Fresno Pacific won the game 14-8.

Mike Weiss (Forest Lake Christian, ’05); The Master’s College – The freshman reliever gave up a walk and a hit in the 14-8 loss to Fresno Pacific and also pitched two innings in an 8-7 loss to Concordia, giving up one run on one hit with two strikeouts.

Dan Rackley (Nevada Union, ’05); Yuba Community College- The freshman gave up just one hit and zero runs with five strikeouts Feb. 20 in a 8-1 win against Shasta.

Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union, ’01); University of California, Los Angeles – The Bruins won all four of their games this past week, including a three-game sweep against North Carolina State – the first three-game sweep for the program since 2000. In a 6-3 win against Long Beach State, Roenicke went 0-for-3 with two putouts.

During game two’s 5-4 win against North Carolina State, he was 0-for-1 in center field with an assist and pitched one inning, giving up one hit. In the final 13-2 win against NC-State, Roenicke was 3-for-6 with an RBI and two put outs.

Anthony Welz (Bear River, ’05); Butte Community College – Welz pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Butte’s 5-2 win against Shasta College. It was his fifth save of the season and lowered his ERA to an even 2.00 for the season.


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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