Sports briefs 3-13-2013

Men’s Sports

Baseball: After sustaining multiple injuries to many key players, the baseball team is finally getting healthy. Led by sophomores Andrew Lojewski, who leads the Big 8 division in RBIs with 19 and is third in batting average with .433, Nick Derminjian, third in ERA with 1.35, and Jason Fletcher, hitting .410. The team lost three straight games before beating division rival San Joaquin Delta College 4-3 on March 9. The team is currently 6-9 on the season and 1-2 in division. Their next home game is Thursday, March 14, versus division rival Santa Rosa Junior College at 2:30 p.m.

 Basketball: The men finished their season with a record of 12-14, after sustaining a heartbreaking 64-63 loss to Merritt College in the first round of the playoffs. The team is losing sophomore captains Chad Haysbert and Mardell Thompson, along with Chris Carvin and Kelly Jackson.

 Golf: They played host for the Big 8 tournament No. 3 at their home course of Teal Bend. Overall, they finished with a total score of 410, finishing in sixth place out of a possible seven teams. Charles Klein and Matthew McCartin both led the team shooting rounds of 79, with Colton Passey shooting an 80. Their last match of the season will be Thursday, March 21, at Whitney Oaks Golf Club.

Swimming and Diving: Stephen Imbach, Jacob Lear, Pat McCoy, Santiago Rodriguez, Scott Stirling, Bob Weatherhead and Alex Shaner are key members of a team filled with inexperience. The men’s first home match of the season is the AR Sprint Pentathlon on March 29 at 11 a.m.

 Tennis:  After beating Foothill College 7-2 on March 9, the men are still undefeated. The team is ranked No. 2 in NorCal, behind Fresno City College. The men’s record this season is 9-0 and 6-0 in division. The men’s next home match is March 21 versus Chabot College at 2 p.m.

Track & Field: After claiming first place in eight of the 21 events at the Beaver Relays, the men are proving to be a powerful force in the state. Sophomore Derek Woodard is a strong candidate in the Steeple Chase, and Jacob Huston, Will Reyes and Luis Luna all have promise in the 1500-meter. Huston won the race at the Beaver Relays. The men’s next home meet is the American River Invitational on April 5 at 11 a.m. and April 6 at 10 a.m.

 Women’s Sports

 Softball: Following a double header with San Joaquin Delta College, the women won the first game 3-2 and lost the second match 2-0. The women look to bounce back from their loss. The women are currently 15-4 overall and 1-1 in divisional play. The women’s next home match is March 19 versus division rival Santa Rosa Junior College at 3 p.m.

Swimming and Diving:  Sophomores Marissa Renfro, Nicole Grottkau, and Danielle Beck look to lead the swim team into their first home match of the season, the AR Sprint Pentathlon on March 29 at 11 a.m.

Tennis:  Due to inexperience, the team hasn’t posted the results they’ve hoped for. They have yet to win a match, but head coach Sara Jackson is proud of the improvement in each match this season. Their record is 0-9 and 0-6 in division. The women’s next home match is March 21 versus Chabot College at 2 p.m.

Track & Field: At the Beaver Relays, Alexa Browner had a strong showing in the 100-meter dash, winning the race by .4 of a second. Ariel Maroon continued her hunt at a state title in pole-vaulting, winning the event with a 3.32-meter jump. Hannah Hardy dominated the triple jump with an 11.24-meter jump. The women’s next home event is the American River Invitational on April 5 at 11 a.m. and April 6 at 10 a.m.

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