Riverside Athletics Week in Review – 2/12/18: Baseball Wins Sixth-Straight, Men’s Hoops Jumps into Third Place, Track & Field Impresses in Season Opener.

Photos by Bobby R. Hester
Photos by Bobby R. Hester

Men's Basketball

The Tigers earned a pair of victories this week to move into third place in the Orange Empire Conference (OEC) standings. They began with a 63-60 victory over Copper Mountain on Wednesday followed by a 65-57 triumph over Saddleback. In the victory over Saddleback, Brae Ivey dropped a season-high 37 points ot pace the Tigers on offense. He went 11-for-16 from the floor which included going 9-for-9 from the charity stripe. He free throw shooting has been clutch of late as attested by hitting four free throws in the final minute in a win against Copper Mountain to seal the victory. They Tigers have two more conference games starting with their home finale against first-place Orange Coast this Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball

The Tigers hauled in two conference wins this past week and remain in third place in the OEC. They have strung together some high offensive showings highlighted by a 92-71 victory over Saddleback on Friday. All five starters landed in double-digit points highlighted by a 24-point showing from Dejah Wright. She went 9-for-17 from the field which included flushing three shots beyond the arc. Darricka Hewitt strung together one of her best performances of the season by going 8-for-10 from the floor in a 20 point showing. Kimari Hollis backed her with 16 points, while Dayna Dewitt and Joana Adams combined for 29 points. The Tigers will hit the road this Tuesday and face off against Fullerton at 5 p.m.

Baseball

The Tigers have six-straight victories highlighted by a two-game series sweep over East Los Angeles las week. Daniel Martinez, who was named the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) SoCal Pitcher and Player of the Week, has paced the Tigers on offense and on the bump. ON Friday, he went 2-for-3 with a solo jack, an RBI, and three runs scored. He followed the next day by tossing seven innings while allowing just one run off four hits. He fanned seven in the process. Freshman third baseman Jacob Barham was the hero on Friday when it was all said and done as he barreled the game-winning hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Tigers (7-1) will face off against Palomar on Tuesday at home at 3 p.m.

Softball

Riverside is on a tear of late by earning two victories on the week and extending their winning streak to five games. They began the week with a victory over Southwestern by the final score of 6-2. Riley Peckels earned the win in the circle after chucking 4.1 innings and fanning three batters. Synphony Hall entered and earned the save. Aeriel Carlson and Lorena Fitch each launched bombs in the game, while Breanna Ceballos went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Jocelyn Ontiveros and Terri Nava were the offensive providers in a 9-2 victory over Allan Hancock on Saturday. They each barreled three hits with Nava recording three RBI and Ontiveros barreling two doubles. Hall went the distance in the circle and struck out four and scattered three hits. They Tigers (5-1) hit the road to play Antelope Valley on Tuesday and return home for their OEC opener on Wednesday against Fullerton.

Men's Golf

The Tigers kicked off its 2018 campaign by competing in the Tee Off Classic at Los Serranos GC. The Tigers placed second with an overall team score of 382. Sophomore Brian Nielsen shared the podium with Cypress' Jay Chang as they each shot a 72. Neilsen paced the pack with a Tiger best 72 to earn a tied for first-place showing. He remained consistent through the front nine by shooting two-under highlighted by a par-four birdie and a par-three birdie, respectfully. He struggled slightly on the back nine with a trio of bogeys, but was saved by three more birdies highlighted by his final birdie coming on the 18th hole.

Women's Tennis

The Tigers swept the Southwestern College Cougars on Friday on the road to remain undefeated on the season. Ellia Rosado acted as the tops singles player and defeated her opponent 6-3, 6-3. Emilia Lopez followed with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory at number three singles. Heather Graef earned a three-set victory with scores reading 6-3, 3-6 (10-6). The Tigers will continue action on Thursday, February 15th and host Mt. San Antonio College at home at 2 p.m.

Men's Tennis

Riverside continued its winning streak by defeating San Diego City College, 7-2, on Tuesday. Kayne Trustfull hauled in a two-set victory as the top singles player by the final score of 6-0, 6-1. He was backed by a 6-2, 6-0 performance from number two Thomas Pidoux. James Curtis had the next-best showing as the number six by hauling in a 6-1, 6-0 victory. The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, February 13th in a contest against Glendale.

Men's & Women's Track and Field

The Riverside City College men's and women's track & field program kicked off its 2018 campaign Friday by hosting the RCC Invitational that featured Cerritos, Glendora, and San Diego Mesa. Riverside dominated on the men's side by sweeping the competition while the women went 2-1 by defeating San Diego Mesa and Cerritos.

Men

The men dominated competition by sweeping the field. (RCC 133, SD Mesa 22 RCC 131, Glendale 24 RCC 129, Cerritos 26). Delton Wood came through with a victory in the 600M by clocking a time of 1:22.17 to defeat his opponent by approximately one second. Dillion Lay and Brian Cervantes finished neck-and-neck in the 60M Hurdles with times of 8.46 and 8.86, respectfully. Both of them joined Anthony Butts on the podium in the 400M Hurdles where Butts earned a first place finish by crossing the line with a time of 56.26. Carter Baylee reigned supreme in the High Jump after clearing 1.98M for a clean victory. Adam Kasten won a close battle in the Long Jump with a distance of 6.32M – 0.01M better than the second-place finisher. He continued on to place first in the Triple Jump with a 14.59M mark. The Tigers placed first in all but one throwing event highlighted by sweeping the podium in the Javelin. Olawuyl placed first by earning a mark of 49.01m, while Marcos Gonzalez and Jonathon Garibay followed with distances of 46.31m and 45.69m, respectfully.

Women

The women performed at a high level on Friday by beating a pair of teams in Glendale and San Diego Mesa. (RCC 104, SD Mesa 39 RCC 107, Glendale 30 RCC 72, Cerritos 78). The Tigers dominated the 60M by sweeping the podium. Tia Parrish placed first with a 7.87 mark, followed by Alondra Gonzalez earning a time of 7.95 and Argnae Myers clocking a time of 7.95. Maryjane Smith hauled in the gold in the 600M by a large margin with a time of 1:39.53 – nearly 10 seconds better than the second-place finisher. Sarah Hollis had an equally as impressive showing in the two mile run by wiping the track with the competition after earning a time of 11:50.30.

The Tigers will host Saddleback and Santa Ana on Friday, February 23rd in Wheelock Stadium at 12 p.m.

Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving

The Tigers competed in the Waterman Pentathlon this past Friday. For the women, Monet Marquez competed at a high level by placing in the top-15 in a handful of events. She earned a fifth-place finish in the 50 Fly with a time of 29.73 backed by a 12th place showing in the 50 Back with a mark of 32.90. Hannah McCarley earned a fifth-place finish in the 50 Breaststroke, while Nikkol Webber finished shortly behind in seventh with a time of 36.49. For the men, Arnaud Magnan and Javier Bernal finished consecutively in the 50 Back with times of 21.16 and 26.26, respectfully. Bernal continue on to finish first in the 100 IM with a final time of 55.92 (26.35, 29.57). Brandond Doyle backed him with a second-place showing by touching the wall at a mark of 56.64 (27.67, 28.97). The Tigers will continue action on Friday, February 23rd at the Golden West Invitational at 9 a.m.

Football Signing Day

The Tigers saw 12 more student-athletes sign NCAA National Letters of Intent on last week. See below the list of guys that put pen to paper. Also, read more about them here: Aiolupotea-Pei, Crenshaw Highlight 12 Four-Year Commits on Signing Day

Player School Conference Level
Victor Viramontes University of Minnesota Big 10 Division I
Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei Washington State University Pac 12 Division I
Drew Kobayashi Washington State University Pac 12 Division I
Tareke Lewis University of Utah Pac 12 Division I
Moroni Anae University of Utah Pac 12 Division I
Tre Bland University of New Mexico Mountain West Division I
Melvin Johnson University of Toledo Mid-American Division I
Bryce Peterson University of Akron Mid-American Division I
Woody Brandom Sam Houston State University Southland Division I
Travis Jonsen Montana State University Big Sky Division I
Keon Bradford Lindenwood University - Bellevue Mid-States Division II

 

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