Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:
Leading the Sonoma State men into the conference playoffs, Justin Herold has netted player of the week honors.
The former Maria Carrillo standout is the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after leading Sonoma State to a split of last week’s home games.
Herold helped Sonoma State clinch a conference tournament berth, scoring the game winning shot in a one point victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills. He totaled 25 points and 5 rebounds in the win.
Earlier, Herold again led Sonoma State with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a setback against Cal State Los Angeles. Over the two games, Herold went 20-for-27 (74.1%) from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.
For the season, Herold leads Sonoma State averaging 14 points and 6 rebounds per contest. He is fourth in the conference in blocked shots.
Two teammates also have been named conference player of the week this season, Steven Pratt and Will Olsem.
The Seawolves have turned around their season with Herold playing a big role in the resurgence. Herold sat out the first semester after transferring from Cal Poly Pomona.
Sonoma State has won 9 of the past 11 games to raise its record to 13-9 overall and 11-7 in the conference. Now alone in fifth place, Sonoma State hopes to move up into the top four so the Seawolves can host a conference playoff game.
League play resumes Thursday with Sonoma State at Pomona and again on the road Saturday at San Francisco State. The Seawolves finish with a pair of home games with the conference tournament set to start Feb. 28.
Maplewood tailback Ladarius Vanlier has been named the District 10-AA player of the year.
All-District 10-AA football team
1) Maplewood (7)
Ladarius Vanlier – TB
Navonte Parks – WR/DB-SR
Levontre Goins – DT/OT-JR
Cortez Adams – DB-JR
Steven Johnson – DE/FB-SR
Dustin Binkley – DE/LB/OL-SR
Randall Smith – DB/WR-SR
Denzel Jones – DE/FB/TB-SR
2) CPA (6)
Winston Williams DB/RB Sr.
Sam Cranford DB/WR Sr.
Vic Wharton DB/RB Soph.
James Elliot DL/OL Jr.
Hunter Thurley DL/TE Sr.
Glenn Fleenor LB/FB Jr.
3) Pearl-Cohn (5)
4) David Lipscomb (4)
Corbin Felts – 12th – WR & DB
William Vantrease – 12th – DL & OL
Gabe Glimps – 11th – RB
Cooper Jackson – 10th – MLB
5) Stratford (4)
JoClaytis Cunningham LB
Anthony Hall C/DT
Jyshawn Carothers DB
LaQuan Horton QB
6) East Literature (3)
Michael Leater T/DT
Antonio McKissack QB
Kendall Price OL/DL
7) Whites Creek (2)
For the fourth time this season, Gerardo Suero is the America East Player of the Week. The 6-foot-4 junior guard for UAlbany averaged 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists as the Danes beat Hartford and UMBC and lost to Stony Brook.
This is the second straight week that Suero has been given the award.
“It means I am doing a good job, and I have to keep doing it, so my team keeps winning,” Suero said after the Danes practiced Monday at SEFCU Arena. ”Of course, it feels good. I thank God every day for giving me this award. I just want to keep working hard.”
Suero averages 22.5 points per game, the fourth best scoring average in the nation. He had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a win over Hartford, 22 points and seven rebounds against UMBC, and a game-high 28 points, four rebounds and five assists in a loss at Stony Brook.
For the week, Suero shot 54.9 percent from the field. He has scored over 20 points in each of his last nine games.
Police in southern Ohio say a high school football player pricked players from the opposing team with something sharp in a postgame player handshake.
The visiting team from the Washington Court House high school had just won a game Friday when police say the suspect stuck 27 McClain High School players with what was most likely a tack.
The players received tetanus shots and were to have blood tests.
The Washington Court House Record Herald reports that Greenfield police say the 16-year-old suspect was ineligible to play but was on the sidelines during the game. Police say the Highland County prosecutor will decide if charges are warranted.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Washington High School’s principal says he has handled the situation but cannot provide details due to student confidentiality.
- The Associated Press
Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:
A great season became even better for University of California catcher Chadd Krist as the former Petaluma High standout was picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday.
One round earlier, Sonoma State offensive force O’Koyea Dickson went to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sonoma State shortstop Alex Todd was selected in the 27th round by the Houston Astros.
The earliest Empire player drafted was former Analy pitcher Nick Mutz in the ninth round by the Los Angeles Angels.
Krist is the starting catcher for a Bears team that has advanced to the super regionals of the NCAA baseball championship tournament. Cal plays a best-of-three series with Dallas Baptist at Santa Clara University starting Saturday.
The 411th overall draft pick, Krist is batting .306 with a team-leading 25 doubles. Krist is second in runs batted in with 40.
A junior, Krist was named to the all-Pac 10 first team for a second straight season. Krist was an All-Empire player at Petaluma High.
As the 374th overall pick, Dickson became the 38th player in SSU baseball history to be drafted.
In his first season at Sonoma State, the San Francisco native led the Seawolves in five offensive categories — runs scored, hits, home runs, total bases and slugging percentage. Dickson’s 11 home runs this season was second-best in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Dickson, a junior, led the conference in runs scored with 61 and had 52 runs batted in, second in the league to teammate Kyle Jones.
The conference Newcomer of the Year, Dickson earned First Team All-West Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Daktronics, Inc. and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Dickson also received Gold Glove honors at his position this season — he sported a .983 fielding percentage with only nine errors in 520 chances.
Seawolves shortstop Todd, from San Jose, was the 820th overall pick in the baseball draft.
Todd was third on the team in batting with a .332 average, second in home runs with 5 and third with 38 runs batted in for the season.
A senior, Todd earned All-CCAA First Team honors, and was a First Team All-West Region selection by the ABCA, Daktronics, Inc., and the NCBWA.
Sonoma State advanced to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship tournament in Cary, N.C., last week, the Seawolves’ second appearance in the finals.
Taken by the Angels with the 285th overall pick was Mutz, an All-Empire pitcher as an Analy senior three years ago.
Not playing for a college team this season, Mutz last played two seasons ago for Dakota State, an NAIA program in Madison, S.D.
The hard thrower had 65 strikeouts for the year, fourth in the school record books, and was one of the top closers in NAIA play. Mutz was an All-Dakota Athletic Conference selection.
Overton sweeper Shpend Rexhepi has been named the District 12-AAA soccer player of the year.
Bobcats striker Daniel Martinez was named the offensive MVP. He scored the winning goal in Overton’s 3-2 upset of tradition-rich Brentwood in a Region 6-AAA semifinal Tuesday night for one of the biggest wins in school history.
All-District 12-AA team
Defensive MVP – Tony Garcia, Sweeper, Hunters Lane, senior
Coach of the Year – Mike Fleck, Hunters Lane
Fairfield junior middle blocker Mallorie Kah has verbally committed to Ball State, according to Fairfield AD Mark Harden.
Kah, who is 6-foot-3, plans to major in broadcast journalism at the school.
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