17 Apr 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Having already capped her stellar college wrestling career with two national titles, Dominique Parrish has received one last honor.
The Open Mat, a website that covers amateur wrestling, named the Scotts Valley High graduate its recipient of the Patricia Miranda Medal earlier this week. The award goes annually to the female college wrestler who best embodies the pioneering spirit of Patricia Miranda, a Saratoga High graduate who joined the men’s team at Stanford in the late 1990s, when relatively few women wrestled at the college level.
Miranda cracked Stanford’s starting lineup as a 125-pound senior and went on to win a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics – the first to include women’s wrestling.
Dominique Parrish, a Scotts Valley High alum, earlier this week was awarded the Patricia Miranda Medal for the most outstanding female collegiate wrestler. Parrish is a senior at Canada’s Simon Fraser University.Contributed
Selected by a panel that includes a quartet of four-time Women’s College Wrestling Association champions, Parrish is the second wrestler ever to receive the Miranda award. She achieved All-America status in each of her four seasons at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, going unbeaten in her last two and never finishing lower than third in her weight class at the WCWA championships.
Parrish’s run to this year’s WCWA 123-pound title was especially astonishing given that she suffered a separated shoulder three weeks before the championship tournament. Told to take it easy in her matches leading up to the event, she still managed to dominate her opponents, outscoring them 44-1 en route to going out on top.
Tanner Murray (San Lorenzo Valley), UC Davis, So.: The hot-hitting shortstop went 2 for 5 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored Tuesday, leading the Aggies to an 8-6 road win over No. 2 Stanford. He’s hitting .427 going into a three-game series at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara that begins Thursday, having hit safely in 22 of his past 23 games – 16 of which have been multi-hit games.
Over the weekend, he had two hits and stole a base in the Aggies’ 5-1 loss to Cal Poly on Friday, then went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday’s 8-5 loss. Murray was 1 for 3 in Sunday’s 8-6 loss.
Chase Watkins (St. Francis), Cal Poly-SLO, Fr.: Though he wasn’t credited with the victory, the left-hander pitched 3 1/3 solid innings in his second college start – and first in Big West Conference play – as the Mustangs defeated host UC Davis 5-1 on Friday.
Watkins surrendered five hits, two of which came in the fourth inning, when he surrendered his only run before getting pulled. He repeatedly got himself out of jams before then, however, inducing double plays to end the second and third innings.
Sahid Valenzuela (St. Francis), Cal State-Fullerton, Jr.: The designated hitter/third baseman struggled over the weekend in a nonconference home series against San Diego State. Valenzuela went 1 for 8 over three games, with his lone hit coming in the Titans’ 13-7 loss on Saturday.
Valenzuela also walked twice in that game and laid down two sacrifice bunts on Sunday.
Fineas Del Bonta-Smith (Soquel), San Jose State, Sr.: The relief pitcher wasn’t credited with a save, but did pitch a scoreless ninth inning on Friday as SJSU defeated host UNLV 7-3.
Dylan McPhillips (Monte Vista Christian), Sacramento State, So.: The catcher went 1 for 5 on Saturday as the Hornets defeated host Seattle University 6-2 in a Western Athletic Conference game.
David Reckers (Aptos), Cal State-Bakersfield, Fr.: The right-handed pitcher was roughed up in his first start of the season Wednesday night: Reckers yielded five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings as CSUB lost to host Fresno State. Four of those runs came on back-to-back homers in the first inning.
Reckers wound up with a no-decision, though, as the Roadrunners didn’t give up the winning run until later in the contest.
Reckers also surrendered two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning in CSUB’s April 9 loss to UC Riverside.
Andrew Ciandro (St. Francis), CSU-Bakersfield, So.: The right-handed relief pitcher struggled in a 12-1 home loss to UC Riverside on April 9. Ciandro allowed three runs, all earned, and four hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Jack Harris (Aptos), San Francisco State, Jr.: Batting in the leadoff spot, the center fielder had back-to-back multi-hit games in wins at Cal State East Bay last weekend. After going 3 for 4 with a double and scoring twice in SFSU’s 10-3 win over CSUEB on Friday, Harris had doubled twice, drove in a run and scored another in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Harris went 0 for 2 in the nightcap, thus ending a four-game hitting streak in which he went 11-for-16. He bounced back Sunday, belting an RBI double and also scoring a run to lead SFSU to a 3-2 victory.
Harris currently leads the Gators in hits (33), home runs (five) and doubles (eight). He ranks second on the team in batting average (.355) and third in runs scored (19).
Jonah Gonzales (Aptos), SFSU, Redshirt Jr.: The left fielder was 1 for 2 in SFSU’s 7-1 loss to CSUEB in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. He also scored a run in the Gators’ win Friday.
Jordan Peabody (SLV), Cal State Los Angeles, Sr.: The second baseman went 1 for 4 with a run scored Saturday and scored twice Sunday, but CSULA lost both games to host Cal State San Marcos. He also scored a run Friday in another loss to CSUSM.
Peabody had his best game of the season on April 7: He went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored as CSULA defeated Sonoma State in the opening game of a doubleheader.
Jackson Collins (MVC), Biola, So.: The first baseman went 1 for 2, walked three times and stole a base in the opening game of a doubleheader against visiting Academy of Art on Friday, then he walked twice and scored twice in the nightcap. He also doubled in Biola’s 6-5 win over Academy of Art on Thursday.
On Saturday, Collins scored twice in the first game of a doubleheader and walked twice in the second as Biola swept both contests from Academy of Art.
Garret Laine (MVC), Fresno Pacific, Fr.: The left fielder tripled and scored a run in the Sunbirds’ 6-5 win over host Holy Names in the opening game of a doubleheader Friday. He was 0 for 4 in the nightcap.
On Saturday, Laine went 1 for 4 in the opening game of a twin bill against Holy Names and doubled in the second game.
Ian Blair (SLV), Pacific University (Ore.), So.: The right fielder performed well at the plate during a three-game series against Pacific Lutheran. After singling and scoring a run in the opening game of a doubleheader on Monday, he doubled twice, drove in a run and scored another in the second game. Blair was also 2 for 5 on Sunday in the Boxers’ 3-1 loss.
On April 9, Blair went 1 for 5 with two walks as Pacific won the opening game of a doubleheader against George Fox. Blair was 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored in the nightcap, which Pacific lost.
Josh Rodriguez (St. Francis), Mayville State (N.D.), Jr.: The 6-foot-8 relief pitcher had his best outing of the season Sunday, holding host Waldorf University of Iowa scoreless through the final three innings of Mayville State’s 3-2 loss. Rodriguez struck out four batters, walked none and surrendered three hits.
Sarah Reyes (Scotts Valley), Menlo College, Sr.: The right-handed pitcher earned a victory in the first game and homered in the second Saturday as the Oaks swept a home doubleheader from Hope International, the Golden State Athletic Conference’s first-place team.
Pitching in relief of teammate Victoria Cervantes in the first game, Reyes held Hope International scoreless for the final 3 1/3 inningss as the Oaks won 5-4 in eight innings. In the nightcap, Reyes allowed one earned run in five innings as Menlo won 2-1, also in eight innings.
Reyes hit her team-leading 12th home run of the season in the fourth inning of the second game.
Bailey Lotz (SLV), Saint Mary’s, Sr.: The first baseman has hit safely in four straight games. After singling in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, she doubled in St. Mary’s loss to Santa Clara on Sunday. Lotz then singled in the first game of a doubleheader against Sacramento State on Tuesday and went 2 for 4 with an RBI in the nightcap.
Women’s track and field
Stasia Kubicki (Santa Cruz), UC Davis, Sr.: The pole vaulter won her event at an invitational for the second time this season last Saturday at UC Davis’ Woody Wilson College Open. Kubicki cleared the bar at 12 feet, 6¾ inches, nearly a foot higher than her nearest competitor and 3½ inches shy of her personal best.
Melissa Braun (Soquel), Occidental, Sr.: The pole vaulter finished second in her event at Saturday’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s multi-dual at Occidental, getting over at 12-3½.
Katherine Whiting (Santa Cruz), New Mexico, Sr.: The pole vaulter placed second in her event at the University of New Mexico’s Don Kirby Tailwind Collegiate Open on Saturday, getting over at 11 feet, 11¾ inches.
Corey Friedenbach (Pacific Collegiate), Air Force Academy, Fr.: The pole vaulter finished eighth in her event on Friday at the Texas A&M Invitational, clearing the bar at 11-9.
Erika Malaspina (PCS), Stanford, Redshirt So.: The pole vaulter received Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic honors on April 10.
Men’s track and field
Sam Schubert (SLV), Cal State Fullerton, Jr.: The sprinter placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles Saturday at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, posting a time of 14.91 seconds.
Matthew Founds (Soquel), Fresno State, Jr.: The distance runner came in sixth in the 3,000 at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, crossing the line in 9:23.46.
Alec Moysov (Archbishop Riordan; Santa Cruz native), UC Davis, Jr.: The sprinter placed 10th in the 400 meters at UC Davis’ Woody Wilson Collegiate Open on Saturday, crossing the line at 51.27. He also finished 14th in the 200 with a time of 23.64.
Grant Jackson (Santa Cruz), Linfield (Ore.), So.: The hammer thrower placed 10th in his event at Pacific University’s Luau Invitational on Saturday, earning a mark of 77 feet, 11 inches.
Jake Gill (Santa Cruz), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Fr.: The distance runner came in 14th in the 800 at Saturday’s SCIAC multi-dual at Occidental, clocking in at 2:01.62. Gill also ran the first leg of the 4×400 relay for CMS’ “C” team, which placed sixth with a time of 3:30.93.
Hugh Chomentowski (Santa Cruz), Humboldt State, Fr.: The distance runner came in 16th in the 800 at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Invite on Saturday in 2:06.39.
Quinn Lydon (SLV), UC San Diego, So.: The sprinter finished last out of 32 runners who completed the 110 high hurdles Saturday at UC San Diego’s Triton Invitational in 28.53.
Nick Heath (Scotts Valley), Pepperdine, Sr.: The distance runner finished 45th in the 1,500 on Saturday at UC San Diego’s Triton Invitational in 4:07.97.
Women’s beach volleyball
Madison Dueck (Aptos), Cal, Jr.: She and her partner in 12th-ranked Cal’s No. 5 spot, Alexa Inman, were the only Golden Bears duo to win both of its matches Saturday at the Pepperdine Invitational. After defeating their opponents from No. 7 Cal Poly in two sets, Dueck and Inman defeated their opponents from No. 5 Pepperdine in three, 22-20, 15-21, 15-13.
Lauren Matias (Harbor), UC Davis, Jr.: Paired with Heather Reed in UC Davis’ No. 2 spot, she defeated her opponents 21-11, 21-13 to help the Aggies edge the visiting University of the Pacific 3-2.
On Friday, playing as part of UC Davis’ No. 1 tandem alongside freshman Jane Seslar, Matias lost the opener of a doubleheader against Oregon, 21-15, 21-11. Dropped down to the No. 2 spot for their second match, Matias and Seslar lost the first set 21-16 but were winning the second 16-13 before the set was suspended due to a player’s injury.
No point was awarded to either team due to the suspension.
Wyatt Harrison (PCS), UC San Diego, So.: The 6-foot-4 outside hitter recorded 11 kills in UCSD’s 3-1 home loss to Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Harrison had just three kills in the Tritons’ three-set loss Friday.
Women’s water polo
Hannah Henry (Soquel), San Jose State, Fr.: The goalkeeper recorded five saves as 21st-ranked SJSU defeated Indiana 8-6 on Saturday in the Spartans’ final home match of the season.
Caroline Casper (St. Francis), Pomona-Pitzer, Sr.: She defeated her opponent at No. 1 singles, winning the first set 6-1 before her opponent retired, as the Sagehens defeated visiting Cal Lutheran 8-1 on Saturday.
Daniel Rinkert (Chartwell School), Endicott College (Mass.), So.: He won two matches on April 10 as the Gulls routed Salve Regina. In addition to winning 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, he also teamed with Keaton McCleary to win the No. 1 doubles match, 8-2.
On Saturday, Rinkert and McLeary dropped the No. 1 doubles match as Endicott fell to Western New England.
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