Lady Beavers Win the 2015 Northern California Championships
May 8, 2015
Freshman Jenica Dodge led the lady beavers to their Nor. Cal. championships hosted at American River College on May 8, 2015. The ladies battled the 25 teams that qualified by collectively put it together for the title.Dodge earned the most points, as the most valuable ARC track athlete, by putting in 18 points. She finished 2nd in the 10K (39.08), was third in the 5K (18:24.79) and 5th in the 1500 (4:51.25).
Kandace Compton added 15.5 points from 3rd in the 800m (2:15.97), 2nd in the 1500 (4:42.52) and 2nd in the 4X400 (3:59.27) with teammates Ane Archuleta, Keirnan Hawthrone and Morgan Simpson.
Jocelyn Stillwell contributed 11 points by winning the 3k Steeple (11:28.94) and 8th in the 400H (1:10.08).
Imani Thomas scored another 11 points by finishing 3rd in the 200 (26.87), 5th in the 100m (12.11), and 2nd in the 4X100 (47.49) with teammates Abigail Finlayson, Olivia Brown and Tatiana Bell.
Mackenzie Theiler scored 10 points by winning the heptathlon (4517).
Olivia Brown put in 7 points from her4th in the 100 (11.93) and 2nd in the 4X100.
Tatiana Bell and Siena Morgan both scored 6 points each. Bell’s came from her 6th in the 100 (12.25), 8th in the 200 (26.37) and the 2nd place 4X100. Morgan was 3rd in the pole vault (3.25).
Carmen Garcia and Shelby Crider both put in 5 points. Garcia was 5th in the shot (12.10) and Crider was 4th in the Javelin (39.32m).
Morgan Simpson added 4.5 points from her 6th in the 400m (1:00.08) along with her 3rd place in the 4X400 relay.
Adrianna Reagan put in 3.5 points from her 5th in the high jump (1.56m).
Mayra Villa and Abigail Finlayson both added 2 points. Villa’s came from her 7th place in the 3k steeple (12:48.10), and Finlayson’s came from her 4X100 relay leg.
Keirnan Hawthrone and Ane Archuleta both added 1.5 points from the 4X400 relay.
Mariah Earl also scored a point with her 8th in the 100H (15.63).
Thirteen ladies qualified onto the State Meet Championships to be in San Mateo May 15-16.
For full results go to www.directathletics.com
Women’s team scores:
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BEAVERS WIN WILD FINALE 9-8 IN 14 INNINGS, AWAIT POST-SEASON FATE
April 24, 2015
The 2015 American River College Baseball regular season came to a close on Friday with the Beavers winning a wild 14 inning game 9-8 on a walk-off wild pitch. The first inning started off rough for the Beavers as freshman LHP Mikey Ramirez (Del Campo) struggled through the first, allowing three runs, all after there were two outs and nobody on. The Beavers came back though, scoring six runs in the top of the first, as the first 6 batters of the game all got base hits. It was the second straight day that the Beavers recorded 6 hits in a row off of Vikings pitchers. DVC starter Mike Fowler was replaced after A.R.C. 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) doubled in a pair of runs down the third base line. Reliever Steve Hantos then hit DH Colton Freeman (El Camino) with a pitch to make it 7 straight Beavers to reach base. After C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) struck out CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) singled to drive in the 6th run of the inning. With two outs, SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) singled off of the leg of Hantos but it did not drive in a run, but it was the 8th hit of the inning for the Beavers. Hantos settled down the Beavers bats however, allowing just 3 hits over the next 6 innings. The Vikings tacked on a run off of Ramirez in the 4th inning, then threatened again in the 6th, loading the bases with one out. Freshman Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) came on in relief and struck out the next two batters to end the threat. Savage could not survive the 7th though as He allowed a leadoff single, then walked the next batter. DVC C Mark Castellucci then bunted up the third base line and Savage bobbled the ball allowing the bases to be loaded. He then threw a wild pitch, followed by a two run single to give DVC the lead. Sophomore Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) came on in relief, his first relief outing of the season to try and salvage the Beavers season. The Beavers did tie the game up in the 7th when a ball hit by Call was misplayed in left field allowing LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) to score and tie the game at 7 apiece. With state saves leader Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) on in relief of Gunter, the Vikings were able to score in the top of the 10th inning on a two out single. The Beavers led off the bottom of the 10th with Austin call getting hit by a pitch, but DH Colton Freeman hit into a double play which made the Beavers hopes look dim. Sophomore pinch-hitter James Boitano (Argonaut) singled up the middle with two outs to keep their hopes alive. Freshman Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) then pinch-hit for Raposa and lined a double down the left field line to score Boitano. The score remained even until the 14th when Colton Freeman singled through the right side with one out. He stole second then with two outs and CF Justin Jordan (Folsom) at the plate DVC reliever Andrew Merken uncorked a wild pitch to allow Freeman to move up to third. With a full count Merken then threw ball four to Jordan and the pitch got away from the DVC catcher allowing Freeman to score the game winning run.
The Beavers finish the season in 4th place and await the playoff seedings which will be announced on Sunday.
5 BEAVERS NAMED TO ALL-BIG-8 CONFERNECE SQUAD
American River College placed 5 student-athletes on the 2015 All-Big 8 Conference squad, it was announced Wednesday.
Sophomores Dalton deVries (Oakmont) and Steve Mercado were named 1st team all-conference, deVries and the Designated Hitter and Mercado as an infielder. Mercado was also the runner-up for the league Gold Glove award for middle infielders. deVries finished conference play 3rd in the league in batting average, hitting an even .400 with 7 extra base hits and 13 RBI in 20 games. Mercado made just 3 errors and struck out just 4 times in 21 conference games.
Sophomores Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) and Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) received 2nd team All-Big 8 Conference honors. Gaskin hit .294 in conference play with 6 extra base hits and 11 RBI. He played right field for the Beavers. Marlar led the conference and the state in saves this season. Of the Beavers 9 conference wins he had a hand in 7 of them, with one win and six saves. Marlar posted a 2.13 ERA in conference play.
Sophomore Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) received honorable mention for his sophomore year, finishing conference play with a 3-3 record and a 3.45 ERA. He had 7 wins on the season. Gunter finished his A.R.C. career with 11 victories, and was a 2nd team all-conference selection as a freshman in 2014. He was tied for 3rd in conference play with 35 strikeouts and 2nd in the conference on the season with 68. His 7 wins this season is the most in one year for the Beavers since Robert Butler had 7 in 2007.
ARC Women’s and Men’s Track and Field Teams sweep their Big 8 Conference Champs
April 24, 2015
Mackenzie Theiler led the lady beavers to their most recent victory at their Big 8 Conference Championships hosted at Merritt Community College in Oakland, Ca.
Theiler scored 22.5 points including a big win in the 4X100 with teammates Olivia Brown, Tatiana Bell and Imani Thomas. Their 47.37 was a new season best mark that places them 4th in the state and 6th best in the history of ARC Track.
In addition to the 4X100, Theiler also finished 2nd in the 100 hurdles (15.66), 3rd in the long jump (5.11m), 4th in the high jump (1.51m) and 8th in the 100m (13.05).
Kandace Compton was next in scoring with her 20.5 points after winning the 800m (2:15). She also won the 4X400 with teammates, Keirnan Hawthrone, Ane Archuleta and Morgan Simpson (3:58). Compton also finished 2nd in the 1500 (4:52.28).
Jocelyn Stillwell was next by scoring 18 points after winning the 3k steeple (12:28), and 5th in both the 800m (2:25.03) and the 400 H (1:11.77).
Olivia Brown scored an additional 17.5 after winning the 4X100, Brown also finished second in the 100m (12.24) and 4th in the 200m (25.39).
Imani Thomas added 16.5 points from her 2nd in the 200m (25.06) and 3rd in the 100 (12.37) in addition to her 4X100 win.
Tatiana Bell put up 10.5 more points from her 4th in the 100m (12.46) and 6th in the 200m (25.94) including her 4X100 win.
Siena Morgan scored 10 points from winning the pole vault (3.40m).
Adrianna Reagan contributed 10 points from her winning high jump (1.61m).
Shelby Crider had 10 points from the winning the javelin (37.46m).
Jenica Dodge brought in 10 points from winning the 10k (44:02).
Carmen Garcia added 9 points from her 4th in the javelin (30.23m) and 5th in the shot (11.15m).
Mayra Villa scored 8 points from her second place finish in the 3k steeple (12:37).
Morgan Simpson scored 7.5 with her winning 4X400 and her 5th place 400 (59.62).
Silvana Zuniga-Valdivia brought in 6 points from her 3rd place finish in the 400 (58.70).
Mariah Earl scored 6 points with 100H (15.83) and 8th in the 400h (1:12.66).
Abigail Finlayson scored 5.5 points with her 4X100 win along with 7th in the 100 (12.98) and 8th in the 200m (29.93).
Keirnan Hawthrone added 5.5 more points after her 4X400 win and her 6th place in the 400 (1:00.44).
Maria Rojo scored 5 points from her 4th place in the 10k (47:55).
Otolose Bloomfield put in 4 points from her 6th in the shot (11.04m) and 8th in the javelin (28.93m).
Next up for the lady beavers will be the Northern California Trials in San Mateo on Fri. May 1. The Nor. Cal. finals will be hosted at American River College on Fri. May 8th, before their State Meet Championships, back in San Mateo on May 15-16, 2015.
For full results go to www.directathletics.com
Women’s team scores:
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Beavers earn 4th straight conference title
March 20, 2015
ARC-9 Folsom Lake-0
Overall: 13-1 Conference: 8-0
The Beavers were able to put all 12 players in the lineup in their final regular season conference match of the season. At #3 doubles AJ De Castro and Nick Shirk stepped in to the lineup and played solidly, winning their match 8-4. In the singles, Elias Burbick beat Forrest Bacchi at #5 singles, holding off a late charge by Bacchi at the end of the second set 6-2, 6-4. Alex Bgatov competed in his 5th singles match in dual team play this season and remained undefeated, beating Moyo Gbadamosi 6-2, 6-3. The Beavers finished the regular season with a 13-1 overall record and their 4th straight conference title. They will next compete in the individual Big 8 North Conference Tournament, hosted by ARC on April 2nd-4th. After the Big 8 North Conference Tournament the Beavers will begin dual team postseason play as the #2 seed in the Northern California team playoffs.
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Beavers drop crucial game at DVC
April 23, 2015
Things started out well for the Beavers on Thursday, as they jumped on Diablo Valley College’s ace for two runs in the top of the 1st inning. With two outs sophomore 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) singled in RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit). Then sophomore LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont), who had been hit by a pitch and moved up to 2nd on deVries’ base hit, stole third and scored when the catchers throw sailed into left field. That was the end of the good times for the Beavers. Freshman Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) who a week earlier threw 8 innings against Sierra College allowing just one run, could not get out of the first inning. He was charged for 5 runs on 4 hits and a walk in just 2/3 of an inning. Freshman Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) came on in relief and threw well, at one point retiring 13 straight batters. A.R.C. got to within one in the 7th inning, as they trailed 7-2 at the time. The Beavers opened the top of the 7th with 6 straight singles to get the score to 7-6. With runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out, DH Colton Freeman (El Camino) was unable to get a bunt down on the first two pitches, then grounded into a double play, as the out was being made at first, the ball got away from DVC’s first baseman, who also got hurt on the play. He was able to get to his feet in time however to throw out deVries at the plate who was trying to score from second for an unorthodox triple play. DVC answered right back however, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th off of three A.R.C. pitchers. The Beavers allowed three runs to score on wild pitches on the day.
The regular season finale is Friday at 2:30 pm at Beaver Field. The Beavers playoff hopes hinge on a win against Diablo Valley College tomorrow and certain other scenarios, the main one being Reedley College defeating the College of Sequoias, which would likely enable the Beavers to get in the playoffs.
Beavers keep playoff hopes alive with a 4 - 1 win over DVC
April 21, 2015
Sophomore LHP Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) stepped up with a big pitching performance on Tuesday, allowing just one run over 8 innings to pick up his 7th win of the season as American River College defeated Diablo Valley College 4-1 at Beaver Field. The win keeps alive the Beavers playoff hopes, as a sweep would give them a good chance to get in, a split in the last two games would make it difficult. DVC got their lone run in the 4th inning on a solo HR by the Vikings DH, Ian Hardman. It was the first ball hit out of Beaver Field this season. Gunter struck out 7 on the day. A.R.C. got all four runs in the 5th inning, with sophomore RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) lacing a 2 out single to left to score Bryan Babcock (Antelope) to tie the game at one. After CF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) walked, sophomore 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) lined a full count, 2 out single to right to score Gaskin and Lunardelli. deVries moved up to 2nd on the throw then took 3rd on a passed ball. Sophomore 3B Austin Call (Oakmont), then beat out an infield single to 3rd to score deVries. That was all the runs the Beavers would need, as sophomore closer Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) came on in the 9th to pick up his league leading 9th save of the year.
The two teams meet again on Thursday in Pleasant Hill at 2:30 for the 4th time this season.
Beavers drop wild one 4 - 2 at Sierra
April 17, 2015
American River College missed out on an attempt for the sweep of the 3 game series against Sierra College on Friday, dropping game three 4-2 in a game that was very exciting all the way to the end. The Beavers defense allowed Sierra to score a couple of their runs, but the Beavers defense also took away some opportunities, throwing out two runners at the plate, catching a runner stealing and turning a line drive with runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out into an inning ending double play. Offensively the Beavers didn’t get on the board until they were down 3-0 in the 6th inning. Sophomore 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) laced a two out single to right to score SS Steve Mercado (Antelope) who had walked. A.R.C. closed the gap in the 7th when C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) scored from second on a single to left by 2B Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda). On the tail end of that play Steve Mercado had advanced to second then moved to third when Sierra’s catcher made an errant throw trying to pick Mercado off second. Sierra got the run back in the bottom half of the inning though when a one out line drive to left was misplayed by LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont). As the runner on first raced towards the plate Steve Mercado’s relay throw to the plate was just in time to get the Sierra runner. The next batter singled off of reliever Kyle Grant (Burbank) to put the Wolverines up 4-2. The Beavers made it interesting in the 9th after Babcock led off with a walk, pinch-hitter Colton Freeman (El Camino) singled up the middle. Steve Mercado then bunted to put the tying run at 2nd with one out. Cameron Bennett fouled out to first and RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) hit a ground ball to the left side that looked sure to get through but Sierra’s third baseman was deep enough to get a glove on the ball ad throw Gaskin out at first to end the game.
A.R.C. hosts Diablo Valley College in the last week of the regular season on Tuesday and Friday. The Beavers are still in the playoff hunt, with a sweep of DVC most likely earning them a playoff bid.
Beavers win 7 - 1 and take series from Sierra
April 16, 2015
American River College defeated rival Sierra College 7-1 at Beaver Field on Thursday to keep their playoff hopes alive and clinch the season series with the Wolverines. A.R.C. got a strong performance from starting pitcher Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) who went 8 innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five, and allowing just one run in the first inning. Sierra recorded three hits in the first two innings, then did not get another off of Balmain until the 8th inning. The Beavers offense was led by sophomores Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) who was 3x4 and reached base all five times that he came to the plate, and Dalton deVries (Oakmont) who was 3x4 with two doubles and a triple on the day. deVries also picked up a pair of RBI’s on the day. The Beavers took control of the game in the 6th inning after Gaskin reached on an error by the Sierra shortstop, sophomore LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) and deVries hit back-to-back triples. After a walk and a hit batter, catcher Bryan Babcock (Antelope) hit a grounder to short with the infield in. Sierra’s shortstop was able to knock the ball down but then threw wildly to the plate allowing deVries to score. Sophomore SS Steve Mercado (Antelope) then hit a sac fly to left to score DH Colton Freeman (El Camino) to put the Beavers up 6-1. The Beavers tacked on a run in the 7th when deVries doubled in Alex Gaskin for his second double of the game.
The two teams complete their 3 game series on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Sierra College
Beavers take game one from Wolverines 4 - 2
April 14, 2015
Sophomore LHP Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) came up two outs short of a complete game shutout on Tuesday, as American River College defeated the host Sierra College Wolverines 4-2 in Rocklin. A.R.C. jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, with the first run scored by Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) on an Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) single up the middle with one out. After LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) singled, 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) hit a grounder to second to force Lunardelli but the return throw to first pulled Sierra’s first baseman off the bag allowing Gaskin to score. It was one of many miscues on the day for Sierra defensively. In the 3rd inning Lunardelli doubled down the left field line on a ball that hit the third base bag. deVries then delivered a 2 out single up the middle to score Lunardelli. The Beavers were held at bay until the 8th inning when Gaskin reached second on a throwing error by Sierra’s third baseman, Dom Bethancourt. Dalton deVries then delivered again, this time with a two out single to right to score Gaskin.
Sierra didn’t score until the 9th when Gunter gave up a leadoff single, at the time just the 4th hit of the game for Sierra. He then struck out the next batter, but followed that up with a walk and an RBI double to put Sierra on the board. He was relieved by sophomore Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) who retired the next two batters on four pitches to pick up his 8th save of the season. His 8 saves puts him tied for 3rd on the Beavers single season save leaders, tied with Kevin Galart (1990), Rob Luce (1995), and Ryan Knippschild (2002). It also ties him with several others for 4th all-time in career saves. It also has him tied for the state lead in saves for this season.
A.R.C. and Sierra meet for game 2 of the series at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Beaver Field, followed by the series finale at Sierra on Friday at 1:00 p.m.
Winners Shelby Crider and Adrianna Regan
Mt. Sac. Relays
April 11, 2015
Shelby Crider set a new meet record at the Mt. Sac. Relays on April 11, 2015. Her javelin mark of 40.65m (over 139’), was also good enough for second best in the state and second best on ARC’s history best ten list.
Freshman Adrianna Reagan won the high jump with her 1.66m. Her mark is now the third best mark in the state.
Other top marks at the Mt. Sac. Relays included Jocelyn Stillwell in the 3k steeple. She placed 2nd with her 11:36.69, which is currently the third best mark in the state.
Jenica Dodge was second in the 5k at 18:24.02.
The 4X100 relay also finished 2nd in 47.45 with Abigail Finlayson, Olivia Brown, Tatiana Bell and Imani Thomas.
Kandace Compton was third in the 1500 at 4:44.20.
Next up for the lady beavers is their Big 8 Conference Championships on Fri. April 24th.
Northern California Community College heptathlon
Freshman Track and Field athlete, Mackenzie Theiler just won the Northern California Community College heptathlon in San Mateo on April 15th. This gives her the second best mark in the state and third best mark in the nation.
She was just 67 points off our school record, with her new personal best, in just her second time ever competing in the Heptathlon – 4517 points.
She went 100h 15.47, high jump-1.52m, shot-9.53m, 200-26.01, long jump-5.29m javelin-29.45m and 800 2:30.17 (5 second personal best). She is now qualified to compete in the State Championships to be held back in San Mateo on May 15th.
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Northern California Team Payoff-Final
April 18, 2015
Conference: 8-0 Overall:15-2
The Beavers traveled to Los Altos to play The Owls from Foothill College for the Northern California team championship and the right to play the Southern California winner for the state title. It is the 3rd consecutive year that ARC has reached this point, but unfortunately they fell short in their bid in 2015. The doubles was going to be a key if the Beavers hoped to win the matchup. Having won 2 of the 3 doubles matches in their first meeting, the Beavers went in confident. However, it was not to be, as the Owls swept the Beavers, taking a 3-0 lead in to the singles. At #1 doubles ARC had two match points serving at 7-5, 40-15, but could not close it out.
Despite falling behind 3-0 after the doubles, ARC came out with great energy and tremendous grit and desire in the singles. It seemed as though every match was being contested like the dual team match was even. Initially Foothill seemed surprised at the Beavers energy, but eventually their greater experience won out, clinching the match with wins at #4 (Dylan King) and #6 (Nick Cardoza). Seppi Capaul led at #1 (7-6) and TJ Aukland was leading at #5 (6-1, 5-3) when the match was stopped. It was the end of another tremendous team season for the Beavers. They will finish the season at 15-2, ranked 2nd in Northern California, and potentially a 3rd straight year in the top 5 of the state rankings.
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Northern California Playoff-Semifinal
April 14, 2015
Conference: 8-0 Overall: 15-1
In the semifinals of the Norcal team playoff the Beavers hosted the Gladiators from Chabot. It was a rematch of a match a few weeks prior, when the Beavers won by a score of 8-1. This time ARC did not lose a match. Doubles was highlighted by 8-2 victories at #2 (Nic Atkinson/John Foote) and #3 (TJ Aukland/Ryan Wilson). In singles all but one match were won in straight sets, with John Foote putting on the most dominant performance in a 6-0, 6-1 win at #3. The Beavers will next get a rematch against #1 seed Foothill college at their place on Saturday, April 18th.
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Northern California Playoff-Quarterfinal
April 7, 2015
Conference: 8-0 Overall: 14-1
In the first round of the team playoffs, the #2 seeded Beavers hosted the #7 seeded Pirates from Modesto. ARC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the doubles, highlighted by 8-1 victories at #2 (Nic Atkinson/John Foote) and at #3 (Nick Cardoza/Dylan King). The strong performance continued into the singles as #1 Seppi Capaul fought off the strong Modesto #1, Jose Gonzalez, 6-3, 7-5. Ryan Wilson had the most convincing victory on the day at #5, earning the win without dropping a game. In the Norcal semifinals the Beavers will host #5 seeded Chabot College, who upset #4 seed Diablo Valley College in the quarterfinals.
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Big 8 North Individual Conference Tournament
April 2-4, 2015
ARC singles seeds: ARC doubles seeds:
1. Seppi Capaul 2. Capaul/Giovannini
5. Jimmy Giovannini 4. Aukland/Foote
9. John Foote 6. Nic Atkinson/Ryan Wilson
10. TJ Aukland
11. Dylan King
The 2015 Big 8 North Individual Conference Tournament was hosted by ARC. The tournament serves as the qualifier for the year ending Individual State Championships at Ojai. ARC was well represented in the tournament, holding 5 of the top 11 seeds in singles and 3 of the top 6 seeds in doubles. In the singles the Beavers more than lived up to the seedings, as Seppi Capaul won the tournament and Jimmy Giovannini revenged an earlier loss to DVC #1 Sean Austin Miller in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals. Other highlights of the singles included both John Foote and Dylan King upsetting higher seeds in close three-set matches to reach the quarterfinals, thus allowing them to qualify for Ojai.
The doubles performances were equally impressive for the Beavers. #6 seeded Nic Atkinson/Ryan Wilson upset #3 seeded Arthur Lai/Kevin To from Santa Rosa to reach the semifinals, meaning that all 3 ARC teams had qualified for Ojai and that 3 of the final 4 teams remaining in the draw were from ARC. In the final, #2 seeded Capaul/Giovannini attempted to gain retribution for two earlier losses to the #1 seeded team of Landon Browne/Jonathon Pike from Santa Rosa. The two teams split sets and the match would be settled in a 10-point match tiebreak. The Beavers went up early, building the lead to 9-5. The Bear Cubs from Santa Rosa fought back to 9-7, but Giovannini came up with a big second serve and great first volley to set up Capaul for the finishing crossing volley. It was an incredible atmosphere and a great performance by the #1 team from ARC. It was the third straight doubles conference championship for the Beavers and the second time in ten years that an ARC player (Seppi Capaul) had won both the singles and the doubles conference titles.
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Beavers salvage series, win game 3 over 4th ranked Santa Rosa
April 11, 2015
After dropping the first two games to the 4th ranked Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs, the American River College Beavers faced a daunting task of going up against Santa Rosa’s ace Garrett Hill. The Beavers found a way however, with a little help from Santa Rosa’s defense to put up a 3-1 victory in their throwback royal blue uniforms on Saturday. Freshman LHP Mikey Ramirez (Del Campo) was spectacular for the second straight weekend, limiting the Bear Cubs to one run on six hits over seven innings, while walking just one. The Beavers got on the board early in the 2nd inning after 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) walked with one out. After a Bryan Babcock (Antelope) single, CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) hit a chopper to 2nd for what could have been a double play ball. His hustle allowed him to beat the throw to first, which was wide of the bag for an error which allowed Call to score. After Santa Rosa tied the score in the 6th, the Beavers took the lead again after a Brandon Raposa one out triple. After SS Steve Mercado (Antleope) struck out, 2B Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) hit a chopper to short, but the shortstops throw pulled the Bear Cubs first baseman off the bag for another error and a 2-1 A.R.C. lead. The Beavers added to the lead in the 8th after 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) walked, he was pinch ran for by sophomore James Boitano (Argonaut). Boitano stole 2nd with two outs and then scored on an Austin Call single to left. Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) came on in the 9th after LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) threw a scoreless 8th inning. Marlar retired the side in order in the 9th to pick up his 7th save of the year, the most by a Beaver pitcher since Jake Hower had 9 in 2005.
BEAVERS DOWNED BY #4 BEAR CUBS
April 8, 2015
American River College fell to 12-16 on the season after losing 8-2 to #4 ranked Santa Rosa on Wednesday at Beaver Field. Santa Rosa jumped on Beavers starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) in the first inning after a one out walk was followed up by an RBI double to left to put the Beavers down 1-0 just 3 batters into the game. Santa Rosa got 2 more off Gunter, who was not sharp today, in the 3rd inning. With 2 outs and nobody on Santa Rosa got a walk, two singles and a balk to plate two runs. They added two more in the 4th on a two out single with the bases loaded. Gunter threw 89 pitches in just 4 innings of work. LHP Andrew Fuentes (Pioneer) threw a scoreless 5th inning but could not survive the 6th. After retiring the leadoff batter of the inning he hit the next batter, then allowed a single to right. He then walked the bases loaded, then walked in a run which saw him get pulled from the game for RHP Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) who walked in a run to the first batter he faced. Santa Rosa added a run in the 7th after Beardsley retired the first two batters of the inning he allowed a single then a triple down the left field line to put the Bear Cubs up 8-0.
A.R.C. got on the board in the bottom of the 7th after a Steve Mercado (Antelope) single was followed by an Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) double to right. Gaskin and Mercado both moved up a base when the right fielders throw to second base was fielded by nobody, as both infielders were lined up to relay the ball to the plate. Pinch hitter Colton Freeman (El Camino) then hit a ground ball to second to score Gaskin from third.
The teams meet up again tomorrow in Santa Rosa at 2:30 p.m.
ARC competes well at USF and Stanford
Jenica Dodge 10K at SFSU
April 3, 2015
ARC competes well at USF and Stanford
Freshman Jenica Dodge hit her third State “A” qualification mark at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Fri. April 3rd. Dodge went 37:35 in her first ever 10K while smashing the 40:08 State Qualification mark. Her time gave her the top time in the state and placed her second on the ARC All time record statistics. Dodge is also the first ARC track and field Beaver to hit the A standard in three individual events including her previous 5k (18:17) and her 1500 (4:49).
Mackenzie Theiler hit another automatic mark in the long jump with her 5.40 meters, which is the sixth best mark in the state. She also had both the heptathlon (4429) and the 4X100 (47.45) relay state qualification marks.
Jocelyn Stillwell cut fifteen seconds off her 3K steeple with her 11:46, which is the third best mark in the state.
Lady Beavers represent well at the Stanford Invite
Mackenzie Theiler, Olivia Brown, Tatiana Bell and Imani Thomas were second in their heat of the women’s 4X100 at the Stanford Invite with their 47.72.
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Lady Beavers perform well at the ARC Invitational
March 27-28, 2015
Jocelyn Stillwell led her squad to some great performances at the ARC Track and Field Invitational held at American River on March 27-28. The sophomore ran her first 3k Steeple, hitting the State Qualification mark, in route to winning the event in 12:00.92. Stillwell’s mark is currently the third best mark in the state and places her in the ninth best mark in her school’s history. She later came back for the “brutal double” and ended up sixth in the 400 hurdles in 1:10.34.
Teammate, Mayra Villa, finished second while running her first 3K Steeple. Villa hit the Nor. Cal. Standard in the event at 12:47.10.
Also hitting record status was freshman combined events athlete, MacKenzie Theiler. It was Theiler’s first heptathlon who finished a close second with her 4429 points. Her performance qualified her for the State mark and is also the third best mark in the state, as well as fourth best in her school’s history.
Sophomore Olivia Brown won the 100m with another State Qualification mark of 12.09. This impressive mark places her fifth best in the state, and seventh in her school’s history. She also hit a new personal best mark in the 200 with her 25.41. As if that weren’t enough, she was also on the second place 4X100 in 47.22 along with teammates Abigail Finlayson, Tatiana Bell and Imani Thomas.
The ladies 4X400 was an exciting finish by .05 behind Chico State. Ane’ Archuleta, Keirnan Hawthrone, Kandace Compton and Morgan Simpson were second with their 3:56.44, which is currently the fourth best time in the state.
Next up for the lady beavers will be the double meets at both San Francisco Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational on April 3-4.
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BEAVERS TAKE SERIES FROM PIRATES, HOLD ON FOR 3-2 WIN
April 4, 2015
It came down to the wire Saturday, but the Beavers and closer Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) held off a 9th inning rally by Modesto JC to defeat the Pirates 3-2 at Beaver Field. The Beavers got on the board in the 2nd inning after LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) hit his 6th triple of the season, then scored on a close play at the plate on a sac fly by C Bryan Babcock (Antelope). Lunardelli could have been out but the MJC catcher dropped the ball while applying the tag. CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) and SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) then followed with back-to-back two-out doubles to go up 2-0. A.R.C. added a third run in the 5th after 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) reached on strikeout and passed ball. He was able to advance to 2nd when the catchers throw went into right field. RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) then singled in Mercado. The Beavers had another chance to score in the 6th when DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) hit his first career triple to lead off the inning, but Lunardelli and 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) couldn’t drive him in with less than two outs and Babcock grounded out to end the inning.
Freshman LHP Mike Ramirez (Del Campo) had a superb first career start, going 7 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He scattered 5 hits and 3 walks, and struck out three and he did not allow a runner to reach third base. LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) faced one batter in the 8th and made it count, striking out the batter with two runners on. Marlar came on in the 9th and gave up a leadoff single, then walked the next batter, just his 3rd walk on the season. He then got a strikeout and a pop-up to get the Beavers within one out of a shutout. Modesto pinch-hitter Joe Pedlowe then slapped a 2-2 pitch in the hole between short and third to drive in a run. Modesto’s next batter then hit a weak groundball to the right side in the hole between first and second in which Steve Mercado made a great play getting to the ball and tried to make a spinning, twirling throw to first to end the game but it was off the mark and the runners were able to move up to 2nd and 3rd and the score 3-2. Marlar got the next batter to foul out to first to end the game, allowing the Beavers to take the season series from Modesto three games to one, and 2-1 in conference play.
A.R.C. will play Santa Rosa JC at home on Tuesday and Saturday next week, and in Santa Rosa on Thursday.
BEAVERS SHUT OUT FOR FIRST TIME IN 2015
April 2, 2015
The wind was blowing in at about 15-20 mph all day in Modesto but it didn’t seem to bother the host Pirates as they shut out the Beavers 6-0 on Thursday. MJC starter Eddie Machado was efficient, striking out five and allowing just two hits – both to RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) – in pitching a complete game shutout at Aiello Field. A.R.C.’s pitchers were not so efficient, as starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) walked five in 3 2/3 innings of work while giving up four hits. He was charged with 5 earned runs allowed.
The two teams face off for the 4th time this season on Saturday with the Beavers having taken the first two. The Beavers 2-1 victory on March 3rd was a non-league contest. The game time for Saturday’s game may be moved up to noon.
BEAVERS GET THE W AT HOME, BEAT MODESTO 3-2
March 31, 2015
American River College picked up their 11th win of the season, ending a rough 2 week stretch with a 3-2 win over visiting Modesto JC on Tuesday. Sophomore Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) threw 6 innings, allowing just one run but got a no decision for his efforts. The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) blooped a single to short right off the out-stretched glove of Modesto’s 2B, Josh Miguel to score Steve Mercado (Antelope) who had a one out hustle double to center. The Beavers added to the lead in the 3rd inning after SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) doubled to leadoff the inning, then scored on a single to right by Mercado. Both teams were in and out of jams until the 8th inning when Modesto scored on a one out single off of reliever Kyle Grant (Burbank) who would end up with his first collegiate victory. Grant would get out of the jam with no further damage however. The Beavers scored the winning run in the bottom half of the 8th after a one out walk to 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) was followed by a 2 out triple to right by LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont), which scored Broadbent from first. Lunardelli’s drive appeared to have been caught by the MJC right fielder, but it was ruled that he did not catch the ball cleanly and after his dive for the ball, the ground jarred it loose. RHP Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) worked a scoreless but eventful 9th inning as he walked his first batter of the season with one out. After the Modesto runner stole second, Marlar struck out the next batter, but the pitch got away from C Bryan Babcock (Anelope) allowing the tying run to reach third with one out. Marlar was able to enduce a pop-up behind first base which was played nicely by Steve Mercado. With two outs Marlar got a ground ball to short which was fielded cleanly by Cameron Bennett and thrown to first to seal the win for the Beavers.
The two teams meet again on Thursday in Modesto at 2:30 p.m.
BEAVERS DROP GAME 3 TO HAWKS 3-2
March 28, 2015
American River College could not avoid the sweep on Saturday, as they lost 3-2 to the #4 ranked Cosumnes River College Hawks. CRC got on the board early with a two-run, two-out single off of starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont). The Hawks scored in the first inning of all three games last week. The Beavers closed the gap with a run in the 2nd inning on a Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) fly ball to center, which scored 3B Austin Call (Oakmont). The Beavers tied it up in the 7th on a Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) line drive single to center which scored Raposa on a close play at the plate. Balmain pitched out of a jam in the 5th inning when CRC had runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out, but Balmain struck out the 3 and 4 hitters in the order to end the threat. He couldn’t escape the jam that he put himself into in the 7th inning however. He hit the first two batters of the inning, then got the Hawks leadoff batter to pop up a sac bunt attempt then struck out CRC SS Andre Gregory. CRC CF Alex Fitchett then doubled on the first pitch he saw down the left field line to score the go-ahead run which would be enough for the win.
The Beavers will spend Spring Break facing Modesto JC beginning on Tuesday at 2:30 at Beaver Field. The Beavers will travel to Modesto on Thursday, then the Pirates will return to Beaver Field on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Imani, Morgan, Ane’ and Kandace hit the
4X400 State “A” Standard
March 23, 2015
Kandace Compton, last week’s Big 8 Conference Athlete of the week hit another state “A” qualification mark today in the ladies 4X400 at the Hornet Invitational hosted by Sacramento State University.
Compton now holds 3 automatic marks this season after her 1500m (4:47.06) last week, at the Aggie Open, and then her lifetime best today in the ladies 800m (2:14.71). This places her 3rd overall in ARC history for the 800, as well as the third best time in the state.
Teammates, Imani Thomas, Morgan Simpson and Ane Archuleta rounded off the beavers 4X400 that sliced eight seconds off their previous best.
“The 400 relay ladies showed tremendous improvements today. They also have lots of potential to improve, including better baton passes” adds Coach Powless.
Other season bests went to Jocelyn Schmidt in the 800 (2:24.12), and Siena Morgan in the women’s pole vault (3.40m). In addition, both Ane Archuleta and Morgan Simpson in the open 400. Although Ane and Morgan were in separate heats, the ladies both ran season bests of 1:00.14.
Next up for the lady beavers is the ARC Invitational hosted on Fri. and Sat. March 27th and 28th.
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HAWKS BLAST BEAVERS PITCHING AGAIN
March 26, 2015
The 4th ranked Cosumnes River College Hawks once again put on an offensive display, tallying 17 hits, 10 in the first 3 innings to defeat American River College 10-3 at Beaver Field on Thursday. The Hawks roughed up freshman Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) for 7 runs in three innings. All but one of the Hawks 17 hits were singles. The Beavers offense came out a little stagnant as well, mustering very little until scoring in the 7th inning on a Steve Mercado (Antelope) groundout. The ground ball could have been an inning ending double play but SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) was in motion on the pitch, allowing CF Justin Jordan (Folsom) to score. The Beavers added two runs in the 8th, as Mercado singled in a run and RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) walked with the bases loaded. Freshman lefty Mikey Ramirez (Del Campo) threw 5 innings of relief allowing 3 runs, just one earned. The Beavers will try to salvage the final game of the series at Jerry Conway Field at Cosumnes River College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Beavers vs Vikings
Conference: 6-0 Overall: 10-1
March 13, 2015
The Vikings from Diablo Valley College came to Sacramento looking for the upset, but the American River College Beavers held off the tough squad from Diablo Valley for a very competitive 6-3 victory. The Beavers swept the doubles. The highlight for ARC was a dominant 8-2 win at #2 doubles for Nic Atkinson and John Foote. In the singles Seppi Capaul dominated Roy Eldred at #2, 6-0, 6-0, and TJ Aukland (#4) and John Foote (#5) nearly matched his result, each losing only 2 games. In the closest match of the day, Jimmy Giovannini (ARC) and Austin Miller (DVC) played one of the closest and most competitive matches of the year at #1 singles. Miller won the match 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 11-9. It was a great day on the ARC courts and the Beavers look forward to playing the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs on Tuesday, March 17th.
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BEAVERS COME UP JUST SHORT VERSUS DELTA, LOSE 5-4
March 21, 2015
Delta College may be undefeated and ranked #1 in Northern California, but the 18th ranked Beavers may have been the better team on the field on Saturday. A.R.C.’s pitchers allowed just 3 hits, two of them bunts, and just 5 balls reached the outfield grass all day. But mistakes plagued the team early on which led to three unearned runs. Delta got on the board in the 2nd inning after a one out walk, Beavers starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) bobbled an easy comebacker for an error. He then balked the runners to 2nd and 3rd. The next batter then flew out to left which scored the runner from third easily, but A.R.C. LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) bobbled the ball getting it out of his glove allowing the runner on second to come around and score. The Beavers got on the board in the 4th when DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) singled to left with RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) on 2nd. Head Coach Doug Jumelet was holding Gaskin at third but the Mustang LF bobbled the ball for an error which allowed Gaskin to score. The Mustangs batted around in the 5th inning, scoring three times without getting a ball out of the infield. Balmain hit the leadoff batter. The next batter bunted right back to Balmain, who was slow in getting to the ball allowing the batter to beat the throw to first. The next batter also bunted, this time down the third base line where Balmain fielded it, but did not make a throw, allowing everyone to be safe, loading the bases. Balmain then walked the next batter, bringing in a run. After going 2-0 on the following hitter, the Beavers brought in lefty Kyle Grant (Burbank) who struck out the batter on three pitches. Grant however, did hit the next batter, bringing in another run. The next batter then hit a pop up to 2nd for an infield fly rule out, but 2B Steve Mercado (Antleope) lost it in the sun and the ball fell allowing the runner on 3rd to score.
The Beavers threatened in the 8th after an Alex Gaskin triple with one out, but 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) lined out to first and deVries struck out to end the inning. The Beavers made it interesting in the 9th after James Boitano (Argonaut) was hit by a pitch for the second time on the day and third time in the series. Sophomore Austin Call (Oakmont) then singled through the left side. After pinch hitter Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) flew out to center, sophomore 3B Colton Freeman hit a sharp grounder to third that was mishandled by the Delta 3B, however Boitano was thrown out at the plate on a close play. SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) followed up with a triple down the left field line to score two, making the score 5-4. After a Steve Mercado walk put the winning run on base, Alex Gaskin flew out to deep center to end the game. The Beavers out-hit the Mustangs 7-3 on the day.
The Beavers move on to face Cosumnes River College next week, with the first game of the series being on Tuesday at Jerry Conway Field at CRC at 2:30 p.m.
BEAVERS LOOK SLOPPY IN LOSS TO CRC
March 25, 2015
American River College did just about everything wrong on Tuesday and paid for it by losing 10-4 to #4 Cosumnes River College at CRC. Sophomore starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) lasted just 1+ inning, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, and walked in two runs with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning. Reliever Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) came on in relief and was effective for 4 2/3 innings, but also walked in a run in the 2nd inning. The Beavers defense was also sloppy, SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) made 2 errors, both on double play balls and LF Austin Call (Oakmont) dropped a line drive in the first inning that led to a run. Baserunning was no different as the Beavers made several mistakes on the base path that led to easy outs for the Hawks. Offensively, A.R.C. only struck out three times, but twice were with runners in scoring position and less than two outs, which cost the Beavers at least 2 runs.
On the bright side, 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) hit his first collegiate home run, a solo shot in the 4th inning that got the Beavers on the board. He also hit a sac fly in the 5th inning to take over the team RBI from sophomore Jimmy Lunardelli ( Oakmont) who is out with a hand injury. 2B Steve Mercado (Antleope), C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) and RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) all added doubles on the day.
The teams meet again on Thursday at Beaver Field for game 2 of the 3 game series at 2:30 p.m.
March 13-14, 2015
Season PR’s were few and far between on the slow surface at UC Davis. Isaiah Roybal PR’ed in the 200m in 22.60. Also bettering their best mark were Charlie Flournoy and Gibran Zaman in 22.82 and 22.90. In the 400m, Richard Finical, Devan Sawyerr and Jonathan Lopez all improved their 400m times by running 49.06, 49.60 and 50.28. In the 1500m, newcomer Alan Quintero, despite getting a gash in his heel from a spike on the first lap, ran a lifetime best of 4:07.82. Casey Aguirre ran a PR in the 5000m in 16:14.84. Nelson Quinley PR’ed in the shot put at 13.49m. There were several good marks from the weekend, but with the hot and humid conditions they were few and far between.
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/38532_m.html
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Lady Beavers hit six new Automatic Qualification Marks in the Aggie Open Meet
March 14, 2015
Sophomore standout, Kandace Compton led her track and field squad to some great results including her double automatic state standard marks in the Aggie Open at UC Davis last weekend.
She was the first community college athlete finishing 5th overall in the women’s 1500 at 4:47.06. Then she doubled with the 800 where she was once again the first community college finisher (7th overall) at 2:18.58. Both marks are currently the fifth and sixth best marks in the state.
Freshman Mackenzie Theiler also hit two automatic standards when she cleared 1.58m in the high jump and then ran her 200 in 26.72, which completed her 5 events for the women’s heptathlon. She smashed the automatic qualification of 2400 points with her over 3,000 points in 5 events.
Sophomore Siena Morgan also hit the qualification standard with her 3.25m in the ladies pole vault.
Jenica Dodge, last week’s Big 8 female athlete of the week, also hit the automatic mark in the ladies 1500 with her 4:49.83.
Two more provisional marks were also hit in the women’s 800 from Jocelyn Schmidt (2:27.64) and Ane Archuleta (2:29.25).
Next up for the lady beavers will be the Bob Rush invitational in San Mateo on Fri. March 20th and Sat. Hornet Invite at Sacramento State University on March 21st.
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Lady Beavers at Bob Rush Invite in San Mateo
March 20, 2015
In anticipation for the Hornet Invitational tomorrow, the lady beavers had just eight ladies compete in the Bob Rush Invitational at San Mateo on 3/20/15.
Sophomore Jocelyn Stillwell opened up with her first 400 hurdle race of this season, just missing the Nor. Cal. standard, yet hitting a new best mark. Her 1:08.49 was good enough for winning the event and is currently the third best mark in Northern California.
Siena Morgan also set a new best, in route to winning the pole vault with her 3.25 m.
Tori Randal set new personal bests (in just her 4th track meet in her life) with both the 100 (12.98) and 200 (27.14).
Cadee Crouse also set a personal best in the javelin with her 25.85m.
Tomorrow the ladies will see much more competition at Sacramento State University for the Hornet Invitational. Go Beavers!
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#1 DELTA PROVES IT AGAINST BEAVERS
March 19, 2015
Top ranked Delta College showed why they are 19-0 on the season as they downed American River College 10-1 in Stockton on Thursday. Beavers starter Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) was roughed up for 8 hits in 2+ innings, as Delta jumped out to an 8-0 lead after 3 innings. After Broadbent got through a clean first inning, the Mustangs first 5 hitters in the second inning all recorded base hits. Delta ended up with 7 hits in the inning. They added 3 more hits and a pair of runs in the 3rd inning. The Beavers were finally able to get on the board in the 6th inning after C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) singled off the Delta starter Dean Kremer’s foot, then reached second when Kremer picked up the ball and threw errantly into the dugout. After CF Brnadon Raposa (Woodcreek) was hit by a pitch, SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) flew out to right to advance the runners, then 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) hit a sac fly to right which barely scored Babcock on a close play at the plate. The two teams finish their series at Beaver Field on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
BEAVERS CANT SLOW DOWN DELTA, FALL 8-5
March 17, 2015
The American River College baseball team finally jumped into the Northern California rankings at #18 this week, but they couldn’t quite stop the #1 ranked Delta College Mustangs,a s they fell 8-5 at Beavers Field on Tuesday. Delta scored first, with a single run in the 2nd inning off of Beavers ace Matt Gunter (Bella Vista). The Beavers tied it in the 4th on an RBI double by 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) which scored SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) from first. It was Mercado’s first extra base hit of the season. Delta scored twice in the 5th on a two out single. The Beavers closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th on a sac fly by C Bryan Babcock (Antelope) who plated LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) who led off the inning with a double to center. The score remained 3-2 until both starters came out in the 8th inning. Delta scored 4 times in the 8th inning off of reliever Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) with two of the runs being unearned due to a botched rundown. A.R.C. battled back for three runs in the bottom of the 8th, with two runs scoring on an Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) grounder that was thrown away by Delta’s shortstop. Gaskin later scored on an RBI single by DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) who had a pair of hits on the day. That narrowed the score to 7-5, but Delta added a run in the 9th off of lefty reliever Kyle Grant (Burbank). A.R.C. had a chance in the 9th after pinch hitter James Boitano (Argonaut) led off with a hit by pitch. Freshman Mikey Ramirez (Del Campo) followed with a pinch hit infield single, his first hit of the season. CF Brandon Raposa then hit a sharp liner to short, and the Mustangs double Boitano off 2nd. Cameron Bennett grounded out to end the game and comeback bid for the Beavers. The two teams meet up again on Thursday in Stockton at 2:30 p.m.
BEAVERS CANT GET SWEEP, ROAD STREAK IS BROKEN
March 15, 2015
With the opportunity for a historic sweep of arch-rival Sac City College as well as a 7 game road winning streak on the line, the American River College baseball team came up short on Saturday, losing 13-5. The game was close through 5 innings as the Beavers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to 2 out hits by RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit), 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) and DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont). Sac City answered right back with a two-out infield single to score the runner from second which was aided by a questionable call at first base. The Beavers got the run back in the 2nd inning when 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope) lifted a fly ball to CF to score 3B Colton Freeman (El Camino) who had singled to lead off the inning. Sac City answered back in the bottom half of the inning by scoring twice off of starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) who struggled with command throughout his outing. The Panthers took the lead in the 4th scoring twice to chase Balmain from the game. The Beavers answered back with two in the top of the 5th as they loaded the bases with no outs, and scored on a single by deVries and a groundout to third by LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) who was robbed of a hit by the panthers third baseman, who was able to force out Broadbent at third. LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) walked the first two batters of the 5th inning and was relieved by RHP Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks). The first batter bunted for a hit off of Savage to load the bases with no outs. The Panthers would score three times in the bottom of the 5th on just two hits, one of them the bunt. After adding a run in the 7th the Panthers broke it open in the 8th off of freshman LHP Mikey Ramirez (Del Campo) who made his college debut on the mound. He was slated to be a starter for the Beavers but has been limited due to soreness until now.
The Beavers start the BIG 8 Conference with a series victory over the Panthers and will face #1 ranked Delta College next week. The first game of the series is at home at Beaver Field on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
March 7, 2015
Robert Ellis of ARC won the 100m in 10.67, while the Beaver’s Andre Woodson placed 3rd in a season best 10.74. The defending 800m state champion, Logan Stahl of ARC, overcame an early season hip injury to get a season PR in the 800m and win the event in 1:53.55. David French took 2nd in 1:54.70. Another winner for the Beavers was Sean Gregg in the 3000m steeplechase. He ran a state leading 9:37.24 in his steeple debut. Aidan Schraer was 2nd in his debut in 9:58.86, providing another 1-2 punch for the Beavers. The men’s 4x100m relay team moved up to #2 in the state with a win in 40.79, 3rd best on the ARC all-time list. The 4x400m relay provided the highlight of the end of the meet when the Beavers took the title in a state leading 3:11.34 (#4 all-time at ARC). The team ran splits of 49.5 (Richard Finical), 47.7 (Devan Sawyerr), 48.2 (Shawn Simms), and 45.6 (Robert Ellis). Another event the Beavers went 1-2 was the High Jump where Edwin Matthews beat teammate Xavier Howell on misses with both athletes clearing 6’9-1/2”. Decathlete Jeff Lam placed 2nd in the pole vault, improving from 11’6” as a freshman to 15’4-1/2” Saturday. Shawn Simms also placed 2nd in the long jump in 22’10-3/4” – missing the State “A” standard by 1’1/4”. ARC’s James Hubbard won the Discus and Hammer with throws of 161’2” and 174’3” respectively.
Complete results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/37040_m.html
Video of the 4x400m relay can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx1SEE1NdEc
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Freshman distance star, Jenica Dodge, hits the best 5K mark in the state.
March 7, 2015
Jenica Dodge won her first ever 5K event in track and field at the 28th Annual Beaver Relays on Sat. March 7th. She not only qualified for the State “A” standard, she also holds the current best mark in the state.
Dodge was also on the winning 4 X 800 relay team with teammates Kandace Compton, Ane Archuleta and Silvana Zuniga. Their combined time of 10:02 was good enough for 8th best in ARC’s All-Time top 10 history book.
Imani Thomas also hit the Nor. Cal. standard with her season best in the ladies 200 at 25.23.
The women’s 4X100 set a new season best in 47.45. Abigail Finlayson, Olivia Brown, Tatiana Bell and Imani Thomas were second overall in that relay.
Other highlights included Ane Archuleta, Keirnan Hawthrone, Silvana Zuniga and Morgan Simpson who also won the 4X400 (4:06).
Next up for the lady beavers will be the UC Davis, Aggie Open on Sat. March 14th.
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Beavers remain undefeated
Conference: 5-0 Overall: 7-0
February 27, 2015
The top two teams in the Big 8 North did battle on the courts at ARC, as the Bear Cubs from Santa Rosa Junior College visited the Beavers. It was a beautiful day on the courts and there was a palpable energy running through the players and fans. The doubles matches started off very competitive, close, and with both teams exuding great amounts of emotion. At #2 (TJ Aukland/Ryan Wilson) and #3 (Nic Atkinson/John Foote) the Beavers pulled away to secure comfortable victories, 8-4 and 8-5 respectively. At #1 doubles Seppi Capaul/Jimmy Giovannini went down an early break to the tough team of Landon Browne/Jonathon Pike. In an incredibly exciting comeback, the Beavers broke Browne as he served for the match at 7-6, and eventually the match went to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak the Bear Cubs were too tough, coming up with some incredible reflex volleys and clutch serving. The beavers went down in the tiebreak 7-5, but not before providing some energy and motivation to the Beavers heading in to singles. ARC needed 3 singles victories to clinch the dual team match and it looked promising, with 5 of the 6 first sets going to ARC players. The tide turned in 2 of the matches, as Dylan King (#4) and Wilson (#6) were unable to close out their matches. Fortunately for the Beavers Capaul (#1) and Foote (#5) won handily and it came down to the #2 singles match between Giovannini (ARC) and Browne (SRJC). Both sets were close and the momentum shifted frequently, but Giovannini was able to close out the match, serving 5-3 in the 2nd set to earn the dual team match for the ARC. It was a very competitive match between the 2 rivals and it sets up what should be a great sequel when the Beavers travel to Santa Rosa on Tue, Mar 17th.
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BEAVERS GET WIN AT HOME, TAKE SERIES FROM SAC CITY
March 12, 2015
American River College scored early and often on Thursday to record their first home victory since February 24th in defeating cross-town rival Sacramento City College 12-1 at Beaver Field. The win improves the Beavers overall record to 10-7 and moves them to 2-0 in the BIG 8 Conference. The victory ensures that the Beavers win the regular season series after the Beavers defeated the Panthers 2-1 on Tuesday. The last time that A.R.C. defeated Sac City twice in a season was in 2007 when the teams split four games, two games apiece. A.R.C. also did the same in 2002, in which future big leaguers Dallas Braden and Manny Parra were part of the squad.
A.R.C. got on the board in the first inning thanks to a 2 out walk to pitcher Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) in which ball four got away from the catcher allowing SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) to score from third. The Beavers scored five times in the 2nd inning, thanks to 6 hits, including a 2 run single by RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit). Gaskin’s single chased Panther starter Zach Smart from the game as he allowed 6 runs while recording just 4 outs. A.R.C. scored twice more in the 3rd to up the score to 8-0, thanks to a single by Cameron Bennett which scored 3B Colton Freeman (El Camino) from 2nd and CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) scored all the way from first when the ball was mishandled by Sac City’s centerfielder. With the Beavers up 8-0 in the 5th, A.R.C. tacked on 2 more, the first on a double by Freeman, who later scored on a sac fly by Raposa. The Beavers added single runs in the 7th and in the 8th.
Freshman RHP Kirby Broadbent had his best outing of the year on the mound, throwing 7 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits and walking 3. He was aided by a pair of double play balls, one each in the 3rd and the 4th innings.
A.R.C. and Sac City conclude their season series on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Union Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College.
BEAVERS WIN 7TH INA ROW ON ROAD- DOWN SAC CITY 2-1
March 10, 2015
American River College sits atop the BIG 8 Conference standings, 1-0 on the season after defeating rival Sacramento City College 2-1 on Tuesday at Union Stadium. The win is the 7th in a row for the Beavers on the road this season. Sophomore lefty Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) struggled with command early, allowing 4 walks and 3 hits in the first 4 innings, but managed to allow just one run. He settled down after that, allowing a hit in the 4th inning and a walk in the 7th. Freshman RHP Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) had a 1-2-3 8th inning and sophomore RHP Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) retired the side in order in the 9th to pick up his team leading 4th save of the season.
The Beavers were held at bay for the first 6 innings, as Panther ace Ben Ritchey held the Beavers to just 2 hits. The Beavers finally got it going in the 7th however, when RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) tripled to lead off the inning. He immediately scored on a wild pitch by Ritchey that went into the Sac City dugout. The Beavers got the go-ahead run in the 8th with a one out single by 2B Steve Mercado (Antelope). He advanced to second on a dribbler by Gaskin that was mishandled by the Sac City relief pitcher, Travis Magness. Freshman 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) then flew out to right to advance Mercado. Gaskin then stole second. Sophomore DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) then singled through the left side to score Mercado but Gaskin was thrown out at the plate. deVries had three hits on the day.
The Beavers and Panthers gear up for game 2 of the series at A.R.C. on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
BEAVERS ROAD ROLL CONTINUES- BEAT DVC 4-3
March 6, 2015
American River College defeated Diablo Valley College 4-3 on Friday for the teams 6th straight victory on the road. They have won six of their last eight games. Freshman Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) pitched a solid 7 innings, allowing 3 runs, two earned while scattering 8 hits. Freshman Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) threw a scoreless 8th inning and sophomore RHP Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) pitched a three up- three down 9th to pick up his team leading third save of the season. The Beavers got on top early, scoring a run in the 3rd without a hit, as freshman 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) walked with the bases loaded. The Beavers added another run in the 4th thanks to a pair of errors by the Vikings, the second being a potential double play ball by sophomore CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) which was thrown away, allowing 3B Colton Freeman (El Camino) to score. After the Vikings tied the game in the 5th inning, sophomore LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) led off the 6th with a triple to right, his team leading 4th triple of the season. He later scored on a single by freshman C Matt Elliott (Oakmont) through a drawn in infield. After DVC tied the game in the 7th the Beavers again answered back with a run in the 8th. With 2 outs, Matt Elliott stole second after drawing a one out walk. He was then pinch ran for by freshman Justin Jordan (Folsom). Sophomore SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) then hit a two-out dribbler to short and beat the throw, allowing Jordan to score from second who hustled the whole way for the go-ahead run.
The Beavers finish non-conference play at 8-7 and begin BIG 8 Conference play next Tuesday the 10th at rival Sacramento City College at 2:30 p.m.
Stanislaus Open @ Cal State Stanislaus
February 28, 2015
The Beavers had winners in 4 events at this year’s edition of the Stanislaus Open. Winners included Robert Ellis in the 200m in a state leading 21.19. Other winners included Abdul Hamid in the 3000m in 8:47.94, Xavier Howell in the high jump (6’8”) and the 4x400m relay team in a state leading 3:15.85.
Complete Results can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/37534_m.html
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Lady Beavers compete well at the Stanislaus Invitational
February 27, 2015
The lady beavers held their own up against the four years schools at the Cal. State Stanislaus Open on Feb. 27th.
Adrianna Reagan hit the State “A” Qualification mark in the women’s High Jump with her 1.62m (5’4”).
The women’s 4X100 set a better mark (47.93) with Abigail Finlayson, Olivia Brown, Tatiana Bell and Imani Thomas. Currently, it is the best mark in the state.
Shelby Crider was third in the javelin with a new season personal best of 37.24m. Crider was also 2nd in the hammer at 41.65m (136’8”). This also marks the 10th best throw in ARC’s history.
There were also six new provisional (State “C”) standards hit in this meet from the following beavers:
Mackenzie Theiler won the long jump (5.02m),
Freshman Tori Randall in the 100m. (13.10),
Abigail Finlayson in the 200m (27.0),
Shayne hawthrone in the discus (33.64m),
Carmen Garcia in the Javelin (29.16m) and
Freshman Cadee Crouse in the Javelin (25.78m).
Team scores were not available as this was a non scored meet.
Next up for the lady beavers will be their first home meet on Sat. March 7th at the Beaver Relays.
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ERRORS DO IN BEAVERS AT HOME
March 5, 2015
American River College could not avoid the big inning at home on Thursday as they dropped a non-conference game to Cosumnes River College 8-2. CRC jumped on Beaver starter Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) in the first inning as 4 of the first 5 batters singled, with the other reaching on an error, a potential double play ball to Beaver 3B Colton Freeman (El Camino). Broadbent settled down and threw up zeroes on the board until the 7th. The Beavers pulled to within one in the 6th inning after leadoff hitter Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) walked and stole second. SS Steve Mercado (Antelope) then singled to advance Bennett to third. RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) hit into a fielders choice to score Bennett. After a groundout moved Gaskin to second, DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) laced a first pitch single to right to score Gaskin.
The 7th inning however would end up doing in the Beavers. After getting the first out of the inning Broadbent walked the 9 hitter in the lineup, the only batter who would get to 3 balls off of Broadbent all day. A hit & run single put runners on the corners. The next batter singled to put the Hawks up 4-2 and runners at 1st & 2nd. CRC 1B Tyler Blake hit a sharp grounder to second where Bennett made the flip to SS Steve Mercado for the force, but Mercado’s throw to first pulled 1B James Boitano (Argonaut) off the bag allowing the inning to continue. After a hit batter loaded the bases Hawks RF Alex Fitchett singled to drive in two. Another error by Freeman followed which ended up chasing Broadbent from the game. Freshman Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) came on in relief and allowed a single to score the 5th and final run of the inning.
The Beavers go back on the road tomorrow to play Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill at 2:00 p.m. BIG 8 Conference play begins Tuesday with the Beavers traveling to cross-town rival Sac City College for a 2:30 start.
BEAVERS WIN CLOSE ONE AT MODESTO
March 3, 2015
The American River College baseball team used pitching and defense to win for a change on Tuesday, defeating the Modesto J.C. Pirates 2-1 in Modesto for the Beavers 5th straight win on the road. It was destined to be a pitching duel between a pair of sophomore lefties, Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) for the Beavers and Eddie Machado for Modesto who entered the game with a 0.68 ERA. The Beavers got on the board first, after a leadoff walk by freshman 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont). He advanced to second on a wild pitch then scored on a two out double to right by sophomore 3B Colton Freeman (El Camino) The Beavers added a run in the 6th when they loaded the bases with no outs, but were only able to manage a one out sac fly by sophomore LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) who scored Steve Mercado (Antelope) who had reached on an error. Gunter threw 8 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out a season low three batters. Freshman RHP Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) came on in relief in the 9th and picked up his second save, in somewhat dramatic fashion. With two outs and a runner at second, Thomas Reeder, the Modesto right fielder laced a ball to left-center to score the runner. When Reeder tried to take an extra base and get to second, centerfielder Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) threw him out on a close play to end the game.
The Beavers improve to 7-6 on the year and return home to face cross-town rival Cosumnes River College at Beaver Field at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.
DEVRIES NAMED NORCAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
February 27, 2015
American River College sophomore first baseman Dalton deVries (Oakmont) was named the Northern California Player of the Week for the week of February 16th-21st, head coach Doug Jumelet announced on Thursday. DeVries was 8x13 on the week with 2 doubles, a home run- his first collegiate home run- 5 RBI and a stolen base for the week. The Beavers won all three road games during the week, at Mission College in Santa Clara, at Shasta College in Redding, and at Laney College in Oakland. Dalton is the first Beaver to win player of the week honors in the three years that the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) has been offering the recognition. Last season, Thomas Peterson (DeLaSalle) earned the Northern California Pitcher of the Week honor.
February 20-21, 2015
ARC-9 De Anza-0
Overall: 5-0 Conference: 1-0
The Beavers took a trip to the bay area to face up against two Coast Conference teams, the Cabrillo Seahawks and the De Anza Dons. ARC was able to shutout both opponents, although they were pushed to 3 sets at #2 singles (Jimmy Giovannini) and #3 singles (Dylan King) against De Anza. Other highlights included dominating performances at #1 singles in both matches. Against Cabrillo, Giovannini played a nearly flawless match in a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nick Batchelder. Against De Anza, Seppi Capaul routed his opponent 6-1, 6-0 in the most convincing victory on the day for the Beavers against the Dons. At the end of the trip the Beavers had pushed their undefeated record to 5-0. They will next face off against their two toughest conference competitors when they play at Diablo Valley College on Tuesday, February 24 and at home against Santa Rosa on Friday, February 27.
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BEAVERS RETURN HOME NOT SO WELCOME
February 26, 2015
The four game winning streak is over. The Beavers first home game since a 7-4 victory over Solano College on February 10th ended in a 6-4 loss to Diablo Valley College on Thursday. The Vikings scored 4 of their 6 runs with 2 outs as Beavers starter Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) just couldn’t finish a couple of the innings unscathed. He went a career high 7 2/3 innings, scattering 9 hits and walking 3, one of them intentionally. Offensively, the previously potent lineup just couldn’t cash in on some opportunities, as the Beavers had 17 baserunners on the day, but only were able to push across 4 runs. The Beavers left at least two runners on in 5 of the 9 innings. RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) led the way with a pair of hits and LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) had an RBI triple, his team leading third triple of the season.
The Beavers have the weekend off before traveling to Modesto on Tuesday, then back home on Thursday to face cross-town rival Cosumnes River, followed by a Friday trip to Diablo Valley College in Concord to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule.
BEAVERS HANG ON FOR 4TH WIN IN A ROW
February 24, 2015
American River College jumped out to a 7-0 lead at Solano College on Tuesday, then hung on to win a nail biter 9-7 for the teams 4th win in a row on the road. A.R.C. got off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a bases loaded triple by LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont). The Beavers added 3 more in the 2nd inning thanks to an RBI single by CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek), followed by a ball hit down the line by RF Alex Gaskin (Jesuit). Gaskin later scored on a sac fly by Lunardelli who picked up his 4th RBI in the first 2 innings. He added and RBI single in the third as well.
Sophomore LHP Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) was in command for the first five innings before the Falcons got on the board in the 6th with back-to-back doubles. Gunter allowed two more runs in the 7th before RHP Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) came on to get the only batter he faced to ground out. Kyle Grant (Burbank) came on in the 8th and had some control issues, allowing 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Sophomore Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) finished the 8th and the 9th to pick up his 2nd save of the season.
Alex Gaskin added another double with 2 outs in the 7th to drive in 2 more on the day.
The Beavers finally return home on Thursday to host BIG 8 Conference rival Diablo Valley College in a non-league contest at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS SWEEP THE WEEK ON THE ROAD!!!
February 21, 2015
The American River College baseball team bounced back from a tough President’s Day Weekend last week where they dropped a pair of games at Hartnell College in Salinas to take three games on the road, all at least two hours away, and scoring double digits in all three games. They finished the week by defeating Laney College 10-4 in Oakland on Saturday. The Beavers jumped on the Eagles starter by scoring three runs in the first inning, all with two out. With runners on first and third, DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) sent a line drive into center field to score SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda). LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) then drilled a double to right to score DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) and deVries. Laney answered back though, scoring a pair of runs in the first off of starter Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) on bases loaded walks. Balmain settled down to allow three runs in 5+ innings on 4 hits to pick up his second win of the season.
A.R.C. added a run in the 5th on a Colton Freeman (El Camino) single. Two more runs came in in the 6th inning, the first on a double to right by Cameron Bennett to score Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) who scored from first as he was running on the pitch. Bennett later scored on a Kirby Broadbent sac fly. With the score 6-4 in the 8th inning the Beavers relentless offense put the game away with 4 runs, the big blow being a two run single by C Bryan Babcock (Antelope).
Freshman Christian Savage (Cosumnes Oaks) threw four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit to pick up his first career save. The Beavers get one more game against a non-BIG 8 Conference opponent as they travel to Solano College in Fairfield to wrap up their 6 game road trip on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. The Beavers defeated Solano 7-4 at home on February 10th.
Pete Giiachetti Invite
February 20, 2015
American River College Women’s Track and Field outperformed their competition at the Pete Giiachetti Invite.
Two state standards were hit today, by the lady beavers, in both the 4X100 and the women’s javelin.
Opening up with the 4X100 included Freshman Abigail Finlayson (former El Dorado High School), sophomore Olivia Brown (Del Campo HS), freshman Tatiana Bell ( Del Campo HS) and freshman Imani Thomas (Pleasant Grove HS). They won the event in 48.5.
Also qualifying under the state “A” standard was sophomore Shelby Crider (Placer HS) who won her event with her 35.78m (117’5”) throw. Crider was also 2nd in the hammer at 41.65m (136’8”). This also marks the 10th best throw in ARC’s history.
In addition to the state “A” standard, the ladies also hit 10 Northern California “B” Standard qualification marks. In the pole vault, 4X400,
Sophomore Siena Morgan (Del Oro HS) won the pole vault with her 3.09m (10’2”).
The winning 4X400 squad finished in 4:05.65 which included freshman Ane Archuleta (Pleasant Grove HS), Tatiana Bell, freshman Silvana Zuniga-Valdivia (University of Peru) and freshman Imani Thomas (Pleasant Grove HS). Read More
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Beavers defeat Shasta Knights
February 18, 2015
ARC-9 Shasta College-0
Overall: 3-0 Conference: 1-0
The Beavers started off conference play with a 9-0 shutout over the Shasta Knights. Highlights included Elias Burbick, Nick Shirk, and AJ De Castro competing in their first official matches for American River. In the singles, Burbick (#2) and Shirk (#4) each won their matches 6-2, 6-1. In the doubles, De Castro and Shirk teamed up for an 8-2 victory at #2. ARC will next play Cabrillo College on Friday, February 20 as part of a road trip to the bay area to compete against some tough Coast Conference competition. They will also play De Anza College during the trip on Saturday, February 21.
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BEAVERS OFFENSE IS ON A ROLL, DEFEATS SHASTA 17-6
February 18, 2015
American River College has spent at least 13 hours on a bus in the last two days, and it has worked wonders for the beavers offense. One day after defeating Mission College 10-0 on 16 hits in Santa Clara, A.R.C. tallied 19 more hits and scored 17 runs in defeating Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday. Sophomores Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) and Colton Freeman (El Camino) led the way with 4 hits apiece. Sophomores Steve Mercado (Antelope), Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) and Dalton deVries (Oakmont) chipped in with 3 RBI apiece.
The Beavers got out to an early lead, scoring once in the first thanks to a couple of Shasta errors, then adding four runs in the 2nd, with RF Alex Gaskin lifting a double to center to drive in two that the Shasta centerfielder lost in the sun. Freshman P/DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) then drove his team leading 6th double on the season into the left center gap to score Gaskin. Shasta fought back, scoring four in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd on a Colton Freeman throwing error with two outs that allowed two runs to score. The Beavers tied the game then retook the lead in the 5th inning when freshman C Matt Elliott (Oakmont) grounded out to first with the bases loaded. 2B Steve Mercado later singled with 2 outs to drive in a pair, and Broadbent walked two batters later with the bases loaded. A.R.C. added three in the 7th inning, with the big blow being a Dalton deVries double to left with two outs. The game was still reasonably close in the 9th as the Beavers added 5 runs on 6 hits to put the game away. CF Justin Jordan (Folsom) added a bases loaded two run double with two outs to finish the scoring.
Kirby Broadbent picked up his first collegiate win, scattering four hits over 7 innings, striking out 7 while walking 5. LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) threw a scoreless 8th and 9th and struck out four.
The Beavers travel to Laney College in Oakland on Saturday to face their former Bay Valley Conference foes at 1:00 p.m.
BEAVERS FINALLY PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, ROUT MISSION 10-0
February 17, 2015
Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) took it upon himself to help the beleaguered pitching staff by throwing 7 shutout innings, he struck out 8 and did not walk any. He allowed a single to the leadoff batter and then surrendered just one more hit the rest of the way. It was by far the best single outing by a Beaver pitcher this year. Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) and LHP Kyle Grant (Burbank) each threw a hitless inning of relief also. The Beavers jumped on the board early as sophomore DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) hit the Beavers first home run since Jason Fletcher (Rosemont) homered against Sierra College on April 16th, 2013. The Beavers went homerless last year. Sophomore Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) tied a school record with three doubles on the day, while adding a pair of RBI. SS Cameron Bennett (Rio Linda) and 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) also added three hits each on the day. The Beavers tallied a season high 5 doubles on the day plus the home run. deVries and Broadbent added doubles for the offense. The Beavers scored 6 times in the third inning, with 5 of the runs coming with 2 outs. They added another three runs in the 4th to go up 10-0 and the score would remain there the rest of the way. The Beavers travel to Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday to make-up a rained out game from February 7th. The box score and cumulative season stats are not available at this time.
February 18, 2015
ARC: Overall: 2-0 Conference: 0-0
With conference play starting the following week, the Beavers participated in the 41st annual Modesto Invitational Tournament as a final tune-up before the conference dual-team season. The tournament features a unique format. It is a flighted tournament in which each player competes in a separate draw comprised of players at the same ladder position for their respective team. The team champion of the tournament is determined by the amount of overall individual wins each team earns. Of the 14 teams competing, ARC tied with Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) for second place. Foothill College (FH) finished 6 points ahead of the Beavers and SRJC.
All 6 ARC players reached their respective singles semifinals. Seppi Capaul was the Flight 1 singles champion and Jimmy Giovannini (flight 2) and Ryan Wilson (flight 5) reached the final in their flights. In the doubles, all 3 ARC duos reached the semifinals, but only Capaul/Giovannini were able to advance past that point. The #1 pair beat Gonzalez/Purser (MJC) 7-6(4), 6-4 in the semifinal and beat the #1 seeded Feldmanis/Resende (FH) in the final 6-3, 7-5. Capaul became only the second ARC player in the last twenty years to win both the Flight1 singles and the Flight 1 doubles championship at the Modesto Invitational, repeating Lovedeep Singh's performance of 2014.
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Beavers beat Pirates
February 10, 2015
ARC: 7 MJC: 2
Overall: 2-0 Conference: 0-0
The Beavers continued the strong start to their season with a convincing victory over the Pirates from Modesto Junior College. The Beavers won routine matches at #2 and #3 doubles, but Seppi Capaul/Nic Atkinson lost at #1 dubs after fighting back from a 5-0 deficit to force a tie-break. Despite the loss, the great effort translated to the singles for Capaul and Atkinson as they turned in their best singles performances of the season, winning in straight sets at #1 and #5 respectively. Other highlights from the singles included a 6-0, 6-0 win from TJ Aukland at #3. ARC will next compete at the Modesto Invitational Tournament on Feb 13-14. It is a flighted tournament, allowing each player to compete in a draw against other players from Northern California that play at the same spot in their teams lineup. The Beavers have finished in 2nd place in the 16 team tournament each of the last 3 years.
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Beavers defeat College of the Sequoias
February 10, 2015
ARC Top 3, Claudia Plascencia Astudillo, Hope Bailey and Aggie Johnson remain unbeaten in singles this year after another dominating performance against College of Sequoias. C. Plascencia Astudillo and H. Bailey continue to roll winning their third consecutive match at #1 Doubles. Paja Lynhiavue and A. Johnson outlasted a tough opponent to secure a crucial point at #2 doubles.
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BEAVERS PITCHING WOES CONTINUE, DROP TWO TO HARTNELL
February 14, 2015
American River College continued to struggle on the mound this weekend, allowing 22 runs in two games to previously winless Hartnell College in Salinas. The Beavers dropped the Friday game 10-6 despite A.R.C. out-hitting the Panthers 14-9 on the day. P/DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) led the way with a 4x5 day at the plate, but suffered the loss, allowing 7 runs through 5 innings. CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) added three hits in 4 trips to the plate. The Beavers had four doubles on the day.
Saturday was even worse as nothing seemed to work, as the offense managed just 5 hits, two in the 9th inning. Defensively the Beavers made three errors and had several other miscues which led to several hits and several runs for Hartnell. The pitching struggled as well, allowing 19 hits and walking 6. The Beavers travel to Mission College in Santa Clara on Tuesday to face Mission College, then go up I-5 to face Shasta College in Redding on Wednesday.
BEAVERS DEFEAT SOLANO AT HOME 7-4
February 10, 2015
American River College used a 4 run 8th inning to defeat the visiting Solano College Falcons 7-4 on Tuesday. The Falcons got off to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning off of Beavers starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) who battled some wildness early, walking 4 in the first 3 innings of work. The Beavers answered back in the bottom of the 2nd when DH James Boitano (Argonaut) singled in LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) who enjoyed a 4x4 day at the plate. The Beavers would tie the game in the 5th when 3B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) drew a bases loaded walk, followed by a Lunardelli single to left to tie the game. The Beavers broke it open in the 8th when 1B Colton Freeman (El Camino) singled in Lunardelli through a drawn in infield with one out. After A.R.C. loaded the bases with two outs SS Steve Mercado (Antleope) singled to center, then managed to stay in a run down long enough for CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek) to score from first. RHP Mike Marlar (Casa Roble) came on in relief in the 9th to close out the game and pick up his first save of the year. Freshman RHP Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) picked up his first collegiate win. The Beavers travel to Salinas this Friday and Saturday to take on Hartnell College for a pair of games. The Beavers next 6 games are all on the road.
February 3, 2015
ARC: 9 Reedley: 0
Overall: 1-0 Conference: 0-0
In their first dual-team match of the season, ARC played with good energy and executed a workmanlike performance against the Tigers from Reedley College. After the sweep in doubles, ARC sat #1 player Seppi Capaul. TJ Aukland stepped in to the top spot and put on a solid performance, winning 6-3, 6-2 against Reedley #1 Patrick Smith. Other highlights included 6-0, 6-0 victories from #3 Ryan Wilson and #6 Nic Atkinson. It was a promising start to the team-season. The Beavers will next play Modesto Junior College at home on February 10th.
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BAD START DOOMS BEAVERS
February 5, 2015
Freshman LHP Andrew Fuentes (Pioneer) had a rough start on the mound, lasting just a third of an inning while allowing 5 runs which was too big of a hole for the Beavers to dig out of. Fifth ranked Feather River College used that five run first and some strong pitching to quiet the Beavers bats in a 9-3 defeat for A.R.C. The Beavers managed just 3 hits on the day, with 1B Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) delivering a 2 run triple in the 8th after the first two hitter of the inning had walked. DH Dalton deVries (Oakmont) followed with a sac fly to score Broadbent. The Beavers drew 7 walks on the day but could not capitalize on them. Fuentes struggled early, walking three, hitting one and giving up a two run single, all before the Beavers had a chance to bat. Freshman Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) came on in relief and did very well, throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings to give the Beavers a chance to keep the game close. Feather River scored twice in the top of the 8th to go up 7-0 before the Beavers scored 3. The Beavers are scheduled to travel to Shasta College on Saturday but with the pending storm, there is a chance that it will be cancelled. The Beavers play at home again on Tuesday against Solano College at 2:00 p.m.
BEAVERS GET FIRST WIN OF SEASON AT HOME
February 4, 2015
American River College got their first win of the season at home Wednesday night in a game that was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was moved up to beat the incoming storm. The Beavers defeated the visiting Shasta College Knights 9-1. The Beavers out-hit the Knights 12-3, with DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) launching two double and LF Jimmy Lunardelli (Oakmont) driving in a pair of runs in the bottom of the 7th with a triple to left center. He later scored on a wild pitch to put the Beavers up 9-0 at the time. The Beavers got out to a 4 run lead in the first three innings thanks to 7 hits by 7 different players. Starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) was effective through 6 innings as he struck out 8 and allowed just a pair of singles in the 5th inning. The game got a little sloppy late as the dew on the ground made it tough on the fielders to make plays which led to several Shasta errors and an A.R.C. error in the 9th which contributed to several unearned runs late in the game.
The Beavers are home again on Thursday to play Feather River College at 3:00 p.m. There will be no game on Friday, and the Beavers are scheduled to travel to Redding to play Shasta again on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
BEAVERS' BATS CAN'T FINISH COMEBACK
February 1, 2015
Once again American River College got plenty of runners on base and scored 11 times- which matched last season’s single game high- but the pitching was far from able to hold down the West Valley Vikings, as the Beavers lost 19-11 in Saratoga on Saturday. A.R.C. pitchers walked 11 batters and hit two while allowing 14 hits. The Beavers had some early miscues as well which put the team in a 10-1 hole after 3 innings. For the second straight day the defense threw away a bunt which allowed a pair of unearned runs to score. The Beavers did rally with the bats, closing the lead to 10-8 in the 5th inning, but West Valley was able to keep scoring, finally putting the game away with a 4 run 8th inning, topped by a 2 run home run by Vikings 3B Billy Mullins. At the plate the Beavers were led by 2B Colton Freeman (El Camino) who had a pair of doubles and three RBI, and FR Alex Gaskin (Jesuit) who was 1x2 with a 3 RBI and a pair of walks. 1B Dalton deVries (Oakmont) added a hit and a pair of RBI as well, and sophomore James Boitano (Argonaut) got his first hit of the season, a pinch hit single to right center in the 9th inning.
BEAVERS CAN'T OVERCOME ROUGH START, DROP SEASON OPENER
January 29, 2015
American River College opened the 2015 season with some great weather but some rough sailing on the mound at Beaver Field on Thursday. Beaver starter Matt Gunter (Bella Vista) was roughed up for 8 hits in 3+ innings while allowing a career high 6 walks. The Beavers bullpen was effective as RHP Tommy Balmain (Oakmont) came on in relief to throw 4 scoreless innings. RHP Kyle Beardsley (Franklin) allowed a run in the 8th inning but struck out the side and lefty Kyle Grant (Burbank) worked a scoreless 9th inning. At the plate the Beavers had their opportunities, as they had at least one runner on base in every inning. After being down 6-1 after two innings and 8-2 after 4, they managed to get within striking distance, closing the gap to 8-5 in the 5th after a Matt Elliott (Oakmont) double to right and an RBI groundout by sophomore CF Brandon Raposa (Woodcreek). The Beavers were unable to score again after having runners on base in each of the last 4 innings. Seven of the nine starters in the lineup had hits, with freshman DH Kirby Broadbent (Oakmont) having a pair of hits, including a double off of the right field fence. Sophomore 3B Austin Call (Oakmont) also added an RBI double in the 1st inning.
The Beavers travel to West Valley on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. start.
ALUMNI BATTING PRACTICE SET FOR SATURDAY
January 23, 2015
The weather forecast is favorable for this Saturday’s 12th Annual American River College Alumni Batting Practice/Blue vs. White Intrasquad game and BBQ. The Alumni will take batting practice from 10:00-11:00 AM. The 2015 Beavers will play a 5-6 inning intrasquad game in uniform starting at noon, which will be followed by a Tri-Tip BBQ catered by O’Connor’s Santa Maria Grill of Orangevale.
The Beavers kick off the 2015 season next Thursday, the 29th at home versus West valley College at 2:00 p.m.