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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.  

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 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.  

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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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 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.

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 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. 

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 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.

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Beaver Relays

MTF Beaver relays

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.

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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

ARC-5                                    SRJC-4

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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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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Lady Beavers compete well at the Stanislaus Invitational

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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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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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Beavers dominate

February 20-21, 2015

ARC-9                    Cabrillo-0

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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  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.

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 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. 

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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.

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Pete Giiachetti Invite

Women's Track & Field

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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 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.

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 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.

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Modesto Invitational

February 18, 2015

Conference standings:


American River-25

Santa Rosa-25

Diablo Valley-16


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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 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.

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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.

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 Dual-team match

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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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. 

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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