Wednesday Dec 17 2008
It was a fine fall for these collegians
By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Writer
The fall season was a highly successful one for the college athletes profiled in the Auburn Journal’s weekly Campus Canvass feature. Some earned all-conference honors. Others set school records. A few played for championship teams. Here’s a look at how the season went for athletes with ties to area high schools: FOOTBALL Mike McCoy and Kevin Grimes, Nevada: The season’s not over yet. McCoy, a senior wide receiver from Colfax High, and Grimes, a sophomore defensive back from Bear River , will be on the field Dec. 30 at Boise State ‘s Bronco Stadium when the Wolf Pack (7-5) play Maryland in the Humanitarian Bowl. Both players started in all 12 of Nevada ‘s games this season. McCoy finished the regular season with 40 catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns. Grimes was fifth on the Wolf Pack with 45 tackles (30 solo) and also made two interceptions. Greg Denham, UC Davis: The sophomore quarterback from Placer High set a school record for completions this season with 296. Denham threw for 3,478 yards and 27 TDs in guiding the Aggies to a 5-7 overall record. Brian Heath and Bill Sherman, Sacramento State: Teammates on Del Oro’s 2005 championship squad, the junior duo helped the Hornets go 6-6 to secure just their fourth non-losing season since 1993. Sherman, a nose guard, paved the way for Cyrus Mulitalo, Sac State ‘s All-Big Sky senior linebacker, to record a team-high 96 tackles. Sherman made 17 tackles of his own (five unassisted) and also blocked a kick. Heath, a blocking tight end who also serves as the Hornets’ long snapper, finished with two catches for 16 yards. Next season he will play against his brother Jason, a freshman offensive lineman at UNLV, when Sac State travels to face the Runnin’ Rebels. VOLLEYBALL Megan Wisniewski, UC Santa Cruz: The Forest Lake Christian graduate capped her senior season by breaking the school’s career kills record. Wisniewski, an outside hitter, led the Banana Slugs (22-8) with 331 kills and also recorded 57 digs, 34 blocks and 13 service aces. UC Santa Cruz finished the season ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III West Region, just missing the postseason. Marissa Plummer, Portland: The middle blocker from Del Oro was named to the West Coast Conference’s All-Freshman team after leading the Pilots (8-24) in blocks (81) and hitting percentage (.257). She also wasn’t the only member of her family to lead a college volleyball team in a category — Plummer’s older sister Tricia, a junior setter/right-side hitter at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., had a team-high 27 service aces for the Seahawks. SOCCER Krissy Looney and Bradlee DeShane, Fresno State: With Looney, a Placer graduate, at midfield and DeShane, a Colfax alumn, at defender, the Bulldogs ( 11-9-2 ) clinched their first Western Athletic Conference championship since 2005. Fresno State ‘s season ended with a loss to top-seeded UCLA in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. DeShane, who started in all 22 of the Bulldogs’ games, assisted on three goals during the season. Fellow sophomore Looney, who started 11 of the 18 games she played in, had one assist. Katelyn Willson and K.C. Ziebarth, William Jessup: The sophomore defenders who helped the Warriors (13-5-1) lead the California Pacific Conference (Cal-Pac) in goals-against average had a tougher time in the opening round of the NAIA national championships. William Jessup lost to Azusa Pacific 10-1, getting outshot 28-4 in the contest. Willson, a Del Oro High graduate, was an All-Cal-Pac honorable mention selection. Ziebarth, a Colfax grad, finished the season with two goals, just as Willson did. Josh Zimbrich, Sacramento State : The senior midfielder from Del Oro appeared in 15 games, starting 14 as the Hornets went 8-9-2 . Zimbrich assisted on one goal and attempted 11 shots on goal. CROSS COUNTRY Jordan Burke, Nevada: The freshman from Placer earned All-Western Athletic Conference first team honors – and the WAC’s Freshman of the Year award — by placing seventh at the WAC Championships. She was also the Wolf Pack’s top finisher at the Mountain Regional Championship on Nov. 15, placing 37th out of 127 runners with a personal-best time of 21 minutes, 34.6 seconds on the 6,000-meter course.