Local Flavor

Catching up on the local athletes in college
By: Nick Pecoraro
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Now that the fall sports season is in full swing, we at Gold Country Media like to keep tabs on the athletes with local roots. Here’s what we have for the first week:


Locals lead Sierra volleyball to hot start


The Sierra College women’s volleyball team rattled off four straight wins to begin the 2018 season. Plenty of local contributors helped the Wolverines get to an unbeaten first week of the season, including last year’s Pioneer Valley League Co-MVP Alyssa Orteza from Placer High.

Orteza leads the Wolverines with 53 digs over the first four games while former Placer teammate Kapri Pelle added seven digs of her own to go with nine kills in a 3-1 win against Feather River Aug. 31.

Colfax’s Jasmine Dean and Del Oro’s Madison Meteer each had season-highs in the Feather River win with 12- and 13 kills apiece, respectively.


From foes to friends


Once PVL rivals, now turned Sierra College teammates, Waylen Cozad of Placer and Austin Baze of Bear River, combined for 11 tackles in the Wolverines’ Sept. 1 loss at City College of San Francisco. Sierra’s home-opener is Saturday against Modesto at 1 p.m.


Hornets’ halter


Despite an 0-4-3 start to the season, Ailey Collins leads Sacramento State with 18 saves as the Hornets’ goalie. The sophomore out of Del Oro had nine stops Aug. 19 at UNLV.


Lone Goal


Tanner Federico netted his first goal of the season for William Jessup University men’s soccer Sept. 1. The Placer alum’s goal in the 14th minute at Southern Oregon tied the game at one, but the Raiders would win the game, 6-1.


Stingers Up


Jaclyn Leduc, formerly of Del Oro, helped the Sacramento State women’s cross-country team win the Fresno Cross-Country Invitational Sept. 1 at Woodward Park. Leduc’s 5K time was 21:23.30, 42nd overall in the women’s race.

Please help keep us informed on area athletes who are playing at the college level and beyond.