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ShawBaseball: Post-Season Run Ends The No. 3 seed Bear Cub baseball team ran into a buzz saw against No. 2 Delta College in the California Community College Athletic Association Northern Sectional Regional Playoffs. The team's hope of a state title run ended when SRJC lost twice in the best of three games series on Friday and Saturday at Nick Cecchetti Field in Stockton. The Bear Cubs struggled at the plate in game one. They could not find any success against the Delta pitching staff. The Mustangs capitalized in the third inning on a huge home run blast thanks to Phil Clark, who nailed an opposite field 354-foot two run shot to give Delta a two nothing lead. Those runs were all that were required by the home team to capture game one 2-0. Santa Rosa hurler Brandon Hagerla threw a gem, the only mistake he made was the third inning home run. The sophomore pitched in eight innings of work. He struck out four and didn’t give up a walk. The Bear Cubs got two men on base with one out in the ninth, but Anthony Bender grounded into a double play to end the game. Delta, the top seed in the bracket, banged out eight hits, while winning pitcher Matt Valencia limited SRJC to five singles. Dane Erbst and Weston Bryan led the offense with two hits apiece. In the first two rounds of the tournament, Santa Rosa lost the first game in both best-of-three series and came back to win two straight. It was the same theme in game two for Santa Rosa they simply could not put the bat on the ball. Again, Delta pitching proved to be too much to handle. The visitors would go on to defeat losing 5-1. The Bear Cubs had seven hits and left eleven men on base in game two. Sophomore, outfielder Parker Shaw, a San Rafael High graduate, did a solid job at the plate going 2 for 3 hitting two doubles. Starting freshman pitcher Kyle Mitchell only lasted one and third innings. After several pitching changes, freshmen Anthony Bender threw the rest of the game going five innings. Bender gave up six hits on two earned runs and struck out three batters. Santa Rosa JC managed to produce 29 wins in the 2014 season and suffered just 14 losses overall. The Bear Cubs finished in second place in the Big 8 Conference at 13-8. The conference is considered the toughest junior college competition in California. Story By Mike McDowd SRJC Sports Media-Information 5/19/14

TeamSwim Teams Take 3rd at State Meet The SRJC Swim & Dive teams successfully competed in the CCCAA State Championships last weekend at East LA College in Monterey Park. After finishing just shy of the podium in 2013, SRJC’s women were in a dog-fight of a battle for the title with conference rivals Diablo Valley and Sierra as well as with socal powerhouses Orange Coast and Golden West. They finished 3rd overall and were only 50 points away from what would have been the school’s seventh team title. Highlights included Miranda Howell becoming a two-time individual state champion in both the 50 Back (26.21) and the 100 Back (56.48). Both those times broke the conference and school records she had set just two weeks prior at the Big 8 Championships. She also finished 3rd in the 50 Fly. Other Bear Cub top 8 finalists included: Christine Lewis (500 Free, 50 Breast, 100 Breast); Ashley Boyle (100 IM, 50 Back, 100 Free); Kristine Schmidt (1M, 3M diving); Erin Sullivan (200 IM); Logan Williams (3M); Michelle Spratt (1650 Free) and Allison Straus (100 Fly). The women’s relays placed: 4th in 200 Free, 3rd 400 Medley, 2nd 800 Free, and 12th in the 400 Free. In 2013 the men’s team finished outside of the top 5 for the first time since 2003, but they entered the state meet looking good to finish fourth or fifth overall. However, the small but mighty team of nine swimmers out-performed much larger teams and finished 3rd overall to get SRJC back on the podium in 2014. The highlight of the meet was sophomore John Bing winning the 50 Free in a time of 20.62. Bing also finished 3rd in the 100 Breast and 11th in the 200 Breast. His lead-off leg on the 400 Free Relay, set a new school record in the 100 Free with a time of 45.35. The men’s relays finished 11th (200 Free), 6th (400 Free), 4th (800 Free), 2nd (200 Medley), and 2nd in the 400 Medley finishing just .10 behind Mt. Sac for the relay state title. It was a crazy race!  Sophomore Andrew Hayes had three top eight finishes in the 200 IM (4th), 100 Fly (5th), and the 200 Back (3rd). He broke both of his 2013 school records set in the 200 IM and 200 Back, going 1:51.42 and 1:51.52 respectively. Other SRJC top eight finalists included: Ben Crabb (100 Back and 200 Back); Clark Hale (1650 Free); and Stephen Mackanic (200 Back). Congratulations to the 21 Bear Cub men and women who represented SRJC very well at the state finals.

MortonSoftball: Best Season in a Decade EndsThe Bear Cubs Softball team did something very special in 2014,they made it to the post-season for the first time in a decade. They even advanced to the second-round of the CCCAA Super Regional Softball Playoffs. Any thoughts of winning a state title will have to be the goal for the next team. SRJC got bounced from the playoffs suffering two losses in their best of three-game series this past weekend at Solano College, in Fairfield. Santa Rosa opened up game one to Big 8 Conference Champion No. 3 Sierra College in a brutal 8-21 loss. The Wolverines overwhelmed the blue and red scoring 21 runs, on 16 hits, on Friday. The Bear Cubs bright spot was Samantha Bartee, who homered and drove in four RBI's. In game two, No. 6 Santa Rosa faced elimination, but found a way to beat No. 7 Fresno City College on Saturday 11-3.  The bats came alive against the Rams; sophomore Krystina Pardowski went 4 for 5 at the plate. Sophomore Bartee had two hits, including a double and two RBI's. Last weeks hero, sophomore Courtnie Morton, who had a walk off home run against San Jose City, went 2-4 with a double and 3 RBI's. Becca Steiner and Megan Winters each had two hits. On the mound, freshman first team all conference hurler Dana Thomsen picked up her fifteenth win of the year. She finished the season at 15-4 becoming the top pitcher on the staff. In Saturday's game three, the team was again outplayed by No. 2 Solano College. The Falcons shut out Santa Rosa 0-9. That game ended the Santa Rosa JC season. Sophomore pitcher Megan Winters suffered the loss ending her all first team conference season at 8-6. Sophomore infielder Alexandra Coirds managed to produce a hit against Solano winning pitcher Amber Takeda (19-8). The team finished with 31 wins and just 8 losses. That record was the best mark in over a decade for the softball program. “The foundation is built for our program and I want to thank these special group of players,” said head coach Phil Wright.  Nine sophomores will leave the program and 28 players are expected to try out for the 2015 team. Story By Mike McDowd SRJC Sports Media-Information 5/13/14

All Big 8 Conference Selections

Krystina Pardoski, 1st Team (Outfield)
Megan Winters, 1st Team (Pitcher)
Dana  Thomsen, 1st Team (Pitcher)
Chantelle Cesna, 2nd Team (Outfield)
Alley Coirds, Honorable Mention (Third Base)
Sammy Bartee, Honorable Mention (Short Stop)

Verrett JerseyFootball: Former Bear Cub Verrett Goes in First Round of the NFL Draft (New York City, NY) – Jason Verrett, the former Bear Cub football player, had some nerves pumping at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York on Thursday night. The corner back from Texas Christian University was about to have his dream come true playing profession football. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped up to the podium saying the words Verrett wanted to hear, “With the twenty fifth pick in the NFL draft the San Diego Chargers select Jason Verrett, corner back, Texas Christian University.” Jason Verrett  has now become the first player in Santa Rosa Junior College history to ever be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Some NFL teams had an issue with his 5'9" size, but that did not seem to bother the Chargers in selecting him. That included  Marin County native and San Diego head coach Mike McCoy, “Size doesn’t matter to him. He’s a tough, physical football player,” said McCoy. The speedy three-year starter at TCU  was the co-Big 12 VerrettDefensive Player of the Year recipient and semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, as the top defensive back in the nation. Verrett played for then defensive coordinator Lenny Wagner. The current Santa Rosa head coach was ecstatic for his player. “I am relieved, happy, and super proud of him,” said Wagner. Verrett's mother even texted Coach Wagner, saying “Go Chargers! Thanks so much, what a blessing and Bolt Up.” “Bolt Up” refers to a San Diego team mantra that they use. While at SRJC, he was an All Conference selection in 2010. His accomplishment of being selected in the first round is one of the great success stories in Bear Cub football history. He played one season for Santa Rosa and “we are proud of SRJC to help be a part of his success,” Wagner added. “No school recruited him. TCU came to see him play and offered him a scholarship on the spot.” Verrett accepted that offer and now the rest is history. At Santa Rosa he was ranked by rivals.com as the sixth-best junior college defensive back and listed 35th nationally for Verrett Actionoverall JC players. He recorded five interceptions while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns for the Bear Cubs. The Second-Team All American selection was a three-year starter at TCU, after transferring from SRJC. Verrett has a nose for breaking up passes. He recorded 41 passes defended with the Horned Frogs, including an incredible 22 in 2012. In addition, he notched 160 tackles and nine interceptions during his three seasons in Fort Worth. In 2013, Verrett posted 39 tackles, 14 passes defended, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble. The only other Bear Cub football player selected high in the NFL draft was Koa Misi. The Miami Dolphins, in the second round, drafted the star linebacker from the University of Utah in 2010. The Montgomery High graduate is in his fifth year with Miami.  Mike McDowd Sports Media-Information Director, 5/9/14 

BenderBaseball: All Conference Honors The No. 3 seed Santa Rosa Baseball team continues its playoff quest on Friday in the CCCAA Super Regional Playoffs. They will battle No. 7 seed Cabrillo College at Cook Sypher Field, at SRJC, at 2pm. This year’s team has enjoyed success again thanks to a collective team effort. The team is now announcing that several Bear Cub players have been selected to the Big 8 All Conference First and Second teams. First team pitching selections have been awarded to starting hurler Brett Obranovich and relief pitcher Anthony Bender (pictured).  Obranovich from, Napa High, has been a real ace with an 8-1 record and a 1.86 earned run average. The sophomore has thrown in 15 games this season, pitched 72.2 innings, and struck out 45 batters. Reliever Bender (Case Grande) is number one in the Big 8 Conference with seven earned saves and he is 2-0. The freshman has a ridiculously low 0.67 era and 17 strikeouts. Sophomore infielder Chase Stafford, a First Team selection, has played well in the field and his bat has done a ton of talking, with a .329 hitting average. Stafford (Casa Grande) leads the club with 48 hits. He is third best on the team with 21 RBI's and two home runs. Sophomore outfielder Matt LoCoco, another Sonoma County product from Piner High, also received a First Team selection. The hard-hitting LoCoco is tied for second with 43 hits, 15 RBI's and 2 home runs. Another pitcher making the Second Team was sophomore Brandon Hagerla from Petaluma High. The big 6'2” right-handed thrower had nearly the lowest earned run average on the team of any starting pitcher at 1.79 era. Hagerla is 8-2 and has been a workhorse throwing in 90.1 innings. He has allowed just 18 earned runs and 39 strikeouts. “It is a good league, it is an honor for these players and they played consistent. They are all worthy of this and deserve these accolades,” said head coach Damon Neidlinger.   Mike McDowd Sports Media-Information Director, 5/9/14  

All Big 8 Conference Selections
Brett Obranovich, 1st Team (Starting Pitcher)
Anthony  Bender, 1st Team (Relief Pitcher)
Chase Stafford, 1st Team (Infielder)
Matt  LoCoco, 1st  Team (Outfielder)
Brandon Hagerla, 2nd Team (Starting Pitcher)

baseball actionSRJC Athletics on Facebook Breaking news, its time to get loud Bear Cubs Nation SRJC Athletics is now on Facebook! That's right, now you can follow your favorite Bear Cubs athletic teams and players thanks to Facebook. Catch all the updates, games and player information on our brand new Santa Rosa JC Athletics Facebook Page that is running. Check out the Bear Cubs Facebook Page by going to Santa Rosa JC Athletics and clicking the Like button. The Santa Rosa JC Athletics Facebook Page is expected to be world wide phenomenon and loved by millions. Please help us grow our Facebook Page and share it with the Bear Cubs Nation globally. Go Bear Cubs!. Sports Media Relations : Mike McDowd  9/9/13

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