Christensen named Player of the Year
Chelsey Christensen, a former Umpqua Community College Riverhawk now at Warner Pacific College, was named Cascade College Conference Player of the Year after a vote of the league’s coaches Tuesday.
Christensen, a 5-foot-9 senior guard from West Linn, led the CCC in scoring at 19.9 points per game and was the top free throw shooters, hitting on 87 percent (103-119) of her charity tosses. Her scoring average was seventh-best in NAIA Division II women’s play. Christensen was also among the conference leaders in 3-point shooting percentage (second in CCC, 39.8 percent) and overall field goal percentage (fifth, 50.8 percent). Christensen was also named CCC Red Lion Player of the Week during the season.
In her 13th season Eastern Oregon University’s Anji Weissenfluh was selected the CCC’s Coach of the Year after leading the Mountaineer to their first-ever 30-win season that includes a school-record 25 game win streak. Her team also claimed the CCC regular-season title with a perfect 18-0 record and the CCC Tournament title. The Mounties, who feature former Sutherlin standout Kelsey Hill off the bench, are currently ranked third in the latest NAIA Division II coaches’ poll.
UCC’s Reynolds on all-conference team
Despite missing half of the league season with a torn ACL, Umpqua Community College sophomore forward Hayley Reynolds was selected to the Southern Region all-star first team in voting done by the coaches.
Reynolds, from Yoncalla, averaged 16.9 points and 8.9 rebounds before being injured against Lane on Jan. 23.
UCC guard Kyndal Charleston was named to the all-freshman team, coach Dave Stricklin said.
On the men’s side, UCC sophomore forward Jared Knox received second-team all-league honors.
U14 volleyball team takes title
The Umpqua Volleyball Academy 14U team won the recent CEVA 55-team Presidents Day Tournament, finishing with an 8-0 record without dropping a set.
The team is comprised of Sammy Nash, Kourtney Lomica, Karey Lomica, Jessica Simonis, Riley Heath, Emma Bannister, Mackenzie Short, Karsyn Ramsey, Sam Sjogren, Sierra Mauro and Avry Hansen. The squad is coached by Roger Cash and Darin Lomica.
Kourtney Lomica finished with 57 kills, 37 digs and nine aces in the tournament. Nash added 41 digs and 11 aces, Karey Lomica 38 digs and Simonis 71 assists and 22 aces.
UVA is ranked No. 3 in the CEVA among 141 teams.
Hartwick, Lund set to move on
A pair of locals who were instrumental in the Umpqua Community College volleyball program’s turnaround have been asked and decided to continue their careers at four-year schools.
Allahna Hartwick, a Glide High graduate, signed on to play at NAIA Division II Warner Pacific College in Portland. The 5-foot-9 middle blocker earned NWAACC All-Southern Region honorable mention honors after averaging nearly a block per set last season.
Roseburg High product Melissa Lund, meanwhile, will join NCAA Division III program Pacific University in Forest Grove, where she has also been asked to be a member of the swim team. Lund shared setting duties as a sophomore this season as the Riverhawks compiled a record of 31-19, their best season in nearly two decades.
Hartwick and Lund are the third and fourth Riverhawk sophomores to commit elsewhere this year after Kendahl Weiland signed with Dixie State and Jennifer Lakin with Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.
Can/bottle drive set for March 9
The Roseburg High School baseball team is holding a fundraiser, a can/bottle drive on March 9 at Legion Field.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can drop off their cans or bottles at Legion Field from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information: John Thomas, 541-430-4291.
Babe Ruth baseball sign-ups scheduled
Registration for Babe Ruth baseball for players ages 13-15 in Myrtle Creek, Tri City and Canyonville will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 9 at Ray’s Food Place.
First-time players must bring a copy of their birth certificate. Cost is $85 per player.
Coaches are needed. Information: 541-863-3926 or 541-863-4501.