Cross Country Runs Strong in 2013 Aim high and aim far, that's exactly what the Santa Rosa Junior College men's and women's cross country teams accomplished in 2013. Both teams' high expectations helped propel them exactly where they wanted to be and that was qualifying for the California Community College Athletic Association Championships. Before the state meet, the teams did excellent at the NorCal Finals. They both grabbed second place finishes and that equaled the best results in the history for the two programs. The teams also placed second in 1987, and the men also took second at NorCals on three other occasions. On the men's side Cristian Nazarek was named the teams most valuable runner this season. He led the men with a seventh place at the NorCal meet. The women named Taylor Falk, their consistent go to girl, as their MVP and she paced the women with a fifth place finish. At the start of the year, the Bear Cub men were ranked 14th in California. Their success on the trails largely came from a duo of Sonoma County products Cristian Nazarek, (Santa Rosa High) and Jamie Silva (Piner High). The two runners pushed the team to capture second place finishes at both the Big 8 Conference and at the NorCal finals. The Bear Cub women also made some big news by taking second place at the Big 8 Conference and regional championships. All year long the team was led by Falk, who was just light outs on the trails. Falk took the highest finish in the state meet for both programs. The Casa Grande High grad is currently being recruited by several four year programs. Another runner who deserves credit is Kelly Birkland who had a fantastic state meet. The former Maria Carrillo prep finished the Big Conference Championship with a time of 20:51 and then really put the jets on at the state meet, nearly running a minute faster at 20:08. The goal every year is for the Bear Cub teams to make the trip to Fresno for state championships. The teams accomplished that and were in healthy, physical shape heading into the final showdown. However, the huge 27 team field would provide a formidable challenge, especially the top ranked southern California schools. Both the SRJC men and women finished outside the top ten in their races. The success of the year is something that the program is very proud of. Regardless of the outcome at the state meet, the runners came away with invaluable experience to prepare them for the future. “This teams ability to work hard was impressive and they did not complain. They are the most driven team I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” said SRJC head coach David Wellman. The cross country pundits are already talking about the future of this program because many of their top tier runners are returning in 2014. Add some talented new comers to the mix and SRJC could be the team to beat next season. “This gives the team momentum next season. We are running at a whole new level and that's exciting for the program,” said Nazarek. Coach Wellman is also feeling good about the future and, if things fall into place, you may see new signs posted at Spring Lake and other trails saying “Warning Speedy Bear Cubs On Trails.” Sports Media Relations: Mike McDowd, 12/9/13
Student, QB and Firefighter on KGO Radio The SRJC football season ended in a disappointing loss at the Golden Valley Bowl Game to Modesto 48-39 on November 23, at Bailey Field. However, one unique bowl storyline unfolded, it was the prominent play of sophomore quarterback Mike Pierson from Forestville. The gritty local product came in the second half completing 19-40 passes and tossed a four touchdown performance in trying to spark a Santa Rosa comeback. Though his efforts were impressive, it is his off the field vocation as firefighter that created some real buzz in the bay area media spotlight. How many active college football players do you know witnesses death, save lives, and can put together winning drives in a game? It's likely there is no one in America currently playing college football, like Mike Pierson. Somehow, he balances his academics, the rigors of football and the often high stress of being a firefighter for the Forestville Fire Department in Sonoma County. During bowl game week, he captured the media attention of legendary KGO News 810 AM Radio in San Francisco. The affable athlete made a live guest appearance on the on the KGO Morning Show with Jon Bristow and Jennifer Lee Jones talking about his unique background. While most of his teammates on Sundays are watching the NFL and enjoying their one day off of college football, Mike Pierson is at work for the Forestville Fire Department. Being tackled by a 6'7”, 325lbs lineman is stressful enough, but for Pierson the adrenaline really follows on the way to a emergency call. Nothing makes a young man grow up more quickly, then having to perform CPR on a child, or running into a burning house and dealing with the fragility of life. He was the star quarterback at El Molino High School and has been a firefighter since he was 16 years old. Mike grew up around the firehouse as a boy because his father is a fireman. His dad, Joe, is a captain with the Sonoma Valley Fire Department. The 21 year old college student has encountered both death and the thrill of saving a human life. As a member of the elite fire department swift water rescue team, he has recovered his share of drowning victims and bodies on the Russian River. There are many similarities between playing football at SRJC and being a firefighter that Pierson embraces. “You train for ten football games a year and at the fire department we are constantly training for fires, medical emergencies or accidents. You might only go to five fires in a year, but the constant preparation is similar to football,” says Pierson. “They are both extremely challenging, there are no second chances, you don't get to redo a game or a fire call.” Believe it or not, during his down time at the fire house, he does homework and studies game video. Another big aspect of both disciplines that Pierson loves is that there is a big family unit on the field and in the firehouse. Both firefighting and football have tremendous team work components. Pierson also commented, “That you have to trust your teammates and your fellow firefighters.” Pierson is hoping to land with a division I or II college football program. When he earns his four year degree, he will then pursue a firefighting career. The 6'5", 230lbs quarterback started much of the year, had a 55% completion percentage, threw for 1,620 yards and for 14 touchdowns for the Bear Cubs (6-5, 2-3). SRJC made the post-season for the first time since 2008. Sports Media Relations: Mike McDowd, Photographer: Guy Mohr 12/9/13
Listen to Bearcub QB Mike Pierson Interviewed on KGO News 810 AM Radio
Volleyball Bumped Out of PlayoffsThe No. 9 Santa Rosa women's volleyball team was poised, pumped up, and ready to rock-n-roll against Cabrillo College on Saturday night in Aptos. Santa Rosa made the long trek along the central coast for round two of the CCCAA NorCal Volleyball Playoffs and came up against a tidal wave of talent facing the No. 1 ranked team in northern California. The Seahawks would not be grounded against the Bear Cubs, who were coming into the big showdown with a two game winning streak, that included a big playoff road win in Rocklin over Sierra last week. Prior to their first playoff win, Santa Rosa JC beat Sierra at home to end the 2013 regular season. Cabrillo does have exceptional talent and came into the match heavily favored ranked the No. 2 team in California at 27-0. They demonstrated their superb skill sets on the court against SRJC, and beat the Bear Cubs decisively in three straight games.
“We came out a little intimidated and flat,” said coach Caitlin Ferguson. “We did get things started and played better midway through the second set, but by then we already dug a hole for ourselves.” Though the Bear Cubs had confidence coming into the game, the team's inexperience was a factor. SRJC only has four sophomores and thirteen freshmen on the squad. Coach Ferguson also added, “They had more depth than we did and that was evident late in the match.” Santa Rosa statistically was lad by Megan Johnson with 11 kills and nine digs. Melissa Manni had 24 assists while Bryce Gevas contributed with nine digs. Santa Rosa finishes the 2013 season 14-12 overall and says goodbye to four special sophomores (pictured). Three of the four girls are local Sonoma County products. They include middle blocker Luisa Mcinns (Montgomery High), setter Melissa Manni (El Molino High) and rightside, defensive specialist Courtnie Morton (Rancho Cotate High), and outside hitter Megan Johnson (Sehome High, Washington State). Sports Media Relations: Mike McDowd, Photographer: Guy Mohr 12/3/13
Men's Soccer Heart Breaking Playoff Loss Imagine playing the “beautiful game” to near perfection and then with one swift kick of the boot by the opponent, your stellar run of a soccer season comes to a crashing halt. In a nutshell, that would be what happened to No. 3 SRJC as they played No. 7 Foothill College in round three of the CCCAA NorCal Soccer Playoffs, 11/30, at Cook Sypher Field. Despite playing nearly flawless soccer, the Bear Cubs season ended just like that, to a very strong and talented Foothill club. In the first half, Santa Rosa won 60/40 and were very aggressive. However, the name of the game is seizing scoring opportunities and the Bear Cubs had multiple attempts, but could not finish on balls in the net. Both clubs were deadlocked at half 0-0 and the two teams played in a defensive donnybrook the entire 90 minutes. SRJC came out a bit flat for about ten minutes during the second half, but the lads then did what they do best, dominate midfield for most of the second half. The red and blue would again have some scoring chances and the Bear Cubs would out shoot the Owls (14-3-5) 12-7 during the match. The game would be all summed up in the 88th minute by the Los Altos visitors, who got a goal from Brazilian, midfielder Nikolas Ferro. The sophomore received a pass from the back line courtesy of another fellow countrymen, Victor Bertoli for the lone goal. When Ferro took the pass, it was a one time, half volley shot, and it was the only shot of the match for Ferro. However, it was the one that counted the most for the Owls. Ferro admitted after the contest that it was a lucky shot and that he just received and kicked it in. The Bear Cubs managed a feverish one-last-shot attempt to score in stoppage time, but to no avail, and Santa Rosa would lose the ultimate heart breaker to Foothill 1-0. Needless to say, the Bear Cubs were disappointed that their terrific season came to a close. “We played tough and unselfish. We busted our tails, we countered well, but we could not finish and that's what you have to do in soccer,” said SRJC freshman Victor Calderon. Prior to Saturday, SRJC was so good that they had not lost a match in two months and finished (13-4-6) overall. “You love this game, I love my brothers on this team,” said sophomore Marco Lopez. “The trip to Hawaii, what memories. As a sophomore, it means something to be a Bear Cub. All the hard work... this is not a good way to end.” The Bear Cubs also now say good-bye to six outstanding sophomores: midfielder Keenan Whyte (Montgomery), back line Rogelio Alvarado (Ukiah), forward Jose Hernandez (Ukiah), midfielder Alberto Chaparro (Santa Rosa), midfielder Marcos Lopez (Willits), and defender Nicholas Rogers (Cambria). Sports Media Relations: Mike McDowd, Photographer: Guy Mohr 12/3/13
Women's Soccer Playoff Journey EndsThe SRJC women's soccer team marched to the state capitol looking to make a real statement in their second round game of the northern California soccer playoffs. Their opponent was a familiar Big 8 Conference, rival Consumes River (15-4-3, 8-4-2). This would be the third meeting of 2013 between the teams. This post-season match would offer another typical donnybrook between the schools. However, just like the other matches prior, Santa Rosa would come up a bit short ending their rather successful 2013 season. The game was played under the lights at the Consumes River football stadium. The No. 5 Bear Cubs (14-6-2, 9-4-1) made a case for themselves by dominating the first half. Santa Rosa was aggressive and clearly won the battle of the 50/50 balls during the entire match. In the first half, the Bear Cubs had a chance to score when freshman, midfielder, Dana Dibble (pictured) nearly put Santa Rosa in the lead when her shot from distance sailed just a yard right of the goal. Then teammate, sophomore, midfielder, Courtney Rebata, perhaps had the best chance of the half, but CRC freshman goalkeeper Anna Brown, saved her shot, with seven minutes left in the half. The first half ended in a 0-0 draw. During the second half, Santa Rosa was awarded a free kick near the beginning of the half that led to a dangerous header in the 18-yard box, but it was hit wide left. The team was not done trying to score, in the 54th minute of the match, Bear Cubs’ freshman, midfielder, Taylor Halstenson drilled a shot on a goal that went only a foot over the crossbar. The whole game came down to a heartbreaking set piece by the home team that delivered the knockout score. The lone goal came from Hawks sophomore, midfielder, Kaylyn Toyama, who drilled a free kick in the top right corner of the goal to give Consumes River the 1-0 victory over Santa Rosa. “The only goal came on a set piece and they scored. We outplayed them the entire match and I am very proud of my girls,” said Santa Rosa JC head coach Tracy Hamm. Santa Rosa JC opened up round one of the playoffs with a convincing 4-0 win over No. 13 Ohlone College on Saturday November 23. Sophomore, forward, Christina Rebata ended the season as the team leader with 12 goals. She also finished tied first for most goals scored in the Big 8 Conference. Sports Media Relations: Mike McDowd, Photographer: Guy Mohr 11/27/13
Women's Water Polo Finishes 4th in the NorthThe SRJC women's water polo team (4-6, 12-15) finished it's 2013 with two huge upsets to send them to the CCCAA NorCal Championship Tournament for the tenth time in the past 13 years. Entering the Big 8 Conference Tournament as the fifth seed, SRJC had to open the competition facing the host team No. 4 Diablo Valley. A win in that game was essential to assure the Cubs an at-large bid to the playoffs. The Cubs came out strong and were able to finish the game with a 10-9 win over the Vikings. A loss in the semi-finals against No. 1 American River put SRJC into the Big 8 Conference third place game against rival Fresno City. That game was tight the entire way, but the Cubs came up short 7-8 and finished 4th in the Big 8. However, that key victory over DVC in the 4 vs. 5 game, advanced them to the NorCal Championship Playoff Tournament in San Mateo as the No. 5 seed. Ironically, the Cubs had to open again in the 4 vs. 5 game in a rematch against Fresno City. Wanting to take care of unfinished business from the previous weekend, SRJC executed their game plan well and defeated Fresno City 6-2 for their second key upset of the season, ending Fresno's season, and advancing SRJC into the semi-finals of the NorCal Tournament. The Cubs battled hard in the semi's and eventually finished fourth in the north after losing to No. 3 Foothill in the bronze medal match 4-7. Several Bear Cubs were honored for their accomplishments in the 2013 season including: sophomore, field player Jillian Patalano and freshman, guard Lexi Baldwin being named to the Big 8 All Conference 2nd Team, as well as freshman, attacker Nicole Groat (pictured) being named to the All American, All NorCal, and All Conference First Teams. Groat led the team in goals scored (74) and steals (62) in 2013 and was also named to both the Big 8 and NorCal Championship All Tournament Teams. Congratulations to the SRJC women's water polo team for successfully completing a strong season. Photographer: Guy Mohr
SRJC Athletics on Facebook Breaking news, its time to get loud Bear Cubs NationSRJC 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
Bear Cubs for NATE Nathan Wagner is the son of Assistant Head Football Coach Lenny Wagner and wife Catrina. He is four years old and in February of 2010 was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and tumor. During the last six months Nate has undergone numerous surgeries to remove the tumor as well as extensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments to kill any remaining cancer cells that may exist. In addition to the cancer, Nate is currently battling numerous side effects from a variety of medications that he has to take daily. Despite all that he has gone through, and all that he is currently going through, he remains strong, upbeat and an inspiration to everyone he meets. As a result SRJC Athletics has begun to sell "Bear Cubs for Nate" bracelets to increase awareness and support the Wagner family. All proceeds from the bracelets will be donated to the Nathan Wagner Fund. The "Bear Cubs for Nate" bracelets can be purchased in the SRJC Sports Medicine/Training room for $5.00 each. For more information contact Monica Ohkubo at email@example.com or 707-527-4457.
Message from the Wagner Family We would like to thank SRJC and the entire community of Sonoma County for the support, prayers and positive energy they have
provided for our family. It has been a difference maker for us and we greatly appreciate it. -Lenny, Catrina & Nathan Wagner
Women's Basketball Friday-Sunday, December 13-15, Caren Franci Tournament, TBA.
Men's Basketball Thursday-Saturday, December 19-21, Kris Kringle Tournament @ TBA.
Weekly Scores & Results
Sunday 12/8: WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: COS Tournament, SRJC 63 vs. Sierra 59, 5th Place out of 16 teams
Saturday 12/7: WRESTLING: NORCAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENT, SRJC 5th Place
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: COS Tournament, SRJC 75 vs. Cerritos 47
Friday 12/6: WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: COS Tournament, SRJC 74 vs. College of the Sequoias 76
Thursday 12/5: WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: COS Tournament, SRJC 74 vs. LA Valley 68
Dance Performance Dance X 3 inlcuding SRJC's Dance Ensemble and the California Community College dancers will perform on December 15th, at 7pm, in the Dance Room, Tauzer Room 951. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets..
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