Men's Baskeball Advances to State Final Four The SRJC men's basketball team is roaring loud and proud because they are heading to the final four state tournament, this coming weekend in southern California. The team earned the right to participate in the CCCAA semi-finals, thanks to an impressive road victory over host Fresno City College on Saturday night, in the central valley. Santa Rosa (22-8) has been building a tsunami of momentum since December 19th winning 19 of 21 games. The victory over the north's No. 2 Rams in the Northern California Regional semifinals was also the squads 11th straight win in a row. The No. 3 Bear Cubs jumped on Fresno City quickly with an 18-1 lead in the opening 10 minutes of play. Outstanding Santa Rosa defense stymied the Rams (30-3) to become scoreless the first 7 minutes, 38 seconds. The host team missed its first 16 field goal attempts and didn't score until 12:12 left in the first half. SRJC went into the locker room with a 21 point lead. The Big 8 Conference Champions had to stop the Rams in the second half, because they turned things up with an up tempo game and full-court pressure. Fresno freshman guard Brian Chambers converted a fast break layup to reduce Santa Rosa's lead to 53-48. However, the Bear Cubs quieted the threat courtesy of four straight 3-pointers, including three straight from sophomore, guard Alec Kobre. "Fresno is such a good penetrating team; we tried to take away the penetration, force them to take outside shots and it worked," Santa Rosa coach Craig McMillan said. "Their shots weren't falling tonight as well as they do a lot of times. That was a big difference. Santa Rosa's Matthew Hayes, who continues to lead the team in scoring at 16.1 point per game came away with a 20 point performance. Freshman Davone Oliver had 17 points and Alec Kobre chipped in with 15 points. Santa Rosa is the No. 1 seed from the north and plays the south's No. 2 seed Chaffey (28-5), at Cerritos College, in Norwalk. The Panthers from Rancho Cucamonga lost in the 2013 state title game to Mt. San Antonio College. The Foothill Conference Champions are led by sophomore, forward Adom Jacko, who averages 13.7 points per game. The other semi-final match up features the south's No. 1 San Bernadino (28-7) vs. the north's No. 2 Chabot College (25-7). Should the Bear Cubs win their game they will play the winner of the Chabot vs. San Bernadino contest for the CCCAA state title on Sunday at 3pm. Mike McDowd, Sports Media Relations, 3/10/14
Game Box Score
CCCAA Men's Basketball Final Four
SRJC vs. Chaffey
Friday, March 15 at 5pm
Cerritos College, Norwalk
SRJC's Concussion Management Program Honored with NASPA Grand Silver Award Santa Rosa Junior College’s Concussion Management Program has been named the 2014 Grand Silver winner of the NASPA Excellence Awards. Dr. Nancy Chinn and Monica Ohkubo, the collaborative leaders of the program, will be honored in March at the 2014 NASPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Chinn is the Department Chair and Acquired Brain Injury Specialist in the Disability Resources Department at SRJC, and Ohkubo is the Head Certified Athletic trainer.at SRJC. Dr. Chinn found that only 17 percent of California Community Colleges were implementing best practices for concussion management that included baseline testing. Drawing from her 2010 research, Chinn and her department’s joint collaboration with Ohkubo’s Sports Medicine department has helped shape the Program as one that directly links and applies research into practice. In their NASPA submission, Chinn and Ohkubo explain that “Since its implementation in 2010, the (Concussion Management) program has conducted computerized baseline testing and provided comprehensive concussion education to over 1,500 student athletes. Additionally, over 100 student athletes have been diagnosed with concussion and participated in a systematic interdisciplinary approach for a safer and successful return to play and the classroom.” “What is unique about the SRJC program is the level of support regarding the student’s academic needs,” commented Patie Wegman, Dean of Disabled Students Programs and Services. “All contact sport athletes at SRJC now receive in-depth concussion education and baseline assessment prior to the start of their sport season. The likelihood of reporting a sports concussion has dramatically increased, in large part due to the culture shift brought on by the work of Dr. Chinn and Ms. Ohkubo.”
Ron Myers, SRJC Dean of Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance, said, “These two innovative educational leaders have spent countless hours developing the program. Their work has proven to be a shining example of how dedication to their profession and the students they touch promotes an extremely positive contribution to all involved.” NASPA is a leader in the advancement and sustainability of the student affairs profession. The organization “recognizes the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration” (www.naspa.org) from leaders such as Dr. Chinn and Ohkubo. Monica Ohkubo is currently a doctoral student at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and Nancy Chinn completed her doctoral research in Concussion Management from UC Davis School of Education.
Harrigan State's Top Scorer Just how often does a freshman women's basketball player from SRJC lead the state in scoring? It's a rare occurrence and a big deal. Meet freshman forward Gretchen Harrigan a rather deceiving presence on the court. She's not big, or exceptionally tall at 5'8” and she does not appear to be terribly intimidating. Now throw all of those adjectives out of the gym, because Harrigan has been California's No. 1 leading scorer until this week. Her amazing play includes setting the women's all time single game scoring record, with 51pts this year. Surely, ESPN's legendary Dick Vitale would say Harrigan is a prime time player who dominates. If Division I coaches around America don't know about her by now then shame on them! Harrigan has quickly become the talk of California junior college hoops. She is the catalyst behind the Bear Cubs who head into their last regular season game at home on Friday against Consumes River before the playoffs. It's an understatement, that her Head Coach, Lacey Campbell is thrilled to have her donning the scarlet red and blue colors this season. It’s not everyday that the Sonoma County girls basketball player of the year walks onto the campus, but she did. Fortunately, for SRJC Harrigan has not just walked, but has sprinted into the scoring limelight. Offensively she lights up the scoreboard with a 24.9 points per game, slightly down from her state leading average of 25.5 points per game. She is the number No. 1 Big 8 Conference scorer and leads the league in field goal shooting at 54.2%. She ranks 4th in rebounding at 8.2 rebounds per game. She is a huge reason why the Bear Cubs are 18-10 overall and 10-3 in the conference and sit in second place. So just how good has the local kid performed this season? The preeminent scorer has hit double figure 28 times and had 10 double-double games. On that famous school record breaking night on January 24, against Diablo Valley, Harrigan produced 51 points. She hit 19 out of 26 shots for a remarkable (73%) and hit 12 out of 16 free throws (75%). Six times this year she has scored over 30 points. Against Canyon College on December 27 she scored 41 points and amassed 20 rebounds. Harrigan's scoring play will be critical for the team if it plans to have playoff success. The star player could attain stats that get even gaudier. Originally, Harrigan was slated to attend Chico State, but had a change of heart. The basketball pundits say her fire power comes from the confidence she gained at Casa Grande High and there she was the 2012 Press Democrat-Empire Large School Basketball Player of the Year. The forward lead the Gauchos to a 31-3 record in 2012. She was known as a tenuous post player at Casa and worked on improving her outside shot to play in college. Harrigan is now handling the wing position for Santa Rosa. The all state player, was named to the ESPN California Division 2 Third Team. The next question remains is just how good will Harrigan get? Surely, fans can expect more to come because the sky is the limit fantastic freshman! Sports Media Relations: Mike McDowd, 2/20/14
2013-14 Harrigan Highlights
California's No. 1 leading scorer 25.4 points per game
Broke school single game scoring record with 51pts
Big 8 Conference scoring leader
Recorded 10 double doubles
Scored over 30 points or more six times this season
December 27 vs. Canyons, 41 points and 20 rebounds
Conference No 1. field goal Shooting Percentage 53.% Ranked 4th with 8.1 rpg
CCCAA December Female Honorable Mention Player of the Month
Eight Bear Cub Football Players Sign Deals The SRJC Football program continued its stellar tradition of sending players to Division I and II colleges. Last week, on national signing day, eight Bear Cubs committed to various schools. The most high profile signing was wide receiver Andre Davis who inked with Kansas State. ESPN ranks Davis as the nation's fifth-best junior college wide receiver. Listed below are the players who signed with schools across California and the nation.
DT Anthony Ezirm, Maria Carillo High School
Committed - Humboldt State
Ezrim joins the Humboldt State defensive lineman group. He spent two season at SRJC. While being part of the Bear Cubs team, he was the 2013 All-NorCal Conference Defensive Lineman and team's Defensive Player of the Year. Ezrim at Maria Carrillo High was voted All-North Bay League first team linebacker his final two years.
OL Calvin Sandeen, El Molino High School
Committed - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Sandeen utilized a redshirt year and played two seasons for SRJC. He will have two years of eligibility remaining at Cal Poly. The Bear Cub started on the offensive line the first five games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. As a freshman in 2012, Sandeen started eight games at right tackle. As a senior in 2010 at El Molino High, Sandeen caught three passes, one for a touchdown, and made 30 tackles. He earned a spot on the All-Sonoma County League First Team
DE Najee Johnson, Rodriguez High School
Committed- UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada
He joins high school and Bear Cubs' teammate Blake Richmond in signing with UNLV in 2014. At SRJC, he spent three years in the program. This past sophomore season, Johnson played in seven games for SRJC and recorded 22 total tackles, including a team-high three sacks, and forced and recovered one fumble. He also made eight receptions for 210 yards and a score. After high school in 2011, he redshirted his first year.
FS Blake Richmond, Rodriguez High School
Committed - UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
One of just two defensive backs in this year's UNLV class. Richmond played two seasons for both Head Coaches Keith Simons and Lenny Wagner. He joins Bear Cubs' and high school teammate Najee Johnson at UNLV. He was named All-NorCal Conference after posting 68 total tackles and four pass breakups as a sophomore. Richmond had 44 takedowns and an interception as a freshman for Santa Rosa JC.
WR Andre Davis, Dunbar High School, Baltimore, MD
Committed - Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Davis ranks as the nation's fifth-best junior college wide receiver by ESPN. While at SRJC, he was named an All NorCal Conference performer in 2013. Davis had 41 receptions for 841 yards and five TD's, while rushing seven times for 27 yards and another touchdown. He returned 28 kickoffs for a 21.1-yard average with a 98-yard touchdown and eight punts for a 6.4-yard average and a 58-yard touchdown. His freshman year he caught 32 passes for 312 yards and two TD's, returning 14 punts for an 11.0-yard average and 11 kickoffs for a 16.2-yard average. He's currently enrolled at Kansas State.
OL Lars Lindquist, St. Michael High School, Santa Fe, NM
Committed - Missouri Southern, Joplin, MO
He started two years at SRJC. Last season, he played on both the offensive and defensive lines. Lindquist recorded 16 tackles, two sacks and added an interception. He prepped at Saint Michael High School where he was a two-year starter. In high school, he was an All-State selection and was a nominee for the Offensive Lineman of the Year. He plans to major in English at Southern.
OL Scott Boyett, South Broward High School, Dania, FL
University of Akron, Akron, OH
Boyett will have two seasons of eligibility remaining to play for the Zips. He goes to a solid division one football program that finished 5-7 and plays in the Mid American Football Conference. While at SRJC, he helped the Bear Cub's to a 6-5 record and a Golden Valley Bowl Game in 2012. He attended South Broward High in Hollywood, Fl. He was chosen on the Florida Sun-Sentinel first team all-county selection as a senior in 2010.
SS Rufonda Moss, River Bend High, Fredericksburg, VA
Lamar College, Beaumont, TX
Rufonda Moss will head to Lamar College in Beaumont, Texas to a Cardinal program that finished 5-7 in 2013. His defensive play at Santa Rosa JC was solid in the secondary. His sophomore season, he recorded 8 solo tackles, 13 total tackles and 5 assists. Coming out of River Bend High, he was recruited by some high profile schools including Michigan State and Delaware State. Moss also played baseball in high school.
Sports Media Relations: Mike McDowd, 2/14/14
AT Student Serves His Country and SRJC Athletics International student, Dong Min “Rob” Sun, has just been accepted as a transfer student to San Jose State University’s Kinesiology program. Rob started in SRJC’s Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Program in Fall 2008. After one year in the program, he had to return to his home country of South Korea to fulfill his mandatory military service commitment. Head Athletic Trainer, Monica Ohkubo, recalls Rob saying, “I’ll be back right after I finish my service. See you then.” Three years later, in Spring 2013, Ohkubo heard a knock on the Athletic Training Room door over Winter Break. The door opened, and there stood Rob. “I’m back!” Compared to the average Athletic Training Student, Rob has overcome extreme challenges, including international enrollment fees, English as his second language, distance from his support system of family and friends and a mandatory three year leave of absence from SRJC. Rob has over 700 hours of experience working with all Bear Cub sports. Luisa McInnis, sophomore volleyball player, said “Rob is very personable. He also does a good job of communicating and remembering specific needs of each athlete.” Rob has volunteered extensively with football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, and he always comes to the Athletic Training Room with a good attitude and strong work ethic. “Rob has not only faced, but has overcome so many obstacles during his educational journey at SRJC. He is a man of his word, and was determined to complete our transfer program from Day One. I am proud to know such a persistent, loyal and hard-working person, and have no doubt that he will represent SRJC with distinction at the next level,” said Ohkubo. Rob will transfer to San Jose State this fall, where he will apply for admission into the Athletic Training Education Program. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Rob plans to pursue a Masters degree. He aspires to be a Certified Athletic Trainer and work with collegiate or professional athletes in the United States. 2/12/14
Helfet - SRJC's First Super Bowl Champion Last year, Jonny Gomes, a Bear Cub baseball star, played a key role in the Boston Red Sox World Series title. Now, former SRJC football standout, Cooper Helfet joins the professional sports elite helping the Seattle Seahawks win their first ever Super Bowl Title. It is a marvelous accomplishment for any Santa Rosa JC football player just to make it to the National Football League. If you’re lucky enough to win a title, then it’s icing on the cake. Cooper Helfet is now enjoying his cake, becoming the only SRJC football player in school history to capture a Lombardi Trophy. Helfet now owns something every football player dreams about and that's a Super Bowl ring. This past Sunday at Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seahawks put on a clinic thumping the Denver Broncos 43-8 in New Jersey. The 6'4", 240lbs tight-end plays on the practice squad and helped prepare his teammates to win Seattle's first football World Championship. The 24-year-old, Redwood High grad, joins fellow alum head coach Pete Carroll (both from Marin) in attaining pro football's most coveted prize. At Redwood, the first team all-conference selection helped the Giants to the North Coast Section playoffs. He also lettered in basketball and lacrosse. He was so talented in lacrosse that he played for Johns Hopkins University on a lacrosse scholarship in the fall of 2007, prior to coming to Santa Rosa. The entire football program at Santa Rosa is thrilled for Helfet and that includes his former coaches. “Cooper was a great player for us and I am very happy and proud to have been one of his coaches,” said SRJC head coach Lenny Wagner. The gifted athlete played two seasons 2008-09 under former head coach Keith Simons and helped Santa Rosa to an 8-3 record in 2008. As tight-end Helfet caught 28 passes for 382 yards including a 12-reception, 188-yard, three-TD performance in the Bear Cubs 28-20 win over Sierra College in the Premiere Bank Bowl. In 2009, he had 40 receptions for 657 yards and seven TD's. Helfet then transferred to Duke University where he was the starting tight end. In 2011, he was named to the 33-member watch list for the John Mackey Award. In 2010, he achieved honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and was an academic All-ACC choice. Next, Cooper Helfet may or may not go to Disneyland, but he is joining fellow teammates in their downtown Seattle victory parade to celebrate, with an estimated one million fans. The SRJC Athletic Department salutes Cooper Helfet in becoming the first ever player from the school to win a Super Bowl title. Sports Media Relations: Mike McDowd, 2/5/14
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