Redlands family has new addition

Congratulations go out to University of Redlands sports information director Rachel Roche and husband Geoff who are proud new parents.

Rachel gave berth to the couple’s first child on July 31 – a baby girl named Kenzie Michelle.
She weighed eight pounds and six ounces and was 21 and a quarter inches, arriving at 12:46 a.m.

Mother and baby are doing well.

New addition to the Redlands family

Congratulations go out to Unievrsity of Redlands sports information director and senior women’s administrator Rachel Roche who gave berth to an eight-pound, six-ounce baby girl on July 31.

It is the first for Rachel and husband Geoff, the school’s men’ tennis coach.

Kenzie Michelle arrived at 12:46 a.m. She was 21 and a quarter inches long.

Mother and baby are both doing well.




RCC track stars pick colleges

Riverside men’s track coach Jim McCarron announced today that two members of the District’s State Championship Track and Field Team have signed Division I scholarships.

Dylan Nielson, who ran the lead-off on the state-champion 4×100 relay team and also competed in the high hurdles, signed a full scholarship with Utah State. Meanwhile, teammate Lance Gonzales, who competed in the decathlon, javelin and long jump, has decided to continue his education and athletic career at Cal State Northridge on a full scholarship.

Both of these young men were clutch performers this year,” said McCarron. “They were big factors in the our state championship run, and I know will have an immediate impact at the conference and national level at their universities.”

Gonzales, who finished second in the decathlon and third in the javelin and seventh in the long jump at the state meet, is making a run for the 2012 Olympic Team in London. He concluded his career at Riverside as the record-holder in the decathlon, a student of distinction and a holder of a 3.4 GPA.

“I’m going to Northridge to focus specifically on the decathlon and possibly a shot at making the 2012 Olympic Team,” said Gonzales, who is majoring in Physical Education and plans to become a teacher and a coach.

Nielson, a graduate of Palm Desert High School, said “Utah is a place where I can get that business degree, continue to develop as a hurdler and possibly, too, make the 2012 Olympic Team.”

Cal State’s Webster golf tournament alternate

Gene Webster Jr., a junior this fall at Cal State San Bernardino, was simultaneously happy and disappointed about playing one of his best rounds of the year in Monday’s 36-hole sectional qualifer for the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship at Glendora Country Club.

    Webster, an NCAA all-West Region and all-CCAA conference player this past season for CSUSB, shot a 68 over his final 18 holes after a morning round of 74 to finish at 142 and wound up as the No. 2 alternate out of the sectional.

    In order for him to advance to the tournament at Pinehurst, N.C. on Aug. 18-24, both of the two sectional qualifiers who finished four shots ahead of Webster and the No. 1 alternate (Andrew Roque of Fontana) would have to decline the trip.

    Chances of that happening, Webster said, were “very unlikely.”

    “I didn’t play well in the morning. I didn’t putt very good, but I had it going in the second round,” Webster said by phone Wednesday. The San Bernardino resident and Arroyo Valley High School graduate was three under par with three holes remaining.  “I felt I had to shoot 66 to have a shot at it. At No. 16 I missed a 12-foot putt for birdie. I birdied No. 17. And, at 18, I had a 10-foot putt that looked like it was good but it did a slow lip-out. That kind of summed up my day.”

    Summer play has not been kind to Webster. He lost in the first round at the City of Long Beach Match Play tournament and missed the cut in the Long Beach City Amateur.

    Next on his agenda is the California State Fair Amateur Tournament in Sacramento over Labor Day weekend. He hopes to qualify for the California State Open at the end of September.  

    Webster averaged a team-low 73.5 strokes for 34 rounds of golf for CSUSB this past season, helping them finish second in the CCAA conference, fourth in the NCAA West Regional and advance to the NCAA national championship for the third straight year. The Coyotes wound up a disappointing 18th at nationals.

UCR gets basketball transfer

UC Riverside Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Wooldridge announced today that former Gonzaga Forward Larry Gurganious has transferred to UC Riverside and enrolled in classes this summer.

“Larry is a great addition to our program,” said Wooldridge. “He brings major Division I college experience along with a tremendous amount of athletic ability both of which should help us reach our goal of providing UC Riverside with a championship caliber basketball program.”

Gurganious, a Berkeley, CA native, played two seasons for the Bulldogs. As a sophomore last year, he saw action in 26 games, picking up two starts, and averaged 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while connecting on 50.0 percent of his field goal attempts. The 6-5 forward sat out the 2006-07 season with a back injury that did not require surgery. As a freshman, he played in 31 of 33 games averaging 7.6 minutes per game while averaging 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

The 21-year-old Gurganious attended St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley where he played for head coach Manny Nodar. As a senior, he averaged 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds as the Panthers went 29-5 before losing to Campbell Hall in the CIF Division IV State Championships title game. Gurganious scored 21 points and grabbed eight boards in the title-game loss.