Citrus College football players Donnie Fields and Isaiah Kepley are the latest Owls to sign scholarship offers, with Fields headed to NCAA DI BCS Old Dominion and Kepley going to NCAA DI FCS school Southeastern Louisiana.
Fields (Arcadia HS) was a two-year starter for the Owls’ defensive line. He recorded 35 tackles, three sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss, three fumble recoveries, three passes deflected and an interception.
Old Dominion begins its first season in BCS play in 2013, joining Conference USA.
Kepley (Victor Valley HS) was also a two year starter for the Owls, starting at wide receiver and serving as it’s primary place kicker. He hauled in 51 passes for a team-high 752 yards and eight touchdowns, just two away from the single-season record.
He has 73 career receptions (3rd all-time), 954 yards receiving (4th all-time), and 10 receiving touchdowns (2nd all-time). Kepley also has 142 career points which is the new program record for most points. Kepley also broke the record for longest field goal in a game against Long Beach City when he booted a 52-yarder.
Sophomores Kerry Carter, Rodney Mathews, and Jasmine Williams have been named the 2012-2013 Citrus College Athletes of the Year. In addition six other Citrus College student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom.
Carter has spent three seasons with Citrus, red-shirting the 2010-2011 season, before stepping onto the floor for the first time during the 2011-2012 campaign. For his career, Carter averaged 16.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. He is the career leader in program history in points per game average. In the fall, Carter will be attending NCAA DI St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA where he will be attending and playing for the Gaels on an athletic scholarship.
Mathews (Damien High School) was a two-year starter, totaling a career-high 94 solo tackles and 158 total tackles. Mathews is second in program history with nine career interceptions and third in program history with 14 pass break-ups in his two seasons on the gridiron for Citrus. He is headed to Fresno State.
In her two seasons on the pitch, Williams meanwhile left her mark all over for the Owls. Williams is the single season record holder for points, goals, and assists in a season and holds the career records in all three categories as well. She is heading to Cal State San Bernardino in the fall.
In addition to the three Athletes of the Year, six other current and/or former Owls were recognized for their academic accomplishments on campus. James Ayotte (golf), Audriana Arceneaux (soccer), Julie Gongwer (swimming), Blake James (baseball), Bre Lockett (softball), and Alyssa Lozano (soccer/softball) were all recognized as Distinguished Students for their job in the classroom.
Citrus College cross country standout Vanessa Esquivel will finish up her collegiate eligibility at Dickinson State in South Dakota, an NAIA school that competes in the Dakota Athletic Conference.
Esquivel, a graduate of Chino High School, is the second athlete from the school in as many years to move on to that school. Christina Soto did so a year ago.
Esquivel helped the Owls qualify for the state meet in the fall and finished 38th individually out of 200 runners with a personal best time of 19:31.44.