By Jeremy McDonald
For 64 athletes that gathered in the Library Board Room at Sierra College Wednesday to being recognized for their commitments to four-year universities, first-year athletic Director Lucas Moosman said the message is clear about their student-athletes.
To see them succeed as individuals.
“We’re here because we believe in the system," said Moosman. "That the college and what Sierra College provides for those student athletes and helping them building their lives athletically and academically.
“To see all those folks from our programs move on, that’s a special thing and it’s nice to see them all in one room. We meet them individually, but to see them all together in one group, it puts it into focus on how special it is.”
For coaches, it's exciting to see their players going on to the next level.
“it feels really good,” said Wolverine head coach Ben Noonan. “That’s the goal, it’s what Junior College is all about, it’s a stepping stone to move these guys on to the next level.”
Of 22 sophomores that Noonan had in the program last year, 19 received scholarships for the next level.
One of them is Austin Wyatt-Thayer, a San Diego State commit to play Linebacker for the Aztecs, had 80 tackles and one sack in eight games for Sierra during his sophomore campaign.
“It’s been something I’ve been looking forward to my whole life,” said Wyatt-Thayer. “It’s been something I’ve been working towards putting in a lot of hard work. It’s really exciting.”
As for Taylor Donnot, a Del Oro graduate, overcame some hurdles to get a scholarship to NCAA Division-II Dominican University in San Rafael crediting those around her for her success at Sierra.
“It’s more surreal than anything,” said Donnot. “Now looking back, literally four years ago I never would’ve had thought 60 pounds heavier, 18 years old. This has been an opportunity of a life time.
“The support from my coach and Matt (Folsom) and Nancy, the support team here is given me the faith in myself that it’s made me who I am. It made me fight 100-percent, it’s just one thing after another that not just broke me down, but built me up.”
Donnot said her motivation for 2015 was former Wolverine basketball player Sasha Brown, who’s fight on the court motivated Donnot to play with a fiery passion that helped her get where she is today.
“It was not one thing that really brought it in for me,” she said. “It was everything added up, that has made this experience the best experience of my life.”
All in all, the confidence that these young student-athletes will succeed at the next level.
Below is the list of Sierra College student-athletes who are playing at the next level. If you like to submit any corrections, let 65 Sports know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Sierra College 2015 Scholarship Celebration Athlete List
Baseball High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. Stevin Cisneros Rocklin/Rocklin, CA Oklahoma Wesleyan
2. Jake Cobb-Adams Kailua/Kailua, HI Lewis & Clark St.
3. Kyle Colombini Galena/Reno, NV CSU Chico
4. Kyle Dixon Woodcreek/Roseville, CA New Mexico St.
5. Jake Faulkner Rocklin/Rocklin, CA Central Arkansas
6. Michael Lawn Servite/Anaheim Hills, CA Nevada-Reno
7. Kyle Lewis Bishop Manogue/Kings Beach, CA Long Beach St.
8. Ethan Liddle Lincoln/Lincoln, CA Cal Poly SLO
9. Tanner McVey Rocklin/ Rocklin, CA CSU Northridge
10. Tyler Milani Woodcreek/Roseville, CA Central Arkansas
11. Michael Moore Colfax/Colfax, CA Texas A&M, Texarkana
12. Michael Phelan Bella Vista/Citrus Heights, CA Nevada-Reno
13. Roland Pussich Nevada Union/Grass Valley, CA Sonoma St.
14. Evan Ramirez Kahuku/ Punaluu, HI Texas A&M, Texarkana
15. Bryce Reichmann Roseville/Roseville, CA St. Mary’s College
16. Steve Rossi Alhambra/Martinez, CA Sonoma St.
17. Bret Sundberg Del Campo/Carmichael, CA CSU Chico
Football High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. Dedric Allen Inderkum/Sacramento, CA Missouri Valley College
2. Larry Baker-Bruce Jackson/Everett, WA Undecided (4 offers)
3. Eddie Brown Inderkum/Sacramento, CA Undecided (2 offers)
4. Anthony Beasley Franklin/Sacramento, CA Minnesota-Duluth
5. Durant Foote Spanish Springs/Sparks, NV Sioux Falls (SD)
6. Zack Graves Whitney/Rocklin, CA Univ. of Mary (ND)
7. Conor Gray Placer/Auburn, CA Humboldt St.
8. Leonard Hazewood Antelope/Antelope, CA Idaho
9. Zachary Kuzens Douglas/Portland, OR Lynfield College (OR)
10. Trevon Lampley Franklin/Elk Grove, CA Mayville St. (ND)
11. Nesly Ovincy Leonard/W. Palm Beach, FL Undecided (5 offers)
12. Rickie Reynolds Grant/Vallejo, CA Glennville St. (OH)
13. Conrad Tanyi Spanish Springs/Sparks, NV Undecided (6 offers)
14. Austin Wyatt-Thayer Paradise/Paradise, CA San Diego St.
15. Darian Thomas Coral Gables/Miami, FL Undecided (3 offers)
16. Javon Tillman San Leandro/Oakland, CA Southeastern Louisiana
17. Ernesto Torres Center/Antelope, CA Glennville St. (OH)
18. Isaiah Walters McClymonds/Oakland, CA Undecided
19. Jason Whitfield Pioneer/Woodland, CA Glennville St. (OH)
Men’s Basketball High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. Isaiah Piniero Placer/Auburn, CA University of Portland
2. Devin Moss Rocklin/Rocklin, CA Cornell
Soccer High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. Molly McConnell Whitney/Rocklin, CA Sacramento St.
Softball High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. Kaitlyn Garcia Casa Roble/Orangevale, CA CSU Monterey Bay
2. Courtney Kelley Vintage/Napa, CA CSU Monterey Bay
3. Taylor Martinez El Camino/Sacramento, CA CSU Monterey Bay
4. Sydni Scott Vintage/Napa, CA Oregon Tech
5. A.J. Tinoco Natomas/Natomas, CA Mayville St. (ND)
6. Kasie Trezona Casa Roble/Orangevale, CA San Francisco St.
7. Meghan Wantz Del Campo/Fair Oaks, CA BYU-Hawaii
Women’s Golf High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. April Chang Highlands/Antelope, CA CSU Chico
Women’s Aquatics High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. Gabrielle Avallone Ponderosa/Shingle Springs Nevada-Reno
2. Lauren Cagle El Camino/Sacramento, CA Undecided (5 offers)
3. Morgan Callahan Del Oro/Penryn, CA Sonoma St.
4. Elizabeth Rodgers Bella Vista/Fair Oaks, CA San Jose St.
5. Savannah Rose Liberty/Brentwood, CA CSU Bakersfield
Women’s Basketball High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. Aliya Davis Woodcreek/Everett, WA Undecided (3 offers)
2. Taylor Donnot Del Oro/ Loomis, CA Dominican University
3. Liz Gehweiler Woodcreek/Roseville, CA Undecided (2 offers)
4. Ashley Jenkins Oroville/Oroville, CA Undecided (3 offers)
5. Aaliyah Monroe McNair/Manteca, CA Undecided (2 offers)
6. Megan Roberson Del Campo/Sacramento, CA Loyola Marymount
Wrestling High School/Hometown Four-Year School
1. Oscar Flores Cosumnes Oaks/Elk Grove, CA Southern Oregon