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Solano Women’s Soccer Players Honored for Moving on to the Next Level

FAIRFIELD — Tuesday’s ceremony to honor a handful of Solano Community College women’s soccer student athletes was a good representation of the possibilities one has with being a student athlete at the school.

Juliet Ramirez and Annalissa Pena each signed a letter of intent to play at the next level with the University of Jamestown and Dominican University, respectively, while three others in attendance were honored for continuing their academic careers as well.

Anna Castro, Heather Walsh and Lauryn Williams were each part of the ceremony and celebration being recognized – as was Aly Bowers, who wasn’t in attendance because of work – by their coach, Jeff Cardinal, in front of family, friends and a few Solano staff members. Castro is headed to the University of California at Berkeley, while Walsh is going to Chico State and Williams to UC Santa Barbara. Bowers is bound for Sacramento State.

Each of them also had an idea of what they plan on studying at their next place of higher learning.

Castro is looking into political science, while Walsh wants to become a special needs teacher with a degree in liberal studies. Williams plans to get a degree in Spanish, but eventually work on a Masters in occupational therapy, while Bowers will be into early childhood development.

Ramirez is traveling the furthest, out to North Dakota to study kinesiology, with teammate Pena going into nursing.

Not only did each of the Falcons do plenty of work on the field, but they did it in the classroom as well with a combined GPA of 3.33 for the SCC women’s soccer team.

“It’s a lot of dedication and commitment,” Ramirez said of balancing both academics and athletics. “It’s pretty hard, but it’ll be worth it in the end.”

Ramirez attributed the success to being around teammates with the same goals in academics, citing working together often. Pena added that having some of the same pre-requisite classes helped with working together.

“It’s been a great experience,” Pena said. “I definitely enjoyed being at Solano. It means a lot that my teammates are transferring on. We worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the field and it’s nice to see we’re all finally going our separate routes and branching off.”

As for the play on the field, both Ramirez and Pena were midfielders and/or forwards and were seen in person by their respective coaches.

For Ramirez, she was asked to attend the Sophomore Showcase in Southern California, where junior college sophomores get a chance to compete in front of scouts. It was there the coaches at Jamestown saw her and later sent an email telling her they were interested.

“They liked how I would take on players all the time,” Ramirez said. “I had good skill and the ability to play at the next level.”

For Pena, she said Cardinal helped get her in contact with the coaches at Dominican and they invited her to participate in a practice in April.

“They thought I was a pretty dynamic player and liked what I was doing on the ball,” Pena said. “They also liked that I was able to just jump right in.”

If there was any moral to the story of being teammates, it’s that doing anything together is better than doing it alone.

“We talk a lot amongst ourselves on how to balance our classes,” Pena said. “Since a lot of us have the same classes, we’re look to each other for information and help to better ourselves in the classroom.”

By Marcus Lomtong from Daily Republic

Solano Community College Announces the Solano Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Fairfield, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) will hold the 21st Annual Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Solano College in Fairfield, California.

Solano Community College is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

1)      John Canova:  Football and Basketball Game Announcer 1987-present

2)      Kate Shipp:  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

3)      Welana Toki :  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

4)      Reggie Vezia II:  Men’s Basketball 2003 & 2004

5)      Ryan Lipkin:  Baseball 2007

6)      Victor Ferrante:  Baseball 2004 & 2006

7)      Shirley Lewis:  SCC Booster 1997-present

8)      Jennae Lambdin:  Softball Head Coach 1995 – 2000

Special Recognition Teams: 1996 Softball Team

Tickets are $50. For more information, please contact Claire Gover at Claire.gover@solano.edu

Solano College Tennis sends six to state

Please read the Times Herald article here, http://www.timesheraldonline.com/sports/20170419/solano-college-tennis-sends-six-to-state

Solano College Tennis sends six to state

For a Solano College tennis team in its infancy, the young group of nine has cultivated a rare form of unity.

In just it’s second year overall and inaugural year offering a women’s program, the fledgling group of Falcons defied the odds and will be sending six players to the state tournament in Ojai April 26-30.

Following successful showings at the conference tournament at American River College the first weekend of April, Chris Hagler, J.D. Bobo, Ashley Contawe, Sierra Shackelford, Reis Vince-Cruz and Krystov Fout earned their spot in the state tournament.

But while the expeditious maturation of the program allowed each team to place third in the Big 8 North Conference, the tennis team’s biggest challenge came before they set foot on Chris Cammisa Court.

“When we lost Victoria (Alvarez), who was a key piece to our puzzle in every way, we had to re-shift doubles teams,” said Solano head coach Jordan Walker. “But when we put Ashley and Sierra together, they started the conference schedule playing together and were at least the second best team in the conference. They raised their level of play pretty high.”

Donning a commemorative T-shirt in tribute to his team’s fallen Falcon, who died in a tragic drowning incident President’s Day weekend, Walker admitted that conversations were had in regard to whether or not their season should continue.

“It was brutal,” Walker said. “It was the hardest thing I’ve gone through as a coach. And for these young people who were already a really tight team, there was talk of (canceling the season). But we felt that if we asked her what she wanted that she would have definitely said to ‘play ball.’”

Solano was forced to reschedule a match at the outset of the season but managed to battle through, en route to a 7-5 record for the men and a 6-6 season for the women.

Solano freshman and Falcons’ No. 1 women’s singles player Camille Contawe was an integral source for the Falcons’ success and credited coach Walker for the warrior’s mentality he’d passed down to his team. And in her eyes, his patience and engaging demeanor was an important factor in the success of this year’s young group.

“To me personally, Jordan has so much patience,” she said. “There’s a lot of things I’ve learned from Jordan. He’s taught us how to be battlers and to go out there and play as hard as you can. But really, he’s not just a coach either. He’s been there for us like a second dad, or a friend.”

Alongside doubles teammate J.D. Bobo and fellow Falcons’ doubles team Vince-Cruz and Fout, Hagler is the lone Solano singles player slated to compete in Ojai.

The California Lutheran University transfer and Walnut Creek resident, who has taken on quite the commute throughout the season, has provided an unparalleled boost to his team and lost just one match all year.

But while he had his sites set on the trip to Ojai at the genesis of this season, Hagler couldn’t be more proud of his team as they look for the grandiose conclusion not typically fit for young group of their ilk.

“I’m really proud of them,” Hagler said. “The season started off really well and everyone was really close. And then all of a sudden something you can’t control happened and it brought us a lot closer; even though we were already close. We took some time to reflect on what happened and we came back and now we have even more motivation to win.”

By Michael Morris, MMorris@TheReporter.com, @thisjustm on Twitter

SCC Announces the Solano Hall of Fame Class of 2016

FAIRFIELD, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) will hold the 20th Annual Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, California.

Solano Community College is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2016:

1. Kenonte Howard, Football 2008-2010
2. Blake Mc Ahren, Football 2007-2009
3. Lovella Asuncion, Volleyball 2006-2008
4. John Canova, Game Announcer 1987-Present
5. Sharonda Watson, Women’s Basketball 2001-2003
6. Candace Holmes, Women’s Basketball 2001 – 2003

Special Recognition Teams:

Women’s Basketball Team 1995-1996
Football 1989-1990

Tickets are $50 . For more information, please contact Claire Gover at Claire.Gover@solano.edu

Assistant Solano Soccer Coach Sissi Do Amor Invited to Attend FIFA Congress in Mexico City

Sissi Do Amor, Solano Assistant Soccer coach and former Brazilian super star has been invited to the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, May 11-13, 2016. This World Soccer congress is a very prestigious event. Sissi was invited to the FIFA congress to play in a “Legends” game that is being initiated by the newly elected FIFA president. There will be a “Legends” game for both men and women. Additionally all invitees, will have the opportunity to meet with the new FIFA president and discuss the status of women’s soccer as well as attending official FIFA activities at the congress.

Sissi do Amor, the former Brazilian National Team Player, who is currently in her third season assisting the Solano College Women’s Soccer team, is the former Golden Boot Award Winner, for scoring the most goals in the 1999 World Cup in the United States and also the Silver Ball Award Winner, the 2nd Most Valuable Player in the 1999 World Cup.

Sissi is regarded among the top 5 Women’s Soccer players of all time in the history of the world. She played in 3 World Cups and 3 Olympics for Brazil. She was recognized by FIFA in the 2015 Women’s World Cup as one of the “Icons” of the women’s game. Sissi was also recognized in the 2015 Women’s World Cup for scoring one of the best goals in World Cup history.

  • 1989 – 2000: Member of the Brazilian Women’s National Soccer Team
  • 1991: Women’s World Cup – China
  • 1995: Women’s World Cup – Sweden
  • 1999: Women’s World Cup – USA
  • 1996: 100th Olympic Games – Atlanta
  • 2000: 101st Olympic Games – Australia

AWARDS:

  • 1997: Best Female Futsal Player
  • 1999:  FIFA Golden Boot Award Winner
  • 1999: FIFA Silver Ball Award
  • 1999: FIFA Voted 2nd Best Player in the World
  • 1999: Voted best female player in South America
  • Voted top 5 women’s soccer players of all time in the world

Related links from FIFA.com

Sissi is pictured with some of the most famous soccer players in the world including Mia Hamm, Luis Figo, Ronaldinho to name a few. Also, considered one of the best coaches in the world Jose Mourinho.

SCC Softball Clinches BVC Title, Crouse-Feehan Selected BVC Coach of the Year

Fairfield, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) Softball clinches BVC title and will play Sierra College in first round of CCCAA Play offs. Head Coach Crouse-Feehan has been selected as BVC Coach of the Year

The Solano Falcons Softball Team has clinched their 11th consecutive Bay Valley Conference Championship. The team finished the season 23-1 in the BVC. The Falcons overall record is 31-9 and they are currently ranked #12 in Northern California.

The Falcons with the #12 seed will play at #5 Sierra College in Rocklin this weekend in the CCCAA Softball Northern Regional Round 1 on Saturday at 2pm. Game 2 will be played on Sunday at noon. If needed a game 3 will follow at 2pm.

First Year Interim Head Coach Penelope Crouse-Feehan was selected as the BVC Coach of the Year. Monica Chapa was selected Most Outstanding Pitcher and selected to the All -State Team. Ashley Dufresne and Katelyn Lehman were selected to the All Nor Cal Team.

All Conference First Team Selections included Ashley Dufresne, Victoria Faleafine, Kylie Larsen, Katelyn Lehman and Ashley Whaley. Cassidy Pallo was selected to the All-Conference Second Team.

SCC Head Baseball Coach Scott Stover Records 300th Win

Fairfield, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) is proud to announce that Head Baseball Coach, Scott Stover, recorded his 300th win vs Yuba College. This is Coach Stover’s 14th season as the Falcon’s Head Coach. Coach Stover has led the Falcons to six conference titles in the past nine seasons. He has also guided the Falcons to eight playoff appearances in the past ten years, and only had one losing season during that span. Coming in to the 2016 season, the Falcons have won 249 games over the past ten years, making Solano average just below 25 wins a season in the past decade. This puts them in the top eight programs in Northern California during that span. The 6 conference titles is second in Northern California in the past decade. The Falcons have also won 187 games in conference play over the past ten seasons (entering 2016), which ranks them number one in the Bay Valley Conference. They have only lost 10 conference series since 2006, Coach Stover’s 300 wins at Solano ranks him second in school history, behind Stan McWilliams who coached from 1956-1986. The Falcons have broken a number of school records during Coach Stover tenure, including wins (32), conference wins (24) and team batting average (.339).

The 300 wins were hard fought. The Falcons have always played a very competitive schedule. Solano has been ranked in the top 3 in the RPI in strength of schedule, for the past 5 years.  During coach Stover’s tenure the Falcons have 82 wins vs ranked and playoff opponents. In addition, they have beaten 12 victories versus conference champions. These type of accomplishments earned Solano playoff hosting rights 7 times, including the 2011 Super Regional Host site, where they were the #1 seed. The BVC has been ranked in the top 3 the past 8 years, and in 2 of the last 3 years either had more teams with a winning record, than their neighboring conference, and/or more teams ranked in the top 20 of the RPI.

Coach Stover and his staff take pride that over 90% of their student-athletes have gone on to a four-year school.  In fact over 55 student-athletes from Coach Stover’s first 11 seasons have completed their undergraduate work and have obtained a B.A. or B.S.  In addition, he has coached 3 conference players of the year and 4 conference pitchers of the year, as well as over 30 total All-American and All-State student-athletes. He has also been awarded the Conference coach of the year honor four times by his peers.

Coach Stover played in the Bay Valley Conference as well. While at Cosumnes River he earned All-BVC Honors in both his freshman and sophomore year, while also earning All-BVC Academic Honors his sophomore season. This is Coach Stover’s 14 year at Solano, but his 16th season as a high level baseball coach in Solano County. Coach Stover began his career with the Solano Steelheads Professional Baseball Club, in Vacaville. He was the 3rd base and hitting coach in 2000, and in 2002 he was the Manager. His 43 wins as a professional manager and 300 wins as our college coach, makes him one of the most successful coaches to ever coach in this county.

Prior to the April 29 final regular season home game vs Mendocino College, we will recognize Coach Stover for his great accomplishments and present him with a plaque.

Darla Williams Celebrates 200th Win as SCC Volleyball Coach

Solano Community College (SCC) recognizes Darla Williams, Head Coach of the Women’s Volleyball Team, who recently celebrated her 200th win with the Falcon’s win over Mendocino last week. Coach Williams’ record is now 200 wins and 123 loses, and her Bay Valley Conference (BVC) Record is 128-44.

Darla Williams has been the Solano Community College Head Women’s Volleyball Coach since fall 2003. The Falcons were the 2006 and 2013 BVC Champions. The team has enjoyed seven trips to the Northern California play-offs. She finished the 2014 season in 2nd place and the 2013 season as the BVC champs along with being named Coach of the Year. Coach Williams was a student-athlete at Sierra College earning her Associates Degree in Liberal Studies. In the spring of 2008, she was honored and named into the Hall of Fame at Sierra College Athletic Department. Coach Williams earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (1988). She has two Master of Arts Degrees, in Counseling from La Verne University (1991) and in Physical Education from St. Mary’s College (1995).

Coach Williams has been teaching Physical Education and coaching volleyball since 1988. At Solano, she continues to develop young athletes through youth and high school volleyball camps. Erik Visser, SCC Athletic Director, stated “Coach Williams is an outstanding role model for our student athletes. Her teams excel both academically and athletically. In addition to an excellent teacher of the game, Coach Williams positively impacts the students on a daily basis, providing a very compassionate and nurturing environment.”

For more information, contact Erik Visser, SCC Athletic Director, at (707) 864-7126 or erik.visser@solano.edu.

SCC To Honor Athletics Hall of Fame Recipients

The Solano Community College (SCC) Athletics Department will induct eight outstanding persons into the 19th Solano College Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo starting at 7 pm. Due to the popularity of the ceremony, the event is currently sold out. The Master of Ceremonies will be Professor Greg Poff, Communication Studies faculty. SCC Athletic Director Erik Visser stated, “We are very excited to induct this very talented group of individuals who have represented Solano College in an exemplary way. They represent the strong tradition of Falcons – academic and athletic excellence.”

The Class of 2015 inductees are as follows:

Alison Aubert – Athletic Trainer
Alison has been the head certified athletic trainer at Solano Community College since 1993, and has been a college athletic trainer since 1987. Alison has also worked for USA track and field since 1984. She was an athletic trainer for track and field in the Los Angeles (1984) and Atlanta (1996) Summer Olympic Games, and worked with many notable US and International athletes. Alison has be awarded many honors, included the 2002 California Athletic Trainer of the Year, 2008 Solano College Adjunct Faculty of the Year, and 2009 National Athletic Trainer of the Year. Alison is presently the President of the California Community College Athletic Trainers Association and serves on the CCCAA Management Council.

Nadia Cameron Hollomon – Softball
Nadia’s college softball career began at Solano College, which helped her achieve a full-scholarship to the University of Tennessee. While at Solano, Nadia was named 1st team All-Conference (1997 & 1998); Golden Glove Award (1997 & 1998); All American (1998); All Northern California (1998), and the MVP of the Bay Valley Conference (1998). Nadia also received recognition off the field while at Solano College, making the Academic Dean’s list in 1997 & 1998. Nadia began her Tennessee (Lady Vols) softball career in 1998, where she was named All-Tournament team on five separate occasions, was selected for the Academic All-American team, and helped lead Tennessee softball to their first ever SEC Championship. While at Tennessee, Nadia obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice.

Christina Horner – Volleyball
Christina has had the pleasure of playing for coach Darla Williams in the 2005 and 2008 seasons. During these two seasons, Coach Williams has helped Christina obtain All-League in 2005 and MVP in 2008. Christina was also added to the All-Northern California Team in 2008 which is a great honor, as it is made up of the top twelve women for that year. With Coach Williams’ support she has helped Christina obtain two degrees from Solano: one in Psychology and the other in Social Science. After graduating from Solano Christina transferred to California State University, Sacramento and graduated with her B.A. in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Tom Hassey – Track
Tom ran track all four years while attending Fairfield High School, and became the first Fairfield High track athlete to go to State. Tome broke all of the meet records in the triple jump. While a student at Solano College, Tom began lifting weights. In a two year period of time, he went from bench pressing 160lbs to 490lbs. This feat, along with his strength, speed and technique enabled him to jump 52’2” – the 3rd best triple jump mark in junior college history. He also long jumped 24’2”, which was 4” off the school record. After Solano College, Tom became involved in professional arm wrestling. He won the Solano County, Northern California and the State Championships. Tom then won the World Arm Wrestling Championships 3 times and also took Second Place, left-handed at Petaluma.

Arica Henry – Softball
Arica Henry was the starting pitcher the year of 1995/1996. She led her team to a 36-11 record, in which they took second in the Bay Valley Conference (BVC), were Regional Champions and finished fourth in the State Championships. She received 2 All-Tournament selections, an All-State Tournament Honor, and 3 out of 4 win over the State Champion Sacramento College. She additionally received the most Inspirational Coaches’ Award in 1996. Arica maintained a cumulative 3.3 GPA while at SCC. She completed her Liberal Arts A.A. in 1997, also receiving the coaches’ award, and an NCAA Full Athletic Scholarship to Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) in 1997. She received a BS is Psychology and a PPS credential, and is currently employed as a school psychologist with the Fairfield Suisun Unified School District.

Rex Pettigrew – Football Coach
Rex was a star athlete and student at Hogan High School in Vallejo playing football and baseball. After high school, he attended Solano College playing baseball and earning his AS degree in Science in 1977. He then went on to San Jose State, graduating in 1981 with his BS degree and teaching credential in Kinesiology and minoring in Biology. For the past 35 years, Rex has taught physical education and biology at the high school level in the Vallejo City Unified School District. From 1988 to 1998, Rex returned to Solano College and joined Coach Ron Beverly as the Offensive Line Coach for the Football team. During this time, he assisted the team to 5 division championships and 5 bowl appearances. Under their direction, they had two of their players go pro; numerous players went on to play D-1 and many became teachers and coaches. Rex has been very involved in his community, serving as a Coach for Babe Ruth and Little league teams, training and teaching CPR for the Red Cross, volunteering for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and the Senior Games.

Holly Smith – Softball
After graduating Armijo High School in 1995, Holly continued her career at Solano Community College. Even though she only played one year at SCC, it was one of the most memorable years she ever had playing softball. Holly transferred to Arizona State University on a full scholarship and was the starting shortstop for three years. While at Arizona State she had the opportunity to play in the College World Series in 1999. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor in Science in Justice Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and a Minor in Psychology. After graduating, she continued to be involved in softball by becoming the Assistant Coach for the University of Oregon’s Softball Team. Upon deciding to return back home to California, Holly moved to Santa Cruz where she continued to give back to her community and help young girls develop their softball skills and a love for the game. Holly is currently working as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at a Level One Trauma Center.

Ebonielove Williams – Women’s Basketball
After breaking records at Vallejo Senior High, Ebonielove Williams was recruited into the great basketball program of Solano Community College. In her first year, Ebonielove received the award for Most Improved Player, and was key in the success of Solano Women’s Basketball team’s championship finish even though the team took a loss in the Elite 8. Ebonielove was a star leader starting for the Solano Falcons and averaged double-doubles in both points and rebounds. She took pride in defending great opponents and always played with a sense of passion and respect. She is the 4th all-time leading rebounder for a single season with 381 rebounds, and was All-Bay Valley Conference in 1999 and 2000. Ebonielove is the 9th all-time leading scorer for a career with 819 points. During her years at Solano, Ebonielove was a star student, earning awards that reflected GPAs of 3.0.

For more information, contact Erik Visser, SCC Athletic Director, at (707) 864-7126 or erik.visser@solano.edu.

SCC Softball and Baseball Conference Tournaments Set to Begin

The Solano Community College (SCC) Women’s Softball had a stellar season, with a final conference record of 20-0, clinching their 10th consecutive Bay Valley Conference Championship. Several team members have received recognition from the Bay Valley Conference. Andrinae White received Player of the Year, All-State Team, and National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Team honors. Alesia Selden received Pitcher of the Year recognition, and also received All-State Team recognition. Additional students who were recognized for outstanding team play include:

• Aleyna Benipayo, 1st Team Bay Conference and All-State Team
• Stephanie Cello, 1st Team Bay Conference and All-Northern California Team
• Brittany Jacobsen, 1st Team Bay Conference
• Denali Smith, 1st Team Bay Conference
• Jade Bactad, 2nd Team Bay Conference

The Falcon Softball Team is seeded #7 in the North region. The Falcons will host a best of 3 series for the post-season regional round 1 tournament when they will play #10 West Valley College at home on Saturday, May 2nd at 2 pm and Sunday, May 3rd at 12 pm.

The Solano College Baseball Team has completed their 2015 regular season schedule as well. The Falcons won their 6th Bay Valley Conference Title, in the past 9 years. The team finished 6th in the Power Rankings, and were awarded the 7th seed in the California Community College Playoffs, and the right to host. The Falcons have had some student-athletes already committed to four-year institutions. Infielder Alvaro Rubalcaba signed a letter of intent for CSU Northridge. Rubalcaba, a Vanden High School alum, is considered by some to be the best defender in the state. Outfielder Dareion Evans has signed with Texas Southern University. The 3-time President’s Award winner prepped at Rodriquez High and will be a great addition to the Tigers program. Jacob Pavlosky, (Albany High) has committed to University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The outfielder will try to be a key contributor for the Golden Lions.

The Falcons Baseball team will play host this weekend to #10 Ohlone College. The Renegades were co-champions of the Coast Pacific Conference and boasted a record of 26-10. It should be a great series between the two teams. Nathan Jenest (5-2), will get the start for the Falcons. Jeremy Jacobs (4-1) will get the ball for the Renegades. The first pitch is 2pm on Friday.

Tickets to these games are $7 for students with ID, faculty, children under age 12 and seniors. General admission is $10.

For tournament information, contact Claire Gover at Claire.Gover@solano.edu or (707) 864-7119