May 11, 2022- UC Merced
The University of California, Merced Athletics Department had a department record 15 Bobcats named 2022 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, as announced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Multiple UC Merced student athletes were honored on the men's cross country team, women's cross country team, women's basketball team, women's volleyball team and women's soccer team.
Women's basketball's Rainah Smith highlights the group and she becomes the first 3X Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in UC Merced history to be named to the First Team.
Jonathan Chavez (men's cross country), Corbin Farias (men's cross country), Tiler Fears (men's basketball), Daniel Herrera (men's cross country), Lexus Lagumbay (women's volleyball) and Kaikoa Soma (men's volleyball) also joined Smith with First Team honors this year for their respective sport.
All 15 Bobcats were published in the annual Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars special report edition.
MAGAZINE As the name denotes, the annual Ashe edition is a part of the Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine's quarter-century legacy of recognizing outstanding minority young men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5, be at least a sophomore academically, and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
Complete list of UC Merced's 2022 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars
Men's Basketball: Tiler Fears
Women's Basketball: Deyliana Lewis, Haylee Owen, Rainah Smith
Women's Soccer: Ciera Santos, Isabella Spiva Men's Volleyball: Kaikoa Soma
Women's Volleyball: Lexus Lagumbay, Olanasaze Ojo, Edwena Wong
Men's Cross Country: Jonathan Chavez, Corbin Farias, Daniel Herrera
Women's Cross Country: Emily Gonzales, Alexandra Lopez Farias, Lagumbay, Lewis, Santos, Smith and Spiva were also named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars in 2021.
Posted: April 25, 2022
MERCED, Calif. — Merced College is inviting the campus community, alumni and supporters from throughout the Merced region to an Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony honoring legendary baseball coach Butch Hughes.
The first Hall of Fame event since before the COVID-19 pandemic will include a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated and renamed Butch Hughes Clubhouse, along with the induction of Hughes’ remarkable seven state championship teams from 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.
The celebration will include two days of events:
• Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m. — Merced College baseball game vs. Porterville, including recognition of the championship baseball teams. Admission is free to all.
• Saturday, April 30, from 12 to 3 p.m. — Hall of Fame Presentation and Butch Hughes Clubhouse Dedication Ceremony, at the Merced College Baseball Field. Stadium Favorites lunch and Blaker Brewing on tap. Tickets are $60 per person, or $500 to sponsor a table of eight.
“Coach Butch Hughes was an extraordinarily successful and integral part of Merced College baseball,” said Merced College Athletic Director Bob Casey. “He not only had an exemplary record coaching, but built strong, lasting relationships with his players. He was a champion for baseball at the college and in the local community. His impact on Merced College baseball is immense and leaves a lasting legacy.”
Hughes amassed an impressive win-loss record of 302-72 from 1971-1981. The program’s achievements during his time as coach included: 7 state championships; 7 conference championships; 47 All-Conference players; 7 All-American players; 20 players who signed professional contracts and many who went on to play at four-year colleges.
The clubhouse renovations include a much-needed facelift to the outside of the facility, as well as additional storage, paint, seating, bathrooms and flooring. It will provide the perfect environment for student-athletes to bond as a team, as well as a space to study and learn, according to baseball coach Nathan Devine.
“This will be a huge addition to the Blue Devil baseball program, and a great reminder of our program’s history,” Devine said. “Coach Hughes was instrumental in the early development of our baseball program and set the standard for future Blue Devil Baseball teams.”
Purchase tickets by April 18 at https://www.mccd.edu/rd/hall-of-fame.
For information, call 209-384-6009.
Posted: March 3, 2022
The UC Merced women's basketball team beat Westcliff University 64-46 on Tuesday night to win their fourth California Pacific Conference Tournament Championship in the last eight years.
The Bobcats (18-7), who entered this year's tournament as the No. 1 seed and most recently won the title in 2017, now own the most postseason hardware out of any active team in the conference.
The Bobcats head to the NAIA National Tournament with a program-record 12-game winning streak.
The Bobcats will be one of just four national tournament teams in the field of 64 that went perfect in league play and won their respective conference tournament championship. The Bobcats are joined by Iowa Wesleyan, Our Lady of Lake and Southeastern. Winners of 12 straight, the Bobcats have tied the longest winning streak of any team, in any sport, in UC Merced history.
Led by head coach Sarah Hopkins-Chery, the Bobcats led 24-22 at the half before outscoring Westcliff 23-9 in the difference-making third quarter. The Bobcats ended the third quarter on a 9-0 run. The Bobcats' biggest lead of the night was 26 points at 62-36 midway through the fourth quarter.
Senior Mikayla Mabie led the Bobcats with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Six of Mabie's 12 points came at the charity stripe to put in her double figures for the fourth time in the last five games dating back to the regular season.
Haylee Owen nearly matched Mabie and finished with 11 points, six assists and five rebounds. The Chula Vista, California, native knocked down two triples and five foul shots.
Mabie and Owen are the second and third players in program history with at least 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in a postseason game. Courtney Danna was the first on Feb. 26, 2017.
Mabie's and Owen's six assists are a program championship game record.
Owen passed Danna on Tuesday for fifth on the program's all-time record list with 113 career three-point field goals.
Cierra McClain joined Mabie and Owen in double figures with 10 points on 50% (4-8) shooting.
Rainah Smith grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with seven points and a blocked shot.
Smith's double figure rebounding game was her third in a row and seventh in the last 10 games.
Damilola Sule was good for eight points and eight rebounds. Madison Hotchkiss bottomed a pair of three-point field goals on her way to eight points. Hotchkiss has multiple triples in three consecutive games.
Other individual notables include seven rebounds from Marisse Jackson, and six rebounds and two steals from Andrea Rogers to extend her steals streak to 16 games.
Head coach Sarah Hopkins-Chery's team outrebounded Westcliff 54-32 on the night, 23-11 on the offensive glass. The Bobcats forced 13 turnovers.
The Bobcats will now wait to see who they will play in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The selection show is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 4 p.m.
November 16, 2021
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The University of California, Merced women's basketball team earned a pair of 50+ point victories in Southern California this week, including tying the program's biggest margin of victory in a 104-38 win Tuesday evening at Bethesda University. The Bobcats beat Life Pacific University 89-38 on Monday night.
The 104-38 win ties the record (+66 point advantage) originally set on November 4, 2018 in a 101-35 home win over Saint Katherine. Head coach Sarah Hopkins-Chery's team also tied the program's single-game three-point field goals record in the win, knocking down 16 triples while shooting 47% (16-34) from beyond the arc.
The Bobcats neared a program-record with 31 assists and 23 steals.
Deyliana Lewis led five Bobcats in double figures with a career-high 19 points. She shot 100% (7-7) from the floor, becoming the first Bobcat in program history without a miss while attempting at least seven field goals. She also notched three steals for the second time in the last three contests.
Madison Hotchkiss kept pace with Lewis and buried six triples en route to an 18-point performance. The first-year Bobcat is the tenth player in program history with at least six three-pointers in a game and she did so on just nine shots.
Cierra McClain finished with a season-high 17 points and six rebounds, the second highest scoring output of her career and her tenth double figure scoring game overall. Haylee Owen was good for 13 points and a season-high seven assists, while Andrea Rogers approached a double-double with ten points and eight rebounds. The duo also had a pair steals.
Owen passed Alexis Wu for fifth in program history with 169 career assists.
Julinna Fletes held game-high with four steals to go along with six points and a season-high six assists. Mikayla Mabie pitched in eight points and three steals. The Bobcats forced 25 turnovers overall and limited Bethesda to just 31% (15-49) shooting. The Bobcats scored 34 points off those turnovers.
Hopkins-Chery's team held Bethesda to less than 10 points in each of the final three quarters, including a game-low six points in the final frame which helped lead to the biggest road win in program history.
Looking ahead, UC Merced plays host to first-time opponent Lincoln University on Friday, November 19 at 5:30pm inside the Joseph Edward Gallo Gymnasium.
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