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Exeter grad Andrea Anez gains experience, team Big West title at UCSB

Exeter grad Andrea Anez gains experience, team Big West title at UCSB

Exeter graduate leads current crop of local student-athletes making strides at the four-year college levels

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. –  University of California Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) freshman Andrea Anez made strides running for the Gauchos this past fall. Already with an accomplished high school career she quickly rose to be the top freshman on the team. She is only one of five recent graduates from the foothill area who made strides at the four year level this past fall.

For Anez the high point of the season came on Oct. 29 when the UCSB girl’s team captured the Big West Conference Championship by a score of 45, their first in seven years. It came by a margin of just two points over rival Cal Poly. Anez finished in 45th place with a time of 22:33.3 which put her as UCSB’s seventh overall runner. While her score did not count because only the top five runners form each school count it still showed the strides she made.

“Personally and team wise this season was a huge success,” Anez said.

Over the course of the season Anez competed in five meets for the Gauchos. Her best finish was and 11th place with a time of 18:53.5 at the UCSB Lagoon Meet. That was good enough to be the team’s third scorer.

It was Anez’s ability to adapt to the college way of training that allowed her to have the success she did. The biggest was getting use to the amount of millage they had to run over the course of the week. The majority of the season Anez and her teammates had to run 60-65 miles. That is 20 miles higher than her high school training routine. The advice from other teammates such as individual conference champion Jenna Hinkle to build up to that millage helped as well.

“It is really nice having a full team and talking with them to find out what to do and what to do,” Anez said.

Anez will now compete on the Gauchos track team this spring. Already a distance runner, so naturally the 10,000 meter event would be a natural fit. However, Anez is looking to try a new event in the Steeple Chase.

Bryson Johnson
Greenville University, Football

The former Blazer turned Panther always knew he was going to play college football somewhere. Even though the Panthers record was middle of the road Bryson Johnson play was not. Overall Greenville University finished at 4-6, but now have a young player that will only get stronger.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound linebacker totaled a team leading 64 tackles. Of those tackles 27 were solo, and twice over the course of the season Johnson had a personal best nine. Both times the Panthers lost, 34-20 to Martin Luther, and, 21-14, Westminster. He also caused two fumbles.

Ally Holloway
Fort Lewis College, Soccer

High school athletes dream of playing at the next level, and that was the same for former Spartan Ally Holloway. This last fall she got to experience that dream first hand when she competed for the Skyhawks of Fort Lewis College.

Holloway’s scored one goal in ten game appearances that she made. However, that lone goal came through in a big way. On Oct. 13 the Jayhawks and the Mesa University Mavericks were tied at 1-1 going into the second half. Less than a minute in Holloway scored the game winning goal when she nailed a shot in the top right corner from 30 yards away. The Jayhawks won by a final score of 3-1.

Drake Jones
Cal Lutheran, Golf

Months after making his second CIF Southern California Regional Championship Tournament appearance former Monarch Drake Jones returned to Los Angles. Only this time it was to compete for the Cal Lutheran Kingsman.

On Sept. 18-19 came Jones best finish in his freshman season at the California State Invitational. He shot a two-under (142) at Olivas Links Golf Course. That was good for a tie in ninth place with teammate Tyler Ferrier.

Garrett Wilson
Chapman University, Water Polo

The thrill of competition was a factor for former Spartan Garrett Wilson. That is why he continued to play water polo at the D-III level for Chapman University this past fall.

Over the course of the season Wilson played in 16 games for the Panthers. In those games he scored four goals on five shots and had two assist. While in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play he made nine game appearances, and scored two of his goals.

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