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Where are they now? Updates on former Valley sports standouts

(School and last year played locally are in parentheses)


Bethany Wurster (Douglas ’11 ), soph., Nevada: Wurster had a breakout tournament at the BYU Entrada Classic at St. George, Utah. She closed the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 72, marking her career best. It added up to a fifth-place finish for Wurster and a season-best third-place finish for Nevada.


Grant Denny (Douglas ’11), fr., Feather River: No competitions last week. Feather River leads the overall men’s rodeo season standings in the West Coast Region. Denny leads the region in bareback riding with 781 points.


Chris Balcom-Miller (Douglas ’05), Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox Double-A), RHP: Participating in Spring Training in Fort Myers, Fla. Currently projected to start the season with Double-A Portland.

Tyler Hoelzen (Douglas ’09), sr., LHP, Sacramento State: The Hornets are 12-8 on the season. Hoelzen has a 2.03 ERA with a 1-1 record. He has 12 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched and has walked four batters.

Cody Begovich (Douglas ’12), fr., LHP/OF, Northeastern State (Oklahoma): Begovich has played in seven games this season for the Riverhawks, who are 11-10 on the year.

Troy Torres (Douglas ’09), jr., 3B, Tabor College: Tabor is 14-8 on the season. Torres has started seven games for Tabor and played in another 14.

Kyle Ford (Douglas ’10), jr., C, Avila University (Mo.): Avila is 12-8 on the year.

Ryan Ford (Douglas ’10), fr., 3B/P, Avila University (Mo.): Ford leads the team in batting with 13 hits on the year and a .419 average.

Kameron Van Winkle (Douglas ’11), soph., C, Feather River: The Golden Eagles are 13-7 on the year after sweeping three games from Lassen. Van Winkle has played in 13 games.

Shane Fencl (Douglas ’11), soph., SS, Feather River: Grey-shirting.

Matt Thomas (Douglas ’11), soph., RHP, Feather River: Thomas is 5-1 on the year with a 1.56 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched.

Walker Gemmill (Douglas ’11), soph., C, Lassen: Gemmill has driven in seven runs on the year with a .216 average. He’s played in 18 games.

Cody Lommori (Douglas ’11), soph., 1B, American River: Lommori is batting .250 with a pair of doubles and a pair of RBIs.


Stephanie Harper (Douglas ’09), sr., P/1B, Concord: Harper is batting .362 with four doubles, a triple, nine RBIs and a stolen base. She has also pitched in three games, striking out 13.

Jenna Geyer (Douglas ’12), fr., 1B, Feather River: Geyer has driven in five runs and hit two doubles on the year.

Amanda Caras (Douglas ’12), fr., IF, Santa Barbara College: Caras is hitting .296 with three doubles and two RBIs on the year. She has played in 23 games.


Jessica Waggoner (Douglas ’09), jr., Army: Waggoner took 11th in the discus at South Carolina Shamrock Invitational last week with a throw of 137 feet, 9 inches.

Wade Meddles (Sierra Lutheran ’10), jr., Eastern Kentucky: Outdoor season opens March 29 in Cincinnati.

Nick Maestretti (Douglas ’12), fr., Kansas: Outdoor season opens March 27 at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

Becky Grabow (Sierra Lutheran ’12), fr., Pacific: Grabow set a school record in the 5K at the Hornet Invite on Saturday, turning in a time of 18:57.71 to take 10th in the race.

Davey Fisher (Douglas ’09), sr., Pacific Lutheran: Next meet is today at Lewis & Clark.

Garrett Tenney (Douglas ’10), jr., Jamestown College: Outdoor season opens April 6 at the Valley City State Invitational in North Dakota.

Craig Stratton (Douglas ’10), soph., San Diego Mesa College: Competed at the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State last week.

Andrew Cobourn (Douglas ’12), fr., Chico State: Red-shirting.

Sadie Gastelum (Douglas ’12), fr., Chico State: Red-shirting.

Nathanael Williams (Sierra Lutheran ’12), fr., Colorado School of Mines: Stats not available.

“Where are they now?” is a work in progress. If there is an athlete who prepped in the Carson Valley coverage area that is not on the list, please e-mail jcrandall@recordcourier.com or call 782-5121, ext. 212.