Sperry leads golf team in debut
Emma Sperry enjoyed a successful debut for the Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo.) women’s golf team Monday when she shot 11-over par 157 over two rounds to lead the Vikings in their season opener at the William Jewell Fall Tune Up in Liberty, Mo.
Sperry, a 2012 Douglas High School graduate, shot 78 for the final 18 holes and finished 10 shots behind the individual champion at Cardinal Hill Golf Course.
After she signed with Missouri Valley in the spring, Sperry received words of praise from graduate assistant coach Olivia Fowler: “I know we are very glad to have Emma join our Viking family. Our team is growing and building in the right direction and I think she is going to help us claim that number one spot in our conference. I know she has a good work ethic and that is what we were looking for here at Valley. I believe her first season here will be great and I can’t wait to see what her career holds here at Valley.”
Here is a breakdown on other Carson Valley athletes who have graduated from high school and now compete in college:
NATHANAEL WILLIAMS — Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colo.), 2012 Sierra Lutheran graduate: Williams was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for a performance Saturday in which he won the Colorado College Invitational for the second straight year. The senior ran 24:55 for the 8,000-meter (4.97 miles) course in Colorado Springs.
SADIE GASTELUM — California State University-Chico, 2012 Douglas graduate: Gastelum placed sixth in the Wildcats’ season-opening Humboldt Invitational Saturday in Trinidad, Calif. Gastelum, a returning All-American, ran 21:24 for 6,000 meters as the Wildcats captured the team title.
ANDREW COBOURN — Chico State, 2012 Douglas graduate: Cobourn was part of the Wildcats’ dominant performance in which they swept the top 17 places Saturday at the Humboldt Invitational. Cobourn finished 16th with a time of 25:30 for 8,000 meters, 72 seconds behind the winning pace of 24:28 set by teammate Will Reyes (10th at the NCAA Division II cross country national championships in 2015).
AMBER TAYLOR — William Jessup College (Rocklin, Calif.), 2014 Douglas graduate: Taylor placed 19th at the team’s own Warrior Open on Sept. 3 at Johnson Springview Park in Rocklin. She was timed at 16:36 over 4,000 meters to finish as the Warriors’ No. 6 runner. Jessup finished second as a team behind Oregon Tech.
EMMA HERRON — William Jessup, 2016 Sierra Lutheran graduate: Herron made her Jessup debut on Sept. 3 when she finished 26th in 17:25 at the second annual Warrior Open.
WESLEY HUNDLEY — Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.), 2014 Douglas graduate: Hundley started at wide receiver and pulled in a team-high six receptions for 33 yards on Saturday in Earlham’s 30-0 defeat against Gallaudet in Washington D.C. Hundley also rushed for four yards on two carries.
ANDREW JENSEN — University of Jamestown (Jamestown, N.D.), 2015 Douglas graduate: Jensen was credited with four tackles (two solo, two assists) for the Jimmies in their 55-17 loss against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.). One of those tackles in the second quarter resulted in a one-yard loss on a first-and-5 play near midfield and Dakota Wesleyan punted the ball three plays later.
SHAY WORLEY — Hartford University (West Hartford, Conn.), 2015 Douglas graduate: Worley had seven digs in Hartford’s five-set loss last Friday against Niagara then had three digs and one ace the same night in a 3-0 loss to Army.
ALEXIS VON SCHOTTENSTEIN — Menlo College (Atherton, Calif.), 2015 Douglas graduate: Von Schottenstein had an assist Thursday in Menlo’s 4-1 win at home against Marymount. Von Schottentein delivered a pass from the corner in front of the net that led to Danielle McCarthy’s goal in the 81st minute. Menlo is an NAIA program.
Editor’s note: If a student-athlete has been left out, please send an email to Dave Price at email@example.com