Around the Horn, 12/12/16

Around the Horn, 12/12/16

The DVC women’s basketball team, ranked 10th in the Dec. 5 CCCWBCA State Poll, won its sixth game in a row, 83-76 over host Fresno City Sunday in the championship game of the Fresno City tournament.
It was an important victory against a Rams squad (9-4) which was ranked fifth in the North Region Poll last week, two spots ahead of DVC (11-2).
Kelea Pickerall-Dennis paced the Vikings against Fresno with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Doris Jones had a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds and three steals. Safiyyah Yasin had 18 points, going 8 for 9 from the free-throw line.
DVC also walloped San Jose 88-38 and Las Positas 82-45 in the Fresno event, which marked the Vikings’ second tournament title this season, along with the Merced tourney.

The Vikings (6-3) will return after an 11-day break to face Hartnell Thursday to open the West Valley Tournament.
Eric Nielsen (16 points) and Victor Mijas (15 points, 6 assists) paced the offense in a 65-63 win over San Joaquin Delta in the San Francisco tourney on Dec. 4. Jovontae Carelton had 11 boards and nine points. Remy Dillard came off the bench to drain three 3-pointers and produce nine points.

The honors keep rolling in for the Vikings.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie McLaughlin and freshman midfielder Vanessa Ruvalcaba of Pittsburg High were selected as NSCAA Junior College Division III first-team All-Americans. McLaughlin was also named as DIII Player of the Year.
McLaughlin, who is undecided about her future college plans, is ranked No. 4 in the state in saves percentage at .893 and seventh in goals-against average at .0.52, working 13 shutouts (No. 2 in the state). She had an amazing 17 saves in the state final, a 2-0 loss to Cerritos in overtime, after shutting out Santa Barbara in a 2-0 win in the semifinals.
The Vikings were also honored for their best-ever season by DVC interim president Ted Wieden at a college ceremony.

 - Matt Schwab

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