Sports Update

Basketball

Womens

January 23

Prescott, AZ

ERAU 97 – 39

The Embry Riddle women’s basketball team outdone themselves on this game destroying Pacific Union College by 58 points. The Eagles hold a record of 6-0 in the conference and 15-3 overall. As the show goes, the women let the Pioneers get ahead at the start with a 6-1 run until senior Jenna Knudson (Sterling, CO) managed two steals in the first quarter. Fellow senior Danae Ruiz (Albuquergue, NM) came out strong with a 7 point scoring seven points. The Pioneers were praying for some slack as the Eagles never once let up defensively as each quarter ended in heavy favor of the Eagles. Senior Jazlyn Maletino-Faga (Tracy, CA) scored 11 consecutive points in the third quarter while sophomore Kamryn Brown (Gilbert, AZ) bagged 12 points herself. Senior Haley Villegas (Anthem, AZ) and freshman Susie Reynoso (Escondido, CA) had 5 steals a piece to play their part to ensure the team win.

January 25

Prescott, AZ

ERAU 78 – 46

The Eagles brought their records up by one, now 7-0 in the conference against California State University Maritime Academy winning 78-46. Another slow start for the Eagles as the Keelhaulers took advantage of 5 turnovers through the first quarter until their last basket set the Eagles on fire. Senior Haley Villegas (Anthem, AZ) downed two triples followed by senior Jazlyn Maletino-Faga (Tracy, CA) closed it out scoring the last five to lead the Eagles in the first quarter by two. The second quarter showed a serious improvement for the Eagles as they went on a 23-3 run with five made triples of seven. Half time showed the Eagles took too much of a breather where the Keelhaulers snuck up on them earning the quarter 17-9. The women put their opponents to rest quickly coming back with to finish the fourth quarter 29-9 for a win of 78-46.

Mens

January 23

Prescott, AZ

ERAU 51 – 71

A difficult night for the men’s basketball team as they struggled offensively together despite senior Nick Johnson (Anthem, AZ).  Johnson drew first blood with a bucket until the Pioneers went on a 15-point streak. The first half proved too difficult as the Pioneers had seven offensive boards which was twice as many as the Eagles in the first 10 minutes which led to the Eagles down 21-43. The Pioneers didn’t let up as they continued their momentum after the half, but the Eagles came back to talk the half by 2 points. Highlights go to Johnson with 23 points, senior Trace Edmier (Mesa, AZ) with 6 rebounds and junior Kaden Herbert (Georgetown, TX) with 5 assists.

January 25

Prescott, AZ

ERAU 54 – 62

A hard-fought loss showed a lot of heart from the Eagles as they lost to California State University Maritime Academy Saturday 54-62. Senior Trace Edmier (Mesa, AZ) had a career night with 14 rebounds. Seniors Nick Johnson (Anthem, AZ) and Gilbert Ibarra (Prescott Valley, AZ) scored the first 8 points for the Eagles. Back and forth with little breathing room, the Keelhaulers took the lead up to 6 points until junior Carter Kosiak (Sioux Falls, SD) swished a midrange jumper to help drop the opposing lead to 4. The first half ended the same as the second half with the Keelhaulers in the lead 31-27 for a final game score of 62-54 in favor of the Keelhaulers.

Wrestling

January 24

Salem, Oregon

ERAU 34 – 16

The Embry Riddle wrestling team did not disappoint with another win against Corban University.

125 (Exhibition): Caleb Norman (FR/Sugar City, ID) won by fall (2:15)  

133: Collin Anderson (SR/Flagstaff, AZ) won by technical fall (16-0)

141: Jayce Cunha (SO/Tucson, AZ) won by major decision (10-2)

149: Berit Sturgeon (SO/Wasilla, AK) won by fall (0:48)

157: Dawson Javier (FR/Saint Louis, MO) lost by fall (4:25)

165: Taylor Owens (SR/Boise, ID) won by major decision (12-4)

174: Stone Aguirre (FR/Glendale, AZ) lost by technical fall (16-1)

184: TJ Hall (JR/Meridian, ID) won by fall (4:25)

197: Oliver Myers (FR/Yamhill, OR) won by decision (3-2)

285: Garrete Branson (SO/Matoon, IL) won by fall (6:46)

January 25

Portland, Oregon

ERAU 29-22 & 18-25

The Eagles split the day beating Warner Pacific University 29-22 and losing to Eastern Oregon University 18-25. 

141: Jayce Cunha (SO/Tucson, AZ) won by fall (2:41)

157: Dawson Javier (FR/Saint Louis, MO) lost by forfeit

165: Taylor Owens (SR/Boise, ID) won by technical fall (17-1, 4:10)

184: TJ Hall (JR/Meridian, ID) won by forfeit

197: Oliver Myers (FR/Yamhill, OR) won by forfeit

133: Collin Anderson (SR/Flagstaff, AZ) won by fall {3:32)

149: Berit Sturgeon (SO/Wasilla, AK) won by fall (1:41)

165: Taylor Owens (SR/Boise, ID) won by decision (6-1)

184: TJ Hall (JR/Meridian, ID) won by decision (5-3)

Golf

Women

January 27-28

Litchfield Park, AZ

ERAU 2 of 7

The Embry Riddle women’s golf team has come back into their Spring season in full force to start the season off strong with a trophy on the drive back. The tournament was held at Wigwam Golf Course – Gold Championship Course with weather in the 70s both days. The average of the field scores was just over 90 for the 36-hole event as the course proved a real challenge to every player. Senior Jessica Williams (Tucson, AZ) cruised through round one in the individual lead to just fall back slightly to second place, still taking home an individual trophy with a 74-79. Next in line came sophomore Kendall McBean (Mesa, AZ) with a comeback after a struggle some first round shooting 86-78 placing seventh overall. Senior Megan Hessil (Franklin, WI) couldn’t keep her game together the second day shooting 83-94 to place 19th. Freshman Hannah Spiller (Thatcher, AZ) not only dunked a ball during the practice round for an eagle, but also turned in a scorecard with an eagle on it in round two scoring 85-93 to place 20th. Senior Tana House (Billings, MT) came back in the second round with an 88 after a tough first round of 97. The Eagles did not play as well as they wanted to but were hot on the heels of last year’s NAIA National Champion team British Columbia and outscored Oklahoma City University by 20 strokes, a fellow team hosting the NAIA National Championship at their home course.

February 3-4

Sunland, CA

ERAU 3 of 7

The women’s golf team showed their struggle against the course and the weather this tournament taking third place with team scores of 360 and 349, about 40 strokes above their average. With the wind delays and the environmental areas, the tournament did not play in favor of the golfers. However, Sophomore Kendall McBean (Mesa, AZ) also known as McPinto, has taken home her first individual title! McBean persevered through the rough tournament and came from behind as she was third with an 82 after round one and finished with a 77 after round two to earn the win by two strokes.

Men

January 27-28

Litchfield Park, AZ

ERAU 9 of 12

A rough start to the Spring season for the men’s golf team in a strong field at the Ottawa University Spring Invite. The men shared the course with the women’s golf team at Wigwam Golf Course – Gold Championship Course with pleasant weather in the 70s. Senior Kyle Peterson (Peoria, AZ) came out strong in the 54-hole tournament shooting 74-76-83 to end tied for 17th. Junior Joseph Allen (Gig Harbor, WA) tied 20th scoring 76-80-83. Freshman Alex Lasalarie (France) pulled his score together on the final day shooting 84-87-77. Junior LJ Kruszewski (Chesapeake, VA) started strong and kept his game consistent scoring 81-83-85. Senior Zack Johnson (Buckeye, AZ) could not find his stride despite his ability to outdrive the field shooting. The Eagles have work to do, but they know what they have to work on and look forward to taking on the challenge of the conference tournament held at home on Antelope Hills Golf Course – North in early April.

February 3-4

Sunland, CA

ERAU 2 of 6

The Eagles take home their first trophy of the season taking runner up at the Sea Beggars Invitational. While the course was in great condition, the weather did not permit the men to play as they wanted as the field average was 84.6 while including Division 1 individuals. The team shot 346, 328, and 320 to beat out third place by 8 strokes. Senior Kyle Peterson (Peoria, AZ) T7 with three rounds: 82, 82, and 76 while shooting the low on the team.

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