The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.
Kalii Robinson (Glendale Community College, 2010) Southern Oregon football, senior: On a team characterized by an offense that scores an average of 54 points a game, Robinson has managed to be a defensive standout and then some.
The former Vaquero collected his third Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Week accolade in four weeks after he posted 12 tackles and a pass deflection on Saturday in the Raiders’ 46-28 upset of No. 7 Montana Tech.
The win improved Southern Oregon to 8-2, as it will now face host St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa on Saturday in the opening round of the NAIA playoffs.
Robinson leads the team with 96 total tackles, including seven tackles for loss while also causing two fumbles.
But it’s Southern Oregon’s aforementioned offense that has been shattering record books.
The team leads the NAIA with program records of 4,634 passing yards, 544 points scored and 6,570 yards of total offense.
Helping out in a big way has been another former Vaquero, receiver Patrick Donahue, who leads the NAIA with 1,944 all-purpose yards. He’s also set a SOU standard with 86 catches. Those catches have produced 1,305 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Against Montana Tech, Donahue hauled in a 60-yard touchdown grab as one of his eight catches for 158 yards.
Kevin Hunter (Glendale Community College, 2012) Chapman football, junior: With injuries having depleted the quarterback position for Chapman, the former Glendale college and Burbank High signal-caller has stepped in admirably.
Hunter made his first start at the four-year level on Nov. 3, leading Chapman past Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 34-14, before the Panthers wrapped up their season with a 38-28 road loss to first-place Cal Lutheran on Saturday.
The loss put Chapman at 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, good enough for third and the team’s best conference finish since 2007.
Hunter was efficient in the loss, throwing touchdown passes of 17 and six yards, while completing 14 of 21 passes for 177 yards with no interceptions.
In the win a week prior, Hunter was 11 of 14 for 215 yards and three touchdowns, which came on hookups of 28, 74 and 22 yards. He also rushed for 31 yards in five carries.
On the season, Hunter played in three games, completing 27 of 39 passes (69%) for 414 yards and five touchdowns to no interceptions.
Former Glendale High standout Zane Archer, a junior linebacker on the team, has 11 tackles and a sack.
Alyssa Conti (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2011) Johns Hopkins soccer, sophomore: Johns Hopkins will make its fifth straight stop in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16, as it will face off with fifth-seeded Lynchburg in Grantham, Penn.
Conti and Co. defeated Lancaster Bible in the first round, 5-0, on Saturday and Rowan, 4-2, on Sunday in the second round.
Conti played in both games, starting against Lancaster and coming off the bench against Rowan.
Conti has tallied a pair of assists for Hopkins (17-4-1) and she’s played in 15 of 22 matches, starting in 11.
Natalie Zeenni (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2011) Long Beach State soccer, sophomore: LBSU women’s soccer saw its season come to a close on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to No. 17 Santa Clara in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Santa Clara.
Long Beach concluded the season at 12-8.
Zeenni started her first NCAA postseason match and finished the season having started nine of her team’s 20 games. She played in 17.
Sinead Fleming (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2009) New Mexico soccer, senior: Fleming and New Mexico’s season came to a close on Nov. 4 in the Mountain West Conference tournament with a 2-0 loss to No. 6 San Diego State.
Fleming, an all-conference selection, started and posted a shot on goal in her final collegiate game.
The former All-Area standout keyed a Lobos defense that allowed just 18 goals in 20 matches. She was also one of six players on the team to play and start every match of the season.
Nina Moore (Glendale Community College, 2010) Long Beach State cross-country, senior: Moore, a former individual state champion for the Vaqueros, was the third finisher for Long Beach State and 111th overall on Nov. 9 at the NCAA West Regional in Seattle.
Moore finished the Jefferson Park Golf Course in 21 minutes 43 seconds as Long Beach finished 18th with 523 points.
Leah Gagliardi (Crescenta Valley High, 2011) University of North Carolina Wilmington volleyball, sophomore: Gagliardi had five kills in Saturday’s 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 loss to Delaware that ended UNCW’s season with an 11-17 overall record and a 3-9 mark in Colonial Athletic Assn. play.
Gagliardi, a former All-Area selection, played in 19 of her team’s 28 matches, starting in eight and playing in 50 of 104 sets. The outside hitter notched 62 kills, averaging out to 1.24 kills per set. She also had 35 digs and 20 total blocks.