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College Update: Arnold earns all-conference honors for Buena Vista golf

Burroughs High graduate Raelinn Arnold earned all-conference honors for the Buena Vista University women’s golf team.
(Buena Vista University Sports Information)

The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Raelinn Arnold (Burroughs High, 2017) Buena Vista University women’s golf, freshman: The former All-Area golfer for the Indians earned all-conference honors in her first season with the Division III school in Iowa.

Arnold earned the accolade Oct. 8 at the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championships at the Indianola Country Club in Indianola, Iowa. In rough weather, Arnold finished fifth, shooting rounds of 78, 80, 83, 90 for a total of 45-over-par 331.

Arnold became the program’s first all-conference performer since Kylie Hammer in 2011.


The Beavers placed seventh with a team total of 1,448.

With the fall season concluded, Buena Vista will resume play Mar. 21 with a match against host La Verne at the Sierra La Verne Country Club.

James Williams (Burbank High, 2015) Washington State football, sophomore: The former Bulldogs player helped the No. 25 Cougars earn a 24-21 Pac-12 Conference victory against No. 18 Stanford on Saturday.

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk orchestrated a 94-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that produced the winning points.


Falk completed 34 of 48 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns and one interception.

“I thought we really played hard the entire game,” Washington State coach Mike Leach told the school’s website.It was a great team win.”

Williams, a running back, had five carries for 36 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards. On the season, Williams has 83 carries for 395 yards and one touchdown rushing and has caught 56 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns.

Washington State (8-2) finished 7-0 at home this season and is in the race for the Pac-12 North title.

Next up for the Cougars is a conference game at Utah on Saturday.

Israel Gutierrez (St. Francis, 2014) La Verne football,senior: The former Golden Knight and Glendale Community College player is seeing his share of playing time as a defensive lineman for the Leopards.

At 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, Gutierrez has seen action in all six of La Verne’s games and has six tackles and a half a sack. His best effort came Oct. 7 when he had three tackles and assisted on a sack in a 48-14 loss at Redlands.

The Leopards have struggled the last few weeks, losing three straight. The latest setback was a 28-21 loss to Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday on the road.


The Leopards are 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

La Verne concludes the regular season with a conference home game Saturday against Whittier College.

Ashley Phelps (Burroughs High, 2017) Cal State Northridge women’s golf, freshman: The former All-Area Girls’ Golfer of the Year is competing as an individual in her first season with the Matadors.

CSUN closed out its fall tournament play Oct. 29 in the Cal Poly Invitational hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Phelps tied for 36th at 22-over 166 following rounds of 82 and 84.

In her collegiate debut Oct. 1 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Phelps finished tied for 71st with a 44-over 260 (84, 86, 90).

CSUN is off from competition until Feb. 12 when the Matadors are back in action at UC Riverside’s Battle at the Rock.

Kira Bochard (Burbank High, 2017) University of Montevallo women’s soccer, freshman): The two-time Burbank Leader Girls’ Athlete of the Year and multi-sport standout for the Bulldogs has had her share of success in her first season for Montevallo, a Division II school in Alabama.


Bochard, a forward/midfielder, tied for second on the team in goals with four. In addition, she had one assist and tied for third in points (nine) on 27 shots taken.

Bochard’s best effort came Sept. 14 in a 4-3 victory against Faulkner University in which she tallied two goals. In a 2-2 tie with Delta State on Oct. 22, Bochard scored in the final seconds to tie the score and send the contest into overtime.

The Falcons closed out their season Oct. 26 with a 1-0 victory over Auburn-Montgomery. Montevallo finished with a 9-6-2 overall record and was 6-6-2 in Gulf South Conference play.

Jocelyn Chia (Crescenta Valley High, 2014) Boston College women’s golf, senior: The four-time All-Area Girls’ Golfer of the Year is finishing her final season with the Eagles.

In its final competition of the fall season, Boston College took part in the 40th annual Florida International Pat Bradley Invitational Oct. 24 in Lakeland, Fla. The Eagles finished eighth out of 15 teams, firing a team total of 39-over 903. Chia tied for 32nd with a 225 after rounds of 73, 76 and 76.

On Oct. 6, Boston College finished eighth in a two-day tournament at The Course in New Haven at the Yale Intercollegiate. The tournament was shortened to just two rounds due to the weather. Competing as an individual, Chia tied for 35th with a 10-over-par 152 following rounds of 78 and 74.

Also a fine student, Chia was the recipient of Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement in 2016.

Boston College will resume action Feb. 12-13 at the Long Beach State Gold Rush.

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