Orange Coast College freshman running back Domenic Betts, who led the state and set a school single-season rushing record with 1,772 rushing yards last season, has been named to the JC Grid-Wire All-American team in football.
Betts is believed to be the first OCC player honored by the JC Grid-Wire since Bart Recktenwald in 1986.
Betts scored 20 touchdowns in his first season with the Pirates, averaging 6.8 yards on 262 carries. He also had 109 yards on 16 receptions.
Betts, one of 12 California players on the All-American team, was a first-team All-East Conference pick for OCC, which finished 4-6.
— Barry Faulkner
Vanguard University junior Esther Timmermans has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball.
Timmermans, a 6-foot-1 post player had two double-doubles in conference wins last week against San Diego Christian (Dec. 10) and The Master's (Saturday).
She had 27 points and 13 rebound both single-game bests at Vanguard, in a 74-66 triumph at San Diego Christian.
In a 62-49 victory at The Master's, she had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while making eight of nine field-goal attempts.
For the week, Timmermans averaged 22 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game. She also shot 74.1% from the field, connecting on 20 of 27 attempts. She had produced one double-double before last week.
Timmermans, from Melbourne, Australia, is a transfer from Murray State College.
— From staff reports
Lions' Raybon shines
Vanguard University senior Christopher Raybon has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball.
Raybon, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 20.5 points and made eight of 18 three-point attempts in the Lions' conference road wins against San Diego Christian (Dec. 10) and The Master's (Saturday).
He was also 11 for 13 from the free-throw line in the two games.
He had 17 points and three rebounds in a 73-61 triumph over San Diego Christian.
In an 80-76 overtime win over The Master's, he had 24 points and five three-pointers, helping to upset the No. 16-ranked Mustangs.
— From staff reports