GLENDALE â€” The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.
Michelle Summers (Hoover High, 2004) senior third baseman, Southeast Missouri State softball: Summers and the Redhawks began the Ohio Valley Conference portion of their schedule Saturday on a losing note, as they suffered a 6-2 road loss to Eastern Kentucky University. The Redhawks then were swept by Eastern Kentucky in a doubleheader on Sunday to fall to 10-14 and 0-3 in conference.
Summers, a former All-Pacific League first-team selection, hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of Saturday's game that proved to be historic. It was her 40th career home run, setting a school record. The hit was her 196th, placing her second on the program's all-time list.
She had her second straight multiple-hit game and 11th this season.
Summers homered in the second game of the doubleheader, her sixth on the season.
Through Sunday, Summers, an all-conference first-team pick last season, is batting .403 (31 for 77) with a team-high six home runs and 20 runs batted in. She's posted seven doubles and scored 18 runs. Summers has a .727 slugging percentage.
Matt Oliver (Crescenta Valley High, 2004) senior guard, Azusa Pacific University men's basketball: Oliver, a former All-Pacific League Most Valuable Player, and the Cougars (22-10) will next compete in the 71st annual National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics Tournament. Thirteenth-seeded Azusa Pacific will battle Columbia (Mo.) in a first-round game at 12:15 p.m. PDT Wednesday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
Despite battling an injury sustained in the middle of the season, Oliver has shown signs of improvement. He had 12 points and two assists in Azusa Pacific's 82-80 overtime loss to Cal Baptist in a semifinal game of the Golden State Athletic Tournament on March 8 at Concordia University.
Entering Wednesday's contest, Oliver is averaging 7.2 points and three rebounds per game.
Jeanine Deno (Crescenta Valley High, 2004) junior guard, Cal Baptist women's basketball: Deno, the 2004 All-Area Girls' Basketball Player of the Year, and the Eagles saw their season conclude March 7 with an 84-56 road loss to Vanguard University in the second round of the GSAC Tournament in Costa Mesa. Deno finished with nine points before fouling out.
Cal Baptist (17-12) opened the tournament March 5 with a 73-62 win against host Azusa Pacific University. Deno collected a team-high 16 points to help the Eagles win their first tournament contest since 1995.
Deno finished the season averaging 13.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She notched 76 assists in 25 games played.