College Update: St. Francis High product Gangi comes up big for Nevada

University of Nevada quarterback Ty Gangi had five touchdowns Saturday to help Nevada register a 35-21 Mountain West Conference win against Hawai’i.
(Courtesy John Byrne)

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

Ty Gangi (St. Francis High, 2014) University of Nevada football junior: Gangi turned in an impressive effort to help Nevada win its first game of the season.

Gangi, a Glendale native and former All-Area Football Player of the Year, finished with five touchdowns to propel host Nevada to a 35-21 victory against Hawai’i on Saturday in a Mountain West Conference tilt.

Gangi completed 25 of 32 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns. For good measure, he rushed for a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (1-5, 1-1 in conference). Gangi started off blazing hot, completing his first 10 passes and didn’t toss an incomplete pass until the second quarter. He completed 15 of 16 first-half pass attempts for 179 yards.


Nevada overcame a pair of first-half deficits. Gangi threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to McLane Mannix to tie it at 7 with 2:30 left in the first quarter. He scored on a 17-yard run to knot it at 14 with 2:32 remaining in the second quarter before connecting with Wyatt Demps on a two-yard touchdown pass to give the Wolf Pack a 21-14 advantage with 18 seconds to go in the first half.

Kelton Moore (216 rushing yards in 16 carries) hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Gangi to give Nevada a 28-14 lead with 1:56 to go in the third quarter. Nevada wrapped up the scoring with 11:16 left in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Gangi to Demps.

Gangi became the first Nevada quarterback to toss four touchdowns in a contest since Tyler Lantrip in 2011.

Nevada, which finished with 566 yards of offense, will compete in a conference game at 7:15 p.m. PDT Saturday at Colorado State (4-2, 2-0). The contest will air on ESPN2.


Garrett Boulais (Burroughs High, 2015), University of California San Diego men’s cross-country junior: Boulais, who helped Burroughs win the CIF Southern Section Division I championship in 2014, played a big role in UCSD capturing the 25th annual Triton Classic. UCSD, ranked 23rd in the nation, captured the event’s 8K race with 34 points Saturday in La Jolla.

Boulais clocked 27 minutes 3.88 seconds to finish ninth. He averaged 5:26.7 per mile. Boulais was one of four Tritons to finish with top-10 marks, joining Garrett Lepine (third, 26:29.40), Tim Corvese (fifth, 26:35.75) and Elijah Horwitz (sixth, 26:46.74).

UCSD will participate in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. Championships in Turlock on Oct. 21.

Katherine Sheehy (La Cañada High, 2016) Santa Barbara City College women’s soccer sophomore: Sheehy and the Vaqueros have gotten off to a tremendous start, opening the season 10-0-1. The Vaqueros are ranked No. 1 in the state and third nationally, according to the California Community College Athletic Assn.

Sheehy, a former All-Area and All-Rio Hondo League selection, collected a goal and an assist in Santa Barbara’s 2-1 nonconference win against Victor Valley on Sept. 22. The forward tied it at 1 with about four minutes left in the first half. Sheehy assisted on the winning goal by Isabella Viana in the 58th minute.

Sheehy assisted on a winning goal by Viana early in the first half in Santa Barbara’s 2-0 nonconference home win versus Chaffey on Sept. 19.

In 11 matches, Sheehy has contributed four goals and three assists for 11 points. Santa Barbara began Western State Conference North Division play Tuesday with a 1-0 win against visiting Moorpark.

Santa Barbara, which advanced to the CCCAA Final Four last season, will meet Oxnard at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in a division home contest.


Haley DeSales (Burbank resident) UC Irvine women’s volleyball junior: DeSales, a former Al-Area Girls’ Volleyball Player of the Year, continues to dazzle for the Anteaters.

DeSales finished with nine kills to help host UC Irvine earn a 25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22 Big West Conference victory against Cal State Northridge on Saturday. DeSales closed out the match with a kill.

DeSales, an outside hitter, recorded a match-best and 19 kills and 17 digs to power UC Irvine to a 25-12, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22 conference home win versus Long Beach State on Thursday. It marked the most digs in a match this season for DeSales, who has six double-double efforts to her credit..

DeSales has recorded 204 kills and 154 digs.

UC Irvine (15-2, 3-1 in conference) will travel to meet Cal State Fullerton in a conference match at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sarkis Shaginian (Providence, 2013) Loyola Marymount men’s soccer senior: In his second season at Loyola Marymount, following stints at Seattle University and Concordia University, Shaginian has recorded one goal and one assist for three points. The midfielder has participated in four matches for the Lions (2-7-2, 0-1 in West Coast Conference).

Shaginian, a former Liberty League Player of the Year, scored in a 2-1 overtime loss against host Sacramento State in a nonconference match Sept. 10.

Loyola will take part in a conference home match versus Gonzaga at 7 p.m. Friday.


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