Eight Vaqueros announce NCAA destinations

The eight SBCC athletes at a signing ceremony on Wednesday

The eight SBCC athletes at a signing ceremony on Wednesday

Eight SBCC athletes accepted scholarships to four-year universities on Wednesday during the Vaqueros? Spring Signing Day in the Sports Pavilion.

Baseball players Steven Reveles and Zach Zehner both signed with NCAA Div. 1 schools. Reveles, a shortstop who was the WSC North Player of the Year, is going to Nebraska while Zehner, the Vaqueros? top hitter at .358, will play for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

?I visited Nebraska a few weeks ago and everywhere you go in Lincoln, the entire city and the entire atmosphere is all about the University of Nebraska,? said Reveles, who batted .305 and led the state with 30 stolen bases. ?They get about 4,000 fans at their home games. It?s a real pro atmosphere with great facilities.

?The Achievement Zone (an SBCC program that helps student-athletes with their academics) really helped me out.?

Reveles will major in Nutrition Exercise and Health Science.

Zehner, one of the state leaders in RBIs with 38, will major in Economics with a minor in Business. The outfielder was SBCC?s male Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a 3.65 GPA.

The Vaqueros went 20-17 this year and finished second in conference. The team qualified for the Southern Cal Regional for the third straight year, the first time that?s ever happened.

SBCC recently received the Aspen Award as the No. 1 Community College in the nation. SBCC athletes are twice as likely as non-student-athletes to be transfer-ready after two years and twice as likely to complete their AA degree.

Four women?s basketball players got scholarships. Sara Crane, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, is going to Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, Calif.; Keia Nobles is going will play at William Jessup in Rocklin, Calif.; and Michelle Herrera and Jasmine Johnson signed with Eastern Nazarene of Boston, Mass.

Crane was a first-team All-WSC North choice. Nobles was the female SBCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a 3.7 GPA.

?I am so proud of these four players,? said women?s basketball coach Sandrine Krul. ?Not only did they do it for themselves, they also helped the underclassmen understand the importance of being a student-athlete and how they go together. I could not be happier for them.?

Earning a scholarship means a lot to Crane and her teammates.

?It means everything,? she said. ?This is what we worked for and why we came to community college. That?s one of main thing?s that Sandrine always talks to us about — getting into a four-year university.?

Krul noted that her players were getting academic as well as athletic scholarships. ?That?s rare these days,? she said.

Kaytee Krivulka, the school record-holder in the hammer throw (146-3) for the women?s track team, accepted a scholarship to Humboldt State.

?I got a call from them and decided to go up and visit,? said Krivulka, who?s broken her school mark four times in the last two years. ?I fell in love with the college community up there. It seemed like a great place for me to go.

?Academically, SBCC is the best school in the nation. I?ve had some of the greatest teachers in the best classes. They?re difficult but I definitely learned a lot. I have everybody pushing me in track and I get encouragement every day. They make me want to be a better person.?

Jalani Davis, a 6-4 forward on the men?s basketball team, is also going to Notre Dame de Namur.

?I think Notre Dame will fit me academically and as a basketball player,? said Davis, a two-year starter for the Vaqueros. ?They like me, I enjoy the system over there and the players are great.

?Going to SBCC taught me a lot. I learned I have to work harder in all my classes. I learned to fight through all obstacles to get where I want to go.?