Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Updates on college athletes

Reynoso finishes as top Tufts tackler

Wood River High School graduate Tyson Reynoso of Bellevue had his best game as a college football player in the final Tufts University contest of the 2007 season Saturday, Nov. 10 against Middlebury College on the Tufts' Ellis Oval home field in Somerville, Mass.

Reynoso, a 6-0, 220-pound junior linebacker, made a game-high 10 solo tackles along with five assists in the 21-19 Tufts loss to Middlebury Saturday. Trailing 21-6 and seeking the upset, Tufts scored the final two touchdowns of the game but came up short before 1,700 fans. Winning its first outright New England Small College Athletic Association (NESCAC) championship was Middlebury (7-1) over Trinity College (6-2), Williams (6-1) and Tufts (5-3).

In eight games, Reynoso finished as the leading Tufts tackler of the season (34 solos, 26 assists) by a substantial margin over Tom Tassinari, a sophomore defensive back from Andover, Mass (29/22).

A 2005 Wood River graduate, Reynoso was the Great Basin Conference West "Defensive Player of the Year" for the Wolverines in 2004. In two varsity seasons in Hailey he made 217 tackles and had 91 assists from his linebacker spot.

Richards sisters help Principia volleyball to 23-13 season

Bellevue sisters Rachael and Hannah Richards were key players in the Principia College (Mo.) drive for the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship this fall.

Webster (25-10, 17-1 conference) defeated Principia (23-13, 15-4) by scores of 30-28, 30-21, 33-31 in the SLIAC tournament championship game Nov. 3. The loss deprived Principia of a chance to compete in the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

Rachael Richards, a 5-11 junior setter, was named to the All-Tournament team and also made honorable mention on the SLIAC All-Conference squad for 2007. A political science major, Rachael was a team captain this year, just as she was when she played for her father Tim Richards on the Wood River High School volleyball team. Rachael led the team in assists with 1,319 or 10.3 per game, was third in digs with 358 and was one of the top servers.

Hannah Richards, a 5-10 sophomore middle blocker, ended up third on the team in kills (186 or 1.94 per game) and fourth in digs(315).

Lauren Eder claims prestigious Kyle Warren skiing honor

Former Wood River High School and Rowmark Ski Academy student Lauren Eder of Hailey is proud of winning the 2006-07 Kyle Warren Memorial Trophy that goes to the top junior Western Region male and female based on World Cup points earned in the Western Region Elite FIS alpine ski races. Eder won the slalom and giant slalom events last winter en route to the overall win.

This is the 24th year that the Kyle Warren Memorial has been awarded to Western Region juniors. Previous Sun Valley winners include Michael Reed (1993), Tyler Ferris (1991), Skip Merrick (1989), Picabo Street (1988), Reggie Crist (1987) and Greg Norton (1985). Hailing from Big Bear Lake, Ca., Warren was a Wood River High School student and football team star as well as a Sun Valley Ski Team racer. A nationally ranked downhiller, Warren died in a tragic automobile accident.

Eder is currently a freshman at Denver University where she competes on the Denver alpine team coached by Andy LeRoy. She is a daughter of Jerry and Kathleen Eder.

Sides is Wentworth hockey captain

Hailey's Joey Sides, who grew up as one of the best players in the Sun Valley Junior Hockey program, has started the 2007-08 season as captain of the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards located in Boston, Mass. Wentworth (2-1, 2-0 league) has started its season the ECAC Northeast Division. Sides is currently the third-leading all-time Wentworth scorer among current players with 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 45 Leopard games. The 5-11, 185-pounder from Avon Old Farms has also played for the Sun Valley Suns men's hockey team.

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