Eight Corsairs earn all-conference, Davidson Coach of the Year

A total of eight College of the Redwoods athletes earned first-team all-conference selections and CR head women’s soccer coach J.D. Davidson was named the Golden Valley Conference’s Coach of the Year this week, officially capping off CR’s 2013 fall sports season.

Despite a winless 0-13 campaign this fall, according to CR Athletic Director Joe Hash, the coaches of the GVC, who make up the voting panel for the postseason awards, felt Davidson deserved to be recognized.

“Clearly we were all very happy that J.D. was able to provide a women’s soccer program this season and I think the conference coaches were equally as happy,” said Hash, referring to the fact the women’s soccer team had been temporarily suspended the past two seasons due to low turnout. “Part of their vote for him was their appreciation for the fact he was able to pull it off.”

Also earning a First-Team All-Golden Valley Conference selection from the soccer team was Sara Masnica, who scored two of the team’s three goals on the year.

In football, despite having a late start to the season, taking over the program July 24, CR first-year head coach Chris Vicory had five players earn First-Team All-Bay Valley Conference honors, including three offensive players in sophomore quarterback Will Hissong, sophomore offensive lineman Ben Scrivner and freshman wide receiver Caleb Lomboy-Chavez, while on the defensive side, local standout freshmen Aleric Stone (LB, Arcata) and Michael Skillman-Lyons (DL, Eureka) got the awards.

On offense, Hissong broke a total of 18 school records in the greatest offensive single season in school history, passing for 3,429 yards and 34 touchdowns in 10 games, while Lomboy-Chavez caught 11 of those TDs, tying the single-season school record set by Johnny Woodson in 1993.

On defense it was Stone, who was originally designated a running back to start the year, finishing the season as an All-BVC linebacker, leading the team in tackles with 69 (46 solo), adding 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Skillman-Lyons led CR’s defensive line with 38 tackles and two sacks.

“For Coach Vicory to come in last minute and keep the football program competitive, and, on top of that, have some outstanding individuals be recognized is great,” Hash said.
Meanwhile, in men’s and women’s cross country, CR had two runners finish in the top-seven overall individually at the GVC championships at West Valley High School in Cottonwood Oct. 31, giving them All-GVC honors.
CR’s Elizabeth Duncan took sixth on the 3-mile course with a time of 22 minutes, 30 seconds, while on the men’s side, Gabe Best finished seventh on the 4-mile course with a time of 25:10.

Finally, in volleyball, CR’s Morgan Psalmonds was the only Corsair to be honored, receiving an All-GVC Honorable Mention.

“We certainly appreciate the effort of our student-athletes,” Hash said. “I think each team this fall took a big step in the right direction.”