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Our El Dorado County graduates continue to make us proud … Cal Poly’s defensive lineman Gavin Cooper was just named on the Great West Conference all league team. The junior, who graduated from Union Mine High, was on the Diamondback team that played for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship against Grant. Cooper was recently named defensive player of the week in the GWC.
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And from Chapel Hill, N.C., sophomore setter Cora Harms, a graduate of El Dorado, helped lead her Tar Heels volleyball team to a victory over Georgia Tech to secure second place in the ACC. North Carolina improved to 23-9 overall with the win, the most wins since 2005, and was 14-5 in the conference. Harms posted a double-double in the Georgia Tech match along with Emily McGee, and teammate Kaylie Gibson had 28 digs. “Kaylie Gibson and Cora Harms are the best athletes on the floor,” Carolina coach Joe Sagula said. “Those two are all over the place and a huge reason why our defense is so good.” The Tar Hills, who played N.C. State Friday. are waiting to hear their NCAA tournament fate which will be announced Sunday, Nov. 28, on ESPNEWS at 3 p.m., EST.
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And in Sacramento City College wrestling news, Ponderosa alumni Gaaret Marinelli, 157 pounds, has had success as a Panther this year. He scored a fall in a double dual with Big 8 rival Delta College and San Jose State and took second in the San Francisco State Junior College tournament. Marinelli went 3-2 in the Fullerton Open and gave Stanford’s Mike Kent a good battle, only trailing 5-3 going into the third round before Kent pulled away for the win. The final regular season competition for SCC was the Fullerton Open. It was a very tough tournament featuring many Division 1 and 2 schools as well as top NAIA competition. No current SCC wrestler medaled, but nine of the 10 won matches. He met up with former teammate Jesse Routsong of Embry Riddle, who lost a match to SCC’s Anthony Vega.
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From Texas, Sac City graduate Dyllan Snavely, who wrestled for El Dorado in high school, recently took second in the Texas Arlington Tournament. Snavely competes at 285 pounds for Bacone College in Arlington, Texas.