REEDLEY COLLEGE: Tigers football team to play Butte on Dec. 2

Northern California Bowl berth in Oroville is reward for team’s 7-3 regular season, women’s golf program finishes its season third in state

Reedley College’s golf team posted a third place finish at the California Community College Athletic Association women’s state meet in Paso Robles on Nov. 13-14. (Reedley College)
Reedley College’s golf team posted a third place finish at the California Community College Athletic Association women’s state meet in Paso Robles on Nov. 13-14. (Reedley College)
Will Goldbeck
Published November 19, 2023  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY– This is definitely Thanksgiving week for the Reedley College athletic program. The women’s golf team placed third in the state in Paso Robles, the women’s soccer team plays in the Norcal regional playoffs and the football team heads to Redding to face Butte College in the Northern California Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The Tigers football team (7-3) will face a Butte team that went 8-2 and finished 4-1 in its conference. The Roadrunners closed the regular season with a three-game win streak. The Dec. 2 game will kick off at noon in Oroville.

“We’re super excited to play a Top 10 team (in state rankings) in Butte,” said RC Coach Rob Hartenfels. “Two storied programs with a lot of tradition, it will be a great game.”

Hartenfels said Reedley’s one-two running game of Nick Osho and Ceonte Carson will be much needed against Butte’s strong defense. He also praised the play of quarterback DJ Stevenson, saying the sophomore’s dual threat abilities: and protecting the football has allowed the team to play great defense and tough offense.

First team all-conference linebacker Langston Lathem leads a stout Reedley defense that has seen strong line play from Aydin Merrihew, Amarian Hunter and Jalen O’Neal. Defensive backs Denon Fagan and Andre Green have been stars in the secondary.

“The game will come down to special teams and field position. Butte is the best special teams unit we’ve faced all season,” Hartenfels said. The coach said punter Hunter Pittman, a Sanger High product, will be key to success by continuing his solid season play.

Women’s golf posts third place finish at state meet

Solid and consistent golf was good for a third place finish for the Reedley College women’s golf team at the CCCAA State Championships for women’s golf on Nov. 13-14 at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles.

College of the Canyons won the state title with a score of 660, 14 shots ahead of runner-up Mt. San Antonio College, and 15 ahead of the Tigers and Modesto. Reedley earned third place via a tiebreaker, the better score of the fifth golfer.

Freshman Ethel Asequia made the all-state team by tying for fourth place with a 88-92 (180).

Next for the Tigers was Megan Hansen, who tied for 25th, with back-to-back rounds of 87, good for a 174; Miya Zolkoske tied for 30th with a 85-90 (175 total) while Melanie Davila was right behind in 33rd with a 92-84 (176). Gabrielle Jasso was tied for 36th with a 90-89 (179), six shots ahead of two Modesto golfers.

According to coach Scott Stark, the low rounds by Zolkoske and Davila were lifetime bests.

“I‘m really proud of the girls,” said Stark, who added that this is the fourth straight year RC has had a top four finish. “We’re knocking on the door, eventually we will break it down.“

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor