Cabrillo College’s 5-foot-9 sophomore guard Kenedi Walters verbally committed on Thursday to continue her basketball career at NCAA Division II University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Walters, a Scotts Valley High alumna, averaged 10.7 points and 4.1 rebounds this season for the Seahawks (14-12, 9-3), who finished in second place in the Coast Conference South Division behind De Anza (18-11, 10-2).
Walters was named second-team all-conference.
The Vulcans went 10-16 overall last season under 10th-year coach David Kaneshiro, 9-13 in the PacWest Conference.
Notre Dame de Namur University discontinues athletics: Notre Dame de Namur University on Monday released an announcement on its future as an institution, which included the discontinuation of athletics at the completion of the 2019-20 academic year. The school carried 12 sports programs, six for men, six for women.
NDNU intends to remain in operation through the spring 2021 semester.
The decision means three Argonauts from Santa Cruz County will have to transfer to a new school in an attempt to continue their athletic careers: Junior Jacob Niles (cross country, track & field) out of Aptos, sophomore midfielder/defender Jenna Francis (soccer) out of San Lorenzo Valley, and freshman guard Jayleen Solorzano-Diaz (basketball) out of Pajaro Valley.
Middle blocker Rebecca Lee, out of Harbor High and Cabrillo College, completed her senior season with the Argonauts volleyball team in November.
Koenig signs with A’s: Jared Koenig, a 6-foot-5 left-handed pitcher of out Aptos High and Cal State University Monterey Bay, signed a minor-league contract with the Oakland A’s. The A’s announced the move on their website Jan. 14.
The 26-year-old was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2014 but wasn’t offered a professional contract. He played baseball in independent leagues until he signed with the Auckland Tuatara of the Australia Baseball League. There, he opened the eyes of pro scouts. In six games, he went 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. In 32 2/3 innings, he gave up 27 hits, 12 walks and seven earned runs while striking out 31 batters.
Koenig will start the season with the Advanced Single-A Stockton Ports, according to milb.com.
Ortiz to compete for Menlo: Scotts Valley High alumnus Raul Ortiz announced on Facebook earlier this week that he’ll continue his wrestling career at Menlo College, an NAIA program.
The Oaks took second place at the NAIA Championships in Park City, Kansas, on March 7 — the program’s highest finish in 16 years.
The 141-pounder, competing for Sacramento City, won his weight class at the CCCAA NorCal Regional title in December. As a freshman at Palomar College, he won the SoCal Regional title.