College Notebook: Bucannon finishes college career in Senior Bowl

By From page B7 | January 31, 2014

Deone Bucannon

North safety Deone Bucannon (20) of Washington State runs on to the field before the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

Deone Bucannon’s last collegiate game was also the very last NCAA game of the season.

The Vanden High graduate and four-year starter for Washington State suited up for the North in a 20-10 loss to the South in the Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala., Sunday.

The Cougars’ all-time leading tackler had three tackles, one solo and one assisted in the first quarter, one assisted in the second.

Bucannon was the first Washington State player to participate in the game since Brandon Gibson in 2009.

Earlier this month, Bucannon was awarded the 2013 College Football Elite Defensive Back trophy.

Women’s basketball

Salonika Quewon-Owens (Armijo) poured in a career-high 23 points and added six rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead Dominican (4-14, 4-8 PacWest) to a 63-53 win over Hawaii-Hilo. She then had 19 points, five steals, four assists and one block in helping the Penguins complete a season sweep of Chaminade with a 77-53 victory. For her efforts, Quewon-Owens was named to the PacWest Final Five for the games played Jan. 20-26, the third time she’s made the Final Five this season.

Chico State trailed Humboldt State 43-34 at the half, but Jazmine Miller (Vanden) scored 14 of her team-high 18 points after intermission to lead the Wildcats (11-5, 7-5 CCAA) to a 69-66 victory. She also had nine rebounds and one assist. Earlier, Miller poured in a team-high 17 points and had six assists and four rebounds in an 85-73 downing of Cal Poly Pomona.

San Diego State (7-10, 4-3) moved over .500 in the Mountain West Conference with a pair of victories last week. Khristina Hunter (Rodriguez) pulled down 13 boards and had four points, two assists, two blocks and one steal in an 88-65 stuffing of San Jose State and then had seven rebounds, three points and a steal in an 88-72 undoing of Utah State.

Renique Fitzpatrick (Armijo) struggled through an 0 for 9 shooting night – teammate Sonia Aguilar was 1 for 21 as part of a 22.4 percent effort by Holy Names as a team – in a 68-49 loss to BYU-Hawaii. She finished with two points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal, while Amnesty Bradley (Fairfield) had two points, two rebounds and a steal. Jala Carter (Rodriguez) had one steal. In a later 92-71 loss to Hawaii Pacific, Fitzpatrick had five points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks, Bradley and had three points and two rebounds, and Carter had an assist. Oh, and Aguilar bounced back by hitting 10 of 25 shots and 13 of 17 free throws to finish with a season-high 36 points.

In Texas Arlington’s 85-62 loss to Troy, Taylor Caspers (Fairfield) had a rebound for the Mavericks (1-17, 0-7 Sunbelt).

Ruby Leon (Fairfield, Solano) poured in a team-high 14 points to go with two rebounds, two steals and two assists, but it wasn’t enough to keep Eastern Nazarene (5-11, 1-8 CCC) from dropping a 71-55 decision to Endicott. Lucy Santos (Solano) added two points, two rebounds and a block.

Tahvia Morrison (Vanden) had three points, three rebounds and an assist as UC Riverside (4-15, 0-6 Big West) dropped its 12 straight game with an 89-72 loss to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Cal Maritime (8-12, 1-5 CalPac) slipped past Simpson 97-90 as Shante Sands (Fairfield) hit all seven of her free throws in scoring 13 points to go with five steals, four rebounds and four assists. In an earlier 64-62 loss to William Jessup, Sands had a team-high 18 points as well as six rebounds, four steals and two assists.

After losing 95-63 to College of St. Mary and 94-44 to College of the Ozarks, Waldorf (4-13, 2-3 MCAC) got by Central Baptist 73-69. Destinee Sinegal-Smith (Fairfield, Solano) had a combined four points, four rebounds and three assists in the three games.

Nebraska-Kearney (7-10, 3-7 MIAA) hit 30 of 43 free throws, including 20 of 27 in the second half – and needed every one of them – in a 76-75 edging of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The Lopers, coached by former Solano assistant Kevin Chaney, earlier fell 83-72 to Pittsburg State.

Our Lady of the Lake, coached by former Vacaville and Vacaville Christian coach Chris Minner, suffered its first Red River Athletic Conference loss by falling 84-71 to LSU-Shreveport. The Saints (15-2, 6-1 RRAC) earlier got by Wiley 96-92.

Men’s basketball

Lequan Gomes (Fairfield, Solano) came off the bench to roll up 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists to help lift Eastern Nazarene (11-4, 5-4 CCC) to a 76-74 win over Endicott.

James Givens (Fairfield, Solano) poured in 20 points and had six assists and a rebound, but it wasn’t enough to keep Maine-Fort Kent (5-17, 1-12 USCAA) from dropping a 74-60 decision to Vermont Tech. The Bengals, who have lost eight straight and 14 of 16 after a 3-3 start, also fell to Maine-Machias, 75-68, with Givens getting 12 points, seven assists, three steals and two rebounds.

Alaska (12-5, 7-2 GNAC) made a two-game swing to the Northwest a successful one by downing Saint Martin’s 64-47 and Western Oregon. In the first game, Ronnie Baker (Rodriguez) had eight points, four assists, a steal and a rebound, while Rashaad Allen (Rodriguez) had six points and a rebound, while Baker had nine points two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the second game with Allen scoring three points and making a steal.

Before fouling out, Desean Atkins (Fairfield) had six points, two assists and a rebound for Dickinson State (7-13, 2-6 Frontier) in a 77-74 loss to Montana Tech. Juston Goodwin (Buckingham Charter, Solano) added seven points, four rebounds and two steals for the Blue Hawks.

In Menlo’s 92-71 thumping of UC Merced, Jordan Collier (Vanden) had two rebounds, a block and an assist for the Oaks (6-14, 4-3 CalPac).

In other CalPac action, Pacific Union (3-20, 2-5 CalPac) fell 85-60 to Simpson and 64-47 to William Jessup with Anthony Gonzalez (Vacaville) getting five points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal over the two games.

Hawaii Pacific (11-6, 6-5 PacWest) went 0-3 with Koree Cox (Rodriguez) getting two points in a 71-66 loss to Notre Dame de Namur, six points and a steal in a 72-66 loss to Fresno Pacific, and seven points and two rebounds in a 77-70 loss to Holy Names.


Trinity College, coached by former Armijo standout Marques Gales, got its first dual match win of the season in an otherwise tough weekend at the New England Wrestling Associations Headlock For Hunger at Bridgewater (Mass.) State. The Bantams (1-11) downed the host team 26-14, but lost 24-21 to Plymouth State, 36-14 to Roger Williams and 39-3 to Southern Maine.


Alex Mendoza (Rodriguez) set a new pool record while winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 42.76 seconds to help Claremont-Mudd-Scripps improve to 6-0 in the SCIAC by dunking Caltech 222-66 and Cal Lutheran 199-87.

Ben Gabbard (Vacaville) took second in the 100 butterfly (59.49) as the United States Merchant Marine Academy defeated York 65-32 and Old Westbury 61-41.

Indoor track

Bryce Houston (Rodriguez) was ninth in the unseeded men’s 400-meter dash (49.67) for Arizona in the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational in Albuquerque. The freshman was also 43rd in the 200 (22.79). Houston also ran the lead-off leg on the Wildcats’ 4×400 relay, which finished fourth in 3:17.36.

Arrielle Holzendorf (Fairfield) ran a leg for Sacramento State’s ninth-place 4×400 relay team (4:01.20) in the New Balance Boise Indoor at Nampa, Idaho.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.

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