American River College (ARC) women’s tennis head coach Steve Dunmore has been honored as the National Junior College Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). This award recognizes Dunmore as the top women’s tennis coach for all community and junior colleges in the US. It follows Dunmore’s selection as the ITA’s California Coach of the Year.
It was another incredible year for ARC men’s tennis. In 2018 the Beavers won their seventh straight Big 8 North conference title, third straight MJC Invitational title, and their third straight NorCal championship.
For the third consecutive year the Beavers reached the dual-team state championship match in Ojai against the Southern California champion. For the third straight year they fell short in their bid for their first state title since 1966.
Freshman RHP Colling Carriger (Bella Vista; pictured, left) and freshman infielder Lane Field (Whitney; pictured, right) were named to the All-BIG 8 Conference 2nd team on Wednesday Head Coach Doug Jumelet announced.
The Beavers earned their fifth consecutive NorCal championship match berth. ARC has won the NorCal championship the past two seasons and will look to earn their third straight state championship match opportunity against De Anza College on Saturday, April 21st at AR
Highlights for the Beavers against Bakersfield included Pete Gibson beating #4 Manrico Cabaloza without dropping a game and the #1 doubles team of Sam Hall/Mikey Vizcarra recovering from a slow start to beat Bakersfield #1 team of Manrico Cabaloza/Kaleb Johnson 8-5.
American River College got out to an early lead, gave it away, got it back, gave it away again, then finally got it back in the bottom of the 8th to defeat Diablo Valley College 5-4 at Beaver Field on Thursday.