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Sophomore Staci Gregorio (Warren Walker, NV) was named PCAC Women's Player-of-the-Week(click blue link) for the week of 2/23/14 after scoring 44 points in her final two contests of her career against the two best teams in the conference MSJC and Palomar; both playoff bound. She started the week off by scoring 32 points on 4/5 shooting from 3 and 12/13 shooting from the free-throw line against MSJC. She then followed that up with a 12 point performance versus Palomar going 1/1 from three. That gave her 55 makes from beyond the arc this year.
Earlier in the week, Gregorio along with Kim Scott (Helix, San Diego) earned All-PCAC honors. Gregorio finished the year by averaging 13.1 points, nearly 2 assists and 3 rebouinds per contest. Scott averaged 18 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals per game while shooting nearly 47% from the floor.
Mesa won it's second consecutive PCAC game, 49-38 over Imperial Valley. Michaela Nichols (Serra, San Diego) led the Lady Olympians with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Freshman Kourtnei Bowerman (Mira Mesa, San Diego) chipped in with 8 points including 2 3's.
Last Friday, Mesa pounded Mira Costa College, 59-35. Freshman Kim Scott (Helix, San Diego) matched her career-high with 31 points to go along with 7 boards while sophomore Staci Gregorio (Las Vegas, NV) added 14 points, 3 boards and 3 assists while going 3/6 from 3.
Mesa had a number of contributions in it's 62-35 win over Imperial Valley College. Kimberly Scott, Mesa's leading scorer had 12 points and Gennie Quintard chipped in with 11. Of note, freshman Rachael Bennett scored her first career collegiate bucket, a 3 pointer in the second half. Mesa next plays Wednesday evening (1/22) against Southwestern College at Mesa at 5pm.
Kimberly Scott (Helix High, San Diego) leads the Olympians in scoring by putting up 18 PPG to go along with nearly 5 assists, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals while sophomore sensation (see right photo), Staci Gregorio (Henderson, Nevada) is averaging over 14 points and nearly 4 boards a game while shooting 30% from beyond the arc and nearly 70% from the free throw line. Sophomore, Gennie Quintard (University City High, San Diego), is averaging 10.7 and 5 rebounds per contest.
The 60-page full-color 2013-14 Media Guide is now available online! Click here to view it. For a hard copy, please email Head Coach Michael Hootner at, firstname.lastname@example.org for details. To meet the team, click here.
The Media Guide includes all types of information from last year's Season in Review, boxscores from last season, this year's player profiles, information on how to watch our games live on the internet, and much much more.
San Diego Mesa College Head Coach Michael Hootner announced the pairings for the 2nd Annual Coaches vs Cancer James Mulvehal Mission Valley Stadium Tip-Off Tourney to be held at San Diego Mesa College on November 15-17. If you have any further questions about the tourney, please email Head Coach, Michael Hootner at, email@example.com.
To view the bracket, click here.
Karen Kuy, a freshman from Hoover High School, scored 12 points in the final round to beat teammate Gennie Quintard in the finals. Besides the 3-Point Contest, the 5th Annual Midday Madness featured a dunk contest and a brief intra-squad scrimmage with the Men's team. Midday (or Midnight) Madness signifies the 1st official day of basketball practice nationwide.
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Check out the latest Mesa College Women's Basketball Fast Break booster club newsletter by clicking here! Read all about two of our five sophomores, Staci Gregorio and Gennie Quintard!
SAN DIEGO, CA 8/16/13 Sophomore Janelle Stroud (San Diego High) has verbally committed to Presentation College in South Dakota. Stroud helped the Lady Olympians to double-digit wins for the third consecutive year (10) and makes five players from this year's squad to be moving on to 4-year colleges to continue playing intercollegiate athletics. "We are very proud of Janelle," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. "She worked extremely hard during her two years here and has been an incredible ambassador for our program. We know that she will not only be an incredible asset to the Presentation Women's Basketball program but to the Presentation community as well," concluded Coach Hootner. For more information on the Saints program, click here.
Since Coach Hootner assumed the reins of the Lady Olympian program in 2007-08, he has prided himself on helping numerous players move on to the next level to continue their academic and athletic endeavors. To see where they've all gone, click here.
San Diego, CA 6/14/13 Coach Hootner will have his most comprehensive staff to date when the 2013-14 season begins. "I'm honored to have so many wonderful people and coaches who wanted to be a part of the 2013-14 journey," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner.
Coach Hootner's staff will be spearheaded by coaches Dale Parker and Mercedes Fox-Griffin. To read their full bios as well as meet the other four coaches on this year's staff, click here.
SAN DIEGO, CA 8/1/13 Sophomore Briana "Bree" Luckett (Serra) has committed to run track at Concordia University in Irvine, California. "Bree has been an unbelievable ambassador for our track and basketball programs here at Mesa and we are so proud of her and happy for her," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. Luckett helped both the Lady Olympians Track and Basketball programs win PCAC titles and averaged 4 points and 4 rebounds per contest.
SAN DIEGO, CA 5/23/13 Taylor Mills, a 1st-Team All-Conference selection with Mesa this past season in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has verbally committed to UMBC to play for the retrievers this fall. UMBC is a D1 member of the NCAA and in the American East Conference. For more information on the Retrievers Women's Basketball program, click here.
Mills (Oregon City, Oregon) was a unanimous 1st-Team All PCAC selection in 2013 averaging over 13 ppg, nearly 3 assists and over 3 rebounds per game while shooting over 36% from 3 and nearly 80% from the free throw line.
"We are very proud of Taylor," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner. "She endured a rough three years prior to coming to Mesa and we are so happy her dream of playing Division 1 basketball have come true. UMBC plays a Princeton style offense and Taylor will be terrific in this system," concluded Coach Hootner.
SAN DIEGO, CA 5/12/13 Sophomore, Janvier "JV" Barbarin (Steele Canyon, San Diego) has signed her letter of intent with Presentation College in South Dakota. Janvier helped the Lady Olympians win 20 games over two seasons while averaging 5 points and 5 rebounds.
"We are very proud of JV," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner. "JV believed in the program and me when the program was going through a rebuilding phase and for that, we are eternally grateful.
We know she will be an asset not only to the Presentation Women's Basketball family but to the Presentation community as a whole," concluded Coach Hootner.
For more information on the Presentation College Women's Basketball program, click here.
SAN DIEGO, CA 4/2/13 Freshman Courtney Hazelwood from Georgetown, Texas, and Vista Ridge High School (TX), is returning to her roots this fall. Hazelwood has verbally committed to Huston Tillotson University, a historical black college in Austin, Texas. "I'm very excited to go and play for Huston-Tillotson and Coach Maurice Callis," said Hazelwood. "They are an up and coming program and I'm excited to go there and help with the rebuilding process," concluded Hazelwood.
Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner is very proud of Hazelwood who helped the Olympians to a 2012 PCAC Championship. "Courtney has been a true ambassador for our program the last two and a half years and we are very excited for her for this opportunity. She will not only be an asset to the basketball program but to the Austin, community as well," concluded Coach Hootner.
SAN DIEGO, CA 2/22/13 Mesa finished the 2013 by winning it's 6th game in it's last 8 over Imperial Valley College, 62-50. After an 0-4 start in PCAC play this year, Mesa finished 6-6 in conference play.
"I can't say enough about this group. They beat three first place teams in consecutive games and got better at the end. I'm happy for them that they stuck together and am especially happy for the five sophomores," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner.
Watch the entire game by clicking here. Janelle Stroud (San Diego High) led the Lady Olympians with 10 points and 3 rebounds.
SAN DIEGO, CA 2/15/13 The Lady Olympians did it again on Friday night, upsetting it's 3rd straight 1st place team, Southwestern, 60-57. Mesa overcame 28 turnovers to win for the 5th time in 6 games.
The Lady Olympians were led by sophomore, Taylor Mills with 28 points including 5 3's (and 7/9 from the free throw line) while freshman Whitney Shirley had 17 points, including 4 3's.
To watch last night's win over Southwestern, click here:
EL CAJON, CA 2 13 13 The Lady Olympians made it four wins in the last five contests in route to a 59-42 win over crosstown rival, Grossmont College. Mesa held Grossmont to 28% shooting with it's stifling defense including holding Grossmont to 1-13 from beyond the arc.
Mesa was led by freshman Whitney Shirley with 21 points on 5/9 shooting from 3 and freshman Gennie Quintard who had 18 points on 6/11 shooting from 3. Sophomore Taylor Mills had 15 points (10-10 from the free throw line), 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Mesa was 12-27 from beyond the arc (44%) and 17-21 (81%) from the free throw line.
"I'm extremely proud of these young ladies to have fought like they have after an 0-4 start," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner. "There's no quit in this team and that's what I love about them," concluded Coach Hootner.
SAN DIEGO, CA 2/6/13 The Lady Olympians won for the 3rd time in 4 games tonight over 1st Place San Diego City College, 54-49 behind freshman Gennie Quintard's (University City High) 20 points and 5 rebounds. With the win, Mesa has won 3 of it's last 4.
Sophomore Taylor Mills (Oregon City, OR) chipped in with 10 points and freshman Janique Cofield (Steele Canyon High) had 10 rebounds to go along with 4 points. Freshman Whitney Shirley had 7 points as did sophomore Angela Shelton (Horizon). Bree Luckett (Serra) also grabbed 5 rebounds.
"We got a lot of contributions from a lot of people and the execution was the best that we've had all year at both ends of the floor. I'm incredibly proud of these young ladies. After starting the conference season at 0-4, to have the resiliency to be 3-1 since is a real credit to them," concluded Coach Hootner.
SAN DIEGO, CA 1/31/13 The Olympians made it two in a row on Wednesday with a 54-50 come from behind win over Imperial Valley. Mesa trailed 50-47 when freshman Whitney Shirley drilled a 3 from the top of the key to tie it at 50. The Olympians then took the lead on a free throw by sophomore Taylor Mills. after another stop, Mesa's freshman, Janique Cofield grabbed an offensive rebound and made an off-balance fade away floater on the baseline to put Mesa up 53-50. Whitney Shirley, who led the Olympians with 13 points, made a free throw to account for the final margin.
"We continue to improve with each game and that is what I am most proud about this team," concluded Coach Hootner.
SAN DIEGO, CA 1/25/13 The Lady Olympians halted their 4-game losing streak by beating second place Mira Costa, 65-59. ""I'm extremely proud of these young ladies," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. "The team continues to improve and tonight was a perfect example of that," concluded Coach Hootner.
Freshman Gennie Quintard (University City) had a breakout game when the Olympians needed her most. She had 20 points including 5 3's. Sophomore Taylor Mills was the nights leading scorer with 23, including 5 3's while dishing out 7 assists. And freshman Whitney Shirley contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds.
The game can be watched at, http://youtu.be/Xc0dw5SJHxw.
SAN DIEGO, CA 8/24/12 Volume 5 Issue 1 of the Mesa College Women's Basketball Booster Club's Fast Break newsletter has been released!
The two featured player profiles are of sophomores, Bree Luckett from Serra High School and Janelle Stroud from San Diego High School.
Also see our Coaches Corner and more! To view the newsletter, click here.
If you'd like to join our booster club, called the Fastbreak Club, please email Head Coach, Michael Hootner at, firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
SAN DIEGO, CA 4/19/12 White, a 2-time 1st-Team All-PCAC selection has verbally committed to Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.
"I'm so excited," said White. "I really liked the school and the coaching staff. I wanted to go to school on the east coast and feel like this is a great fit. I can't wait to start the next chapter in my life," concluded White.
"Paine is a wonderful institution with a great history. We couldn't be more proud of a more deserving person," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner.
SAN DIEGO, CA 6/24/12 All-State Academic, runner-up PCAC Player-of-the-Year, and Mesa Athletics STAR Award Winner (Mesa's Athletic Department Student-Athlete-of-the-Year award), Chanel Putras has signed with NAIA, Simpson University, in Redding, California, joining teammate, Katie Ratfield who will also be playing at Simpson. "I absolutely loved it when I visited and can't wait to be a part of the Simpson family," said Putras.
"We are so proud of Chanel," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner. "Chanel and Katie will not only be a wonderful addition to the basketball family at Simpson but to the Redding community as a whole," concluded Coach Hootner.
SAN DIEGO, CA 4/5/12 1st-Team All-PCAC selection, Katie Ratfield (Modesto Christian, CA) has signed with NAIA, Simpson University in Redding, California.
"We are extremely happy for Katie and looking forward to following her last two years at Simpson," said Head Coach Michael Hootner. "I felt right at home during my trip. I connected with the players, the school and the coaches and felt like this was where I was supposed to be," concluded Ratfield.
SAN DIEGO, CA 5/29/12 Asha McDonnell, a center on the 2010-11 squad, who last year played for Salt Lake Community College, signed with 4-year Grand Canyon University.
"We are excited for Asha," said Lady Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner. McDonnell was instrumental in helping the Olympians to double-digit wins last season and helped Salt Lake to an 18-13 season this year. "Asha worked extremely hard during the last two years and we can't wait to watch her at Grand Canyon," concluded Coach Hootner.
For more on this story, click this press release from Grand Canyon University.
SAN DIEGO, CA 2/18/12 Mesa Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner has been named PCAC Coach-of-the-year for the first time. Hootner's squad finished the 2011-12 season 21-8 overall and 12-0 in PCAC play while winning the PCAC. Hootner's team also had a 17-game winning streak to end the season before bowing out to the #1 team in the state, Mt. San Antonio College in the second round of the CCCAA State Playoffs.
Hootner, who is also the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Mesa has also won four consecutive PCAC Coach-of-the-Year awards.
"If it weren't for our amazing players, assistant coaches, and administrative support, this would not have been possible. Thank you to all of you including our amazing fans. I am very honored," concluded Coach Hootner.
SAN DIEGO, CA 2/22/12 Mesa College Won it's 21st game of the year and 17th in a row behind sophomore, Chanel Putras' (Grossmont High) 24 points. She was 7/11 from 3 and 3/3 from the free-throw line. Putras also had 2 assists and 3 steals.
Helping the Lady Olympian cause was freshman Stevi Hall (Harrisburg, PA) who had 17 points and 7 boards, freshman Jessica Bautista (Sweetwater, San Diego) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore Angela Eley (Serra, San Diego) with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Sophomore Katie Ratfield (Modesto Christian, CA) had 6 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore, Denise White (Westview, San Diego) had 8 points, 3 rebounds and a career-high 7 assists.
Mesa then traveled to the #1 team in the state, Mt. SAC. Mesa was within one, 17-16 midway through the first half before Mt. SAC proved to be too much and went on a 15-2 run to end the half to take a 32-18 halftime lead. They coasted from there and then went on to win 4 more games and the State Title; their 4th this decade.
SAN MARCOS, CA 2/17/12 The Lady Olympians continued their amazing run last night by beating Palomar College 49-41. With the win, Mesa finishes the season on a 16-game winning streak and wins the PCAC Title with a perfect 12-0 record. Mesa also finishes the regular season with a 20-7 record.
The Lady Olympians will now wait to hear who and where they will play as the State Tournament pairings will be announced on Monday.
"I'm extremely proud of this group," said fifth-year Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner. "What they've accomplished is a real credit to their resiliency and commitment to one another. It's been a lot of fun to watch them grow and evolve. It's a year I will never forget," concluded Coach Hootner.
EL CENTRO, CA 2/15/12 Coach Hootner's squad went 23/32 from the free throw line last night (72%) while only committing a season low 10 turnovers in route to a grind-it-out, 65-59 win over Michael Benton's Imperial Valley squad.
"Any time you can get a win on the road, especially after the long drive to El Centro it's a great win," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. "I'm extremely proud of our effort. We valued the basketball and did an unbelievable job at the free throw line and those two things were a big reason why we won tonight," concluded Coach Hootner.
Freshman Stevi Hall (Harrisburg, PA) led the Olympians with her determined play, especially on the interior against IVCs stingy 2/3 defense with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Sophomore, Katie Ratfield (Modesto Christian, CA) had 13 points and 5 rebounds and freshman, Denise White (Westview, San Diego) chipped in with 11 while orchestrating the offense.
Mesa has now won 15 in a row and runs their overall record to 19-7, 11-0 in PCAC play with one game remaining at Palomar on Friday, at 5PM.
SAN DIEGO, CA 2/10/12 The Lady Olympians did it again, #14 and counting. Despite being down 12-0, The Olympians then went on a 51-22 run over the next 25 minutes to take a 51-34 lead, cruising to a 64-53 win on sophomore night and Think Pink's PLAY4KAY night.
"It was a memorable night for our sophomores," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. "It was a great crowd and a great win," concluded Coach Hootner whose team is now a perfect 9-0 at home this season.
Sophomore Chanel Putras (Grossmont, San Diego) had 12 points on 4/8 shooting from beyond the arc and freshman, Jessica Bautista (Sweetwater, San Diego) added 10 points while grabbing 13 rebounds. Sophomore, Angela Eley also had 10 points and 4 rebounds.
CHULA VISTA, CA 2/8/12 Being down 11 midway through the second half didn't phase the Lady Olympians. It was just another opportunity for them to show their resiliency and resolve. In front of a packed and raucous road crowd, Mesa made a furious comeback behind sophomore Chanel Putras's (Grossmont, San Diego) 3 second half 3's and freshman Jessica Bautista's (Sweetwater, San Diego) 19 points.
Mesa was 19/26 from the free throw line. And although they finished with a season low 24 rebounds, 17 came in the second half. Mesa was also able to successfully break Southwestern's full-court pressure which resulted in several easy layups. Mesa also only had 15 turnovers, but only 3 in the second half.
The Lady Olympians are now 9-0 in PCAC play and 17-7 overall. Mesa will now prepare for it's final home game of the season, this Friday, where they will host Mira Costa College at 5PM. This game is a part of Think Pink's PLAY4KAY week. Mesa will also honor the five sophomores on this year's squad.
SAN DIEGO, CA 2/3/12 Mesa made it 12 in a row on Friday night before a packed house, 57-48. Mesa was down 15-7 early in before taking a 28-25 halftime lead. Mesa then went on a 26-15 run to take a 54-40 lead with 3 minutes to go and never looked back.
Freshman Stevi Hall (Harrisburg, PA) led the charge with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Freshman Jessica Bautista (Sweetwater, San Diego) had 11 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Katie Ratfield (Modesto Christian, CA) had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Chanel Putras (Grossmont, San Diego) had 4 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Mesa is now 8-0 in PCAC play, and 16-7 overall.
San Diego, CA 1/27/12 Mesa continued it's winning ways on Friday evening by defeating cross-town rival, San Diego City College, 62-46.
Mesa was led by Freshman, Jessica Bautista (Sweetwater, San Diego) who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 steals. Sophomore, Angela Eley (Serra, San Diego) had 13 points, including 3 3's.
With the win, Mesa moves to 15-7 overall and 7-0 in PCAC play. Mesa next plays on 2/3, at 5PM at home versus Grossmont College! This game is a first place showdown. Grossmont is 12-10 overall and 6-1 in PCAC play.
SAN DIEGO, CA 1/25/12 Mesa won it's 10th straight game over Palomar College, 63-48. The Lady Olympians are now 14-7 overall and 6-0 in PCAC play.
Sophomore Katie Ratfield (Modesto Christian, CA) had 15 points and 9 rebounds while freshmen Lucille Gleason (Sweetwater, San Diego) and Stevi Hall (Harrisburg, PA) chipped in with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Mesa next hosts San Diego City College this Friday, 1/27, at 5PM.
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SAN DIEGO, CA 1/20/12 The Lady Olympians found a way to come back from another second half deficit this evening to push their record to 13-7 overall and 5-0 in PCAC play.
Down by 2 with 1:40 to go and the shot clock winding down, Jessica Bautista (Sweetwater, San Diego) hit a 25 footer as the shot clock expired to give Mesa the lead they would never again relinquish.
"I'm very proud of these women," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. "The target is on our back night in and night out and we keep finding ways to win. It's a real credit to their resiliency," concluded Coach Hootner.
Freshman, Stevi Hall (Harrisburg, PA) led Mesa with 16 while freshman Lucille Gleason (Sweetwater, San Diego) chipped in with 10.
OCEANSIDE, CA 1/18/12 The Lady Olympians pulled off their biggest disappearing act of the season for the first 29 minutes but reappeared just in time to escape with a 64-57 win at Mira Costa.
Down 13 with less than 12 minutes to go, Mesa behind the hot shooting of sophomore Chanel Putras (Grossmont High, San Diego) and freshman Stevi Hall (Harrisburg, PA) came roaring back. Putras was 7/14 from the floor, including going 6/12 from 3 while Hall was 5-11 from the floor.
Mesa is now 12-7 overall after their 8th win in a row and 4-0 in PCAC play.
SAN DIEGO, CA 1/13/12 The Lady Olympians disposed of both co-defending PCAC Champions this week. Wednesday it was Grossmont and tonight, it was Southwestern. Mesa was up 34-26 at the half and extended that lead to 20 in the second half before Southwestern made a valiant run at the end of the game but it was too little too late.
Mesa grabbed 58 rebounds while only turning the ball over 16 times. "I'm very proud of these young ladies," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner. To beat Grossmont and Southwestern in the same week within a 3 day span is a great accomplishment but we still have a long way to go," concluded Coach Hootner.
Mesa is now alone in first place atop the PCAC at 3-0 while Grossmont and Southwestern are 3-1. Mesa is now 11-7 overall and 3-0 in PCAC play.
El Cajon, CA 1/11/12 The Lady Olympians came back from a 15 point deficit in the final 8 minutes of the game to beat previously unbeaten Grossmont College, 51-50. Mesa, down 43-28, finished the game on a 23-7 run.
With Mesa down by 2, they tied the score at 49 after Jessica Bautista's (Sweetwater, San Diego) steal and two free throws after an intentional foul was called with :42 remaining. With .5 seconds remaining, Mesa was called for a foul and Grossmont went up by 1. But, then several fans, thinking the game was over, ran onto the court and the ref called a technical foul. Sophomore Denise White (Westview, San Diego) calmly stepped up and hit both free throws to give Mesa the victory.
SAN DIEGO, CA 12/22/11 The Lady Olympians went 2-0 at the Glendale Crossover Tournament to push their winning streak to 4. Mesa is now 8-7 overall heading into PCAC play on January 4, at City College at 7PM. Lucille Gleason was 8-13 from long distance during the tournament while Stevi Hall added 16 and 10 points, respectively in each game. Against College of the Desert on Thursday, Denise White had 14 points on 4-5 shooting from 3 while grabbing 3 rebounds.
SAN DIEGO, CA 11/13/11 The Lady Olympians beat perennial power Cerritos College on Sunday night, 57-41 to win the 1st Annual James Mulvehal Coaches vs Cancer Holiday Inn Mission Valley Stadium Tip-Off Tournament. The Olympians went on a 24-2 run to finish the game after trailing 39-33 with 9:49 remaining in the game. "I'm extremely proud of this team," said Head Coach Michael Hootner. "We played good defense, took care of the ball and rebounded well," added Coach Hootner.
Mesa beat Santa Monica in the semis 75-64 and College of the Desert 58-38 in the opening round. Mesa now travels to Santa Barbara for a 3-day tournament. The Olys open up against state power San Bernardino College at 5pm this Thursday, November 17. All games can be watched at www.justin.tv/mhootner.
5/26/11 SAN DIEGO, CA Shelby Watson (Mira Mesa, San Diego), a two-time captain for the Lady Olympians and Pacific Coast Athletic Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention selection in 2011 has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for The University of St. Mary (click for more info) in Leavenworth, Kansas. Watson will begin playing for the Spires and Head Coach Mike Basler this fall. Watson averaged 8 ppg and nearly 5 rpg as a freshman and nearly 5 ppg and 5 rpg as a sophomore. "We will miss Shelby a great deal," said Olympian Head Coach, Michael Hootner. "Shelby was the consummate student-athlete and a true ambassador for our program. We are excited for her as she transitions to this next step in her life and know that she will have tremendous success at St. Mary," concluded Coach Hootner.
Lynchburg, VA 1/23/11 Annessa Jamison (Poway, San Diego), a 1st-Team All-Conference player in 2008-09 has earned a full-athletic scholarship to Division I, Liberty University. Annessa is playing Lacrosse for the Flames. Jamison orginally signed with Cal Berkeley to play Lacrosse in 2008 but chose to come to Mesa to pursue her dream of playing college basketball. "We are very proud of Annessa. She has an amazing opportunity to have her education paid for while traveling the country and are so excited for her," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. She can play three years of Lacrosse at Liberty and if she chooses to play both sports, can play ball for two, starting next year.
SANTA MARIA, CA 12/11/10 The Lady Olympians keep finding ways to win after their hard fought 60-59 in the 3rd place game of the Alan Hancock Tournament. The Lady Olympians started off slowly playing their 3rd game in as many days, getting down by 12 early. Behind freshman Chanel Putras' (Grossmont High) 5 first half 3's, Mesa was able to grab a 39-38 lead going into the break. Mesa led by as many as 12 in the second half (54-42) before Cuesta came roaring back. With Mesa leading 60-59, Cuesta missed a contested layup at the buzzer and after a mad scramble of all ten players, Mesa's Shelby Watson (Mira Mesa) grabbed the rebound as time expired. Putras hit 3 more 3's in the second half to finish with 24 points while earning All-Tournament laurels.
SAN DIEGO, CA 8/05/10 Joy Edwards, who played an integral part in the 2007-08 10-4 Pacific Coast Conference second place finish has signed with Cal State San Bernardino. Edwards, who took two years off to improve her game and earn her Associate of Arts Degree is excited for this opportunity. "I'm so grateful that Coach Becker and San Bernardino believed in me despite taking two years off from basketball," said a jovial Edwards.
Edwards, who played scholastically at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, earned 1st-Team All-Conference laurels her sophomore campaign in 2007-08, averaging an impressive 15 points and 10 rebounds. "We are very proud of Joy," said Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner. "Joy is committed to the classroom, an incredible athlete, and an even more amazing woman. I have no doubt that she will not only perform in the classroom and on the court at CSUSB but be an active and engaged member of the community," concluded Coach Hootner.
The Men's and Women's Basketball programs will team up on Wednesday during their doubleheader (the Men play at Mesa at 5 while the Women play at 7) to raise money for Haiti. In conjunction with Samartinsfeet.org and www.redcross.org, you can donate money for this cause!
Men's Head Coach Ed Helscher and Women's Head Coach Michael Hootner will both coach barefoot to raise awareness for this very important cause! Coach Hootner will also coach barefoot on Friday, January 22, during their 7PM home game versus Cuyamaca.
You can text, "SHOES" to 85944 to donate $5 (through Samaritan's Feet) or text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 (through the American Red Cross). Thanks for your support!
We currently have nearly 20 unedited Lady Olympian games up online from the last three years. There are two websites we are using. The first is, www.viddler.com and the second is, www.veoh.com. The advantage of watching the games on www.veoh.com is that you can watch the games on your Blackberry or iPhone. The clarity is amazing! If you choose to watch the games at Viddler, you'll see a search box at the top of the page. Type in one of the following:
"JEdwards1" (From 2007-08) or "AJamison1," (From 2008-09) or "AJamison2", (From 2008-09) or "TSpence1", (From 2008-09) or "AJamison3", (From 2009-10) or "AEley1", (From 2009-10) or "SWatson1" (From 2009-10) or "CCruz1" (From 2009-10) or "BSmith1" (From 2009-10) or "SJohnson1" (From 2009-10).
If you use Veoh, in the search box for the 2009-10 season, type in either, "AJamison3" or "SJohnson1". For 2010-11, type in "CPutras1", "KDekker1", "MCorreia1", "JBarbarin1", or "BPalmer1". "DWhite1" will be up by mid-January.
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Lady Olympian Head Coach Michael Hootner visited the east coast during the Thanksgiving break to watch four former Lady Olympians in action at their new 4-year schools. Hootner first flew into New York City on Tuesday, 11/24, at roughly 12:30 PM. After walking around downtown New York for a couple of hours and visiting the 9/11 site and memorial, Hootner hopped on the #4 subway train to Bedford Park and 45 minutes later was in the Bronx, at Lehman College where he watched Kelsey Ash, Simone Byrd, and Jamie Franklin play host to SUNY New Paltz. "I'm so proud of these young ladies," Said Coach Hootner. "They are using basketball as a way to open doors for themselves. They have all grown so much. I'm very proud of them," concluded Coach Hootner.
After having dinner with the three Alumnae just up the street from Lehman, Hootner went to bed only to get up at 3:45 AM in order to make his 6 AM flight to Raleigh, North Carolina. Upon his arrival at 8:30 AM, Hootner rented a car and proceeded to Chapel Hill and the campus of the University of North Carolina. After visiting the campus for a few hours, Hootner made his way to the UNC basketball museum. "This was an incredible experience," said Coach Hootner. "To see the history of this school from Michael Jordan to Bobby Hurley to Dean Smith to Tyler Hansbrough was amazing," said Coach Hootner.
Coach Hootner then made his way to the Dean Dome which is where he would watch former Lady Olympian, Amanda Mills play the #4 team in the country. Her team lost but Mills finished with 10 points and is really living a dream. "It's been an unbelievable experience playing D1 ball," said Mills. "To have my education paid for and have the chance to travel around the country and play teams like North Carolina, Syracuse, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Alabama just to name a few is a dream come true. I owe it all to Mesa," said Mills. Coach Hootner is very proud of Mills. "We always believed Amanda could play at this level. We are very happy she is living her dream," added Coach Hootner.
After visiting with Mills after the game, Coach Hootner then made his way to Durham, North Carolina, site of Duke University. Although the campus was almost empty due to the break, Hootner hoped he'd have a chance to see Krzyzewskiville, and Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the Duke Blue Devils play their home basketball games. Sure enough, after checking every door in the building, the last one he checked was open. Hootner walked through the entire facility for the next hour and then sat inside this storied stadium by himself for the next 30 minutes. "It was my first time here and I wanted to take it all in," said Hootner. "So, I just sat there and looked at all the banners and the retired numbers in complete silence. There were a few flood lights on so you could see everything including "Coach K Court," and the Duke "D" at centercourt. I hope to one day come back and watch a game here but, if not, this was the next best thing," concluded Coach Hootner.
Hootner then made his way back to San Diego the next morning.