CR Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Qualify for State Tournament | News

The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team captured the Golden Valley Conference title for the second straight year, winning back-to-back championships for the first time in program history. The CR Women’s Basketball team won second place in the GVC. Both teams will compete in the state tournament this week.

CR Men finished seeded 14th in the Northern California Conference and hosted Diablo Valley College on March 1 in the first round of the playoffs. CR Women also finished as the 14th seed in the Northern Conference and will travel to City College of San Francisco to face the No. 3 seed on Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m.

“In such a difficult season for all basketball programs at all levels, winning a championship in 2022 deserves a little extra celebration,” said men’s coach Ryan Bisio. “Whether it’s COVID, mental health, disruption of traditional schedules, major weather disruptions, etc. Our group has inspired so many people with its unique ability to keep their hopes and dreams alive. Their championship pedigree will resonate in the annals of history, and their commitment to investing unconditionally in each other makes their success all the sweeter.

The individual GVC awards presented to members of the CR Men’s Team for this season include:

Jon Nchekwube – Golden Valley Conference MVP, 1st Team All-State of California

Donald Willis – 1st team All-Golden Valley Conference

Drew Gillette – 1st team All Golden Valley Conference

Zac Claus – 1st team All Golden Valley Conference

Bradley Willis – Golden Valley Conference Defensive Team

CR Women’s GVC Conference Awards include:

· Ashley Quigley – 3rd Team All-State selection; first-team All-Conference this winter, she finished second in the GVC with an average of 19.8 points per game and led the conference in 3-point shooting percentage with an impressive 44.4%.

Makayla Napoleon – 1st team All-Golden Valley Conference

Gracie Betts – Honorable Mention for All-Golden Valley Conference

· Rachel Valdez – All-Golden Valley Conference Freshman Team

“As we saw at the start of preseason, San Francisco is a great team, but I firmly believe they’re beatable,” women’s coach Jain Tuey said. “It will be a challenge not to have our point guard Gracie Betts due to injury, but if we take care of the ball in our possessions and play with great energy and execute, I feel really good about how well we can get together. line up for our opening game. Game.”

Coach Bisio also has something to celebrate, as he won the Golden Valley Conference Men’s Coach of the Year award.

“Coach Bisio has done an outstanding job in recruiting, retaining and developing all of his student-athletes since he was hired three years ago,” said CR Athletic Director Bob Brown. “Their success on the pitch is a direct reflection of the hard work he and his team have put in. He is well deserving of the Coach of the Year recognition.”