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Pacific Union College men’s basketball coach Greg Rahn talks to his team during a timeout during its 77-71 home win over Cal State Maritime on Jan. 19 in Angwin.

The Pacific Union College men’s basketball team opens its 2017-18 season with a nonconference game on Oct. 26 at William Jessup University in Rocklin.

Besides the nine nonconference and 14 California Pacific Conference games, the Pioneers also have six exhibition games on their schedule.

Pacific Union’s exhibition games – which are all road games – are scheduled for Oct. 30, Fresno State; Nov. 1, Cal State Stanislaus (Turlock); Nov. 13, Humboldt State (Arcata); Nov. 25, San Francisco State; Dec. 19, Cal State East Bay (Hayward); and Dec. 30, UC Santa Barbara.

Pacific Union is coming off its greatest season in school history. The Pioneers won the California Pacific Conference championship and reached the NAIA Division II National Championship tournament for the first time in school history.

The Pioneers were picked to finish sixth in the CalPac coaches preseason poll.

Coach Greg Rahn’s Pioneers (18-7 overall, 11-4 CalPac) beat host Cal State Maritime, 71-70, in the conference championship game on Feb. 28 in Vallejo. It was Rae Hubbard, a junior off guard and a transfer from Napa Valley College, who hit the game-winning shot for Pacific Union, giving the Pioneers their first CalPac title.

The win advanced Pacific Union – a small Seventh-day Adventist school founded in 1882 and offering just three men’s sports and three women’s sports – to the NAIA Division II National Championship in Point Lookout, Missouri. The Pioneers lost in the first round to top-seeded Cornerstone University (Michigan).

Scavo places for Oregon

Kathleen Scavo, a Justin-Siena High School graduate, tied for 20th place for the University of Oregon women’s golf team at the Windy City Collegiate. It was played earlier this month.

Scavo, a junior, had rounds of 73, 73 and 73 for a 6-over-par 219 total at Northmoor Country Club in Chicago.

As a team, Oregon tied for 12th.

Arizona State won the team title.

Oregon will play next at the Stanford Intercollegiate at Pebble Beach, Oct. 16-18. It will be played at Poppy Hills Golf Course.

Sims third at InterWest Wildcat Classic

Napa High graduate Zack Sims finished in third place for the Holy Names University men’s golf team at the InterWest Wildcat Classic, which ended Tuesday at The Links at Rolling Hills in Corning, Calif.

Sims had rounds of 72 and 67 for a 5-under-par 139 total.

He birdied six holes in the final round.

The tournament, won by Chico State, had 11 teams and was shortened to 36 holes due to windy conditions. Holy Names finished third.

Santora 10th for Carroll College

Stephen Santora, a Napa High graduate, finished in 10th place for the Carroll College men’s golf team at last month’s Carroll College Invite at Green Meadow Country Club in Helena, Montana.

As a team, Carroll was second.

Four total stops for Seisay

American Canyon High graduate Chris Seisay started at cornerback for Portland State and had four tackles (three solo stops) in the Vikings’ 30-22 Big Sky Conference loss in football on Oct. 7 to Montana State at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, Mont.

Seisay is a senior.

Dotson plays for Washington

American Canyon High graduate Jomon Dotson was credited with one solo tackle for the University of Washington football team in the Huskies’ 38-7 Pac-12 win over UC Berkeley on Oct. 7 at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

Dotson is a junior defensive back.

Prep football playoff projections

Justin-Siena and St. Helena are each listed in the North Coast Section playoff projections for football. This is the second week of the website’s projections.

Justin-Siena (2-4 overall, 2-0 Marin County Athletic League) is projected as the No. 13 seed in Division IV.

St. Helena (3-3 overall, 2-3 North Central League I) is projected as the No. 7 seed in Division V.


Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the