Eight players earn mile-run uniforms

October 18, 2011

Sophomore Presley Neufeld finished her mile in an impressive 5:51 Tuesday morning.

The Solano women’s basketball team arose early Tuesday morning for the first mile run of the season. By successfully completing their mile in a time pre-determined by the coaching staff, each player will earn their uniform.

Today, sophomores Tara Cooley, Shannon Rankin, Ruby Leon and Presley Neufeld along with freshmen Ariella Harper, Lucy Santos, Marissa Dunn and Alesa Gilmore all made their mile times.

“It was a great run this morning and I am very proud of the effort put forward by the girls,” said Coach Matt Borchert.

Presely Neufeld, a transfer from Umpqua Junior College in Oregon, recorded the fastest time of the day by finishing in 5:51. Tara Cooley, a returning all-BVC selection, was close behind in 5:56.


Prospectus now available to download

October 12, 2011

The Solano College women’s basketball 2011-12 Prospectus is now available to download. This colorful, informative document provides every fan with everything they need to know about this year’s team.

Click on the “Prospectus” button the menu bar above, print the Prospectus out and study up before heading to the gym this winter!

See you at the gym!

Assistant coach excited about team’s potential

October 11, 2011

Ann Talamantes-Ristow is a freshman all over again.

Solano’s first-year assistant coach joined the program in the summer after spending 16 years as the girls basketball coach at Hogan High in Vallejo. She made a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section title game in 2006, but admits there’s a steep learning curve in the fast-paced college game.

“The Solano program is very different than most of the high school programs these girls – and myself – come from,” said Ann. “They are being challenged to work harder than they have before, and also play differently than they did in high school.”

Though official practice began on Oct. 1, the team has been in the gym and in the classroom working on all aspects of their game and learning offensive and defensive systems since school started in mid-August.

Carrying that classroom knowledge to the basketball court can sometimes provide a challenge.

“I have seen growth in some aspects of the girls’ game,” said Ann, “and I have also seen some of the mistakes being made over and over, which is frustrating.”

Ann, however, is optimistic about the team and feels their potential is tremendous.

“As soon as they get outside their comfort zone, they’ll figure it out,” she said.

The players will have to run one mile in a specified time set by the coaching staff. If they beat their time, they earn their uniform.

“The girls are really understanding the reality of making their mile time in a few short weeks,” Ann said. “Coach Matt lets them know their mile times during their longer runs so they know where they’re at and where they need to be.”

Ann said being at this level reminds her how much she loves the game.

“It’s a very exciting time….To watch this group of young ladies develop their skills and grow as individuals,” she said.

Former Falcon Robinson inducted into Hall of Fame

October 4, 2011

Christine Mimms Little (left) inducted former teammate and best friend Joyce Robinson into the Solano College Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday night in Fairfield.

The Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted former women’s basketball point guard Joyce Robinson (Martinez) into its 2011 class on Monday night. Robinson is the 16th former women’s basketball player to be inducted and joins her former coach, Kim Gervasoni (Mitchell) as an honoree.

Robinson was joined by her family and friends at the ceremony which took place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. She was inducted by former teammate and best friend Christine Mimms Little.

Robinson was a point guard at Solano from 1993-95 and earned all-conference honors as a sophomore. She continued her academics, earning an athletic scholarship to play basketball at University of South Florida. Robinson recalled suffering myriad injuries during her playing days, often thinking that each game she played was her last.

“But God said ‘I am not done with you yet!'” she said to the packed room.

Robinson thanked her family for sacrificing for her basketball career and supporting her along the way. She fondly remembered them knocking on her dorm room door on graduation day at USF, surprising her.

“I was so happy to come back to California,” she said.

Check back soon for more photos from the event!