Week 30 (4/10-4/16) Nikki Gurgiolo, Swimming & Diving: Sophomore Nikki Gurgiolo earned two top-four finishes during the Western State Confernece Diving Finals. Gurgiolo finished fourth in the conference and 13th in the SoCal region in the 1-meter springboard event. The Righetti High School graduate also finished third in conference and sixth in region in the 3-meter springboard event. She qualified for the CCCAA State Championships next month in the 3-meter event. Gurgiolo was the first Hancock diver to qualify for the state meet.
Week 29 (4/3-4/9) Walker Armstrong, Baseball: Sophomore pitcher Walker Armstrong threw a complete game, three-hit shutout in the baseball team's 6-0 win at Oxnard. Armstrong faced three batters over the minimum on his way to his first career complete-game shutout and the first by a Hancock pitcher in three years. The right-hander allowed just three hits and struck out five. He did not issue a walk.
Week 28 (3/27-4/2) Maddie Diaz and Dria Kwong, Swimming: Sophomores Dria Kwong (pictured on left) and Maddie Diaz (pictured on right) won two individual events last week during a five-team Western State Conference meet. Hancock finished second place overall. Kwong won the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard backstroke events. Diaz took first in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle events.
Week 27 (3/20-3/26) Brent Dionisio, Track and Field: Sophomore Brent Dionisio didn't just beat 11 other athletes, he beat 10 athletes from four-year universities during the Cal Poly Invitational. The sophomore cleared six feet, nine inches to win the men's high jump event. He finished ahead of Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield and Fresno State. It marked the second straight week he won a high jump competition by clearing 6-9.
Week 26 (3/13-3/19) Bailey Killough, Softball: Freshman Bailey Killough clubbed a three-run home run and limited one of the state’s most potent offenses to two runs to lead the Hancock softball team to an 11-2 five-inning win over undefeated Mt. San Antonio College, the No. 2 team in the state. Killough went 1-for-3 at the plate and improved to 10-1 on the pitching rubber. She allowed just six hits and struck out two in five innings.
Week 25 (3/5-3/12) Brent Dionisio, Track and Field: Sophomore Brent Dionisio cleared six feet, seven inches for a second place finish in the men’s high jump at the Occidental Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic. The meet featured athletes from dozens of community colleges and four-year universities. The Pioneer Valley High School graduate was one of two jumpers to clear 6-7, but finished second because it took him one more attempt to clear 6-5 during the competition. A total of 14 athletes competed in the high jump event.
Week 24 (2/27-3/4) Quinntin Perez, Baseball: The freshman baseball player helped the Bulldogs go 3-1 during the week. Hancock outscored its three opponents at home by a combined score of 51-11. Perez had three hits and a career-best 5 RBI in Hancock's 15-5 win over No. Reedley on Sunday. He had eight hits, four doubles and 11 RBI during the week. Also during the week, Josh Harmonay had six hits and 10 RBI, and Nash Ackerman had 8 RBI.
Week 23 (2/20-2/26) Women's Basketball Team: The women's basketball team earned a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1995. Hancock, which finished the regular season 17-9 overall and 5-5 in conference play, earned the No. 18 seed. The Bulldogs traveled to No. 15 Santa Ana for a first round game in the Southern California Regionals. The Bulldogs fell 75-63 to end the season 17-10 overall. Freshman Taylor Lee-Hammer led the way with 18 points. Grace Rosa added 17 points, and sophomore Destinee Garcia finished with 15 points. Hancock's 17 wins marked the program's largest win total in 22 years.
Week 22 (2/13-2/19) Will Dowell and Brendan Gomez, Baseball: Pitcher Will Dowell and outfielder Brendan Gomez are Co-Bulldog Athletes of the Week for helping Hancock baseball win two out of three last week. Dowell went 2-0 on the mound after he threw 11-shutout innings with five strikeouts. He allowed just five hits on the week. Dowell started the week with seven-shutout innings in Hancock’s 11-1 win over College of the Sequoias. He followed that with four-shutout innings of relief and three strikeouts during Hancock’s 6-1 victory at L.A. Pierce. The right-hander is 3-1 on the season with a 3.15 ERA over 20 innings.
Week 21 (2/6-2/12) Dria Kwong, Swimming: Sophomore Dria Kwong opened the 2017 season with a bang by winning the Western State Conference Pentathlon in Ventura. Kwong, who won three individual conference titles and was a three-time All-American as a freshman, finished atop the leaderboard that included nearly 60 other swimmers. Kwong turned in the fastest times in two events: the 100 butterfly (1:01.45) and the 100 IM (1:03.61). She posted the second fastest times in the 100 backstroke (1:03.25) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.73), and the third best time in the 100 freestyle (57.12). Her total time of 5:19.16 was 9.86 seconds fastest than Santa Barbara's Addison Seale, who finished in second place.
Week 20 (1/30-2/5) Myranda Morales, Softball: Myranda Morales has been named the Bulldog Athlete of the Week for delivering the game-winning RBI-single in the softball team's 7-2 win over Riverside. The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 headed into the bottom of the sixth inning, but rallied for seven runs to improve to 4-0. Morales singled home Bailey Killough to put Hancock ahead 3-2. The sophomroe later scored on a bases loaded walk. Morales, who had 10 at-bats all of last season with Hancock, is 6-for-11 to start the season with a .545 batting average and 5 RBI. The Bulldogs will play three games in two days this week at at tournament hosted by Mt. San Jacinto College.
Week 19 (1/23-1/29) Marcellus Garrick, Men's Basketball & Bailey Killough, Softball: Marcellus Garrick and Bailey Killough have been named Co-Bulldog Athletes of the Week for helping their teams, men’s basketball and softball, go undefeated last week. Garrick scored a career-high 23 points, including 13 in the second half, to help the men’s basketball team outlast Oxnard 73-62 on Saturday. Earlier in the week, the sophomore finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 55-54 win at first place Cuesta College. Killough threw a no-hitter in the softball team’s 11-0 win in six innings over San Diego on Saturday. She struck out six and carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. The freshman settled for a no-hitter after one batter reached on catcher’s interference. The Arroyo Grande High School graduate struck out nine in seven-shutout innings overall last week. The softball team went a perfect 3-0 last week and outscored its opponents by a combined score of 42-3.
Week 18 (1/16-1/22) Taylor Lee-Hammer, Women's Basketball: Freshman women's basketball player Taylor Lee-Hammer receives her first Bulldog Athlete the Week award. The guard scored a team-best 22 points in Hancock's 71-50 win over rival Santa Barbara City College last Saturday. She converted a key three-point play in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs regain the momentum against the Vaquerors. Lee-Hammer also had eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. She also scored a team-high 12 points earlier in the week in the Bulldogs' loss at Moorpark.
Week 17 (1/2-1-8) Erik Kinnebrew, Men's Basketball:Kinnebrew becomes the first Hancock student-athlete to win back-to-back Bulldog Athlete of the Week awards in 2016-17. The freshman was named to the All-Tournament Team of a Cuesta Tournament after he recorded the program's first triple-double in recent memory. Kinnebrew set career highs with 21 points, 17 rebounds, 14 assists and four steals during the Bulldogs' 103-96 win over El Camino on the final day of the tournament.
Week 16 (12/26-1/1) Erik Kinnebrew, Men's Basketball: Kinnebrew secured his first career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs, to help Hancock men's basketball edge L.A. Pierce 72-69 in overtime during the semifinals of Hancock's Holiday Classic. The freshman averaged 10 points, 9.7 rebounds and five assists over three games to help the Bulldogs win the Holiday Classic championship. He was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Week 15 (12/12-12/18) Syenna Ramirez, Women's Basketball: Ramirez secured her first Athlete of the Week award of the season by averaging 17.7 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game for the Bulldogs during their second-place finish at the Monterey Classic. The sophomore scored a season-high 23 points to go with rebounds, four assists and three steals during Hancock's 29-point win over Lassen in the semifinals. Hancock lost to Siskiyous, the No. 5 team in California, in the championship game 80-58.
Week 14 (12/5-12/11) Destinee Garcia, Women's Basketball: Garcia earned her second-double of the season with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals in the women's basketball team's 64-36 win over Barstow. She added a season-best 17 points, seven rebounds and two swipes in Hancock's 65-54 victory over L.A. Harbor the following day. The sophomore averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game during Hancock's 2-0 run during the Lady Bulldog Classic.
Week 13 (11/28-12/4) Grace Rosa, Women's Basketball: Rosa averaged 14.3 points and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after helping the Bulldogs capture the championship at the Phillips 66 Invitational for the second straight year. In the opener, the freshman scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season in Hancock's 58-45 win over American River, the 14th ranked team in the Northern California Preseason Coaches Poll. The Paso Robles High School graduate Rosa erupted for 16 points in the second half to finish with 18 points and seven rebounds in the championship game against Cuesta.
Week 12 (11/14-11/20) Kevawn Lord, Men's Basketball: Lord recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the men's basketball team's 72-52 victory over Napa Valley College to open Hancock's Home Motors Invitational. The sophomore transfer is averaging 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs.
Week 11 (11/7-11/13) Jajuan Lankford, Football: Lankford continued his recent dominant stretch at running back for the Bulldogs. he rushed for 166 yards on 24 carries and scored one touchdown in Hancock's 30-16 win over Citrus to end the season. The freshman finished the year with 100+ yards rushing in the final three games of the season, including a season-high 171 yards in the Bulldogs' win over Antelope Valley. Lankford led the Bulldogs this season with 749 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Week 10 (10/31-11/6) Jorge Guzman, Men's Soccer and Destinee Garcia, Women's Basketball: Guzman and Garcia shared the honor for Athlete of the Week. Guzman scored twice in the men's soccer team's 5-3 conference loss to Santa Monica. His two goals gave him 11 on the season, the most by a Hancock men's soccer player in six years. Garcia came two assists shy of a triple-double in the women's basketball team's season-opening 53-36 win over L.A. Southwest. The sophomore finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Week 9 (10/24-10/30) Alex Cecchi, Football: Cecchi entered last Saturday's game against L.A. Pierce with two carries and four rushing yards. He made the most out of his opportunity against the Brahmas rushing for 133 yards on 14 carries, and scoring three touchdowns. His largest run was a 41-yard gain. The freshman led the Hancock ground attack that finished with 366 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Week 8 (10/17-10/23) Bonnie Zuniga, Women's Soccer: Zuniga earned her third athlete of the week honor after helping Hancock win its first conference game in three years. The freshman scored twice in Hancock's 3-2 win over Oxnard. It marked Hancock's first conference win since October 25, 2013, a streak of 22 matches.
Week 6 (10/3-10/9) Shannon Copeland, Women's Water Polo: After helping the women's water polo team to two wins on the same day, freshman Shannon Copeland has earned her first Hancock Athlete of the Week award. Copeland scored a team-high three goals in the team's 10-7 win over San Diego Miramar to open a tournament hosted by Ventura College. Later that day, Copeland scored a season-best six goals in the Bulldogs' 12-4 victory against Cypress. Copeland scored 12 goals in four games during the team's 2-2 run at the two-day tournament. Overall, Copeland leads the team with 37 goals.
Week 5 (9/26-10/2) Bonnie Zuniga, Women's Soccer: Freshman forward Bonnie Zuniga earned her second Hancock Athlete of the Week honor after she scored five goals and had one assist in the women's soccer team's 9-0 win over Cerro Coso. The Pioneer Valley High School graduate scored twice in the first four minutes of the match, and finished her hat-trick within the first 20 minutes. Zuniga added two more goals in the second half. Zuniga leads the Bulldogs with nine goals overall.
Week 4 (9/19-9/25) Matt Albright, Football: Quarterback Matt Albright set career highs with 232 passing yards and four touchdown passes during the football team's 48-17 win over Santa Ana. The Nipomo High School graduate completed 19 of his 24 passes, including touchdown strikes of 32- and 48-yards to Kelvin Marion, 27-yards to Chris Barganier and 19-yards to Ben Rantz. Albright became the first Hancock quarterback since October 2014 to throw for more than 200 yards passing in a game. The sophomore also became the first Hancock signal caller since September 2012 to throw four touchdown passes in one game.
Week 3 (9/12-9/18), Rebecca Gonzalez, Women’s Water Polo: Gonzalez scored four times, including two in a pivotal stretch of the third quarter, to help the Allan Hancock College women’s water polo team open the Riverside City College Invitational with an 11-5 win over Chaffey. The sophomore also had five assists in the victory. Gonzalez was an All-Conference First Team player her freshman season. The Nipomo High School graduate leads the team with 14 goals and six assists.
Week 2 (9/5-9/11), Bonnie Zuniga, Women’s Soccer: The freshman scored two goals to lead the women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory in its season opener at Cerro Coso. The Pioneer Valley High School graduate found the back of the net in the 14th minute on a ball from Arianna Ruiz to tie the match 1-1. The freshman gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with her second goal in the 59th minute. Tatiana Silva was credited with the assist on the game-winner, and later added an insurance goal herself in the 69th minute.
Week 1 (8/29-9/4), Migel Gomez, Men’s Soccer: The freshman scored two goals and assisted on another, all in the first half, to lead the men’s soccer team to a 3-2 win over College of the Sequoias. The Cabrillo High School graduated helped the Bulldogs score their first win of the season. He had one goal and an assist in the season opening 3-2 loss at Taft.