Nicole Rivera and Travis Fulton named IVC's athletes of the year   

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Nicole and TravisWomen's golfer Nicole Rivera and men's basketball player Travis Fulton were recently named Irvine Valley College's athletes of the year for the 2010-11.

Rivera, a sophomore, finished her career as the most decorated player in the history of Irvine Valley women's golf. As a team captain, she led IVC to its first ever CCCAA State Championship at Los Serranos in Chino Hills last fall.

Rivera ended in fifth place among individuals at the state tournament with a two-day score of 155 to be named first team all-state. She also paced the Laser team to both Southern California Regional and Orange Empire Conference team titles.

Rivera was the medalist at the Southern California Regionals at the River Course at Alisal in Solvang with a two-day scoring total of 145, which was six strokes better than the next nearest player.

Rivera was picked as the Orange Empire Conference player of the year in 2010 for the second straight season after finishing with a conference scoring average of 77.20.

She defended her Orange Empire Conference individual title with rounds of 79 and 75 at the conference finals at the Chino Creek course at El Prado in Chino.

As a freshman in 2009, Rivera finished third at the state tournament with a score of 158 at Kings Country Club in Hanford. She was named an all-state first team player as well as the Orange Empire Conference player of the year.

Rivera tied for eighth at the Southern California Regionals at Los Serranos in Chino Hills with a two-day score of 163 In conference action, she played the 10 conference rounds in 764 strokes, which was 25 fewer strokes than the next best player.

She shot 76 and 2 under par 71 at conference finals to win the conference individual title.

Rivera was also named a Community Ambassador Scholarship winner by Irvine Valley College after her freshman campaign. Rivera, who went to Cypress High before coming to Irvine Valley, is headed to Cal State Fullerton to continue her golf career in the fall.

Fulton, a sophomore, will go down as one of the best players in Irvine Valley men's basketball program history. The talented and multi-dimensional 6-6 Fulton was named first team all-Orange Empire Conference the last two seasons and to the first team all-state team for this past year.

He became only the fifth player in IVC program history to be named to the all-state team. He joined former standouts Keon Clark (1994-95), Daryl Todd (1996-97), Mike Ahmad (2000-01) and Danny Lambert (2002-03).

Fulton ranked first in the conference in scoring, second in rebounding and seventh in assists for the 2010-11 campaign. He averaged 16.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 0.9 steals for the season and scored in double figures in 23 of 26 games.

Fulton had nine games with 20 points or more and grabbed double-figure rebounds in eight games. He scored a season-high 27 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds in a win over Chaffey in the final of the Rio Hondo tournament, which Irvine Valley won. Fulton also recorded eight double-doubles (points and rebounds).

In his career at IVC, Fulton averaged 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He finishes up at Irvine Valley, ranked fifth in program history in season scoring average (16.6 points) and sixth in career scoring average (14.6). 

And over the two years Fulton was at IVC, the Lasers had a record of 49-13, reached the state tournament in 2009-10 and made it to the regional final in 2010-11.  Fulton, who prepped at Santiago High in Corona, is headed to the University of the Pacific to continue his basketball career in the fall. He will take on the likes of Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine in the Big West Conference next season.

Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  6/10/2011
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