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6/30/2011 IVC's state-winning spring teams honored by SOCCCD BoardChancellor Gary Poertner, Coach Martin McGrogan and IVC President Glenn RoquemoreChancellor Poertner, State MVP Brandon Directo and IVC President Roquemore
Irvine Valley's 2011 state championship-winning men's volleyball team and women's badminton team were recently honored at the South Orange County Community College District's monthly board meeting. Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College are both part of the SOCCCD.
The women's badminton team was honored for winning the sixth state championship in its program history.
Thuy Hoang also won the state singles title and partnered with teammate Vimla Phongasavithas for the doubles state title.
Coach Martin McGrogan was on hand to accept the honor from the board.
The IVC men's volleyball team was lauded for earning the program's fourth state title and third in the last five years.
State MVP Brandon Directo accepted the award from the board.
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6/9/2011 Nicole Rivera and Travis Fulton named IVC's athletes of the yearNicole Rivera and Travis Fulton
Women's golfer Nicole Rivera and men's basketball player Travis Fulton were recently named Irvine Valley College's athletes of the year for 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 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.
5/26/2011 State championship teams honored by Irvine City CouncilAthletic coaches with IVC President Glenn Roquemore
Irvine Valley's state championship winning women's golf, men's volleyball and women's badminton teams along with the college's national championship winning debate squad were all honored by the Irvine City Council on Monday at City Hall in Irvine.
Several members of each team along with women's golf coach Ben Burnett, men's volleyball coach Tom Pestolesi and women's badminton coach Martin McGrogan were on hand to be honored.
The teams were handed City of Irvine Commendations in a frame and took photos with the Irvine City Council, which included Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang.
A copy of the women's commendation can be viewed here.
The three teams helped make it a banner year for Irvine Valley athletics. It was the first time in school history that the athletic department had three state championship winning teams in one season.
It was also the first time in state history that a non-football school won three state team championships.
5/25/2011 IVC athletics finishes ninth in 2010-11 state rankingsNATYCAA.jpg
The Irvine Valley College athletics program earned its highest ranking ever in the standings for the NATYCAA Cup.
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), in association with the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) released the final standings for 2010-11 on Wednesday.
Irvine Valley placed in the top 10 for the first time ever, finishing ninth in the state standings. It was the highest ranking for a non-football college on the list, which was made up of 105 community colleges in California.
Points are awarded for the top five finishes in sports for each gender for each college. The Lasers finished with 103 points.
Irvine Valley had seven teams earn points.
In all, seven Laser squads made at least the second round of the state playoffs.
And Irvine Valley won three state titles - women's golf, men's volleyball and women's badminton.
Orange Coast and Riverside were the only two Orange Empire Conference schools to finish ahead of IVC. Orange Coast was seventh with 143.5 points and Riverside came in eighth with 133 points.
Irvine Valley received the maximum 20 points in women's golf, men's volleyball and women's badminton. In addition, Irvine Valley's men's basketball team earned 14.5 points for making the Southern California Regional Final, the men's golf team picked up 11.5 points for making the Southern California Regionals and the men's soccer and women's volleyball team each earned 8.5 points for making the second round of the playoffs.
"This year has been remarkable," said Irvine Valley Dean of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics Keith Shackleford. "To cap a decade-long run with three titles in one year speaks to the student-athletes who have chosen IVC and the coaching staffs’ ability to manage their programs at consistently elite levels. It is a tribute to really dedicated people in the athletic program and our administration’s commitment to academic and athletic excellence."
Not accounting for points, but adding to the overall successful campaign for IVC's sports teams this school year were individual state singles and doubles badminton titles won by Thuy Hoang and the team of Hoang and Vimla Phongasavithas, men's golfer Kyle Melchiorre making the state tournament as an individual, men's basketball player Travis Fulton being named first team all-state, men's volleyball player Brandon Directo being selected as the MVP of the state tournament, the women's tennis doubles team of Natalie Loria and Tina Vuong reaching the state semifinals, men's tennis player Justin Thompson making the state tournament in singles, men's soccer player Fredy Razo being picked second team all-West Region and baseball player Scott Kaplan recently being chosen first team All-American.
Nicole Rivera and Hoang were also named MVP of the conference in women's golf and women's badminton, respectively. Final Standings State Recap
5/12/2011 21 IVC student athletes commit to play at four-year schoolsWomen's volleyball transfers
A record 21 Irvine Valley student-athletes from 2010-11 teams have committed to play at four-year colleges or universities next school year.
The list includes
Women’s Golf
Nicole Rivera - Cal State Fullerton
Women’s Volleyball
Natalie Carroll - Vanguard University
Hillary Crone - Concordia University
Christie Allen - Cal State San Marcos
Lindsay Sappington - Cal State San Marcos
Ellie Wiekamp - Manhattan College
Men's basketball transfersMen’s Soccer
Chris Popke - Vanguard University
Francisco Hernandez - Bethesda Christian University
Nick Black - Leeds University
Women’s Basketball
Tyne McClure - University of La Verne
Men’s Basketball
Christian Mack - Northeastern State University
Ephraim Ekanem - Northern Arizona University
Joe Eberhard - Sacramento State
Travis Fulton - University of the Pacific
2011 baseball transfers
Ryan Goodbrand - UC San Diego
Daniel Levine - University of Nevada, Reno
Drew Williams - Morehead State University
Cody Fitzgerald - Sonoma State University
Austin Alva - Chico State
Micah Gorman - Vanguard
Men’s Volleyball
Caleb Brophy - UC San Diego
And a special congratulations goes out to IVC baseball player Buddy Johns, who will be attending the United States Military Academy at Westpoint in the fall.
5/11/2011 Men's soccer players Nick Black and Chris Popke selected as Irvine Valley College's scholar athletes of the yearNick BlackChris Popke for 2010-11

Sophomore men's soccer players Chris Popke and Nick Black were named as Irvine Valley's scholar athletes of the year. They will be honored by the Exchange Club of Irvine on Tuesday in a luncheon at the Irvine Marriott.
Black is one of the best players to come through Irvine Valley men's soccer program. A two-year starter and two-year all-Orange Empire Conference player, he was one of the top playmakers in the state this past season. He finished with 10 goals and 15 assists to lead Irvine Valley to one of its better seasons in recent years. Black helped the team to a 15-5-2 record, a second-place finish in the conference and to the Southern California Playoff regional playoffs.
Black ranked ninth in the state in points (goals and assists). His 15 assists ranked second statewide. Nick Black
He was also a major reason why teammate Fredy Razo finished second in the state in goals this past season.
Black recorded multiple assists in three different contests. And had two games where he scored two goals. He also had two game-winning goals, including the one in the Lasers’ biggest win of the season - a 4-3 victory at Santa Ana. Black also had a big goal in Irvine Valley’s first-round, playoff win over East LA.
He was also a team captain this past season.
Black, originally from England, was also a star in the classroom, sporting a 3.83 GPA. He has garnered two IVC Scholar-Athlete awards and Dean’s List honors while at IVC.
“He is a great kid, a super nice kid as well as a tremendous athlete and a very gifted student,� Coach Martin McGrogan said. “He was a captain and led by example. He was also very unselfish and did his best to support his teammates. He was voted MVP by his teammates at the end of the season, which tells you a lot about how much those other guys respected and looked up to Nick.�
Black looks like he is headed back to England this summer. He has been accepted to Leeds University and would like to pursue a career in architecture.Chris Popke
Popke has been on the Irvine Valley College men’s soccer team the past two seasons. The central midfielder was a leader on and off the field for the Lasers. His playing career at IVC was marked by several accomplishments.
A two-year starter, Popke was named captain by his teammates as both a freshman and sophomore and was twice honored as an all-Orange Empire Conference selection. He finished with two goals and three assists during IVC's special 2010 campaign.
He helped lead the team to a 15-5-2 record, a second-place finish in the conference and to the Southern California Playoff regional playoffs. He scored a goal in an important win over Riverside and also had two assists in a victory over Fullerton.
In the classroom, Popke was well on track even before arriving at IVC. He joined Irvine Valley in the Fall of 2009, but had already completed 19 unites with a 3.47 GPA at IVC before even graduating from high school.
His work ethic both on the pitch and off has earned Popke a full athletic and academic scholarship to Vanguard University. He takes a 3.52 GPA, awards as part of the college’s Speech and Debate team, two IVC Scholar-Athlete awards and Dean’s List honors at IVC as part of his admissions package to Vanguard.
Scholar athlete Chris Popke, Coach Martin McGrogan, Scholar Athlete Nick BlackPopke has also touched lives in the community. He started a “Feed the Homeless� group, is involved with the Atria Senior Center in Irvine, is also working on an event with the Orange County Rescue Mission and does some youth coaching in his spare time.
“He is just a great kid,� IVC Soccer Coach Martin McGrogan said. “He leads by example and is multi-talented. But even with all of his ability on the field, he is still a very modest young man.
“To say Chris is special is an understatement. I will count myself as fortunate if I am ever fortunate enough to coach another young man as amazing as Chris ever again.
“Polite, charismatic and a wonderful example of the character demanded in his upbringing, Chris has been an ambassador for IVC with students, faculty and our community.�
12/1/2010 IVC ranks second among non-football schools in cup race NATYCAA.jpg
Irine Valley College athletics is currently 19th in the state of California out of 104 colleges and second among non-football schools in the NATYCAA Cup race for the 2010-11 school year.
5/24/2010 Special school year for Irvine Valley College athleticsivc luncheon 1.JPG
It was a banner year for IVC athletes on the field and in the classroom during the 2009-10 school year.
That was evident at the annual Scholar Athlete Banquet held recently in IVC's Hart Gymnasium.
Sixty-eight Irvine Valley student athletes from 11 sports earned scholar athlete recognition.
Seven of those athletes earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages. They were baseball player Micah Gorman, women's golfer Tiffany Kane, men's soccer player Jack Sessions, women's soccer player Lindsay Seeley, men's tennis player Taira Ishikura and women's soccer players Sasha Kornilova and Ellie Wiekamp.
Also named were the scholar athletes of the year and athletes of the year as well as special recognition given to the IVC Athletics Community Ambassador Scholarship winners, the IVC Character Champion of the Year winners and the athletic leadership winners.
The Irvine Exchange Club scholar athlete of the year award winners were women's basketball player Erika Garcia and men's tennis player Chad Sigler.
Garcia, men's soccer player Francisco Hernandez, men's basketball player Durrell Norman and women's golfer Nicole Rivera were named the Community Ambassador Scholarship winners.
The IVC athletes of the year were women's volleyball player Allie Hammer and men's volleyball player Nick Castello.
The IVC Character of Champion awards were given to Norman and women's volleyball player Caitlin Segert. Segert was also the female recipient of the award for the Orange Empire Conference.
And the athletic leadership winners were given the Anna L. McFarlin Sport-For-All Service Award.
The award is given annually to two members of the IVC community who have provided meritorious service to the college's student athletes. Each year, a member of the IVC Faculty and the IVC administration team are recognized for their continued efforts on behalf of the students who represent the college in athletic competition.
The 2010 honorees were professor Roy McCord from the physical sciences department and Arleen Elseroad, who is the Director of Admissions and Records.
5/17/2010 IVC scholar athletes honored by Exchange Clubscholar athletes 2010.JPG
Sophomore women's basketball player Erika Garcia and sophomore men's tennis player Chad Sigler were recently named Irvine Valley's scholar athletes of the year.
They were honored in a luncheon hosted by the Irvine Exchange Club at the Marriott in Irvine.
Garcia was a two-year standout guard and leader for the Irvine Valley women’s basketball team.
She was a team captain this past season and a two-year starter as well as a two-year all-Orange Empire Conference player for the Lasers.
Irvine Valley had a record of 36-22 over the two years Garcia was on the team, including a 20-8 mark this past season.
She averaged 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals this past season. She was third on the team in scoring and first in assists and steals. She scored in double figures in 12 games and had a season-high 21 points in a win over San Diego City and a season-high nine assists in a win over Santa Ana.
Her goals heading into the season were to be a better point guard, captain and leader and to work hard and contribute in every way.
Erika did that and more.
She earned the Hustle, Intensity and Pride award as well as the Dean's List award for this year's IVC team.
And she was recently named a IVC Athletics Community Ambassador Scholarship recipient.
As a freshman in 2008-09, Garcia averaged 10.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals. She ranked second on the team in scoring, first in assists and first in steals.
She was also tops in her studies, being named a scholar athlete and to the Dean's List for two years. She has a 3.39 grade point average.
Garcia, who was an all-league player at Pacifica High in Garden Grove before arrving at Irvine Valley, is headed to Menlo College in Northern California on a scholarship to continue her basketball career.
Sigler was one of the top community college men's tennis players in Southern California the last two seasons.
He played No. 1 singles for the Irvine Valley men's team in 2009 and 2010.
As a freshman last year, Sigler was named first team all-Orange Empire Conference in both singles and doubles. He qualified for the Southern California regionals in singles and also in doubles with teammate Brian Lee.
He took his game to an even higher level this year.
Sigler was perfect for most of the season in singles competition, not dropping a match until more than three months into the campaign when he finished in fifth at the prestigious Ojai Valley Tournament in late April.
Sigler had a record of 13-0 during the regular season in singles, inlcuding a 10-0 mark in conference play. According to Coach Mike Meissenberg, Sigler dropped just two sets in conference action.
He also swept through the Orange Empire Conference Tournament to win that singles title and was named conference player of the year.
Sigler qualified for the Southern California Regionals in singles and nearly made the state tournament.
Before arriving at Irvine Valley, Sigler was an excellent player at Northwood High in Irvine where he was an all-Sea View League player.
In the classroom at IVC, Sigler has been just as successful, being a scholar athlete and on the Dean's List for two years. He has a 3.21 grade point average.
Sigler will continue his education at Cal State Fullerton in the fall.
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