By Ray Hamill — McKinleyville’s Isaac Puzz came off the bench to ignite the Cuesta College men’s basketball team for the second straight week, draining five 3-pointers in a one-point loss to Cerro Coso on Friday night.
Cuesta lost the game 75-74.
Puzz, who transferred to the San Luis Obispo community college last year after a memorable freshman season at College of the Redwoods, played 30 minutes and finished with 15 points, second best on his team.
He shot 5-of-13 from 3-point range, and added a steal, a rebound and an assist.
Puzz and his teammates will be back in action at home to Antelope Valley next Friday.
Dolcini shines again
In Division-I softball action on Saturday, Hailey Dolcini remained red-hot for Fresno State, pitching a complete-game shutout against Cal.
The former Fortuna standout allowed just three hits and one walk in five innings, as the Bulldogs won their eighth straight by a score of 8-0 to go to 10-5 on the season.
Dolcini struck out 11 and improved to 6-3.
The senior pitcher has won each of the last five times she has appeared in the circle, including three shutouts, while allowing just four earned runs and striking out 42 batters in 30 innings during that run.
Graham leads Shasta receivers in rebound win
Eureka’s Josiah Graham led the Shasta College receivers on Saturday, as the Knights rebounded from a heartbreaking loss to College of the Siskiyous a week ago by beating Feather River 31-21.
Graham, a freshman, pulled in two receptions for 39 yards, including one for 26 yards.
The Knights ran for 470 yards in a dominating performance, while five different receivers combined for 97 yards.
Season ends for Schoenhofer, Purify
In women’s basketball action, meanwhile, Makenna Schoenhofer saw her season end when the Seattle University women lost to New Mexico State in the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Schoenhofer, a former St. Bernard’s standout, saw limited action in the 56-46 loss.
The Division-I Redhawks finish the season 11-14.
Former Eureka standout Bobbie Purify also saw her season end when the William Jessup University women lost to Lewis-Clark State in the opening round of the NAIA Tournament on Friday.
Purify finished with three points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal in the 73-44 defeat.
More honors for McCracken
At Whitman College, meanwhile, former Arcata standout Kaylie McCracken was named the Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for the third time this season earlier this week.
McCracken led the Blues to a pair wins last weekend, including scoring a career-high 29 points in one game.
She also finished with a double-double in both games for the 8-2 Division-III program.
Whitman plays again on Sunday night.