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BERKELEY, Calif. - Blue and Gold game week is upon us, signifying the conclusion of a very successful fall ball season for the Bears. The Blue team, led by new Cal pitching coach Thomas Eager will be taking on the Gold team, led by fellow assistant coach Brad Sanfilippo, in a three-game, cumulative-scoring series beginning on Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. PT at Evans Diamond in Berkeley.
Elliott Gentile still remembers the day last year that her mom called her and told her that the family's long-time next door neighbor, Luke Tatsu Johnson, was diagnosed with leukemia.
It was Sept. 9, 2014, just a few days after the California women's soccer team earned a 2-1 win against Cal Poly. Gentile is six years older than Luke, but she fondly remembered the days the she and her younger brothers would play around their Long Beach neighborhood with him, playing games like "kick the can" outside in the street.
The news affected Gentile and she immediately thought of something she could do to help her neighbor, who was a freshman at Wilson High School at the time.
"I knew he was very interested in golf, he's a big golfer, so after I found out I contacted (Cal men's golf) coach Steve Desimone and he got him a shirt, no questions asked," Gentile remembered.
SAN FRANCISCO -A pair of California women's basketball players have swept the first Pac-12 weekly honors of the season, the conference announced Monday. Courtney Range is the Pac-12 Player of the Week and Kristine Anigwe is Freshman of the Week.
Junior forward Range (Manteca, Calif.) averaged 21 points per game in opening weekend to lead Cal to an upset of No. 8 Louisville and a win over Austin Peay State, turning in team-high point totals in both contests. Her 23 points at Austin Peay were just four shy of her career-high and the second-most in the Pac-12 for the first Friday of action.
BERKELEY - A pair of Golden Bears - senior Tyrone Wallace and freshman Jaylen Brown - have been named to the preseason top 50 list for the 2016 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy's.
Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor. For the complete list, visit woodenaward.com.
Big Game Week
The value of a Cal degree didn't completely click with Jordan Rigsbee until his junior year following a conversation he had with his older brother and former Cal football player, Tyler.
Hearing about all the success his brother is having as a stockbroker made Jordan realize that getting a degree from the No. 3 university in the world and the No. 1 public university in the country opens up many opportunities to excel in rewarding careers even if playing football at the professional level does not work out.
Rigsbee and the rest of the Cal football student-athletes who are on track to graduate this year, including 14 at the end of the fall semester, have been provided a strong foundation to begin their own successful careers after their time at Cal.
When Cal head coach Sonny Dykes arrived in Berkeley in December of 2012, he made it a point of emphasis from the first day that he met with the team that success in the classroom is just as important as - and leads to - success on the football field.
His players listened.
"I'm really proud of how many student-athletes we have who are graduating and getting their degrees," Dykes said. "I'm excited to see what they're going to do with their lives after getting a degree from this university and what it means to them. They've had to work incredibly hard to do this. To balance football and academics at a place like Cal is really impressive. I can't say enough great things about their work ethic, their level of commitment, their unselfishness and their character. A lot of these guys have been through a lot with things like coaching changes and bad seasons, so I'm really proud of them for how they've grown up while they were here. Getting a degree from this university is awesome. This has been a really fun group to work with and I feel blessed to have been able to coach and educate them."
The 14 current Bears expected to graduate this fall are Todd Barr, Nathan Broussard, Jeffrey Coprich, Trevor Davis, Brian Farley, Jalen Jefferson, Jonathan Johnson, Trevor Kelly, Kyle Kragen, Daniel Lasco, Puka Lopa, Stefan McClure, Rigsbee and Joel Willis.
It's time to look at the top quarterback performers after another week of Pac-12 play. We'll revisit this ranking each Monday. Remember that we're weighing the past weekend's performance more heavily than an overall season track record, so expect some variation every week.
3. Jared Goff, California Golden Bears: At long last, our preseason No. 1 guy is back on this list. He guided the Golden Bears back to bowl eligibility with an unstoppable performance. Yes, it did come in a 54-24 win against Pac-12 bottom feeder Oregon State, but 453 passing yards and six touchdown passes will earn a spot in these rankings regardless of the opponent.
Goff now has a chance to truly re-emerge on the national scene after Cal's four-game losing streak pushed his name into the background: The Bears are playing at Stanford with a chance to spoil their rival's Pac-12 championship hopes. This will be a defining moment in the junior's 2015 season.
BERKELEY - National honors candidate Jared Goff was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting performance in Cal's 54-24 victory over Oregon State last Saturday that made the Golden Bears bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. The junior quarterback earned the honor for the first time in his career by equaling his own school record for most touchdown passes in regulation with six while adding a season-high 453 yards passing on 26-of-37 passing.