Category Archives: Championships
Eight Richland Wrestlers garnered enough team points to finish second in the first NCWA National Greco Wrestling Tournament. The event was held here at Richland College on Saturday, June 3rd.
UNT placed first, Richland second, University of Southern California took third place, and UCLA was fourth. Five other universities were represented. Dustin Basham (80 kg) is Richland’s first national champion in the new era of Richland Wrestling. Matt Gonzales and Andy Martinez both placed second in their weight classes.
The Richland College Thunderduck Men’s Soccer team continue to bask in their 2016 National Championship. Coach Sean Worley appeared on the College Soccer Podcast with Dean Linke to discuss Richland College’s tremendous soccer program and its success over the years. Listen here:
Coach Worley credits this success to the program’s ability to retain tremendous soccer talent over the course of 2 years. His interview with Dean Linke is between the 5:00 minute mark and ends around the 15:00 minute mark.
Assistant Coach Raul Herrera took the team to the set of Univision 23 to be interviewed by sports anchor Pedro Silva after the title.
The 9-year championship drought is finally over. #Quest4Six Thank you for everyone’s support, especially the alumni. This one is for you.
Richland College under Coach Sean Worley – 2nd most in the nation with 6 titles, trailing only Herkimer with 10. Congratulations to our Hall of Fame Coach and our National Champion student-athletes.
Congratulations to Head Coach Sean Worley on winning NJCAA National Coach of the Year 2016 and for winning his 6th career National Championship ring.
The official NJCAA game summary:
Winning its program’s sixth NJCAA Division III men’s soccer title and first since 2007, Richland coasted to a 4-0 victory over Camden County (N.J.) Sunday at Wehrum Stadium.
Sergio Lara netted two goals in the first half for Richland, leading the Thunderducks in scoring.
Both of Lara’s scores came off assists from Mikkel Rohde who also scored a goal for Richland. Totaling a goal and four assists, Rohde garnered tournament MVP accolades.
David Fragua scored a goal for the Thunderducks with Nathan Thompson earning the assist.
Lara and Fragua were both named to the all-tournament team.
The Richland defense held Camden County to no shots-on-goal.
Richland’s 4-0 margin of victory tied for highest all-time in the DIII final, matching the spread achieved by Herkimer (N.Y.) in 2000 and themselves in 2002.
Richland’s six NJCAA DIII men’s soccer titles are second-most all-time. Herkimer holds the current record with 10 championships.
The Thunderducks finish with a 16-2-0 record with their two losses coming against undefeated Tyler (Texas) and San Jacinto-South (Texas), both qualifiers for the NJCAA DI Men’s Soccer Championship.
Camden County suffered its first loss of 2016 in the championship match, dropping to 18-1-4 for 2016.
On August 12, the DCCCD Foundation sponsored the purchase and presentation of national championship rings to the Richland College Thunderduck Men’s Basketball Team student athletes who won the 2015 NJCAA Division III National Championship in New York in March. Ruben Esquivel, DCCCD Foundation Board secretary, Chancellor Dr. May, Dr. Pyeper Wilkins, DCCCD Foundation chief of advancement initiatives, families, friends, faculty, and staff celebrated the success, both on and off the court, of these student athletes during a presentation and reception hosted by the Office of Student Life.
Menâ€™s soccer team wins fifth national championship in six years; women finish third
HERKIMER, N.Y. â€“ The T-Duck menâ€™s soccer won its fifth NJCAA Division III national championship in the last six years on Saturday, while the women finished third in the national tournament.
Richland, which was the No. 4 seed in the national tournament, opened play with a huge 1-0 shutout victory in the semifinal round over the No.1 seed and then-undefeated Union College before needing overtime to defeat Ulster County Community College (Stone Ridge , N.Y.), 1-0, in the title game.
On paper, it looked as if Union College (Cranford , N.J.) â€“ which beat Herkimer County Community College (Herkimer , N.Y.), 2-0, to advance to the title game â€“ was the better team as it compiled a 21-0 record and had three of the nationâ€™s top five scorers.
However, Richland also had talent.
Entering the tournament, according to reports, Richland was led by David Freeland, who had 27 points (13 goals and one assist) and Carlos Videla, who had 22 points (six goals and 10 assists), while T-Duck goalie Juan Giraldo, who had 78 saves, ranked second in the country with a .556 goals against average.
On the womenâ€™s side, the T-Ducks, who entered the national tournament as the defending champions, lost, 2-1, to Gloucester County College in the semifinal round before winning the third place game against Howard Community College on penalty kicks.
After the T-Ducksâ€™ game ended in a 0-0 tie against Howard Community College, Richland won 3-2 on penalty kicks.
The women finished the season 16-4-1.
Basketball team splits two games over the weekend
WARNER, OKLA â€“ Carderious Smith and Jeff Steinbaugh led the Richland basketball team to a 74-69 victory over Murray State College on Friday with 13 points apiece before the T-Ducks lost, 70-60, to Connerâ€™s State College on Saturday.
According to Richland coach Jon Felmet, the T-Ducks held a 34-30 halftime lead before they picked up the intensity and was able to hold on for the win.
Smith also had nine rebounds while Steinbaugh tallied nine assists and five rebounds. Keith Wright and Antwan Mullins also chipped in 10 points and nine points, respectively, while Johnny Taylor led Richland with 11 rebounds.
Against Connerâ€™s, Felmet said the T-Ducksâ€™ played their best defense of the year. However, Richland trailed 31-21 at halftime.
Like the T-Ducks (3-2) have done all season, Richland came out aggressive in the second half, and with 2:30 left in the game, Antwan Mullins tied the game at 56 after hitting two clutch free throws.
Connerâ€™s responded with a three-point play in which a player was fouled and converted the free throw. Richland then turned the ball over on its next trip up the court and a foul, again, led to a 3-point play as Connerâ€™s put the game out of reach.
The T-Ducks were led by freshmen Antwan Mullins (17 points, seven assists and 4 rebounds), Steinbaugh (12 points, two assists and two rebounds) and Wright (11 points, three assists and six rebounds). Tony Bishop also had eight points and six rebounds, and playing in his first start, Giordan Cole led the T-Ducks with seven rebounds to go with four points.
This weekâ€™s home games
Wed., Nov. 14, Richland basketball vs. Ranger College, 7 p.m.