Merced College

May 3, 2013

Former MC standout Lotulelei signs with Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks signed former Merced College linebacker John Lotulelei last week as an undrafted free agent.

John Lotulelei is used to proving people wrong.

No matter how many times the former Merced College linebacker thrives on the football field, he seems to get overlooked.

It even happened with the Blue Devils, as Lotulelei barely touched Don Odishoo Field as a freshman under head coach Mark Kaanapu.

So while Lotulelei had a stellar senior year at UNLV and followed it up with an excellent showing at the NFL combine, it couldn't have been a huge surprise when the NFL draft came and went without his name being called.

No matter.

The Seattle Seahawks came calling last week and signed Lotulelei as an undrafted free agent.

If the Twitterverse is to be believed, the Seattle front office and fan base think they may have found a steal.

As his combine videos and UNLV highlight tapes began making their way around the Internet, a very positive buzz started to surround him.

The Blue Devil coaching staff firmly believes Lotulelei will take the opportunity and run with it. As his former defensive coordinator Justin Pinasco put it, "All John needs is a chance."

NorCal bound

The resurgence of the Merced College track & field team continued this year with nine athletes qualifying for today's NorCal Trials at American River College.

Mariah Daniel (100-meter dash, 4x100, 4x400), Edith Hernandez (400, 4x100, 4x400), Loryn King (4x100, 4x400) Samira Foy (4x100, 4x400) and Bethany Moore (hammer, discus) will represent the Blue Devil women.

Juan Terrazas (110 and 400 hurdles, 4x100), So Tsuchimoto (4x100, 4x400), Devon Marshall (4x100, 4x400, long jump) and Andrew Armendariz (4x400) will represent the men.

All are trying to advance to next week's finals.

Fresh for success

Molly Burns (Merced) and Tori Johnson (Golden Valley) have had no problem playing at the next level as college freshmen.

Burns had four top-10 tournament finishes on the season for Point Park University and was named to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team for golf.

Johnson started all 54 games in left field for Dominican University. She hit .271 for the season and .301 in the Pacific West Conference to earn softball Newcomer of the Year honors.

Castro out at UC Merced

For the first time in school history, UC Merced will have to replace a head coach.

Cross Country coach Spencer Castro has resigned after two years to continue his education at UC Santa Cruz.

In two years under Castro, the Golden Bobcats have had six runners on the all-California Pacific Conference teams and sent three runners to the 2012 NAIA National Championship Meet.

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