Welliver’s 500th win is a rare feat

first_imgThe list of honors and accomplishments garnered by Cerritos College women’s basketball coach Karen Welliver over the years is quite impressive: eight shared or outright South Coast Conference titles, five state semifinal appearances and four SCC Coach of the Year awards over her 23 years at the helm of the Falcons. Her latest milestone may be the topper, however. On Dec. 27, in the first round of the Fullerton Tournament, Welliver notched her 500th career victory in a 75-51 win over San Mateo. Cerritos travels to East L.A. at 5:30 p.m. today and hosts L.A. City at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Both games are SCC crossover contests. Time change In an effort to allow fans to watch the Rose Bowl, Long Beach City has changed the times of today’s men’s and women’s basketball games. The men’s game against Mt. SAC will tip off at 1 p.m. instead of the original time of 7:30 p.m. The women’s game, also against Mt. SAC and originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m., begins at 3:30 p.m. On Friday, the Vikings host a doubleheader against East L.A. with the women beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. On the dotted line Cerritos football players Rameses Arceo, De Von Walker, Anthony Oliver and Dan Kuykendall have all signed letters of intent and will enroll at four-year colleges for the next semester. Arceo, a second-team All-Mission Conference National Division offensive lineman, signed with Kansas while Walker, a cornerback from Gahr High, has signed with Nevada. Oliver, a second-team All-MCND wide receiver and Cabrillo High graduate, has signed with Central Missouri and defensive end Kuykendall, a Millikan High graduate, signed with Portland State. Several other Falcons have narrowed their college choices. Second-team All-MCND safety Jamario McClain is close to signing with Portland State and second-team All-MCND linebacker Dylan Campanale will likely sign with Northern Iowa. Center Clayton Caron, also an All-MCND second teamer, will choose between Southern Utah or Western Washington. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “(Coaching) is just so fun,” she said. “Basketball is an exciting game and it’s fun. You hate to lose but the highs are sure fun.” In an interesting display of just what a small world this is, San Mateo is coached by former Cerritos player and assistant coach Michelle Warner. Warner played for the Falcons from 1986-88 and coached with Welliver in 1998. Following the first-round victory, the Falcons defeated Mt. SAC 67-64 in the semifinals. Santa Barbara City defeated Cerritos in the final, 63-50, giving the Falcons two second-place finishes (Fullerton, Orange Coast Holiday Classic) and a consolation championship (Glendale Tournament) in four tournaments this season. Part of Cerritos’ recent success — the Falcons are now 9-12 after starting the season 4-9 — can be attributed to getting healthy once again. Sophomore guard Sierrah Moore has returned after missing nine games with an injury and is the team’s leading rebounder (7.0 per game) and is third in scoring (8.1). Freshman forward Maltresa Neely (Downey High) leads the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg and freshman guard LaTrina Payne (Mayfair High) is second (11.4). “The team as a whole is coming along,” Welliver said. “We’ve got a real nice group of girls. They’re working hard for us.” center_img “I can’t believe I’ve been coaching that long,” said Welliver. “I still love coaching. … I still love going to the gym and love the excitement of games.” Welliver’s record now stands at 501-243 and she’s only the sixth California community college women’s coach to reach that plateau. last_img

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