2016-2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
The Roadrunners are gearing up for another successful season and a run at a third Golden Valley Conference title in the last four years. The 2015-16 season was exciting as the Roadrunners compiled an overall 18-10 mark, a second place conference finish at 7-3, and capped off an outstanding season with a home playoff game in the California Community College State Tourney. Despite losing four starters from last year’s squad this season’s outlook is filled with high hopes for another solid year in 2016-2017.
All-GVC 2015-16 Conference player and versatile combo guard Josiah Wood (6’5”) returns for the Roadrunners this season and is poised to help the Roadrunners compete for a conference crown and a return to the prestigious “California State Championships”. Additional returners joining him are sophomore Brandon Sheppard (6’7”) a good face-up shooter and co-captain; sophomore swing-man and three-point shooter Jared Stidham (6’4”); and grey-shirt freshman stand-out post Andrew Whitsett (6’11”).
This past spring the Roadrunners secured another talented recruiting class to support the efforts required to compete for another league title and garner that return to the state tourney. This year’s recruiting core will provide athleticism, skill and depth to help meet the challenges of a very difficult schedule. Inside, Ryan Halvorson, ( 6’7”), freshman out of Argonaut High School is possibly a force to be reckoned with this season down the line for the Runners. He is joined by fellow skilled freshmen Carlos Costa (6’5”), from Brazil, and co-captain Darae Elliott (6’5”), out of Inglewood High School, both of whom will provide the versatility to play on the interior and exterior for the Roadrunners. Joining them are freshman Nemanja Kovacevic (6’4”) combo shooting guard from Serbia, and sophomore John Moscoso, (5’10”) savvy point guard out of Sacramento. Rounding out this recruiting class are freshmen Jerry Migasi, (6’3”) combo guard out of Pleasant Valley High School, and Filip Smotlak (6’2”) shooter from Slovakia.
As with each season the Roadrunners have “walk-ons” who have worked hard to earn a spot on the team and who often compete and earn solid playing time! This year is no exception as freshmen Darrien Manker (6’3”) off guard out of Cajon High School, and Eric Spencer (6’4”) wing out of Lathrop High School, and sophomore Josias Parker (6’0”) combo “jet” out of Providence High School will join the Runners!
This season promises to be both exciting and challenging and we invite our fans to follow our quest towards another banner year and return to the California Community College State Championships and the opportunity to win a state title!