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Trio of local athletes get all-conference recognition

Patrick Donahue, Sabrina Hatzer, Dani Busta and company finish off strong 2012 seasons with honors.

November 28, 2012|By Grant Gordon,

The following are updates on local athletes competing at the collegiate level.

Patrick Donahue (Glendale Community College, 2010) Southern Oregon football senior: The high-flying season for Donahue and a handful of other locals came to a close Saturday in a nailbiting 47-44 overtime loss to third-seeded Morningside in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series.

With the loss, Southern Oregon finished its season at 9-3, tying it for the most wins in program history. In defeat, Donahue concluded his phenomenal season with 11 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, bringing his seasonal total to 103 catches, as he became the first Raider to eclipse 100 receptions in a season.


Also in the game, another former GCC standout, linebacker Kalii Robinson, led the team in tackles with 13 and added a big second-half interception. Finally, Crescenta Valley High product Clay Sierra, a tight end, hauled in two catches for 14 yards.

All three of the aforementioned locals had previously been bestowed All-Frontier Conference honors, after playing vital rolls in the Raiders earning a share of the conference crown.

In his record-setting season, Donahue, a senior, had 1,484 yards and nine touchdowns, with seven games of more than 100 yards receiving and two with more than 200 yards during a stretch of six straight weeks of triple-digit receiving yards. He also had just over 700 yards in 33 kick returns as he was a first-team all-conference selection.

Sierra, a redshirt freshman, earned a first-team all-conference nod as he tallied 24 catches for 329 yards and five touchdowns.

Robinson led Southern Oregon with 115 total tackles and added 8.5 for a loss, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles in earning second-team all-conference in the process.

Sabrina Hatzer (Crescenta Valley High, 2012) L.A. Valley College water polo freshman: A banner season brimming with eye-spinning statistics has drawn accolades for last season’s All-Area Girls’ Water Polo Player of the Year and the 2012 Glendale News-Press Girls’ Athlete of the Year.

Hatzer had a whopping 136 goals, as well as 78 steals and 44 assists — which were all team-highs. Her goals and steals were also conference highs and she was rewarded with a second-team All-Southern California Regional selection and a first-team All-Western State Conference honor.

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