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Bruins signed to continue academic-athletic careers

Jun 25, 2018 03:26PM ● By Greg James

Dalven Brushier is one of several Bruins that have signed letters of intent to continue their careers. (Scott Fineshriber/SLCC athletics)

By Greg James |  [email protected]

Athletes from Salt Lake Community College closed out their seasons and careers for the Bruins. Many are moving on to four-year schools.



The Bruins closed out their season with a 41-14 record. Despite their sparkling regular season they fell to College of Southern Idaho in the Region 18 tournament finals and lost out on a chance to return to the NJCAA finals in St George.

Herriman High graduate Lauren Tycksen earned a scholarship to continue playing softball at UNLV. West High School’s Breah Ava is headed south to BYU. Sara Bendt is moving on to Northern State University (South Dakota), and Ashlee Snyder is going to University of Louisville-Lafayette.



The Bruins’ baseball team closed out its season in the district playoffs. The Bruins lost to CSI and Arizona Western to finish their season with a 36-18 overall record. A number of SLCC players are expected to announce their commitments over the coming weeks. 

Sterling Lay was the first to put his name on a letter-of-intent. He will attend MSU-Billings in Montana. Ben Weese, from Cache Valley, committed to BYU.



In its second year of existence, the men’s and women’s soccer teams exceeded expectations. The men finished the season with a 10-6-1 overall record. They lost 3-2 to Snow College in the Region 18 tournament. 

The women finished with a similar record of 10-5-1. They lost in penalty kicks to Utah State University Eastern in the Region 18 tournament. 

The men's team had five players and the women's team six recognized as All-Region performers. Ashley Sargent was named Region 18 women's goalkeeper of the year. 

Bridger Hansen, Matt Penrod and Reid Arne have signed with Westminster College, Herriman’s Jake Sollis with Southern Virginia University, Cody Oliver with Dixie State, Copper Hills graduate Luis Vargas with Utah Valley University and Eddie Lopez with Masters University.



The men’s basketball team lost only four games last season. Its final loss came to South Plains in the NJCAA national tournament.

The Bruin women held a 26-6 overall record this season. Like the men’s team, the women captured the Region 18 championship and advanced to the national tournament. They lost to ASA College 60-59. 

Hunter High School graduate Kimauri Toia signed at Metro State University in Denver, Colorado. The Bruins’ leading scorer, Tia Hay, is headed to Santa Clara University. 

Highly recruited Kur Kuath, from the men’s team, is headed to the University of Oklahoma. Dalven Brushier is going to Western Oregon, and Jordan Gilliam is going to UC Riverside.



The 2017 SLCC volleyball program had several successful moments this season. It was ranked in the top five at one point and grabbed the SWAC championship. Among its top achievements was placing six student-athletes on the school’s president’s list. Three players were named to the NJCAA All-Academic team. 

Toa Faleao and Megan Treanor are headed to Dixie State University, Sam Filiaga to Weber State University and Laken T’eo to Tennessee State University.