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Oaks get NCAA Division I transfer from McNeese State

 

Menlo College softball coach Matt Lisle announced the signing of Bryce Etzler, who transfer in from NCAA Division McNeese State. Etzler graduated from Red Bluff High two years ago.

Etzler appeared in a pair of games for the Cowgirls, who finished 36-20 and second in the Southland Conference. She was also one of 19 McNeese State softball players to earn a place on the spring Dean's List.

During her prep career, Etzler played in 117 games, tallied 124 hits, seven home runs, 15 doubles and 83 RBI while hitting above .425 in both her junior and senior seasons.

In addition to her prowess with the bat, she was the team's ace in the circle, boasting a 28-5 record with a 1.93 ERA and 134 career strikeouts.

"Bryce is a great addition to the Oak softball family," said Coach Lisle. "She brings Division I experience to the team and brings a great glove and bat to our infield."

Men's golf

The King's Academy Douglas Burton signed to play golf at Menlo College earlier in the month.

A San Jose native, Burton played as an individual at the Central Coast Section Championships in both his junior and senior seasons.

He has been a key player on his golf club's Bay Cities Team in each of the last seven years as well and possesses a myriad of tournament experience.

Burton has competed in the JGANC, NCGA, JTNC and overseas in various events in the United Kingdom. He will look to make an immediate impact on the Oaks golf team in his freshman campaign.

Track and field

Menlo College added a pair of assistant coaches with the addition of April Montgomery and Menlo grad Mykel Block.

They both bring a knowledge of the Bay Area running scene and have both seen tremendous success as competitors and coaches.

They will join head coach Dan Noel as the programs return to competitive action in the fall.

Montgomery's background includes successes both as a coach and competitor over the last 10 seasons. Her coaching experience includes the past five years at Crystal Springs Uplands, where she has served as assistant cross country and track and field coach.

In cross country, her teams competed at the CIF championships every year. On the track side, she acted as primary coach for middle distance runners, sending several of her athletes to the section championships.

Her competitive resume includes stints at Sonoma State (2005-07) and California State University – Stanislaus (2007-10). Her 2006 season at Sonoma State netted her a number of honors and awards including: CCAA Co-Freshman of the Year, Academic All-American, Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year.

At CSU Stanislaus, she was the CCAA runner up in the 800m and the team's Most Valuable Player for Cross Country in 2008 and would go on to win the CCAA in the 800m in 2009. In that same year, Montgomery competed at NCAA Nationals in the 800m. She graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2010.

Block brings an extensive knowledge of the sport having been successful as a competitor at the high school, junior college and Junior Olympic levels.

Before transferring to Menlo to pursue a degree in sports management, Block competed for a pair of seasons at College of San Mateo, where he placed first in the Gold Coast League in the 100m and 110m high hurdles and also finished top 10 in the state in both events.

Block was a standout at Monterey High, where he was a CCS champion in the 110m HH, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay and runner up in 300m IH. He qualified for state in 110m HH, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay and finished top 10 in the 110m HH and 4x400m relay.

Block also competed as a member of the Monterey Bay Jaguars Track Club and posted a top 15 finish in the 110m high hurdles at the USA Track and Field Championships in 2007.

— Menlo Athletics

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