Northern Arizona University had four divers take part in the 3-meter event in the NCAA Zone E Championships on Monday at the Aquatic Center in Flagstaff. The event was made up of 57 participants from a multitude of different universities on the west coast.

To qualify for the event, a diver must have scored 280 points in the event during the 2018-19 season.

On the 3-meter board, the Lumberjacks' four participants on the day were Jenny Cheetham, Tatiana Kurach, Christina Torrente and Emily Sharrer. This marked the fourth time that Torrente has competed in zones, the third time for Kurach, the second time for Cheetham and the first for Sharrer.

In prelims, the Lumberjacks' top diver was Cheetham, who placed 26th in the event with a score of 256.80. Cheetham just missed making the top 18 and moving onto finals as she entered her final dive in 18th place.

Following Cheetham in the standings was Kurach, who placed 32nd with a score of 243.60, and Torrente, who placed 34th with a score of 242.00, each competing for the last time on the 3-meter as a Lumberjack. The final diver to finish for NAU was Sharrer, who placed 53rd with a score of 201.80.

“Jenny was right there all prelims,” NAU associate head coach Nikki Huffman said. “She went into her last dive, which she usually nails, and just didn’t perform it up to her standard. I am proud of her performance, and everyone else’s as well and am ready for all four of them to perform on the 1-meter tomorrow.”

Northern Arizona will be back in action today for the second day of the NCAA Zone E Championships. The Lumberjacks will have all four of their divers participating on the 1-meter.


The Northern Arizona men's tennis team extended its winning streak to three matches after beating Montana State 5-2 on Sunday. In the win, the Lumberjacks won two doubles matches to seal a point, and four singles matches.

The victory against the Bobcats moved NAU to 6-6 on the season and 3-0 in the Big Sky, while the loss dropped Montana State to 1-8 on the season.

"The team being able to perform for two days in a row, in two different conditions, makes us really proud," NAU assistant coach Filip Kanczula said. "We were able to endure, bring the energy to the level that carried us to those two wins. It wasn't easy, but we managed to find it in us and that, ultimately, is what our sport is all about -- you come out, play hard, and with a little bit of luck, you find a way to win."

The Lumberjacks got on the board first with the doubles point against Montana State. Northern Arizona won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, while the No. 1 doubles match remained unfinished. No. 2 doubles was won by Chris Steele and Tom Fisher, with a score of 6-2. The point was sealed in the No. 3 doubles match, where Lucas Taylor and Facundo Tumosa won 6-2.

Following the doubles point, NAU increased its lead to 2-0 when Tim Handel won the No. 1 singles point over Montana State's Alexander Flink 6-4, 6-2. The win moved Handel to a 9-1 record in singles on the season, which not only leads NAU but also the Big Sky. Following Handel's win, Tumosa won the No. 4 singles match over Christian Damgaard Qvist 7-5, 6-3.

Although being just one point away from a win, the Lumberjacks lost the No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches to cause the match to go to 3-2.

The Jacks ended up sealing the victory by winning the No. 6 singles match when Fisher took down Montana State's Mateus Ceolin 6-2, 6-3. After clinching the match, NAU secured another point as Ruben Montano won at No. 5 singles.

Northern Arizona will be back in action in Greeley, Colo. on Saturday as the team takes on Northern Colorado.


The Northern Arizona University golf team competed Monday at the first day of the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson hosted by the University of Arizona at the Sewailo Golf Course.

The Jacks tied for last place after the conclusion of the first and second round after going 55-over par for a total tally of 631.

NAU's top golfer for the day was Aleksandra Chekalina, who was 12 over par at the conclusion of the first day, tied for 52nd place. Ashley Croft was tied for 54th at 13-over and Elle Kocourkova was tied for 64th at 15-over. Sara Padilla and Emma Reyes also tallied scores for the Lumberjacks.

"Moving forward is what is important right now," said head women's golf coach Brad Bedortha. "It just was not our day, but I know what these student-athletes are capable of; it is just a matter of executing like we do in practice and translating it onto the course."

The Wildcat Invitational will conclude today after the end of the third round of play. A shotgun start will begin at 7:30 a.m.


Northern Arizona University men's basketball junior Brooks DeBisschop has been selected as a member of the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-American Third Team, which was announced on Monday.

The junior forward is just the third player in the history of the NAU Basketball program to receive the honor and the first since 2006 – joining Kelly Golob (2006) and Jeff Altman (1985).

DeBisschop currently leads the Lumberjacks with a .582 shooting percentage from the field and in blocks with 20. He has started 22 games and averaged 7.1 points and 5.9 rebounds as one of NAU's primary options in the post.

In the classroom, DeBisschop boasts a 3.96 grade point average while majoring in finance. The junior has only received one grade below an A in his academic career. He is a two-time Academic All-Big Sky choice and a back-to-back recipient of NAU's Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete Award.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America Teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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