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Sierra grads Malone, Vanni earn postseason awards
East Union High alumna Ashley Rose set the all-time scoring record for William Jessup Universitys womens basketball team last Friday. - photo by Photo courtesy of William Jessup University athletics

East Union High graduate Ashley Rose (2009) is the new scoring queen of William Jessup University’s women’s basketball team.

And it’s still early in her junior campaign.

Last Friday in Fullerton, the sharpshooting guard scored 10 points in a 74-73 victory over Hope International University. Her layup with 17:01 left in the second half made her the all-time scoring leader of the Rocklin-based program. Rose added 16 more points in a 64-60 win at La Sierra University of Riverside.

The previous mark was held by Rachelle Russell (2007-2011) with 905 points. Rose, who set the Warriors’ single-season scoring record in 2010-11, currently has 929 points and is averaging 16.7 for the season.

The Warriors are 5-6 and is a member of the National Association Intercollegiate Athletics’ California Pacific Conference.

Nigel Malone, football: The former Sierra High standout (2007) was named to the All-Big-12 conference second team by the Associated Press last week.

He has 47 tackles, five interceptions and a team-high 13 passes defended for No. 5-ranked Kansas State. His interception total is tied with two others for team-high honors.

Malone was one of 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award in 2011, when he earned spots on the Walter Camp, Phil Steele and AP All-America teams.

The Wildcats will face fourth-ranked Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3. The game will be televised by ESPN starting at 5:30 p.m.

Nicole Vanni, soccer
: Sierra High’s all-time leading scorer was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women’s Division II All-West Regional Second Team for a second straight year. In 2011 she was named to the third team.

Vanni, a 2009 graduate of Sierra, led San Francisco State with five goals, five assists and 15 assists in her senior season. The midfielder was also named to the All-California Collegiate Athletic Association First Team last month.