Shortly after announcing the signing of two in-state prep stars, the men’s basketball program at Rocky Mountain College has dipped into California to ink point guard Daundrekyc “Dun-Dun” Parham of Los Angeles Trade Tech.
The 5-foot-9 Parham started off and on for the junior college team over the past two seasons. He averaged 6.7 points, 3.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 27 games for the Beavers last year.
He shot 43 percent from the field, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range.
“I like his skills with the ball,” Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen said. “His ability to get into the interior of the defense and deliver the ball to the post or the perimeter is what caught my eye with him.”
Parham is from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, but didn’t play basketball in high school, Dreikosen said. He did compete in football and baseball.
L.A. Trade Tech, which posted an 18-10 record last year, is located near the Staples Center, where the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers play.
Besides Parham, Rocky recently added center Danny Little of Billings Skyview and forward Kurtis Parsons of Great Falls Russell to its 2011-12 roster.
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On the football front, Kyle Mai, an all-conference defensive back from Lewiston, Idaho, has signed a letter of intent with Rocky.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Mai was an all-5A Inland Empire League performer last season. Rocky coach Brian Armstrong said the Battlin’ Bears will use him at the safety position.
Besides Mai, Rocky has also signed linebackers Jared Keeling of Billings Skyview and Tony Degel of Twin Bridges.
The 6-foot, 215-pound Degel was an all-Southern C lineman on offense and defense for the Falcons.
Keeling (6-0, 220) played on both offense and defense for Skyview.
“It’s a great group of student-athletes,” Armstrong said of his latest signings. “They’re hard workers who come from good high school programs.
“It’s always great to get another Billings guy, and Tony has been to our camp in the summer,” he added. “Kyle comes from Lewiston where (current Rocky cornerback) Ridge Fuentes is from. He’s a very competitive kid.”
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With Rocky’s athletic programs adding new faces nearly every day, a pair of school record-setters, Kasey Peters and Allie Beckers, were recently saluted as the Bears’ top senior athletes.
Peters, a quarterback on the football team, and Beckers, a forward on the women’s soccer team, received the Herb and Clara Klindt awards during the school’s annual awards social.
Peters is the first Rocky athlete to go over 10,000 career yards for passing (10,031) and total offense (10,739). Beckers holds the school record in soccer with 100 career points, including 38 goals.
Skiers Olle Friberg and Isa Floden won the school’s Frank and Helen Mathew awards as the outstanding underclassmen.
Friberg captured the combined title at the national championships, which were won by the Rocky men.
Floden was an All-America performer for the Rocky women, who placed second at nationals.
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In Frontier Conference men’s golf, Rocky junior Connor Rakowski has been selected as the co-player of the year.
Rakowski, from Basalt, Colo., shared the award with Lewis-Clark State senior Connor McCracken.
L-C State, which captured the league and postseason tournament titles, placed a total of five golfers on the first or second teams. The all-conference team is based on the results of the Frontier’s fall and spring tournaments.
Rakowski was Rocky’s lone all-conference pick for the men.
Drew Reinland of L-C State was tabbed as the freshman of the year, while L-C State’s Paul Thompson was recognized as the coach of the year.
On the women’s side, Rocky sophomore Rachel Hosterman, from Sierra Vista, Ariz., and freshman Katy Peterson, from Glendive, were first-team choices. Battlin’ Bear junior Brittani Jones, from Billings, was included on the second team.
Peterson also received the league’s freshman of the year accolade, while Westminster College’s Chris Hendrickson was named as the coach of the year.
Regular-season and postseason champion Westminster had three first-team selections, including junior Jenteal Jackson, who was singled out as the player of the year.