Former Badger off to Montana Tech

Dahlia Lopez, the 6-foot-2 two-sport standout who graduated from Yosemite High School in 2013, was recognized as the Reedley College Female Athlete of the Year at the 36th Annual Tiger Awards held on May 6.

She was presented her award by Tigers volleyball coach Shannon Jefferies, and basketball coach Dan Kilbert.

Lopez will be playing basketball for the Montana Tech Diggers in Butte in the fall. She signed her commitment letter at Reedley Junior College April 30, surrounded by teammates and basketball coach Dan Kilbert.

Lopez was a two-sport athlete for the Lady Tigers the past two years excelling in volleyball and basketball. This past season in volleyball, Lopez was a first-team all-Central Valley Conference selection as the Lady Tigers earned a berth into the NorCal Regional playoffs after placing second in the CVC. Lopez was a second team all-CVC member her freshman year.

In basketball, Lopez was a first-team all-CVC performer averaging nine points per game for Reedley who made a NorCal Regional playoff appearance. Lopez signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Montana Tech where she plans to major in Liberal Studies.

Lopez, a first team All League selection in the North Sequoia League in volleyball and basketball while at Yosemite, played both sports at Reedley Community College for two years. Her sophomore year, she was named Central Valley Conference First Team All Conference in both sports.

Montana Tech, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school with nearly 3,000 students, competes in the eight-team Frontier Conference. This past season, the team was 12-19, losing to top-seeded Westminster Griffins (72-65) in the conference semifinals. The Diggers reached the semifinals for the first time since the 2010-11 season by winning four out of five games, under first year coach Carly VanDyke.

“These past two years at Reedley have been a great time for me,” Lopez said. “The coaches and instructors have helped me grow so much as an athlete and as a person. My time here at Reedley is coming to an end. I’m sad to be leaving but also excited to be moving on to Montana Tech to continue to play basketball and major in Liberal Arts.”

Lopez wrapped up her basketball season with Coach Dan Kilbert, averaging nine points per game, shooting 53% from the field, and 76% from the free throw line. Her best game of the season was against West Hills College, recording a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

The Lady Tigers (16-13) made the Northern California Regional playoffs as the 14th seed where they were defeated 74-64 on the road to No. 3 seed Diablo Valley College. Lopez ended the game and her Reedley career with nine points and a team-high 14 rebounds.

- Staff Report