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Local college roundup: USF Dons sign some big men

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University of San Francisco men’s basketball head coach Kyle Smith will have some more big men to work with next season. The Dons announced Wednesday that Taavi Jurkatamm, a 6-foot-9 forward from Estonia, has signed a national latter of intent to play on the Hilltop. Jurkatamm averaged 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in the highest pro basketball league in Estonia. He’ll join Santa Rosa Junior College center, Erik Poulsen — who signed with the Dons last week — as newcomers in the frontcourt.


With seven games remaining on its schedule, the Academy of Art University baseball team has already surpassed its program record for most wins in a season. The Urban Knights did it by taking three of four from Holy Names over the weekend, including a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. The team will make its final road trip of the season today, when they play Fresno Pacific.

Hannah Hensley lept to an Academy of Art track & field high-jump record on the first day of the California Invitational heptathlon. Hensley jumped 5-feet-10-inches, an automatic qualifying figure for the NCAA Nationals and a program record.


City College of San Francisco’s women’s swim team are in the midst of one of its best regular seasons in its history. The relay team of Ashley Davis, Sophia Greco, Alika Lew-Koga and Katie Magers became CCSF’s first 200-meter freestyle relay team to place in the top 12 in California. The foursome also set a new school record by finishing their race at the Cuesta College Swim Invitational with a time of 1:45.28, shattering the record set in 2012.

Rodney Morgan didn’t hold much back during the Woody Wilson Classic Open at UC Davis on Saturday. The freshman won the high jump event with a leap of 6-feet-10.75-inches. The next closest competitor finished with a jump of 6-feet-2.75-inches. Morgan’s leap ties him with the best in state history.

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