James Batemon '19 (Men’s Basketball)

Now entering his third season professional season, former LMU men’s basketball guard James Batemon is looking to make more noise overseas. Following two seasons at LMU in which he averaged 17 points, 4.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 44.7% overall, Batemon signed with Latvian basketball club BK Ogre for the 2019-2020 season. During his time with BK Ogre, he averaged 17.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game with a 52.7% field goal percentage. His play earned him All-Latvian-Estonian Basketball League First Team and All-Imports Team his rookie year. The following season he moved clubs, playing the 2020-2021 season with J.A. Vichy Clermont Métropole in France. His play and numbers increased after his rookie season, where he put up 17.2 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game on 49.5% shooting from the field. James, this upcoming season, will be playing for his third European professional basketball club, Union Tours Métropole in France.

Sarina Bolden '18 (Women’s Soccer)

A star on the LMU women’s soccer team from 2015-2018, Sarina Bolden was named a member of the Philippines Women’s National Soccer team in 2018. She scored a goal in the Philippines 2-1 victory over Jordan in 2018, which was the winning goal of the game. During her time at LMU, she was named All-WCC First Team and NSCAA All-West Region Second Team. In her professional career, she signed to play for the club Xinbei Hangyuan in the Taiwan Mulan Football League during the 2020 season, although COVID-19 derailed that. Following another short stint with the San Francisco Nighthawks in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, she is headed to Japan to play in the country’s first women’s professional league, the Women’s Empowerment (WE) League and will play for the club Chifure AS Elfen Saitama. She joins her teammate from the Philippine national team, Quinley Quezada, who will join JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies, in taking part in the league’s historic first year.

Riley Elmes '19 (Men’s Golf)

Riley Elmes is one of the most decorated LMU golfers in recent memory, as he was named to the WCC All-Conference First Team in three consecutive seasons. Elmes owned a career stroke average of 72.42, which was second in program history at the time of his graduation. He was also the only Lions golfer with two career wins at LMU. Prior to turning professional, Elmes finished the 2019 Royal Oaks Invitational Tournament in Vancouver nine under par, one stroke away from tying the tournament record at the time. After turning professional, Elmes placed second in the Southern California Open in 2020, shooting 16-under at the Indian Wells Golf Resort and Desert Willow Golf Resort. Elmes has competed in 11 open events and one Major tournament. His sole Major tournament saw him finish tied for 19th, shooting two under par. In his 12 total tournaments played, he has nine top 25 finishes and six top ten 10 finishes, with his highest finishes being one second and third-place finish each.

David Fletcher '15 (Baseball)

A Lion from 2014-2015, David Fletcher is currently a starting infielder for the Los Angeles Angels as he is heading toward the end of his third Major League season with the team. Fletcher had a decorated career during his two seasons on the Bluff, where he picked up WCC All-Freshman team honors and first-team All-WCC honors, as well as WCC Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named 2015 LMU Male Athlete of the Year. Fletcher was drafted by the Angels in the sixth round following his playing career at LMU, getting his big call up to the Majors in 2018. His current MLB careers stats include 477 hits, 137 runs batted in, 12 home runs, a .284 batting average and 28 stolen bases. Fletcher also was tied for 17th in American League Most Valuable Player voting during the 2020 season.

Betsi Flint '13 (Beach Volleyball)

A current assistant coach with the LMU beach volleyball team, Betsi Flint is also a current professional beach volleyball player who has earned five Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) Championships during her professional career. Flint was a member of LMU’s indoor and outdoor volleyball teams from 2012-2015 where she was a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American in beach volleyball. Following her time at LMU, in her rookie year as a professional player in AVP, she won the 2015 AVP championship with teammate Kelly Larsen where they became the youngest team at the time to win the championship. Her efforts during the 2015 season also got her awarded the 2015 Newcomer of the Year in AVP. Her career in AVP, including her five championships, has also been awarded the best server in AVP in 2019 and has a current ranking of tied for fifth in the AVP.

Sports Editor

Miles Thomas is a senior communication studies major from Hermosa Beach, California. Miles is a lifelong Lakers, Seahawks and Dodgers fan. Miles enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and hanging with friends in his spare time.

Load comments