College notebook: NAU’s Bond First Team All-Big Sky in football

Montana's Piette Second Team in conference honors

By Kurt Zimmer, Columbian Sports Copy Editor and Writer

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Northern Arizona junior defensive end Isaac Bond was named First Team All-Big Sky Conference in selections announced Tuesday.

The Skyview High School graduate had 31 tackles and team-best tying 5.5 sacks among six tackles for loss. He tied for third in the Big Sky in sacks, recording a team-best five hurries with two breakups and two forced fumbles.

Montana senior offensive guard Russ Piette was a second-team selection.

The Columbia River High School product started all 11 games at right guard for the Grizzlies.

UNM’s Buck shares All-MWC at libero

New Mexico junior Allison Buck is one of two players selected to the All-Mountain West Conference volleyball team at the libero position.

“I think it shows how much we turned things around from the beginning of the season,” Buck told the Albuquerque Journal. “The second half of conference, we really played well. It’s nice to be rewarded for that.”

It is the first all-conference honor for the Camas High School graduate. The Lobos (20-9, 12-4 MWC) posted the most Mountain West wins in a season in program history.

Buck has a team-leading 417 digs this season, an average of 4.05 a set. She has played in all 103 of the team’s sets this season, and also has four kills,21 aces and 60 assists.

New Mexico begins NCAA Tournament play Friday at Southern California (25-4), the No. 6 overall seed. The winner faces Long Beach State or San Diego on Saturday. That winner advances to regionals, Dec 10-11 in Dayton, Ohio.

Richards honored on Team of the Season

Washington junior men’s soccer forward Brent Richards garnered Honorable Mention on the TopDrawerSoccer.com ”Team of the Season” announced this week.

The Camas High School graduate had eight goals, three game-winning and five assists this season to lead the team in scoring for the third consecutive season.

Richards is one of nine players receiving Honorable Mention after first, second and third teams totaling 33 players. The Web site also has Richards at No. 33 in its Top 100 Upperclassmen ranking, and No. 4 in the Pacific-10 Conference.

Richards was a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection this season after being named to the Second-Team last season and earning Honorable Mention his freshman year. Academically, he was named a Third-Team Academic All-American and First-Team District VII and Pac-10 selection.

Postseason notes

• Concordia University was eliminated from the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championships in Decatur, Ala., with a 2-1 loss Monday to Hastings College of Nebraska. It was the only loss of the season for the Cavaliers, who finished 19-1-2 while giving up more than one goal in a game for the first time all season.

Playing for Concordia were Camas High School graduate Sami Andrews and two players with Camas ties who are graduates of Central Catholic High School in Portland, Adrienne Lommasson and Shelby Bloodworth.

• Sarah Porter, Lauren Breihof and the Western Washington women’s cross country team will be competing Saturday at the NCAA Division II national championships in Louisville, Ky.

Porter, a Hockinson High School graduate, is reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference and NCAA-II West Region champion. The senior was second at nationals last year and is the top returner.

Breihof, a Mountain View High School graduate, was sixth at regionals. The junior was 31st at nationals last year.

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