College notebook: Porter, Breihof finish 1-2 in 5,000 meters at GNAC indoor meet

By Kurt Zimmer, Columbian Sports Reporter

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Western Washington’s Sarah Porter won the women’s 5,000 meters in NCAA Division II national automatic qualifying time as the Vikings placed second at the Great Northwest Conference indoor track and field championships for the third consecutive year Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.

The Hockinson High School graduate led a sweep of the event at the Jackson’s Indoor Track in the Idaho Center Sports Complex.

Porter won in a meet and school record time of 16 minutes, 47.07 seconds to lead a 1-2-3 sweep of that event for Western.

She was followed by Mountain View High School graduate Lauren Breihof, who was second in 17:32.30, and Bellingham’s Courtney Olsen, who was third in 17:43.72.

Breihof improved her national provisional time and Olsen met the standard.

Seattle Pacific won its seventh consecutive women’s title with 179½ points, 20 more than the Vikings.

Porter also joined Megan Zukowski, Cheryl Watson and Rachael Johnson to finish second in the women’s distance medley relay.

The NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships are March 12-13 in Albuquerque, N.M. Porter placed sixth last year.

Hornets’ Voelz shares PCSC honors

Sacramento State sophomore right-hander Shelby Voelz and Portland State freshman right-hander Anna Bertrand have been named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Pitchers of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Voelz earned Coastal Division Pitcher of the Week honors by posting a 0.89 ERA, despite posting a 1-2 record.

The Hudson’s Bay High School graduate tossed a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over UC Riverside on Friday, striking out four and walking one. She limited No. 11 Stanford to one run on three hits over six innings in suffering a tough 1-0 loss.

In three appearances during the week, Voelz limited opponents to a .145 batting average over 15⅔ innings. She allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and eight walks, while fanning eight.

Clark honors pair

Clark College basketball players Ryan Anderson and Leanne Lamping have been selected as the schools Athletes of the Month for January.

Anderson is a 6-foot-4 starting wing, averaging 7.1 points and 1.0 rebounds a game. A graduate of Camas High School, Anderson has a 3.56 grade point average.

Coach Mike Arnold said Anderson’s “work ethic and hustle have provided leadership both on and off the court. He brings a higher level of commitment, focus, and maturity to the daily efforts of team leadership.”

Arnold noted that Anderson has also been involved in Clark’s Service Leadership projects, representing men’s basketball in the “Snuggle up and Read” program at Chinook elementary school.

A graduate of White Pass High School in Randle, Lamping graduated from Clark College’s Culinary Arts program with a 3.86 GPA. She is currently working as an assistant chef at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.

“Leanne is consistently improving and earning more minutes on the floor, especially in crunch time,” coach Nancy Boone said. “Leanne is athletic, long, and has a great first step. She is instrumental in our playoff run and has scored key baskets in the win over Highline. She assisted with great team defensive stops in our road win over South Puget Sound. ... Leanne is becoming another key player that opposing teams will have to watch out for.”

Dorman leading Clackamas again

Sophomore guard Jeff Dorman and the Clackamas Community College basketball team clinched a 10th consecutive trip to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges tournament.

The Prairie High School graduate is averaging 20.5 points and 4.1 rebounds a game for the Cougars.

Dorman had 26 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals in his final home game Saturday, but the Cougars fell to 19-5, 5-3 NWAACC South, with a 98-88 loss to Lane.

They play this week at Umpqua and Southwestern before opening defense of their NWAACC title at the March 6-9 tournament in Kennewick.

Dorman had a crucial defensive stop and the game-winning basket in a 91-89 victory Feb. 13 over Portland. After Dorman’s defense forced a PCC turnover with 4.2 seconds left, Dorman grabbed a loose ball in a scramble and hit a short jumper with 0.6 seconds remaining.

Three days earlier, Dorman’s 3-pointer with half a second left gave Clackamas a 67-66 win over Mount Hood. A Second Team All-NWAACC South Division selection last year, Dorman was named to three all-tournament teams during the current season.

“We like his defense and toughness, his understanding of the game, and his competitiveness,” coach Clif Wegner told the school’s Web site.

Vance, Wildcats prepare for playoffs

Joseph Vance is averaging 6.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds a game as a true freshman point guard at Linfield College.

The Mountain View High School graduate has started six games this season for the 12-12 Wildcats, who play host to 12-13 George Fox at 7 p.m. Thursday to open the Northwest Conference playoffs.

Vance is averaging 22.7 minutes a game.

He is one of the team’s top free throw shooters at 79.3 percent (23 of 29).

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