College notebook: Sacramento State tabs Alldrin for all-decade team in women’s hoops

MVHS graduate was All-Big Sky player for Hornets

By Kurt Zimmer, Columbian Sports Reporter

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Cindy Alldrin played only two seasons of basketball at Sacramento State, but she made a lasting impact.

A first team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a senior in 2006, the Mountain View High School graduate has been named to the school’s all-decade team for women’s basketball.

The 5-foot-10 Alldrin was named The Columbian’s player of the year on the girls’ “Super 5” team after her senior year at Mountain View in 2001. She led the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League and the 4A state tournament in scoring as the Thunder placed seventh. She played one season at Whatcom Community College and another at Clackamas Community College after a year away from the game.

Alldrin averaged 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds a game in her two seasons at Sacramento State, with marks of 11.2 and 4.8 as a senior.

She was the Hornets’ leading scorer 12 times as a senior and led the team in free throw shooting percentage (85 of 98, 86.7 percent), ranking third in the Big Sky Conference and 21st in NCAA Division I. That and her career percentage (140 of 172, 81.3 percent) are both second in program history.

To be eligible for Sac State’s all-decade team, a student-athlete must have played at least one year in their sport between the 2000-01 and 2009-10 academic years, and must have completed their eligibility as a Hornet, or be a current player.

The all-decade forwards were teammates at Sacramento State. Atty Boyer played from 2005-09, a year behind Alldrin. The guards are Charday Hunt (2007-10) and Michele St. Clair (1997-2001). The center is Erika Edwards (2006-10), with Emily Christensen (2007-present) selected as the sixth player.

USC’s Lukens looks abroad for study

Zara Lukens is a senior co-captain of the University of Southern California women’s cross country team. She also carries a 3.94 grade-point average, majoring in international relations and neuroscience with a minor in Spanish.

The Columbia River High School graduate is applying for four different postgraduate scholarships abroad to pursue her interest in water policy and management issues. Lukens is in the process of applying for the Rhodes scholarship for study at Oxford University, the Marshall scholarship for study at a university in the United Kingdom, the Mitchell scholarship for study in Ireland, and the Fulbright scholarship to do research in Uruguay.

WWU’s Porter sets course record

Western Washington University All-America distance runner Sarah Porter set a course record as the nationally ranked Vikings opened their cross country season by winning both the men’s and women’s collegiate divisions Saturday at the 32nd annual Lake Padden Relays in Bellingham.

A graduate of Hockinson High School, the senior ran her opening leg in 13:53 over the 2.59-mile distance, breaking the record of 14:01 set last year by Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler.

Porter, Mountain View High School graduate Lauren Breihof, Phoebe Hartnett, and Sierra Brisky posted a winning time of 1:01.27, six seconds off the course record.

Klettke wins race in school-record time

Lewis-Clark State College junior Kelsey Klettke claimed individual honors and set a school record at the All-Idaho Cup cross country race Saturday hosted by the University of Idaho in Moscow.

The Prairie High School graduate finished the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course in 17 minutes, 48.41 seconds. She was 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up. The previous school record was 17:52.

For Eastern Washington, Sarah Alvick (Heritage High School) was 56th in the women’s race; and Cody Barton (Ridgefield High School) finished 11th in the 8K men’s race.

Breihof honored for academics

Western Washington junior distance runner Lauren Breihof was named a recipient of the 2009-10 Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award. The program recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the NCAA Division II level.

To receive the honor, a student-athlete must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have completed a minimum of two years (six quarters) of college-level work, and been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.

Breihof, a Mountain View High School graduate, has a grade-point average of 3.57 while majoring in business administration and marketing.

Buffs honor Lowry

Colorado senior soccer defender Kym Lowry had a goal and an assist in each of the Buffaloes’ two season-opening victories, 2-0 over Northern Colorado and 2-1 over Wyoming. The Evergreen High School graduate was named CU Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career.

Lowry’s six points (two points for a goal, one for an assist) in the first two games equals her offensive output for her first three seasons combined — a span of 56 games. The 2-0 start was CU’s best since 2002.

Topalovic at WOU

Hudson’s Bay High School graduate Dijana Topalovic has joined the Western Oregon University women’s basketball team after two seasons at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif.

Topalovic averaged 10.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 assists a game as a sophomore at Siskiyous. She set a COS record with 10 3-pointers (in 16 attempts) while scoring 35 points in a 113-86 win over Lassen College.

The 5-foot-7 guard has two years of eligibility remaining.

Western Oregon is a member of the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Femling contributes to Pilots’ success

Prairie High School graduate Rachel Femling has helped the University of Portland volleyball team to a 4-2 start of the season, including a historic victory over Oregon State. Femling has 29 kills and nine blocks in the Pilots’ first six matches.

She had three kills and a block as Portland opened the season with a 13-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 win Aug. 27 in Corvallis that snapped a 26-match losing streak against the Beavers. The Pilots had not defeated Oregon State since 1988.

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