College Notebook: Washington’s Richards named All-Far West by soccer coaches’ group

Honors just keep coming for Camas High graduate

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University of Washington senior Brent Richards was named to the All-Far West Team in honors from the National Soccer Coaches Associated of America.

The Camas High School graduate was named to the first team for the first time in his career, after earning second-team honors last year as a junior.

He leaves UW as one of the most decorated student-athletes in men’s soccer both on and off the field.

In each of his four seasons, he led the Huskies in goals, assists, shots, game-winning goals and points. He ranks ninth in goals and is tied for 10th in points in UW program history.

He was a two-time team captain, a preseason All-American and was ranked by TopDrawerSoccer.com as one of the top MLS picks and seniors in 2011.

He was a three-time conference All-Academic selection (twice in the Pacific-10 Conference, then in the Pac-12 as a senior), a 2011 ESPN First-Team Academic All-American, a 2010 Third-Team ESPN Academic All-American, a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate, 2010 NSCAA Scholar All-American and a three-time Academic All-District selection.

Vancouver’s Lanz finds place at PSU

Kate Lanz of Vancouver has led the Portland State University women’s basketball team in scoring in each of the Vikings’ last five games.

The graduate of Portland’s Central Catholic High School sat out the 2010-11 season after transferring from Oregon State and missed PSU’s first two games because of injury.

Lanz is averaging 17.7 points a game, shooting 55.4 percent (41 of 74) from the field and 90 percent (18 of 20) from the free throw line, and is also the team’s leading rebounder at 6.0 a game.

Lanz was Oregon’s Class 6A player of the year as a high school senior. After obtaining her release from OSU, Lanz told goviks.com, she looked at PSU and the University of Portland to find a place to play close to home.

“I’m so happy to be here,” she told the PSU website. “I like the players. We care about each other. There’s no fighting and bickering like there is on a lot of women’s teams. I like being back in Portland. I love this area.”

Vikings coach Sherri Murrell said the addition of Lanz has had an immediate impact.

“First off, Kate brings competitiveness on both defense and offense,” the coach told goviks.com. “There’s not a part of the game where she doesn’t bring her best. She’s a great rebounder and passer and her competitiveness makes everyone better. She wants to win.”

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