College Notebook: Chico State’s Evans up for D-II baseball national honor

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Chico State senior second baseman Jackson Evans was named the school’s Wildcat of the Week for his performance ina season-opening doubleheader sweep of Simpson University on Saturday.

The Hudson’s Bay High School graduate had seven RBI, scored four runs and had a double and a triple in the two games, and stole a base.

An honorable mention NCAA Division II All-America selection last year, Evans is among 91 on the initial watch list for the 2011 Tino Martinez Award for the most outstanding player in NCAA-II.

Martinez, the former major leaguer whose career included a stint with the Seattle Mariners, played at Tampa University. The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the NCAA-II championship on June 4 in Cary, N.C.

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Kalan, Kruse earn Clark recognition

Sophomore basketball players Arman Kalan and Lacey Kruse have been named Clark College Student Athletes of the Month for January.

Kalan, a 6-foot-7 Armenian-born center and Fort Vancouver High graduate, averages 11 points and seven rebounds a game, and leads the NWAACC with 45 blocked shots this season.

Kruse, from White Salmon, averages 10 points and a team-best seven rebounds a game.

Academic honor for WWU’s Breihof

Western Washington junior Lauren Breihof was named to the 2010 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-Academic Cross Country Team. The Mountain View High School graduate was honored for the second consecutive year.

Breihof is a business administration and marketing major with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.58

Another GNAC honor for WWU’s Porter

Western Washington senior distance runner Sarah Porter was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for Feb. 6-12.

The Hockinson High School graduate ran the second-fastest 5,000-meter time in GNAC history last Friday, placing 10th at the University of Washington Husky Classic in 16 minutes, 11.98 seconds, and shattering her own school record by nearly 15 seconds.

NWC honors Beatty as Pitcher of Week

Pacific Lutheran sophomore Max Beatty was named Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance in a 5-2 win Friday over Cal Lutheran at the Arizona Desert Classic tournament in Anthem, Ariz. The Fort Vancouver High School graduate pitched eight innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits and issuing only one walk.

Dixson breaks her weight throw mark

Concordia University thrower Gabi Dixson broke her own school record with a mark of 57 feet 9¾ inches in the weight throw at the UW Open meet Sunday in Seattle.

A homeschool graduate who competed for Battle Ground High School, Dixson moved into fourth place on the NAIA performance list this season.

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