Stories by Kurt
Neither Gabi Dixson nor Johna McEllrath were thrilled about their regular seasons in outdoor track and field this spring. The final competition of the season changed all of that for the Concordia University throwers.
NFCA honors Camas High grad
Linfield College sophomore right fielder Erin Carson was named an NCAA Division III All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
River grad putting midseason slump behind her now
Washington State sophomore Anna Adamko placed second in the women's javelin at the Pacific-12 Conference track and field championships. But her season was not all smooth sailing.
Middelstadt, Spieth, Carson lead team back to regionals
The Linfield College softball team is back. Actually, the Wildcats never went anywhere.
Union High grad making most of his final college season
Changes during the offseason put Caleb Virtue into position for a solid senior baseball season.
Being an honorary member of a championship team was nice, but Kalliah McCartney would have rather had more of her teammates with her Saturday.
Prairie graduate named All-CCC, NAIA All-America
It's not that Adam Herman doesn't appreciate the individual accolades, because those are nice to have.
Limage, Dixson both compete for Concordia
Junia Limage expected to win. Gabi Dixson, not so much. But each Concordia University senior concluded her indoor track and field career at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio as a national champion.
On the verge of his junior baseball season at Pacific Lutheran University, everything was going great for Vancouver pitcher Max Beatty.
Sacramento State gymnast on road back from injury
Kayla Wonderly's long road back has taken a big step forward
Knee injury sidelines Southern Utah gymnast
Alyssa Click's senior season was off to a great start.
Skyview graduate a big contributor off bench for Falcons
Making the jump to college athletics means starting over. Even for someone who was First Team All-State and Most Valuable Player of the Class 4A state tournament while leading her team to a state championship.
Prairie grad finishes back where she was before injury
Compiling a short list of "athletes to watch" at events based on individual results is generally simple: Look at the previous year's results, and mention the top handful who were not seniors a year ago.
Men's and women's teams both headed to NAIA nationals
PORTLAND -- Concordia University's women have become an annual fixture at the NAIA soccer national tournament.
Rain spares women's race, falls on men at Fort Vancouver
Hillary Holt, a junior from Meridian, Idaho, and John Gilbertson, a senior from Santa Clarita, Calif., claimed individual national championships Saturday in Vancouver at the NAIA Cross Country Championships.
Linfield College senior defender Emily Allison has been named the Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
After medical redshirt, Prairie graduate Klettke eager for final nationals
Kelsey Klettke is coming home again -- and she is on the run one last time.
Camas grad to compete in WCC cross country meet at Fernhill Park
Family and friends from high school will not have to travel far to see that Gonzaga University junior Emily Thomas is peaking at the right time.
Union graduate connects on third game-winner
Western Washington University junior midfielder Brina Sych scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Saint Martin's last Thursday and added an assist Saturday in a 2-0 win over Western Oregon.
Prairie graduate named Frontier runner of week
Lewis-Clark State College senior Kelsey Klettke was named Frontier Conference Female Runner of the Week for the second time this season after placing seventh out of 199 runners at the Charles Bowles Invitational on Saturday in Salem, Ore.
Skyview grad back starting at setter for San Francisco
Good things happen to those who wait. The path as a college volleyball player started out smoothly enough at the University of San Francisco for setter Leanna Ludes, who recorded more than one-third of the team's assists during her freshman season.
Opponents of the Eastern Washington women's soccer team are starting to have to pick their poison.
Southland tabs Union High grad for weekly award
After helping Southeastern Louisiana to a pair of women's soccer wins over in-state opponents, Lions freshman forward Kayla Vera was named the Southland Conference offensive player of the week for Sept. 2-8.
In her fourth season in the Western Washington University women’s varsity eight boat, Jean Piette is an integral part of a program that has won seven consecutive NCAA Division II national championships.
Gabi Dixson, an All-American last year in shot put and hammer, leads the NAIA this spring in the discus — by nearly 22 feet. She is second in shot put and fourth in hammer.
Nothing about the postseason is guaranteed. Staci Doucette, an Evergreen High School graduate and three-time All-American who plays first base for the Linfield College softball team, said the Wildcats are focused for the postseason that begins this weekend with the Northwest Conference tournament.
Track and field coaches at George Fox University keep an eye out for athletes who show potential for versatility. Among those fitting that description are Woodland High School graduate Charity Arn and Hudson’s Bay High School graduate Alyssa Turner.
Skyview graduate reaching tennis milestones
Abby Olbrich likes winning. She just doesn’t like to keep track of how much she is winning.
Basketball is a team sport, but individual honors are nice.
Clark County quintet of Division I gymnasts like seeing each other
Moving on to different collegiate programs is not enough to break the bonds of teammates and friends.
Hudson’s Bay grad preparing for D-III nationals
Kate Duvall cares more about the team aspects of swimming than individual matters.
Quartet a big part of Cavaliers men’s basketball program
Concordia University men’s basketball coach Brad Barbarick did not have to look far to find a significant part of his team’s roster. Just across the river. Four of the Cavaliers' top five scorers hail from Clark County.
Heritage High grad helping Bruins stay undefeated so far
Eyes on the prize.
Jesuit graduate a defensive stalwart for Whitworth women's soccer
For Anisa Babar, playing collegiate soccer was about more than the competition itself — the wins and losses. After a senior season in which the central defender helped Whitworth University finish fourth in the Northwest Conference and garnered a pair of impressive honors, she said that being part of a team and the memories made are what she will remember most.
Fort Vancouver grad sets CCC record for blocks
The Fort Vancouver High School graduate Jessalyn Jackson leads NAIA Division II with 80 blocked shots and her average of 6.15 a game, and also tops the list in total rebounds (12.5 a game).
Skyview grad Smith returning to college, basketball after birth of her daughter
Life is what happens while we make other plans. What changed Ashlee Smith’s life is another life.
Mountain View grad 60th at cross country nationals
Lauren Breihof was an NCAA Division II All-American in cross country as a sophomore at Western Washington in 2009. After missing on repeat All-America status last year, the Mountain View High School graduate made that a goal for her final collegiate season.
Wayland Baptist, Grand View runners lead wire-to-wire for titles
Obsie Birru had been building steadily toward a crowning achievement. Kennedy Kithuka just added to his dominating reign.
Kithuka, Coffey among top runners at NAIA meet
Kennedy Kithuka made a long journey to become a collegiate runner. So did Karlee Coffey, but in a different way.
Course will be very familiar to several of those competing
Hundreds of runners from across the country are converging on Vancouver for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics cross country championships Saturday. Four of them are coming home.
Heritage graduate’s redshirt burned in relief performance
Colorado State freshman quarterback Garrett Grayson may get his first college start Saturday on national television when the Rams travel to Texas Christian. The Heritage High School graduate replaced injured starting quarterback Pete Thomas during the second quarter of the Rams’ home game Saturday against San Diego State.
Skyview grad shines on Lutes’ back line
Thankful for the opportunity to prove herself again on the volleyball court, Amber Aguiar found that she fit in from the start at Pacific Lutheran University.
Prairie High grad making big impact at Hawai’i Pacific
Haley Doerfler found the right fit in her college choice. The fact that it’s in paradise does not hurt.
Mountain View graduate running again after injury
Western Washington senior Lauren Breihof placed ninth at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships held Saturday at the Apple Ridge Run Cross Country Facility near Yakima. “Yes, the GNAC race went pretty well for me personally,” the Mountain View High School graduate said after completing the 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) course in 22 minutes, 45 seconds.
Forward from BGHS among Big Sky leaders
The Big Sky Conference website recently posted an interview with Eastern Washington women’s soccer freshman forward Cassie Black, a graduate of Battle Ground High School. Black is tied for fifth in the conference with five goals in her first collegiate season, and fourth in goals per game at 0.45. She is one of 10 freshmen on the roster for the Eagles (1-10, 0-3 Big Sky) working to turn around the program.
River grad starred as softball shortstop for Loggers in 1990’s
Heather Paulsen-Mairs will be inducted into the University of Puget Sound Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday. A 1992 graduate of Columbia River High School, the former shortstop is the only three-time All-America selection in Loggers softball history, and still holds 10 school records.
Hockinson grad wins 10,000 meters in final college meet
Misguided philanthropy nearly brought Sarah Porter’s collegiate running career to a devastating, screeching halt. Six hours before the starting gun was to go off for the women’s 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships Thursday at Turlock, Calif., the top-seeded runner in the race was stuck in agonizing limbo.
She has started all but one game in four-year career
Portland State’s softball team has reached 30 victories in a season for the third time in four years. The other season, two years ago, the Vikings won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference championship and advanced to NCAA regional play.
Skyview graduates give Wildcats three wins in 5-3 victory
Revenge might be best served cold. Windy helps, too.
Stephanie, Sabine like team aspect of collegiate tennis
PORTLAND — Stephanie Fuchs and Sabine Fuchs always thought of themselves as teammates. For this one season, however, the sisters from the La Center area are actually listed on the same roster.