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Top tennis player also running point for basketball team
Intercollegiate sports are exhausting and time-consuming, placing significant demands on student-athletes. And that’s for those who compete in one sport.
Ridgefield High School graduate seeks her second national title
With her Oklahoma City University degree already in hand, Melissa Simmons is facing the end of her collegiate wrestling career Saturday. But even that will not be the end of her wrestling career.
Montana’s Piette Second Team in conference honors
Northern Arizona junior defensive end Isaac Bond was named First Team All-Big Sky Conference in selections announced Tuesday. The Skyview High School graduate had 31 tackles and team-best tying 5.5 sacks among six tackles for loss. He tied for third in the Big Sky in sacks, recording a team-best five hurries with two breakups and two forced fumbles.
Players with county ties help undefeated Concordia soccer
As a stretch of playing eight of their last nine games on the road, the top-ranked Concordia University women’s soccer team have received just the kind of reminder it needed to maintain focus on the task at hand. Unbeaten and unscored upon after 11 games, the Cavaliers gave up a goal for the first time this season Friday at Northwest Christian College. A day later at Corban University, Concordia faced a deficit for the first time this season.
Prairie, Skyview graduates meet at USTA/ITA event
A pair of Clark County products faced off Monday in the singles final of the USTA/ITA Women’s Tennis Small College Northwest Regional on Monday at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Willamette University senior Natalia Agarycheva defeated Linfield College junior Abby Olbrich 7-5, 6-4
Skyview graduate one blanking away from school record
Maddie Dickinson, Seattle Pacific’s senior goalkeeper who has surrendered just one goal in more than 579 minutes of play this season, was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week award for women’s soccer for the week of Sept. 5-11.
MVHS graduate was All-Big Sky player for Hornets
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.
Former Skyview softball star is back pitching at UCLA
Whitney Baker did not have any trouble with injuries during her four years at Skyview High School that included twice being named The Columbian’s All-Region Softball Athlete of the Year and a state record for strikeouts that still stood until last week.
Skyview grad on a roll as collegiate career winds down
The leap from high school to NCAA Division I sports is a big adjustment for nearly every athlete in every sport, but sometimes there is more to the adjustment than just the level of the competition. Quite simply, anyone who thinks track and field is not a spectator sport has never been to a meet at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Former walk-on part of Vikings’ formidable crew
When Jean Piette first arrived at Western Washington University as a freshman, she was just looking to remain active and involved in athletics. She was given an opportunity to try a new sport — and a few months later was a national champion.
NWAACC MVP off to 3-1 start as Warriors pitcher
Zach Gallagher is making the most of his opportunity to pitch at the collegiate level — more than 4,000 miles from where he originally expected to be playing this spring. After two seasons at Columbia Basin College in Pasco that included honors as Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges baseball Most Valuable Player a year ago, Gallagher signed to play at Indiana State.
Skyview High grad helps Thunderbirds win conference title
Gymnasts have no control over how anyone else but themselves perform during competition. Southern Utah University gymnast Alyssa Click said reminding themselves to concentrate on their own performances was crucial as the Thunderbirds won the program’s first Western Athletic Conference championship.
Skyview High grads continue success in collegiate tennis
Sarah Click was named Northwest Conference women’s tennis player of the week after winning all six of her singles and doubles matches the previous weekend. It was an honor that the Linfield College junior barely knew existed — and one she credits to her team’s success as much as her own.
Columbia River graduate garners All-America status
Linfield College senior Josh Lovell finished second in the men’s pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships for track and field Friday at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Lovell, a Columbia River High School graduate and the defending NCAA-III outdoor champion in the decathlon, scored 3,664 points in pentathlon’s five events. Todd Wildman of Trinity University (Texas) earned the national title with 3,751 points.
Freshman makes most of experience at NAIA meet
Gabi Dixson adapted quickly to a new event and a new experience as a Concordia University freshman, just missing All-America status in the weight throw at last weekend’s NAIA indoor track and field championships. Dixson, a homeschool graduate who competed for Battle Ground High School, placed eighth in the weight throw, 2½ inches shy of becoming an All-American despite going into the meet just hoping to get her bearings in the event at such a high level of competition.
USTFCCCA tabs Mountain View grad in selections
Western Washington University distance runner Lauren Breihof has been named a Cross Country National Scholar-Athlete by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
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.
When Dijana Topalovic was named to the all-tournament team at the Solano Showdown early this season, College of the Siskiyous women’s basketball coach Tom Powers said the sophomore guard put in a lot of time working on her outside shot in the offseason.
Melissa Simmons, the Ridgfield High School graduate — the 2008 national champion at 72 kilograms (158 pounds — bounced back from an injury redshirt year to get back to the national finals.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s Aaron Crowley was 7 of 11 from 3-point range and scored a season-high 21 points in a 103-88 victory Saturday over Haskell Indian Nations University of Kansas.
Former University of Missouri soccer player Kat Tarr has accepted a contract offer from Tennis Borussia Berlin to play professionally in Germany this season, according to the Missouri athletics Web site www.mutigers.com.
Heritage graduate Keisha Gordon says the George Fox women's basketball team has not let its success go to its head — and nobody in the Northwest Conference will let them forget, anyway.
Basketball players Travis Garrison and Renee Tzeo have been named Clark College Athletes of the Month for December.
Football playoffs Class 4A state tournament
Salmon angling is concentrated in four locales in Southwest Washington: The North Fork Lewis and lower Cowlitz rivers, the Columbia at Lady Island and the mouth and lower Klickitat River.
Salmon angling is concentrated in four locales in Southwest Washington: The North Fork Lewis and lower Cowlitz rivers, the Columbia at Lady Island and the mouth and lower Klickitat River. Bank anglers near the salmon hatchery on the North Lewis averaged just less than a coho per every other rod including fish released. At Lady Island, the average was about a coho per two boats.
Western Conference Teams are listed in the predicted order of finish.
Eastern Conference Teams are listed in the predicted order of finish.