College Notebook: Concordia's Herman looks to team honors in his senior season

By Kurt Zimmer March 21, 2013 6 a.m.

It's not that Adam Herman doesn't appreciate the individual accolades, because those are nice to have.

Clark County athletes snare indoor national titles

By Kurt Zimmer March 7, 2013 6:05 a.m.

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.

Cancer strikes out against Fort Vancouver grad

By Kurt Zimmer February 21, 2013 6 a.m.

On the verge of his junior baseball season at Pacific Lutheran University, everything was going great for Vancouver pitcher Max Beatty.

College notebook: Wonderly exhibits her recovery from elbow surgery

By Kurt Zimmer February 7, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Kayla Wonderly's long road back has taken a big step forward

College notebook: Skyview graduate is done for the season

By Kurt Zimmer January 31, 2013 6 a.m.

Alyssa Click's senior season was off to a great start.

College Notebook: Bowen fitting in as a freshman at Seattle Pacific

By Kurt Zimmer December 13, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Locals lead Concordia soccer

By Kurt Zimmer November 22, 2012 6 a.m.

PORTLAND -- Concordia University's women have become an annual fixture at the NAIA soccer national tournament.

College notebook: Klettke satisfied with cross country career as NAIA All-American

By Kurt Zimmer November 22, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College of Idaho, The Master's College runners win NAIA titles

By Kurt Zimmer November 18, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Linfield's Allison is top soccer defender

By Kurt Zimmer November 15, 2012 6 a.m.

Linfield College senior defender Emily Allison has been named the Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

All-American Homecoming for cross country runner

By Kurt Zimmer November 15, 2012 6 a.m.

Kelsey Klettke is coming home again -- and she is on the run one last time.

Gonzaga's Thomas near home for WCC Championships

By Kurt Zimmer October 25, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Sych scores another crucial goal for WWU

By Kurt Zimmer October 18, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Klettke honored after leading area runners at Willamette event

By Kurt Zimmer October 4, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Ludes gets 2nd chance as senior

By Kurt Zimmer October 4, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: EWU's Black shares while still scoring

By Kurt Zimmer September 27, 2012 6 a.m.

Opponents of the Eastern Washington women's soccer team are starting to have to pick their poison.

College notebook: Southeast Louisiana's Vera off to fast start with conference honor

By Kurt Zimmer September 20, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Piette, WWU crew aim for another D-II national title

By Kurt Zimmer May 17, 2012 10:50 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Gabi Dixson a triple threat for Concordia throws

By Kurt Zimmer May 10, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebok: Doucette, Linfield aim for title repeat

By Kurt Zimmer April 21, 2012 3:37 p.m.

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.

Heptathlon is seventh heaven for local duo

By Kurt Zimmer April 12, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Linfield’s Olbrich not keeping track as victories pile up

By Kurt Zimmer March 15, 2012 6 a.m.

Abby Olbrich likes winning. She just doesn’t like to keep track of how much she is winning.

Keisha Gordon, Jessalyn Jackson a pair of Players of the Year

By Kurt Zimmer March 1, 2012 6 a.m.

Basketball is a team sport, but individual honors are nice.

Friendly competition continues for gymnasts

By Kurt Zimmer February 23, 2012 6 a.m.

Moving on to different collegiate programs is not enough to break the bonds of teammates and friends.

College Notebook: Whitworth’s Duvall claims NWC crowns

By Kurt Zimmer February 16, 2012 6 a.m.

Kate Duvall cares more about the team aspects of swimming than individual matters.

Concordia University basketball's Clark County Connection

By Kurt Zimmer February 2, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Vancouver’s Babar garners top honors

By Kurt Zimmer January 19, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Jackson blocks path of Northwest foes on basketball court

By Kurt Zimmer January 12, 2012 6 a.m.

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).

Pregnant Pause

By Kurt Zimmer December 22, 2011 6 a.m.

Life is what happens while we make other plans. What changed Ashlee Smith’s life is another life.

College Notebook: WWU’s Breihof finishes her collegiate career at NCAA-II nationals

By Kurt Zimmer November 24, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

Kithuka NAIA cross country champion again, Birru claims women’s crown

By Kurt Zimmer November 20, 2011 6 a.m.

Obsie Birru had been building steadily toward a crowning achievement. Kennedy Kithuka just added to his dominating reign.

Long road to favorite status at NAIA nationals

By Kurt Zimmer November 19, 2011 6 a.m.

Kennedy Kithuka made a long journey to become a collegiate runner. So did Karlee Coffey, but in a different way.

Local connections part of NAIA nationals

By Kurt Zimmer November 18, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Grayson may be starter at QB for Colorado State

By Kurt Zimmer November 17, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Aguiar finds different defensive role at Pacific Lutheran

By Kurt Zimmer November 10, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Doerfler, Sea Warriors peaking toward bid to NCAA-II West Regional

By Kurt Zimmer November 3, 2011 6 a.m.

Haley Doerfler found the right fit in her college choice. The fact that it’s in paradise does not hurt.

College notebook: Breihof seeks return to All-America status

By Kurt Zimmer October 27, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Eastern’s Black battling back from ankle injury

By Kurt Zimmer October 13, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Paulsen-Mairs set to be inducted into UPS Athletic Hall of Fame

By Kurt Zimmer September 15, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Eligibility scare sparks WWU's Porter to NCAA-II title

By Kurt Zimmer June 2, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Battle Ground’s Wiser mainstay at shortstop for Portland State softball

By Kurt Zimmer May 12, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Olbrich, Click help lead Linfield to NWC women’s tennis title

By Kurt Zimmer April 21, 2011 6 a.m.

Revenge might be best served cold. Windy helps, too.

College Notebook: Fuchs sisters making most of one season as Pilots teammates

By Kurt Zimmer April 14, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Western Washington’s Piette, Vikings eight wants title back

By Kurt Zimmer April 7, 2011 6 a.m.

Western Washington has won six consecutive NCAA Division II national championships in women’s crew. For the first time during that domination, however, the Vikings’ varsity eight last year did not win its race at nationals.

College notebook: George Fox’s Gordon repeat selection as First Team All-NWC

By Kurt Zimmer March 3, 2011 6 a.m.

George Fox University junior guard Keisha Gordon garnered a second consecutive First Team selection for Northwest Conference women’s basketball. The Heritage High School graduate averages 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals a game for the Bruins (22-5), who shared the NWC regular season championship with Lewis & Clark, and defeated the Pioneers 76-68 in overtime in the conference tournament championship game Saturday in Portland to claim the NWC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Olbrich pulls double duty for Linfield College

By Kurt Zimmer February 17, 2011 6 a.m.

Intercollegiate sports are exhausting and time-consuming, placing significant demands on student-athletes. And that’s for those who compete in one sport.

College Notebook: OCU wrestler Simmons looks to Olympic future

By Kurt Zimmer January 27, 2011 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: NAU’s Bond First Team All-Big Sky in football

By Kurt Zimmer December 2, 2010 6 a.m.

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.

Clark County Cavaliers of Concordia soccer

By Kurt Zimmer October 14, 2010 6 a.m.

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.