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.

College notebook: Agarycheva defeats Olbrich for regional small college title

By Kurt Zimmer September 30, 2010 6 a.m.

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

College notebook: Falcons’ Dickinson garners GNAC award as shutouts pile up

By Kurt Zimmer September 23, 2010 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Sacramento State tabs Alldrin for all-decade team in women’s hoops

By Kurt Zimmer September 9, 2010 6 a.m.

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.

Baker beats back injury bug, opponents

By Kurt Zimmer May 13, 2010 6:01 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Oregon jumper Kelly sets bar at home for NCAA Championships

By Kurt Zimmer April 29, 2010 6:01 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Columbia River’s Piette returns to Vancouver with WWU rowing team

By Kurt Zimmer April 15, 2010 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Camas grad Gallagher making strong early impression at Hawai’i

By Kurt Zimmer April 8, 2010 6 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Southern Utah’s Click Freshman of the Year for WAC gymnastics

By Kurt Zimmer April 1, 2010 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Lifelong friendship bonds Click, Olbrich as Linfield teammates

By Kurt Zimmer March 25, 2010 6:01 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: Linfield’s Lovell second in D-III heptahlon final

By Kurt Zimmer March 18, 2010 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Concordia’s Dixson learns at NAIA indoor nationals

By Kurt Zimmer March 11, 2010 6:01 a.m.

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.

College Notebook: WWU’s Breihof named National Scholar-Athlete

By Kurt Zimmer March 4, 2010 6 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Porter, Breihof finish 1-2 in 5,000 meters at GNAC indoor meet

By Kurt Zimmer February 25, 2010 6:04 a.m.

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.

Topalovic shoots way into record book at College of Siskiyous

By Kurt Zimmer February 11, 2010 6:01 a.m.

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.

College notebook: OCU’s Simmons places second in her return to collegiate nationals

By Kurt Zimmer February 4, 2010 6:01 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Crowley’s season highs help Oklahoma Wesleyan stay unbeaten in hoops

By Kurt Zimmer January 28, 2010 6:03 a.m.

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.

River’s Tarr will play pro soccer in Germany

By Kurt Zimmer January 28, 2010 6:02 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Gordon, Bruins keep their focus in quest for repeat D-III title

By Kurt Zimmer January 21, 2010 6:03 a.m.

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.

College notebook: Clark honors athletes

By Kurt Zimmer January 14, 2010 6:01 a.m.

Basketball players Travis Garrison and Renee Tzeo have been named Clark College Athletes of the Month for December.

Football playoffs

By Kurt Zimmer November 12, 2009 4 p.m.

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.

By Kurt Zimmer October 29, 2009 4 p.m.

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

By Kurt Zimmer October 27, 2009 3 p.m.

Western Conference Teams are listed in the predicted order of finish.