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College notebook: Academic honor for Arizona’s Skadsen

Skyview grad is Pac-12 soccer’s top scholar athlete

By , Columbian Sports Copy Editor and Writer

University of Arizona senior defender Sheaffer Skadsen has been named Pacific-12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s soccer.

An honorable mention all-conference pick for her play on the field, the Skyview High School graduate carries a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. She plans to attend dental school after earning her degree in public health.

The Pac-12 honors one student-athlete in each of its 22 sponsored sports as Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The recipient must be a senior in athletics eligibility on track to earn a degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The recipient must have been at their current school for a minimum of one year, and have participated in at least half of their team’s scheduled competitions.

Each Pac-12 school nominates one student-athlete in each sport for the awards, which have been awarded since the 2007-08 academic year.

Arizona (13-5-2) defeated Big Sky Conference tournament champion Northern Colorado 2-0 in the NCAA College Cup first round Friday.

The Wildcats play Santa Clara on Thursday in Palo Alto, Calif., with a place in the national quarterfinals at stake.


GNAC All-Academic awards announced

Seven Clark County products were among those honored when the Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced its Soccer All-Academic Teams on Tuesday.

To be eligible for academic all-conference honors, players must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 while earning a letter.

Additionally, the award winners must be in at least their second year of competition at their respective schools, as freshmen and first-year transfer students are not eligible.

Clark County honorees, with high school, collegiate GPA and major:

Women —

• Cassie Ripley, Central Washington senior, Skyview High School, 3.93, biology/pre-medicine.

• Ana Delgadillo, Concordia University sophomore, Columbia River High School, 3.77, undeclared.

• Jessica De La Melena, Western Oregon sophomore, Union High School, 3.89, education.

• Allison Sprecher, Western Oregon junior, Battle Ground High School, 3.77, exercise science.

Men —

• Eli Gaynor, Concordia University senior, Columbia River High School, 3.59, business administration.

• Marshall Hartley, Northwest Nazarene University sophomore, Mountain View High School, 3.67, marketing.

• Tim Teipel, Saint Martin’s University sophomore, Skyview High School, 3.31, mechanical engineering.


Calwell named Scholastic All-America

UC Santa Barbara freshman Kasey Calwell has been named a Scholastic All-American by USA Swimming. The Camas High School graduate was recognized for the second time. He is a biology major at UCSB with a 4.0 grade point average.

To be honored, a swimmer must have posted a junior national qualifying time in addition to holding a GPA of at least 3.5.

Calwell is competing in the 400 individual medley and both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events for the Gauchos.

Women’s soccer

How teams fared

• Western Washington (19-1-1) will play host to Azusa Pacific on Thursday in the NCAA Division II West Regional championship match. The winner will face Dallas Baptist or St. Edward’s in the national quarterfinals Saturday in Bellingham. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Haden is a Hockinson High School graduate.

• Carroll College added the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament championship to the regular season title. The Saints (14-5-2) will play Saturday at Spring Arbor (Mich.) in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament. Junior goalkeeper Jamie Carter is a Camas High School graduate.

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Columbian Sports Copy Editor and Writer

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