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College notebook: GSHL connection made in Eastern Washington’s win

Battle Ground’s Talkington toss TD pass to Heritage’s Taras

By , Columbian Sports Editor

A Greater St. Helens League connection led to an Eastern Washington touchdown on Saturday.

Battle Ground grad Gunner Talkington got his first career start at quarterback in EWU’s 62-10 win over Cal Poly. The redshirt junior threw for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

The second of those touchdowns went to Heritage grad Michael Taras. The redshirt sophomore hauled in his first collegiate touchdown on an 18-yard pass in the fourth quarter.

Camas grad Dylan Ingram also got into the scoring action. The tight end caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from normal Eagles starter Eric Barriere, who played in the middle portion of the game.

Ridgefield grad Brock Harrison chipped in on defense, recording three tackles and one quarterback hit.

The Eagles, ranked No. 12 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, are 3-1 in the Big Sky Conference’s spring season. EWU has games against Cal Davis and Idaho ahead of the FCS playoffs.

Jordan gets first Idaho start

Another Clark County quarterback who got his first collegiate start was C.J. Jordan.

The true freshman from Union played the first three quarters of Idaho’s 33-32 win over Southern Utah on Saturday.

Jordan was 16 of 27 for 183 yards. He also rushed for 38 yards.

Saturday’s game was Jordan’s first action this season. The Vandals (2-1, Big Sky) hadn’t played since March 6 because of COVID postponing their March 13 game against Northern Arizona.

McDonald reins in honors

Equestrian may not be the highest-profile college sport, but few athletes do it better than Columbia River grad Hannah McDonald.

Last week, the senior at University of Tennessee-Martin was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Reining Rider of the Year.

In reigning, riders steer their horse through set patterns including spins, stops, flying lead changes and circles of varying size and speed. Judges score riders based on their precision.

McDonald was undefeated in that event this season. She improved her scoring average to 72.0 from 68.8 last spring, when she also went undefeated.

Equestrian was adopted by the NCAA as a women’s sport in 1998. More than 800 riders compete at 22 Division-I and II colleges that field teams.

Kirichenko lifts Corban hoops

Union grad Denis Kirichenko has become one of Corban basketball’s best options off the bench. The senior forward tied his career high with 19 points in a 97-63 win over Multnomah University on March 23.

Kirichenko holds the Union school record for rebounds in a single game (18) and season (274). This season, he is averaging 8.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game.

Corban is 6-2 this season. The Warriors are scheduled to play 11 more games against NAIA schools in Oregon.

Have a tip about a standout performance by a college athlete from Clark County? E-mail sports editor Micah Rice at micah.rice@columbian.com.