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College notebook: Woodland grad helps College of Idaho softball reach NAIA nationals

By , Columbian Sports Editor
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College of Idaho softball is headed to the NAIA nationals on the heels of a program first.

Kaily Christensen, a freshman from Woodland, helped the Yotes knock off the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the first time in program history.

Christensen went 2 for 3 with three RBI as No. 15-ranked College of Idaho beat No. 1 Southern Oregon in the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament semifinals on Sunday.

Oregon Tech beat the Yotes 1-0 in the title game to earn an automatic berth to nationals.

College of Idaho received an at-large berth and will open play against Freed-Hardeman on Monday in Fayette, Mo.

Christensen, who helped Woodland win 2A state titles in 2018 and 2019, is having a stellar season as a true freshman. She leads the Yotes in batting average (.396), RBIs (49), at bats (144) and doubles (15).

Hampton closes tennis career with win

Sammi Hampton earned one last doubles victory to close out her successful tennis career at Arizona State.

The Sun Devils concluded their season as the No. 31-ranked team in the nation, falling to No. 2 Texas in the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

Hampton, a Skyview grad, and partner Mari Argyrokastriti earned a 6-1 victory in their doubles match, the only Sun Devils to score a win.

Hampton and Argyrokastriti went 15-5 this season. She finishes her Arizona State career with a record on 72-44 in singles and 91-26 in doubles.

Tibbits solid at Pac-12 Championship

Oregon State senior Spencer Tibbits as solid as usual at the Pac-12 Golf Championships, shooting par or better in all four rounds in Santa Rosa, Calif.,

Tibbits, a senior who golfed for Fort Vancouver, shot a 6-under 72-70-68-72–282 and finished in a tie for 13th place. His previous best finish at the Pac-12 Championship was a tie for 27th as a freshman in 2018.

Up next for Tibbits is the NCAA Regionals on May 17-19 in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Do you have a tip on an outstanding performance by a collegiate athlete from Clark County? E-mail sports editor Micah Rice at micah.rice@columbian.com

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