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College notebook: Walling, Oberg pour in points at Western Washington

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor
Published: January 25, 2024, 5:05pm

The Western Washington women’s basketball team is on a hot streak. Two players from Clark County have played major roles in that success.

Brooke Walling, a Prairie High grad, has remained one of the top players in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The 6-foot-3 senior forward scored 17 points in the Western Washington 77-61 win over Western Oregon on Saturday. It was the Vikings’ fifth straight win, boosting their record to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the GNAC.

Walling ranks fourth in the GNAC in rebounding (9.5 per game), field goal percentage (63.6%) and second in blocks (2.4 per game). Her 16.5 points per game ranks fourth in the conference.

Walling was the Class 3A Washington player of the year in leading Prairie to the 2019 state title. She originally signed with Fresno State before transferring to Western Washington before the 2021-22 season.

Walling averaged 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore. She then caught fire in the postseason, averaging 16 points per game in helping the Vikings reach the NCAA Division II national title game.

Last season, Walling led the Vikings in scoring with 13.6 points and was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection.

Second behind Walling in scoring is Mason Oberg. The sophomore guard from Union High is averaging 11.4 points per game and ranks seventh in the GNAC in 3-point shooting (37.7%).

At Union, Oberg helped the Titans place fifth in the Class 4A state tournament in 2020. After taking a redshirt year, she averaged 8.2 points per game last season.

Knight sets indoor record

The track and field season might be indoors, but that hasn’t stopped Trey Knight from reaching new heights.

Tuesday, the junior from Ridgefield was named men’s indoor track and field athlete of the week by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s. That came after he shattered the Cal State Northridge record for the weight throw.

Knight set a personal best with a mark of 72 feet, 9 inches to beat 19 competitors at the Northern Arizona Ax Em Open on Jan. 12. That was among the top five marks in the NCAA that week.

At Ridgefield, Knight was a four-time state champion in the shot put and discus and set the 2A state discus record with a mark of 189-4.

But the hammer throw was Knight’s dominant event. He set a national high school record on June 27, 2020, beating a mark set in 2013 by future Olympian Rudy Winkler.

Knight originally attended USC, where he placed eighth in the hammer at 2022 NCAA Championships. He transferred to Cal State Northridge after that season and did not compete in 2023.

Dangleis makes waves for Whitworth swimming

Parker Dangleis has wasted no time becoming one of the top swimmers at Whitworth University in Spokane.

The freshman from Hockinson holds the team’s second-fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle (21.56 seconds), third-fastest in the 100 free (47.57), third-fastest in the 200 free (1:44.70) and second-fastest in the 500 free (4:49.40).

At Whitworth’s most recent meet, Dangleis won the 50 free, 500 free and swam on the winning 400 free relay in a victory over Pacific Lutheran on Jan. 13.

At Hockinson, Dangleis placed second in the 100 free at last year’s 2A/1A state meet. He also placed third in the 50 free.