Ferndale, WCC alum heads to Central Washington to play basketball

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 4, 2013 

Whatcom Community College sophomore guard Erika Locker (Ferndale) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Central Washington University next season.

Locker, who is the younger sister of NFL quarterback Jake Locker, finished second on the team with 13.5 points per game. She also was second with 3.0 assists per game and averaged 1.7 steals and 6.4 rebounds in 28 games.

Locker will be the second Whatcom County player on the Wildcats' roster, joining red-shirt sophomore to be Hannah Shine (Lynden).

Central finished 9-17 last season and did not advance to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament.

PARK, EDWARDS SIGN WITH SOUTHERN OREGON

WCC sophomore guard Bree Park (Meridian) has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her college basketball career playing for Southern Oregon next year.

Joining her will be Orcas teammate Cambie Edwards (Burlington-Edison).

Park finished seventh in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges last season with 18.6 points per game. She shot 40 percent from the field (187 for 471) and 41 percent from 3-point range (107 for 260). She also averaged 1.7 steals, 6.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a sophomore.

Edwards, a 6-foot post/forward, finished third on the team with 13.2 points per game and shot 43 percent from the field (147 for 344). She led the team with 7.7 rebounds per game and averaged 0.9 assists.

Southern Oregon is an NAIA program that plays in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The Raiders went 22-10 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the CCC Tournament.

TAPIA SET TO HEAD NORTH

WCC sophomore guard Amanda Tapia (Lynden) has committed to play basketball for Vancouver Island University in British Columbia next year and was expected to sign her Letter of Intent this week.

Tapia led the Orcas with 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. She also averaged 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Vancouver Island went 15-7 in the regular season, and the Mariners finished fifth/sixth in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Basketball National Tournament.

STALIN TO HEAD SOUTH

WCC sophomore post/forward Zach Stalin (Mount Baker) has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his collegiate basketball career at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Stalin finished fifth in the NWAACC with 9.8 rebounds per game last season. He also was second for the Orcas with 15.2 points per game and led the team with 0.8 blocks and averaged 2.7 assists per game.

Master's is an NAIA school that plays in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Mustangs went 16-14 and advanced to the GSAC quarterfinals last season.

Stalin's WCC teammate Daniel Nielsen has signed with San Diego Christian College, which also is a member of the GSAC. Nielsen averaged 4.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

LOCALS PART OF NEW ERA AT UW

A number of Whatcom County products were participants when the Washington track and field team broke in the new purple racing surface and grass infield at the UW Outdoor Track Facility on Saturday, April 27, in a dual meet against Washington State.

Washington senior Shayne Moore (Blaine) was part of a 1-2-3 Huskies finish in the men's 110 meter hurdles, as he finished second to teammate Chris Williams (14.36 seconds) with a time of 14.52 seconds.

UW sophomore teammate Annie Moore (Sehome) finished fourth in the women's 800 in 2:16.91.

Washington State red-shirt freshman Zoe Moller (Sehome) placed fifth in the women's long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 31/2 inches.

Cougars sophomore George Lee (Ferndale) finished third in the men's 1,500 in 3:49.44.

KLEINHESSELINK FINISHES SEASON STRONG

Northwestern College sophomore catcher Jill Kleinhesselink went 4 for 8 with two runs scored, two RBI, a double and a triple in two games on the first day of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday, May 2, to help the Red Raiders earn a split.

Northwestern's season came to an end with a 5-0 loss to Midland on Friday, May 3, though.

Kleinhesselink finished second on the team with a .331 batting average (53 for 160) this season. She had 12 doubles, four triples and tied for the team high with six homers. She drove in 24 runs, scored 43 and was successful on 40 of 44 stolen base attempts. The Red Raiders went 26-22 overall.

OLASON HEADING TO WEST TEXAS A&M

College of Southern Idaho pitcher Kyle Olason (Blaine) has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his pitching career with West Texas A&M.

The left-hander is currently 3-5 with a 3.40 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 55.2 innings of work.

West Texas A&M is an NCAA Division II school in the Lone Star Conference. The Buffaloes were 29-19 during the regular season this year.

"It's somewhere where I can go play pretty quickly, fit and definitely have some success," Olason told the Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News.

FRIDAY, DUCKS COME UP JUST SHORT IN FAST RELAY

Oregon senior Becca Friday (Bellingham), along with teammates Megan Patrignelli, Annie Leblanc and Anne Kesselring, turned in the eighth-fastest time in the history of the Penn Relays in the women's 4x1,500 relay on Friday, April 26, in Philadelphia, but it was only good enough for second place.

Michigan won with a time of 17:15.47, while the Ducks were just behind in 17:16.50.

Friday ran the anchor leg for Oregon.

BEAUMONT WRAPS UP CAREER WITH ANOTHER HONOR

Molly Beaumont (Bellingham) became the first women's tennis player in George Fox University history to earn all-league honors four straight years.

Beaumont was selected to second-team All-Northwest Conference by the conference's coaches.

Beaumont was 3-15 at No. 1 singles for the Bruins this year, while she and partner Shaina Inn formed one of the NWC's top doubles tandems and went 13-5.

Beaumont also was a second-team selection as a freshman and sophomore and earned first-team honors as a junior. She had an overall career record of 22-49 in singles and 34-37 in doubles while playing No. 1 singles and doubles all four years.

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