Bajema makes SEC first-year honor roll


Freshman forward Coryn Bajema (Lynden Christian) was one of eight University of South Carolina players selected to the 2012-13 Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll earlier this month.

To make the honor roll, student athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better, be on scholarship or win a letter, complete at least 24 semester hours of classes and be a member of the varsity team.

Bajema started 20 of 21 games for the Gamecocks last fall and was third on the team with seven points (three goals and an assist). She earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors the final week of August after scoring a goal against Mercer and two against Jacksonville. She fired 46 shots, with 18 on goal.

Bajema lists media arts as her major.


A trio of former Whatcom County athletes was recipients of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's Faculty Athletic Representative's Scholar-Athlete award.

To qualify for the award, student athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.85 and be listed on any GNAC team.

Saint Martin's freshman Carrie Starbuck (Lynden) was one of 14 student athletes on the list to post a 4.0 GPA. Starbuck played outside hitter/setter for the Saints last year and appeared in 23 matches, with 14 starts. She was third on the team with 138 kills (1.79 per set) and finished with a .126 hitting percentage. Starbuck is majoring in accounting and business administration.

Saint Martin's track and field sophomore Alexis Wolf (Meridian) also posted a 3.90 GPA as a psychology major. Wolf competed at the Saint Martin's Last Chance meet in the pole vault last spring.

Seattle Pacific volleyball freshman Brielle Van Zonneveld (Lynden Christian) also made the list with a 3.93 GPA as an accounting major. The outside hitter played in eight games over six matches last fall, logging three kills and two digs, but she does not currently appear on the Falcons' 2013 roster.


The San Rafael Pacific's Kyle Dhanani (Blaine) still leads the first-year Pacific Association of Professional Baseball with his .326 batting average (57 for 175) this year.

Dhanani also is tied for third with five home runs and has logged 22 RBI, 11 doubles and 12 stolen basis in 44 games, helping the Pacifics open a 31/2-game lead entering play on Wednesday, July 24. The third baseman was originally drafted in the 43rd round of the 2009 June Amateur Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Thompson Rivers University.


Catcher Joey Paciorek (Blaine) went 1 for 4 for the Milwaukee Brewer's Class AA Southern League affiliate at Huntsville on Tuesday, July 23.

In 25 games with the stars, Paciorek is hitting .295 with a homer, four doubles and three RBI. He's hit .360 (9 for 25) during the month of July, and also spent eight games at Class AAA Nashville, where he hit .071 (1 for 14).

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