Twelve former Whatcom County high school student athletes recently were selected 2012-13 Northwest Conference Scholar athletes.
To receive the honor from the NCAA Division III conference, student athletes need to achieve a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher at the end of the academic year and participate through an entire varsity season.
Peter Carmichael (Bellingham), an undeclared sophomore, received the honor after playing for the Whitman College baseball team.
Andrew Ryder (Bellingham), Brian Marshall (Mount Baker) and Elisabeth Larson (Sehome) were honored as cross country athletes. Ryder, who also was honored for track and field, was a junior Chemistry major at Whitworth University, Larson was a freshman Biology major at Whitworth and Marshall was a senior Biochemistry major at the University of Puget Sound.
Linfield golfers Brinn Hovde (Squalicum) and Alexandria Smith (Bellingham) were honored in their sport. Hovde was a senior Mass Communications major, while Smith was a junior Economics major.
Whitman's Jack Morgan (Bellingham) and Kelsey Roehner (Sehome) were honored in soccer. Morgan was a junior Chemistry major, while Roehner was a junior English major.
Whitworth's Donovan Brogan (Bellingham) and Pacific's Jordyn Nelson (Bellingham) were honored in swimming. Brogan was a junior Business Management major, while Nelson was a junior Pharmacy major.
Pacific Lutheran's Amber Stokes (Lynden) was honored in basketball as a freshman Physical Education major, while George Fox University senior Molly Beaumont (Bellingham), who also was a second-team All-Academic NWC selection, was honored as an Elementary Education major.
PACIOREK WALKS OFF
Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer Joey Paciorek (Blaine) drew a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Class AA Huntsville Stars snap a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Mississippi Braves on Aug. 5.
Paciorek, who is listed as a catcher, is hitting .264 (23 for 87) in 35 games in the Southern League and has two homers, seven RBI and 10 runs scored entering play on Tuesday, Aug. 13. He also played eight games at Class AAA Nashville earlier this season.
DHANANI STILL HEATING IT UP
Kyle Dhanani (Blaine) already has helped the San Rafael Pacifics clinch an opportunity to play for the inaugural Pacific Association Championship on Aug. 25.
The infielder is third in the independent league in batting - just three points off the lead - with his .315 batting average (76 for 241), third in the league with seven home runs and seven in RBI with 38.
The Pacifics recently made him feel the heat, though, with a rapid-fire set of questions. Get to know the former Borderite a little better by watching the video at youtube.com/watch?v=ChoAOk6rZVM.