Fakkema's block spurs Wildcats to win

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 14, 2013 

Freshman defensive lineman James Fakkema (Blaine) already is making his presence felt for the Central Washington football team.

Fakkema blocked an 18-yard field goal attempt by Dixie State's Dillon Bishoff on the opening drive of the second half in a game Saturday, Oct. 12, in Ellensburg. That big play seemed to ignite a 24-point second half by the Wildcats, who came back to win 27-24 on Sean McDonald's 44-yard field goal.

Fakkema also logged two solo tackles and two assists in the game, a week after recording his first collegiate tackle and assist at Humboldt State.

GEBHARDT A STEP CLOSER TO LPGA CARD

Jessi Gebhardt (Bellingham), who played golf at Oregon State University, grabbed one of the final spots in the final stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament with her performance in the second stage, which concluded Friday, Oct. 11, at Venice, Fla.

Gebhardt tied for 80th with a 6-over score. The top 80 and ties advanced to the five-round final stage on Dec. 4-8 at Daytona Beach, Fla., where Gebhardt will compete for her LPGA Tour card. The number of cards available from the tournament has not yet been determined.

Gebhardt played last summer on the Symetra Tour, the LPGA's developmental circuit.

LAMOSITELE, PITTMAN START FOR EAGLES

A pair of Whatcom County rugby players was in the starting lineup for the United States in the opening game of the 2013 IRB America's Rugby Championship on Friday, Oct. 11, at Langford, B.C.

Titi Lamositele (Sehome) and Shawn Pittman (Bellingham) could not help the Eagles come away with a win, as they fell to Argentina 27-9.

Nick Wallace (Squalicum) also is on the team and was a reserve on Friday.

Lamositele drew a penalty in the 31st minute of the game, though fullback Adam Siddall, who scored three penalty goals, was short on the resulting penalty kick.

NELSON BREAKS SCORELESS TIE

Peninsula College's Larkyn Nelson (Bellingham) broke a scoreless tie in the 90th minute to lift the Pirates to a 1-0 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges women's soccer victory over Bellevue on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila.

Nelson had three goals and an assist for Peninsula, which is the only unbeaten, untied team in the NWAACC.

BANNERMAN CONNECTS AGAIN

Saint Martin's freshman forward Kelli Bannerman (Ferndale) broke a scoreless tie in the 74th minute to help the Saints to a 2-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference win over Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 6.

Bannerman now leads the team and is tied for sixth in the GNAC with five goals and has added an assist.

FORMER LIONS CATCHING ON

Reunited high school teammates Ryan Seto and Blair Bomber (Lynden) each had a reception for the sixth-ranked Eastern Washington University football team in its 35-14 Big Sky victory on Saturday, Oct. 12, at North Dakota.

Bomber, who had one catch for five yards on Saturday, is tied for fifth on the team with five catches for 125 yards and a touchdown this season, while Seto, who had one catch for 9 yards on Saturday, has two catches for 31 yards and a TD. Both players are juniors, though Bomber began his collegiate career at Washington State.

FAKKEMA MAKES BIG DEBUT

Marcus Fakkema (Lynden) scored seven goal in his first collegiate lacrosse game for the University of Great Falls on Sept. 28.

Unfortunately for the Argos, it wasn't enough, as they fell 19-16 to the University of Montana in Great Falls' first game in program history.

SHORT-MILLER HAVING SUCCESS

Freshman Rachel Short-Miller (Bellingham) scored all four goals for the Hesston College women's soccer team in a 4-0 victory over Garden City (Kansas) on Sept. 18.

Unfortunately for the Larks, that was their last victory, as the team has dropped six straight to fall to 4-10-2 on the season.

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