Allen traded, waived by NBADL's Santa Cruz Warriors

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 19, 2013 

Former Western Washington University point guard John Allen was waived by the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League on Monday, Nov. 18.

Allen, who helped lead the Vikings to the 2012 NCAA Division II national championship and to the national semifinals in 2013, was drafted in the fourth round by the Texas Legends on Nov. 1, with the 56th-overall selection. Three days later, the Legends traded Allen, along with forward/center Dwayne Jones, to the Warriors who made a flurry of moves to bolster their roster, including the addition of guard Mychel Thompson - the brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson.

Allen saw playing time in both Santa Cruz exhibition games, scoring four points in 3 minutes, 20 seconds of court time in a 113-92 win over Reno on Thursday, Nov. 14, and two points in 5:34 of playing time on Sunday, Nov. 17, in a 103-97 win over Bakersfield. Allen also was whistled for two fouls in each game.

NELSON SCORES CHAMPIONSHIP GOAL

Freshman Larkyn Nelson (Bellingham) scored the game-winning goal to lift Peninsula College to a 2-1 victory over Edmonds in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges women's soccer championship game on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.

Nelson's goal came in the 71st minute of the game - one minute after Dominique Niedziela, who was credited with the assist on Nelson's goal, had scored the equalizer.

The goal was Nelson's seventh of the season, tying her for fourth on the team. She also had three assists.

"Larkyn is an awesome player," Peninsula coach Kanyon Anderson told the Peninsula Daily News. "She is very confident in front of the goal."

BANNERMAN GNAC'S TOP FRESHMAN

Saint Martin's forward Kelli Bannerman (Ferndale) was selected the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in women's soccer.

Bannerman was one of only two freshmen selected either first- or second-team All-GNAC, as she made the second team, after she finished third in the GNAC with 21 points and tied for second with 10 goals, which matched the GNAC record by a freshman.

The Saints finished 4-12-1 overall and sixth in the GNAC with a 3-10-1 record.

Bannerman was not the only Whatcom County high school product honored on the team. Western Washington midfielder Kim Cooper (Bellingham) was a first-team selection, while Western Oregon defender Brooke Steinberg (Bellingham) received honorable mention recognition.

HOMMES OFF TO STRONG START

Montana State sophomore Jasmine Hommes (Lynden Christian) has gotten her sophomore basketball season off to a good start, as she scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds Friday, Nov. 15. Her effort wasn't enough to make up for a poor shooting night by the Bobcats, though, as they lost 72-62 at Wyoming.

Hommes scored six points in the first four minutes of the game to help stake MSU to a 9-2 lead. She went 4 for 9 from the field and added an assist, three blocks and a pair of steals to her stat line.

Hommes opened the season by recording 12 points, three rebounds and two blocks in the Bobcats' season-opening 85-69 win over Cal State Northridge.

DONAHUE EARNS CCC POSTSEASON AWARD

Corban University sophomore midfielder Randi Donahue (Meridian) was selected second-team All-Cascade Collegiate Conference in women's soccer.

Donahue tied for third on the team with five assists and was fourth in goals (three) and points (11). She also was a catalyst for the Warriors' defense that allowed 1.20 goals per game.

VELTHUIZEN FINISHES WITH STRONG RUN

Trinity Christian freshman runner Cody Velthuizen (Lynden Christian) finished 19th at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Nov. 9 at Valparaiso, Ind.

Velthuizen placed 19th, covering the 8-kilometer course in 26 minutes, 50.9 seconds.

STALIN JUST MISSES DOUBLE-DOUBLE

The Master's College forward Zach Stalin (Mount Baker, Whatcom Community College) fell just one point short of logging his first double-double of the season, as he scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the Mustang's 71-55 men's basketball victory over Pacific Union on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Saturday's game marked his first double-digit rebounding effort of the season and only the first time in four games Stalin didn't reach double digits on the scoreboard.

He's averaging 12.8 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game and has added three assists, two blocks and four steals so far.

RYAN STARTS STRONG JUNIOR CAMPAIGN

Junior guard Andrew Ryan (Lynden Christian) is third on the Campbell University men's basketball team with 8.0 points per game and leads the team with 7.0 rebounds through the Camels' first four games this season.

He scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a 62-43 loss to North Carolina Central on Monday, Nov. 18.

Ryan is the brother of former LC girls' basketball stars Brianne and Kayleigh Ryan, who played together at Eastern Washington University. He played only two years for the Lyncs before transferring to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee in North Carolina, where he won first-team all-conference honors, averaged 17.9 points per game and helped the team to the state playoffs as a senior.

Kayleigh averaged a rebound and just under a point in 19 games for the Eagles during her redshirt-freshman season last winter, but she has yet to take the court in Eastern's first four games this season.

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