Greene selected first-team all-CCC for second year

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 8, 2014 

Northwest University basketball player Michael Greene (Squalicum) was selected to the 2013-14 All-Cascade Collegiate Conference first team for the second straight year on Wednesday, March 5.

Greene led the Eagles in scoring with 16.9 points per game and was second with 6.5 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the Northwest record books with 1,623 career points and had 798 rebounds during his four seasons.

He ranked seventh in the NAIA this season in field goal percentage (.614) and also was named a CCC and NAIS Scholar Athlete and a CoSIDA first-team All-American for a third straight year.

Northwest finished the season with a 20-11 record and advanced to the semifinals of the CCC Tournament.

HOMMES HELPS MSU MAKE POSTSEASON

Montana State sophomore forward Jasmine Hommes (Lynden Christian) scored 17 points on Thursday, March 6, in the Bobcats' 99-85 victory over Northern Arizona.

The Bobcats (14-14) clinched a spot in the Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Tournament with the victory.

Hommes leads the team and is 11th in the Big Sky with 13.5 points per game and is tied for third on the team with her 4.4 rebound average.

KLEINHESSELINK HOT IN ARIZONA TOURNEY

Northwestern College junior catcher/outfielder Jill Kleinhesselink (Lynden Christian) went 3 for 4 on Tuesday, March 4, to help the Red Raiders to a 8-1 win over Arizona Christian at the Tucson (Ariz.) Invitational.

Kleinhesselink then had a two-run single in a game against Ashford that Northwestern College ultimately lost 5-4 later in the day, before turning in another three-hit performance in a 4-2 win over Viterbo.

She is third on the team with a .447 batting average (16 for 47) this year and has eight runs scored, four RBI and three doubles. She also has a team-high 10 stolen bases on 12 attempts.

VALENTI BOOTS SAINTS INTO HARRIS CUP FINAL

St. Scholastica senior forward Alex Valenti (Blaine) scored a pair of goals to help the St. Scholastica men's hockey team to a 4-3 win over Adrian College on March 1 in the semifinals of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

The postseason win was the Saints' first since 2007.

Valenti got his first goal with 6:50 left in the first period, before he scored the game winner just 3:05 into the third period. Valenti is tied for second on the team with nine goals and 14 assists this season.

The Saints were scheduled to play St. Norbert for the Harris Cup Championship late Saturday, March 8.

OLSON STARTS WELL

Lower Columbia College sophomore Tanner Olson (Lynden) combined with teammate Jacob Cogar on a four-hitter in the second game of a baseball doubleheader on March 1, helping the Red Devils to an 8-2 victory over Clark in his first appearance of the year.

Olson went four innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four.

JENSEN HAS STRONG THROWS AT BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Montana State sophomore Jarek Jensen (Squalicum) finished 17th in the shot put and 15th in the weight throw at the Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championships, which wrapped up March 1 in Pocatello, Idaho.

Jensen had a throw of 45 feet, 93/4 inches in the shot put and 52-8 in the weight to help the Bobcats finish seventh as a team.

He bettered his personal best in the shot by a little more than 8 inches and the was more than 3 feet better than his previous best in the weight.

HOMMES THIRD AT GNAC INDOORS

Seattle Pacific freshman Maddi Hommes (Lynden) finished third in the pentathlon at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 21 in Nampa, Idaho.

Hommes finished with 3,136 points, as she was in the top eight in all five events. She was sixth in the 60 hurdles (9.85 seconds), fifth in the long jump (32-5), fifth in the shot put (32-5), eighth in the long jump (15-8) and third in the 800 (2:26.35).

DUNFORD BREAKS RECORD

Freshman Nathan Dunford (Mount Baker) set a Trinity Western record in the pole vault by clearing 4.85 meters (about 15 feet, 11 inches) on Feb. 17 at Dempsey Indoor.

Dunford broke his own school record, which previously stood at 4.70 meters. The effort qualified him for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Indoor National Championships Saturday, March 8, in Edmonton, Alberta. Unfortunately, Dunford did not clear a height at the championships.

To report a former Whatcom County athlete's success, email david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-715-2286.

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