Salminen selected to represent Finnish national lacrosse team

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 22, 2014 

Lees-McRae College freshman midfielder Treven Salminen (Lynden) has been selected to the Finnish national lacrosse team.

Salminen, who earned Washington state all-conference honors as a sophomore and senior while at Lynden, will be one of 23 players to represent Finland at the 2014 Federation of International lacrosse Men's World Championship July 10-19 at Commerce City, Colo.

Salminen, who is of Finnish heritage, previously played for Finland's U-19 national team in 2012, but this is his first selection to the senior national team and becomes just the third Washington state lacrosse player to represent a country in international competition.

LAMOSITELE TO REPRESENT UNITED STATES IN CHINA

Current Saracens prop Titi Lamositele (Sehome, Chuckanut Bay Rugby) was one of 26 players selected to represent the United States on the AIG Men's Junior All-Americans at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2014 April 7-19 in China.

The United States will attempt to successfully win back a title it claimed in 2012 at Salt Lake City.

The Hong Kong squad was selected following three camps that started in December. The team will be in a pool with the tournament hosts Georgia and Tonga.

DHANANI SIGNS WITH ROCKFORD

The Rockford (Ill.) Aviators announced the signing of third baseman Kyle Dhanani (Blaine) on Thursday, March 20.

Dhanani, who was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 43rd round of the 2009 June Amateur Draft, spent 2013 with the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association. He batted .298 with eight home runs, 42 RBI and 26 stolen bases.

"Kyle had a big summer in California," Aviators manager James Frisbee told mystateline.com. "He is a gifted athlete who can play at any position. He spent several years in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, and we are very happy to have him."

The Aviators are a member of the independent Frontier League and begin play May 16.

GREENE NAMED NAIA ALL-AMERICAN

Northwest University senior forward Michael Greene (Squalicum) was selected to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) third team on Wednesday March 19.

It is the second time Greene has been honored nationally on the team, as he was an honorable mention selection as a junior.

Greene led the Eagles with 16.9 points per game and was second with 6.5 rebounds per game, and he leaves Northwest as the No. 2 career scoring leader with 1,623 points. He also had 798 rebounds in his four years.

Greene, who was seventh nationally with his .614 shooting percentage, also was selected a Cascade Collegiate Conference and NAIA Scholar Athlete and was honored as a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.

HOMMES EARN ALL-LEAGUE HONOR

Montana State sophomore Jasmine Hommes (Lynden Christian) earned honorable mention honors when the Big Sky Conference announced its all-league team last week.

Hommes, a forward, led the Bobcats with 13.8 points per game while shooting a team-best 50 percent from the field. She also averaged 4.3 rebounds and shot 76 percent from the free-throw line.

"I'm excited that Jasmine was recognized by the league coaches," MSU coach Tricia Binford said in a press release. "With the graduation of Rachel Semansky, she was stepping into some big shoes. Jasmine immediately brought an inside presence and was a consistent performer. She has really developed into an offensive threat that can score on the block and on the perimeter."

CARTER WINS SEATTLE DASH

Kristen Carter (Bellingham) was the top-finishing women's runner in the St. Patrick's Day Dash on Sunday, March 16, in Seattle.

Carter turned in a time of 19 minutes, 13 seconds on the nearly four-mile course in a field that included 2,588 women. Rose Wetzel was the closest women's finisher to Carter in 19:52, while the top men's finisher finished in 16:58.

To let us know about the success of a former Whatcom County athlete, email david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-715-2286.

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