Area baseball players receive postseason NWAACC awards


Yakima Valley Community College freshman Jake Manson (Sehome) was selected first-team All-Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region in baseball and received a Gold Glove award at third base.

Manson was second on his team in hitting. He batted .329 (46 for 170) with a homer, six doubles, a team-high 31 RBI and 30 runs scored in 44 games this season.

Lower Columbia College freshman Tanner Olson (Lynden) was a second team All-NWAACC West Region selection at pitcher.

Olson threw a team high 79.1 innings in 13 games this season and went 5-2 with a 3.34 ERA and 51 strikeouts.

Bellevue College freshman Alex Check (Bellingham) was a second team All-NWAACC North Region selection as an infielder.

Check hits .281 (38 for 135) with 10 RBI and 14 runs scored in 43 games this season. He also had a key RBI double on Friday, May 23, in the NWAACC semifinals to help Bellevue reach the championship series.

Skagit Valley College freshman Peter Bovenkamp (Lynden) was a second-team All-NWAAC North Region selection as a pitcher. Bovenkamp also received a Gold Glove.

Bovenkamp appeared in eight games, going 1-1 with a 3.37 ERA and 24 stikeouts in 57.1 innings of work.


Brett Johnson (Mount Baker) was a member of two relays that set school records at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships, but neither time was good enough to get Corban University into the finals.

On Friday, May 22, Johnson ran the leadoff leg for the Warriors in the 4x100, as he, Jacob Ybarra, Austin Koos and Michael Trofimchik finished fourth in the heat and 16th overall with a time of 41.34 seconds.

A day later, Johnson, a junior, ran the third leg and combined with Koos, Trofimchik and Nathan Swanson to place fifth in their heat and 11th overall in the 4x400 with a time of 3:15:45.


Rockford Aviators third baseman Kyle Dhanani (Blaine) slid home to score a go-ahead run on Sunday, May 18, to help his team to a 7-3 victory over the River City Rascals.

In his first eight games in the independent Frontier League season, Dhanani is hitting .148 (4 for 27) with and RBI and three runs scored.


Spokane Community College freshman Paris Speidel (Bellingham) won the Northwest Athletic Association Community Colleges championship in the 800 meters on Tuesday, May 20 at Spokane.

Speidel's time of 1:55.58 beat out Clark College's Julian Avalos by more than a second.


Seattle University freshman Joe Charbonneau (Bellingham) placed seventh in the men's 1,500 meters at the Western Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships on May 17 at Orem, Utah.

Charbonneau also finished 19th in the men's 5,000 meters with a time of 16:26.32 at the meet, helping the Redhawks to a sixth-place finish.


Jeff Gelalich (Bellingham Bells) went 2 for 5 and scored two runs for the Dayton Dragons in an 8-4 Midwest League victory over West Michigan on Thursday, May 22.

Gelalich, an outfield prospect in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system, is hitting .233 (41 for 176) with two homers, 30 runs scored and 19 RBI in 45 games so far this season. He had back-to-back three-hit games on May 17 and 18 at Lansing, Mich.

To let us know about the success of a former Whatcom County athlete email or call 360-715-2286.

Spelling of Peter Bovenkamp's name corrected on MMay 28.

Reach DAVID RASBACH at or call 715-2271.

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