College Sports

Flint breaks UW freshman shot put record

It didn’t take long for Gina Flint (Squalicum) to leave an impression on the University of Washington track and field team.

After redshirting last year, Flint broke the freshman shot put record and had the No. 2 throw in school history last month with her throw of 51 feet 51/2 inches at the Jan. 17 UW Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor. That throw came on her sixth attempt after she’d thrown 49-9 on two earlier attempts. The only Husky with a better throw indoors was former NCAA champion Jennifer Ponath, who threw 52-71/2 in 1988.

Two weeks later, Flint finished fourth in the shot put at the UW Indoor with a throw of 48-23/4.

The Husky Classic will be held next weekend (Friday through Sunday, Feb. 13-15).

Shagren has big night

Northwest University sophomore guard Dak Shagren (Lynden) scored 19 points on Friday, Feb. 6, to help the Eagles to an 84-68 men’s basketball victory over NAIA No. 17 Southern Oregon in Cascade Conference play.

Shagren leads Northwest with 15.3 points per game this season and is averaging 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals through the first 21 games this season.

Junior guard Kristen Frey (Mount Baker) is averaging 5.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 24 games, 19 of which she has started, for the Northwest women’s team.

Frey also was one of seven Northwest men’s and women’s basketball players to earn U.S. Bank Academic All-CCC honors for her performance in the classroom.

Reese makes first starts

Alaska Fairbanks senior guard Anthony Reese (Nooksack Valley) made his first start in a Jan. 15 Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game at Montana State Billings. He scored 12 points in 34 minutes of action, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough, as the Nanooks fell 83-78.

Two nights later, Reese made his second start and led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting (57.1 percent) to go with his four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 76-64 loss at Seattle Pacific.

Reese also started in a Jan. 22 loss to Northwest Nazarene (seven points, six rebounds) and a Jan. 24 loss to Central Washington (four points, three rebounds, two assists) before recording a 14-point, 10-rebound, two-assist start in a Jan. 29 loss at Simon Fraser and a five-point, three-assist start at Western Washington on Jan. 31.

Reese is sixth on the team with 5.2 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game and is averaging 1.4 assists and 0.5 steals in 19 games this season, including his six starts.

Hommes has big second half

Montana State junior standout Jasmine Hommes (Lynden Christian) came back from first-half foul trouble to record 15 of her 17 points in the second half to lead the Bobcats to a 76-65 Big Sky women’s basketball victory over Idaho on Thursday, Feb. 5.

The strong showing came two games after Hommes scored a game-high 18 points in a 91-64 win over Sacramento State on Jan. 29.

Hommes leads the Bobcats (10-11, 4-6 Big Sky) with 17.0 points per game and is fourth with 4.8 rebounds.

Locker heating up

One game after scoring double digits for the third time this season with 12 points in a Jan. 31 GNAC women’s basketball 71-50 win over Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington senior guard Erika Locker (Ferndale) followed up with a nine-point, three rebound performance in an 84-50 loss at Simon Fraser on Thursday.

Locker is fourth on the Wildcats with 6.3 points per game and third with 3.9 rebounds per game. She’s also averaging 1.4 assists 20 games, 18 of which she has started.

Junior guard teammate Hannah Shine (Lynden) has come off the bench to be Central’s sixth-leading scorer with 4.9 poitns per game and is averagin 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists. She hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds on Jan. 24 to help Central beat Northwest Nazrene for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Bruce lends a hand

St. Scholastica junior forward Keegan Bruce (Bellingham) recorded a pair of assists to help the Saints to a 4-4 men’s hockey tie with Northland College on Jan. 30.

Bruce also scored the Saint’s first goal of the night on the power play five minutes into the second period of a 3-1 win over St. Norbert College on Friday.

Bruce is fourth on the team with 11 assists this season and has logged five goals.

Nelson to head to Hawaii Pacific

Former Peninsula College women’s soccer player Larkyn Nelson (Bellingham) signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her playing career at NCAA Division II Hawaii Pacific University on Thursday.

Nelson, a forward, recorded five goals and two assists during her sophomore season with the Pirates.

Bomber earns all-academic selection

Former Eastern Washington University football player Blair Bomber (Lynden) was one of 69 Eagle athletes to earn Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors from the fall sports season.

Bomber, a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major, had to maintain at least a 3.2 GPA to earn the honor.

On the field, Bomber caught 13 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.