College Sports

Fish honored as a standout out of the water, too

Missouri senior swimmer Austin Fish (Sehome) was selected to the 2015 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team. The SEC sponsors community service teams for all league sports to highlight students who give back to their community with superior effort.

According to a University of Missouri athletic release, Fish has been active in the community all four years he’s been in Columbia. He volunteers at The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, Boys and Girls Town, Mizzou Moves and the ParentLink Tiger Family Fest. He also spent time as a National Special Olympics Day buddy and participated in the MS 150 Bike Ride and the 100x100 Swim for Cancer fundraiser.

Fish currently owns the Tigers’ top time in the 100 backstroke this season when he swam 47.64 seconds at the Nov. 21 Mizzou Invite. A day later he swam the team’s second-fastest 200 backstroke time in the 200 backstroke in 1:43.15.

His time in the 100 backstroke is the fifth fastest in school history, while his time in the 200 back is the third fastest. He also had the ninth-fastest 200 individual medley time in school history (1:47.68) earlier in 2014 and was part of the program’s ninth-fastest 400 medley relay in 2012.

The SEC Championships are set to begin Tuesday, Feb. 17, and last through Saturday, Feb. 21, at Auburn, Ala.

Hommes records career high

Montana state forward Jasmine Hommes (Lynden Christian) scored a career-high 25 points on Saturday, Feb. 14, leading the Bobcats to an 80-62 Big Sky women’s basketball victory over North Dakota.

Despite the presence of 6-foot-5 dominating center Emily Evers in the post, Hommes spun in the lane around Evers and hit a couple of perimeter shots to score 10 points in the first half. She also had three rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in the game.

“Height can sometimes be a factor, but you just kind of have to change up your moves,” Hommes told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “We work a lot to make 2-foot hop decisions to get them up in the air and then try and attack the hoop. Then on the defensive end … we started to double a little bit and guards did an amazing job of when we doubled down, they did a great job of scrambling out and all around. It was just a great team win.”

Hommes, who leads the Bobcats with 17.0 points per game, also was MSU’s leading scorer with 18 points in an 84-63 loss to Northern Colorado on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Dunford starts strong

Trinity Western sophomore Nathan Dunford (Mount Baker) won the open pole vault at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor track and field meet by clearing 4.75 meters (approximately 15 feet, 7 inches) on Thursday.

Dunford’s leap was just one-tenth of a meter short of his own school record (4.85 meters) he set as a freshman.

Shine has big game

Central Washington University junior guard Hannah Shine (Lynden) came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Wildcats, who fell 60-41 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball game against Montana State Billings on Saturday.

Shine is averaging 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Erika Locker (Ferndale) had five points and five rebounds in the game and seven points and four rebounds on Thursday in a 73-64 loss to Seattle Pacific. Locker is averaging 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds this season for the Wildcats.

Shagren, Frey have hot shooting nights

Northwest University sophomore guard Dak Shagren (Lynden) led the Eagles with 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting, but it wasn’t enough, as No. 13 Concordia grabbed a 68-60 Cascade Conference men’s basketball win on Friday, Feb. 13. It marked the sixth time this season Shagren has either led or tied for the team lead in a game.

Shagren leads the Eagles with 15.0 points per game and is averaging 3.6 redounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Earlier in the evening, junior guard Kristen Frey (Mount Baker) hit 5 of 7 shots for 13 points in a 66-61 women’s basketball loss to Concordia. Frey is averaging 5.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game this year.