Here's an update on area athletes

Tri-City HeraldDecember 29, 2012 

Playing catch-up with some of our region’s area athletes:

Football

Brodrick Hirai (Southridge) was named to the 2012-13 CoSIDA NCAA Division III Academic All-District VIII Football Team by a vote of regional sports information directors.

Hirai, a junior defensive tackle, is also a biology major (pre-medicine) with a 3.85 GPA. He had 35 tackles this season, including 2.5 for losses of eight yards. He has been a starter on Whitworth’s defensive line for two seasons and has made the Academic All-District team for the second time.

Hirai was also honorable mention for the All-Northwest Conference football team.

Women’s soccer

Richland High graduate Jamie Arthurs had a great senior season for Western Washington University this fall.

The goalie was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year, as she led the Vikings to the regular-season title with a 0.28 goals against average and conference records for most shutouts in a single season (16) and career (39).

“Jamie has meant so much to our program over the past four years,” said WWU coach Travis Connell. “She has had a tremendous senior season and we are all thrilled that she has capped her career as the GNAC Player of the Year.”

Then Arthurs was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II West Region All-Star Team. Finally, she was named second team All-America.

w Heather Johnson (Southridge) finished fifth in scoring for the Gonzaga women’s soccer team with two goals and three assists. The Bulldogs finished with an 8-11-1 record.

w The College of St. Rose women’s soccer team, which won the NCAA Division II title last year, made it back to the Final Four again this year.

However, the Golden Knights lost 2-1 in overtime to West Florida in the semifinals on Nov. 29.

Defender Meagan McKinney (Kamiakin) completed her collegiate career as a two-year team captain, while fellow defender La’Quilla Upton (Southridge) just finished her junior season.

Prep football

La Salle of Yakima football coach and AD Jack McMillan recently announced his retirement.

McMillan had 234 wins over 37 years as a football coach, tied for 12th on the Washington state all-time list with Prosser’s Tom Moore.

Volleyball

Forty student-athletes were named to the 2012 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference volleyball team this fall.

Shelby Swanson (Kamiakin) of Seattle Pacific had the top GPA among seniors at 3.89. She’s made the team twice and majors in Physiology.

w Marcy Hjellum (Kamiakin) had 17 kills and 18 digs in her final match for Central Washington University, which lost 3-2 to Cal-State San Bernardino on Nov. 29 in the NCAA D-II West Region tournament, ending the Wildcats’ season with a 21-8 record.

“Marcy showed so much heart and perseverance,” CWU coach Mario Andaya said of the Wildcats’ outside hitter in a press release. “She battled through shoulder pain but kept a highly competitive pulse that the team acquired and sustained all year, and that pulse was especially evident today and kept us fighting to the end.”

Hjellum finished her senior season with exactly 400 kills and 360 digs.

Women’s basketball

Moses Lake grad Carly Noyes, who is averaging 7.9 points a game for the WSU women’s basketball team, leads the Cougars (3-7) in field goal percentage (53.6 percent) and in blocked shots (11). She has 137 career blocked shots, and is just 11 away from the school record.

w Trishi Williams (Mabton/CBC) is averaging 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds this season for the Western Washington women’s basketball team.

She is also the team leader with 24 steals for the Vikings, who are 8-2 this season. She was also named tournament MVP at the 16th Annual Lynda Goodrich Women’s Basketball Classic on the WWU campus.

w Leslie Stillar (Walla Walla CC) scored 11 points in 15 minutes off the bench as the Central Washington women’s team beat Western State 71-41 on Nov. 9.

Cross country

A few Mid-Columbian runners did well at the NCAA West Regionals meet Nov. 9 at Jefferson Golf Course in Seattle. Andrew Gonzales (Southridge) was 37th for WSU at 30:27, while Aaron Nelson (Walla Walla) was 49th overall for Washington at 30:32.

On the women’s side, Marisa VanderMalle (Pasco) was 36th at 20:39 for Boise State. Gonzales is a psychology major with a 3.17 GPA who was an honorable mention selection to the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Cross Country All-Academic team.

Baseball

The Walla Walla Sweets, who play in the West Coast League — a summer college baseball league — have picked up three more local players for the 2013 season.

Pitchers Joe Arlt and Drew Christina, both leftys, played at Walla Walla Community College. Arlt is now at Central Washington, while Christina is a Walla Walla High School grad. Outfielder Mike Paulson also played at WWCC, but is now in the outfield at New Mexico State.

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