Richland High School held a signing celebration Friday for 28 seniors. The list of athletes, sports and college commitments is below.
Football: Lakota Wills, Air Force; Brecken Galliher, College of Idaho; Hunter Grade, College of Idaho; Griffey March, College of Idaho.
Women’s swimming: Alyssa Musick, South Dakota State; Lauren Hall, Idaho; Kelsey Olsen, Vermont.
Women’s soccer: Samantha Heilman, Gonzaga; Tate Kautzky, Walla Walla Community College; Madison Hemenway, Walla Walla CC; Kailee Hipke, Walla Walla CC.
Women’s basketball: Gia Sorn, North Idaho College.
Men’s soccer: Xavier Acuna, Evergreen State.
Men’s basketball: Steven Beo, BYU; Landon Radliff, Walla Walla CC; Gabe Smith, Columbia Basin College.
Baseball: Cameron Jenkins, University of Jamestown (N.D.); McKlane Elgin, Columbia Basin College, Lewis-Clark State; Austin Haughton, Walla Walla CC; Mike Wilson, Kansas Wesleyan University; Hunter French, CBC.
Men’s track/cross country: Jonah Sandoval, Gonzaga.
Women’s track/cross country: Claire Aurand, Roanoke (Va.) College.
Softball: Stephanie Merwin, Oregon State; Natalie Giroux, St. John’s; Paige Liikala, Central Washington.
Women’s golf: Danika Palm, Idaho.
Men’s golf: Nick Yamauchi, Western Washington.
▪ Hermiston’s Tyra Carter, Blue Mountain Community College’s first women’s soccer recruit, signed her letter of intent to play for the Timberwolves.
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Umatilla senior Fabian Cardenas, who last fall won his second consecutive Oregon 3A/2A/1A cross country title, is among three finalists for the Oregon Male Prep Cross Country Runner of the Year award.
Cardenas and fellow finalists Ahmed Muhumed of 6A West Salem and Walter Vail of 5A Crater were selected by a statewide panel of journalists and sports professionals.
The Nike Oregon Sports Awards winners will be announced June 6 at Nike headquarters in Beaverton. ESPN’s Neil Everett will host the ceremony.
Several Mid-Columbia athletes were named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for winter quarter 2016.
Among the honorees were: Eastern Washington basketball players Delaney and Hayley Hodgins (Chiawana), and track and field athletes Kaytlyn Coleman (Kennewick), Katie Mahoney (Richland) and Macey Weitz (Richland); Idaho basketball player Mikayla Ferenz (Walla Walla); and Portland State track and field athlete Alex Cisneros (Hermiston).
Andrea Hamada (Walla Walla) drove in three runs to lead Central Washington to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament championship round with an 8-0 win over Saint Martin’s in Lacey.
CWU will face Western Oregon at noon Saturday. If the Wildcats win, the teams would play again at 2:30 p.m. for the title.
Trevor Jones (Hanford) went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI as Bellevue (Neb.) University beat Presentation 8-2 in an eight-inning game to complete a sweep of their North Star Athletic Association doubleheader in Aberdeen, S.D.
Jones scored and drove in a run in Game 1, a 7-1 Bellevue victory.
Lewis-Clark State’s Stephanie Buckingham (Kennewick) defeated Jessie Han 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles in the Warriors’ 7-2 home exhibition win over Bellevue College.
Buckingham and Kianna Arthur lost 8-2 to Han and Moriah Austin at No. 1 doubles.