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Here's a look at what some of our area's athletes have been up to lately:

IDAHO: Outside hitter Allison Walker (Othello) was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in volleyball recently. Walker, a sophomore, led the league with 4.31 kills per game in WAC matches, and added 2.69 digs and 0.49 blocks per game while hitting .212. She had 13 double-doubles on the season, and was a three-time WAC Player of the Week in 2011. Her 4.65 points per game ranked second in the conference. Walker was also a first-team all-WAC selection in 2010. Idaho advanced to the WAC tournament semifinals in Las Vegas before falling to New Mexico State. Walker was named to the all-tournament team.

MONTANA: Senior middle blocker Brittany Quick (Hanford) was an honorable mention selection to the All-Big Sky Conference volleyball team. Quick led Montana in both hitting percentage (.259) and blocks (0.96/s) her final season with the Grizzlies. Her averages in those categories ranked seventh and ninth in the Big Sky.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN: Kristin Barott (Hanford) was named the first-team setter on the Frontier Conference all-league volleyball squad.

SEATTLE PACIFIC: Junior setter Shelby Swanson (Kamiakin) was named to the Daktronics All-West Region first-team all-star squad in volleyball. This is the second time on the Daktronics squad for Swanson. She was a second-team selection in 2010. Swanson surpassed her own previous single-season best of 1,147 assists, and now has 2,644 during her first three years in Falcons maroon. She is closing in on a spot in SPU’s all-time top five, with the fifth-best career total being 2,836. She started the 2011 season not even among the all-time GNAC top 20 in assists, but ended it in the No. 11 spot. A place among the top 10 is just 98 assists away, and she conceivably could crack the GNAC top five (3,742) by the end of her senior season. “Shelby is a smart and accurate hitter who can run the middles from an increasing range, and she knows how to keep her hitters in system,” Falcons head coach Chris Johnson said. “She also plays outstanding defense, which I think gets overlooked a lot at the setter position. (Swanson had 229 digs for the season, and 44 blocks, with four solos.) Shelby’s setting is a huge reason we were as successful as we were this year.”

WSU: Andrew Gonzales (Southridge) finished 164th overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21. Gonzales ran the 10,000-meter course in 31 minutes, 22.1 seconds. Gonzales was also recently named to the 2011 Pac-12 Conference Cross Country All-Academic team. The sophomore is a general medical sciences major with a 3.53 GPA, and was named to the second team for the second straight year. ... Junior Rachel Todorovich (Walla Walla) was named to the Pac-12 Conference volleyball all-academic honorable mention team. Todorovich, a middle blocker, is a communication major and carries a 3.12 grade point average. She is a third-year starter and team co-captain. ... Carly Noyes (Moses Lake) scored 13 points to help the women’s basketball defeat Prairie View A&M at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Tournament on Nov. 26.

WESTERN WASHINGTON: Junior goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Richland) was named to the second team of the Daktronics West Region women’s soccer all-star squad. The team was voted on by the region’s sports information directors. Arthurs helped the Vikings post a 0.59 goals-against average and 11 shutouts, both Great Northwest Athletic Conference-leading figures. It was the second straight year that Arthurs had a school record-tying 11 shutouts, ending the season with a scoreless streak of 476 minutes and 43 seconds. She had a NCAA Division II nationally 12th-ranked and GNAC-best 0.55 GAA, with 44 saves and a .815 save percentage. During her three-year career, Arthurs has a 0.69 GAA and 23 shutouts. She has made 133 saves with a save percentage of .821. ... Tyler Cannon (Kamiakin) was the men’s MVP at the school’s recent cross country awards banquet. Cannon, a transfer from BYU, shared the men’s Newcomer of the Year award. ... Guard Trishi Williams (Mabton/CBC) had a game-high 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting and seven assists in her first start for the women’s basketball team as the Vikings beat Simpson University of California 108-63 on Nov. 25.

WHITMAN: D.J. Wright (WWCC) grabbed a team-high six rebounds to help the men’s basketball team defeat Cal Lutheran 68-62 on Nov. 26.

WHITWORTH: Jamie Lyons (Southridge) starts at forward for the women’s basketball team. She scored a career-high 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, had three assists and three steals in a 67-64 loss to Cal Lutheran on Nov. 26. ... Colton McCarger (Richland) is playing for the men’s basketball team. He scored three points and grabbed two rebounds as Whitworth beat Cal Lutheran 67-53 on Nov. 25.