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Kamiakin's Rada heading to Eastern Oregon

Kamiakin graduate Case Rada is transferring to play basketball for Eastern Oregon University next season.

Rada transfers from Sacramento State, where he spent this past season coming off the bench.

Before that, Rada spent a season at Walla Walla Community College after transferring from Boise State.

"Case is a tremendous shooter. He will be a threat to score every time he touches the ball," said EOU coach Jared Barrett in a press release. "He has played at an elevated level for some great coaches and has been really successful. He is also a high character student athlete off the court and is exactly the type or person we want in our program."

Rada will meet up again with Richland High grad Dylan Radliff, who is transferring in from Central Washington University.

Rada and Radliff played together two seasons ago at WWCC.

w Zach En’Wezoh (Kamiakin) played in 28 games for the 21-13 Columbia University men’s team this season. He averaged 2.0 points a game.

w Ryan Page (Big Bend CC) averaged 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds this winter for the Lewis-Clark State College men’s basketball team (22-10).

w Trevor Phillips (Hermiston) only started two games for Eastern Oregon men’s basketball team (16-13), but he was the third-leading scorer on the team at 10.0 points. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds.

w Junior Gary Winston (Walla Walla) finished the 2013-14 season for Portland State (17-15) as the team’s third-leading scorer by averaging 11.3 points a game.

Women’s basketball

Sophomore Sierra Higheagle, who helped lead the Columbia Basin College women’s basketball team to the NWAACC title last month, has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Montana Western next season.

Higheagle averaged 12 points a game during her two seasons at CBC, and she was named second-team All-East Region this year.

She is also a member of the NWAACC All-Academic team.

Higheagle is the first of what could possibly be four or five members of the Hawks’ championship team who moves on to a four-year school.

w St. Martin’s junior Jori Skorpik (Kamiakin) was named all-academic to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference team this spring. Skorpik carries a 3.26 grade point average and majors in Math. On the court, Skorpik started 24 of 29 games for the Saints (18-11) at point guard. She led the team with 59 assists, and averaged 2.5 points a game.

w Siena Edmundson (Walla Walla CC) averaged 4.7 points and 4.5 rebounds for the 16-12 College of Idaho team this season.

w Janae Klarich (Walla Walla CC) averaged 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds for the Concordia (Portland) (7-23) women’s team this winter.

w Junior Kassy Larson (Kamiakin) averaged 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds for Eastern Oregon (23-10) this season. Teammate Payton Parrish (Grandview), a freshman, came off the bench to 5.2 points, while sophomore Maloree Moss (Hermiston) scored 3.9 points a game. All three players return for a Mountaineers squad that advanced to the NAIA tournament this spring.

w Khadidja Toure (Kamiakin) averaged 3.1 points for the 24-11 Oregon State women while playing in 30 of the team’s games. Jamie Weisner, who played at Walla Walla High School her freshman and sophomore seasons, averaged 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Oregon State women.

w Courtney Walchli (Hermiston) averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the 6-23 Warner Pacific women’s basketball team. The junior led the team in shooting percentage at 46 percent (69 for 150), free throw percentage at 81 percent (60 for 74), and was second on the team in rebounds.

College football

Running back Devven Ramos (Kennewick) should be one of the top players coming back next fall for Saddleback Junior College in California. Last season as a freshman, Ramos had 35 receptions for 569 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown reception, that helped lead Saddleback to a 53-42 victory over Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA) on Nov. 9. 

College softball

Outfielder Ashlen Ayres (Kennewick/CBC) hit .276 with 12 RBIs this spring for the Newberry College Wolves (21-27), a small liberal arts college in South Carolina.

College track

Quin Olivas (Southridge) won the men’s 800 meters at Eastern Washington University’s 43rd annual Pelluer Invitational on April 12. Olivas, a junior at EWU, won the event in 1:57.21. ... Freshman Aaron Cunningham (Hanford) placed second in the men’s shot put for Eastern with a toss of 50 feet, 5.5 inches. Cunningham also finished second in the discus with a 145-0. ... Eastern senior Whitney Leavitt (Kiona-Benton) finished first in the women’s 200 meters at 25.54 seconds. ... EWU senior Angelica Rodriguez (Hermiston) won the women’s 400 in 58.48 seconds, while teammate Katie Mahoney (Richland) won the 800 in 2:17.73. ... EWU senior Martha Sanford (Richland) was second in the 400 hurdles at 1:08.55. ... Leavitt also ran legs on the winning 400 relay and 1600 relay teams, while Rodriguez was on the winning 1600 relay team. ... EWU junior Emma Murillo (Southridge) was third in the women’s hammer with a toss of 179-11.


Former Davis High School standout Mel Stubblefield was named head women’s basketball coach at Bellevue College last month.