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Leftovers from earlier this month

Some leftovers from earlier this month:

Chiawana graduate Hayley Hodgins just finished her redshirt sophomore season for the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team.

She also her bachelor’s degree in health services administration in just three years.

So maybe it comes as no surprise that Hodgins earned the prestigious Frances B. Huston Medallion last month at a special convocation ceremony at EWU’s Showalter Auditorium.

The Frances B. Huston Medallion is given to 20 graduates who are nominated by their department and finalized by their college, based on academic excellence and community service.

“The things our young ladies do in the classroom is astounding to me, and Hayley is a shining example of the best of the best that our university and athletics deparment has to offer,” said head coach Wendy Schuller in a release. “For her to graduate in three years considering the amount of time and energy that her major and also her sport demand is amazing, yet she still finds time to be a great teammate, to serve in our community and to be a great sister and daughter. I’m very proud of her accomplishments.”

Hodgins has two years of eligibility with the women’s basketball team, and she’ll begin pursuiing a master's degree in public health in the fall.

Soccer signings

Rogers State University of Claremore, Okla., signed former Whitman College coach Heather Cato as its new women’s soccer coach this spring.

Cato wasted little time in grabbing some Northwest talent for the fall.

She signed Chiawana grad Lexi Ellingsen and two transfers from Walla Walla Community College in Amanda Jones and Paige Pontarolo.

Pontarolo, a forward and midfielder, went to high school at Walla Walla.

Ellingsen and Jones are defenders.

“Amanda is a fierce competitor who thrives in one-on-one battles,” Cato said. “Paige will be a welcomed offensive spark for us next fall as she has the ability to make and find ways to score goals. Lexi is a tough, speedy back who excels at shutting down attacks.”

Other prep signings

Hanford’s Bret Baysinger to University of Idaho for women’s soccer. ... Hanford’s Will Bishop to Northwest University for men’s soccer. ... Southridge’s Kimberly Brinkworth, headed to EWU for volleyball. ... Hanford’s Emily Busselman for women’s soccer and Hanford’s Mario Zarate for men’s soccer at Spokane CC ... Hanford’s Ryan Colson to University of Puget Sound for baseball. ... Hanford’s Eric Dahl to CBC for men’s golf. ... Hanford’s Aaron Enderlin to CBC for baseball. ... Hanford’s Dallon Grinder to Eastern Oregon for football. ... Hanford’s Thomas Hannu to George Fox for men’s golf. ... Kennewick’s Samantha Lester (track at CWU). ... Hanford’s Kyle McMurrich to Northwest Christian University for men’s soccer. ... Kennewick’s Mitchel Mueller (men’s basketball at Walla Walla CC). ... Hanford’s Mylie Oberg to Wayland Baptist for women’s swimming. ... Hanford’s Kadi Patterson to Concordia University for softball ... Hanford’s Amy Pfaff to College of Idaho for cross country and track. ... Hanford’s Destiny Ridge to Arizona State for dance. ... Hanford’s Monica Rowley and Sydney Shintaffer to Eastern Washington for women’s soccer. ... Hanford’s Kelly Smith to Western Washington University for men’s soccer. ... Hanford’s Will Wertz to Seattle University for men’s swimming. ... Hanford’s Shelby Winsor to Southern Virginia University for women’s basketball.

Spring college awards

Pacific Lutheran catcher Katie Lowery (Southridge) first-team Northwest Conference softball. George Fox University catcher Courtney Howard (Hermiston) second team. ... GFU catcher Josh Rapacz (Richland) first-team Northwest Conference. Brother Zach Rapacz (Richland), also at GFU, a second-team outfielder. Whitman College pitcher Brett Lambert (Dayton) an honorable mention choice.

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