On the college front last night:
Boise State men 80, Carroll 52 – In Boise last night, the attention was focused elsewhere, but the Broncos took care of the Saints in a non-conference tilt. Carroll freshman Zach Taylor, from Duvall and a 2013 CHS grad, started for the Saints and played 38 minutes, scoring four points on 2-6 from the floor and collecting four rebounds. He also recorded three assists, a steal and a block.
The game was played amidst a lot of developments in Boise which will ultimately affect another Valley college athlete, more on that below.
Pomona-Pitzer women 56, Cal Lutheran 46 – CLU fell on the road in the conference opener for both teams. Freshman Katy Lindor, a 2013 MSHS grad from Snoqualmie, played 11 minutes off the bench and scored one point and added four rebounds to the effort for the Lady Regals.
Valley collegian gets new coach – The aforementioned hoops contest in Boise last night took place as school officials and the media there scurried to address news concerning BSU’s football coach, Chris Petersen. Media reports out of Boise last night indicated that University of Washington officials had flown into the Idaho capital to meet with Petersen about filling the vacant Huskies football head coaching position, left that way with the resignation of former coach Steve Sarkisian this week. One Twitter report indicated that the BSU athletic director, who was attending the basketball game, left that contest at halftime for unknown reasons.
Boise media reported that the plane left Boise bound back to Seattle without Petersen aboard, perhaps fueling speculation in some circles that he wasn’t going to take the job, considering his past history of rejecting opportunities to coach at other large schools, such as USC and UCLA. Well, this morning, ESPN reported (and it was confirmed on Twitter by KJR radio’s Dave Mahler) that Petersen has chosen to take the job, meaning he will be assuming control of a team which features kicker Cameron Van Winkle, a freshman from Fall City and a 2013 MSHS grad. An announcement is expected later on today.
Stanton gets big honor – Fairfield University (CT) women’s soccer midfielder Nikki Stanton, a fifth-year senior from North Bend and a 2009 MSHS grad, yesterday earned some regional recognition, being named to the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America’s All-Northeast Region First Team for the recently completed women’s soccer season, which saw Stanton help lead the Stags to a runner-up finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.
Fairfield coach Jim O’Brien was happy with the news. “I am pleased that my coaching peers in our region recognized the impact that ‘Guti’ (Stanton) has had on our program over the course of her career,” said O’Brien in a school news release. “She has been an integral part of our success and we will miss her greatly, not only on the field, but as a person and as a part of our program on a daily basis. This is a tremendous accolade for her and I congratulate her on the honor.”
According to the school, Stanton’s recognition is the fifth time in program history, and the third under O’Brien, a Fairfield player has been recognized in this fashion.
Stanton finished with two goals and seven assists this season to help the Stags finish 12-7-2, 7-0-2 in conference play. They fell to Monmouth last month in the conference title game.
Colorado Mesa Invitational, Grand Junction, CO – CMU freshman men’s distance swimmer Ryan Gifford, from Duvall and a 2013 Cedarcrest High School grad, finished eighth in the men’s 500m freestyle race in the first day of competition yesterday. Gifford clocked four minutes, 51.04 seconds to record his final placing.