College roundup

Here’s our Saturday wrapup of Valley college athletes in action:

Basketball
BYU 89, Portland men 72 – In Provo, UT, last night, the Pilots were blown out on the road by the host Cougars. Senior Tanner Riley, from North Bend and a 2010 Mount Si High School grad, scored seven points in 16 minutes of action off the bench on a 3-7 effort from the floor – which included one three-pointer – and he also collected a rebound, all to help the Portland efforts.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 60, Cal Lutheran women 54 – Cal Lutheran’s season will continue with a playoff appearance, despite a home loss last night in Thousand Oaks, CA, to close the regular season. A win by Chapman over La Verne propelled the Regals into the playoffs, and they will meet Chapman Thursday. As for last night, CLU freshman Katy Lindor, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 MSHS grad, recorded four rebounds in seven minutes of play off the bench to aid the Regal efforts.

Linfield 67, PLU men 47 – Junior Andrew Alness, a 2011 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall, had a fine effort off the bench for the Lutes as they closed out the season with a loss last night on the road in McMinn-ville, OR, to the host Wildcats. Alness scored six points in 16 minutes for PLU, all the points the result of a pair of three-pointers. Alness also had five boards, two assists and a steal as the Lutes finished with an 8-17 overall record, 5-11 league (NWC).

Softball
George Washington 2, UNC Greensboro 1 (8) – GW scored its first win of the season by beating the host team in a tournament in North Carolina, and a Mount Si grad played a key role. Sophomore Maura Murphy got a chance to pinch-hit in the eighth, and her sacrifice bunt set up what ended up being a game-winning hit by the next batter that scored a runner from third. Murphy is from Snoqualmie and walked down the graduation aisle at MSHS in 2012.

Dominican-CA 2-3, CWU 1-1 – Host Dominican swept a pair from Central Washington in San Francisco yesterday. Freshman Kailyn Campbell, a 2013 Cedarcrest grad from Duvall, went 2-3 in the first game, and also recorded four putouts at first base for the Wildcats, but was the designated hitter in the nightcap and went 0-3 in that contest.

Swimming
Colorado Mesa records conference title, and Valleyite key – Colorado Mesa University’s men’s swimming team won its first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in that sport yesterday, successfully wrapping up a busy four day conference title meet on home turf in Grand Junction, CO. Valleyite Ryan Gifford, a 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall, was part of the winning efforts, competing in several events throughout the course of the meet for CMU. He wrapped up his events yesterday with a seventh-place finish in the 200 meter breaststroke race, clocking two minutes, 10.26 seconds.

Track and Field
Larson shines for Lipscomb – Lipscomb freshman women’s distance runner Sally Larson, from Fall City, once again made her mark at the Atlantic Sun conference indoor meet yesterday in North Carolina. Larson, fresh off helping her Lipscomb team score a runner-up finish in a distance relay race Friday, went at it alone in the women’s 5000 meter race yesterday, and she came in as the runner-up in that race. Larson, a graduate of Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell, clocked 17:22.54, which was about four seconds behind the winner, from Jacksonville University.

Baseball
Western Oregon 6, LCSC 1 – LCSC fell in the nightcap of a doubleheader at home in Lewiston, ID, against the visiting GNAC Division II team. Junior pitcher Gunnar Swanson, a Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall new this spring to LCSC after pitching for Everett CC last spring, pitched five innings for the home side, and took the loss, giving up three earned runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out four as his record dropped to 1-1. LCSC won the first game of the double-dip 8-4.

Santa Clara 3, Gonzaga 2 – These two West Coast Conference rivals saw one another in Texas yesterday, and the Broncos scored the win in a tournament in San Antonio. Sophomore pitcher Reece Karalus, a 2012 Mount Si HS grad from North Bend, saw his first action on the mound for SC in the tourney, and slammed the door shut on the Zags in the ninth for his first save of the spring.

Abilene Christian 10, NJIT 1 – Abilene Christian rolled to the easy win over the visitors from New Jersey in Abilene, TX. Freshman Gunnar Buhner was quite the busy player for ACU yesterday. On top of a 1-3 effort at the plate which saw him score a pair of runs, Buhner recorded four putouts and four assists defensively playing second base, which he has played since the start of the season for Abilene. Buhner is from Fall City and a 2013 Mount Si grad.

UC Davis 10, Kansas State 5 – The struggles continued for K-State as they fell again at a tournament in Moraga, CA. Junior Max Brown, from North Bend and new to KSU this spring after playing for Bellevue College, went 1-2 with a walk at the plate, and the 2011 Mount Si grad also recorded two outfield putouts for the Wildcats.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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