Time to take a quick look at the colleges, as they wrap up their seasons.
Baseball: Karalus struggles in loss for Santa Clara
It was another tough one on the mound yesterday for Santa Clara freshman pitcher Reece Karalus, as he was on the short end of another loss yesterday.
Karalus, from North Bend, gave up five runs, only two of which were earned, on just five hits in six innings, as Santa Clara fell to Cincinnati 7-3 in the first game of a twinbill in Ohio. Karalus is winless on his freshman season at SC, who has struggled mightily this season. The Broncos wrap their series up today.
Speaking of Cincinnati, they are a member of the Big East Conference, and two of their conference rivals will square off today on national TV, with a local player likely to be in the lineup for one of the teams. St. John’s features shortstop Dustin Breshears, also of North Bend, and they host Notre Dame today at 10am on CBS Sports Network. Breshears as of yet has not seen action in this weekend’s set with the Fighting Irish, but we’ll keep you posted as to how things go for the Red Storm this weekend.
Texas Tech is off this weekend, a good time for their shortstop, North Bender Tim Proudfoot, to get some rest; their last game was last Tuesday, a 7-2 win over Dallas Baptist. Proudfoot scored a run in that game despite being hitless in four at-bats.
Rounding it out, Campbell of North Carolina won their division title in the Big South Conference with a win last night over Liberty (VA). Freshman Trevor Lane, of North Bend, has seen limited action this weekend for the Camels, with an 0-1 outing in a game Friday for Campbell, a 2-1 extra-inning win over the visitors from Virginia.
Track and Field: Rudd closes out season with strong conference showing
Southern Oregon’s Alex Rudd, from North Bend, took third in the women’s 5000m race at the Cascade Conference meet yesterday down in Gresham, OR. Rudd clocked 17:55.51 to earn the third place spot, but her time fell short of national qualification in the upcoming NAIA meet in that event.
We have more news on Rudd in just a moment.
Also in track and field, Molly Meyers of North Bend, competing for Idaho, finished ninth in the women’s hammer throw (158’10”) and 11th in the shot put (42’5 ¼”) at the Western Athletic Conference meet in Dallas yesterday.
Rounding it out, today at the Pac-12 championships in Los Angeles, North Bend’s Georgia Reynolds will be competing for the UW in the women’s pole vault.
General: Cascade Collegiate Conference releases all-academic lists for spring sports
Two Valley athletes made the grade this spring and were recognized by the Cascade Collegiate Conference for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.
Rudd, along with Northwest Christian senior softball player Melissa Webster, from Ames Lake, both earned recognition. The two of them, along with a large number of athletes from around the conference, made their way onto this list, which to do so required the athletes to maintain a 3.2 grade point average and be in their sophomore year or later.
We haven’t followed Webster here, sadly, and we apologize for that, so we’ll go ahead and quickly mention she was a starter for Northwest Christian this season, and finished the year hitting .149 in 29 games played for a team that went 8-30 on the season. She was among the better defensive players for that squad, as she started a team-high 14 double plays and had a .983 fielding percentage. Webster is a 2008 Mount Si grad who went first to a junior college in Arizona before returning home to play at Everett Community College. After finishing there, she transferred to NW Christian, in Eugene, OR, and has been a starter on that team the past two seasons.