CBC basketball teams prepare for play in the Eastern Region


New Columbia Basin College men’s basketball coach Anthony Owens is 5-4 so far.

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Columbia Basin College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams got off to a busy start this month.

Men’s head coach Anthony Owens has his team 5-4, going 1-2 in a three-game NWAC crossover tournament that began last week at Highline Community College in Des Moines.

Richland High graduate Tyler Kurz leads the Hawks in both scoring (20.5 points) and rebounding (7.9), while Jase Edwards (Central Valley) is averaging 11.6 points and better team 3.9 assists per game.

Other top players to date include Amar Rivers (Auburn) at 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds; Garrett Streufert with 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists; and Donovan Cooper (Utah) at 1.9 assists.

First-year women’s head coach Amy Sokaitis gave her Hawks a 4-6 start, going 1-2 in a three-day, three-game NWAC crossover at South Puget Sound in Olympia last week .

Aly May, a point guard from Fairbanks, Alaska, leads the Hawks with 10.9 points per game. She’s also second on the team in rebounds with 5.0 boards and third in assists with 1.7 per game.

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New Columbia Basin College women’s head coach Amy Sokaitis gave her Hawks a 4-6 start. Tri-City Herald File

Other leaders to date include Makenna Brandner (Tri-Cities Prep), with 7.0 rebounds; Jada Liulamaga (Yakama Tribal), with 7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists; Emma Maxwell (Medical Lake), with 7.5 points; and Kiana Lizardo (Sammamish) with 2.7 assists.

The CBC Men are done until after the first of the year, with an NWAC East opener in North Idaho on Jan. 5 before opening at home against Treasure Valley on Jan. 8.

The CBC Women have yet to play at home and in fact have another small tournament on Dec. 28-29 at Lower Columbia in Longview. The Hawks will open NWAC East after the first of the year, ahead of the men in North Idaho (Jan. 5) and at home against Treasure Valley (Jan. 8).

college football

Pasco High graduate Sebastian Gutierrez ended his college eligibility on a high note when he was named a second-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association for NCAA Division II.

Gutierrez is a 6-foot-6, 295-pound senior offensive lineman at Minot State University.

He first played as a tight end at Minot State, but in his second season was moved to the offensive line.

He played 42 games in five seasons.

Preparatory fight

Nine wrestlers from the region were named weight class champions in the women’s portion of the Bob Mars tournament on Dec. 4.

Kennewick, who won the tag team title with 255 points, had two champions in Sara Correa Gambindo at 145 pounds and Nevaeh Vogtman at 140.

Other weight class winners included Hailey Jo Ahsmuhs senior of Richland at 190 pounds, River View junior Kadyen Anderson at 135, Chiawana junior Alexia Fabian at 110, Chiawana senior Mariah Hinojosa at 120, Richland junior Erin Kremer at 235, Sunnyside junior Alexxus Ramos at 115, and rookie Pasco Elisa Sanchez at 105.

Chiawana had three individual champions in the women’s portion of the Best of the West tournament in Pasco on Dec. 17-18.

Alexia Fabian (110 pounds), Mariah Hinojosa (115) and Alanna Haney (135) have all won titles for the Riverhawks.

Fabian beat his Chiawana teammate Sierra Gonzales 6-0; Hinojosa pinned Alexis of Othello on Monday in 1:22; and Haney pinned Ephrata’s Rashann Olson in 5:12.

The trio are all off to good starts: Fabian is 8-0, Hinojosa is 10-0 and Haney is 9-1.

There were other local champions. Kamiakin’s Veronica Arroyo pinned Hanford’s Kiersten Canales in 2:33 to claim the 105-pound crown.

Alondra Morales of Royal pinned Emma Gambino of Flathead High School of Montana in 1:16 to win the 140-pound championship; Hailey Jo Ahsmuhs of Richland pinned Katelyn Rodriguez of Moses Lake in 18 seconds to claim the 170-pound crown; and Pasco’s Mirella Morfin pinned Flathead’s Lucille Libby in 5:10 to win the 190-pound title.

Academic background

It’s December, but that doesn’t stop North West colleges from competing in track – indoor track.

On December 11, The Podium – Spokane’s newest indoor sports facility – hosted the Spokane Invitational, and a number of Mid-Columbia athletes shone.

Hanford High graduate Joe Gauthier, who runs for Eastern Washington University, led the way with a first-place finish in the men’s 60-metres. Gauthier crossed the finish line in 6.77 seconds.

Gauthier’s teammate, Justin Roosma (Walla Walla Valley Academy), won the men’s 3,000 meters for EWU with a time of 8:19.08.

In the men’s high jump, WSU’s Mitch Jacobson (Walla Walla) placed second with a jump of 6-foot-8.

WSU’s Jared McAlvey (Walla Walla) was second in the men’s 200 meters at 21.78 seconds; finished fifth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles in 8.46 seconds; and also finished sixth in the 60 meters with a time of 6.97 seconds.

Hanford High graduate Nyenuchi Okemgbo, currently competing at Boise State, finished second in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.71 seconds. Madelyn Knight (Walla Walla), competing for EWU, finished fourth in the event at 9.05 seconds.

Austin Albertin (Kennewick) of Central Washington University was fourth in the men’s 400 meters clocking 49.97 seconds; EWU’s Halley Ruff (Walla Walla) finished fourth in the women’s pole vault at 12-foot-3.

Adam Kopf (Walla Walla) of Eastern Oregon finished sixth in the men’s shot put event with a mark of 48-foot-3. Northwest Nazarene’s Braden Swaney (Kamiakin) placed eighth at 44-9.

Braydon Freitag (Kamiakin), competing for EWU, placed seventh in the men’s pole vault with a mark of 15-foot-1.

EWU’s Katherine Petsch (Kamiakin), running alone, finished seventh in the women’s 60-metres, clocking 7.74 seconds.

CWU’s Makaylee Young (Hermiston) placed eighth in the women’s long jump with a score of 17-3.

Jeff Morrow is the former sports editor of the Tri-City Herald.

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