Spring sports amp up before quarter ends
Green River baseball player Quinn Hartman (Kentlake High School) is known more for his speed on the base paths rather than the pop in his bat. Sunday, the sophomore centerfielder defied expectations when he hit two home runs, including a sixth-inning grand slam, to give the Gators a 6-3 victory over second-place Tacoma.
Despite the knowledge that making the playoffs was out of reach, the Gators fought hard behind a strong pitching performance from sophomore Micah Dohlen (Kentlake High School). Down 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Gators rallied for five runs, including Hartman's dramatic shot over the right field fence.
Green River will close out the season with a four-game series against Centralia College Saturday, May 11. The Gators will host at Russell Road Field number 1 in Kent.
Softball celebrates Sophomore Day
Sophomore softball players. Top row, left to right: Kihani Palmer, Sarah King. Bottom row: Madison Mainard
With the final week of the season at hand, the Green River softball team played their final home game on Monday against Pierce College, celebrating the contributions of three departing sophomores.
Team captain Madison Mainard (Campbell High School) has been a mainstay on the rubber as the leading pitcher for two seasons. Contributing more than 100 innings pitched in both seasons for Green River, the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges all-academic all-star will continue her academic pursuits at the University of Washington-Tacoma next year.
Centerfielder Sarah King (Kentlake High School) finished her split career with a .429 batting average. The 2009 first team all-west performer plans to stay at Green River and continue in the Physical Therapy program.
Lastly, first team all-west shortstop Kihani Kihananui (Kealakehe High School) and leading batter (.480 career average), is being recruited by several four-year universities.
Track teams compete at University of Washington
With just two weeks left before the NWAACC Championships, the Gator track and field teams traveled to Seattle to compete against four-year schools at the Ken Shannon Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington.
Sprinters Lisa Petersen and Kyle Morris both medaled at the meet, and the men's 4x400 relay continue to improve their NWAACC leading times.
The athletes who qualified for the NWAACC Championship, which is to be hosted at Spokane Community College May 20-21, are listed below:
Sergio Arroyo (sophomore, Kent) - 400m hurdles, 400m, 4x100, 4x400
Devonte Woods (sophomore, Auburn) - 100, 200, 400, 4x100, 4x400
Kyle Morriss (freshman, Auburn) - 200, 400, 4x100, 4x400
Junior Choun (sophomore, Federal Way) - 400 hurdles, relays alternate
Candino Blue (freshman, Seattle) - 400 hurdles, 4x100
Nick Knoblich (freshman, Issaquah) - 10,000
Matt Link (freshman, Auburn) - Steeple, 10,000
Isaac Lugenbeal (freshman, Kennewick) - 4x400m
Lisa Petersen (sophomore, Renton) - 100, 200, 100 hurdles
Oksana Carlsophomoren (freshman, Federal Way) - 5000, 10000
Nikki Bohart (freshman, Puyallup) - 5000, 10000
Men's golf finishes third at Skagit Valley
With no. 1 golfer Broc Johnson using the weekend to pursue a U.S. Open qualifier, the Gator men traveled to Mt. Vernon to take on the field at the Cardinal Invitational. Behind the play of sophomores Greg Stock (third place) and Kevin McCrossin (ninth place), the Gators finished in third place overall.
For the women, Britney Thurber finished in fourth place in 80-degree heat at Anvalon Golf Club.
For more information regarding NWAACC sports, visit www.nwaacc.org