January sports update
Sophomore Isaac Winston scores against Pierce College.
Gator basketball hits midway mark
Green River basketball hosted the Centralia College Trailblazers Jan. 25. The Gators were surprised by the hot-shooting visitors, losing both contests that day.
The Gator men (4-4 in league play) were defeated 73-87, despite four players scoring in double figures. The Gator defense allowed the Trailblazers to connect on 54 percent of their shots, including 11 three-pointers, with freshman Devonte Luckett leading the team with 18 points.
For the women (0-8 in league play), a 41-78 defeat marked the eighth consecutive league loss for the Gators. With a strong 31-36 first half performance, the team struggled behind 27 turnovers as Centralia turned up the heat in the second half. Green River mustered only 10 points in the second stanza, with Taylor Woods leading the team at 8 points.
Each Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Western Region team has played each other once. Check out the current standings as the teams head into the second round of play:
Wednesday, Jan. 22, Green River will travel to Clark College to meet up with the Penguins.
Spring sports gearing up for season
The Gator softball and baseball teams began their practice Jan. 21 in preparation for the March 1 opening dates.
First-year coach Al Simons has 14 players and looks to bring Green River back to the NWAACC season-ending softball championship tournament after missing it the last two seasons.
Third-year baseball coach Brian Embery has a roster of 30 players vying for playing opportunities on the diamond this spring.
Green River Track and Field will start its campaign on Monday, Feb. 3; the men's and women's golf team will begin teeing it up on March 1.