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Oak Harbor, Coupeville grads continue to compete in college athletics
A player drafted by a professional baseball team and several all-American honors in track highlighted the efforts of Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school graduates who competed in college sports this spring.
Four members of the Oak Harbor High School class of 2011 played collegiate baseball this year.
Yale Rosen, a junior at Washington State University, was recently drafted in the 11th round by the San Diego Padres. He finished the college season hitting .294, third-best for the Cougars. He led the team in home runs (5), slugging percentage (.457) and walks (25); and he was second in RBI (28), doubles (13) and triples (2).
In his professional debut with the Eugene Emeralds June 16, Rosen drove in two runs with a base hit.
Through June 25, he has appeared in eight of the Emeralds’ 13 games, hitting .318 (7-for-22), best among those with at least 20 at bats. He is first in RBI (6) and second in doubles (4) and walks (6), even though seven teammates have 35 or more at bats.
Oak Harbor’s Jay Stout was one of the last players recruited to the AIB College of Business (Des Moines, Iowa) baseball team this year but the first in many categories on the stat sheet.
AIB coach Chad Harris heard of Stout through word of mouth and added the former Skagit Valley Community College player after the school year started. Stout enrolled in AIB in time for winter quarter.
“He was a late addition,” Harris said, “but he fit in right away. The guys love him; he is a solid guy. We like to be aggressive on the base paths, and Jay fits that philosophy to a T.”
Though this spring was the first season of baseball at AIB, an NAIA school, the Eagles (24-19, 14-7) finished just a half game out of first in the final conference standings and second in the conference tournament.
Stout led the team in hitting (.339), doubles (7), triples (3), slugging percentage (.475) and on-base percentage (.453).
He was a first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection, and the junior left fielder also was named to the Gold Glove (all-defensive) team.
Josh Evans, a red-shirt sophomore at Edmonds Community College, helped the Tritons (20-5, 39-8) to the Northern Division and Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championships.
Evans pitched 6.1 innings in relief over seven games, picking up one win. His ERA of 7.11 is misleading; he allowed five runs this season, but four came in one appearance. In six of his seven appearances, he gave up one or fewer hits.
David Tillotson, playing for Centralia Community College (9-16, 15-25), appeared in eight games for the Trailblazers. In his 12 at bats, the red-shirt sophomore catcher picked up three walks and two runs.
Two 2013 OHHS grads, Anthony Stewart and Jack Richter, played baseball at Southeast Community College (Lincoln, Neb.) this spring.
Stewart, an outfielder, appeared in 34 games for the Storm (39-25), hitting .286 (12-for-42) with a triple, home run, nine RBI, seven runs, eight walks and six stolen bases.
Infielder Richter hit .276 (8-for-29) in 17 games with nine runs and three RBI. He also pitched one inning, picking up one strikeout.
Richter, who sports a 3.85 grade point average, also received a Superior Academic Achievement award from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Allison Duvenez, a junior at Northwest Christian University from Oak Harbor, earned all-American honors by placing sixth in the 5,000 meters at the NAIA national championship meet May 24 at Golf Shores, Ala. Duvenez ran a personal best 17:37.74, just five seconds out of second place, in the finals after qualifying in 11th place.
Duvenez won the 5,000 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships and placed fourth in the 1,500 (4:39.36).
She also posted the school’s leading 800 time of the season (2:17.59) and ran on the Beacons’ 4x400 relay team when it clocked a season-best 4:11.1.
Coupeville’s Hunter Hammer placed in two events at the National Christian College Athletic Association track and field championships at Shorter University in Rome, Ga., May 1-3.
Hammer competes for Trinity Lutheran College of Everett, which is in its inaugural year of athletic competition.
Hammer placed third and received all-American honors in the discus with a throw of 152-05.14.
He also placed fifth in the hammer throw with a personal best 155-05.75.
Tyler King of Coupeville, a junior and one of the top distance runners at the University of Washington, sat out this spring with an injury.
Oak Harbor’s Shantae Young completed her career at Washington State University this season by placing eighth in the triple jump (40-02) at the Pac-12 Championships in Eugene, Ore., May 17-18. She also posted WSU’s top long-jump mark of the season (18-11.75) while winning the event in a dual meet with the University of Washington May 3. In the same meet, she was third in the triple jump with the school’s top mark of the season, 40-02.75.
She opened the spring with a win at UCLA in the triple jump (40-02.25).
Oak Harbor’s Hannah Bressler, running for Willamette University (Salem, Ore.), placed second in the Northwest Conference Championships in Tacoma in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:14.65) April 26. She also placed ninth in the 1,500 (4:51.77).
The sophomore later placed fifth in the steeplechase at the West Coast Invitational May 15 in Salem.
Christina Wicker, a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge) from Oak Harbor, helped the Engineers win the New England Division III Championships in the 4x800 relay (9:20.17) May 5. She won the 1,500 at the Sean Collier Invitational April 19 with a season-best time of 4:43.7 and won the 3,000 steeplechase (11:51.13) and finished third in the 400 hurdles (1:17.19) at the Engineers’ Cup April 5.
Oak Harbor’s Dominique Jackson, a sophomore on the Pacific Lutheran University track and field team, finished fourth in the hammer throw (149 feet) at the Northwest Conference championships April 25 in Tacoma.
Coupeville’s Alexis Trumbull played left field for the Skagit Valley College (3-17, 11-30) softball team this season. The sophomore appeared in 36 games, hitting .165 (14-for-85) with six runs, seven RBI and 12 walks.
Oak Harbor’s Shawna Steele played in 25 games for the Edmonds Community College (6-14, 9-17) softball team, hitting .301 (22-for-73). The freshman utility player was second in triples (3) and RBI (15) and fourth in doubles (5) for the Tritons.
(If you know of other local graduates who compete in collegiate spring sports, please contact Jim Waller at email@example.com)