Local athletes take part in collegiate winter sports
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
March 7, 2010 · Updated 5:57 PM
Here’s a look at how some former Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school athletes fared this winter season in collegiate sports.
Coupeville’s Michael Bagby is finishing his senior year at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. The 6-3 forward is a starter for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team that recorded a 21-6 record and won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with an 11-3 mark; the Stags also captured the conference tournament title.
Bagby averages 7.4 points per game and leads the team in 3-point baskets with 37 in 24 games.
This week his team is taking part in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Before attending Claremont McKenna, Bagby played for Whatcom (Bellingham) Community College where he was a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges all-league player and the NWAACC Scholar Athlete of the year in 2008.
Cody Peters and Kassie Lawson, both of Coupeville, are freshman on the Whatcom teams this winter.
Peters helped the men’s team to 11-5 and 16-9 records and second place in the NWAACC North. The 6-6 forward has played in all 25 games, scoring 90 points (3.6 per game) and grabbing 48 rebounds.
Lawson, a 5-5 freshman guard, appeared in 15 games for the Orcas (7-9, 7-14) and scored 37 points (2.47 average). She is fourth on the team with 20 assists.
Oak Harbor’s Danica Russell averages 13 minutes a game for the league champion Skagit Valley women’s team (15-1, 21-4). Russell, a 5-7 freshman guard, is fourth on the team in assists (35) although she is eighth in playing time. She scored 61 points (2.77 average) and grabbed 53 rebounds.
Russell’s Lady Cardinals and Peter’s men’s team at Whatcom will participate in the NWAACC tournament in Kennewick today through Tuesday, March 9.
Oak Harbor’s Carolyn Vasquez is a starter for the University of Arizona’s club water polo team. Her three goals have helped the Wildcats to a 6-2 record, good for third place in the Southwest Division, one game out of first.
UA placed sixth in the national tournament last year.
Oak Harbor’s John Tuttle is a member of the Yakima Valley Community College men’s wrestling team. YVCC finished the year with a 3-9 record.
Junior Evan Wilson and freshman John Hu are recording-setting teammates from Oak Harbor on the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, N.J.) swim team.
Wilson holds five individual school records (500 freestyle, 4:32.68; 1,000 free, 9:35.03; 1,650 free, 15:45.38; 200 breaststroke, 2:18.82; and 400 individual medley, 3:58.87) and helped set two relay records (400 free relay, 3:08.31; and 800 free relay, 6:54.73).
Hu owns three individual school records (100 butterfly, 51.84; 200 butterfly, 1:51.94; and 200 IM, 1:53.51) and one relay mark (400 medley relay, 3:29.76).
Stevens, an NCAA Division III school, won the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference title as Hu scored the most individual points (123) in the meet; Evans was fifth with points (117).
The pair also helped Stevens finish the year with a 7-0-1 dual meet record and an Empire 8 Conference title.
Oak Harbor’s Megan Hall, a cross country runner for Northwest Christian University, is now studying abroad at Mokongo, Uganda. Though not competing there, she has continued to run although people in her community think it is “weird.” She said in a blog entry that “Ugandans don’t see the point of ‘wasting’ energy when they could use it for doing productive work.” She also noted that her house mother expects her to iron her running clothes and to wash her running shoes at least once a week.
(Editor’s note: If you know of other local graduates still competing, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.)Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at email@example.com or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.