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Whidbey graduates perform on collegiate stage
Several local graduates continued their athletic careers on the collegiate stage this spring.
Coupeville’s Zach Hauser just competed his second season with the Big Bend Community College (Moses Lake) baseball team. This year he served as the Vikings’ closer, earning five saves and posting a fine 1.83 earned run average.
Hauser appeared in 24 games, threw 39.3 innings, allowed 41 hits and 16 walks, struck out 22, won two and lost five. His WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) was 1.45.
BBCC finished the year 12-32.
Hauser is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College all-academic team.
Last year as a starter, Hauser was 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA. In a team-high 65 innings he struck out 27, walked 15 and yielded 78 hits.
He hopes to continue playing baseball next spring for a four-year school. This month he will be visiting the University of Sonoma, San Francisco State and Western Oregon University as he begins to narrow down his choices.
Oak Harbor’s Chris Reilly wrapped up his career at Olympic Community College (Bremerton) this spring. The sophomore outfielder appeared in 33 games for the 15-28 Rangers.
Reilly went to bat 108 times and collected 24 hits for a .222 average and .263 on-base percentage. He finished the year with 14 runs, 12 RBI and four doubles.
Oak Harbor’s Bridgette Walker, a junior at Pepperdine Univesity (Malibu), helped set four school relay records for the women’s track team: 4x100, 49.33; 4x200, 1:45.99; 800 sprint medley, 1:52.11; and 1,600 sprint medley, 4:36.07.
The local sprinter’s personal bests are 12.63 in the 100 and 25.69 in the 200.
She is the older sister of current Oak Harbor High School sprinter Naomi Walker.
Coupeville’s Kyle King broke the Eastern Washington University (Cheney) 10,000 record this spring with a clocking of 29:34.21. He also posted the school’s third-best 5,000 (14.19.81).
At the Big Sky Conference indoor championships, he placed fourth in the 3,000 (8:27.23) and eighth in the 5,000 (15:04.84).
At the conference’s outdoor championships, the sophomore finished 14th in the 5,000 (15:45.04).
Oak Harbor’s Krissy McGill, a sophomore at Everett Community College, placed 16th in the conference meet in the 5,000 (21:48.38) and helped the Trojans place fourth in the 4x400 relay (4:18.74).