Photo by Kelly Donoho/MSU Athletics
                                Oak Harbor graduate Dejon Devroe is an All-American runner for Mississippi State University.

Photo by Kelly Donoho/MSU Athletics Oak Harbor graduate Dejon Devroe is an All-American runner for Mississippi State University.

Excelling after high school: Former Wildcats, Wolves compete in college spring sports / Alumni update

Success in sports didn’t end with high school graduation for some Oak Harbor and Coupeville athletes. Many have gone on to the collegiate arena, and here’s a look at how former Wildcats and Wolves fared in college spring sports in 2019.

Track

Oak Harbor’s Dejon Devroe closed out his outstanding collegiate career by earning All-American honors at Mississippi State University (Starkville).

The senior finished 10th in the 800 meters in the Division I NCAA Championship meet June 5, good for second-team All-American status. He was also second team last year when he placed 14th in the national finals. He made the All-American first team during the 2018 indoor season.

In addition, Devroe helped set the Mississippi State school record in the 4×800 relay (7:14.16).

He was fifth in the 800 in the NCAA East Preliminaries May 23 and eighth in the Southeast Conference finals May 11.

Before transferring to MSU, Devroe earned first-team Division II All-American honors in the 800 in both indoor and outdoor track while running for Shorter University (Rome, Ga.) in 2017.

As a senior at Oak Harbor High School, Devroe won the Washington 3A high school title in the 800.

Oak Harbor’s Jenna Cooley, a freshman on the Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma) track team, twice helped the Lutes win the 4×400 relay this spring. PLU captured the event at the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker March 1 and the Shotwell Invitational in Tacoma April 6.

Her best finish in an individual event also came at the Shotwell Invitational when she placed second in the 400 (1:07.37).

Cooley set personal-best marks in both the 400 (1:06.4) and 200 (28.61) while finishing fifth and eighth at the Lewis and Clark Invitational April 20 in Portland.

Julie Jansen, a sophomore from Oak Harbor, competed in the throws for Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa) this season.

Jansen’s best meet came at Buena Vista when she placed third in the shot put (36), eighth in the discus (100-06) and 12th in the hammer (88-01) March 30.

She placed 22nd in the shot put (35-05.75) at the Great Plains Athletic Conference championship meet May 3 and 4.

Baseball

Brothers CJ and Hunter Smith, Coupeville graduates, were back on the diamond together this spring at Green River Community College.

After taking two years off from school and baseball, CJ joined Hunter as freshmen on the Gator squad that went 4-32.

CJ pitched in 13 games for Green River, starting one, and tossed 30 innings, fourth most on the club. He finished with a 0-1 record, one save and a 9.3 earned run average, which was second-best among the regular pitchers. His 15 walks were the fewest among the regulars; he also struck out 11.

His strongest outing came in the final game when he blanked high-scoring Lower Columbia for 4.2 innings May 11.

Hunter, a middle infielder and leadoff hitter, missed the final eight games with an injury. Before his season ended, he played in 25 games, with 78 at bats, 14 hits, 11 runs, four RBI, one double, one triple, 14 walks, two stolen bases and a .179 batting average. He led the team with four sacrifices.

Oak Harbor freshman first baseman James Besaw played in six games for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (North Adams) baseball team (10-28). He made 10 plate appearances with one hit and two walks.

Besaw and Coupeville graduate Joey Lippo plan on joining the Smiths at Green River next season.

Softball

Lexie Findley was the starting catcher for the California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks) softball team. The junior played in 30 games for the Regals (12-28), hitting .169 (11-65) with 11 runs, 13 RBI and two doubles. On defense, she recorded 71 putouts and five assists while posting a .962 fielding percentage.

The Oak Harbor grad’s best outing came in a 6-4 loss to Denison March 22 when she had three hits, including a double, and two RBI.

Findley is a three-time inductee into the CLU Scholar-Athlete Society.

Rowing

Oak Harbor’s Jillian Pape recently completed her first year as a member of the University of Washington women’s crew.

She rowed in the freshman 4+ boat that won the varsity/novice challenge during the Class Day Regatta March 23, and she competed with the third-place fourth varsity 8+ in the Collegiate Open May 4.

Golf

Oak Harbor graduate Lisa (Wasinger) Johnson was named head women’s golf coach at the University of Nebraska June 17.

Johnson was the head coach at Boise State University from 2002-07 and at the University of Idaho from 2007-19. At Idaho, she earned Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and 2012. She led the Vandals to two Big Sky Conference titles, five second-place finishes and three NCAA regional appearances.

She coached five individual conference champions, six individual regional qualifiers and 37 Scholar All-Americans.

When Johnson competed for Oak Harbor, she set the school record for best average round, 81, in 1996. She went on to golf for Gonzaga University and was an All-West Coast Conference selection.

Photo courtesty of PLU Athletics
                                Oak Harbor’s Jenna Cooley ran for the PLU track team this spring.

Photo courtesty of PLU Athletics Oak Harbor’s Jenna Cooley ran for the PLU track team this spring.

Photo courtesty of CLU Athletics
                                Oak Harbor’s Lexie Findley gets ready to hit for California Lutheran this spring.

Photo courtesty of CLU Athletics Oak Harbor’s Lexie Findley gets ready to hit for California Lutheran this spring.

Photo courtesty of NWC Athletics
                                Julie Jansen of Oak Harbor tosses the hammer for Northwestern College.

Photo courtesty of NWC Athletics Julie Jansen of Oak Harbor tosses the hammer for Northwestern College.

Photo by Stephen Brashear/Red Box Pictures
                                Oak Harbor’s Jillian Pape, second from left, rows for the Huskies in the Class Day regatta March 23.

Photo by Stephen Brashear/Red Box Pictures Oak Harbor’s Jillian Pape, second from left, rows for the Huskies in the Class Day regatta March 23.

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