HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Northwest Conference is proud to announce this week's Student-Athlete of the Week recipients.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Connor Heintz, Linfield (Fr., F)
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Wren Norwood, Puget Sound (Jr., GK)
Heintz (Maple Valley, Wash.) had the assist on Linfield's first goal and then scored the second goal for the Wildcats in their upset win over Willamette, 2-1, to end the season.
Norwood (Kenia, Alaska) recorded his fifth shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Lura Morton, Puget Sound (Sr., F)
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Madison Huesers, George Fox (Jr., D)
Morton ( Moscow, Idaho) scored the game-winning goal with 5 minutes left in regulation at Linfield, giving the Loggers a share of the NWC title and the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championship. The senior scored two goals total to help the Loggers overcome a 2-0 deficit to beat the Wildcats.
Huesers (Lake Stevens, Wash.) led the Bruins to their eighth and ninth shutout of the season to close the weekend out at 2-0. She was unstoppable on the backline leading the Bruins to two decisive shutouts. Her one shot against Whitman was deflected back into the box that led to the Bruins' game-winner.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Wyatt Smith, Linfield (So., QB)
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Kale Wong, Whitworth (Jr., LB)
Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week – Anthony Louthan, Pacific Lutheran (Sr., TE, FS)
Smith (McMinnville, Ore.) threw for 449 yards on 20-30 passing (66%) with four touchdowns, including a game-winning 59-yard touchdown pass to J.D. Lasswell with 35 seconds left to give Linfield a 47-41 win over Puget Sound in Tacoma. The sophomore set new career highs in yards, touchdowns and efficiency (236.4), while leading the Wildcats to 10.2 yards per play - a program-best.
Wong (Gig Harbor, Wash.) led Whitworth in tackles with 11, including one half for loss. He also intercepted a pass in the Pirates' 38-28 win over Lewis & Clark.
Louthan (Montesano, Wash.) had seven punts for 294 yards, averaging 42.0 per punt and placing three inside the 20. He had an additional kick that sailed 60 yards, but was negated on a roughing the kicker call that set up the Lutes' lone TD of the day.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Jordan Zweifel, Pacific (Ore.) (So., OH)
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Caylie Shiramizu, Pacific Lutheran (Sr., DS)
Zweifel (Tillamook, Ore.) averaged 3.88 kills per set as the Boxers wrapped up the season. She had 17 in the five-set loss to Lewis & Clark, followed up with 14 more kills in the straight-set win over Puget Sound. Against Lewis & Clark, she had a hand on four blocks as she averaged 0.63 blocks per set in the two matches.
Shiramizu (Honolulu, Hawaii) averaged 4.57 digs per set in wins over George Fox and Lewis & Clark to lead the Lutes to sole possession of the Northwest Conference title.
Student-Athlete of the Week – Finn McClone, Whitworth (Fr.)
McClone (Camas, Wash.) went unbeaten in three individual events, posting Whitworth's best times of the season in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles. He anchored two winning relays on Friday night.
Student-Athlete of the Week – Kelli Callahan, Puget Sound (Jr.)
Callahan (Aspen, Colo.) - the reigning NWC Women's Co-Swimmer of the Year, won all six of her events in NWC duals against Lewis & Clark and Linfield this past weekend.