HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Northwest Conference is proud to announce Student-Athletes of the Week for the week ending March 4th.
Baseball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week – Casey Brown, Pacific (Ore.) (Sr., P)
Senior lefty Casey Brown (Peoria, Ariz.) threw his third-straight complete game as the Boxers' defeated Linfield, 3-1 in the series opener. He struck out 11 Wildcats for his third double-digit strikeout game of the season and did not walk a batter.
Baseball Position Student-Athlete of the Week – Eric Waldichuk, Willamette (Fr., UT)
Waldichuk (San Diego, Calf.) batted .400 for the week with a grand slam, home run, and a double. He earned six runs and seven runs batted in. He had a .800 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage. He recorded a hit and a run in all three games. In the first game against Lewis & Clark, he went 2 of 3 with 2 walks, 3 runs and a grand slam. The grand slam brought in the final four runs of a 5-run fifth inning that gave Willamette an 8-2 lead. He had 6 RBIs in that game. In the third game, he hit an RBI double in a 4-run sixth inning. He went on to score for a 4-0 lead.
Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Madison Strickland, George Fox (Jr.)
Strickland (Bothell, Wash.) scored a team-high four goals against Johnson & Wales on Saturday in the 18-0 shutout victory. She finished with four goals, three assists, and seven points. She also collected two draw controls and recorded an 85.7 shots on goal percentage.
Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Bailey Faust, George Fox (So.)
Faust (Clackamas, Ore.) led the Bruins' defense during the home opener against Johnson & Wales. She recorded a team-high four caused turnovers to keep JWU away from any type of scoring opportunities. The Bruins held the Wildcats to only one shot on goal and kept the ball on their offensive side of the field for most of the game.
Softball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week – Morgan Masters, Pacific (Ore.) (Jr., P)
Masters (Tenino, Wash.) went 2-0 as the Boxers swept Willamette over the weekend. She allowed just one hit in a 4-1 complete game win on March 2. She came out of the bullpen to pitch five innings of three-hit relief to pick up the win in game one of the doubleheader on March 3.
Softball Position Student-Athlete of the Week – Kinsey McNaught, Whitworth (Jr., OF)
McNaught (Keizer, Ore.) totaled up 11 hits, 14 runs batted in, six extra base hits, and two stolen bases in three wins and one halted game at George Fox. She also scored five runs and finished the weekend with a .688 batting average, .722 on-base percentage, and a 1.250 slugging percentage. The sophomore also doubled off one runner from center field.
Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week – Raed Attia, Lewis & Clark (Sr.)
Attia (Cairo, Egypt) cruised to an easy 6-1 win in the first set of number one singles before grinding out a 7-5 win in the second set. Attia is undefeated this season in singles against Division III opponents. Also playing in the number one seed for doubles, Attia along with brother Ramez took down Luis Rojaz and Nathan Saragoza of Linfield 8-6. The Pioneers would go on to win their conference opener 6-3.
Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week – Michelle Uyeda, Linfield (So.)
Uyeda (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) won her third straight singles match at the number one position at George Fox. The sophomore also picked up a doubles win alongside partner Tessa Kern.
Men’s Track & Field Track Student-Athlete of the Week – Keith Carlson, Willamette (Sr.)
Carlson (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) won the 5,000-meter run at the Willamette Opener with a personal record time of 14:47.91 as he lowered his time by about 19 seconds. He ranks #1 on the national performance list by 20 seconds.
Men’s Track & Field Field Student-Athlete of the Week – Reed Hurst, Whitworth (Fr., Throws)
Hurst (Bend, Ore.) picked up a victory for Whitworth in the discus with a 142' 3" toss. The freshman also placed second with a career-best 42' 7" throw in the shot put.
Women’s Track & Field Track Student-Athlete of the Week – Imani Keyes, Pacific Lutheran (Fr.)
Keyes (Spanaway, Wash.) won both the 200-meter and 400-meter races in her collegiate debut. The Freshman currently owns the fastest time in Division III in the outdoor 200-meter and ranks 8th nationally in the outdoor 400-meter.
Women’s Track & Field Field Student-Athlete of the Week – Hope Duenas, Willamette (Jr., Throws)
Duenas (Covina, Calif.) won the discus at the Willamette Opener with a throw of 139' 2", which leads the national performance list. She took second place in the hammer throw at 139' 8". She is 6th on the national performance list in the hammer.
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