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Wolves play on in college sports

Rylleigh Zbaraschuk runs the bases for the University of Washington Huskies’ softball squad.  - Photo courtesy of University of Washington
Rylleigh Zbaraschuk runs the bases for the University of Washington Huskies’ softball squad.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of University of Washington

Editor’s note: We may have missed a Sequim High grad or two playing collegiate sports. If you know of an SHS grad not listed here, let us know at news@sequimgazette.com.

 

Right on track

Sequim High School 2011 grad Frank Catelli was third at the NCAA Division II track and field meet, earning All-American with a school-record shot put throw of 60 feet, 10.5 inches for the Western Washington University Vikings. Catelli owns the WWU school record in the discus and recently was named WWU’s Athlete of the Year.

Sequim High School 2013 graduate Jayson Brocklesby, now a freshman at Olympic College, became a three-time All-American at the NWAACC track and field championships May 20 at Spokane Falls Community College. With top-three finishes in each event, Brocklesby earned the honor. Brocklesby also played basketball for the Rangers, averaging 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and two assists in 13 games.

After nearly not turning out for her final season of track, Anna LaBeaume — a 2010 Sequim High grad — became a five-time Northwest Conference champion, winning the shot put on her final toss and taking third in the hammer for the Linfield Wildcats. LaBeaume, a senior at Linfield majoring in English, qualified for the NCAA Division III national meet in both hammer and discus throws. She finished with three top-five throws in Linfield history (hammer, shot put, discus). She qualified for the national meet in the hammer in 2013.

Linfield teammate Audrey Lichten raced for the Wildcats in the 800- and 1,500-meter races and relays in 2014. She placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run at the 2012 Northwest Conference Championships. Lichten is a junior majoring in electronic arts.

Adrian Clifford also is at Linfield. A freshman with an exercise science major, Clifford — a 2013 SHS graduate — races for the Wildcats in cross country and track. He competed in 1,500-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter races this spring in track and was a top-five runner for the Wildcat cross country squad last fall.

Jasmine McMullin, a 2013 Sequim High grad, earned Western Washington University’s best triple jump in both indoor (35-7) and outdoor (36-4.5) competitions as a freshman. She also had the Vikings’ third best outdoor long jump and fourth-best indoor long jump this spring.

Ben Stensland, a 2001 Sequim High grad, helped coach four WWU javelin throwers earn top-10 finished at the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Michigan this May, including first and second place in the women’s javelin. Bethany Drake took first and Katie Reichert was second while Slater Hirst was fourth and John Haskin was eighth in the men’s national final.

Coming up diamonds

Rylleigh Zbaraschuk played for the University of Washington’s softball squad that earned top-five status in NCAA Division I rankings (as high as No. 2) and qualified for the Super Regionals.

Zbaraschuk, a 2013 Sequim High grad, had limited playing time as a freshman. She was a pinch-runner in two of the Huskies’ Super Regional games against Florida and drew a walk in her first collegiate at-bat.

Sister Madison Zbaraschuk hit .224 for the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The junior catcher, a 2011 Sequim High grad, had just one error behind the plate in 57 games. She had six home runs and 30 RBIs as the Tritons went 49-8. Her team was ranked No. 13 in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll.

Lea Hopson, a Southern Idaho standout and 2011 Sequim High grad, joined the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the 2014 season. She hit .257 for the Red Raiders with a team-high 10 doubles and was second on the team with 21 stolen bases and seven home runs. She also led the team in games played (54),(23) walks and hit-by-pitches (17). Hopson was among the top junior college hitters in the country at Southern Idaho.

Sequim High 2013 grad Mariah Frazier played softball for Olympic College, hitting .333 with a team-high 20 extra-base hits and tying for the team lead with nine steals this spring. Frazier also played basketball for the Rangers, averaging 10.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and two assists in 20 games played.

On the course, courts, gridiron

Haleigh Harrison was on Western Washington University’s volleyball squad, red-shirting her first year with the Vikings. Harrison, also a 2013 SHS graduate, looks to join a team that went 23-4 in 2013 and qualified for the NCAA Division II West regional.

Sequim High 2013 grad Taylor Balkan hit the court for Clackamas Community College last fall, helping the Cougars to a 32-14 record and No. 6 ranking.

Gabe Carter played basketball for the Whitworth Pirates. A 2013 Sequim High grad, Carter had limited playing time, averaging about 4.5 minutes per game in 20 games off the bench. The Pirates went 23-6, falling in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

SHS grads Isaac Yamamoto and Lopaka Yasumura suited up for the Mid America Nazarene University’s football squad. Yamamoto, a sophomore linebacker and 2011 Sequim High grad, tallied 19 tackles in seven games. Yasumura, SHS class of 2013, is a sophomore running back.

Zoei Zbaraschuk, a 2009 Sequim High graduate, is a senior at Sonoma State, finishing with an 83.58 average in six invitationals for the Seawolves.

Joey Hall, a sophomore at Central Washington University and 2011 Sequim High grad, had five goals and two assists in 13 games for the Wildcats’ lacrosse sports club team.

 

On their way

Several graduating Sequim High School seniors have inked their letters of intent to play, earned scholarships or have sights sets on college athletic careers, including:

• Alexas Besand, Skagit Valley College (basketball, fastpitch)

• Dylan Chatters, Westminster College (track)

• Hannah Hudson, Olympic College (volleyball, track)

• Sarah Hutchison, Linfield College (track)

• Nick Johnston, Edmonds Community College (baseball)

• Makayla Bentz, Pacific Lutheran University (tryout for fastpitch team)

 

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