Sequim High grad Nate Despain joined Casandra White of Modesto, Calif., as winners of the Art Feiro Award at Peninsula College’s 2019-20 athletic awards, announced June 22 at a Pirate Athletics End-of-Year Awards event held on Zoom.
Despain helped the men’s basketball team to a third-place finish in the North Division before the season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak. White was the captain of the women’s basketball team that placed second in the North Division; she also served as student body president.
Joining Despain in the awards was Sequim’s Atticus Wickert, who served as team captain of Peninsula’s League of Legends esports team that placed third in their junior college league. He recently achieved the grandmaster ranking, making him one of the top 1,000 players in North America.
Sam Oliveira, women’s soccer captain and student body vice president, was selected for the Wally Sigmar Award, along with Mason Haubrich, who represented the men’s team.
Oliveira, of Porterville, Calif., led the women’s team to their 10th straight North title and a second-place finish in the Northwest Athletic Conference. Haubrich, of Gig Harbor, led the men to their 10th league title in 12 years and their fifth NWAC championship.
Despain, who was a freshman in eligibility but a sophomore because of his Running Start credits, is transferring to Utah Valley University and then plans to enter chiropractic school. Wickert, who also finished his freshman year, will be back in a Pirate uniform in the fall.
Oliveira, Peninsula’s second all-time leading scorer, will continue her soccer career at Portland State, while Haubrich is bound for Cal State San Diego. White will continue her basketball career at Western Oregon, where her coach Alison Crumb of Port Angeles finished out her collegiate career.
The criteria for the five major sports awards calls for student athletes who best exemplified leadership, athleticism, academics and citizenship.
“Our five major award winners were part of a pretty special group of athletes,” said Rick Ross, associate dean for athletics and student life.
“Our coaches do a great job of bringing in high-characterstudent athletes and I think Art Feiro and Wally Sigmar would have been especially proud of these young men and women. The things they accomplished on and off the field set a very high standard for their returning teammates and future Pirates to follow.”
The PC athletic program also recognized the two William and Annie McMullen Award winners: Hana Scott of Bosman, Mont., and Quinlyn Ontiveros, of Burley, Idaho. The award goes to two freshman female athletes who best exemplified inspiration, dedication, accomplishment and ambassadorship.
The virtual ceremony concluded with recognition of awards previously announced, including the North Region sportsmanship award winners Chloe Keenan-Merlo of Reno, Nev., and Matt Wilkinson of Shoreline, along with the many North Region all-stars from soccer and basketball.
“It was sad to end the year virtually, but that’s the world we’re living in right now,” Ross said. “Our athletes remained positive throughout the pandemic, but I think it’s safe to say they’re hungry to compete again.
“We wish the sophomores all best in the world as they move on with their higher education and athletic careers and we’re looking forward to seeing our freshman back on campus soon.”