Sports briefs — March 11, 2020

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Paddlers nix meeting

Because of concerns from the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Olympic Peninsula Paddlers have canceled their meeting and a presentation by kayaking adventurers David Crocker and Keri French set for 7:15-8:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave.

“Our board of directors felt it was better to be safe than sorry and to follow the CDC directives,” Cathy Hathaway said.

Postseason honor

2019 Sequim High graduate Nate Despain was named to the Northwest Athletic Conference North Region’s All-Defensive team.

Despain averaged 1.4 steals per game to go with 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 27 games for the NWAC tourney-qualifying Pirates.

Teammate (and team leading scorer) Davien Harris-Williams was named to the region’s first team, scoring 20.2 points per contest and shooting 40 percent on 3-point shots. Malik Moore (11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds per game) was named to the second team.

Peninsula, 20-7, placed fourth in the NWAC North region. The Pirates are scheduled to play Lower Columbia in the first round of the NWAC tournament on March 12.

PC women get honors

Peninsula Pirates’ leading scorer Leilani Padilla made the Northwest Athletic Conference All-North Region First Team. She averaged 18.3 points a game, good for fifth in the NWAC, hitting 38.6 percent of her 3-pointers.

Named to the second team was the Pirates’ Logan Luke, who averaged 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds a game.

Making the All-Defensive team were Luke and Pirates’ guard Kayla Johnson; Johnson averaged 2.5 steals per game.

The PC women were second in the North region, earning an 18-7 record and qualifying for the NWAC tourney. Peninsula was scheduled to play Clackamas on March 12 in that tourney’s opening round.

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