Black Hills grad signs with champions

LOCAL COLLEGES: Anye Turner to play basketball at Western Washington, winner of Division II crown

mwochnick@theolympian.comMay 31, 2012 

Former Black Hills High School standout and South Puget Sound Community College freshman Anye Turner signed a letter of intent to play men’s basketball at Western Washington.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 15.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots – the latter two NWAACC-leading figures – and was named a West Region first-team all-star and the region’s top defensive player and co-freshman of the year.

At Black Hills, Turner guided the Wolves to their first state tournament appearance his senior season in 2010-11.

The Vikings are the NCAA Division II national champions and finished with a 31-5 record. WWU will play national powerhouse Duke in Durham, N.C., on Oct. 27 in an exhibition game.

MORE RECRUITING

W.F. West senior Uriah Thomas signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball at The Evergreen State College. The 6-foot post was the 2A Evergreen Conference MVP, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds, and led the Bearcats to a sixth-place finish at the 2A state tournament in March. … Black Hills senior Kylie Hall has given a verbal commitment to play women’s basketball at NYU-Poly, an NCAA Division III program in Brooklyn, N.Y. … Saint Martin’s men’s and women’s basketball teams finalized their recruiting classes. The men will bring in three junior-college transfers, Tyler Idowu of Oakland’s Merritt College, Rei Jensen of Oregon’s Mount Hood Community College and Evan Coulter of Bellingham’s Whatcom Community College, as well as two freshmen, Isaac Bianchini from Sedro-Woolley and Lucas Shannon from Issaquah. The women’s class is highlighted by two league MVPs – Krista Stabler of Central Kitsap and Ciara Pedroni of Fife. Also in the class are Megan Wiedeman (Skyline), Hattie Kosko (Auburn Mountainview) and Maria Jesse (Holy Names).

REGIONAL ACCOLADES

Saint Martin’s catcher Chandler Tracy, who was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s freshman of the year in baseball, was named the NCAA Division II West Region’s freshman of the year.

After batting .064 through the first 11 games, Tracy finished with a team-best .329 batting average and eight home runs.

1ST MEMBERS OF HALL

River Ridge librarian Sarah Applegate was one of four graduates of The Evergreen State College inducted into the school’s inaugural athletic hall of fame class May 18.

Applegate, a swimmer who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Evergreen, was the school’s first All-American in the early 1990s.

Other inductees include former athletic director and cross county coach Pete Steilberg, guide Mike Denoyer and late mountain climber Willi Unsoeld.

CLIPPERS GET RECRUITS

After canceling its season because of too few players, South Puget Sound Community College’s softball team announced six high school recruits – Timberline’s Ashley Baker, Tenino’s Cassie Vance, Olympia’s Amanda Rupright, Tumwater’s Kaleah Milligan, Shelton’s Jordanne Krumpols, and W.F. West’s Frances Camp. Krumpols, a catcher at Shelton, was co-offensive MVP of the 4A Narrows League after batting .429 with 22 stolen bases.

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