First, a state champion, and now the Class 2A state player of the year.
After helping W.F. West High School win its first girls basketball state title March 8, senior Nike McClure on Thursday was named The Associated Press’ Class 2A state player of the year.
The all-state teams and players of the year are voted on by select sports writers and editors at newspapers statewide, including The Olympian.
The 6-foot-3 McClure, a Washington State signee, helped lead the Bearcats to a 48-37 victory over 2013 champion Mark Morris in the 2A state title game.
McClure averaged eight points and a tournament-best 12.6 rebounds a game during the three-day tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome. The 2A Evergreen Conference MVP averaged 12.2 points and 10.5 rebounds during the regular season.
The 2A EvCo was well represented in the all-state voting: McClure’s teammate Julie Spencer, River Ridge’s Jazzlynn Brewster and Black Hills’ Sarah McGee were 2A honorable mention picks.
On the boys side, Timberline senior and University of Washington-bound Donaven Dorsey was named to the Class 3A all-state first team.
The 3A Narrows League MVP averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, helping the Blazers to a 3A regional berth.
Dorsey is ranked in the top five in all-time scoring at Timberline.
NEW NATIONAL HONOR FOR TUMWATER’S GRAHAM
Tumwater senior Justin Graham was presented last week with the USA Today High School Sports/Army National Guard’s Inspiration award. He was one of 15 student-athletes recognized nationwide for going “above and beyond in their communities, while balancing their academics and athletic careers.”
Graham, a basketball and baseball player for the Thunderbirds, was one of 12 national finalists in November for Wendy’s High School Heisman, which honors excellence in academics, athletics and community service. The honor came with a trip to New York for December’s Heisman presentation.
The Shelton School Board voted to keep the Shelton High School pool open for at least another year at its meeting Tuesday night. Board president Brenda Hirschi wrote in an open letter Feb. 28 that the 42-year-old pool faces repairs at an estimated cost of $400,000-$500,000. The pool is home to the Highclimbers’ boys and girls swim teams, as well as public use six days a week. ... The Capital (3.610 grade-point average) and Yelm (3.790) girls bowling teams were named academic state champions by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for Class 3A/2A and Class 4A, respectively. It was Capital’s first season of girls bowling. ... Tumwater girls basketball coach Dave Weber resigned after two seasons. ... Timberline safety Jeff Winstead has committed to play football at Pacific Lutheran, Blazers coach Nick Mullen said.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org