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Three GU senior athletes honored

Sun., May 5, 2013, midnight

Basketball players Elias Harris and Mike Hart shared the men’s honor, and golfer Victoria Fallgren was the women’s recipient of the Gonzaga University male and female senior athletes of the year awards at the second annual Evening of Excellence that honored Bulldogs seniors and paid tribute to all of the school’s student-athletes.

Tennis player Levin Guillermo and volleyball player Kylie Edinger were the male and female scholar-athletes of the year, respectively; men’s crew member Dane Pavlik was presented the Leadership Award, which recognizes a student-athlete who exhibits what it means to be a Zag by displaying excellence within their team, the classroom, on campus and in the community; and the baseball team earned the P.R.I.D.E. award, a friendly competition among the athletic teams involving community outreach and service.

Harris and Hart helped the Bulldogs to a 35-4 record, the first 30-win season in school history. Harris was a two-time All-West Coast Conference first-team selection and Hart the WCC Defender of the Year.

Fallgren started her four-year career with a school single-round record 67 in her first round as a freshman. She was a three-time All-WCC selection, claiming medalist honors in the WCC Championships as a junior and finishing sixth this season.

Guillermo has a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average and is a three-time WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll Gold Award recipient. Edinger has a 3.89 cumulative GPA and was twice named a Gold Honor recipient on the WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

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Alvaro Nazal, a sophomore at Gonzaga, was named All-West Coast Conference first-team singles in men’s tennis, the first Bulldog to be named first team All-WCC since 2001.

The Santiago, Chile, native had a school-record-breaking 27 victories during the year, smashing the old mark of 23. Playing every match at No. 1 singles, he went 14-6 in the spring, including 6-2 in WCC matches. In the fall, he advanced to the round of 16, a program-best, at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals and captured two tournament titles.

Collin Slaybaugh, Washington State’s junior catcher, and junior first baseman Brett Jacobs have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first team in baseball.

Slaybaugh, who has a 4.0 grade-point average in movement studies, earned the district honor for a second straight year. Jacobs, with a 3.61 GPA in accounting, was selected for the first time.

Members of the first team are eligible for Capitol One Academic All-America honors.

Jacob Olsufka, a Pacific Lutheran senior from University, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first team in Division III baseball with a 3.90 GPA in applied physics. He’s eligible for Academic All-America honors.

Cody Sorensen, an Idaho State sophomore from Ferris, was honored at halftime of the Bengals’ spring football game on April 27 in Pocatello, with the President Arthur C. Vailas Academic Achievement Award for having a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2012-13 school year.

The award recognizes the top scholar-athlete on the football team.

Kjirsten Magnuson, a Loyola Marymount sophomore from Coeur d’Alene and Gonzaga Prep, was named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 2012-13 All-Academic team in women’s swimming with a 3.41 GPA.

• Three Montana athletes with area ties were named to Big Sky Conference Winter All-Academic teams with GPAs of 3.20 or higher – Katie Baker (Lake City), women’s basketball; Jake Wiley (Newport), men’s basketball; and Shayle Dezellem (Shadle Park/Community Colleges of Spokane), women’s indoor track and field.

• Lewis-Clark State’s men’s golf team, getting key contributions from two players with area ties, won the Frontier Conference championship last week in Missoula to qualify for the NAIA Championships May 14-17 in Salem.

Jason Molner, a senior from Community Colleges of Spokane, led the Warriors in the 54-hole event with a 222 that was second overall, and freshman Joel Christensen from Central Valley shot 227 to tie for sixth.

The Warriors women, led by junior Idah Whisenant from Lewiston (240), also won the Frontier title and will play in the NAIA nationals May 21-24 in Lincoln, Neb.

Emily Stralser, a Western Washington junior from Cheney, finished seventh in a 13-woman field in the heptathlon at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multi-Events Championships last week in Monmouth, Ore., with 4,017 points.

Ali Worthen of Seattle Pacific broke her own meet record in winning with 5,390 points.

Jason Nokes, a Western Washington senior from Mt. Spokane, and his 4x400 relay teammates continue to smash school records. In winning the event in a twilight meet in Bellingham last weekend, the Vikings’ quartet broke a 20-year-old school record with an NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying time of 3 minutes 14.15 seconds.

John Allen, the Western Washington senior guard who started his collegiate basketball career at Washington State before transferring after his freshman season, was named to the 2013 Basketball Times NCAA Division II first team. It’s the third All-America honor for Allen, the second on the first team.

Letters of intent

Washington State men’s track and field: Mitchell O’Donnell, Kitchener, Ontario, jumper, sprinter, hurdler, a three-time Canadian champion in the 110 hurdles, long jump and triple jump; Dino Dodig, Serbia, decathlete, won gold medals in the pole vault and high jump at the Serbian Junior National Championships and placed 19th in the 2012 World Junior Decathlon Championships.

• Eastern Washington volleyball: Melissa Waelter, an outside hitter from Arnsberg, Germany, who is transferring from South Alabama, where she started 49 matches in two years. She had 506 kills, 406 digs, 60 blocks and 51 service aces in two years, ranking eighth in the Sun Belt Conference in kills per game (3.08) as a sophomore.

• North Idaho College women’s soccer: Keilin Farrand, Ellensburg, midfield, a four-year starter and three-time all-conference first-team selection; Jaimee Hulst, Helena, forward/midfield, a four-year starter at Capital High School, and 2012 all-state.

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