It’s been a memorable couple of weeks for Owen Jones.
On June 6, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected the University of Portland pitcher in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Four days later, he was signed and on his way to join the Dodgers’ Class A minor-league team in Ogden, Utah.
On June 12, Jones celebrated his 23rd birthday. The following day he was named a third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Jones, a graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School, took over the closer role at Portland this spring as a senior and set a school record with 16 saves. In 29 innings, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-hander posted a 1.24 earned-run average and struck out 31 batters.
Haley Beranbaum, a sophomore at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, competed at the United States Paralympic Trials in Bismarck, N.D., over the weekend.
Beranbaum, a swimmer, did not make the U.S. team for the 2012 Paralympics, scheduled for late August through mid-September in London, but she did win one gold medal and three silver medals while swimming personal bests in all her events. Athletes were chosen for the London team based on a selection process and not on placings during the trials.
Finishing first in the preliminaries of the 200-meter individual medley in the S5 class (for swimmers with full use of their arms and hands, but little use of their trunk or leg muscles and some degree of coordination difficulty), Beranbaum had a time of 4:26.03. That mark broke the American record for her level of disability and earned her a place on the U.S. national team.
Later that night, Beranbaum was even better in the finals, winning in 4:25.09.
Beranbaum will be one of 15 American para-swimmers at the 2012 Canadian Para-Swimming World Challenge, which is being held in conjunction with the Canada Cup, July 3-9 in Montreal.
Beranbaum was born with a genetic aberration called achondroplasia, which results in dwarfism.
Track and Field
Lauren Moran of Lake Stevens won the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships held May 24-26 at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Moran, a senior at Concordia University in Portland, Ore., won the race in a time of 11 minutes, 11.63 seconds. Sora Klopfenstein of College of Idaho was second in 11:16.32. It marked the third straight year Moran has earned All-America honors in the steeplechase.
Moran, a graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School, won the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship in the steeplechase in each of her four years. She is the conference record holder in the event (10:45.06).
The Concordia women came into the NAIA championships as the defending national champions. They finished second this year behind Oklahoma Baptist.
Mill Creek native Michael Chamerski, who won the Class 4A state tennis title as a junior at Jackson High School in 2011, won the Seattle City Open earlier this month at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle.
Chamerski defeated Jeremy Berman 6-1, 7-5 in the finals.
Chamerski, who did not compete for Jackson during his senior season, was the No. 2 seed heading into last weekend’s tournament. The University of Washington recruit capped off a big day for Husky tennis, as outgoing women’s player Denise Dy won the women’s title at the City Open on the same day.