SPORTS BRIEFS: Lynnwood golfer recognized for her academic achievements

  • Tue Oct 12th, 2010 8:34pm

Lynnwood native Kimberly Santiago has been named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American, the American Junior Golf Association and Hewlett Packard announced Sept. 30. Sponsored since 1988 by HP, the 2010 team consists of 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.

Santiago is a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and holds a 3.95 GPA. At a 2010 AJGA competition, she tied for 12th at the AJGA Junior at Centennial and recorded her best finish at the Lessing’s AJGA Classic where she placed fifth. While talented on the golf course, Santiago is also a midnight blue belt at Seattle Taekwondo and plays the viola in the Cascade Youth Symphony.

To be eligible for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open or Invitational, while girls need a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade point average, class rank, SAT/ACT scores, leadership skills, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.

The players will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 21, at PGA National Resort &Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. By being named to this team, each player is also eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, which will take place on PGA National Resort &Spa’s Champion and Haig Courses, Nov. 20-26.

Jackson, Terrace to host state playoff games

Jackson and Mountlake Terrace high schools will host first-round games in the revamped state boys and girls basketball tournaments.

Following its Executive Board members’ meeting this month, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced locations for the 2011 state basketball first-round games. These area venues are on the list, approved on Sept. 27:

• Jackson High (4A boys and girls)

• Marysville-Pilchuck High (3A boys and girls)

• Stanwood High (2A boys and girls)

• Glacier Peak High (1A boys and girls)

• Mountlake Terrace High (1B boys and girls)

The first-round games will take place on Feb. 25-26.

Changes in Wesco girls soccer

Points are awarded differently this year in the Wesco North 4A, Wesco South 4A and Wesco 3A girls soccer divisions. Teams receive three points for a victory completed in regulation or overtime, two points for a shootout victory and one point for a shootout loss. In previous years, teams simply earned three points for a win and one point for a tie.

Another change this season in Wesco 4A: crossover games between North and South teams count in the respective division standings.