Arlington’s Jenna Villa reacts to during a Class 3A state quarterfinal game against Meadowdale on March 2 in Tacoma. Villa, now at Washington State University, was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for Dec. 11-17. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Arlington’s Jenna Villa reacts to during a Class 3A state quarterfinal game against Meadowdale on March 2 in Tacoma. Villa, now at Washington State University, was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for Dec. 11-17. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Community roundup: Arlington grad Villa earns 1st Pac-12 honor with WSU

Plus, a Silvertips center receives an invite to a prospects game, and the Edmonds College men’s hoops team surges up the NWAC rankings.

Jenna Villa has picked up her first collegiate honor.

The former Arlington High School superstar, who’s now a first-year guard on the Washington State University women’s basketball team, was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for Dec. 11-17.

Villa, The Herald’s two-time reigning Girls Basketball Player of the Year and last season’s Washington Gatorade Player of the Year, starred in Washington State’s 95-48 home victory over Houston on Sunday. In 24 minutes off the bench she scored 18 points, including going 4-for-5 from 3-point range. She added four rebounds and an assist.

In 13 games this season Villa is averaging 6.0 points in 19.4 minutes, and she ranks third on the team with 16 3-pointers. The Cougars are 11-2 and among the other teams receiving votes in the Associated Press’ top-25 rankings.

Tips’ Miettinen named to Top Prospects Game

Everett Silvertips center Julius Miettinen was one of 18 WHL players who were invited to play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Miettinen, a 17-year-old from Helsinki, Finland, is in his first season with the Tips. In 26 games the 6-foot-3, 207-pounder has 12 goals and 15 assists. He was given a C rating when NHL Central Scouting released its preliminary watch list in October.

The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game features the top 40 NHL draft-eligible players from the CHL’s three member leagues. This year’s game takes place Jan. 24 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

EdC men lead way in NWAC polls

The Edmonds Community College men were the top local team when the Northwest Athletic Conference released its latest basketball coaches polls.

The Tritons, on the strength of opening the season with seven straight victories, surged up to No. 5 in the top-10 rankings after previously being one of the other teams receiving votes. Edmonds is currently 8-3. Everett (7-4) was among the other teams receiving votes in the latest poll.

In the women’s poll, Edmonds (5-5) was among the other teams receiving votes.

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