Colorado wide receiver Daniel Arias, a Jackson High School alum, runs after a catch during a game on Oct. 15, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado wide receiver Daniel Arias, a Jackson High School alum, runs after a catch during a game on Oct. 15, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Daniel Arias has caught the attention of the NFL Players Association.

The Jackson High School graduate, who just finished his fifth season as a receiver on the University of Colorado football team, has been invited to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The game, which serves as an all-star game for college players eligible for the NFL draft, takes place Jan. 28 in Pasadena, California.

Arias set a new school record for games played by an offensive player, appearing in 53 contests during his tenure with the Buffaloes. In his career the speedy 6-foot-4 receiver caught 48 passes for 750 yards and four touchdowns. This season he caught 19 balls for 309 yards and one score as Colorado went 1-11.

The NFL draft is April 27-29 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Monroe grads named All-Big Sky for EWU

Two graduates from Monroe High School who are now members of the Easten Washington University football team received All-Big Sky honors.

Efton Chism III, a sophomore receiver, was named to the third team. Chism caught 62 passes for 607 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned punts and kickoffs for the Eagles.

Joshua Jerome, a junior defensive tackle, was named an honorable mention. Jerome made 39 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and also recovered a fumble.

Chism and Jerome helped the Eagles finish 3-8 this season.

Johnston to play for national championship

Snohomish High School graduate Josh Johnston, now a senior receiver on the Colorado School of Mines football team, will be playing for a national championship when the Orediggers take on Ferris State on Saturday in McKinney, Texas, for the NCAA Division II title. The game starts at 10 a.m. Pacific Time and is being televised on ESPNU.

Johnston and the Orediggers advanced to the championship game by beating Shepard 44-13 last Saturday in Golden, Colorado. Johnston caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Johnston has been a key figure in the Orediggers’ run with 71 catches for 1,288 yards and 12 TDs.

Berroa named NWL Pitcher of the Year

Prelander Berroa, who spent a big chunk of the 2022 season with the Everett AquaSox, was named the Northwest League Pitcher of the Year.

Berroa, a 22-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, made 13 starts with the Sox after the Seattle Mariners acquired him in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. He went 2-2 with a 2.41 ERA for High-A Everett, walking 32 and striking out 81 in 52.1 innings pitched before being promoted to Double-A.

Berroa has since been added to the Mariners’ 40-man roster.

Baker places fifth at Grand Prix Final

Kamiak High School graduate Jean-Luc Baker and his partner Kaitlin Hawayek placed fifth in ice dancing at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final on Friday and Saturday in Turin, Italy.

Hawayek and Baker, competing in their second Grand Prix Final, finished with a score of 198.06. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada won with a score of 215.64.

The fifth-place finish was one spot higher than where Hawayek and Baker placed at the Grand Prix Final in 2018.

EvCC ranked in NWAC men’s basketball poll

The Everett Community College men’s basketball team came in at No. 5 in the latest Northwest Athletic Conference coaches poll. The Trojans, who are 9-2, jumped from No. 10 in the previous poll.

North Region play begins on Jan. 11.

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