Community roundup: Kamiak grad, CWU linebacker honored

Plus, Evergreen Speedway holds Championship Night 2, a Terrace resident wins a state golf title and more.

Donte Hamilton is getting used to receiving awards.

The Kamiak High School graduate, now a graduate linebacker for the Central Washington University football team, was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Wildcats’ 14-9 loss to Angelo State on Saturday in Ellensburg. It was the second time in four weeks that Hamilton received the honor.

Hamilton filled the stat sheet Saturday, registering nine tackles — 3.5 for loss — two sacks, two pass breakups and a recovered fumble. He helped Central hold Angelo State to 253 yards and 14 points, both of which were season lows.

Hamilton also received the award following Central’s season-opening victory over Eastern New Mexico.

Six champions crowned at Evergreen Speedway

Evergreen Speedway crowned six more points champions during Saturday’s Championship Night 2 at the Monroe racetrack, including three who were repeat champions. Chad Sinner won the Legends championship, claiming the title for the third straight year, while John Carlson in Outlaw Figure 8s and Steve Cox in Super Stock Figure 8s each won for the second straight year.

Also claiming titles Saturday were Reece Goetz in Winged Sprint Cars, Peyton Hopp in Hornets and Colton Price in Mini Stocks.

Mountlake Terrace resident wins Super Senior

Mountlake Terrace resident Mark Johnson won the Washington Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship golf tournament held last Tuesday through Thursday at Kitsap Golf & Country Club in Bremerton. Johnson shot a three-round score of 8-over-par 218 to finish one stroke ahead of Lynnwood’s Chris Degrazia and Bremerton’s Carl Hendrix in the tournament for players 65 and older. It was Johnson’s first state title.

In the Washington Senior Men’s Amateur for players 55 and older, Todd Tibke of Snohomish placed third with a three-round score of 9-over 219, which was six shots behind winner Tom Brandes of Bellevue.

Former Oak Harbor golf coach being inducted

Former Oak Harbor High School golf coach John Matzen is being inducted into the Washington State Coaches Association’s Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. Matzen spent 28 years coaching both boys and girls golf at Oak Harbor, including starting the girls program in 1993 and placing second at the boys AAA state tournament in 1996, before stepping down in 2008. The induction ceremony is taking place Oct. 9 at Whidbey Island Golf & Country Club in Oak Harbor.

Hayward honored again

Archbishop Murphy High School graduate Natalie Hayward, now a senior setter on the University of Tennessee volleyball team, was named the SEC Setter of the Week for the second time this year. Hayward dished out 68 assists over two matches as the Lady Vols swept Arkansas to start SEC play. She also added 13 kills and 34 digs as Tennessee improved to 2-0 in league and 10-2 overall.

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