Community roundup: Locals bring in haul of NWAC softball honors

Plus, EvCC Hall of Fame and coaching news, and Lake Stevens graduate wins Big-12 conference championship.

A pair of Snohomish County natives swept the big accolades when the Northwest Athletic Conference announced its softball All-Region awards.

Meadowdale High School graduate Kelci Studioso, now a first-year infielder at Bellevue College, was named the North Region’s Most Valuable Player. Meanwhile, Lake Stevens High School graduate Kaylie Hoskins, now a first-year pitcher at Everett Community College, was named the Pitcher of the Year.

Studioso batted .453 with a walk/strikeout ratio of 20/3, while also stealing 38 bases in 41 attempts in 34 games. She scored a team-leading 44 runs for the Bulldogs, who shared the North Region championship with Everett and placed second at the NWAC tournament.

Hoskins appeared in 25 games for the Trojans, going 17-4 with a 3.02 ERA, striking out 289 in 146 innings. Her strikeout total was almost 100 more than any other pitcher in NWAC.

In addition, Everett coach Randy Smith and his staff were named the Coaching Staff of the Year.

Graduates of Snohomish County high schools dotted the All-North Region teams. Bellevue first-year catcher Haley Winckler (Glacier Peak), Edmonds first-year infielder Taylor Eskew (Meadowdale), Everett first-year infielder Isabelle Hansen (Snohomish) and Skagit Valley first-year infielder Delaney Kaysner (Snohomish) were named to the first team. Bellevue first-year infielder Christina Tadvick (Monroe), Everett first-year infielder Kaitlynn Bridgewater (Meadowdale) and first-year catcher Jasmine McMiller (Everett), and Skagit Valley first-year pitcher Annika Forseth (Edmonds-Woodway) and first-year infielder Camdyn Robinson (Kamiak) were named to the second team.

Other players from Everett CC to make the All-Region teams were sophomore infielder Meleana Turner, first-year catcher Maddie German, first-year utility player Jordyn Lono, first-year designated player Leiloa Bustamante and first-year infielder Kayla Tuaoa. Other Edmonds College players named to the teams were first-year infielder Nanea Andrade, first-year catcher Anna Fridell and first-year utility player Kennedy West.

Walker being inducted into EvCC Hall of Fame

Longtime Everett Community College athletic director and men’s basketball coach Larry Walker is being inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame as the school’s 2022 inductee.

Walker arrived at Everett in 1985 as the men’s basketball coach, then became the athletic director in 2001. In 31 years as basketball coach his teams compiled a 404-474 record, and as athletic director he oversaw the expansion of the athletic programs and building of the Walt Price Student Fitness Center.

The Hall of Fame banquet is being held June 9. The banquet will also honor the 2021 class (track athlete Sue Grigsby, football player Jim Linden, soccer player Brianna (Ellis) Navlet, javelin thrower and football player Ralph Sager, basketball player Corby Schuh, softball player Allie (Milless) Taylor, basketball player Darrell Walker and the 2011 women’s cross country team) and 2020 class (wheelchair athlete Ken Johnson, cross country runner Rachel Cundy, track and field athlete Bob Bruce, football coach Paul Wallrof, the 1956 men’s golf team and the 2011 men’s cross country team), as their banquets were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Locher to coach EvCC cross country

Everett Community College has hired Brian Locher as its head cross country coach. Locher arrives from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, where he was named the Western State Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2021.

Roe wins Big 12 1,500 meters

Lake Stevens High School graduate Taylor Roe, now a junior on the Oklahoma State University women’s track and field team, took first place in the 1,500 meters at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships on May 15 in Lubbock, Texas. Roe led the event from wire to wire, winning in a time of 4 minutes, 17.00 seconds, witch was more than six seconds ahead of the rest of the field. It was her fourth conference championship this school year across cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

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