Montana State guard RaeQuan Battle, a Marysville Pilchuck graduate. (Jack Murrey/Montana State Athletics)

Montana State guard RaeQuan Battle, a Marysville Pilchuck graduate. (Jack Murrey/Montana State Athletics)

Community roundup: MP alum Battle honored by Big Sky

Plus, Everett grad Jayden White earns All-American status and more.

RaeQuan Battle made an instant impact on the Montana State University men’s basketball team, both as a transfer and coming off the bench.

The Marysville Pilchuck High School graduate, who’s a sophomore for the Bobcats after transferring from the University of Washington, was one of the recipients of the Big Sky Conference’s Top Reserve award. He shared the honor with Montana’s Cameron Parker.

Battle, a 6-foot-5 guard, is averaging 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes off the bench for Montana State. His numbers steadily improved over the course of the season, and in the Bobcats’ final 14 regular season games he averaged 12 points on better than 50% shooting from the field. He also hit a 35-foot buzzer beater in Montana State’s regular season finale, an 87-85 home victory over Northern Colorado.

Battle and the Bobcats finished with a 27-7 record and won the Big Sky Conference tournament to earn Montana State’s first NCAA tournament bid in 26 years. He and the Bobcats received the No. 14 seed in the West Region and face third-seeded Texas Tech at 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday in San Diego.

White earns All-American status

Everett High School graduate Jayden White, now a sophomore on the University of Washington men’s track and field team, earned All-American status by placing fourth in the weight throw at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday in Birmingham, Alabama.

White tossed the weight 73 feet, 6 3/4 inches to become the first Husky male to score in the weight throw at indoor nationals since 1986. Alabama’s Bobby Colantonio won with a throw of 77-5 1/4.

This was White’s second time competing at indoor nationals. Last year he placed 10th to earn second-team All-American honors.

Cummings, Kenny earn All-Region honors

Two members of the Western Washington University men’s track and field team who graduated from Snohomish County high schools were named NCAA Division II All-West Region by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the indoor season. Sophomore Cooper Cummings, a graduate of Arlington High School, was honored in the pole vault, and freshman Ryan Kenny, a graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School, was honored in the heptathlon.

Athletes receive All-Region honors by being among the top-five marks in the region in their events.

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