RaeQuan Battle, a Marysville Pilchuck High School graduate, celebrates while playing for Montana State against Kansas State during an NCAA Tournament game March 17 in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

RaeQuan Battle, a Marysville Pilchuck High School graduate, celebrates while playing for Montana State against Kansas State during an NCAA Tournament game March 17 in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Community roundup: MP grad Battle’s status at West Virginia in limbo

Plus, the Silvertips deal Roan Woodward to Edmonton and the EvCC men’s soccer keeps its high ranking in the NWAC.

The college basketball season is fast approaching, and RaeQuan Battle’s status remains in limbo.

The Marysville Pilchuck High School product, who is set to suit up for West Virginia this season after transferring from Montana State, still has yet to be cleared to play for the Mountaineers as the NCAA has yet to grant a waiver request.

Battle, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, transferred to West Virginia during the offseason after averaging 17.7 points per game while leading Montana State to the NCAA tournament. Battle has one season of eligibility remaining because of the coronavirus pandemic, and he would have been eligible to play immediately as a grad transfer, but Battle has yet to graduate, meaning he needs a waiver in order to play this season.

West Virginia coach Josh Eilert said during his first news conference of the season on Sept. 26 that he expected to receive an answer on Battle’s waiver in the coming weeks. West Virginia’s first exhibition game is Oct. 27 and the first official game is Nov. 6.

Silvertips trade Woodward to Edmonton

The Everett Silvertips made a deal Tuesday, sending 18-year-old forward Roan Woodward to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2026 WHL prospects draft. The deal was made because Woodward, a native of Nipawin, Saskatchewan, requested a trade to be closer to home for family reasons.

“Roan was a great Silvertip,” Everett general manager Dennis Williams said in a press release. “His game has developed over the past two seasons and he was a great teammate on and off the ice. We wish him all the best in Edmonton.”

The 5-foot-10, 177-pound Woodward was originally a fourth-round pick by Everett in the 2020 prospects draft. In 113 games with the Tips the past three seasons Woodward recorded seven goals and 16 assists. This season he had two assists in six contests.

EvCC men’s soccer holds steady at No. 2

The Everett Community College men’s soccer team held its place at No. 2 in the most recent Northwest Athletic Conference coaches poll.

Everett, which remains unbeaten this season at 4-0-4 in North Region play and 9-0-4 overall, received one of the 11 first-place votes as the Trojans remained one spot behind Columbia Basin. Everett has outscored its opponents 59-12, with freshman midfielder Cristiano Whitaker from Brazil leading NWAC in goals with 19.

Meanwhile, the Edmonds College volleyball team surged to No. 5 in the volleyball poll. The Tritons have caught fire since North Region play began, going 5-0 in league, and Edmonds is 18-8 overall. Everett (2-4, 17-9) dropped from No. 5 to No. 8.

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