Community sports roundup: EvCC hoopsters named regional MVPs

The Trojans’ Markieth Brown Jr. and Hannah Hezekiah were honored as top players.

The Northwest Athletic Conference named its regions’ Most Valuable Players in basketball last week, and Everett Community College swept the North Region awards as the Trojans’ Markieth Brown Jr. was named the men’s North Region MVP, while Everett’s Hannah Hezekiah was named the women’s North Region MVP.

Brown, a sophomore guard from Spokane, is second in the NWAC in scoring at 26.2 points per game, making 4.0 3-pointers per contest. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the Trojans went a perfect 14-0 in region play for their second straight region title. Everett lost in the first round of the NWAC tournament this past Thursday to finish its season 22-8 overall.

Hezekiah, a freshman forward from Mariner High School, is fifth in the NWAC in scoring at 20.2 points per game. She also averaged 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest for an Everett team that played the majority of the season with just six players. The Trojans finished 5-9 in league and 10-19 overall.

Edmonds freshman guard Sean Kirk (a Mountlake Terrace High School graduate) and sophomore guard Drew Magaoay (Shorecrest/Cascade) were named men’s first-team All-North Region, while Everett freshman forward Magnus Jespersen and sophomore guard Tori Odom were named to the second team. Odom and Edmonds sophomore guard Thomas Doyle were named to the All-Defensive Team. Kirk was the Freshman of the Year, while Everett’s Mike Trautman was the Coach of the Year.

Everett sophomore guard Serafina Balderas (Arlington) was named women’s second-team All-North Region. Balderas and Edmonds freshman guard Sheilaika Agbayani were named to the All-Defensive Team. Hezekiah was named Freshman of the Year.

Ball places fifth at wrestling nationals

Meadowdale high school graduate Ciaran Ball, a senior on the Simon Fraser University wrestling team, placed fifth in the 285-pound bracket at the NCAA Division II National Championships held over the weekend in Cleveland.

Ball lost his opening match, but then won three of four in the consolation bracket to reach the fifth-place match, where he defeated Ashland’s Tristen Weirich — the wrestler he lost to in his opener — by a 4-1 decision. Ball earned All-American status as he completed his season 45-18.

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