Recent Glacier Peak graduate Allison Ladd will compete in poll bending at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Oklahoma. (AP Photo)

Recent Glacier Peak graduate Allison Ladd will compete in poll bending at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Oklahoma. (AP Photo)

Community sports roundup: GP grad headed to rodeo finals

Plus, an EvCC pitcher signs with the Yankees, locals affected by SPU shuttering gymnastics, and more.

Allison Ladd has been selected to represent Washington State at a national high school rodeo competition.

Ladd, a recent graduate of Glacier Peak High School, was named to the Washington State National High School Rodeo Team for the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo.

Ladd will be competing in pole bending, a timed event in which a rider and horse weave around poles arranged in a line, along with her 13-year-old sorrel mare Chicky.

The event is scheduled to take place July 17-23 in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

EvCC pitcher Gabonia signs with Yankees

Everett Community College pitcher Ocean Gabonia signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Yankees.

Gabonia, a freshman right-hander from Hilo, Hawaii, made three appearances for the Trojans before the season was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. In 15 innings he went 0-2 with a 2.40 ERA, walked seven and struck out 23.

According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Gabonia received a $20,000 signing bonus, which was the maximum amount allowed under this year’s adjusted draft and free agency rules.

EvCC, EdC sportsmanship winners named

The Northwest Athletic Conference announced its Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards, and two athletes from both Everett Community College and Edmonds College were honored for their demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior.

The honorees from Everett were Morgan Marshall (women’s basketball, Snohomish High School graduate) and Daniel Amador (men’s soccer, Marysville Pilchuck High School graduate).

The Edmonds honorees were Casey Gonzales (women’s soccer, Kamiak High School graduate) and Chihiro Ichimura (men’s soccer).

Locals affected by SPU discontinuing gymnastics

Seattle Pacific University has decided to discontinue its women’s gymnastics program, citing the shrinking landscape of NCAA Division II gymnastics, in which just five other schools nationwide had gymnastics programs.

Two athletes from Snohomish County were on the team: senior Siena Brane from Glacier Peak High School and freshman Simone Dumas-Guzman from Archbishop Murphy High School. The school announced that scholarships would be honored.

Jackson grad Webber earns academic honor

Jackson High School graduate Jackson Webber, now a sophomore pitcher on the Vanguard University baseball team, was named an NAIA Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete. Webber has a 3.78 grade-point average while majoring in Business Administration.

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