The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), which oversees community college sports in Washington, Oregon and parts of Idaho, announced its updated return-to-play plan for the 2020-21 season this past Sunday. Everett Community College and Edmonds College are members of NWAC.
NWAC sports have been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new plan, all sports other than cross country will start competition on March 1, with cross country resuming on Feb. 13. Resumption is dependent upon the approval of local health authorities, and individual schools will have the discretion to determine whether or not they participate.
In addition, all NWAC championships have been canceled, with play restricted to competitions within each of the conference’s four regions.
Both Everett and Edmonds participate in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Everett also participates in men’s and women’s track and field.
“The executive board believes the decision is beneficial to our student-athletes by keeping them engaged, academically and physically,” NWAC executive director Marco Azurdia said in a press release. “There is no perfect answer to this difficult and challenging situation we face. But as a conference we wish to support the total development of our student athletes.”
Girls hoopsters in Phoenix
Several of the area’s top high school girls basketball players participated in the Tournament of Champions The Bubble: Phoenix AAU tournament held Dec. 5-6.
Lake Stevens’ Cori Wilcox and Monroe’s Adria Lincoln were key players as the NW Blazers Grey went 4-0 in the 2022 Division. Wilcox averaged 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds, while Lincoln averaged 6.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals.
Lake Stevens’ Chloe Pattison and Baylor Thomas were members of the Way to Win team that went 3-1 in the 2021 Division. Pattison averaged 8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.8 steals, Thomas averaged 3.5 boards.
Arlington’s Jenna Villa was one of the leaders of the Tree of Hope team that went 2-2 in the 2021 Division. Villa averaged 9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
Glacier Peak’s Maya Erling and Malia Smith and Arlington’s Hailey Hiatt formed the core of the FOH Seattle 17U team that went 1-3 in the 2021 Division. Erling averaged 10.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals, Smith averaged 5.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists, and Hiatt averaged 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds.
Snohomish’s Ella Gallatin was a standout for the Cascades team that went 1-3 in the 2021 Division. Gallatin averaged 9.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Chisman places 18th at junior golf nationals
Stanwood’s Conrad Chisman finished in 18th place in the Boys U-18 Division at the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championships held Nov. 15-17 at Kaasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder, Louisiana.
Chisman, who qualified for the tournament by winning the Seattle Regional Qualifier in August, shot a three-round score of 4-over 220, which was 13 strokes behind the winner, Brendan Valdes of Orlando, Florida. Chisman was one of the youngest competitors among the 57 participants, finishing third among players born in 2004.
WIAA scholarship opportunity
The WIAA, in conjunction with the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Gesa Credit Union, has announced its 2020-21 Smart Choices Scholarship Program. The program is awarding two $5,000 scholarships and eight $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors for excellence in athletics/activities, academics, leadership and community service throughout their high school careers. For more information, visit the WIAA website.
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