Community sports roundup: Pivec a finalist for Wooden Award

The accolades continue to pile up for Mikayla Pivec, and now she’s up for one of the most prestigious individual awards in women’s college basketball.

Pivec, a Lynnwood High School graduate who’s now a senior guard on the Oregon State University women’s basketball team, was one of 15 players named to the Wooden Award national ballot, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Saturday. The Wooden Award is given to the nation’s top player.

Pivec, who was already named All-Pac-12 and the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, is averaging 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for the Beavers, who are ranked 14th in the Associated Press poll. Pivec also broke the school’s career rebounding record when she passed Ruth Hamblin’s total of 1,027 during Oregon State’s 68-57 loss to Stanford on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Pivec was one of several Snohomish County basketball products to earn recognition from their leagues.

In the West Coast Conference, Glacier Peak High School graduate Paisley Johnson (15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists), now a junior guard on the BYU women’s team, was named to the first team; Lynnwood High School graduate Jordyn Edwards (10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists), now a junior guard on the San Diego women’s team, was named to the second team, and Snohomish High School graduate Madison Pollock (9.9 points,. 6.1 rebounds), now a senior guard at San Diego, received honorable mention.

At the NCAA Division II level, King’s High School graduate Savanna Hanson (14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds), now a senior guard on the Azusa Pacific women’s team, was named first-team All-Pacific West Conference for a Cougars team that’s headed to the NCAA tournament.

At the NCAA Division III level, Edmonds-Woodway High School grad Mady Burdett (13.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists), now a senior guard at Whitman, was named first-team All-Northwest Conference for a Blues team that’s reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

NASCAR’s Dillon coming to Evergreen

NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon is coming to Monroe this summer to compete in Evergreen Speedway’s Summer Showdown, the track’s premier event for Super Late Models. Dillon is currently 24th in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings. Summer Showdown, in its ninth iteration, takes place July 24-25.

Bender playing for NWHL title

Snohomish native Lexi Bender, now a defender for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League, is playing for a championship when the Pride host the Minnesota Whitecaps on Friday in the Isobel Cup Final. Boston finished 23-1 during the regular season, with Bender notching four goals and nine assists in 24 games.

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