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Collegians: SK grad Thomas GNAC Player of the Week; Moskowitz makes ’14 debut

Starting to wonder if Central Washington’s Isaiah Thomas, junior defensive back/punt and kickoff returner from South Kitsap, might not have a chance to play in the NFL. Thomas, a D2 preseason All-American, was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week after helping the Wildcats beat Western Oregon 24-20.

Thomas’ interception and two punt returns led to scores for Central (4-3, 3-1 GNAC). Thomas has six picks a year ago, and according to this story on the CWU website, opponents are not challenging him much this season.

At Minot State (N.D.), Leon La Deaux (sr., South Kitsap) leads the winless Beavers with 35 catches for 491 yards and two touchdowns. …. Brother Aaron La Deaux (so., South Kitsap) punts (49 for a 38.9 average with a long of 68) and handles kickoff duties for the Beavers. Nine of his 22 kicks have resulted in touchbacks. … Defensive back Bryce Broome (so., South Kitsap) is Minot’s fourth-leading tackler (24 solo, 15 assists) and has 2.5 tackles for losses and two interceptions.

At Eastern Oregon, defensive tackle Kyle Lanoue (so., Central Kitsap) is having a standout season for the NAIA Mountaineers (4-3, 3-3 Frontier Conference). He’s fourth on the team in tackles (23 solo, 17 assists in seven games and has 6.5 tackles for losses and two sacks.

Defensive lineman Austin Cook (sr., South Kitsap) has seven tackles for Pacific Lutheran (3-2, 1-2 Northwest Conference).

In cross country, Ramona Morshead (grad student, Kingston) and Ruby Roberts (redshirt sr., Kingston) are running at  Washington State. Roberts was 21st at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals Invitational meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 18.

In his first appearance since last year’s nationals, Shane Moskowitz (sr., Central Kitsap) of Oklahoma State was second at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Oct. 18. “Shane’s an experienced guy, so it was good to have him back,” coach DaveSmith said. “He’s a fifth-year senior and he was the fifth guy on a national championship squad, so it was good to have him back. He knocked off a little bit of rust today, but as long as he gets a few more races under his belt, I think he’ll be at a good level in time for the national championships.” Next up: the Big 12 Championships, Nov. 1.,  in Lawrence, Kan.

In women’s soccer, Becca Schoales (so., South Kitsap) has three goals, all game winners, for the Washington Huskies (10-4, 3-2 Pac-12). The forward has started seven of 14 games.

Midfielder Delanee Nilles (jr., North Kitsap) has a goal and two assists for No. 20-ranked Western Washington ( 12-0-2, 8-0-2 GNAC). She’s started 12 of 14 games. … Becca Cates (so., North Kitsap) has played in 10 games as a midfielder for the Vikings, averaging 22 minutes a game.

Kailey Lyman (jr., South Kitsap) has started all 14 games for Pacific Lutheran (10-3-1, 8-2 Northwest Conference). The midfielder has one assist.

Evergreen’s Amy Bromley (fr., Central Kitsap) has five goals and four assists for the Geoducks (4-9-1, 2-4-1 Cascade Collegiate Conference). Irina Lyons (jr., Port Townsend/Edmonds) has started four games for Evergreen.

Midfielder Jalyn Halstead (jr., Olympic) has started 11 of the 12 games she’s played in for Linfield (10-3, 7-3 Northwest Conference).

Midfielder Micaylla O’Leary (sr. Olympic) has started four of 14 games for St. Martin’s (1-11-1, 1-8-1 GNAC).

In men’s soccer, midfielder Diego Aceves (so., South Kitsap) and Jacob Beck (fr., Central Kitsap) are playing for Pacific Lutheran (7-8, 4-5 Northwest Conference). Aceves has started 13 of 15 games and  has a goal. Beck, a defender, has started six of the eight games he’s played in. He’s a freshman in eligibility, but a junior in school.

In golf, Carl Jonson (sr., Bainbridge) has a sixth, tie for 22nd, T25 and T48 in four fall tournaments for No. 24 UNLV. His sixth came at the Jerry Pate National Collegiate in Alabama last month.

Erynne Lee (sr., Central Kitsap) tied for fourth at the Stanford Collegiate tournament, helping No. 8 UCLA to a second-place finish. She had 3-under 68 on the final day. Lee tied for 42nd and tied for 36th in earlier events this fall.



Update on Kitsapers in college: Williams, Flora, Baetz, Steiger, Roberts, Cray, Hewey, Bielec, Baker, Moskowitz and more

Isaac Williams, a 1995 Central Kitsap grad, is the head coach of NAIA Division II Eastern Oregon’s No. 3-ranked men’s basketball team. The Mountaineers (27-3) were co-champs of the Cascade Collegiate Conference and open CCC tournament play on Wednesday. Look for my column on Williams, a third-year head coach, in Thursday’s editions. Cody Thurmond, a senior from Central Kitsap, started as a sophomore and junior for the Mountaineers but missed the first 10 games with a hand injury. By then, Eastern was 10-0 and nobody wanted to mess up the rotation. Thurmond’s splitting time at point guard and is coming off an 18-point game.

Seattle University guard Jarell Flora of Bremerton scored a career-high 18 points in a 65-63 loss to UT Arlington over the weekend. Flora made three straight threes and a dunk during an early 17-1 run in that game. The sophomore guard, who has started two games this month, made 7 of 9 shots in the game. He’s averaging 6.4 points in 23 games, averaging 17.3 minutes a contest. Flora’s making a team-high 35.9 percent of his 3-pointers.

Remember Sophia Baetz? Now a sophomore at Skagit Valley, she’s the 19th leading scorer in the NWAACC, averaging 14.5 points for the Cardinals, who visit Olympic College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. It’s the regular-season finale. Skagit’s tied for first with Bellevue in the NWAACC North and headed to the 16-team championship tournament. …. Shannon Jackson, a sophomore from Olympic HS, averages 7.84 rebounds for Umpqua (Ore.), which ranks 12th in the NWAACC. … Sadee Jones, a 5-8 sophomore guard from North Mason, averages 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds for Evergreen Stat e(7-15). … Freshman Hannah Depew, a Bainbridge grad, averages 10 points and 3.5 rebounds for Columbia Basin. She had a season-high 18 points against Blue Mountain earlier this month and has averaged 13.4 points over her last five games. … Shoreline’s Maile Keanu (fr., South Kitsap), S. Puget Sound’s Renee Willey (so., North Mason) and  Highline’s Terrick McGhee (so., Bremerton) are also playing in the NWAACC. … Kelsey Callaghan, a sophomore point guard from South Kitsap, averages 2.7 points in a backup role for NAIA Montana Western (13-15).

Four-year college baseball and softball teams have started their seasons. South Kitsap grad Brady Steiger, who started his career at Washington State before citing “burnout” as a reason for quitting the team, has regained his love of the game. After a successful year at Sierra Junior College in California, Steiger’s now a first baseman/third baseman at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho. The 6-foot-1 junior, who played for the Cheney Studs in the summer, is hitting .556 (with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs and 4 walks) after collecting 10 hits in his first 18 at-bats. His dad Greg played baseball at Eastern Washington, which doesn’t have a program anymore. Grandpa Jack Brady played baseball at the University of Washington.

Seattle University’s Nate Roberts, a senior from Central Kitsap, and Landon Cray, freshman from Chimacum, have got their seasons off to a good start. Roberts started at shortstop all three games in a series at Santa Clara and collected six hits in 13 at bats (.462) with five runs scored and five RBI. Cray started in center field and was 6 for 10 (.600) with 7 runs scored. Seattle U (1-2) plays Portland at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue on Tuesday.

Allen Hewey, junior transfer from Central Kitsap and Olympic College, pitched three shutout innings and got a save in his debut for Campbellsville (Ky.) University. Hewey could also play some third base for the NAIA power.

Michael Calderon, who pitched two years at Olympic College, remains the ace of the staff at NAIA Bellevue University in Omaha, Neb. Calderson was the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2012 after posting an 8-1 record with a 2.72 ERA. The lefty from Eisenhower High in Yakima is 1-0 after two starts this year. Former OC catcher Mason Castillon from Hawaii is red-shirting at Bellevue and will have one more year of eligibility.

Two North Mason grads are playing baseball for Central Washington (4-8). Sophomore second baseman Kasey Bielec is hitting .371 (13 for 35) and senior pitcher Randy Button is 0-1 with a 1.0 ERA in nine innings and four appearances. He’s made one start. … Josh Sontag, a freshman from Central Kitsap, is a reserve infielder for St. Martin’s (0-10). … Nick Benish, a sophomore from North Kitsap, is a backup catcher/DH at George Fox (5-3). He hit .306 as a freshman in 41 at bats.

Shortstop Haylee Baker, a junior transfer from Bainbridge and Bellevue CC, is hitting .364 for Western Washington. Baker has started all 13 games for the Vikings (7-6) and has one home run and six RBI. Western plays Olympic College in an exhibition doubleheader Sunday in Bellingham.

Central Kitsap grad and Oklahoma State runner Shane Moskowitz, who ran a sub-4-minute mile (3:59.48)  earlier this year, was third in the 3,000 meters at the Tyson Invitational in Fayatteville, Ark., on Feb. 9. His time was 8:13.36. … Ruby Roberts, a junior from Kingston at Washington State, was third in the indoor mile at the Husky Classic with a PR of 4:48.15.


Congrats to Shane Moskowitz for breaking 4-minute barrier in mile

Did you see where Shane Moskowitz,the former Central Kitsap distance runner now competing at Oklahoma State, ran a 3:59.48 mile during an indoor meet at the University of Arkansas?

And Moskowitz placed sixth!!!! Three Oklahoma State teammates also dipped into the 3:50s. The race was won by Patrick Casey of Oklahoma (3:56.28).

I’m hardly a track and field expert, but the four-minute mile has always been a magical number. It’s been nearly 60 years since Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile, covering the 1,760 yards (or 1,609.344 meters) in 3:59.4 in 1954.

I googled and I binged, but I couldn’t come up with an answer as to how many male runners belong to the club that was started by Roger Bannister in 1954 when he ran 3:59.4. Five years ago, someone said 1,000 runners had broke the 4-minute barrier.

The world record for the mile? According to the IAFF, which oversees records, it’s owned by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, who ran a breath-taking 3:43.13 mile in 1999. The Moroccon runner also holds the indoor mile record (3:48.45), set in 1997. The female record for the outdoor mile is held by Svetlana Masterkova (4:12.56).

Moskowitz, a sophomore in eligibility, helped the Cowboys win an NCAA title in cross country in November.  He won a state cross country title and four state track and field titles (in the 1600 and 3200) at Central Kitsap. He’ll run the 1,500 meters this spring for the Cowboys.

Somehow, you get the feeling that Moskowitz will go even faster. And you have to be pretty fast to break the 4-minute mark. It’s the equivalent of running 4 miles at the speed of 15 miles per  hour, or running 14.91 seconds per 100 meters. Nice goin’ Shane.