Seaside High School graduate Sam Hinton is scoring some big victories on the links recently, as the junior at Willamette University has earned medalist honors twice this fall.
In his third year with the Bearcats, Hinton has Willamette ranked 17th in the country in the latest NCAA Division III coaches poll.
The Bearcats have won all four tournaments they have entered over the fall season, including the 2017 Northwest Conference Fall Classic, which counts for one-fourth of the overall 2017-18 NWC championship.
Willamette golfers have also won three individual titles this fall, two by Hinton.
He won the George Fox Invitational Oct. 7-8, carding an even-par 144 (73-71) on his home course, as the tournament took place at Gearhart Golf Links. Before that, Hinton took first place at the Whitworth Invitational, Oct. 1-2 at Kalispell Country Club in Spokane, Wash., with a 3-under par 141 (71-70).
A list of other local and regional athletes competing at the professional and collegiate levels this fall:
Lucas Caruana, Fr., Western Oregon cross country
Chloee Hunt, So., Evergreen volleyball
Keldon Littell, Fr., Western Oregon football
Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills
Lizzy Barnes, Fr., Guilford soccer
Danielle Willyard, Jr., Northwest Christian volleyball
Alec Bell, Fr., Puget Sound football
Kenneth Sheldon, Jr., Willamette golf
Grace Buchanan, Fr., Mt. Hood volleyball
Megan Bunn, So., Eastern Oregon volleyball
Nikayla Doane, So., Clark volleyball
Twister McComas, Fr., Western Oregon football
Samantha Pestner, Fr., Lower Columbia soccer
Trevor Thiessen, Fr., George Fox football
Johnathan Guisinger, Fr., George Fox cross country
Monica Guisinger, So., Lower Columbia soccer
Derek Anderson, Carolina Panthers
Dan Carrier, Jr., Northwest Christian cross country
Lucy Davidson, So., U. Portland soccer
David Mayo, Carolina Panthers
Asa Flanagan, Corban soccer
Eleanor Jones, So., Western Oregon soccer
David Krupsky, Fr., Western Oregon football
Natalie Muth, So., U. Portland soccer
Paul Revis, Sr., Western Oregon football
Ariel Viera, Sr., U. Portland soccer
Colin Atchison, Sr., George Fox cross country
Andrew Jenck, So., U. Portland cross country
Jaxsen Johnson, Fr., Western Oregon football
Zachary Macias, So., Pacific football
Seth Martin, Fr., Clackamas cross country
Kaler Moore, Fr., Eastern Oregon football
Damara Morales, So., Blue Mountain soccer
Lexie Zuercher, Fr., George Fox volleyball
Jordan Zweifel, Fr., Pacific volleyball