After enjoying a 24-1 record and a state championship last season at Seaside High School, it’s been a complete reversal for Jackson Januik this year, as far as wins and losses on the basketball floor.
In his freshman season at George Fox University, Januik is excelling on the court and in the classroom, but the Bruins are struggling to find wins.
George Fox is currently 5-12 overall, 1-7 in the Northwest Conference. The Bruins lost their sixth in a row last Saturday, an 81-78 defeat at Lewis & Clark College.
Meanwhile, Januik has started eight of 17 games this season, and is currently averaging 4.4 points and a team-leading 3.6 assists per game.
In the classroom, Januik earned dean’s list recognition for the fall 2017 semester. Januik is a freshman majoring in health and human performance.
Other locals enjoying success at the collegiate level:
Maddi Utti, Fr., Fresno State basketball — Utti has thrived as a starter in her first season at Fresno State. She has started every contest after the fourth game, posting double-figure scoring performances in nine games. Utti is second on the team in scoring (9.4) and rebounding (5.9). She ranks fourth in scoring among freshmen in the conference and first in rebounding. Her 57.0 shooting percentage is second overall in the league.
Taylor Christie, So., Indiana St. swimming — Teamed up with Joelle Borchers, Katherine Minatra and Elisabeth Peskin to finish second in the 500-yard freestyle relay, at the Indiana State Relays Dec. 2.
Jacob Hulti, So., Willamette swimming — Hulti competed at the 2017 Northwest Conference Championships in the 50, 100, and 200 yard freestyle events.
Chloee Hunt, So., Evergreen basketball — Now in her second year with the Geoducks, Hunt averaged 3.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. She has also played for the Evergreen volleyball team each of the past two seasons.
Derek Jarrett, So., South Puget Sound CC basketball — Currently listed as a redshirt on the Clippers’ roster.
Mady Hanna, Sr., Warner-Pacific basketball — Has started 11 of 22 games this season, and is second on the team with 63 assists. She dished out three assists in Warner-Pacific’s most recent game, a 79-68 win over Multnomah Jan. 16.
Craig Cokley, head coach, Wilson HS — In his first season as the boys’ coach at Wilson, Cokley and the Trojans are currently 4-11, 1-6 in the Class 6A Portland Interscholastic League. Cokley — who spent 15 years and won three state championships at Knappa — coached last season at Cleveland High School, his first year as a coach since leaving the Loggers. His career coaching record stands at 278 wins, 174 losses.
Other athletes from the region now competing at the collegiate level:
Karlie Gerlinger, Fr., Blue Mountain basketball
Anna Klein, Fr., Mt. Hood basketball
Lucy Plews, Fr., Pacific swimming
Mike Swadberg, Fr., Lane CC basketball
Kaylynn Bush, Jr., NW Christian basketball
Molly Danielson, So., Linfield basketball
Petra Flemmer, Fr., Mt. Hood basketball
Jarrett Gray, Jr., Concordia basketball
Vlad Katin, Fr., Mt. Hood basketball
Katerina Brejchova, Sr., NW Christian basketball
Megan Ely, Fr., Linn-Benton basketball