Seaside High School graduate Maddi Utti was honored this week for her outstanding freshman year of basketball at Fresno State University.
Utti and teammate Aly Gamez were named to the Mountain West Conference all-freshmen team, in conference awards announced Monday.
Fresno State’s Candice White was selected to the All-Mountain West team, making the Bulldogs the only team in the MWC to have three players honored in the postseason awards.
Utti started 25 straight games, led all MWC freshmen in field-goal percentage, and ranked third overall in the league at 56.4 percent. At only 5-foot-10, the undersized post player and former point guard with the Gulls led all freshmen in rebounding at 5.7 per game.
Utti also ranked third among freshmen in minutes (32.4) per game and fourth in scoring (9.8). For Fresno State, she ranks first in field-goal percentage, second in rebounds and blocks, and third in steals and assists. She has posted 10 double-figure performances in league play, and two double-doubles.
Astoria grad gets win for WSU
Astoria’s Nick Strange recently earned his first victory as a member of the Washington State baseball team.
A junior on the Cougars’ pitching staff, Strange came on in relief in a non-conference game Feb. 20 against Grand Canyon in Phoenix, Arizona. He pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, including a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up the win.
Washington State won 5-4 on a two-out, run-scoring single to left field in the top of the ninth by Justin Harrer, a graduate of Sisters High School.
Strange made his WSU debut Feb. 18 in Tempe, Arizona, in a non-conference game against Nebraska.
He pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, in a 5-3 loss to the Cornhuskers.
Hanna finishes career
The college basketball career of Warrenton’s Mady Hanna officially came to a close last month, as the season ended for Warner-Pacific with a loss at Southern Oregon in the Cascade Conference tournament.
Hanna appeared in every game for the Knights, starting 16 and averaging 18.4 minutes per contest. She was second on the team this season with 83 assists.