By James Day
The Western Oregon University football team, which finished second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, took home
a pair of top honors on the all-GNAC teams.Wolves offensive left tackle Jason Slowey, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound senior from Medford, was named offensive lineman of the year.WOU defensive lineman Gavin Drake, a 6-2, 250-pounder from Portland, shared defensive lineman of the year honors with
Justin Capicciotti of Simon Fraser. Drake had 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks this season.
Western Oregon (6-5 overall, 6-2 GNAC) had six other players named to the first team: wide receiver Trevor Gates, linebacker Scotland Foss, defensive backs Bryce Peila and Isaiah Buchanan, punter Scott Buche, and punt returner Lucas Gonsalves.
Slowey, Drake, Gates, Peila and Buche were unanimous selections.
GNAC champion Humboldt State led the way with 11 first-team picks, including offensive player of the year, quarterback Mike Proulx, and defensive player of the year, Jona Faraimo. Rob Smith of the Lumberjacks was named coach of the year.
Women’s basketball: The public is invited to meet coach Scott Rueck and this year’s Beavers team at 7 tonight in the Reser Loge. All 12 players and the entire coaching staff will be on hand.
Coffee, punch and cookies will be served.OSU (2-0) returns to action at 7 p.m. Thursday at Gill Coliseum against visiting Cal State Northridge.One of the Beavers players is senior Earlysia Marchbanks, a former McKay High athlete.
Women’s soccer: Bearcats forward Stephanie Skelly was named Northwest Conference offensive player of the year, and Hilary Arthur of Willamette was named coach of the year.
Skelly, a senior midfielder from Poulsbo, Wash., had 16 goals and five assists this season. She led the NWC in goals and scoring. She finished her career with 35 goals.Skelly also was chosen to the District VIII all-academic team. She has a 3.877 GPA with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.Arthur, in her fourth year at Willamette, led the Bearcats to a 10-5-1 NWC record, good for third place. Willamette had been picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches poll.
Cross country: Bearcats junior runner Kevin Aubol has received an individual bid to compete at the NCAA Division III championships Saturday in Winneconne, Wis.
Aubol took 13th in last week’s regional meet. Teammate Leo Castillo, who took fourth, automatically qualified for the national meet.
The Willamette women’s team earned an automatic bid by finishing second at the regionals.
Volleyball: Warriors middle hitter Tiffany Land was a first-team selection on the all-Cascade Collegiate Conference team.
Land, a senior from Santiam Christian High, led Corban in blocks with 82 and was second on the team in kills with 217.”We are very excited to have Tiff recognized by the conference,” Warriors coach Nels Norquist said. “Tiffany caught fire the last half of the season, hitting almost .300 after battling knee problems.”Land also earned National Christian College Athletic Association player of the week honors for her performance in season-
ending wins against Evergreen and Northwest.
The Warriors finished the season 13-13.
Men’s basketball: Warriors sophomore guard Jordan Carter, a former McKay High player, was named NCCAA athlete of the
week after scoring 32 points and adding 14 rebounds and four assists in Corban’s first two games.
Football: Tickets for Saturday’s noon NCAA Division III playoff game at Maxwell Field against Cal Lutheran will go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. today at the athletic department offices near the corner of Lever Street and Linfield Avenue.
Phone orders can be placed by calling (503) 883-2421, but people seeking tickets in person will receive priority.Covered reserved tickets are $15, uncovered reserved are $12 and general admission is $10.Wildcats junior defensive lineman Tyler Steele, a former West Salem High athlete, has been named to the District VIII all-
academic team. Steele has a 3.69 GPA in physical education and led the Northwest Conference in sacks with 10.
Football: The Vikings moved into the top 25 in the Football Championship Subdivision after their 23-17 win Saturday at Northern Colorado.
PSU (7-3) is 25th in the TSN rankings. The Vikings also are No. 26 in the coaches poll.PSU hosts Weber State at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland. If the Vikings win, they hope their 8-3 record, with losses only to Montana, Montana State and TCU, will be good enough to get them a berth in the FCS playoffs.
Meanwhile, former McNary player Zach Brown was named Big Sky special teams player of the week. Brown, a junior, kicked
three field goals against Northern Colorado and is the national co-leader with 20.Brown broke his old single-season record of 18, set in both his freshman and sophomore years. His 56 career field goals also is a school record.
Athletes with local ties
Adam Kniffin, Sprague: The University of Puget Sound junior wide receiver broke a pair of Loggers records Saturday.Kniffin caught 13 passes for 120 yards, giving him 95 catches for 995 yards for the season. He broke his own receptions record of 92 set last season and broke the 1968 receiving yards record of 992 set by Dan Thurston.
The only major Puget Sound record Kniffin does not hold is career receiving yards. He has 1,906 and needs 406 next season to
match the record of 2,312 set by Mike Bos.Kelsey Moe, South Salem: The sophomore soccer player at San Francisco received honorable mention on the all-West Coast C
onference all-academic team. Moe, who played defender last season for the Dons, moved to forward this season and started
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