Here is our rundown of athletes raised in the area who played winter sports at the collegiate level this past season.
l The Lewis-Clark State men’s basketball team advanced to the Final Four in the NAIA Division I national tournament for the first time in program history this past season, and two of the Warriors’ key big men were locally raised.
Pullman High graduate Race Martin averaged 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing while Lewiston High graduate Trystan Bradley posted 7.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per outing. The 6-foot-6 Martin was a senior while the 6-8 Bradley was a sophomore.
Also on the Warriors’ roster were Clarkston’s Jett Sobotta and Lewiston’s Braeden Wilson, but they weren’t active this winter.
l Another former Bengal-turned-Warrior, Cali Moscrip, ended her collegiate career on a high note, starting all 34 games for the Lewis-Clark State women’s basketball team, which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division I national tournament. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game and led L-C with 116 assists.
After the Warriors’ season ended, Moscrip wrote a story reflecting on her college career that was posted on LCSC’s website. Here is part of what she wrote: “Many people ask what it is like playing in the place that you grew up, but honestly, I never once thought about that. Just because I am from here, it didn’t make me any more special than any of the other girls on the team. We each have the opportunity to represent the school and community and leave a legacy behind. I do not believe there is a better college I could have spent my last two years at. I loved my time at Spokane (Falls Community College) and wouldn’t trade that for the world, but I wish there was a way to have two more years here. This is a special place, and I think if you have the opportunity to play here you should soak in every minute of it. This game has truly been something special to me and now that it is over I have 20 years’ worth of memories to hold onto from it.”
l Pullman High graduate Emily Drake wrapped up her collegiate career with the Weber State women’s basketball team by averaging 12.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The 5-foot-9 guard started all 31 games for the Wildcats, who went 6-25.
l Jenna Moser, a Colton High graduate, started her career with the Washington women’s basketball team as a walk-on and finished as a starting guard for the Huskies. The 5-foot-6 senior averaged 4.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists while starting all 32 games for UW, which went 11-21.
l Colfax High graduate Carmen Gfeller appeared in 27 games during her freshman season with the Montana women’s basketball team. The 6-foot-1 forward averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.
l In her first season with the Multnomah University women’s basketball team, Clarkston High graduate Sequoia Wheeler (formerly Sequoia Swan) led the team with a scoring average of 16.3 points per game, and also contributed 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per outing. The 5-foot-5 junior guard, who is from Lapwai, helped the Lions of the NAIA Division II level post an 11-18 record.
l Lewiston High graduate Cameron Cady played in 12 games this season for the women’s basketball team at the University of Providence of Great Falls, Mont. The 5-foot-11 post helped the Argos go 18-14 overall.
l Asotin High graduate Myka Lee appeared in 18 games, starting three, in her freshman season with the Blue Mountain Community College women’s basketball team. The guard averaged 2.9 points per game for the Pendleton, Ore., junior college.
l Lewiston’s Morgan Genzer played in 27 games for the Walla Walla Community College women’s basketball team this winter. The 5-foot-10 freshman guard scored a season-high six points against Tacoma Community College.
l Clarkston High graduate Riley Denton played for the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team. The 5-foot-9 sophomore guard averaged 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
l Lapwai High graduate Shiniah Holt played for the Yakima Valley Community College women’s basketball team. The 5-3 sophomore guard played in 27 games, starting three, and tallied 2.5 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per outing.
l Lapwai’s Koyama Young, in her first season with the Spokane Community College women’s basketball team, led the Bigfoot with 14.2 points per game. The 5-9 freshman guard also registered 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per outing.
l Lapwai’s Iris Domebo played for the women’s basketball team at Mesa Community College in Arizona. The 5-foot-9 freshman guard averaged 6.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per outing.
l Colfax’s Piper Cai made a big impact as a freshman with the Centralia Community College women’s basketball team, leading the squad with an average of 12.2 points per game. The 5-foot-9 freshman guard also tallied 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per outing.
l Two Lapwai High graduates, Taylor Whitney and Ione Chimburas, played for the Salish Kootenai College women’s basketball team in Pablo, Mont.
l The Idaho men’s basketball team struggled to a 5-27 showing this past winter, but Clarkston High graduate Trevon Allen was a bright spot for the Vandals, averaging team highs in points (14) and assists (3) per game. Allen, a 6-foot-2 junior guard who grew up in Lapwai, also grabbed 4.2 rebounds per game.
l Former Whitepine League rivals Jake Bruner of Prairie and Ivory Miles-Williams of Lapwai helped the College of Idaho men’s basketball team advance to the Final Four in the NAIA Division II national tournament. Bruner, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, averaged 4.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in a starting role while Miles-Williams, a 6-3 sophomore guard, provided 4.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while coming off the bench.
The Coyotes posted a 31-6 record and lost to Oregon Tech in the national semifinals.
l Tommy Miles-Williams played basketball this season for the Eastern Oregon men’s team of the NAIA Division II level. Miles-Williams, a Lapwai High graduate, averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds. The 6-foot-4 forward was a junior this past season.
l Wrapping up their basketball careers at Corban University of Salem, Ore., were a pair of 6-foot-8 senior forwards: Colton High graduate Dalton Patchen and Genesee High grad Beau Tilleman. Patchen averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds while Tilleman provided 7.2 points and 3.8 boards. They helped the Warriors of the NAIA Division II level post a 21-9 records.
l Another former Colton star, Jake Straughan, wrapped up his college career at NCAA Division II Fresno Pacific. Straughan sustained a shoulder injury in the Sunbirds’ first game and ended up playing in just 12 games. He averaged 4.6 points while shooting 34.8 percent from 3-point range for FPU, which went 12-15. Straughan, who started his career at Idaho and earned a bachelor’s degree at Moscow in three years, will graduate from FPU later this month with honors and a master’s degree.
l In his first season with the North Idaho College men’s basketball team, Emmit Taylor III averaged 13.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-4 guard set two school records in December when he scored 46 points and connected on 12 3-pointers in a 135-70 blowout of Fairchild Air Force Base.
l The Walla Walla Community College men’s basketball team went 22-11 this past winter and were bolstered by five players with local ties. Clarkston’s Jake Albright, a 6-6 sophomore center, was second on the Warriors with an average of 16.7 points per game, and led the team in rebounds (8.3) and blocks (2.1). Pullman’s Jared Anderson, a 6-5 sophomore forward, added 3.4 ppg; Kendrick’s Wyatt Hardin, a 6-7 freshman center, and Lewiston’s Keeshawn Clarke, a 5-10 freshman guard, both scored 2.0 ppg; and Prairie’s Patrick Chmelik, a 6-4 freshman forward, played in four games.
l Lapwai’s Savion Henry appeared in 21 games, starting two, for the Treasure Valley Community College men’s basketball team. The 6-5 sophomore forward averaged 1.2 points per game.
l Lewiston High graduate Drake Randall earned All-American status during his senior season with the Eastern Oregon wrestling team. He placed fourth at 165 pounds at the NAIA national meet in Iowa in March. Randall qualified for Nationals four times and won 110 matches during his career.
Also with the EOU wrestling team was Prairie High graduate Dally Ratcliff, who was a 149-pound freshman.
l Another former Bengal, Bryce Parson, claimed All-American honors at the junior-college level as a 149-pounder at North Idaho College. The sophomore placed third at the NJCAA national meet in Iowa in March.
Moscow High graduate Adam Wallace also wrestling at NIC this past season as a 197-pound freshman.
l Former Clearwater Valley-Kooskia standout Keiran Owens was with the NAIA-level Missouri Valley College wrestling program this past winter, but sat out as a redshirt.
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