Woodworth, Pucar, Burns Among Red Lion Honorees
Pucar scored 36 points in Nanook road sweep at Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Providing defense in a game earlier this season is Northwest Nazarene's Kevin Rima (21) (Photo by Paul McCarthy)
Pucar scored 36 points in Nanook road sweep at Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Providing defense in a game earlier this season is Northwest Nazarene's Kevin Rima (21) (Photo by Paul McCarthy)

Monday, February 11, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. - Richard Woodworth of Western Washington and Sergej Pucar of Alaska Fairbanks have been selected the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Red Lion Men's Basketball Players  of the Week for their performances during the Week of Feb. 4-10.

Kylie Burns of Alaska Anchorage earned the GNAC Red Lion Women's Basketball Player of the Week award.

Also earning Red Lion Player of the Week honors this week are softball players Alexie Levin of Western Washington and Sam Munger of Saint Martin's, Central Washington baseball players Kyle Sani and Stuart Fewel and track-and-field athletes Micah Chelimo of Alaska Anchorage, Tanner Rottrup of Montana State Billings, Helen Crofts of Simon Fraser and Karis Anderson of Western Washington.

Men's Basketball: Richard Woodworth, Western Washington (G, 6-3, 185, Jr., Bellevue, WA - Newport) and Sergej Pucar, Alaska Fairbanks (C, 6-11, 265, Jr., Belgrade, Serbia) .... Woodworth scored 26 points as the Vikings ran their win streak to 28 games with a 92-82 win at Central Washington Saturday.  In two games, Woodworth netted 45 points, hitting 16 of 26 shots, including four of nine three-pointers.  He also had eight rebounds and team-highs of five assists and four steals .... Pucar led the Nanooks to a road sweep at Western Oregon (80-77) and Saint Martin’s (68-67 in overtime) scoring 36 points.  Pucar made 13 of 22 field goal attempts, including four of eight three-pointers. He also had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Nanooks moved into a tie for third-place in the GNAC standings with Alaska Anchorage going into a contest this coming Saturday against their arch-rivals in Anchorage.  Honorable Mention - Will Bond, Saint Martin’s; Kevin Davis, Central Washington.

Women’s Basketball: Kylie Burns, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-9, Jr., Kansas City, KS – Bishop Ward) scored 33 points and also had 19 rebounds leading the Seawolves to home wins over Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings, the two teams directly ahead of them in the conference standings.  Burns scored 20 of her career-high 22 points in the second half and also had eight rebounds as the Seawolves completed a regular-season series sweep from Seattle Pacific for the first-time in GNAC history with a 93-82 victory Thursday.  She then recorded her second double-double of the season on Saturday (11 points, 11 rebounds) in a 61-55 win over Montana State Billings.  Burns, who had three assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes, made the game-clinching free throws with 19 seconds remaining.   Honorable Mention – Marie-Line Petit, Simon Fraser; Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene; Leslie Stillar, Central Washington; Katie Benson, Seattle Pacific.

Softball: Player - Alexie Levin, Western Washington (P-1B-OF, 5-7, Fr., Everett, WA) led the Vikings at the plate and in the circle to a 4-3 record, including 4-1 in the MSUB Desert Stinger in Las Vegas.  Levin had 11 hits in 26 at bats, including four doubles and three triples, and also drove in a team-leading 10 runs.  She had a 2-1 record and a 2.30 ERA in the circle, allowing just nine runs and 22 hits in 21 1/3 innings.   Pitcher – Sam Munger, Saint Martin’s (5-6, So., Everett, WA – Cascade) pitched a three-hitter in a 3-1 win at BYU-Hawaii last Tuesday as the Saints completed their Hawaii road trip with a pair of victories.  Munger didn’t walk a batter and fanned six in her win.  She also had two of SMU’s 13 hits in the twinbill.  Honorable Mention - Aubrey Conceicao, MSU Billings.

Baseball: Player -  Kyle Sani, Central Washington (C, 6-1, 240, Sr., Kennewick, WA – Southridge) had eight hits and drove in a team-high seven runs as the Wildcats completed an eight-game road trip to California.  Among his hits were a team-best three doubles. He also scored five runs to account for 40 percent (12 of 30) of CWU offensive production.  Pitcher -  Stuart Fewel, Central Washington (6-5, 225, Jr., Portland, OR – Wilson) allowed just 10 hits in two starts covering 12 2/3 innings, including six in a nine-inning, 5-2 complete-game win over Cal State Monterey Bay.  Fewel finished the trip with a 3.55 earned run average. 

Men’s Indoor Track and Field: Track – Micah Chelimo, Alaska Anchorage (Sr., Kapkoi, AK) established himself as perhaps the favorite to win a national title in the indoor 5,000 meters smashing the GNAC all-time record by nearly 21 seconds.  He was clocked in an automatic national qualifying time of 13:51.19.  Chelimo broke the previous GNAC record of 14:12.10 set by Jordan Welling of Western Washington in 2011.  He is one of just two Division II athletes with sub-14 minute times this winter.  Field -  Tanner Rottrup, Montana State Billings (Sr., Billings, MT) had a mark of 53-5 in the shot put, adding 16 inches to his previous provisional national qualifying put of 52-1 and leaping from sixth place to second on the GNAC all-time Top 10 list.  Honorable Mention – Will Harrison, Seattle Pacific.

Women’s Indoor Track and Field: Track – Helen Crofts, Simon Fraser (Sr., West Vancouver, BC) clipped 1.18 seconds off her national leading time Saturday in the 800 meters in the UW Husky Classic.  She also ran the 12th best time in the nation in the 400 meters Sunday in the UW Indoor Open.  Her time of 55.69 was just .15 seconds off the GNAC record and improved her previous career-best time of 55.90 by .21 seconds.  Field – Karis Anderson, Western Washington (Sr., Seattle, WA - Roosevelt) posted a provisional national qualifying mark of 11-10 ½ in the pole vault at the UW Indoor Open  Sunday.  Honorable Mention – Tayler Fettig, Central Washington.