UAF's Kelly Heads Up Red Lion Player of Week Honorees
Kishia Mitchell (191) led Seattle Pacific to the third best 4x400 relay time in GNAC history Saturday at the SPU Last Chance (Photo by Ryan Alcantara).
Kishia Mitchell (191) led Seattle Pacific to the third best 4x400 relay time in GNAC history Saturday at the SPU Last Chance (Photo by Ryan Alcantara).

Monday, March 3, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. - Andrew Kelly, who helped Alaska Fairbanks end a 16-game losing streak to Alaska Anchorage, is the GNAC Men's Basketball Red Lion Player of the Week.

Kelly had 14 points, including the game-winning basket in the final minute, and also had 18 rebounds in a 70-68 win Thursday at the Patty Center.

Kelly was one of 10 individual athletes and a track-and-field relay team to win the honor.

Here is a recap of this week's winners:

Men’s Basketball: Andrew Kelly, Alaska Fairbanks (F, 6-7, Sr., Gilbert, AZ – Chandler-Gilbert) scored 14 points, including the game-winner in the final second, as the Nanooks ended a 16-game losing streak to Alaska Anchorage with a 70-68 win at The Patty Center.  Kelly received the ball from teammate Ronnie Baker who was falling out-of-bounds and was able to get the shot up before the red light went on.  The UAF forward had 18 rebounds, 10 off the offensive glass, as the Nanooks dominated the backboards 38-25 to earn its first win against UAA since Jan. 28, 2006.  Kelly also had a steal and three blocks, two during a 20-5 run over the game’s final 7 ½ minutes.

Honorable MentionMario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL); Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-6, So., Woodburn, OR);  Evan Coulter, Saint Martin’s (G, 5-10, Sr., Mount Vernon, WA);  Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA – Inglemoor & Tacoma CC);  Patrick Simon, Seattle Pacific ( (F, 6-8, Sr., Ephrata, WA).

Women's Basketball: Amber Moser, Central Washington (F/C, 6-0, Sr., Willamina, OR – Sheridan) scored 18 points and added five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block to lead CWU to a 74-58 win over Western Oregon  Thursday evening. The senior was 8-for-8 from the field in the contest and 2-for-3 from the foul line. On Saturday, she led her team in scoring for the second straight game, logging 12 points in a 59-52 loss to Saint Martin’s in her final collegiate game. Moser was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line on Saturday, and added four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal in 34 minutes on the hardwood. 

Honorable Mention – Jordyn Richardson, Saint Martin's (G, 5-9, Jr., Olympia, WA – Tumwater); Kayleen Goggins, MSU Billings (F, 6-1, Jr., Shepherd, MT – Shepherd); Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene (G, 5-9, Sr., Keizer, OR – McNary).

Men’s Track & Field: TrackRobert Peterson, Montana State Billings (So., Billings, MT – Skyview) finished third in the mile in a time 4:10.76, improving his previous indoor national qualifying time at the SPU Last-Chance.  Peterson’s time ranks second in the GNAC this winter and ninth in GNAC history.  FieldSlater Hirst, Western Washington (Jr., Shoreline, WA – King’s) and Shane Brooks, Western Oregon (So., Pleasant Hill, OR) both had provisional national qualifying and first-place throws of 194-7 in the javelin at the Puget Sound Quadrangular and the Willamette Opener, respectively, as the outdoor season got underway.  

Women’s Track & Field: Track – The Seattle Pacific quartet of Kishia Mitchell (Sr., Puyallup, WA – Rogers), Tasia Baldwin (Jr., Tacoma, WA – Foss), Jasmine Johnson (Jr., Federal Way, WA) and McKayla Fricker (Sr., Canby, OR) ran the third fastest indoor 4x400 relay in GNAC history at the SPU Last-Chance.  They were clocked in a winning time of 3:48.40, a mark only bettered last year by Seattle Pacific and Simon Fraser.  FieldBethany Drake, Western Washington (So., Sandy, OR) had an outdoor automatic qualifying throw of 156-11 in the javelin at UPS.  Drake has a career-best of 157-4, which ranks sixth in GNAC history.  She won the event at UPS by almost 40 feet.

Honorable Mention - Seabre Church, Western Oregon (Sr., Florence, OR) had a provisional national qualifying mark of 140-9 in the javelin at the Willamette Opener.

Softball: Player – Corrie Wilson, Saint Martin’s (1B, 5-4, Fr., Ferndale, WA) had four hits in six at bats as the Saints swept a doubleheader from Northwest University.  PitcherSam Munger, Saint Martin’s (5-6, Jr., Everett, WA) tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out nine in five innings in a 15-0 victory. 

Baseball: Player – Parker Miles, Western Oregon (2B, 5-9, Sr., Salem, OR – UC Santa Barbara) hit 9-for-19 with four runs scored, three doubles and seven RBI as WOU won 3-of-4 from Central Washington in the teams’ GNAC-opening series. Batting in the third spot in the order, Miles collected at least one hit in each of WOU’s games against the Wildcats, turning in a solid 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored and two RBI in the Wolves’ narrow 5-3 win in Game 3 of the series. In the final game, Miles scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to push WOU to a dramatic 3-2 win and the series victory. Miles also handled 14 chances at second base without an error, turning in 11 assists and three put outs.  Pitcher – Eric Huson, Western Oregon (RHP, 6-3, Jr., Forest Grove, OR – Mt. Hood CC) earned his second victory of the season with a stellar 8-inning start against Central Washington Saturday. Huson scattered six hits and one walk over his eight frames, allowing one earned run and collecting six strikeouts. Huson retired 12 straight batters over a four-inning stretch, silencing the CWU bats from the second-through-fifth innings. The junior finished strong, striking out three of the final eight hitters he faced en route to the win.
Honorable Mention – Nick Morelli, Northwest Nazarene (2B, 5-8, Jr., Henderson, NV); Chandler Tracy, Saint Martin's (C/OF, 6-2, Jr., Newcastle, WA – Liberty); Aaron Vaughn, Northwest Nazarene (RHP, 5-11, Sr., Tucson, AZ – Pusch Ridge Christian Academy); Zach Carter, Saint Martin's (RHP, 6-0, Jr., Camas, WA – Camas).