A winter sports season that was cut short for many still had some highlights for local area athletes at the college level.
While Seaside’s Maddi Utti was named Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference following her junior season at Fresno State, former Gull Jackson Januik had a successful junior year with the men’s basketball team at George Fox University in Newberg.
Januik was one of three players for the Bruins to start all 25 games over the 2019-20 season, averaging 25.9 minutes per game.
He was the second-leading scorer with 12.2 points per game. Team-wise, it was a rough year for George Fox, which finished 8-17 overall (4-12 in conference), while the Bruins closed out the season on a six-game losing streak.
Local winter sports athletes competing at the college level:
Jacob Hulti, Sr. (Willamette swimming). Competed in the sprint freestyles in his final year with the Bearcats. The best times of his four-year college career were 22.91 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle; 50.44 in the 100 freestyle; and 1:53.16 in the 200 freestyle.
Chloee Hunt, Sr. (Evergreen basketball). The two-sport star (volleyball/ basketball) at Evergreen State College finished her athletic career with the Geoducks, playing in 22 of Evergreen’s 23 games this winter, with five starts.
Ian Hunt, Fr. (Evergreen basketball). Red-shirted the 2019-20 season.
Jackson Januik, Jr. (George Fox basketball).
Emy Kiser, Fr. (Whatcom Community College basketball). Appeared in 26 of 30 games for the Orcas, who finished 21-9 overall.
Kaitlin Lewis, assistant coach (Northwest Christian basketball).
Maddi Utti, Jr. (Fresno State basketball).
Madeline Jacobson, So. (Lower Columbia basketball). Appeared in 29 games for the Red Devils, with three starts in 2019-20. She averaged 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Other regional athletes competing in winter sports at the collegiate level:
Karlie Gerlinger, Jr., Corban basketball
Dalton Renne, So., Chemeketa basketball
Aspen Slifka, Fr., Northwest Christian basketball
Levi Dalzell, Jr., George Fox basketball
Riley Marshall, Fr., Blue Mountain Community College basketball
Desirae Hansen, So., Portland State basketball
Caymon Rea, Fr., Lower Columbia basketball
Justin Coon, So., Southern Oregon wrestling
Zane Wright, So., Eastern Oregon basketball
Clay Sullivan, So., Clackamas Community College basketball
Molly Danielson, Sr., Linfield basketball