Two days, two national “watch list” mentions for Seaside’s Maddi Utti.
On Nov. 11, Utti was selected to the preseason watch list for the 2021 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award, announced by Her Hoop stats.
Entering her senior year at Fresno State, Utti is among 25 student-athletes across the country named to the 2021 list.
The next day, Utti’s name was added to another national watch list, as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced a list of 20 players for the 2021 Katrina McClain Award.
Named after the two-time All-American and 1987 National Player of the Year, the annual award recognizes the top power forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
Previous winners of the McClain Award include Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard (2020), Napheesa Collier of Connecticut (2019) and Hebard (2018).
Anthony Alexander, an instructor at Adamson Bros. Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seaside, is one of 27 martial arts instructors, is a finalist vying for the title of 2020 Greatmats National Grappling Martial Arts Instructor of the Year.
The award is part of Greatmats’ sixth Annual National Award Series, which honors instructors, coaches and trainers who have made a positive impact on their clients and communities.
More than 150,000 votes poured in during November two-week voting period were used to determine this year’s finalists for the following awards:
Winners will be named Dec. 1.
In a statement from Adamson Bros., “(Alexander) deserves it very much, with all the hard work he puts in at the academy and in the community.”
The Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District responded to new state guidelines as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pool, gym, fitness classes, and pottery classes will be closed until Dec. 2. Youth programs remain operational.
Turkey Trot participants are asked to register with the district to complete and send photos of their individual run. Participants will receive a race bag with a map of a suggested route for the 5K and a T-shirt to commemorate this achievement.
To register, call 503-738-3311.
The Wildhorse Resort and Birch Creek Golf Course in Pendleton hosted the 2020 Pacific Northwest Senior Oregon Open Invitational earlier this fall.
In the overall professional results, Seaside’s Zdravko Barbic, of Gearhart Golf Links, finished in a four-way tie for seventh (eight-way tie for 16th overall) with a two-round total 145.
The tournament included 171 finishers, with nine more who withdrew or did not finish.
In the overall net results, Don Sheldon, of Astoria Golf & Country Club, was seventh out of 148 golfers with a 142.
In the overall team results, the winning foursome of Scott Larsen, Brad Karns, Gary Graybeal and Bill Boggs finished with a 256, 24-under par to take the $1,000 first-place prize.
Astoria Golf’s John Thorsnes was part of a team that finished in a two-way tie for second at 259.
Gearhart Golf Links had its own foursome of Barbic, Curtis Gann, Jeff Moenck and Richard Hamilton taking part, and the team finished in a two-way tie for eighth out of 45 teams entered.