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TJ grad Kezia Long and PLU playing for Final Four berth

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Kezia Long — The Thomas Jefferson graduate was named to the Northwest Conference’s honorable mention all-league team after a solid junior season on the Pacific Lutheran University women’s basketball team.

Long is third on the PLU team and 11th in the conference in scoring with a 12.2 average and leads the conference in rebounding with 9.8 a game. She also leads the team and is second in the conference in blocked shots with 34.

The Lutes are currently 24-3 and won the conference title with a 14-2 mark. PLU is hosting an NCAA Division III Sectional Friday and Saturday. The sectional will include PLU, Randolph-Macon (Va.), Hardin-Simmons (Tx) and Wisconsin-Stout. The winner will advance to the Final Four March 17-18 in Springfield, Mass.

Kyle Jenkins — The Indiana University sophomore recently finished up as the fifth best triple jumper in the Big 10 Conference. Jenkins, a Thomas Jefferson High School grad, leapt 50 feet, 2 3/4 inches Tuesday at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships at Iowa’s Recreational Building.

Ross Humes — The 2005 Decatur grad is currently playing on the Washington State University baseball team. The left-handed pitcher has appeared in one game for the Cougars this season, throwing a third of an inning. Washington State is 13-3 on the year.

Jamie Nilsen — The TJ grad is rolling at the plate for the Central Washington University baseball team so far this season. The shortstop is hitting .500 through 10 games for the Wildcats. He has 18 hits in 26 at bats with four triples and 10 RBIs. He has also scored 13 runs for the 6-4 team.

Tony Barnette — The TJ grad has made three appearances for the Arizona State baseball team this year and pitched a total of 1.1 innings. The Sun Devils are currently 14-5 overall and are coming off an appearance in the College World Series. Barnette is a right-handed senior pitcher.

Aaron Fulmer — The TJ grad is 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA for the Pacific Lutheran University baseball team. The left-handed senior has started four games for the 5-4 Lutes.

Noelle Vallecorsa — The Federal Way graduate is playing her sophomore season on the University of Puget Sound softball team. The Loggers are 2-0 and Vallecorsa, a catcher, is 1-for-2 on the season.

Natasha Lindsey — The right-handed pitcher is playing her senior season at Eastern New Mexico State University. Lindsey is a TJ grad.

Katie Street — The Decatur grad is currently playing her junior season on the Boise State University women’s golf team. Street captured her first career tournament victory Sept. 28 at the Wolf Pack Invitational in Reno. It was only the 10th individual title in the history of Boise State women’s golf.

Shea McFeely — The Federal Way High School grad is the starting third baseman on the Oregon State University baseball team. McFeely is hitting .375 with a team-leading 21 hits, three triples and 10 RBIs. Oregon State is coming of its best season in the history of the program after a trip to the College World Series in 2005 and a Pac-10 championship. The Beavers are currently ranked sixth in the country with a 9-4 overall record.

Thomas Watts, Jon Flood, Andrew Conklin and Kyle Henselman — The Federal Way High School foursome are all playing baseball at South Mountain Community College in Arizona.

Watts, an outfielder, is currently hitting .281 with three doubles and two RBIs. Henselman, a transfer from Washington State University, is hitting .200 with two RBIs. Conklin, a right-handed pitcher, is 3-1 on the year with a 17.33 earned-run average and Flood, also a right-hander, is 1-0 with a 7.33 ERA.

South Mountain is currently 8-9 on the season.

Kyle Nunley — The TJ grad is pitching for the Green River Community College baseball team. Nunley was 5-2 with an ERA of 4.75 last season for the Gators.

Tanisha Jones — Jones, a TJ grad, will be playing her sophomore year on the Green River fastpitch team.

Trichell Waldo — The TJ grad is playing tennis at Green River. The Gators start their season in April.

Kristen Johnson — The Decatur grad is trying something new this spring at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Johnson is competing for the Sweet Briar lacrosse team, which kicked its season off Tuesday. Johnson was the school’s starting goalkeeper during the fall sports season.

Leslie Davis — The Federal Way graduate is currently playing softball at Montana State University-Billings. The freshman pitcher/infielder pitched two scoreless innings without allowing a hit against Cal State University-Dominguez Hills on Feb. 11.

Katie Schultz — The Thomas Jefferson graduate is currently playing tennis at the University of Puget Sound. As a freshman, Schultz earned a starting spot on the team that finished second in the Northwest Conference. She plays both singles and doubles for the Loggers.

Ashley Osman — The TJ grad is playing softball at Western Washington University. Osman, a pitcher/first baseman, hit a double during a 7-2 win over Seattle University last week. Western is 1-4 on the season.

Natalie Chase — The 2003 TJ grad recently competed at the South Regional Synchronized Swimming Championships in Williamsburg, Va. for the University of the Incarnate Word. Chase’s trio team finished in first place overall, her duet team finished fourth and the University of the Incarnate Word won the team championship. Next up for Chase will be the United States Collegiate Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. on March 23-25. The University of the Incarnate Word finished third in the nation last year.

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