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Around the Horn
FW alums wrap up collegiate careers
Former Federal Way basketball players Jodie Kaczor and Jessica Iserman, who won a high school state championship in 1997, finished their college careers this weekend in NCAA national tournaments.
Kaczor, a senior guard, and her Western Washington University teammates lost to Cal-Poly Pomona 71-70 in the West Regional championship game of the NCAA Division II Womens Basketball National Tournament.
Kaczor scored seven points in the loss to Cal-Poly. She also scored a game-high 16 points, including going 3 for 5 from 3-point range, to lead Western to a 71-60 win over Sonoma State University in the semifinals of the tournament.
Weve relied on our 3-point shooting this year, said Western coach Carmen Dolfo. Our guards did a great job of getting open shots.
Western, which won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title, finished the season 24-5 and made its fifth straight trip to nationals.
Iserman, a senior center playing for Pacific Lutheran University, saw her season come to an end in the Elite Eight as the Lutes dropped a 64-47 decision to Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the NCAA Division III womens basketball championship playoffs.
Iserman led Pacific Lutheran with 14 points and eight rebounds.
She scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in a 60-54 win over Saint Benedict in the semifinal game.
The Lutes finish 23-4. Iserman, a two-time All-Northwest Conference selection, averaged 12.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season.
Pacific Lutheran qualified for the 50-team national playoffs by winning the Northwest Conference regular-season championship.
Wilder finishes senior season
Quincy Wilder, a Decatur graduate and now a senior at The Evergreen State College, scored 32 points as the Evergreen mens basketball team finished its season with a 78-74 loss to Holy Family College of Pennsylvania last Friday in the second round of the NAIA Tournament in Point Lookout, Mo.
Wilder led Evergreen with 26 points as it defeated Ottawa of Kansas, 71-64, in a first-round playoff game earlier in the Division II national tournament.
Evergreen finished the season with a 26-7 record. It finished the regular season as the No. 6 team in the NAIA Division II national standings.
Little League tryouts
The Federal Way American Little League will conduct Big League tryouts from noon to 3 p.m. March 17 at Sacajawea Park. Tryouts are open to any player who will be 17 or 18 years old as of July 31, and who resides within the Federal Way American Little League boundaries. For more information, call the league hotline at 529-8736 and leave a message, or e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federal Way Boys and Girls Club is gearing up to launch its inaugural season of High School Spring Hoops. Players in grades 10 to 12 are invited to play. The league will be split in two divisions based on skill level. Any team comprised of players with any varsity-level experience will play in the A League. Players with no varsity experience will be placed in the B League. Players may form their own teams or apply to the league as free agents.
Teams may also be formed with players from any high school or grade level. Teams are not allowed coaches, only player representatives. The fee is $50 per player, or $400 per team. All teams will play eight games plus playoffs, with the season running from APril 8 to June 1. Register now at the Club or online at www.fw-bc.org. For more information, call Kyle Templeton or Jeff Betz at 941-2722.
The Federal Way Norman Center YMCA is accepting registration for Kick-Start Soccer, a pre-season soccer clinic for grades K-3.
Sessions will be Monday and Wednesday evenings until April 4. Cost of the program is $30 plus annual YMCA membership. The clinic will focus on the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting and positioning. For more information, call the Norman Center YMCA at 838-4708.