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By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Junior Chelsea Mackenzie of the Creighton University women’s soccer team has been named first-team Academic All-District VII team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The native of Federal Way, Mackenzie has been a stalwart on and off the field this year. A psychology major, she carries a 3.704 grade-point average in the classroom.

On the field, the midfielder leads Creighton with six assists and is tied for the team lead with 12 points. Mackenzie has tallied three goals on the year, two have come on free-kicks from 45-yards out.

A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Burien, she has started 17 of the Bluejays' 18 matches this season. Mackenzie was honored as the Missouri Valley Conference offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 13, after a four-point weekend.

Creighton, located in Omaha, Neb., is currently 7-7-4 overall and 3-1-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

• Thomas Jefferson graduates Jason Hesla and Sara Beck should be key contributors on the Pacific Lutheran University swim teams this year. The Lutes opened their seasons last weekend at the Northwest Conference Sprint Pentathlon in Oregon.

Hesla is a two-year letterwinner entering his junior season. He swims the breaststroke and individual medley and placed third in the 200 breast, fourth in the 100 breast and tied for fourth in the 200 medley at last year’s conference meet. Beck, a freestyler, is entering her freshman season for the Lutes.

• Aaron Gilbert, a 300-pound offensive lineman from Thomas Jefferson, has run into a little bad luck this year on the Central Washington University football team. The 2003 TJ grad, is currently recovering from surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee during practice. Gilbert had claimed the starting job on the Wildcats’ offensive line during spring practice and started in Central’s first game against Carrol College. Gilbert will return as a freshman next year after taking a medical redshirt.

“I will return next season and try this thing again,” Gilbert said. “I probably will not participate in spring ball. I feel it’s better to be smart here and not rush to return.”

• The Portland State women’s cross country squads struggled through a tough course at the Big Sky Championships to finish sixth in the conference. The race, hosted by Montana State at Bozeman, Mont. last week, was a mild disappointment for the Vikings who had set their sights on top-four finish.

Junior Amanda Kamm led the women’s squad by finishing 12th overall. Kamm is a 2002 graduate of Decatur. Kamm covered the course in 17:58. Kamm’s finish earns her all-conference honors.

• Thomas Jefferson graduate Michael Smith is playing his sophomore season on the Pima Community College (Ariz.) football team. The fullback is starting for the Storm and is the team’s second-leading rusher through eight games. Smith, a 2003 grad, has 62 rushes for 557 yards and three touchdowns and one catch for 37 yards and a touchdown for the 7-1 Storm.

• The Federal Way YMCA will be hosting its inaugural Adult Dodge Ball Tournament on Nov. 30 for ages 16 to adult. The tournament fee is $60 per team or $12 for individuals and will be held at the YMCA Arena in Federal Way. Games begin at 6 p.m.

There will also be an open Dodge Ball Night on Nov. 23 for ages 16-adult from 6-8 p.m. Fee is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, contact Sean Stolte at (253) 838-4708 or email sstolte@fw.seattleymca.org

• Aaron Gilbert, a 300-pound offensive lineman from Thomas Jefferson, has run into a little bad luck this year on the Central Washington University football team. The 2003 TJ grad, is currently recovering from surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee during practice. Gilbert had claimed the starting job on the Wildcats’ offensive line during spring practice and started in Central’s first game against Carrol College. Gilbert will return as a freshman next season after taking a medical redshirt.

“I will return next season and try this thing again,” Gilbert said. “I probably will not participate in spring ball. I feel it’s better to be smart here and not rush to return.”

• Highline Community College will host the NWAACC Cross Country Championships Saturday at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. The women’s race will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the men at noon. The Highline men are led by Decatur graduate David Larpenteur.

Send Sports Briefs to sports@fedwaymirror.com or call sports editor Casey Olson at 925-5565.

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