Tracking the grads


The Mirror

Kyle Jenkins — The 2004 Jefferson grad finished up in fifth place at the Big-10 Indoor Track and Field Championships two weeks ago in the triple jump with a leap of 49 feet, 10.5 inches for the Indiana University Hoosiers. Jenkins was the two-time Class 4A state triple jump champion and broke the Washington state high school record last year as a senior at TJ. Indiana finished second as a team, behind the University of Wisconsin. The Hoosiers’ outdoor track season kicks off March 25.

Matt Diotte — The 2004 Thomas Jefferson grad finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle at the Sun Belt Conference Championships final for the University of Denver Feb. 19 in Little Rock, Ark. after swimming a blazing 20.45 in the preliminaries. Diotte’s prelim time was good enough to set a school record. He swam a 20.75 in the final. Diotte also finished fifth in the 100 free in a time of 46.18 as a freshman.

Shea McFeely — The 2002 Federal Way grad is the starting third baseman for the Oregon State Beavers baseball team. McFeely is currently hitting .300 with two doubles and six RBIs for the 11-2 Beavers.

“Shea is a guy who has to drive in runs for us and we look for him to have a big year,” said OSU coach Pat Casey.

Oregon State broke into a pair of national baseball rankings last week. The Beavers are ranked 24th by Baseball America magazine and 28th by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Nick Batkoski — The 2001 Federal Way grad is having an impressive early season for the University of Washington baseball team. The senior third baseman is hitting .340 with six RBIs in 14 starts for the 8-7 Huskies.

“Nick is at his true position after playing shortstop last year when we made a move to get his bat in the lineup,” said Husky coach Ken Knutson. “He’s been a really good hitter when he’s gotten the chance. Plus, he’s very sure-handed. There are days when you might argue he’s our best defensive player.”

Brady Everett — The 2001 Federal Way grad is hitting .328 in 17 starts at catcher for the Washington State Cougars baseball team this season. Everett is leading the 10-8 Cougars with four home runs and 22 RBIs. Everett played his freshman season at Edmonds Community College before transferring to Clemson University, where he played the last two seasons.

Kyle Henselman — The 2004 Federal Way grad is playing his freshman season on the Washington State baseball team. Henselman, an outfielder, is 1-for-2 on the season at the plate in four appearances for the Cougars.

Tony Barnette — The 2002 Thomas Jefferson grad is leading the Arizona State Sun Devils in pitching appearances with 12. Barnette, who attended Central Arizona Junior College the last two years, has a 1-1 record and a 6.04 earned-run average. Arizona State is 11-10 overall. Barnette combined with two other pitchers Sunday to shut out Ohio State 3-0 at the Keith LeClair Classic in South Carolina.

Ben Henderson — The Decatur grad will be competing at the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament this weekend in Sioux City, Iowa. Henderson, a 157-pounder, is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation for the Dana College wrestling team.

Jamie Nilsen and Tyler Hunt — The TJ grads are currently playing for the Central Washington University baseball team. Nilsen, an infielder, is leading the Wildcats with a .406 average in 11 starts and also has eight RBIs and four doubles. Hunt, a first baseman, is hitting .226 in 10 starts with six RBIs. Central is currently 6-9 overall.

Aaron Fulmer — The 2001 TJ grad is pitching for the Pacific Lutheran University baseball team. The junior is currently 2-0 in three starts for the Lutes with a 2.42 ERA. PLU is currently 6-4 on the season. Fulmer was 4-4 with a 5.28 ERA in 12 appearances, including 9 starts, last season. He tied for the team lead in strikeouts with 28 and named PLU’s most inspirational player in 2003.

Kyle Nunley and Tyler Walker — The TJ grads are playing baseball at Green River Community College. Nunley is a right-handed pitcher and Walker is a left-handed pitcher. The Gators are currently 1-2-1 overall.

Matt Ristine and Morgan O’Neal — Ristine, a Decatur grad, and O’Neal, a Federal Way grad, are entering their junior years on the University of Puget Sound golf teams. The Loggers opened their seasons last weekend in Portland. Results were not available. Ristine was an all-conference player last year as a sophomore.

Erica Kuchciak and Tiffany Jones — The Federal Way grads are entering their sophomore seasons on the Green River Community College fastpitch team. Kuchciak is a utility player and Jones is a pitcher/third basemen. The Gators open their season March 19.

Danielle Yellam and Trichell Waldo — Yellam, a Federal Way grad, is entering her sophomore year on the Green River tennis team and Waldo, a TJ grad, is playing her first season. The Gators open their season April 5.

Erin King, Jessica Rakestraw, Kristy Richardson, Andrea Hughes and Kaitlin Bailey — King, a Federal Way grad, Rakestraw and Ricardson, TJ grads, and Hughes and Bailey, Decatur grads, are all playing on the Highline Community College fastpitch team. The Thunderbirds open their season Saturday in Wenatchee.

Natasha Lindsey — The TJ grad is pitching at Eastern New Mexico University. The team is currently 12-9 overall. Lindsey is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two starts with 12 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

Ashley Osman — The TJ grad is entering her sophomore season on the Western Washington University fastpitch team. The pitcher/first baseman hit .200 last season in seven starts and has started three games this season. The Vikings are currently 3-5 early in the year.

Jon Manthey — The Federal Way grad is in his senior season on the Washington State University track team. Manthey is a middle distance runner for the Cougars.

Christina Hussong — The Decatur grad recently finished 16th overall at the Western Athletic Conference 1-meter diving championships and 10th in the 3-meter competition. Hussong is a junior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a former high school state diving champion.

Noelle Vallecorsa — The Federal Way grad is entering her freshman year on the University of Puget Sound fastpitch team. Vallecorsa is a catcher/outfielder. UPS is currently 3-3 on the season and Vallecorsa started one of the games.

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