Mollee Schwegler needed an opportunity to showcase her talents, and a recent trip to the University of Washington served as her stage.
Schwegler canned 4 of 6 3-pointers, including back-to-back bombs in the first half, and scored a team-high 15 points for Oregon State University in a 78-73 victory over the Huskies in Pac-12 women's basketball.
Schwegler, a Rainier and Lower Columbia College graduate and current junior at Oregon State, provided a spark off the bench at point guard as the Beavers won their sixth consecutive conference game. She knocked down 5 of 7 shots and a free throw in 15 minutes of action.
Schwegler is averaging 3.3 points this season.
• R.A. Long graduate Hannah Johnson was recently invited to participate in open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, U.S. Women's National A2 Program and U.S. Women's Junior National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Johnson, a redshirt freshman setter at the University of New Mexico, was among 208 athletes from 73 colleges who participated in the tryouts. She was joined in Colorado Springs by Lobos' teammates Chantale Riddle and Miquella Lovato.
"It's a great weekend of volleyball for them," New Mexico head coach Jeff Nelson said on the team's website. "It's a chance for all of them to train against the best athletes from around the country. We are excited to have them going up there to experience that."
• The U.S. Women's National Team program is open to selected tryout athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team on a full-time basis. This program could begin as early as this spring, or when an athlete's scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who have remaining college eligibility can also participate when their scholastic calendar ends.
"This is a huge opportunity," Johnson said on the school's website. "I think that I will improve a lot from this because I will get to set a lot of the top hitters in the U.S. I just want to take and learn from all the other great players that will be there."
• In baseball, Kalama grad Nick LaRoy is listed as a redshirt freshman pitcher at Washington State University, and ex-Castle Rock and Centralia College pitcher Michael Murray is a junior at Hawaii Pacific University. Kelso's Taylor Starr is a redshirt senior, and ex-Mark Morris catcher Ryan Gorton is a senior at Oregon State University. At Corban University in Salem, the pitching staff includes senior Anthony Wirkkala from Ilwaco and junior David Hull of Kelso, and sophomore first baseman/outfielder Peter Martin from Toledo.
• Seventeen former Lower Columbia College baseball players are rostered at the university level, including Kalama's Chris Pierce in the University of Tennessee outfield, and Castle Rock's Drew Pettit on the pitching staff at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.
• Alex Phillips is a senior pitcher at the University of Kentucky, Cody Garner and Garrett Tygerson are hurlers at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, Todd Griffiths is pitching at the College of Idaho, Tim Culligan is among the pitchers at the University of Nevada-Reno, and Travis Bradshaw is a hurler at Western Oregon University.
• Ben Grubb is a catcher at the University of Portland. Eric Lane and Aaron Grenz are infielders at Gonzaga University, Derrick Webb at Central Washington University, Bret Bitow at Saint Martin's University, and Chaz Ocbina at Central Washington University. Doug Kincaid is roaming the outfield at Seattle University, and infielder Brent Graham and outfielder Ben McQuown play for Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.
• Former LCC assistant coach Donegal Fergus is an assistant coach at Seattle University, and ex-LCC infielder Tucker Brack is an assistant coach at the University of Portland.
• In golf, ex-Mark Morris standout Ian Dahl is in his senior season at Seattle University, and R.A. Long grad Jared Moe is a senior at Concordia University. Ilwaco brothers Jack Whealdon and Patrick Whealdon are at Saint Martin's University, and former MM player Mary-Grace Jenks is a freshman on the Concordia womens golf team.
Rick McCorkle is a sportswriter for The Daily News. If you know of a college athlete not mentioned in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 577-2529.