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R.A. Long graduate Madison Cathcart is ready to embark on her junior softball campaign at Seattle University, and she already has some accolades under her belt.

Cathcart was named an NCAA Division I Preseason Softball All-American, was placed on the preseason all-Western Athletic Conference, and was selected to the Top 50 Watch List for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Cathcart is the only native Washingtonian named to the USA Softball list.

As a sophomore, she led the Western Athletic Conference in batting average (.444), slugging percentage (.954), on-base percentage (.596), walks (53) and doubles (20). She was second in home runs (19), RBIs (57) and total bases (144), was third in hits (67), and fourth in plte appearances (209).

Among all NCAA Division I players, Cathcart was ranked fourth in on-base percentage, fifth in slugging percentage, sixth in walks per game (.95), 10th in batting average and doubles, and 11th in total bases and home runs.

During her first two seasons with the Redhawks, Cathcart set eight single-season school records, and is the first SU player to be selected to the NFCA All-Region team.

Esary = Double-Double

Kalama’s Parker Esary has been a double-double machine in her sophomore campaign with the University of Providence women’s basketball team.

Esary, a post player, is averaging 14.3 points and 10.2 rebounds and has 12 double-doubles in the Argos’ 21 games this season. She had 16 points and 18 rebounds in a 63-58 overtime win over Montana State-Northern, netted 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 61-50 win over Montana Western, and had 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 66-57 loss to Montana Tech.

Among Frontier Conference players, Esary is first in double-doubles, field goal percentage (.549), rebounds (215), rebounds per game and offensive rebounds per game (4.86). She’s second in defensive rebounds per game (5.38), third in scoring, and eighth in free throw percentage (.717).

The Argos are ranked 22nd nationally among NAIA Division I schools.

Souvenir’s solid in Idaho

Wahkiakum grad Peyton Souvenir is having a solid sophomore campaign as a sophomore guard at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.

Souvenir is averaging 4.5 points and 3.37 assists per game, and had seven points in a 61-56 loss to Carroll College.

Among Frontier Conference players, Souvenir is ranked fifth in assists per game, sixth in assist to turnover ratio (1.68), and 11th in steals per game (1.47).

Dotson’s a beacon at NCU

Ex-Lower Columbia College standout Shanay Dotson is having a solid junior campaign as a guard with the Northwest Christian University Beacons.

Dotson is averaging 8.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. She had 13 points in a recent 71-51 win over The Evergreen State College, and had 10 points and 13 rebounds in a 65-56 loss to Northwest University.

In the Cascade Collegiate Conference, Dotson is ranked ninth in assists, 10th in free throw percentage (.707), 13th in defensive rebounds (4.2), and 14th in blocked shots (0.6).

Crews sparkles with Mounties

Another ex-LCC guard, Madison Crews, is putting together an all-star campaign in her junior season at Eastern Oregon University.

Crews is averaging 7.5 points, 4.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds. She had 13 points and 10 assists in an 89-51 win over Northwest Christian University, and had 11 points and nine assists in a 111-48 win over Walla Walla University.

Crews leads the Cascade Collegiate Conference in assist to turnover ratio (2.2), and is second in assists.

Down in Cali

Kelso’s Jamilee Iddings, a senior guard at The Master’s College, is averaging 6.7 points per game. She scored 15 points in two games, a 93-30 win over Life Pacific, and a 77-59 win over Arizona Christian. … Wahkiakum’s Baylee Olsen, a senior guard at Cal State-San Marcos, is averaging 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. She had 12 points and three rebounds in a recent 88-70 loss to Humboldt State. … Mark Morris grads Kourtney Eaton and Karley Eaton continue to contribute to the success of the University of California-Davis women’s basketball team. Kourtney is averaging 6.3 points and 2.4 rebounds. She had 11 points in a 75-51 win over Cal State-Fullerton, and netted 10 points in an 80-57 win over UC Irvine. Karley is averaging 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds, and had 12 points in a 60-49 win over Cal State-Northridge.

Across the Northwest

Rainier’s Desirae Hansen, a freshman forward at Portland State University, is averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. She had 11 points and six rebounds in a 76-64 win over Eastern Washington, and had 10 points in a 72-55 win over Northern Arizona. … Makenzie Kaech, a freshman at Saint Martin’s University, is averaging 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds. She had 17 points and six rebounds in an 81-68 win over Concordia, and 12 points and five rebounds in an 85-82 loss to Central Washington. … Ex-LCC post player Katie Hankins, a fifth-year senior at the University of Lethbridge in British Columbia, is averaging 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. She had 13 points and seven rebounds in an 80-73 win over Trinity Western, and grabbed nine rebounds in a 97-85 win over Victoria. … R.A. Long grad Mya Kirzy, a sophomore guard at Warner Pacific University, is averaging 1.5 points per game. She had five points in an 80-57 win over Walla Wala University. Kirzy, a Biology major, was recently named to the Cascade Collegiate Conference All-Academic Team. … Mark Morris grad Madison Early, a sophomore at The Evergreen State College, was also named to the CCC All-Academic Team. Early, who is playing women’s soccer and basketball, is studying elementary education/accounting.

Around the NWAC

Rianna Whitehead, a Winlock grad and sophomore guard at South Puget Sound, is averaging 10.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. She had 19 points and 11 rebounds in a recent 95-88 loss to Pierce. … R.A. Long grad Khloe Snair, a freshman at Portland Community College, is averaging 7.7 points per game. She had 12 points and four rebounds in a 73-36 loss to Southwestern Oregon, and had 10 points and three rebounds in a 58-54 loss to Clark. … Clatskanie’s Zoie Barker, a freshman guard at Southwestern Oregon, is averaging 2.8 points per game. She had four points and three rebounds in a 73-36 win over Portland, and had four points in an 83-65 loss to Lane.

Davis toes the beam at OSU

Woodland grad Destinee Davis, a junior with the Oregon State University women’s gymnastics team, has had a couple solid performances during the early part of the gymnastics season.

Davis had an exhibition score of 9.15 on the balance beam in a match with Illinois, Kentucky and Lindenwood held in Champaign, Ill. She also notched a 9.45 in an exhibition in a Pac-12 match with Utah.

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Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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