Sports in Brief 2/19

Monte grad homers in first college appearance

Montesano High School graduate Austin Baker blasted a home run on his plate appearance as a member of the Arkansas State University baseball team on Saturday.

Baker drove in three runs with a home run, double and single in helping Arkansas State beat Bradley, 10-1, at Jonesboro, Ark.

A freshman outfielder, Baker is batting .600 through three games. Tighe Dickinson, another Montesano High alum, is the pitching coach for Arkansas State.

Sand wins golf tourney in Arizona

Thirteen-year-old John Sand of Hoquiam won his age group at the Juniors of Palm Valley golf tournament last weekend at the Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz.

Competing in the boys 13-14 division, Sand carded a pair of 74s for a 36-hole total of 148. He finished 13 strokes ahead of runners-up Cameron Ruiz of Gilbert, Ariz., and Austin Hardman of Highlands Ranch, Colo. Playing from the same tees as competitors in the older age groups, he was second overall in a field of 32, four strokes behind boys 15-19 winner David Elliott of Boise, Ida.

The tourney was part of the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour.

Two Harbor refs selected for state

Two members of the Grays Harbor Basketball Officials Association have been selected to referee in state tournaments next week.

John Nevills will be among the officials in the state 1A/2A boys tournaments in Yakima, while Phil Papac was chosen for the 2B/1B girls tourneys in Spokane.