Sports Briefs 2/15

Dublanko excels in International Bowl

Aberdeen High School freshman Joel Dublanko turned in a fine performance for the U.S. squad in the International Bowl youth football game recently in Round Rock, Texas.

A starting inside linebacker, Dublanko was named one of the U.S. captains in a game against an International team. He was credited with four tackles. He even played briefly on offense and had one carry for five yards.

Bi-District 1B pairings set

Wishkah’s boys will face Columbia Adventist in the final game of a bi-district Class 1B basketball quadrupleheader Saturday at Montesano’s Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.

The Loggers and Kodiaks will tip off at approximately 7:45 p.m. The winners of Saturday’s games will earn regional berths and will play for regional seedings on Monday. The losers are eliminated.

Saturday’s pairings:

2 p.m. — Sunnyside Christian vs. Three Rivers Christian girls. 3:30 p.m. — Sunnyside Christian vs. Three Rivers Christian boys. 6:15 p.m. — Columbia Adventist vs. Yakama Tribal girls. 7:45 p.m. — Wishkah vs. Columbia Adventist boys.

Transsexual basketball player’s team wins title

After a wild season under the glare of the national media spotlight, the Mission College women’s basketball team and its transsexual center Gabrielle Ludwig won their junior college conference title Wednesday night.

The Santa Clara, Calif-based Saints beat second place De Anza College, 72-68, winning their first Coast-South conference title since 2004. Mission compiled a 9-0 league record and 18-7 overall.

Ludwig, from Fremont, Calif., sparked debate across the country after regional media outlets told her story, highlighting the fact the 50-year-old Desert Storm veteran may be the first athlete to play collegiate sports first as a man then as a woman.

Ludwig, who stands 6 feet, 8 inches, had surgery to become a woman in July. She played in her first game Dec. 1.

Daily World staff and wire reports