Sports in Brief 3/13

Elma grad Colard to play in NCAA regionals

Western Washington University has been selected as the host team for the West Regionals in the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Top-ranked in the region and sixth-ranked nationally, the Vikings will host Academy of Art University in an opening-round contest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bellingham. The tournament runs through Tuesday.

Elma High School graduate Katie Colard has started 22 of 28 games for the Vikings. The sophomore guard is averaging 7.9 points per game and ranks second on the team with 51 three-point field goals. She also leads the team in foul-shooting percentage at 82 percent.

Bowley earns Most Valuable Swimmer award

Senior Joseph Bowley received the Most Valuable Swimmer award at the Aberdeen High School boys swimming awards dinner Sunday.

Bobcat head coach Keith Lile thanked assistants Dan Sundstrom and Rob Burns for their help and support this season. Other team awards:

Inspirational — Colton Sundstrom. Most Improved — Keegan Davison, Brad Farrer. Coaches Award — Colton Sundstrom. Duncan Award — Dillon Rowe. Captains — Dillon Rowe, Colton Dion, Colton Sundstrom. Hector Heathcote Award — manager Hannah Bortel. 2013-14 Captains — Seth Caba, Brandon Grigsby, Keegan Shippey. JV Most Valuable — Jon Ball, Todd Caba. Top Scholars — Colton Dion, Brad Farrer, John Jugum, Colton Sundstrom. Other Scholar Athletes — Stuart Ball, Joseph Bowley, Kyle Brewer, Seth Caba, Todd Caba, Ryan Catron, Brandon Grigsby, John Pellessier, Dillon Rowe, Jeremiah Smith, Britton Tatro, Ben Wolfenberger.

Varsity letterwinners — Stuart Ball, Joseph Bowley, Seth Caba, Ryan Catron, Keegan Davison, Colton Dion, Brad Farrer, Branden Grigsby, John Jugum, Roman Langley, Ryan McElliott, John Pellessier, Levi Rose, Dillon Rowe, Keegan Shippey, Kyley Smith, Jeremiah Smith, Colton Sundstrom, Britton Tatro, Jordan Wakeman, Ben Wolfenberger and managers Hannah Bortel, Danielle Rowe and Elizabeth Carrico.

South Bend awards announced

Justin Elliott, Miles Davis and Myranda Curtis were multiple award winners at the South Bend High School winter sports awards dinner recently. Team awards:

Boys Basketball: Most Valuable — Justin Elliott, Most Improved — Justin Elliott. Coaches Award — Zane Johnson. Free Throw Award — Mitch Edwards. Most Assists — Miles Davis. Rebounding Award — Justin Elliott. Hustle Award — Austin Lewis. Captains — Justin Elliott, Miles Davis.

Girls Basketball: Coaches Award — Kessa Wilson. Inspirational — Myranda Curtis. Rebounding Award — Katlyn Sawyer. Captains — Myranda Curtis, Rachael Black.

Wrestling: Coaches Award — Matthew Lewis. Captain — Austin Boyes.

Ocean fishing options outlined

Three ocean salmon fishing catch-quota options were set by state and federal fisheries officials, and it could mirror last summer’s good season.

“Our quota range for coho encompasses last year, but it looks like we’ll see a lower chinook catch,” said Doug Milward, a state Fish and Wildlife coastal salmon manager.

The Lower Columbia River hatchery chinook return is forecast at 126,000, which is down from last year’s forecast 191,000 (actual return of 141,600). That return is regarded as the backbone for ocean and in-river fisheries. The Columbia coho forecast is 716,400 compared to 632,700 last year, and an actual run of 306,100.

The high sport fishing quota option this summer is 51,500 chinook and 75,600 hatchery coho; middle option is 41,500 and 71,400; and the lower end option is 30,000 and 63,000. Last year’s quota was 51,500 chinook and 69,720 hatchery coho.

The top two options will include the highly popular early summer sport hatchery-marked chinook fishery that begins in mid-June. That early coastal summer fishery generated 5,500 angler trips with 5,400 hatchery chinook.

Those good times carried into the entire summer ocean salmon fishery, which remained very good right up until it closed in late September although coho catches were relatively sparse.

State Fish and Wildlife will discuss preliminary Puget Sound, coast and Columbia River fisheries from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. in Olympia. Final seasons will be set April 6-11. For a list of meetings, go to