WWU lands seven outstanding freshmen recruits

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Amy Suiter
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Head Coach Amy Suiter
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

July 30, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Seven recent high school graduates, three of whom played at Kamiakin High School which won a third straight Class 3A state championship last spring, will play softball for the Vikings beginning this fall.

"We have a large class joining us this season and I couldn't be more excited about this group," said WWU head coach Amy Suiter. "We have athletes that have done big things in their youth careers and we are excited for them to start their journey to the next level as Vikings!"

Making up the 2014 class are first baseman/designated hitter Emily Benson from Kamiakin in Kennewick, infielder Megan Jewett-Chan from Todd Beamer in Federal Way, first baseman Katelyn McDonald from Arlington, utility player Sarah Morrow from Enumclaw, outfielder Carlie and shortstop Cylie Richards, twin sisters from Kamiakin, and pitcher/shortstop Makinlee Sellevold from Cascade in Everett.

Benson and the Richards twins helped Kamiakin to state titles from 2012 to 2014 and a record of 71-9 during that span.

Benson was a first-team Tri-City Herald all-Area and Mid-Columbia Conference all-star as a senior. She hit .687, driving in 69 runs and scoring 47, with 13 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs, four of them coming in a doubleheader.

Carlie Richards received first-team all-area honors as a senior and as a sophomore when the Braves were unbeaten in 28 games. She hit .476 as a senior, driving in 38 runs and scoring 36, and batted .447 as a junior.

Cylie Richards was a second-team all-league choice as a junior and senior. She hit .452 as a senior, driving in 26 runs and scoring 28, and batted .400 as a junior.

Jewett-Chan received South Puget Sound League North Division Most Valuable Player accolades as a senior at Todd Beamer, receiving first-team Tacoma News Tribune All-Area, Federal Way Mirror All-City and SPSL honors, all for the second straight year. She helped the Titans reach the second round at the Class 4A state tournament, batting .515 with 39 runs batted in and 21 runs scored.

McDonald was a first-team Everett Herald all-Area and Western Conference 4A North Division all-star as a senior at Arlington, hitting .557 for the Eagles and leading the league with 18 doubles.

Morrow was a second-team Tacoma News Tribune All-Area and first-team SPSL 3A all-star as a senior at Enumclaw. She helped the Hornets place second at the Class 3A state tournament, hitting .402, scoring 46 runs and driving in 17. Morrow batted .485 with 45 runs scored and 23 RBI as a junior on a squad that finished eighth at state.

Sellevold missed her senior season at Cascade because of ankle injury. She was a first-team Everett Herald all-Area, Western Conference 4A and Wesco South Division all-star as a junior on a 20-4 team that won the division title. Sellevold posted a 15-2 record with 149 strikeouts as a pitcher, while batting .556 with 30 runs batted in, 21 runs scored, 14 doubles, five home runs and 10 stolen bases.

The Vikings finished 30-14 last spring, narrowly missing out on a berth in the NCAA Division II West Regional. They placed second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings at 17-7.

Emily Benson, First Base/Designated Hitter, B-R, T-R, Freshman, 5-11, 18, 2/6/96, West Richland, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: Played on teams at Kamiakin High School that won three straight Class 3A state championships from 2012 to 2014 with overall record of 71-9 ... First-team Tri-City Herald all-Area and Mid-Columbia Conference (designated hitter) all-star as senior ... Team co-captain and offensive MVP ... Hit .687, driving in 69 runs and scoring 47 ... Had 68 hits, including 13 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs, four of them in doubleheader ... Besides winning state title, Braves finished 24-2, and were conference co-champs and regional champions ... First-team all-conference (first base) as junior on 19-7 state champion squad ... Batted .545 with 42 RBI and 31 runs scored ... Had 54 hits, including 16 doubles, four triples and six home runs ... First-team Columbia Basin Big Nine all-star as sophomore on 28-0 team that won league, regional and state titles ... Started and lettered three years ... Played on Washington Angels Gold club team for seven years, winning ASA state title in 2011.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in education.

Megan Jewett-Chan, Infield, B-B, T-R, Freshman, 5-6, 18, 5/21/96, Auburn, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Tacoma News Tribune All-Area, Federal Way Mirror All-City and South Puget Sound League North Division MVP as senior at Todd Beamer High School ... Helped Titans reach second round at Class 4A state tournament ... Team captain ... Batted .515 with 39 runs batted in and 21 runs scored ... First-team all-area, all-city and all-league as junior on team that made school's first state appearance, placing seventh ... Hit .398 with 33 RBI and 31 runs scored with 10 doubles, six triples and three home runs ... Team co-captain ... WIAA Athlete of the Week ... First-team all-area, all-city and all-league as sophomore ... Started and lettered three years ... Played on Washington Acers 18G West Coast club team for three seasons.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in kinesiology ... Her sister, Ryley, played softball at Highline CC and is transferring to WWU from Central Washington University.

Katelyn McDonald, First Base, B-L, T-L, Freshman, 5-6, 18, 2/11/96, Arlington, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Everett Herald all-Area and Western Conference 4A North Division all-star as senior at Arlington High School ... Team captain and MVP ... Had .557 batting average for Eagles, leading league with 18 doubles ... Second-team all-area and first-team all-league as junior on squad that won conference, district and Class 4A state championships ... Hit .550 and had league-best 15 doubles ... Second-team all-league and team Silver Slugger award winner as sophomore ... As freshman, played on team that reached state ... Started and lettered four years ... Also lettered two years in soccer ... Played two years of ASA ball with Lake Breeze Gold.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in kinesiology.

Carlie Richards, Outfield, B-R, T-R, Freshman, 5-4, 18, 5/2/96, Kennewick, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: Played on teams at Kamiakin High School that won three straight Class 3A state championships from 2012 to 2014 with overall record of 71-9 ... First-team Tri-City Herald All-Area and Mid-Columbia Conference all-star as senior ... Team co-captain ... Hit .476, driving in 38 runs and scoring 36 ... Had 40 hits with nine doubles, three triples and six home runs ... Besides winning state title, Braves finished 24-2, and were conference co-champs and regional champions ... Second-team all-Mid-Columbia Conference as junior ... Most inspirational award winner on 19-7 state champion squad ... Batted .447 (38 hits) with 31 RBI and 24 runs scored ... First-team all-area and Columbia Basin Big Nine all-star as sophomore on 28-0 team that won league, regional and state titles ... First-team all-area and all-league as freshman on squad that won league and regional crowns and placed fifth at state ... Started and lettered four years ... Played on Washington Angels Gold club team for seven years, winning ASA state title in 2011.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in education.

Cylie Richards (pronounced Kylee), Shortstop, B-R, T-R, Freshman, 5-4, 18, 5/2/96, Kennewick, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: Played on teams at Kamiakin High School that won three straight Class 3A state championships from 2012 to 2014 with overall record of 71-9 ... Second-team Mid-Columbia Conference all-star as senior ... Gold Glove award winner ... Hit .452, driving in 26 runs and scoring 28 ... Had 38 hits with nine doubles and two home runs ... Besides winning state title, Braves finished 24-2, and were conference co-champs and regional champions ...Second-team all-conference and team co-captain as junior on 19-7 state champion squad ... Batted .400 (30 hits, 4 home runs) with 21 RBI and 24 runs scored ... Honorable mention Columbia Basin Big Nine all-star as sophomore on 28-0 team that won league, regional and state titles ... Honorable mention all-league as freshman on squad that won league and regional crowns and placed fifth at state ... Started and lettered four years ... Played on Washington Angels Gold club team for seven years, winning ASA state title in 2011.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in kinesiology.

Sarah Morrow, Infield/Outfield, B-L, T-R, Freshman, 5-4. 18, 11/8/95, Enumclaw, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team Tacoma News Tribune All-Area and first-team South Puget Sound League 3A all-star as senior at Enumclaw High School ... Team captain ... Helped Hornets win league, sub-district and district titles and place second at Class 3A state tournament ... Hit .402, scoring 46 runs and driving in 17 ... First-team all-league as junior on team that took league, sub-district and district championships and finished eighth at state ... Batted .485 with 45 runs scored and 23 RBI ... Team's Golden Glove award winner for third straight year ... First-team all-league as sophomore on squad that placed eighth at state ... First-team all-league as freshman and team MVP ... Started and lettered four years ... Played three seasons for Washington Acers 18 Gold Anderton club team.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in computer science ... Enumclaw Rotary Club and Buckley Kiwanis Club Student of the Month ... Her father, Dan, wrestled at Washington State University.

Makinlee Sellevold, Pitcher/Shortstop, B-R, T-R, Freshman, 5-4. 18, 4/19/96, Everett, WA

HIGH SCHOOL: Missed senior season at Cascade High School because of ankle injury ... Team captain ... First-team Everett Herald all-Area, Western Conference 4A and Wesco South Division all-star as junior on 20-4 team that won division title ... Had 15-2 record with 149 strikeouts as pitcher, while batting .556 with 30 runs batted in, 21 runs scored, 14 doubles, five home runs and 10 stolen bases ... First-team division all-star as sophomore on division championship team ... Second-team division all-star and team MVP as freshman ... Started and lettered three years ... Also earned three letters in volleyball and two in basketball ... Honorable mention all-league setter in volleyball as sophomore ... Played on Sno.co Express club team for three years, winning National Softball Association state championships in 2011 and 2012, and one season with Skagit Valley Thunder 18 Gold.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in education.