Caldwell, Brenner to be honored by NFF on Dec. 12

The National Football Foundation’s Portland Chapter will hold its annual awards banquet on Dec. 12 and two local stars will be among those honored.

The Metro League will recognize senior wide receiver Trevor Caldwell of Sunset and senior lineman Doug Brenner of Jesuit at the event. They are being recognized for their accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

The 52nd Awards Banquet will be held at the Red Lion Janzen Beach on Dec. 12.

 The Portland Chapter of the NFF has over 80 schools within its territory, and will this year recognize 14 young men out of a group of 63 nominees.

This year’s presenter will include Hall of Fame football coach Ad Rutschman and former NFL and PSU quarterback Neil Lomax.

Jesuit grad Michaela Phillips honored at St. Rose

Michaela Phillips, a Jesuit High grad who’s now a freshman midfielder on the women’s soccer team at The College of Saint Rose, helped lead the Golden Knights to the 2012 NCAA Championships in Evans, Georgia.

Phillips, who scored the first of her four goals this season in the first seven minutes of her collegiate career, has played a key role in the middle for the Golden Knights. She is a part of a team that ranked among the nation’s top-10 squads both offensively and defensively.

Sunset's Umscheid to move to Kansas State baseball

Mike Umscheid, a Sunset High grad who’s preparing for his sophomore baseball season at Western Nevada College, recently signed a letter of intent to move on to Kansas State University next year.

Umscheid, an infielder, batted .331 last year with one home run, four triples, 23 RBIs and 28 runs scored.

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” Umscheid said. 

The 6-foot-3 Umscheid started 47 games for the Wildcats last year, playing corner infield spots as well as left and right field. He was fourth on the club in hitting, fourth in stolen bases (eight), fourth in putouts (130) and first in triples.

“He’s a complete player who really takes pride in his work habits,” Wildcats head coach DJ Whittemore said. “He’s a great student, very coachable and a great leader.”

14A ASA Western Nationals organizers are honored

The collaborative effort by the Washington County Visitors Association, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Hillsboro Parks and Recreation, and Oregon Amateur Softball Association to produce the 14A Amateur Softball Association Western National Girls Fast Pitch Tournament has earned organizers the James Farrell Award of Excellence.

The award was announced at the Amateur Softball Association’s 81st Annual Governing Council meeting in Dallas, Texas, and recognized the 99.3 percent rating given to the tournament. ASA is the national governing body of softball in the United States.

“Washington County is fortunate to have organizations willing to work together to enable us to host this kind of tournament, said Gary Wilson, facilities manager for Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. “The award recognizes the hard work, dedication and team spirit of the local organizing committee, the staff and volunteers, who worked together to deliver a high-quality tournament. To be recognized by ASA is truly an honor.”

This is the second time Washington County earned the Farrell Award. In 2010, the City of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation was presented with the award for hosting the 2010 16B ASA Western National Girls’ Fast Pitch Tournament at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.

Jesuit grad Nick Alfieri is honored at Georgetown

Nick Alfieri, a Jesuit High grad who’s now a sophomore safety at Georgetown University, has been selected to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic District 2 Division I Football Team for the 2012-13 academic year.

“Nick is an outstanding football player, student and person,” head coach Kevin Kelly said. “For him to receive this honor is not a surprise to anyone involved with this program.”

Alfieri moved from linebacker to safety after his freshman season and started all nine games in the defensive backfield in 2012. He was third on the team and 10th in the Patriot League with 8.33 tackles per game, while intercepting one pass, forcing one fumble and recovering another during his second season on the Hilltop.

In the classroom, Alfieri has excelled with a 3.37 grade point average.

Westview's Colin Forman named POW at Linfield

Colin Forman, a Westview High grad who’s now a junior safety on the Linfield College football team, was named Northwest Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts in Linfield’s win over Willamette at the end of October.

Forman blocked a punt and chased the ball into the end zone for a Wildcat touchdown that doubled their lead over the Bearcats. That single play changed the momentum of the game, allowing Linfield to pull away with an easy victory, 45-10. Forman, a safety, also added three tackles and two pass breakups to end his outstanding day.

For the year, Forman finished with three interceptions and was Linfield’s third-leading tackler with 55 total tackles.

This is Forman’s second NWC weekly honor of the season; he won the first for defense back on Oct. 2.

Southridge’s Cleary signs on to play at Adams State

Patrick Cleary, a senior on the Southridge boys lacrosse team, recently committed to Adams State University.

At Southridge, Cleary has had success in both academics and athletics, earning a 3.91 GPA and being an important contributor to his team.  His hard work and dedication in the recruiting process paid off as he strived to be a leader in both sports and in his community. 

As a result, Cleary will play the sport he loves at the next level, attending Adams State University — a four-year liberal arts university located in Alamosa, Colorado — to play for the Grizzlies.

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