Sports in brief
Wester, Moore earn hardware
Pacific freshman Jessie Moore and senior Colin Wester were selected as the Boxer Club Student-Athletes of the Month for their performances during the month of February.
Starting at either first base or designated player, Moore has made a presence in the middle of the Pacific softball lineup. She is batting .414 and compiled a .724 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage in February, collecting nine RBIs, three doubles and two home runs.
Moore hit her first collegiate home run on Feb. 7 against Whittier, and hit her second home run on Feb. 16 in a 8-5 loss to Oregon Tech.
The Pacific softball team is currently 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the Northwest Conference. The Boxers take on Linfield on Saturday at 11 a.m. in McMinnville and Willamette on Sunday at noon in Forest Grove.
Wester became Pacifics first All-NWC First Team selection since 2008. He averaged 18.8 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game over five games in February, missing the final two games of the season due to injury.
Wester was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week and to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week after scoring 76 points in three games against Willamette, Linfield, and Pacific Lutheran. He scored a season-high 29 points against Linfield on Feb. 8, and finished his senior season averaging 16 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Pacific mens basketball team finished fifth in the Northwest Conference with a 9-7 record. They finished 15-10 overall to mark their first winning season in 13 years.
Pacific wrestler going to NCAAs
After finishing just short of a trip to the national tournament last year, Pacifics Caleb Malychewski made sure that he would not miss out as a junior.
The 184-pounder became Pacifics first national meet qualifier in seven years on Saturday, placing second in his weight class to lead the Boxers at the NCAA Division III West Regional, held at Augsburg Colleges Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis.
Malychewskis performance, along with a fourth-place finish for junior Bruce Balcita at 165 pounds and a fifth-place finish for sophomore Eric Harder at 133, gave Pacific its best team finish since 2006. The Boxers placed eighth with a total of 41½ points.
Unlike the previous year, when he wrestled six matches in a fourth-place finish at 174 pounds, Malychewski needed just two victories to advance to the finals and punch his ticket to nationals.
After a first-round bye, Malychewski opened the day with a 7-1 quarterfinal victory over LaQuan Hightower. The junior secured his trip to nationals with his 30th win of the season in the semifinals, scoring a 3-1 decision over Matt Rieckhoff. Malychewski finished just short of the Boxers first individual regional title since 2002, falling to Mitchell Hagen in the finals.
By virtue of the runner-up finish, Malychewski (30-8) earns the right to compete
at the NCAA Division III
National Championships, which take place next weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Sunset Grove Ladies Golf Club
The Sunset Grove Ladies Golf Club will begin its season of play on Wednesday, April 3.
Women age 18 and up are welcome to join this friendly group of women who play weekly at Sunset Grove Golf Course. The membership dues are $55 and applications can be picked up at the club house.
For more information, please contact Susan Hay at 503-590-4925.