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Olympic College's Kaitlyn Paller, Joe Kirk-Woodbury earn NWAC titles, Ben Koler wins Gold Glove

Sierra Adams, a junior outside/right side hitter for the Stanislaus State Warriors was named an All-American honorable mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association recently. 

Sierra Adams, a 2016 Olympic High graduate, was named the Female Athlete of the Year by Stanislaus State. Adams is a junior outside/right-side hitter for the Warriors. (Courtesy photo/Stanislaus State)
Sierra Adams, a 2016 Olympic High graduate, was named the Female Athlete of the Year by Stanislaus State. Adams is a junior outside/right-side hitter for the Warriors.
(Courtesy photo/Stanislaus State)

Adams, an Olympic High grad who also played select volleyball for Washington Elite, had a very productive season. Adams was named an All-CCAA first-team selection, a DII All-West Region selection and led the Warriors with 290 kills and a 3.97 kills per set average. Her per-set average was the second best in the conference and her .331 attacking percentage was sixth best. Adams was the first Warrior chosen as an All-American since 2016.

Adams was also named the Warrior of the Week three times this past season as she helped guide the team to the CCAA Championship tournament. She transferred to the Lexington, Ky., school after playing the 2016 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shores in Princess Anne, Md.

Adams was also named the Female Athlete of the Year by Stanislaus State.

BASEBALL: OC’s Koler earns Gold Glove

Olympic College outfielder Ben Koler earned a Gold Glove by the Northwest Athletic Conference for his defensive skills in left field.

Koler, a Federal Way graduate, finished the season with 78 putouts, eight assists and no errors in the outfield. Koler was strong at the plate, finishing with a batting average of .302, an on-base percentage of .385 and a slugging percentage of .384. He also finished with 27 RBIs, six doubles, two triples and a home run. 

Olympic College left fielder Ben Koler makes a catch as Scott Gunther watches during an NWAC baseball doubleheader at Knights Field on Saturday, March 2, 2019, against Thompson Rivers. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
Olympic College left fielder Ben Koler makes a catch as Scott Gunther watches during an NWAC baseball doubleheader at Knights Field on Saturday, March 2, 2019, against Thompson Rivers. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

Also, Jared Scott of Des Moines and Aaron Willey of Lynnwood both signed to play at Mayville State University. 

TRACK AND FIELD: Rangers earn two wins at NWAC meet

Joe Kirk-Woodbury won the men’s hammer throw at the Northwest Athletic Conference track and field championships at Mount Hood College earlier this month. 

Kirk-Woodbury won with a throw of 41.10 meters. 

Zion Archer, a Central Kitsap grad, finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 47 feet, six inches. The mark topped Mark Keel’s 1980 record of 46-2.5. Devin Mersick placed third in the high jump. 

Kaitlyn Paller won the women’s hammer with a toss of 47.46 meters. Paller is headed to Eastern Washington University next season.  

Honor McKeney, who placed third in the 400-meter hurdles and eighth in the 100-meter dash, was named an All-American. 

The Ranger women finished fifth and the men were ninth in the team standings. 

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