The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, May 12, 1999, Page 6, Image 6

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Wednesday, May 12, 1999
Trina Rogers
Jessica Rowley
Sports
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Kirsten Richards
Nikki Tilton
Rachel Hudson
Check this out:
Trina plays basketball with Kirsten, Nikki and Rachel and also throws the javelin with Rachel. Jessica plays volleyball with Nikki and
also plays softball with Kirsten. Kirsten plays basketball with Trina, Nikki and Rachel and also plays softball with Jessica. Nikki plays volleyball with Jessica
and also plays basketball with Trina, Kirsten and Rachel. Rachel plays basketball with Trina, Kirsten and Nikki and also throws the javelin with Trina. Whew!
Fab Five: Talented group excelling on and off field
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pline that carries into the classroom and in life.”
Coming to Clackamas on a volleyball scholar­
ship as the #2 setterfortheCougars, Tilton joined
the women’s basketball team shortly into its
league schedule in early January.
“Two-sport athletes are great to have in
your program if they can handle it academi­
cally,” said Clackamas Women’s Basketball
Head Coach Jim Martineau. “With Nikki, she
joined the team late but really gave us a boost
and a spark that we needed to have. It takes a
pretty good kid and a pretty bright kid to come
out a little late and catch up the way she did.”
Perhaps Tilton’s greatest accomplishment,
however, has been her success outside of the
classroom. Recently, she was named the 1999
Northwest Collegiate Women’s Sports Founda­
tion Scholar Athlete, beating out 19 candidates
from five states.
Jessica Rowley
Another member of the volleyball team this
fall was Jessica Rowley, who is now a starter for
the softball team.
“Jessica is the total athlete,” noted Woods.
“She’s the sweetest person and on the court
she’s just a stud. A lot of people think that
she is a better softball player than a volleyball
player because when she started with volley­
ball, there were a lot of things that she needed
to learn but you could tell just by looking at
her body how good she could be. She’s one
of the purest athletes to ever come to Clacka­
mas.”
While Rowley will return to the volleyball court
astheCougars’ only returning outside hitter next
fall, she currently is a starting outfielder for the
Southwestern Region champion softball team.
"Rowley is one of the best raw athletes ever to
come to Clackamas," said Softball Head Coach
Paul Fiskum. "She's quick, she's strong and she's
incredibly quick to learn."
Kirsten Richards
Kirsten Richards is a softball player that can
play basketball, according to Coach Martineau.
"Kirsten is probably a little better at softball
than she is in basketball but she is still a great
basketball player," said Martineau. "She's got a
good work ethic in athletics and in the class­
room."
Richards, a La Salle High graduate, has been
the starting first baseman for the softball team
since the start of the season and was one of
the Cougars' top shooters on the basketball
court.
"When you get a winter sport athlete join­
ing the team like Kirsten did from basketball,"
noted Fiskum, "you're always worried that
they'll be behind. But she's really caught up
to speed and is one of our best players on the
field."
Interestingly, Richards hit her first home run
of the year this past weekend while Rowley hit
her second of the year.
Rachel Hudson
When Rachel Hudson came to Clackamas two
years ago, the Lake Oswego High graduate knew
she had her work cut out for her. She wasn’t the
best on the basketball team. She wasn’t the best
on the track team.
But over the summer, the young freshman
worked hard, and returned for her sophomore
seasons in basketball and track as a veteran
sophomore and an improved athlete.
Now, she's earned herself a basketball schol­
arship from Concordia University in Portland.
“Rachel worked incredibly hard in the
offseason to improve her game,” noted
Martineau. “She didn’tgetawhole lot ofplaying
time her freshman year but she really stepped up
and helped us this season.”
The 3.7 student averaged 10 points per game
for the Cougars this past winter.
“Any time you have two-sport athletes,” said
Track Head Coach Jack Kegg, "yougetafewof
them joining the track team late because of the
winter sports. When that happens, it really gives
us a boost a few weeks into the season that
propels through the rest of the spring.
"Because Rachel and Trina are basketball
players," added Kegg, "they really bring a
discipline to the track team that pushes the
rest of the athletes."
Trina Rogers
Trina Rogers is perhaps the most successfill
two-sport athlete at Clackamas in years.
In basketball, Rogers led the conference in
three-point shooting for the 1998-99 season, and
is currently the conference leader in the javelin in
track and field.
Coming from Sutherlin High School, she
was offered an athletic scholarship for track
and field from the University of Nevada-Las
Vegas [UNLV] but turned down the offer to
attend Clackamas to continue on in basket­
ball.
"Trina is an extremely good basketball player,"
said Coach Martineau. “Her favorite sport is bas­
ketball but her javelin throwing will get her far­
ther and into the next level. Any time you get a
player that leads the league in three-point shoot­
ing then leads file league in the javelin duringthe
same year is pretty impressive.
"She’s really someone who can balance all of
the important aspects of
her life. She’s a good stu­
dent, she balances her
schoolwork, athletics
and a social life.11
"Trina has a great
work ethic," said Coach
Kegg. "She really came
in and showed the rest
of the javelin throwers
how to work hard. Any
time you've got that kind
of athlete on your team,
it helps the rest of the
athletes and ultimately
strengthens
your
squad."
time. All of them are obviously good enough
athletes to be doing both sports, but it is tough.
“Not everyone can do two sports. They
may have the athletic ability and the talent
to play two sports but mentally and aca­
demically they can’t handle. It’s strenuous
stuff. If you're doing two sports, that mean
you're working out 12 months a year. There's
no breaks.
"Two-sport athletes
aren’t perfect," noted
Martineau. “If anything,
it’s hard on the kid be­
cause it really puts pres­
sure on them to perform
at an expected level for
two sports at the same
[Above from left to right] Kirsten
Richards, Rachel Hudson and Nikki
Tilton get instructions from Women's
Basketball Head Coach Jim Martineau.
[Left] Jessica Rowley [left] and Nikki
Tilton take a breather during a volleyball
tournament in Spokane last September.
[Below] Rachel Hudson steadies
herself for a free throw in basketball—
the sport that earned her a scholarship
to Concordia University next fall.
Photos and story by John Thorburn