Pacific athletes win NWC honors

Three Pacific athletes were honored by the Northwest Conference last week.

Joshua Mau was selected as the NWC Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the Boxers at the Aloha at Hawaii Invitational, which was played at the Turtle Bay Resort on Mau’s home island of Oahu.

Mau tied for seventh place in the tournament, carding a score of three-over-par 147. He shot a team-best one-over-par 72 in the tournament’s opening round, which tied for his lowest 18-hole round of the season.

Mau was the top Division III finisher in the tournament and was bettered only by Division I and II players. His effort allowed Pacific to finish fifth in the tournament with a two-day score of 645.

“Josh played great. He maintained consistency in his game and made some great on-course decisions,” said Pacific golf coach Richard Warren. “Sometimes it’s tough to play at home in front of friends and family and against kids you played against in high school, but Josh gave us great play and leadership during the trip.”

Meanwhile, Pacific’s Josh Bernstein and Kelsey Lack were named the NWC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Student-Athletes of the Week following a pair of strong performances.

Bernstein went 1-1 in singles and 2-0 in doubles with Reuben Mulhern to help the Boxers go 2-1 on their recent road trip, which included matches at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Chapman and Occidental. The victories allowed the freshman to improve to 5-3 on the year in singles and 3-1 in doubles.

“Josh did a great job for us,” said Pacific tennis coach Brian Jackson. “He played an outstanding match against the No. 1 team in the country and won crucial matches for us against Chapman and Occidental. He is undefeated in conference matches so far this year, and he has shown that he will be a force for us for years to come.”

Lack won both of her singles matches in Pacific’s matches at Occidental and Biola and went 1-1 in doubles matches with Carlee Rhodaback. The victories allowed Lack to improve to 3-4 on the season in singles matches and 3-7 in doubles.

“Kelsey showed experience in California by winning both of her singles matches and anchored our victory against Occidental,” Jackson said. “Kelsey was dominant in both of her matches and we are excited to see her hitting her stride in her final season.”

Vikings win twice over spring break

The Forest Grove softball team stayed busy over spring break, playing four games and gaining some important experience.

The youthful Vikings, who feature seven freshmen and sophomores on their roster, picked up wins against Franklin and Cleveland last week, while dropping decisions against third-ranked Central Catholic and Class 5A No. 2 Pendleton.

“We’re a young team, so it’s going to be a growing process for us,” Forest Grove coach Trevor Tusow said. “We’ve got some things we still need to work on, but we’ve done a good job of learning from these games.”

Among the highlights from last week’s games were Shelby Tuner’s five-inning one-hitter against Franklin, and she also threw a complete game with five strikeouts against Cleveland.

Siera Martinez went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs against Franklin, and she drove in two more runs against Cleveland. Carissa Brown belted a triple against Franklin, and Sarah Hess had a double and an RBI in the Cleveland game.

“The rest of our preseason schedule is tough,” Tusow said. “It will be nice to see where we’re at and where we need to get.”

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