Local basketball standouts making their mark in collegiate ranks

With the winter sports season off and running, it’s time to catch up with some area basketball players who have taken their talents to the collegiate level.

  • Friday, December 9, 2016 10:12am
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With the winter sports season off and running, it’s time to catch up with some area basketball players who have taken their talents to the collegiate level.


Amanda Lance

Western Washington University


5-7, guard

One of the top scorers to ever suit up for White River High – pouring in more than 1,400 points during her four-year career – Lance received an offer to play in Bellingham.

Last year, as a Viking freshman, she made an immediate impact, starting two games but playing in 26. She had a season-high 11 points during a game against Alaska.

This year, the 5-7 guard averaged almost nine minutes per game during the Vikings’ first six outing. She pulled down 16 rebounds and had five assists but was cold when it came to scoring; she had two points during six games, both on free throws.

Kristin Sturdivan

Pacific Lutheran University


5-11, guard

A year ago, she appeared in 22 games for PLU, averaging 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds per game while shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.

This year, she was in the starting lineup for the Lutes’ first three games, playing 33 minutes per contest. She averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.

At White River, Sturdivan netted first-team, all-league honors following her sophomore, junior and senior years.

Darian Gore

Humboldt State University


6-3, center

Following her Hornet days, Gore accepted an offer to play at Humboldt State in California.

She is redshirting her first season on campus.

For White River, Gore was a first-team, all-league pick as a senior, having earned second team honors as a sophomore and junior. She was an honorable mention all-state pick following her final season in Buckley and played in the all-state game.

Sydney Andersen

St. Martin’s University


5-9, guard

This 2016 graduate of White River High School has landed on the roster at St. Martin’s in Lacey.

During her senior season at White River, she averaged nearly 12 points per game, along with two assists and two steals. That resulted in her being a second team, all-league performer.

She scored two points against The Evergreen State College and appeared briefly in a game against Metropolitan State University of Denver, grabbing one rebound.

Kayla Howard

Centralia College


5-7, guard

Howard has taken her game from White River High to the Centralia College Trailblazers.

At White River, she earned all-league honorable mention following her senior season.

Brandon Scheer

William Jewell College


6-1, guard

Scheer went from Buckley to the court at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. The Cardinals compete at the NCAA Division II level.

During his freshman campaign with the Cards, Scheer played in 10 games but was slowed by a leg injury in January. This year, he has appeared briefly in two of the team’s three games.

During his senior season at White River, Scheer was a second-team, all-league selection.


Drake Rademacher

Central Washington University


6-8, forward

An unfortunate story here, as Rademacher is injured and will not suit up this season. He was hurt during a a pick-up game in the spring and continues rehabilitating from the injury.

He joined the Central Washington basketball program in the fall of 2014 following a successful prep career at Enumclaw High School.

During his senior year with the Hornets, Rademacher averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game, was named the South Puget Sound League 3A Most Valuable Player and was a first-team, all-league pick.

At Central, he played in 18 games as a freshman, scoring 53 points and pulling down 33 rebounds. During his sophomore campaign, he started twice and played in 24 games, averaging six points and three rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.

Zac Webb

Pacific Lutheran University


6-5, wing

During his freshman campaign at PLU, Webb appeared in four games for the Lutes. This year he has appeared in one game, scoring two points against Whittier College.

At Enumclaw High, he was a first-team, all-league pick his junior season – when he connected on 63 percent of his 3-point attempts – and was a second-team selection as a senior.

Hayley Sonneson

Pacific Lutheran University


5-9, guard

At PLU, Sonneson is turning out for the first time as a junior. She has appeared briefly in one game for the Lutes.

At EHS, she was on the varsity roster two seasons, serving as a team captain as a senior. She earned the team’s Defensive Award as both a junior and senior.

Katie Holland

University of Puget Sound


5-7, guard

During her final season at UPS, Holland saw floor time during the Loggers’ first two games of the season. As a junior, her top game came when she pulled down five rebounds during a win over Whitman.

At EHS, she was a team captain and the league Player of the Year as a senior.

Kylie Rademacher

Pacific Lutheran University


5-9, forward

At Enumclaw, she was a three-year starter, earning first-team, all-League honors as a senior and Defensive Player of the Year accolades. Was a Second Team All-league selection as a junior and an Honorable Mention pick as a sophomore.

During her frosh campaign at PLU, Rademacher has played in three of four contests, averaging almost 12 minutes per game and scoring nine points.


Tyson Birrer

Pacific Lutheran University


6-2, guard/wing

A season ago, he appeared in all 27 games at PLU, averaging 2.6 points 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. He scored a season-high 10 points during an 82-68 Northwest Conference Tournament game against Whitman.

For the Spartans, Birrer was a first-team, all-league pick following his senior campaign.

Anna Hurd

Pacific Lutheran University


5-9, forward

She appeared in all 25 games for the Lutes a year ago, averaging almost 15 minutes while making two starts. She averaged 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 points and 1.1 assists per game.

For Sumner High, she was a first-team, all-league pick following her junior season and a second-team selection after her sophomore and senior campaigns.

Jamie Lange

University of Puget Sound

Redshirt freshman

6-0, post

She has played briefly in two games for the Loggers, pulling down one rebound and making one free throw.

During her first season with the Loggers, she was a medical redshirt.

At Sumnner, she was twice named the league’s co-Most Valuable Player.

Riley Bruil

Linfield College


5-11, guard

A returning letterwinner for the Wildcats, he competed in all 25 games as a freshman, starting eight and averaging 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He shot 39 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line.

This year, he has started all four of Linfield’s games, averaging 10.3 points per outing. He connected on 15 of 22 shots from the field during those games and was 10-of-13 from the stripe.

He was a three-year starter at Sumner High School and shared the league’s Most Valuable Player honor following his junior campaign.

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