Prep Stars in College: Gunter plays part in Warriors’ championship season
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McKenzie Gunter (Marsh Valley) – Walla Walla Community College
Marsh Valley graduate McKenzie Gunter is a Northwest Athletic Conference champion after Walla Walla (32-1) defeated Umpqua 90-74 in last Sunday’s title game in Everett, Washington.
While the freshman guard did not produce stats in the championship matchup, she contributed four points on 2-of-3 shooting, five rebounds and three assists in a 92-64 NWAC semifinal win over Big Bend last Saturday.
Gunter averaged 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game this season.
Callie Gronning (Soda Springs) – Big Bend Community College
Soda Springs graduate Callie Gronning finished her college basketball career on a high note for the Big Bend women’s basketball team (22-10).
The sophomore guard led her team to an 89-79 win at Everett on March 9 in the Northwest Athletic Conference quarterfinals, compiling 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting and 5 of 9 from the 3-point line. She also added six rebounds and five assists. While her season ended in a 92-64 NWAC semifinal loss last Saturday to eventual champion Walla Walla, she still scored 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting.
Gronning averaged 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season.
Taylor Ferguson (Century) – Big Bend Community College
Century graduate Taylor Ferguson is off to a good start for the Big Bend softball team.
The sophomore utility player has the third-best batting average among Big Bend players who’ve played more than five games, with 10 hits in 24 at-bats for a .417 average. She has also tallied six runs, two extra-base hits and two RBIs this season, while having three multi-hit performances.
Big Bend (11-7, 2-2 NWAC East) hosts Treasure Valley on Friday in a doubleheader.