DODDS Kanto Plain alums sparkle in pool, on hardwood
Published: February 27, 2009
Catching up with a couple of DODDS alums from Kanto Plain-area schools who've gone on to shine in their respective collegiate sports:
-- Elliko Heimbach, Yokota Class of 2004, earnedtwo individual and two team gold medals in the Western Athletic Conference swim championships at San Antonio. Heimbach swims for Hawaii, which was fifth after three days in the team competition with 340 points; first-place Nevada had 442. The Rainbow Wahine captured the 800 freestyle relay in 7:18.76 with Heimbach swimming the lead leg and won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:32.91 with Heimbach as anchor. Heimbach won the 50 free in 23.16, edging Northern Arizona's aptly named Rachel Foe by .06 seconds, and also won the 100 butterfly, her signature event, in 53.29.
-- Travis Ekmark, Nile C. Kinnick Class of 2006, playing basketball at the University of Dallas, was named Association of Division III Independents player of the week and North East Athletic Conference student-athlete of the week for the week of Feb. 16. Ekmark averaged 16.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game for the Crusaders, who went 1-2 that week and finished the regular season 8-17.
Anybody else out there making the Kanto Plain -- and other areas of the Pacific -- proud? Shout it out!