Sept. 29, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Fifteen student-athletes have each joined the Washington State University baseball program this fall, Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut announced, Wednesday.
The additions are first baseman Taylor Ard (Vancouver), catcher Sal Arena (Eatonville), outfielder Nate Blackham (Spokane), right-handed pitcher Kellen Camus (Olympia), right-handed pitcher J.D. Leckenby (Buhl, Idaho), right-handed pitcher/catcher Mitch McQueen (Auburn), first baseman/outfielder Jason Monda (Olympia), infielder Stetson Olson (Renton), outfielder Mitch Peterson (Spokane), right-handed pitcher Scott Simon (Spokane Valley), catcher Collin Slaybaugh (Puyallup), left-handed pitcher Brandon Snyder (Tualatin, Ore.), shortstop Trace Tam Sing (Bellevue), right-handed pitcher Brandon Williams (Auburn) and pitcher Taylor Williams (Camas).
Ard, a junior college transfer from Mt. Hood Community College, was named a Rawlings Junior College All-American after hitting for the league triple crown (.490, 12 HR, 49 RBI) and earning MVP of the NWAACC in 2009. The former Prairie High School Standout was named first team all-league, all-region and all-state his junior and senior years.
A two-sport letterman at Puyallup High School, Sal Arena earned two varsity letters for coach Tom Ingles in football and four more in baseball for coach Mark Weise. On the diamond, Arena was named first team 4A all- state his junior and senior years and earned SPSL Player of the Year in 2010.
A two-time winner of the Silver Slugger award at Mt. Spokane High School, Nate Blackham earned three varsity letters in both football and baseball for the Wildcats. A catalyst for three state tournament appearances by the baseball team, Blackham earned All-GSL baseball honors three times and was named to the first team all-state 3A baseball team and second team all-state in 3A football his senior year.
Kellen Camus earned eight varsity letters in three sports during his four years at Capital High School in Olympia, quarterbacking the Cougars' football team to a third place finish in 3A his junior year while leading the baseball team to the 3A state tournament all four years. Camus earned first team Western Cascade Conference as a pitcher his junior and senior seasons, helping lead Capital to a league championship both years.
A three-year starter on the baseball, basketball and football teams at Buhl High School, J.D. Leckenby earned 10 varsity letters in four years, guiding the Indians to the Idaho 3A state title in baseball his senior year. Leckenby, who led the Indians to two-straight state third place finishes his sophomore and junior years, did not lose a game pitching over his last two seasons at Buhl and was named the state player of the year as a senior.
Earning two varsity letters for head baseball coach Mike Church at Auburn's Thomas Jefferson High School, Mitch McQueen was named second team All-SPSL as a utility man his senior year for his contribution to the Raiders team.
The son of former WSU baseball player Greg Monda, Jason Monda comes to Pullman after earning four varsity letters in baseball for coach Eric Stark at Capital High School in Olympia. A first team all-league honoree in each of his last three years at Capital, Monda was named Co-MVP of the Western Cascade Conference as well as first team all-state for 3A after hitting .595 with four home runs and 35 RBI for the league champion Cougars his senior year. A three-time letterwinner for the Kentridge High School baseball team, Stetson Olson earned All-SPSL honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons for the Chargers. Olson led the Chargers in batting average, hits, home runs and RBI his junior season.
After earning three letters each in football and baseball at Spokane's West Valley High School, Mitch Peterson comes to WSU after leading the Eagles to state tournament appearances in both sports. A member of the Northwest team at the Under-16 Olympic Tournament in 2007, Peterson earned All-Greater Northern League honors in baseball his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, leading the league with a .605 batting average as a junior.
A three-time letterwinner in both baseball and basketball at Central Valley High School in Spokane, Scott Simon pitched and hit with equal dominance on the diamond for the Bears. The home run leader for the Greater Spokane League his junior year, Simon posted a 10-1 record with 98 strikeouts during the summer before his senior year prior to leading the Bears to the 4A state tournament in 2010.
Playing for head coach Tim Spears at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, Collin Slaybaugh earned a varsity letter in baseball each of his four years. After being named second team All-SPSL his junior season, Slaybaugh earned the honor again his senior year, leading the Jaguars to a third place league finish.
A four-year starter in the outfield and on the mound for the Tualatin High School baseball team, Brandon Snyder helped guide the Timberwolves to the Oregon 6A tournament all four years of his prep career. After earning all-conference as an outfielder and pitcher his junior year, Snyder led the Timberwolves to the 6A semifinals for the fourth-straight year and was named first team all-state as a pitcher.
While at Newport High School in Bellevue, Trace Tam Sing earned three varsity letters in basketball and four more as a four-year starter for the Knights' baseball team. After being named second team All-KingCo while leading the Knights in hits and runs his sophomore and junior years, Tam Sing hit .439 and was named first team all-league and first team 4A all-state his senior year.
A four-year starter at pitcher for Auburn Moutainview High School, Brandon Williams earned All-SPSL honors all four years for the Lions. After being named team MVP and all-league his sophomore year, Williams earned second team 3A all-state honors as a pitcher his junior year. He was named first team 3A all-state and team MVP again his senior year.
At Camas High School, Taylor Williams earned four letters in baseball and two more in tennis for the Papermakers. A three-time winner of the team's Cy Young award, Williams threw a no hitter against Hudson's Bay his sophomore year, struck out 61 batters during his junior campaign and was named 3A first team all-state while leading Camas to a runner-up finish at the state tournament.