Tuesday, March 28, 2006

WWU News

From the Western Front. Western Washington University (My Alma Mater) Basketball star Grant Dykstra won quite an award: The Comeback Award from the Jimmy V foundation. This award recognizes NCAA athletes who overcome great obstacles to perform well on the court.

Dykstra's right arm was mangled in a grain auger when he was two and required 16 surgeries over the next 10 years and countless hours of physical therapy to regain strength and movement in the arm, which is five inches shorter than his left. He taught himself to shoot a basketball left-handed and learned to dribble with either hand.

This season, Dykstra averaged 20.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals, setting a school record for 3-point makes with 101 as the Vikings went 23-7 and reached the West Regional final of the NCAA II National Tournament. He shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 43.7 percent from 3-point range and 84.5 percent at the free throw line. His 3.4 3-point makes a game ranked ninth nationally in NCAA II, and he was 16th in 3-point percentage.

Way to make the double double u u proud Grant. Go Vikings!

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