BY RODNEY HARWOOD of THE COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD
MOSES LAKE — Producing quality young men and quality student-athletes is as much a part of Big Bend baseball tradition and what happens on the field.
First-year Viking coach Jameson Lange did his job. The beat goes on for five Big Bend sophomores that helped the Vikings return to the Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championships for the first time in 15 years. Tyson Yamane (University of Dubuque), Cody Banks (Bellevue University), Nick Metcalf (Morningside College), Daulton Kvenvold (University of Dubuque) and Nate English (University of Arkansas-Monticello) will all take their game and their Big Bend Community College experience to the next level.
"The guys have to put in the work to prepare, but that's my job as a coach, to prepare them for life and the next level of athletic competition," said Lange, who is headed into his second season as the Vikings head coach. "When we recruit guys here, the No. 1 requirement is that they are coming here to graduate with great marks.
"It's not just lip service. All five of those kids have a 3.0 (grade point average) and above. Tyson Yamane is a 3.9 student. Nate English is a 3.8."
The emphasis on the student in student-athlete started with long-time Vikings manager Pete Doumit and continues now that Lange, his long-time assistant, has taken over the program. When the grade-point average equals the batting average, it leads to success.
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