November 2, 2011

Jarrett and Walker are November Scholar-Athletes

Senior kicker and junior goalkeeper honored by EWU Athletic Department

Mike Jarrett of the Eastern Washington University football team and Jamie Walker from the women’s soccer program were selected as the EWU Athletic Department Scholar-Athletes of the Month. This award recognizes the athletic and academic success of student-athletes, based primarily on performances turned in during the month prior.

Jarrett, a senior kicker for the Eagles, owns a 3.46 cumulative grade point average in communications, and has twice been honored on the Big Sky All-Academic team. Walker, a 2009 graduate of Graham Kapowsin High School, has maintained a 3.14 GPA in English.

More on Jarrett

This season, Jarrett is an impressive 14-of-16 kicking field goals. The 2007 graduate of Puyallup, Wash., High School is only one field goal from setting the single season school record for field goals, and only 13 points from EWU’s career record for kick scoring.

In five games in October, Jarrett scored 45 points and helped EWU to a 4-1 record, as he made 9-of-10 field goals and 18-of-19 extra points. He made field goals of 28 and 41 yards in EWU’s come-from-behind 42-35 win in overtime over Sacramento State on Oct. 22 to earn Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

The school record for field goals of 15 is currently owned by a quartet of players -- Brett Bergstrom (2006), Josh Atwood (1997), Alex Lacson (1991) and Jason Cromer (1990). Jarrett is currently fifth in school history for career scoring -- second all-time at EWU for kick scoring – with a current total of 218 points. The kick scoring record is currently 231 held by Troy Griggs (1999-01).

With a pair of field goals and six extra points – his second-straight game of scoring 12 points – Jarrett broke Eastern’s record for extra points and extra points attempted in EWU’s 48-27 win over Northern Colorado. Now 131-of-138 in his career, he broke the previous records of 120 makes and 126 attempts set by Griggs. Jarrett has now made 29 field goals (fifth) on 45 attempts (fourth) in his career, and has made 26-of-27 extra point attempts this season.

Off the field, Jarrett has assisted the Cheney (Wash.) Parks and Recreation in the ECHO Before and After School Program. He has also volunteered at Salnave Elementary in Cheney, Wash., spending 30 to 40 hours helping students with their school work and organizing in-school and after school activities and games.

His brother, Bryan, was an All-Big Sky Conference safety for the Eagles in 2005 and 2007 after transferring from Western Washington University.

More on Walker

In the 2011 season, Walker earned two Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week honors for her superior efforts between the pipes. The junior goalkeeper also earned the first postseason accolade of her career, as she was named to the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention team.

She finished the year ranked second in the conference in saves per game (5.33) and save percentage (.816). Walker had 80 total saves during her junior campaign, including a career-high 12 in Eastern’s 3-0 shutout of Weber State (Oct. 15). The Wildcats took 25 total shots in the game, but did not convert a single one thanks to the defense of Walker. She has earned two shutouts in her career.

Walker was one of only three goalkeepers in the conference this season to have two games with double-digit saves. In addition to the career-high 12 at WSU, Walker tallied 10 against Northern Arizona (Oct. 23). She had four other games this season with at least eight saves.

She started all 14 games in which she played this season for a total of 1,018 minutes in goal.

Walker is also very active off the field, as a volunteer with TopSoccer - an annual six-week camp for disabled children in the area. Walker has helped at the camp in each of her first three years with the Eagles. She has also participated in the annual Cheney Clean Sweep

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