Column: 2017 Athletes to Watch

Women’s Golf – Clara Moyano

A Madrid, Spain native, Clara Moyano kicked off her competitive career as a Vandal at the WSU Cougar Cup.      

She finished the Cougar Cup tied for 15th with a 6-over-par 222. Moyano then went on to compete in seven tournaments, including the Big Sky Conference Championship.

After a 6-under-par sixth place finish in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Moyano earned the Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week award. Moyano competed in the Big Sky Conference Championship, where tied for second place overall with teammate Sophie Hausmann with a five-over-par 221.

Moyano averaged 75.74 over the season, finishing in the top 10 twice, and top 25 four times. Her scores during the Big Sky Championship helped the Vandals earn the runner-up title. Next season, Moyano’s low scores could help the Vandals regain their championship title.

Football – Matt Linehan

Senior Matt Linehan continued to make his mark in the Idaho record books during the 2016 season.

During the matchup against New Mexico State, Linehan threw the fifth-highest single-game total in school history with 476 yards.

He also became one of three players in school history to have finished 12 or more games with 300 yards or more. He competed in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory, where his four touchdown passes tied him for the third-best single game in history. Linehan earned the Most Valuable Player award and was a second-team all-Sun Belt Conference choice.

His latest performance could indicated another successful season for the Vandals.

Men’s Basketball – Brayon Blake

In his first game as a Vandal, Brayon Blake finished the night with a double-double: 13 points and 11 rebounds. He appeared in 32 games and started nine of them. He scored in the double-figures 17 times during the 2016-2017 season, a sign of what’s to come. Blake proved to be a prominent voice on the court for the Vandals, and his stats only further prove he is quickly becoming an important member of the Idaho men’s basketball team.

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