Two names fans of Grays Harbor College athletics are quite familiar with have been honored by the Northwest Athletic Conference, being named to their respective All-Decade Teams for 2010-19.
Former Chokers golfer Travis Bossio and women’s basketball player Alexia Thrower have been named first and second team, respectively, the conference announced this month.
The most decorated golfer in the modern era of Grays Harbor men’s golf, Bossio was named First Team All-Decade by the NWAC.
Bossio, who hails from Olympia, completed his two-year stint at GHC as one of the top golfers in the conference. Bossio won three individual tournaments — helping the Chokers to their first team victory in 68 years — and held a 73.3 scoring average in his freshman year (2018-19).
Bossio was named NWAC All-Conference First Team and the GHC Men’s Athlete of the Year in 2019. The former Chokers team captain was also named the men’s golf team’s Ann Swanson Inspirational Award winner and team MVP.
“We are very proud of Travis’ achievements and his contributions to our golf program,” GHC head coach Ann Swanson said. “He has a Hall of Fame work ethic and this honor is well-deserved. We wish him continued success.”
Bossio currently plays for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he was named to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Second Team for the 2020-21 season.
“It’s a huge honor, especially coming from a small community like Grays Harbor,” Bossio said, who praised Swanson and the GHC athletic community as a whole as he reminisced on his time on the Harbor.
“The team was made up of all great guys and I’ve made some great friends. … Just the support coaches gave me. I’d go workout in the weight room and it was great to see all the coaches saying, ‘Congrats Travis. Keep up the good work and keep representing GHC.’ That was awesome. … I felt like I knew all the coaches on a personal level.”
Thrower was named to the NWAC All-Decade Second Team for basketball, the conference announced in July.
Thrower, who played at GHC from 2016-18, led the NWAC in scoring with 26 points per game in 2017-18 to lead the Chokers to a 25-3 season and NWAC Western Division title, the first in school history.
Thrower was named NWAC Defensive Player of the Year that season, finishing second in the conference with 11.7 rebounds per game, and was named to the All-Region First Team twice while at GHC.
Thrower went on to compete for Humboldt State University for her junior and senior years, where she was named to the All-California Collegiate Athletic Association First Team twice and to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-American Team after averaging 22.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 2019-20.
To view the entire list of the NWAC All-Decade teams, visit nwacsports.com/general/2020-21/releases/20210709lomoyy.