Native athletes in the news: Austin Corbett (Walker River Paiute Tribe) and more
The following sports briefs were provided to First Nation’s Focus by NDNSPORTS and are republished on a monthly basis with permission.
Austin Corbett (Walker River Paiute Tribe)
The NFL’s Cleveland Browns used the first pick in the second round of the NFL draft on April 20 on Nevada Wolfpack offensive lineman Austin Corbett, a walk-on who turned into a four-year college starter.
Corbett — who started all 12 games during the 2017 season for Nevada and allowed no sacks in conference play — is being compared to current Browns offensive lineman Joel Bitonio, who also played left tackle at Nevada.
Over 12 games behind Corbett (an enrolled member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe) during his senior year, Wolfpack running back Kelton Moore netted 855 yards and scored four touchdowns on 164 rushing attempts.
Corbett is the first Wolf Pack player to be drafted since Bitonio in the 2014 draft; both he and Bitonio will look to be key cogs on the Browns offensive line as Cleveland looks to make the push back toward respectability. However, he has the potential to be a very good interior offensive lineman at the next level
Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris (Kickapoo tribe)
Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris recently won the 1,500m run event at the 91st Kansas Relays held in Lawrence, Kansas, April 20-21, with a time of 3:52.26.
Harris competed in the open college division for Oklahoma City University. He has now won the three previous 1,500m at the Kansas Relays.
Brigette Lacquette (Cote First Nations)
Brigette Lacquette was recently named Manitoba, Canada’s, top female athlete by the Manitoba Sportswriters & Sportscasters Association and Sport Manitoba.
A member of Team Canada hockey team for the PyeongChang Olympics, Lacquette was the first First Nations player to be named to Canada’s National Women’s Team.
In 2017, she helped Canada to the silver at the 4 Nations Cup, scoring six assists and the National Development Team to silver medal at the Nations Cup, where she added an assist. She also picked up an assist in a six-game pre-Olympic series with Team USA.
On Oct. 15, Hung A Lel Ti Chairman Irvin Jim Jr. spoke at the dedication of a five-mile stretch of Highway 88 from the California state line in Alpine County to veterans of the Vietnam War.