Zach Needham named Baden NWAC 2017 Baseball Player of the Year
Zach Needham, Puyallup High School/Puyallup, WA, was the North Region Player of the Year. He had a .373 batting average and led the league in home runs with 10 and was second in RBIs with 55.
Needham will be playing for the University of Houston Cougars next season.
Amber Writer named Baden NWAC 2017 Softball Player of the Year
Sophomore, Wenatchee Valley
Amber Writer, Anacortes High School/Anacortes, WA, was named the East Region Player of the Year and helped lead the Knights to the 2017 Softball Championship.
She had a .467 batting average with 14 home runs (6th in the league) and 69 RBIs (3rd in the league). Writer will be playing for Div II Central Washington University next season.
Chelsea Bone and Grant Shurtliff named Baden NWAC 2017 Track & Field Players of the Year
Chelsea Bone, Oregon City HS/Oregon City, OR. cruised to the Heptathlon title winning by 462 points. Her total score of 4702 gave her the 7th best Heptathlon score in the history of the women’s event dating back to 1979. She also placed in five events to give the Cougars a total of 39.5 points. She has signed to compete at Division II Concordia University (OR).
This is Grant Shurtliff’s second Player of the Year award as he was the 2016 high point scorer. The Thurston High School product out of Springfield, OR repeated as the Decathlon Champion and placed in five events at the championship meet to tally 37 points for the Titans. Shurtliff has signed with Division II Eastern Washington University.
Brianna Esvelt and Dexter Simonds named Baden NWAC 2017 Golf Players of the Year
Freshman, Columbia Basin
Brianna Esvelt, Kamiakin High School/Kennewick, WA. was dominate in women’s league play - winning two league matches and medaling at the Highline Invitational. She placed third at the NWAC Championship.
Dexter Simonds, Liberty High School/Kirkland, WA. didn’t medal in any of the regular season matches, but he was the most consistent player in the conference, compiling the least league match stokes and helped Bellevue to a second place finish at the NWAC Championship
Moriah Austin and Edgardo Quintero Delgado named Baden NWAC 2017 Tennis Players of the Year
Austin, the 2016 Tennis Player of the Year, turned in another great season going 3-1 in #1 singles league play and 7-0 in league doubles. The Woodinville, WA. product also defeated a pair of #1 singles players from Division I & II schools. Austin repeated as the NWAC Singles Champion. She ihas signed to play for Whittier College, A Division III school in Whittier, CA.
EDGARDO QUINTERO DELGADO
Quintero Delgado, a native of Venezuela, went undefeated in regular season league play - registering a 6-0 singles record and 5-0 doubles record. He won his NWAC title in two sets 6-3, 6-3 then partnered with teammate Bence Da Re to win the #1 Doubles title.
King & McCord Named Baden NWAC 2016-17 Basketball Players of the Year
SPOKANE - SOPHOMORE - GUARD
Vancouver, WA-The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) office is proud to announce that sophomore guard, Brianna (Bri) King from the Community Colleges of Spokane is the Baden NWAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.
King led the CCS Sasquatch to the NWAC championship (first since 84) this past March and was named championship tournament MVP.
King is the two-time East Region player of the year and is the school's all-time single-season scoring leader with 660 points.
She averaged 18 points per game overall this season while averaging 27 points per game during tournament. King also set the individual scoring mark in championship tournament history with 46 points.
She also finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in Community Colleges of Spokane history with 1175 points.
BIG BEND - SOPHOMORE - FORWARD
Vancouver, WA-The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) office is proud to announce that sophomore forward, Jacob McCord from Big Bend Community College is the 2017 Baden NWAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.
McCord finished the season averaging a double-double with 25.6 ppg and 12 rebounds per game. Both his scoring and rebound totals topped the NWAC leaderboard this season.
McCord was held to single digit scoring only once in 30 games on the year with a high point game of 43. He also registered double-digit rebounds in 20 of those games with a high of 21.
Known by his tremendous work ethic, leadership, and blue-collar approach, McCord is a player who never took a practice or game off.
With his skills, along with an excellent GPA, McCord has committed to play for Idaho State University in the fall.
Lane's Healy and Clark's Garvin named 2016 NWAC Baden Cross Country Athletes of the Year
LANE - FRESHMAN
Lexi Healy, Henley HS / Klamath Falls, OR, has been named the Women’s Cross Country Baden Athlete of the Year.
Healy got going early with a 5th place finish at the NWAC Preview meet before catching fire. She claimed first in the Southern Region Championships with her collegiate PR then cruised to a 16 second victory at the NWAC Championships.
CLARK - SOPHOMORE
Sam Garvin, Mountain View HS / Vancouver, WA, has been named the Men’s Cross Country Baden Athlete of the Year.
After collecting All-American honors in 2015 with a 7th place finish at the championship event, Garvin placed first at the NWAC Preview, Southern Region Championship and ended his two year career with a title at the NWAC Championship.
Chase Bohman named NWAC Baden 2016 Volleyball Player of the Year
CHASE BOHMAN -
SOPHOMORE - OUTSIDE HITTER
Chase Bohman from Creswell HS in Creswell, OR has been named NWAC Baden Volleyball Player of the Year. The 5”10” outside hitter led Linn-Benton to a perfect 39-0 regular season record including a 14-0 region record while leading the Roadrunners to the South Region title. LBCC finished the season 45-2 and made an appearance in the championship match.
The Southern Region MVP led the NWAC in kills with 411 (4.6 kps) on a 31.0% kill efficiency and was 12th in digs with 284.
Bohman plans to continue her career at Oregon Institute of Technology next season.
Clark's Joyce and Spokane's Cortez named 2016 NWAC Baden Soccer Players of the Year
CLARK - FRESHMAN - STRIKER
Molly Joyce, Brookings HS / Waimea, Kauai, HI, has been named the Women’s Soccer Baden Player of the Year. Joyce, a freshman forward for the Penguins, tallied 25 goals and 5 assists while leading Clark to a South Region title with a 11-0-1 region record and 14-3-1 overall.
Joyce’s 55 points was second most in the NWAC on the season and led to her selection as South Region MVP.
SPOKANE - SOPHOMORE - STRIKER
Jonathan Cortez, Moses Lake HS / Moses Lake, WA has been named the Men’s Soccer Baden Player of the Year. Cortez lit up scoreboards all over the NWAC the past two seasons and led Spokane to back to back championship appearances.
The East Region MVP led the NWAC in scoring both seasons, registering a two year total of 39 goals and 3 assists for 81 points.
2016 Spring Sports Baden Players/Athletes of the Year
Moriah went undefeated in NWAC singles and doubles play, and lead Bellevue to its 3rd straight team championship. Moriah's only 4 losses on the year came from 4-year university opponents.
Freshman, Treasure Valley
Scottie went undefeated in NWAC singles play, and recorded just one loss in doubles on his way to an NWAC singles and doubles championship. Ziegner's only single defeat of the year came from an
NCAA Division III opponent.
Sophomore, Skagit Valley
Davis had 6 top ten finishes and medaled in two league matches. He shot a 76 and a 71 at the NWAC Championships, earning him an 8th place overall finish.
Freshman, North Idaho
Nicole had three top 5 finishes in invitational tournaments, and was a medalist in 3 of 4 league matches before placing 2nd in an exciting playoff at the NWAC Championship tournament. Miller's two day +8 at the Championship helped lead the Cardinals to the 2016 NWAC Title.
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
Cordey was named the high point winner of the 2016 Track and Field Championships (39 points) after finishing 4th in the triple jump (35'7 ¼"), 3rd in the long jump (17'2 ¾"), 2nd in the 200 meter dash (25.15s), and 1st in the 400 meter run (55.61s). Cordey also placed 4th in the Heptathalon with a total score of 3971.
MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
Shurtliff was name the high point winner of the 2016 Track and Field Championships (38 points) after finishing 6th in the 110 meter hurdles (15.47s), 4th in the 400 meter hurdles (55.64s), 3rd in the high jump (6'3 ½"), 2nd in the pole vault (15'1"), 2nd in the triple jump (46'8 ¼"). Shurtliff also won the Decathalon with a total score of 6587.
Sophomore, Mt. Hood, Pitcher
Byers was 3rd in the NWAC in Strikeouts (191), 2nd in wins (23), to lead the NWAC in ERA at 1.62. In addition to dominate pitching, Byers was 2nd on the team in batting average (.436), 2nd in home runs (7) and 1st in RBI's (28).
Byers did it all on the field to lead the saints to a South Region Championship and capped off the season with an undefeated tournament run to claim Mt. Hood's 5th NWAC Softball Championship.
Sophomore, Tacoma, 1st Base
Vieth was 2nd in the NWAC in batting average (.405), 2nd in home runs (7) and 3rd in RBI's (41). Additionally, Vieth was named to the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Division All-America First Team and was the NWAC Western Region 1B Gold Glove selection.
During Vieth's two years at TCC he helped lead the Titans to a two season combined total of 70-27 and a 3rd place finish in 2015. Vieth will play baseball next year at Gonzaga University.
Jo Paine & Bryan Berg named Baden NWAC Basketball Players of the Year
Clackamas Community College, sophomore guard, Jo Paine (Oregon City, Oregon) has been named the Baden Women's Basketball Player of the Year for 2016. Paine led the Cougars to the first round of the NWAC championship tournament appearance in 2016 and was the second leading scorer this past season in the NWAC averaging 23.1 ppg.
She also averaged 12.2 rebounds per game along with 5.2 assists per contest. Paine was the only player in the top three in the NWAC for points, rebounds, and assists per game. She set school single game records for both points and rebounds in a game with 46 and 24 respectively.
Paine will finish her transfer degree at the conclusion of spring term and is being recruited by several NCAA Division and Division II schools.
Clark College, sophomore guard, Bryan Berg (Tigard, OR) has been named the Baden Men's Basketball Player of the Year for 2016. Berg a two-year performer led the Penguins to their second regional title in a row and to a 3rd place finish at the 2016 NWAC Championship Tournament.
He was also a member of the 2015 Clark College NWAC championship team. This year Berg led the Penguins in scoring with 17.6 ppg. while shooting 56% from the floor and 45% from the three point line.
Berg shot 85% from the free throw line and averaged 2.63 assists per game. Bryan's cumulative record at Clark was 48-15.
Both Paine and Berg will receive their awards at the NWAC HOF Banquet June 2, 2016 at the Bellevue Red Lion.
Spokane's Mildes and Clark's Breen named Baden Cross Country Athletes of the Year
The Northwest Athletic Conference office is pleased to announce that Becca Mildes and James Breen are the Baden Athletes of the Year in NWAC Cross Country.
After placing 2nd overall in 2014, Mildes, a sophomore from Community Colleges of Spokane, finished with the top time of 17:58 to become the 2015 women's individual champion. Mildes' 17:58 was one of the fastest times in NWAC history.
After finishing in 5th in last year's championship event, Breen, a sophomore from Clark College, took second in the Southern Region Championship, a second behind Clackamas' Jackson Baker. Breen then soundly defeated Baker by 8 seconds with a time of 25:12 to take the 2015 NWAC title.
Both Mildes and Breen were previously named XC Athletes of the Week during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Thanks to Baden Sports in their efforts to support NWAC student-athletes.
Blue Mountain's Kristin Williams named Baden Volleyball Player of the Year
Williams led the 2015 NWAC Champions in blocks with 71 including 15 solo (in 21 stated matches). She was fifth overall league-wide in blocks.
Her performance at the 2015 NWAC Championship Tournament earned her the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Williams tallied a .300 hitting percentage to go with 16 blocks and 8 service aces in leading the Timberwolves to the title.
Spokane's Overland and Highline's Prado-Huerta named Baden Soccer Players of the Year for 2015
The NWAC is pleased to announce that Spokane's Alysha Overland and Highline's Isidro Prado-Huerta were named the Baden NWAC Women & Men's Players of the Year
Overland, a freshman midfielder for the Sasquatch, led the NWAC in scoring with 29 goals and 11 assists. She was named the East Region MVP enroute to leading her team to the 2015 NWAC Championship where Overland was also named the NWAC Championship MVP. Spokane finished the season with a 16-2-1 record.
Prado-Huerta, a sophomore midfielder for the Thunderbirds, anchored the high powered Highline offense with 8 goals and 11 assists while also being a force on defense and was named the West Region MVP. Prado-Huerta helped his team to a 3rd place finish at the Final Four. Highline capped its season with a 12-2-1 record.
Spring 2015 Baden Athletes of the Year Announced
Nadeen Al-Ali (Snohomish, WA) cruised to victory in the 2015 women’s tennis championship winning 24 sets to just 8 set losses.
She went undefeated in league play - her only losses came against opponents from 4-yr schools.
Valentin Podgornyy (Tomsk, Russia ) won the 2015 Men’s Tennis Championship.
After a bit of a challenge in the opening match where Podgornyy won 6-4, 6-3, he then crushed the 2014 NWAC men’s champion in easy fashion 6-1, 6-1. Podgornyy’s lone loss on the season came against an opponent from a 4-yr school.
Sophomore, Southwestern Oregon
Montana Frame (Reedsport, OR) turned in the lowest score sheet in the four league matches and was twice the medalist of the match in overall play. After being named the regular season Player of the Year, Frame collected the NWAC Men’s Golf title with a four stroke win of 137 (4 under par).
Freshman, Columbia Basin
Neydeen Martinez (Pasco, WA) was the medalist in six of the ten tournaments she played in this year including two NWAC league matches and the 2015 NWAC Golf Championship. Her one stroke lead and score of 147 (3 under par) earned her the NWAC title.
Women’s Track & Field
Brittany Dugger (Spokane, WA) was the 2015 Track & Field women’s high point scorer and helped lead the Sasquatch women to the NWAC title. Dugger was also named the championship Female Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet on the heals of her three NWAC titles in the 100m Hurdles, 4X100m Relay and the High Jump. Dugger also placed 2nd in the Heptathlon and Long Jump events.
Men’s Track & Field
Jayson Brocklesby (Sequim, WA) was the men’s high point scorer in the 2015 NWAC Track & Field Championships. He was also named the meet’s Outstanding Male Track Athlete after winning the Decathlon with a 235 point lead over the runner-up and earning All-American honors in the 400m Dash and High Jump events.
Lindsie Scholwinski (Coeur d’Alene, ID) was a completely dominating pitcher turning in a season record of 29-0 while leading the league in strikeouts with 278 and a .081 earned run average. Scholwinski pitched in four Spokane victories during the 2015 NWAC Championship leading her team to the title. She is both a two-time Eastern Region Pitcher of the Year and NFCA All-American.
Sophomore, Lower Columbia
Seaver Whalen (Vancouver, WA), the West Region MVP, played shortstop for the 2015 NWAC baseball Champions. He was 7th in the league in batting average at .358 and easily led the league in runs scored with 59. He was 2nd in both on- base and slugging percentage. Seaver was ninth in stolen bases with 17 and had a .932 fielding percentage on the Season.
Blue Mountain's Moore & Bellevue's Jordan named Baden Basketball Players of the Year
Blue Mountain Community College, sophomore guard, Mar’Shay Moore (Vancouver, WA) has been named the Baden Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for 2015.
Moore led the Timberwolves to consecutive NWAC championship tournament appearances in 2014 & 2015 and was the leading scorer this past season in the NWAC averaging 24.1 ppg.
Mar’Shay also shot 80% from the foul line and averaged 8 rebounds per game. Moore also set the tournament championship record for total points in the championship tournament with 123 points in four games.
Bellevue College, sophomore guard, Dominique Jordan (University Place, WA) has been named the Baden Men’s Basketball Player of the Year for 2015.
Jordan a two-year performer led the Bulldogs to their second North Region Title in a row and to a 5th place finish at the 2015 NWAC Championship Tournament.
Dominique led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points a game and turned the ball over only 46 times in close to 1100 minutes played.
Blue Mountain's Linke named Baden 2014 Volleyball Athlete of the Year
Today the Northwest Athletic Conference office is pleased to announce that Sierra Linke, sophomore from Blue Mountain Community College is the Baden Athlete of the Year for NWAC Volleyball.
Linke had an outstanding season and career culminating in two consecutive Eastern Region league titles, two consecutive NWAC Volleyball championships, and was named the MVP of the Eastern Region and the 2014 NWAC Volleyball Championship Tournament
Linke, an outside hitter for the Timberwolves led BMCC in kills per set at 3.46 and recorded the most kills in the conference with 273.
Shoreline's Warren and North Idaho's Talley named 2014 Baden Soccer Athletes of the Year
|Shoreline sophomore Hayley Warren and North Idaho sophomore Adam Talley were named Baden Soccer Athletes of the Year|
Today the Northwest Athletic Conference office is pleased to announce that sophomore, Adam Talley (Newman Lake, Washington), from North Idaho College is the Baden Athlete of the Year for NWAC Men’s soccer. Talley lead NIC to a second place finish at the NWAC Soccer Championships and led the league in goals scored with 20.
Hayley Warren (Maple Valley, WA), sophomore forward from Shoreline Community College was named Baden Athlete of the Year for NWAC Women’s Soccer. Warren led the NWAC in scoring with 60 points and also led the league in goals scored with 26 goals.
Thanks to Baden Sports in their efforts to support NWAC student-athletes.
Spokane's Schofield and Mt. Hood's Glovatsky named 2014 Baden Cross Country Athletes of the Year
|Mt. Hood's Georgia Glovatsky (left) and Spokane's Daniel Schofield are named Baden Cross Country Athletes of the Year.|
Today the Northwest Athletic Conference office is pleased to announce that Georgia Glovatsky, freshman from Mt. Hood Community Colleges is the Baden Athlete of the Year in NWAC Women’s Cross Country. Glovatsky had an outstanding season culminating in winning the individual championship at the Northwest Athletic Conference Championship race in early November.
Daniel Schofield, sophomore from the Community Colleges of Spokane was named Baden Athlete of the Year in NWAC Men’s Cross Country. Schofield is a two time winner of this award as he won it in 2013. He was the individual winner in the 2014 Men’s NWAC Championship race coming from behind for the victory.
Thanks to Baden Sports in their efforts to support NWAC student-athletes.
Spring Baden Athletes of the Year Announced
Sophomore, Bellevue College
Bellevue College Sophomore Rixing Xu has won her second Baden Player of the Year award in Tennis.
Rixing led the Bulldogs to the NWAACC Women’s Tennis Championship this season and won her second consecutive individual title.
She also repeated as a doubles champion.
Freshman, Skagit Valley College
Skagit Valley College freshman Nao Iwamoto comes to Skagit Valley from Tsukaba Japan and had an outstanding freshman season.
Iwamoto won the single’s championship defeating Spokane’s Blake Lynd 6-0, 6-4 then won a marathon match with Treasure Valley’s Jonahs Joudrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Sophomore, Community Colleges of Spokane
Hailing from Oxenby, England, Spokane sophomore, Evan Omelia has been named the Baden Athlete of the Year in Men’s Golf.
Omelia finished second at the 2014 NWAACC Golf Championships and was the leading player for the 2014 team champions, Spokane Sasquatch. Omelia won multiple individual titles this year and finished no lower than 5th.
Sophomore, Columbia Basin College
The Columbia Basin College sophomore from Richland, Washington finished her career in fine fashion by winning the NWAACC women’s individual title.
She led her teammates to a team golf title this year as well. Neidhold also won three tournaments this past year. Her consistent play and outstanding leadership was on display every time she was out on the course.
Men’s Track & Field
Freshman, Clark College
Clark’s Anteneh Woticha culminated an outstanding season by winning the High Point Award with 26 points (1st place 1500m, 5000m, 3rd 800m) at the 2014 NWAACC Track and Field Championships.
For his outstanding perfromance at the Championships he was named Co-Track Athlete of the Meet.
Women’s Track & Field
Sophomore, Community Colleges of Spokane
Jessica Mildes concluded her sophomore campaign by sweeping the distance races, winning the 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, and 3000m steeplechase at the 2014 NWAACC Championships. In doing so, Mildes is the first women in NWAACC history to take all four distance events.
Her wins racked up 40 points for the Bigfoot, giving Mildes the Women’s High Point Award, Track Athlete of the Meet, & Baden Track & Field Athlete of the Year. She also shattered the National junior college record in the 10K earlier this season.
Mildes is the first NWAACC student-athlete to win Baden Athletes of the Year awards in two separate categories and is also the first student-athlete in NWAACC history to win three in two years.
Sophomore, Treasure Valley Community College
Sophomore Cheyenne Barger led the NWAACC in batting average with .587, runs batted in with 85 and in home runs with 25.
Her power numbers dwarf in comparison that she struck out only 4 times in 138 at bats.
Barger led the Treasure Valley Chukars to a third place finish at the 2014 NWAACC Softball Championship Tournament.
Sophomore, Edmonds Community College
TC Florentine an all-league centerfielder at Edmonds Community College has been named the Baden Athlete of the Year in Baseball.
TC was the North Region MVP, and two-time Gold Glove award winner. He has also won ABCA West Coast Pacific Division Gold Glove.
TC is also a member of the NWAACC All-Academic Team. TC will continue his academic and athletic career at Santa Clara University.
Big Bend's Brendan Westendorf named Baden NWAACC Men's Basketball Athlete of the Year
Photo: Tracy Swisher
The NWAACC is pleased to announce that Brendan Westendorf has been named the 2014 Baden NWAACC Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Year by the league coaches.
Eastern Region MVP Westendorf led the league in ppg with 29.5 and tallied the league's season high of 55 points.
Westendorf also turned in 1.9 steals per game (59 total) which was 15th best in the league, 4.39 assists per game - good for 10th best and had a field goal percentage of 53% which was 20th.
The talented guard also registered the most rebounds for Big Bend and his 8.58 boards per game placed him in the top ten in the NWAACC.
Westendorf’s numbers didn’t fade against tough competition during the NWAACC Championship tournament where he scored 25.3ppg, averaged 6.3 assists, secured 8.3 rebounds, and had 2 steals per game.
The Kent, Washington native also had a stellar freshman season in 2013 where he finished third in the league in scoring & assists and 9th in steals. His total point production of 1625 ranks him as the top scorer in Big Bend Community College history.
BBCC head coach Mark Poth was equally impressed with Westendorf’s character, “Brendan has done everything that has been ask of him as a student-athlete and is on track to graduate this year with his Associate Degree. Brendan is also a high character individual and is very well liked and respected.”
Westendorf is currently undecided on his prospects for the 2014-15 season but is entertaining several offers.
Spokane's Riley Holsinger named Baden Women's Basketball Athlete of the Year
VANCOUVER, WA - The NWAACC is please to announce that Spokane sophomore point guard Riley Holsinger has been named the 2014 Women's Basketball Baden Athlete of the Year.
Photo: Rick Harrison
Holsinger was all over the court for the Sasquatch and filled the stat sheet wherever she played. Holsinger finished in the league top 20 in six of the eight major categories.
She scored high in marks that you would expect from a quality point guard: #1 in scoring with 21.9 ppg; #5 in free throw average with 79.7 % on 187 attempts; #5 in steals average with 3.03 spg; and #10 in assists average with 4.3 apg
But the 5' 10" Holsinger also played like a top notch post player finishing #1 in blocks with 67 (2nd in bpg average with 2.23) and #16 in rebounds with 8.1 rbg.
Holsinger holds seven all-time records for the Sasquatch womens’ program.
Those include top marks as the program scoring leader with 1,083 career points, the single season scoring record with 657, career average of 18.5 points and single season average of 21.9. In addition to the scoring records, she is also the program’s leader in blocks with 117, in steals with 171, and is second in assists with 217 and fourth in rebounds with 464.
Holsinger is also the only Spokane women's player to record a quadruple double - a feat she recorded as a freshman last season (15 points, 10 assists, 11 rebounds and 11 blocks).
2013 Fall Sports Baden Athletes of the Year
VANCOUVER, WA - The NWAACC is please to announce the 2013 Fall Sports Baden Athletes of the Year.
Women's Cross Country
Photo: Tracy Swisher
Mildes (Riverside H.S., Chattaroy, WA) was never challenged at the 2013 cross country championships as she cruised to her second consecutive individual NWAACC title.
She was also the 2012 women's NWAACC-Baden XC Athlete of the Year and is only the third women to win back to back titles since the sport's introduction for women by the NWAACC in 1978.
With several offers to consider, Mildes plans to run for a 4-yr program in 2014 but is currently not committed on her next step.
CCS head coach Sean McLachlan had much to say about Mildes, "Jessica's sophomore season concluded with her breaking the old 5k school record of 17:49 not once, but twice; the first at Willamette when she ran 17:35 to place second in the race then two weeks later running 17:06 at the Inland Empire classic and placing 3rd behind a national champion and one the PAC 12's top athletes. This was Jessica's 4th All-American award with her sophomore track season to go. More important than her fast times, Jessica is a 4.0 student and the ultimate teammate who is extremely coachable, dedicated, focused and a joy to coach."
Men's Cross Country
Schofield (Mead H.S., Mead, WA.) sparked the Sasquatch harriers throughout the season and entered the 2013 championship as the team's top runner. He edged a very challenging field of runners that saw the top three placers finishing within three second of each other including his dramatic win by less the a tenth of a second over the runner-up.
Schofield will return to Spokane where he will look to lead his team again in 2014.
"Coming into the championship race we thought Daniel had a shot at the title along with at least five other quality athletes," said CCS head coach Sean McLachlan. "The plan was to go out in the front pack and be patient and cover all the moves then take the lead when he felt the time was right. Apparently Daniel thought the "right time" was the last few strides as he just barely out-kicked Jorge Gil-Juarez of Clackamas in one of the more memorable finishes in the last decade. Daniel had a great season for a self-proclaimed 800 runner who was just doing cross country to get into shape for track. Schofield is an eager learner and will only continue to get better. His time of 24:46 put him at #6 on the all-time list at CCS. Just a freshman, this is sure to be the first of many All-American awards for Daniel."
Photo: Rick Harrison
Sophomore, Forward, Spokane
Luu, a 5'5" sophomore striker from Colville H.S. in Colville, WA, was a dominating presence in the Sasquatch front line. She scorched opponent defenses for a league high 23 goals and added 7 assists leading the Sasquatch to a 15-2-4 record. In her two year run at CCS, Luu tallied 43 goals and 17 assists. Her 43 goals is the second best combined total in the program's history in and her 23 goals this season is tied for most in single season.
Luu has several 4-yr programs knocking on her door and is considering her options.
"Tasha has been one of the schools most prolific goal scorers in our programs history, said CCS head coach Jim Martinson. "She is one of the most competitive kids I have ever coached and has a drive to do better on a daily basis. Tasha raises the level of her teammates training with her daily work rate and is driven by success. She was a player we could look to for goal production when needed and then could switch gears and close a match for us defensively.... A true program kid that we will miss tremendously."
Photo: Jeff Halstead
Sophomore, Forward, Peninsula
Alex Martinez, from North Valleys H.S. in Reno, Nevada, made a habit of lighting up scoreboards around the Northwest over his two seasons at Peninsula. The a 6' 2" striker tallied a league high 66 points on 28 goals and ten assists in 2013 topping his 2012 performance of 21 goals and 13 assists.
Martinez also led his Pirates to back-to-back league championships scoring the only goals in both 1-0 final minutes thrillers over Walla Walla in 2012 and Clark this season. His two year goal total of 49 set a new program record for Peninsula.
The Pirate sophomore is currently being courted by a number of colleges and universities across the nation and is expected to make his decision on where he will play his final two years in the coming months.
"To have a consistent goal scorer like Alex is huge," exclaimed PC head coach Andrew Chapman. "Alex is a competitor that wants to win, which was evident in the championship game this year and last year with him scoring the game winning goal with three minutes left in both games. Alex doesn't stop working all game long."
Sophomore, MB, Blue Mountain
Schmidt (Hermiston H.S., Hermiston, OR) had a dominating two year tenure with the Timberwolves leading her team to back-to-back NWAACC titles.
She was third in the NWAACC in hitting percentage with a .379 hitting percentage and racked up 367 kills in 57 sets. Schmidt led BMCC's high powered offense with 3.25 kills per set and was second in blocks with 48.
Schmidt will be moving on to play volleyball for the Carroll College Fighting Saints in 2014.
"As competitive a volleyball player as we have ever had here," commented BMCC head coach Dave Baty on Schmidt. "Crystal led a sophomore class that was undefeated in both the east region and the NWAACC tournament for two consecutive years. She is a joy to coach and to simply be in the company of. Crystal is one of the most caring people you will meet and has represented Blue Mountain with the highest standards of academic and athletic performance. We will enjoy watching her career continue to rise at Carroll college."