Baseball Championship: Pierce and Lower Columbia advance with wins

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LONGVIEW— In the afternoon tilt, Pierce asserted their will from the first pitch. With timely hitting and a little help from the Mt. Hood defense, the first 8 Raider batters would reach base. Hood committed 3 errors on the inning leading to 5 Pierce runs.

Rayven Kahana and Hudson Byorick both collected RBI singles but all 5 Raider runs were scored as unearned.

Pierce also scored a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings with Kahana and Carter Johnson both collecting RBIs in 4th and 5th inning respectively.

In the sixth, Hood plated 2 runs on a sacrifice fly from Nolan McCall and an RBI single from Isaac Benard.

Pierce countered with 2 more runs in the 9th setting up Colten Barnes for a complete game opportunity but with 2 runners reaching base in the bottom of the 9th, Coach Kevin Davis called upon Micah Richardson to record the final out giving Pierce the win by a score of 10-2.

Kahana finished the day 3-6 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Mt. Hood was lead by Isaac Benard who was 2-4 with an RBI.

Barnes finished with a line of 8.2 innings giving up only 2 earned runs while scattering 9 hits.

Bellevue will face Mt. Hood in a loser out game Friday at 12:05pm while Lower Columbia will face division rival Pierce at 7:35pm.

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In the nightcap, it was all LCC all game long. The Red Devils jumped on the Bellevue pitching staff for 4 runs in the first inning on only 1 hit from first baseman Lorin Archibald.

Fours runs would be much more than sophomore RHP Kade Kryzsco needed. The LCC starter went 7 innings giving up no runs on 5 hits while striking out 4.

After the first, The Devils scored a pair in the 4th off of an RBI double from Taylor Davis and a sac fly from Toby Johnson.

Kryzsco continued his dominate ways going untouched into the 7th where the Devils scored three more. Benny Kaleiwahea notched an RBI single while Kryzsco had a sac fly.

Freshman RHP Anthony Brink came in and shut the door on the Bellevue hitters striking out 4 in 2 innings of work.

Bellevue will face Mt. Hood in a loser out game Friday at 12:05pm while Lower Columbia will face division rival Pierce at 7:35pm.

Adam Strom named new YVCC women’s basketball coach

Veteran high school mentor will try to revitalize struggling program

By Roger Underwood
runderwood@yakimaherald.com

As the emotional tug-of-war evolved regarding Adam Strom’s pursuit of the Yakima Valley women’s basketball coaching job, it seemed natural that his three sons would weigh in.

"One of my twins, who’s an 8th-grader, said, ‘Hey dad, how about you try it for one year,’" Adam Strom recalled. "’And then my older son, Isiah, who’s a sophomore, said, ‘It doesn’t work that way. When dad does something, he’s gonna commit.’"

So Strom, who last season led a Yakama Tribal School team that included his own flesh and blood to the program’s first state tournament appearance, has opted for another challenge. He will try to rejuvenate a downtrodden YVCC women’s program, having been named head coach Wednesday.

"I’m excited," said Strom, 39, who has coached successfully for more than 15 years at the prep level. "It was a little tougher decision to leave Yakama Tribal since I have three boys in the program. I even tried to keep it a secret from them, but they eventually heard I got the job."

Strom said his staff will include Akil White, who assisted at the college last season, along with former Yaks standout Andrea Blodgett.

"We felt we had a good group of applicants," said Yakima Valley athletic director Ray Funk, who is also the men’s head coach. "We interviewed seven or eight, and we felt like we had a top two or three.

"We never did rank them, we just went with strengths and weaknesses. And as the process continued, Adam’s strengths came shining through."

Strom’s prep history includes coaching White Swan’s girls — who included Blodgett — from 2001-05. The Cougars won SCAC titles in 2004 and 2005 and finished fourth in the Class 1A state tournament in 2005.

He moved on to the Wapato boys from 2006-11 and took the Wolves to three state tourneys. After two years at Hermiston, Ore., where the Bulldogs won a league championship in his second season, Strom came to Yakama Tribal in Toppenish where he has taught and coached the past three years.

His wife of 17 years, Relyn, is the school’s principal, and Blodgett is currently a teacher there.

"Every coach wants to win a state title," Strom said, "and with eight players returning at Tribal that could happen. But then I thought what I’d really like to do is coach at the next level.

"Some coaches might overlook junior colleges as being the next level, but to me if it’s college it’s the next level. And I didn’t think twice about whether I’m coaching men or women. To me, I’m coaching athletes."

His task at Yakima Valley will be to restore a women’s program that reached the NWAC Tournament in each of Cody Butler’s nine seasons as head coach, making the title game three straight years and winning it all in 2011, but then steadily declined.

After Butler left in 2012 to become a women’s assistant at Boise State, Greg Oldham’s teams went a collective 33-80 including 16-67 over the past three years. After a 3-25 finish last season that saw the Yaks lose their last 21 games, Oldham resigned. He will continue as the college’s assistant athletic director until the end of this month.

Strom will probably continue teaching at Yakama Tribal, Funk said, and the future of YVCC’s assistant athletic director’s position is unclear.

NWAC Announces Spring Academic Excellence awards

The NWAC is please to announce the 2016 spring Academic Excellence award winners.

To qualify an athlete must meet the following requirements:

  • Sophomore in Eligibility
  • Minimum of 36 Credits Earned
  • 3.25 Cumulative GPA or better
  • Recommended by the College
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Levi Abrahamson Treasure Valley Community College
Austin Amundson Olympic College
Conner Anderson Yakima Valley Community College
Tanner Arrington Everett Community College
Mitch Augenstein Everett Community College
Andrew Axmaker Chemeketa Community College
Kasey Bailey Yakima Valley Community College
Dominique Baker Chemeketa Community College
Tyler Barber Big Bend Community College
Branson Barnecut Everett Community College
Nolan Bastendorff Linn-Benton Community College
Izac Bauer Yakima Valley Community College
James Beaudin Shoreline Community College
Jay Becker Mt. Hood Community College
David Bellamy Lane Community College
Miles Bigalow Big Bend Community College
Ethan Bragg Chemeketa Community College
James Brooks Tacoma Community College
Nick Bruton Skagit Valley College
Joel Brydon Grays Harbor College
Bruin Campbell Lane Community College
Jacob Chamberlain Blue Mountain Community College
Darius Cook Green River College
Dylan Cooper Big Bend Community College
Tanner Crooks Southwestern Oregon Community College
Griffin Davis Walla Walla Community College
Talon Derrick Walla Walla Community College
Cody Dykstra Treasure Valley Community College
Lucas Eliason Tacoma Community College
Ryan Enquist Lower Columbia College
Andrew Fine Clackamas Community College
Robert Fine Clackamas Community College
Hayden Gerlach Lower Columbia College
Alexander Gonzalez Everett Community College
Myles Gouveia Shoreline Community College
Royfel Granda Wenatchee Valley College
Spencer Greene Edmonds Community College
Jordan Hadley Lane Community College
Dominic Hammudeh Southwestern Oregon Community College
Shane Hanon Edmonds Community College
Brooks Hanson Bellevue College
Austin Hines Centralia College
Alex Hull Tacoma Community College
Ian Humphrey Clark College
Maskai Ishihara Clackamas Community College
Andrew Ivelia Everett Community College
Evan Johnson Bellevue College
Toby Johnson Lower Columbia College
Nick Johnston Edmonds Community College
Kyler Kedroske Shoreline Community College
Wilson Kessel Centralia College
Kade Kryzsko Lower Columbia College
Jacob Lawson Wenatchee Valley College
Shane Layman Big Bend Community College
Tyger Liner Linn-Benton Community College
Drew Lomsdalen Bellevue College
Ryan Maley Yakima Valley Community College
Thomas McCullough Shoreline Community College
Dig Merrell Clark College
Doug Molzahn Southwestern Oregon Community College
Jesse Moore Edmonds Community College
Andrew Moore Skagit Valley College
Garret Myers Lower Columbia College
Brock Myklebust Centralia College
Damon Nester Columbia Basin College
Bowen Ogata Mt. Hood Community College
Joshua Overstreet Lane Community College
Gabe Padukiewicz Tacoma Community College
Christropher Petrosie Yakima Valley Community College
Alex Poltz Green River College
Luke Rappe Linn-Benton Community College
Cody Reilly Big Bend Community College
Thomas Richards Green River College
Jack Richter Skagit Valley College
Zack Riviere Green River College
Mitchell Rose Mt. Hood Community College
Dylan Shuler Walla Walla Community College
Steven Sordahl Walla Walla Community College
Blake Springer Big Bend Community College
Parker Stohr Big Bend Community College
Matt Stuart Green River College
Josh Takagi Grays Harbor College
Tyler Thorson Community Colleges of Spokane
Max Tilton Lower Columbia College
Jacob Tollefson Olympic College
Daniel Torlai Bellevue College
Benjamin Tracey Walla Walla Community College
Paul Turner Lane Community College
Travis Ulvestad Bellevue College
Zach Usselman Bellevue College
Joe Wainhouse Bellevue College
Cameron Walker Walla Walla Community College
Steven Webber Edmonds Community College
Nolan Weber Blue Mountain Community College
Kaleb Wersland Yakima Valley Community College
Bryan Widener Wenatchee Valley College
Dylan Wilbert Walla Walla Community College
J T Williams Mt. Hood Community College
Nolan Wirth Wenatchee Valley College
Joel Worden Lower Columbia College
Blake Wrotenberry Chemeketa Community College
Bryan Wulf Big Bend Community College
Zachary Wyscaver Clackamas Community College
Daniel Zavala Chemeketa Community College
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Dakota Baker Walla Walla Community College Men’s Golf
Jordan Bass Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Golf
Daniel Dolin Walla Walla Community College Men’s Golf
Taylor Gant Walla Walla Community College Men’s Golf
Spencer Jacobson Olympic College Men’s Golf
Tanner Kovacevich Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Golf
Garrett Neswick Walla Walla Community College Men’s Golf
Chapin Pedersen Southwestern Oregon Community College Men’s Golf
Tanisha Bemis Grays Harbor College Women’s Golf
Carly Bergsma Olympic College Women’s Golf
Blake Greenup Southwestern Oregon Community College Women’s Golf
Hillary Hutchison Southwestern Oregon Community College Women’s Golf
Meg McMullen Bellevue College Women’s Golf
Lavoie Megan Grays Harbor College Women’s Golf
Shyann Morton Community Colleges of Spokane Women’s Golf
Hailey Warren Community Colleges of Spokane Women’s Golf
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Bethany  Anderson Yakima Valley Community College
Kaytlin  Balyeat Edmonds Community College
Corinne Barto Southwestern Oregon Community College
Miranda  Beuke Walla Walla Community College
Nicole  Bolasky Lower Columbia College
Chantel Brown Edmonds Community College
Megan  Bruce Shoreline Community College
Kelsey  Butterfield Walla Walla Community College
Courtney  Cabana Mt. Hood Community College
Sarah  Casel Shoreline Community College
Mallory  Chavez Walla Walla Community College
Alexandria  Courtney North Idaho College
Kendal Cox Mt. Hood Community College
Riley  Davidson Edmonds Community College
Rachel  Delamare Bellevue College
Sarah  Dipietro Everett Community College
Tiffani  Ferrell Olympic College
Daphne Fisher Yakima Valley Community College
Chelsea Foster Shoreline Community College
McKenna  Gagner Pierce College
Samantha  Gorham Olympic College
Stephanie Granger Wenatchee Valley College
Maggie  Hershaw Lower Columbia College
Eranna Higbee Southwestern Oregon Community College
Kendra Holmes Skagit Valley College
Courtney  Kent Community Colleges of Spokane
Emma  Lallas North Idaho College
Brittany  Langdon Clark College
Reegan Lehnert Mt. Hood Community College
Megan  Levang Centralia College
Megan  Lindgren Bellevue College
Alexa Lindgren Walla Walla Community College
Emily  Marchbanks Clackamas Community College
Megan  Marcy Mt. Hood Community College
Cassidy  Mast Bellevue College
Nicolette Mather Wenatchee Valley College
Jacie  McDaniels Walla Walla Community College
Caitlyn Messman Southwestern Oregon Community College
Kailey Nobriga Pierce College
Kaitlin Oberg Olympic College
Kadi Patterson Columbia Basin College
Jessica  Praegitzer Treasure Valley Community College
Francesca  Rodreguez Treasure Valley Community College
Autum Rollins Big Bend Community College
Rachel  Rutledge Mt. Hood Community College
Hunter  Schneitter Wenatchee Valley College
Kali  Schouteren Pierce College
Caitlyn Seiger Wenatchee Valley College
Madi Studer Grays Harbor College
Rayne  Sylvester Bellevue College
Carli Taylor Walla Walla Community College
Erika  Torr Bellevue College
Brittany  Vickerman Columbia Basin College
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Hannah Farmer Treasure Valley Community College Women’s Tennis
Jessica Fife Treasure Valley Community College Women’s Tennis
Xingjian Han Bellevue College Women’s Tennis
Svea Love Skagit Valley College Women’s Tennis
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Jacob Barnett Mt. Hood Community College Men’s Track and Field
Jeremy Beal Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Track and Field
Keith Beasley Green River College Men’s Track and Field
Michael Capri Lane Community College Men’s Track and Field
Spencer Claeys Olympic College Men’s Track and Field
Riley Greenfield Southwestern Oregon Community College Men’s Track and Field
Matthew Hommel Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Track and Field
James Jasperson Everett Community College Men’s Track and Field
Chase Jeppe Treasure Valley Community College Men’s Track and Field
Alexander Lacey Clackamas Community College Men’s Track and Field
Judd Lewis Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Track and Field
Kevin Mattox Green River College Men’s Track and Field
Dean  Nizer Mt. Hood Community College Men’s Track and Field
Kylee Sager Everett Community College Men’s Track and Field
James Swanson Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Track and Field
Jocelyn Barber Clackamas Community College Women’s Track and Field
Madison Brown Community Colleges of Spokane Women’s Track and Field
Holly Cockle Community Colleges of Spokane Women’s Track and Field
Alexis Crellin Southwestern Oregon Community College Women’s Track and Field
Brayana Elmore Olympic College Women’s Track and Field
Danielle Girard Lane Community College Women’s Track and Field
Mitra LeBuhn Lane Community College Women’s Track and Field
Kelsie Loomis Lane Community College Women’s Track and Field
Kendall Maslen Lane Community College Women’s Track and Field
Courtney May Southwestern Oregon Community College Women’s Track and Field
Justin Del Medico Community Colleges of Spokane Women’s Track and Field
Kayla McNeeley Clackamas Community College Women’s Track and Field
Kylee O’Connor Lane Community College Women’s Track and Field
Renee Partsch Olympic College Women’s Track and Field
Rebecca Ponnay Clackamas Community College Women’s Track and Field
Charmayne Robinson Lane Community College Women’s Track and Field
Madison Schnell Lane Community College Women’s Track and Field
Catherine Sebastian Olympic College Women’s Track and Field
Alena Shcherbina Green River College Women’s Track and Field
Marissa Taylor Lane Community College Women’s Track and Field

 

 

Baseball Championship – Everett and Yakima Valley collect wins


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LONGVIEW— Treasure Valley and Everett kicked off the 2016 NWAC baseball championship with a heated pitchers duel between the Trojan’s Alex Gray and the Chuker’s Sam Wong. Treasure Valley drew first blood in the first with an RBI single off the bat of the Eastern Region MVP Chase Teter.

In the 4th, Everett evened the score off of an errant throw by Teter at short allowing Jacob Prater to come across. The two aces would battle deep into the 8th until Bryce Peterson hit a towering 420 foot home run to dead center off the roof of the batting barn to give Everett a 2-1 lead.

Gray went the distance for the Trojans for the complete game striking out 6 while allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits.

Trojans face Yakima Friday at 4:35 pm while the Chukars take on Chemeketa in an elimination game Friday at 9:35am.


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In game 2 of the day, Eastern Region champs Yakima Valley took on a scrappy Chemeketa team who fought hard in the super regional to earn their birth into the tourney.

The Storm got runners on 2nd and 3rd in the first inning with no outs but could not convert.

The Yaks plated a run on a sac fly from Connor Anderson in the bottom of the first. Yakima added another in the 4th and two in the 5th off of back to back RBIs from Kasey Bailey who tripled to deep center. Bailey then scored on an RBI single from Brandon Smith.

The Yaks also add on in the 6th to make it 5-0. Chris Petrosie scattered 8 hits in 7 innings for the Yaks and Dakota Weindell would come in to close the door in the 8th and 9th giving Yakima Valley a 5-0 win.

Yakima Valley will face Everett Friday at 4:35pm while Treasure Valley will take on Chemeketa in a loser out game at 9:35am.

Lane wins Men’s and Spokane claims Women’s 2016 Track & Field Championships – Three NWAC meet records were broken (updated with photos)

Dakarai Hightower sets new NWAC high jump record of 7' 5"
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Event Results | Team Scores
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GRESHAM, OR — The Lane men and Spokane women took home the team championships Tuesday afternoon.

The Titans scored 275 points to top Spokane’s tally of 202 with Clackamas taking third with 90 points.

The Spokane women just eclipsed Lane’s score 215 to 209.5. Clackamas also took third with a distant 104 points.

Record Setters
Lane sophomore Dakarai Hightower set a new meet record high jump of 7′ 5"….  And he didn’t need to apologize to the former record holder – Hightower beat his own previous record of 7′ 3 1/4" set at the 2014 championship meet.

Hightower did make an attempt for JC record of 7′ 8" set in 1985 by Dennis Lewis (Long Beach), but narrowly missed the mark by the width of the Titan jersey material on his back

The automatic Olympic qualifying mark is 2.28 meters and with Hightower’s 2.26m he stands a chance to make the US Team this summer in the Rio games.

Mt. Hood sophomore Josh Turner also set a record in the 110m High Hurdles with a time of 14.00 seconds. Turner broke the previous record of 14.15 seconds set by Gerald Ellis in 1986.

Clackamas freshman Roba Sultessa also added a new mark with is 1:50.71 record setting performance in the 800m. Sultessa beat 28 year old record mark of 1:50.78 set by Don Rouse of South Puget Sound in 1978.

Meet Honors
Lane freshman Rubie Cordey was earned the Women’s High Point Scorer (39 points) while sophomore teammate Grant Shurtliff was the Men’s High Point Scorer (38 points).

With the honor, both Cordey and Shurtliff were named the NWAC Baden Track & Field Athletes of the Year and will be honored at the NWAC Hall of Fame Banquet on June 3rd.

Lane sophomore Kylee O’Connor and Mt. Hood Freshman Danelle Woodcock were the Women’s Track Athletes of the Meet.

Lane freshman Rashad Swank-Jones was named the Men’s Track Athlete of the Meet.

Spokane freshman Elisha Allred was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet while Lane sophomore Dakarai Hightower was named the Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet.

Lane head coach Grady O’Connor was named the Men’s Coach of the Year while Spokane’s Jason Cash was selected Men’ Coach of the Year.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
10,000M – Gracie Ledwith, Spokane – 40:13.70
Hammer – Elisha Allred, Spokane – 149’09"
Javelin – Taylor Rispler, Mt. Hood – 131’11"
Pole Vault – Marissa Taylor, Lane – 12’4.5"
Long Jump – Danelle Woodcock, Mt. Hood – 18’5.75
3000M Steeplechase – Madison Schell, Lane – 11:47.03
100m Dash –
Danelle Woodcock, Mt. Hood – :12.23
200m Dash –
Danelle Woodcock, Mt. Hood – :24.88
400m Run – Rubie Cordey, Lane – :55.61
800m Run – Danielle Gurard, Lane – 2:17.70
1500m Run – Danielle Gurard, Lane – 4:52.40
5000m Run – Gracie Ledwith, Spokane – 15:41.68
10,000m Run – Gracie Ledwith, Spokane – 40:13.70
100m Hurdles – Emily Bland, Everett – :14.93
400m Hurdles – Emily Bland, Everett – 1:02.69
4x100m Relay – Lane
(Loomis, Cordey, O’Connor, Simms-Garcia) 48.10
4×400 Relay –
Lane
(Simms-Garcia, Viuhkola, O’Connor, Cordey) 3:53.08
High Jump –
Rashae Spencer Spokane – 5-01.75
Triple Jump – Olivia Rose, Clark – 37-00.25
Shot Put –
Toa Levi, Spokane – 41-07.75

Discus – Elisha Allred, Spokane –
140-06
Heptathlon – Kylee O’Connor – 3661

MEN’S CHAMPIONS
10,000M – Elmer Shelevy, Lane – 32:40.74
Hammer – Mathew Lloyd, Clackamas –
Long Jump – Dekker Lovitt, Spokane – 22’10"
Javelin – Cole Sunkel, Olympic – 191’04
Pole Vault – Kavic Belcastro, Lane – 16’4.75"
3000M Steeplechase – Corbin Carlton, Spokane – 9:27.35
100m Dash – Rashad Swank-Jones – :10.68
200m Dash – Rashad Swank-Jones – :21.43
400m Run – Cornelious Berry – Lane – 48.01
800m Run – Roba Sultessa, Clackamas – 1:50.71
1500m Run – Roba Sultessa, Clackamas – 4:00.10
5000m run – Ben Harter, Lane – 15:01.65
10,000m Run –
Elmer Shelevy, Lane – 32:40.74
110m Hurdles – Joshua Turner, Mt. Hood – :14.00 (record)
400m Hurdles –
Michael Capri, Lane – :53.29
4x100m Relay – Lane
(
Sudduth III, Berry, Swank-Jones, Gaylor) :41.10
4x400m Relay –
Lane
(Berry, Gaylor, Swank-Jones, Capri) 3:16.32
High Jump – Dakarai Hightower, Lane – 7-5.00 (record)
Triple Jump – Joshua Turner, Mt. Hood – 47-01.75
Shot Put – Cilson Hodge, SW Oregon – 47-09.00
Discus – Sam Nichols, Lane – 142-05
Decathlon – Grant Shurtliff, Lane – 6587

Women’s Track Athtletes of the Meet: Kylee O’Connor, Lane & Danelle Woodcock, Mt. Hood
Men’s Track Athtlete of the Meet: Rashad Swank-Jones, Lane
Women’s Field Athtlete of the Meet: Elisha Allred, Spokane
Men’s Field Athlete of the Meet: Dakarai Hightower, Lane
Women’s High Point Award – Rubie Cordey, Lane
Men’s High Point Award – Grant Shurtliff, Lane
Women’s Team Champions – Spokane
Men’s Team Champions – Lane
men’s COY – Grady O’Connor, Lane and Women’s COY, Jason Cash, Spokane

Job announcement: Athletic Director – Umpqua Community College

The Athletic Director assists the vice president in the administration of the functions and activities essential in providing a quality intercollegiate athletic program.  The Athletic Director will provide leadership in the areas of planning, organizing and supervising sport programs and associated services, personnel, and facilities.  The Athletic Director will effectively coordinate all athletic activities with all appropriate college and community entities.  The Athletic Director will fundraise and market the program.

The Dept. Chair & FT Faculty duties:  teach 1-2 classes per term, specifically Health & Wellness, Nutrition, maybe some activity classes.  Oversee the Fitness Center and the Fitness Technology degree program, attend all committee assignments related to Dept. Chair and Faculty duties.

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South Puget Sound’s Tyler Watts Earns National Honorable Mention Honor

*Sophomore basketball player earns honorable mention for Scholar Athlete of the Year from National Association of Two Year College Athletic Administrators

*Watts also won multiple defensive honors this season


Tyler Watts, center, was recently recognized by the Executive Team of SPSCC.

South Puget Sound Community College men’s basketball player Tyler Watts just can’t seem to stop collecting honors. After earning a spot on the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) All-West Region Defensive Team, and Clipper Defensive Player of the Year honors at the team banquet last month, Watts again found himself in the spot light. Watts was recently named an honorable mention honoree for the Scholar Athlete of the Year award from National Association of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA).

Athletes from more than 650 colleges are eligible for the award as long as they maintain a minimum 3.6 GPA in a minimum of 45 credit hours, display qualities of leadership and good citizenship, demonstrate outstanding athletic success, and complete at least one varsity season. SPSCC Athletic Director Nick Schmidt said he believes it is the first time a Clipper athlete has won a national honor.

 "Tyler is one of the toughest guys I’ve coached," SPSCC men’s hoops coach Aaron Landon said. "We’ve spent two years together and most of our success has been a result of his leadership and commitment to winning. He was one of the best defenders in the entire NWAC and hands down the best defender we had this year."

Watts in NWAC action. 

Watts finished tied for fourth in the NWAC with a team-leading two steals-per-game average. Watts also finished fifth on the team in scoring (8.7 points-per-game), second in assists (2.7 per game), first in rebounding (6.8 per game), and first in blocks at one every other game.

Watts said there’s much he’ll remember about the season.

"This year meant a lot to me after going through a tough freshman year," he said. "From all the big-time moments, like Dustin Meade hitting the game winning three to beat Green River, to the little things, like road trips in the vans, I will cherish all the moments we had."

Track & Field Athletes of the Week – Week 11

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MEN’S TRACK – Week 11

Dan Carrier (Clackamas, Freshman)
— Event: 3,000m Steeplechase; Mark: 10:00.18 at NWAC Southern Region Championships

Nominator Comments:

  • "Breakout performance. 24 second PR to place 2nd at Southern Regionals."

MEN’S FIELD – Week 11

Sam Nichols (Lane, Sophomore)
— Event: Discus; Mark: 141’09", Event: Hammer; Mark: 135’05.50", Event: Shot Put; Mark: 46’08.25" at NWAC Southern Region Championships

Nominator Comments:

  • "Sam had a banner day, winning both shot put and discus and placing 3rd in hammer (26 team points).  His shot put was a massive personal best by 3 feet!"

WOMEN’S TRACK – Week 11

Sadie Dalgleish (Clark, Freshman)
— Event: 3,000m Steeplechase; Mark: 12:06.97 at NWAC Southern Region Championships
Nominator Comments:

  • "Sadie cut 30 seconds off her steeple time, leading the entire race from start to finish. Sadie is an outstanding example of what it means to be a student-athlete (4.0 GPA)."

WOMEN’S FIELD – Week 11

Dani Cichosz (Olympic, Freshman)
— Event: High Jump; Mark: 4-0, Event: Javelin; Mark: 112-5, Event: Shot Put; Mark: 37-3.5 at NWAC North-West Region Championships.
Nominator Comments:

  • "Dani won the javelin and placed second in the high jump and shot."

Spokane and Lane lead Track & Field Championships

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Day 1 Results | Team Scores

GRESHAM, OR — The NWAC Track & Field championships got under way today at Mt. Hood Community College under good weather conditions.

Spokane leads the women’s teams with 76 points followed by Lane with 66.5 and Clackamas with 43.5.

On the men’s side, Lane has tallied 84 points with Spokane at 79 points and Clackamas with 41 points.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
10,000M – Gracie Ledwith, Spokane – 40:13.70
Hammer – Elisha Allred, Spokane – 149’09"
Javelin – Taylor Rispler, Mt. Hood – 131’11"
Pole Vault – Marissa Taylor, Lane – 12’4.5"
Long Jump – Danelle Woodcock, Mt. Hood – 18’5.75
3000M Steeplechase – Madison Schell, Lane – 11:47.03

MEN’S CHAMPIONS
10,000M – Elmer Shelevy, Lane – 32:40.74
Hammer – Mathew Lloyd, Clackamas –
Long Jump – Dekker Lovitt, Spokane – 22’10"
Javelin – Cole Sunkel, Olympic – 191’04
Pole Vault – Kavic Belcastro, Lane – 16’4.75"
3000M Steeplechase – Corbin Carlton, Spokane – 9:27.35

Mt. Hood wins its fifth softball championship in last eight years

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Mt. Hood 7 Douglas 2 stats
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By NWAC Sports Information Assistant, Spencer Roland

PORTLAND—For the second time in four years, the NWAC Softball Championships featured an international championship game on Monday between perennial power Mt. Hood Saints of Gresham, OR and the Douglas Royals from New Westminster, British Columbia.

Mt. Hood entered the game having already defeated Douglas the day before in a bottom of the 7th rally 5-4.

Since the tournament is double elimination, the Royals would have to defeat the Saints twice if they wanted to bring the trophy home to Canada.

After a quiet first inning, Hood struck first in the 2nd when Tiara Champ laced a 2-out single to left field that plated Courtney Cabana and Hailey Valitski for a 2-0 lead.

Mt. Hood ace Kayla Byers would not allow a hit until deep in the 3rd inning when a pair of infield singles with a combined 30 feet in distance allowed Douglas a runner in scoring position but a quick out would get Byers out of the jam.

In the 4th, It was South Region MVP Darian Lindsey smashing a 2-run home run to center to tack on to a mounting lead for the Saints.

Byers continued a strong outing and receive more help in the 5th from a solo home run from Megan Marcy.

Douglas countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the 5th from a 2-out double from right fielder Daniella Vilio.

The Royals stuck again in the 6th with the help of a Saint error to cut the lead to 5-2. However, in the 7th Hood would add some insurance from back to back RBI singles from Reeghan Lehnert and Hailey Valitski.

Byers completed her dominance of the Royals with 3 quick outs in the 7th to seal the deal for the 2016 NWAC Champion Mt. Hood Saints 7-2.

Mt Hood finishes the season with a 38-8 record (17-3) and their 5th championship, all under head coach Meadow McWhorter.

The 2nd place finish is Douglas’ second in the program’s six year history. The Royals also claimed runner-up in the 2013 championship under then head coach Gord Collings.

McWhorter was named the NWAC Softball Coach of the Year, her fifth honor. Saints sophomore pitcher Kayla Byers was named the Tournament MVP.

All-Tournament Team
MVP – Kayla Byers, Mt. Hood
Rachel Rutledge, Mt. Hood
Megan Marcy, Mt. Hood
Courtney Cabana, Mt. Hood
Darian Lindsey, Mt. Hood
Dallas Tilley, Douglas
Laura Baldry, Douglas
Jordan Britten-Yung, Douglas
Keeley Ainge, Douglas
Tess Dixon, Bellevue
Cassidy Mast, Bellevue
Rachael Delamare, Bellevue
Kylie Gonzales, Clackamas
Emily Marchbanks, Clackamas

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Douglas 8 Bellevue 6 stats
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In the 3rd place game, it was Douglas emerging victorious over division rival and top-ranked Bellevue for the second time this tournament.

Keeley Ainge turned in a gritty performance for the Royals going the distance while scattering 10 hits for 6 runs.

Bellevue committed some untimely errors that allowed Douglas to capitalize, scoring 4 unearned runs.

The Lady Bulldogs were led by Rachael Delamare and Brianna Attwood who both blasted solo home runs.

For Douglas it was Taylor Woodward who was 2-3 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Bellevue earns its best ever finish at the tournament (3rd). For Douglas, they would reach their 2nd championship game in 4 years (finished 2nd to Wenatchee Valley in 2013).

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