Shoreline alum Jason Shaw named North Star Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week

North Star Athletic Association Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Jason ShawJason Shaw – Jamestown (N.D.) – 6’3" – Junior – Pitcher – Lynnwood, Wash. (Shoreline CC) – Shaw tossed a complete game as Jimmies shut down Valley City State (N.D.) 3-0 on the day of their North Star Athletic Association conference opener. 

He pitched seven innings and limited the Vikings to three hits.  Shaw recorded six strikeouts and gave up no walk. 

On the pitching mound, he extended his scoreless innings to 25 1/3 innings, including 17 straight shutout innings against members of NSAA. 

Spokane record-setter, Gonzaga commit Jessica Mildes remains homeward bound

CC Spokane’s Jessica Mildes shattered national junior college record in women’s 10,000 meters.
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Jessica Mildes now owns a national record, and to do it she had to scrap and hang tough in a race with some of the nation’s best collegiate distance runners from big-time schools a long way from her home in Chattaroy and the Community Colleges of Spokane.

But you know what’s way impressive?

“At cross country camp, we do an eating contest – kind of a ‘Fear Factor’ thing,” reported her coach, Sean McLachlan, “and she took down a tube of wasabi in like six seconds.

“She’s competitive. She doesn’t like to lose and she likes a challenge.”

And on her own terms.

Her latest challenge took her to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., where the sophomore ran the fastest women’s 10,000 meters in junior college history – surviving a case of adrenalized anxiety that threatened to short-circuit her chances before the race was half over.

“She freaked out a little and got stuck with the top four for a while,” McLachlan said. “She ran 10:47 for the first two miles. In high school, she was 30 seconds from being able to run 10:47 even once.”

Never mind back-to-back-to-back.

Predictably in a 25-lap slog, the adrenaline ran out. Mildes struggled to find her level, eventually hooking up with a competitor to share the work and keep their splits steady.

“Then I got to the last lap and Sean said I needed to run it in 86 (seconds),” she recalled, “and I thought, ‘Oh, I can do that.’ That was a really cool moment for me – like giving me one more chance.”

She crossed the finish line in 34 minutes, 29.36 seconds, knocking more than four seconds off the national JC record set in 2010 by Rose Tanui of Central Arizona. Ahead of her, Arizona’s Elvin Kibet and William and Mary’s Emily Stites ran the second and third-fastest NCAA Division I times of the spring; a few steps behind her, Tara Richardson of Western State ran the swiftest 10K in the Division II ranks.

It’s not completely new territory for a Sasquatch runner. Sixteen years almost to the day on the same track, Erika Colin set a JC record of 35:20.88 – the school record until Mildes broke it.

Earlier this spring, she also took down one of the two oldest records in CCS and NWAACC history, Joanne Lahti’s 5K mark dating back to 1980. She’s barely a second off Lahti’s 1,500 record, too.

All of this from a runner McLachlan said he “had no reason to think would be within our reach.”

When in fact that’s exactly why the Sasquatch got her.

Mildes did her high school running at Riverside, where she was a regular scorer at state meets for the Rams, though she couldn’t crack the 1A dominance of west sider Maddie Meyers. Still, her times were enough to elicit Division I interest from near (Eastern Washington) and far.

But even with an attractive athletic and academic aid package – Mildes is a 4.0 student – even near was too far.

“I’m just really tight with my family and wanted to live at home,” said Mildes, who was home schooled. “My sister (Rebecca) is one of my best friends, and I wanted to be able to see them on a daily basis, and I wouldn’t have been able to moving to Cheney.

“I’m a homebody, that’s for sure.”

Even after Mildes reached out to CCS, McLachlan still had his doubts. She didn’t commit until June, and he remembers her “talking to her mom the whole time” in their face-to-face visit.

“We’ve drawn her out slowly,” he said, “but that’s just her personality.”

Maybe she just saves her breaking away for the track. Mildes won the NWAACC cross country title by 40 seconds her freshman year, burying the field with a full sprint a mile-and-a-half into the race. But then she turned up with a stress fracture moving into the winter – she’d run her last season of high school track with one, too – so McLachlan moved a significant amount of her training to the swimming pool and stationary bike. The results were so good that cross training has remained in the recipe.

“She has the ability to just push herself constantly in everything she does and she’d probably run herself into the ground,” he said. “But it’s also added another dimension. The biking has changed her stride – she’s much more powerful.”

And maybe ready to stretch out a little. Next year she’ll run at Gonzaga University, where her swift 10K is already 15 seconds under the school record. Yes, it’s a couple miles closer than the Falls, but she’s moving into town nearer to campus.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that her sister is coming to run for CCS next year. You can be a homebody in more places than one.

NWAACC Hall of Fame member Rick Adelman announces retirement

Rick Adelman coached basketball at Chemeketa Community College for six years (141-39 record) winning or sharing three OCCAA championships and one Region 18 title.

Rick Adelman retires with over 1,000 wins.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has decided to retire after 23 seasons in the NBA. He will continue working for the franchise in a consulting role, the team announced.

The decision brings to an end to a celebrated coaching career that includes 1,042 victories, eighth on the NBA’s career list. Adelman coached Western Conference powers in Portland and Sacramento and also had stops in Golden State and Houston. He just completed the third season of a four-year deal with Minnesota that he signed in 2011. There was a mutual option for the final year of the deal.

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"I think it’s time for me to step aside," Adelman said. "When I came here, we really tried to see if we could turn some things around and we made some strides. Not as much as we would have liked, but I think it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else come in with this group. We’re not that far away.

"I really enjoyed my time here. I thank [owner] Glen [Taylor] so much. He’s the best owner I’ve ever been around. Not only as an owner, but as a person and everything. It’s been an enjoyable experience, but I’m ready and my wife’s ready to move on to another phase. We’re looking forward to that."

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Job announcement: Head Coach Men’s Soccer – South Puget Sound CC

South Puget Sound Community College is recruiting for the position of Head Coach for Intercollegiate Men’s Soccer. This position is reports to the Director of Athletics. Applicants must submit a South Puget Sound Community College employment application, a letter of interest and resume detailing educational background and coaching experience, along with a list of at least three professional references with names and relevant contact information.

For more information, contact SPSCC Athletic Director Pam Charpentier, PCharpentier@spscc.edu

See full employment description and application process.

Job announcement: Head Coach Women’s Soccer – Edmonds CC

POSITION DESCRIPTION:   The head coach will be member of the Athletic Department at Edmonds Community College.  Responsibilities will include:  recruiting academically and athletically eligible athletes; assisting in the development of schedules, travel arrangements, and necessary arrangements for home contests; assisting with preparation of the ASEdCC budget request; operating program within budget limits; inventory and maintenance of all sports equipment and uniforms; field maintenance as needed; following proper purchasing procedures as required by the State of Washington and described by the college business office; driving college vans to games; organizing camps and clinics; fundraising for program; running team study hall; initializing grade checks and ensuring academic progress for student-athletes.  Questions regarding the position can be directed to Jorge de la Torre, Athletic Director, (425) 640-1233.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

·         High school, college, or related coaching experience.

·         Knowledge of the sport.

PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT:   Work is typically performed on the playing field/indoor facility.  Duties require standing/walking for long periods of time, the ability to demonstrate techniques associated with the sport, and lifting materials in excess of 25 pounds.  The ability to communicate clearly is essential.  Personal transportation is needed to travel to meetings and for scouting talent.  This position also requires driving a college van to games.

 COMPENSATION:   Yearly coaching stipend of $5,500-$6,500.

 APPLICATION PROCEDURES:   Applicants should submit a letter of application speaking directly to the required qualifications, a college application form, and a resume which also lists two current references to the Athletic Director, Jorge de la Torre. jorge.delatorre@email.edcc.edu   

Spokane sophomore Jessica Mildes breaks the JC National 10 K Record

Jessica MildesJessica Mildes, a sophomore XC and track distance runner added to her
school and NWAACC record breaking resume by setting a new JC national record with a time 34:29.36 at the Mt Sac Relays. The previous record was 34:34.10 held by Rose Tanui (Central Arizona CC/Texas Tech University).

Mildes other accomplishments include: 2 time NWAACC XC champ, 2 time Baden
XC Athelete of the Year and current NWAACC Championship Event 5k record older (17:06) as well as NWAACC record holder in the 5k (16:47) and now the National record holder in the
10k.

Mildles also excells in the classroom holding a perfect 4.0 GPA.

This is a remarkable accomplishment to break a national record!

Results Mt. Sac Relays: http://www.mtsacrelays.com/results14.html

Former Bellevue head coach Cheryl Sorenson replaces Sollars at University of Portland

Cheryl Sorenson–Release courtesy of the University of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cheryl Sorenson, a Portland native who has spent the past three years on The Bluff as an assistant coach, has been named head coach of the University of Portland women’s basketball program. Sorenson replaces long-time head coach Jim Sollars, who retired after 28 years at the helm of the Pilots. She is the fifth head coach in the program’s 34-year history.

“We’re very excited to have Cheryl become the next head women’s basketball coach at the University of Portland,” Athletic Director Scott Leykam said. “She was among our short list of candidates from the very start of this process. Cheryl has received other coaching offers during her time at UP, and we’ve been fortunate to keep her on the staff through those searches. We knew she would be a Division I head coach soon and are happy that it is going to happen right here on The Bluff.”

Sorenson, who attended Clackamas High School and played collegiately at the University of Washington, has assisted in every aspect of the Portland program the past three years, including managing Portland’s defense, directing the development of the post players and assisting with recruiting.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director Scott Leykam, University President Fr. Bill Beauchamp, President-elect Fr. Mark Poorman, and the search committee for this great opportunity,” Sorenson said. “I am honored to be the next head coach at the University of Portland. UP offers a product that is invaluable as far as quality of education, growth and leadership possibilities, and opportunities to compete for championships. We want to be locally active in both recruiting and community involvement and develop lasting relationships. I think fans will be excited about the product we put on the court. We will be easy to root for and fun to watch.”

Sorenson replaces coach Sollars (a former Wenatchee Valley College head coach), who compiled nearly 400 wins with the Pilots and won 565 games overall as a collegiate head coach. Sollars was a five-time WCC Coach of the Year and he led the Pilots to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments during the mid-1990’s.

“Coach Sollars built a tradition of pride and excellence during his 28 years at the helm and I am excited to be in position to continue that growth,” added Sorenson. “Portland has been my home for the majority of my life so I am thrilled to be starting the next chapter of my life here.”

"Today starts a new era for University of Portland women’s basketball, but we’re forever thankful for what Jim Sollars did in his 28 years as head coach at UP,” said Leykam. “His impact on the women’s basketball program, Athletic Department and University will be felt for years to come."

The future is bright for the UP program as the Pilots return most of their roster from the 2013-14 season, including leading scorers Cassandra Brown (14.1 ppg), Jasmine Wooton (13.1 ppg) and Kari Luttinen (12.9 ppg). Both Brown and Wooton garnered All-WCC recognition this season.

“We have a strong group of returning players that have us positioned us to be successful right away,” Sorenson noted. “The veterans have had some success, but I think they were disappointed with how last year ended and I know that they’re hungry and eager to win more than ever. I think we have the players here that can build the culture and provide the leadership to make us consistent winners. I want my personality to show in how we play:  tough, gritty and hard-working. We will practice hard and be aggressive on the court.”

“I think the whole team is very excited to have coach Cheryl as our new head coach,” said Luttinen. “She has a lot of experience coaching and she knows our team very well. I think that she will be able to bring a lot of future success to our program.”

Sorenson was hired as an assistant coach at Portland during the summer of 2011 after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach at Eastern Washington University. Sorenson was EWU’s recruiting coordinator and she helped lead the Eagles to the 2010 Big Sky regular season title. Under her tutelage, Eastern Washington forward Julie Piper became the first player in school history to be named the Big Sky Most Valuable Player, while guard Brianne Ryan landed on the all-conference first team.

Prior to landing with the Eagles, Sorenson served as the head coach of the women’s team at Bellevue Community College (Wash.) for three seasons (2005-07). After winning just four games her first year, Sorenson led the Bulldogs to 22 wins the next season and to an impressive 26-5 record in 2007. Sorenson was named the NWAACC North Division’s Coach of the Year after the remarkable turnaround.

Before BCC, Sorenson served as the head coach of the girls’ team at Eastside Catholic High School, also located in Bellevue.

Sorenson graduated from Washington in 2003 with degrees in both communications and psychology. She was a wing for the Huskies and she was a team captain during her junior and senior campaigns. Sorenson helped lead UW to two NCAA Tournaments, including the 2001 Regional Final, and a pair of WNIT berths. She garnered Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention accolades during her final season at the school.

Sorenson earned multiple All-America honors at Clackamas High School, while landing on the all-state first team and all-state tournament team two years in a row. Sorenson finished her prep career with 1,968 career points and she led the state of Oregon (24.8 ppg) in scoring during her junior campaign.

Sorenson becomes the third new head coach added to the West Coast Conference this off-season.

“The addition of Cheryl here at the University of Portland, combined with the recent hires at Gonzaga and Santa Clara, shows that the WCC is becoming a great conference for developing women’s basketball coaches,” said Leykam. “Cheryl brings a strong reputation from both her playing career at Washington and her ability to excel as a recruiter and motivator in her past experiences as both a Division I assistant coach and junior college head coach.”

“The WCC is deeper and more talented than ever,” Sorenson said about the league, which sent five teams to the postseason last year. “I am excited to be able to grow with a lot of other young coaches in this conference, while competing against some savvy veteran staffs that have had great success. You can’t take days off in this conference and our goal is to be a postseason team. I think reaching the postseason should be an expectation for our program.”

Edmonds alum Shaquielle McKissic granted an additional year of eligibility at Arizona State University

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(Photo: Scotty Bara/WCSN)

Shaquielle McKissic will be a Sun Devil for one more season.

Team officials have confirmed that the tweet is true.

Sendek explained to the media Wednesday morning that Arizona State had submitted a waiver to the NCAA requesting another year of eligibility for McKissic. Each player in the NCAA has five years to play four and because of various personal issues McKissic has faced during his collegiate career he is being granted that sixth year of eligibility.

McKissic’s return is something to be celebrated with the recent mass exodus of players from Tempe because of graduation, draft declaration, and transfers.

If McKissic had not been granted another year the Sun Devils would be missing 74 percent of the team’s played minutes and 79 percent of its points from last season.

With McKissic back those numbers drop to a loss of just 60 percent of the minutes and 67 percent of the team’s points.

Although those numbers are still high, McKissic’s importance goes beyond the box score.

The shooting guard provides the team with an athletic player that will have another year to grow in an offense that Sendek said he wants to make even faster.

McKissic’s ability to get tough buckets when he drives into the lane as well as hit the corner and wing three partially answer the question of where this team is going to get its offense from next season.

Jahii Carson may be entering the draft. However, so are Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson and Kyle Anderson.

Today, McKissic returns and that is the only news the Sun Devils will dwell on going forward.

You can reach this reporter via email @caneely@asu.edu or on Twitter @CammeronNeely

Clark’s Collin Spickerman and North Idaho’s Braxton Tucker sign with Portland State University

Big man Collin Spickerman will join the Vikings in 2014-15.

By Mike Lund – Source Article

Portland State basketball coach Tyler Geving has announced the signing of two student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2014-15 season. The Vikings have added a pair of forwards in Collin Spickerman of Clark College and Braxton Tucker from North Idaho College.

Spickerman, a native of Portland who prepped at Jesuit High School, was the NWAACC West Region Most Valuable Player in 2013-14. The 6-8 forward was also named to the league’s All-Defensive team while leading Clark to a 27-2 overall record. 

Spickerman averaged 17.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game for the Penguins. He shot .542 from the field and .722 at the free throw line. Spickerman spent his freshman season at Alaska Anchorage in 2012-13.

"With the loss of Kyle Richardson we needed to find someone who could replace him inside and Collin is that man," said Geving. "He brings something we are trying to add to our team, which is rebounding and defending the glass. We think Collin can step right in as a rebounder and be an offensive threat for us. His best attribute is his ability to block shots. He has great timing for a 6-foot-8 guy, he moves his feet well and can protect the rim for us. 

"The other good thing is he comes from a great high school program in Jesuit. He was well-coached there, is a local kid and I am really impressed with his understanding of the game."

Braxton Tucker played his freshman season at North Idaho where he earned second team All-Region 18 honors for a 21-10 team. The 6-6, 220-pound Tucker averaged 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds this past season. He shot .530 from the field and .638 at the line.

Originally from Tacoma’s Spanaway Lake High School, Tucker will be a sophomore when he joins the Vikings in the fall.

"One thing we like about Braxton is that we are getting a junior college guy that we can have for three years here at PSU. When you have someone for that long it makes a difference in his development and contributions to the program. 

"Braxton is another guy that is a great athlete. The biggest thing he adds for us is his ability to rebound and defend bigger guys inside. He fills a need of adding more size and depth to our front line."

Spickerman and Tucker join a Viking squad that went 17-15 in this past season. The Vikings reached the Big Sky Conference semifinals and were selected to participate in the CollegeInsider.com Post-season Tournament. 

The Vikings have nine returning letterwinners, three returning starters and also have three redshirts returning in 2014-15. Geving expects to sign two more student-athletes this spring.

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES – April 16, 2014
Collin Spickerman, JR, F, 6-8, 210, Portland, OR (Jesuit HS/Clark College)
Braxton Tucker, SO, F, 6-6, 220, Tacoma, WA (Spanaway Lake/North Idaho JC)

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