NWAC – Under Armour Volleyball Coaches Poll – Sept 19


SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Clark 2-0, 17-1 76 (7)
2. Linn-Benton 2-0, 17-4 50
3. North Idaho 1-0, 11-5 44 (1)
4. Spokane 1-0, 17-3 39
5. Bellevue 0-0, 17-10 38
6. Lower Columbia 0-0, 11-5 24
7. Walla Walla 0-0, 15-10 15
8. Chemeketa 1-1, 7-4 8
Also receiving votes: Columbia Basin 6, Mt. Hood 4, Edmonds 3, Pierce 3, Centralia 2


NWAC – Under Armour Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll – Sept 19


SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Record (Region, Overall)
1t. Highline 3-0-0, 6-0-0 72 (4)
1t. Peninsula 3-0-0, 6-0-0 72 (4)
3. Walla Walla 3-0-0, 7-0-1 39
4. Spokane 2-0-1, 4-2-1 36
5. Clark 3-0-0, 4-2-0 33
6. Whatcom 2-1-0, 5-1-0 23
7. Tacoma 2-0-1, 4-3-1 15
8. North Idaho 2-0-0, 4-2-0 14
Also receiving votes: Columbia Basin 3, Lane 3, Yakima Valley 2

Next Poll: OCT 6

NWAC – Under Armour Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll – Sept 19


SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Highline 3-0-0, 6-0-0 70 (5)
2. Whatcom 3-0-0, 6-0-1 60 (2)
3. Columbia Basin 3-0-0, 5-0-0 51
4. Spokane 1-0-0, 4-1-1 47 (1)
5. Peninsula 2-0-1, 4-1-1 36
6. Walla Walla 2-1-05-2-0 20
7. Tacoma 1-1-0, 5-3-0 13
8. Portland 0-0-0, 2-1-0 8  
Also receiving votes: Clark 6, S. Puget Sound 1

Next Poll: OCT 6

Under Armour Volleyball Player of the Week & NWAC Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 3

Autumn Durand Under Armour Player of the WeekClick to enlarge image


Onalaska High School – Onalaska, WA.

In 25 sets last week, Durand had a blistering 116 kills on a 46% kill efficiency to go with 20 solo blocks and 50 digs. She also had 8 aces on a 90% serve average and a 2.06 serve-receive on 114 attempts.

"Autumn lead our team this week to the Clackamas Tournament Championship, she was named Tournament MVP. She is a great competitor and has pushed her teammates to play at the highest level capable."

NWAC Players of the Week photo collageClick to enlarge image

NWAC Players of the Week – Week 3
Offensive:   Autumn Durand, Centralia
Setter:         Peyton Timmons, Centralia
Defensive:  Carly Davis , Yakima Valley

Regional Players of the Week – Week 3
Offensive:    Karly Richardson, Skagit Valley
Setter:          Megan Rogers/Railey Hoist, Bellevue
Defensive:    Erika Weber, Bellevue

Offensive:   Joelle Mahowald, Spokane
Setter:         Kendall Collins, Spokane
Defensive:  Carly Davis , Yakima Valley

Offensive:   Autumn Durand, Centralia
Setter:         Peyton Timmons, Centralia
Defensive:   Jayde Jenkins, Grays Harbor

Offensive:    Deeann Schaal, Clackamas
Setter:          Montanna Gubrud, Linn-Benton
Defensive:   Kyrie Keffer, Umpqua

Under Armour Men’s Soccer Player of the Week – Week 3

Under Armour Player of the Week graphic of Rusty Crowder Click to enlarge image


Rusty Crowder, Mililani High School/Mililani, HI., is an impact player in an Orca defense that has only allowed three goals in five matches this season. He is third in the league in goals allowed average with a 0.5 average.

Crowder GK was named WCC’s Sportsclip MVP for Saturday’s Game against Skagit Valley where the Orcas shutout the Cardinals. On Wednesday he held the NCAA Division 1 University of British Columbia UBC Thunderbirds to just a single goal in a 1-1 draw.

Under Armour Women’s Soccer Player of the Week – Week 3

Under Armour Player of the Week graphic of Gabrielle Nicodemus Click to enlarge image


Gabrielle Nicodemus, Mead High School/Spokane, WA., is a key component in the Yak defense that has only allowed 2 goals in three matches this season.

YVC head coach Drollinger commented, "Gabby anchors the Yak’s the defensive line.  She is an extremely smart and tenacious player, helping her defensive line hold opposing teams to only two goals so far this season.  She has a way of break up an attack before it happens and reads the plays well even before they develop.  She is a physical player, but she also a great team leader and has brought a level of professionalism and poise to the team.  We are excited to have her and continue to expect great things as she develops this season."

Mt. Hood alum Taylor Williams makes MLB debut with Milwaukee Brewers

Photo of Taylor Williams in Milwaukee Brewers uniform

Taylor Williams can now call himself a major leaguer.

The 26-year-old graduate of Camas High School made his debut for the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. The right-handed pitcher retired both batters he faced in the eighth inning of a 7-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

“It would have been nice to be involved in a win, especially how close the race is now,” Williams told Brewers.com. “But it was good to get out there, get my feet wet and really be in control of my nerves.”

It has been a long road to the majors for Williams. He was a top-15 prospect in the Brewers system upon being drafted from Kent State in 2013.

He also played the 2012 season at Mt. Hood Community College where he posted a 6-1 record with a team high 52 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.68. Williams, The Southern Region MVP, helped lead the Saints to the Region title and an appearance in the NWAACC Championship game. He was an All-NWAACC selection as a utility player and earned ABCA Pacific Divison third team honors as a pitcer.

He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. This season, he appeared in 22 games for the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, posting a 3.09 ERA and striking out 57 in 46.2 innings.

Collegiate Sports Management Group Partners with the Northwest Athletic Conference

NWAC & Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG) Logos

New York, NYCollegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG) has entered into a multi-year marketing partnership agreement with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). This partnership gives CSMG external exclusivity for managing and packaging the marketing, media and sponsorship rights and assets of the NWAC. The goals are to monetize all asset categories and generate incremental revenue for the conference, as well as enhance exposure for the athletic programs in the NWAC.

Marco Azurdia, Executive Director of the conference, announced, “We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with CSMG as we seek to increase recognition for the community colleges in our conference both regionally and nationally. This new agreement will allow us to further support our student-athletes on the field, in the classroom, and to help them compete at the highest level in the conference for years to come. This partnership is unique to community colleges and we are excited to be the first to enter into such a groundbreaking agreement.”

“We are pleased to be associated with the Northwest Athletic Conference and continue our coast-to-coast reach in the Pacific Northwest,” said Michael Schreck, CEO of Collegiate Sports Management Group. “The NWAC offers our sponsors and partners a broad range of rich assets, and we look forward to helping them build a revenue base regionally, as well as a national profile for their academics and athletics programs.”

About Northwest Athletic Conference
The Northwest Athletic Conference is the athletic governing body for thirty-six (36) community college located in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia competing in 10 men’s and women’s sports for 15 championships during the Fall, Winter, and Spring of the academic school calendar. The NWAC promotes the three ideals of Character, Competition, and Community.

About Collegiate Sports Management Group
CSMG is a “College Properties Group” that drives the business performance of collegiate athletic conferences and schools, providing them with a successful growth strategy, and generating revenue to support their athletic departments and initiatives. CSMG specializes in Marketing Rights/Revenue Generation, Content Creation and Distribution, Media Rights Strategy and Negotiation, and Sponsorship Sales.

Big Bend Community College names Michael Garoutte as Head Softball Coach

Spokane Tourney GraphicBBCC is pleased to announce Michael Garoutte as their new Head Softball Coach.  Michael comes to Big Bend with a great amount of experience and success.  Last season his Wenatchee Valley Team won the NWAC Championship, earning him NWAC Coach of the Year honors. 

Prior to WVC he coached 15 years at the 4-year level.  Michael also has successful coaching experience at several high school programs in Washington and Arizona.

Michael has a M.S. in exercise science and B.S. in biology education, both from Central Washington University.

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