Pierce alum Jorden Steele named Midwest Collegiate Conference Softball Player of the Week

Jorden Steele
Jorden Steele is on fire, upping her batting average from .192 in late March to .327.

Oskaloosa–Jorden Steele (Jr., Tacoma, Wash., /Pierce College) is the most recent player to produce big numbers at the plate and she was recognized for that success by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference Softball Player of the Week Monday.

Steele, who received her first weekly accolade, helped William Penn (24-13, 10-4 MCC) to a 4-2 week as she hit .571 (8-for-14).

The junior had two home runs, nine RBIs, and four runs scored in addition to also walking four times.  She had a hit in five of the Statesmen’s six contests and highlighted her week by going 2-for-2 (one home run, one walk) with four RBIs and one run scored against Roosevelt (Ill.) on Saturday.

For the year, Steele is hitting .327 with seven doubles, one triple, four home runs, 23 RBIs, and 22 runs scored.  She also leads the team with eight sacrifice hits.  Since sitting at a .192 batting clip on March 28, the junior has posted hits in 14 of WPU’s last 18 games (eight with at least two hits).

A season after posting just 12 home runs, Steele and her teammates have already produced 27 roundtrippers this spring which ranks sixth on the program’s all-time single-season list.

The award is the seventh for the program this spring (fourth player honor).

NWAACC Track & Field Athletes of the Week – April 11

Men’s Track – Apr 11

Aric WaldenAric Walden
Spokane, Sophomore

— Event: 110m Hurdles; Mark: 14.31, Event: 4x100m Relay; Mark: 42.30 at Sam Adams Classic
Nominators’ Comments:

  • "Aric’s 110m hurdle time is only 8 hundredths off the Spokane school record. He also ran the anchor leg of the first 4×100 relay of the season which leads the NWAACC."
  • "Very fast time." 

Men’s Field – Apr 11

Jayson BrocklesbyJayson Brocklesby
Olympic, Freshman

— Event: Decathlon; Mark: 5801 at WWU Decathlon
Nominator Comments:

  • "Competing in his first decathlon, Jayson won the WWU decathlon with a score of 5801."

Women’s Track – Apr 11

Courtney Andre Courtney Andre 
Mt. Hood, Freshman

— Event: 100m Hurdles; Mark: 16.18, Event: 400m Hurdles; Mark: 1:05.91, Event: 4x100m Relay; Mark: 50.18, Event: 4x400m Relay; Mark: 4:08.28 at UPS Shotwell Invitational
Nominator Comments:

  • "Courtney was solid in running in the 100h and 400h with PR’s and was a solid part of the 4×100 and 4×4 relays."

Whitney EcholsWhitney Echols 
Spokane, Freshman

— Event: 100m Hurdles; Mark: 15.16, Event: 200m; Mark: 26.19, Event: 4x100m Relay; Mark: 48.67 at Sam Adams Classic
Nominator Comments:

  • "In her first meet following an injury, Whitney placed second at Whitworth’s meet in both the sprint hurdles and 200m. She is now ranked second in both events as well as 4 x 100m relay."

Women’s Field – Apr 11

Jordyn Searle Jordyn Searle 
Clackamas, Freshman

— Event: 100m Hurdles; Mark: 12.69, Event: 200m; Mark: 26.95, Event: Long Jump; Mark: 18’4 1/2" at Jenn Boyman Invite
Nominator Comments:

  • "Solid long jump mark and won the 100."

Alaska Airlines Softball Coaches Poll- Apr 10

NWAACC - Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Softball Coaches Poll – April 10, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Mt. Hood 6-0, 21-1 78 (7) 1
2. Clackamas 6-0, 20-0 62 (1) 2
3. SW Oregon 2-4, 17-9 48 4
4. Wenatchee Valley 12-2, 18-3 33 3
5. Spokane 12-2, 15-9 29 6
6. Douglas 6-0, 11-1 26 NR
7. Bellevue 4-1, 13-8 16 5
8. Lower Columbia 2-4, 13-9 15 7t
Also receiving votes: Chemeketa 2, Walla Walla 2, Treasure Valley 1

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll- Apr 10

NWAACC - Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – April 10, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Tacoma 6-0, 21-1 72 (5) 2
2. Edmonds 7-1, 19-3 68 (2) 1
3. Treasure Valley 8-2, 17-5 47 (1) 7
4. Lower Columbia 5-1, 18-6 38 4
5. Bellevue 8-0, 13-13 23 NR
6. Columbia Basin 7-3, 16-4 22 6
7. Clark 5-3, 15-7 18 5
8. Walla Walla 6-4, 15-5 14 3
Also receiving votes: Lane 5, Pierce 3, Spokane 1, SW Oregon 1

Linn-Benton to re-establish baseball for the 2015 season

Linn-Benton Community College will re-establish its baseball program next spring with an emphasis on the ‘student’ in student athlete.

The decision to again field a baseball team by the spring of 2015 came after months of discussions and work with community members to create a program structure that fosters high completion rates among student athletes and generates significant involvement of the community in supporting the program.

A yet-to-be determined women’s sport will be added by the 2015-16 season to create gender equity among LBCC’s athletic programs. Currently, the college fields teams in women’s volleyball and men’s basketball.

“This plan, which uses athletics as a vehicle to promote student success and involvement, makes us very optimistic about the future of baseball and other sports at our college,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann.  “We’re excited and grateful for the opportunity this represents.”

The measurements chosen for baseball will guide other LBCC programs, both athletic and academic, as the college continues to strive for a 50 percent increase in its completion rate and increased community support and involvement, Hamann added.

The major elements of the plan to reintroduce LBCC baseball include:

  • A 50 percent college completion rate for athletes. LBCC’s current student success rate is about 22 percent, which combines the percentage of students who earn a degree or certificate or who transfer to a four-year institution – about average for Oregon community colleges.
  •  Significant numbers of local players. At least 40 percent of baseball players will be from LBCC’s service district or the district of a bordering community college. At least 80 percent will be from Oregon.
  • Better connections to the LBCC community. Athletes will be better connected to the LBCC community to ensure it has noticeable positive experience for all students, rather than just student athletes.

Community members who led the effort to develop the plan with LBCC and gather community support include Steve Carothers, LBCC alum and the owner of Relco Truss Manufactures, Dan Segel, also an alum and President of the Corvallis Knights Baseball Club, and Dick McClain, retired LBCC Athletic Director and a former Roadrunner baseball head coach. This group has already raised $40,000 to support the baseball team.

The decision to end LBCC baseball, women’s basketball and some longstanding education programs at the end of the 2013 school year was difficult and painful, Hamann said.  The college developed criteria that considered per student costs in programs relative to the college progression rates of those students to decide how to respond to a $2.9 million budget deficit.

“There were no programs we wanted to cut,” said Hamann. “The size of the deficit forced us to make excruciating choices.”

With significant community support, the plan for baseball’s return allows LBCC to re-establish a program with a long and rich history and creates opportunities for student athletes and the community. It also provides a framework for adding other programs to promote student completion as resources allow.

“I’m very proud of the direction we’ve set for ourselves with the help of our community,” Hamann said.

Delaney steps down as Edmonds Women’s Soccer Coach

Coach Jeanette Delaney

LYNNWOOD – Jeanette Delaney announced that she is stepping down as EdCC Women’s Soccer Head Coach in order to have more time to spend with her family. Though she will no longer be the coach at Edmonds, Delaney plans to stay connected to the game she loves.

“Looking forward, my main goal in stepping down is to be able to share the game with my kids in a way that wasn’t possible while I was coaching at the college,” Delaney said.” Now, I’ll be able to coach my son and not miss a single goal he scores.  My daughter is still a couple years out from U5, but I look forward to her first coach being female and being me.”

Coach Delaney guided the Edmonds CC women’s soccer team for nine seasons. She helped shaped the Tritons into a yearly contender in the NWAACC North, her squads reaching the postseason on four occasions.  

In 2013, Delaney led the Tritons to a 16-3-3 overall mark and a North Region title. Edmonds went on to win two postseason contests and finished as runners up in the NWAACC tournament. Delaney was selected as the NWAACC Coach of the Year at season’s end.

“I know separating from the program is the best decision I can make,” Delaney said. “However, there has been little comfort in redefining my role to my players.  I love soccer. I love coaching. I love using soccer to as a medium to teach about life and personal strength.”

Delaney reached out to her former players: “Thank you all so much for your individual and collaborative contributions to my career success. Special thanks to [assistant coaches] Kim Plumis and Allie Wirtala for giving so earnestly and selflessly to establish the bedrock on which we built this program. Your friendship and our shared love of the game kept me coming back season after season.”

Delaney is also the Director of Admissions and Recruitment and Interim Director of Testing at Edmonds CC, as well as the college’s Women’s Commissioner to the NWAACC. She will remain in those roles. 

"I understand and respect Jeanette’s decision," said athletic director Jorge de la Torre. "Coach Delaney has done a terrific job with the women’s soccer team for nine years. Her program’s focus has always been on the right things: student success, community service and on building a great team. I wish her the best of luck and thank her for all that she has done for Edmonds Community College women’s soccer."

Edmond’s 50-acre campus is located 20 miles north of Seattle in the city of Lynnwood, Washington. Some highlights include 28 computer labs, nine science labs, three eateries, two greenhouses, a digital recording studio, an art gallery, a theater, a child care center, a gym, Triton Field, a transit center, Rainier Place – an on-campus residence hall, and a university satellite center for Central Washington University.

EdCC soccer competes in the NWAACC North Region and plays on Triton Field, an all-weather, on-campus turf facility which is perhaps the finest in the league. A search for Delaney’s successor will begin immediately. If interested in the position, please contact Athletic Director Jorge de la Torre at jorge.delatorre@email.edcc.edu or at 425-640-1233. 

Clackamas alumn Tiffany Forbito earns Big West Field Athlete of the Week Honors

LONG BEACH – Junior Tiffany Forbito has been tabbed the Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced Wednesday morning.

Forbito (Oregon City HS/Clackamas CC) garnered Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week accolades for her performance in the javelin, where she established a personal-record 157-04.

She placed third overall to help the 49er women to a runner-up finish at the Cal-Nevada Championships. Forbito’s mark ranks first in the Big West by over nine feet. Her mark also places her at No. 14 in the West Region and No. 28 in the nation.

This is Forbito’s second weekly award in as many weeks of competition as she was also recognized on March 26 for her effort at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.

Job announcement: Shoreline Head Men’s Basketball Coach

The men’s varsity basketball coach reports to the Athletic Director.  S/he shall supervise the basketball program carried out under the auspices of the Academic Affairs area.  Such duties include, but are not limited to, teaching basketball skills, developing and enforcing training rules, recruiting within the rules and regulations of the conference, assisting in transportation of teams, assisting in schedule development, assisting in basketball equipment management, fundraising, monitoring academic achievement of student-athletes, market and promote the basketball program, and preparing and processing related paperwork.

The basketball season begins mid October and ends mid March.  Team recruitment continues throughout the year.

See full employment description and application process.

Turcott steps down as skipper of Shoreline Men’s Basketball

The Shoreline Community College Athletic Department has accepted the resignation of Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Greg Turcott.  Turcott has been the Men’s Head Basketball Coach for Shoreline Community College since 2010. 

His teams were known for their up-tempo style of play on offense and tenacious on-the-ball defense. His best season was 2011-12, when his team made it to the NWAACC Conference Championship Playoffs and placed 7th.    

We want to thank Coach Turcott for his dedication and commitment to the Shoreline Community College Men’s Basketball program and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Shoreline Community College Athletics Department will begin immediate recruitment for a replacement.

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