Weekend Tournament Summary and All-Tourney Teams

Raider Holiday Tournament
LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Lane wins their fifth Raider Holiday championship in 6 years, defeating Peninsula 77-68. Jacia Jointer went 3-6 from the arc, compiling 21 points.   Jordan Kimbrough puts up 23 points and 10 boards.

Columbia Basin tops Clackamas 82-80 for 3rd.  Marissa Caballero puts up 18 points, adding 5 steals.

Wenatchee Valley defeats Tacoma for 4th 81-45.   Lacie Kamper & Jillian Jacobs both score 14.

All-Tournament Team
(MVP) Jordan Kimbrough – Lane
Marissa Caballero – Columbia Basin
Cassidy Edwards – Clackamas
Jacia Jointer – Lane
Lacie Kamper – Wenatchee Valley
Imani Smith – Peninsula

Everett Classic
EVERETT, WASH. – Spokane leads the whole way, defeating the Northwest Indian College 77-46 to win the Everett Classic.  Gese Gruber puts up 21 points and grabs 7 boards for the Bigfoot. 

Bellevue tops the host Everett 74-55 for 3rd.  Hunter Hopkins puts up 20 points and 7 boards for the Bulldogs. 

Lower Columbia defeats Olympic 60-37 for 4th.  Kaylea Know & Sierra Richards put up 13 apiece for the Red Devils.

All Tournament Team:
(MVP) Khadija Neumeyer – Spokane
Jazmin Gordon – Olympic
Gese Gruber – Spokane
Mikayla Jones – Bellevue
Kali Long – Everett
Jasmine Montgomery-Reid – Northwest Indian 
Jolene Nagy – Northwest Indian 
Sierra Richards – Lower Columbia

Dale Bates Tournament
EUGENE, ORE. – South Puget Sound defeats 80-76 to win the Dale Bates Tournament.  The game was tied with roughly 2:40 left in the game before the Clippers made 6 free throws  to seal the game. Elijah Sanders scores 20 and grabs 11 boards. Kyle De’Ron puts up 17 and 7 boards.

Grays Harbor tops New Hope for 3rd 113-91.   KC Harrison puts up 26 in the win.  Lower Columbia defeats Umpqua 82-67 for 4th.  Michael Dupree and Jamie Ford put up 17 apiece.

All-Tournament Team
(MVP) Elijah Sanders, South Puget Sound
De’Ron Kyle, South Puget Sound
Cameron Ladson, Grays Harbor 
Carlos Mcleod, New Hope 
Race Martin, Spokane 

Bulldog Classic
BELLEVUE, WASH.  – Bellevue wins their own tournament, defeating Highline 68-61.  Dominique Jordan scores 20 while teammate Anthony McLaughlin puts up 14 and grabs 8 boards.

Mike Gregory hits a field goal in the waning seconds of the game to push Portland past Walla Walla in the 3rd place game.  Gregory finishes with 17. Easton Driessen hits a field goal with 59 seconds left to push Wenatchee Valley past Chemeketa f69-68 for 4th. 

All-Tournament team: 
(MVP) Dominique Jordan, Bellevue  
Tay Arigbon, Portland
Easton Driessen, Wenatchee Valley
Doug McDaniel, Highline
Anthony McLaughlin, Bellevue
Satchel Schetzle, Walla Walla

Job announcement: Head Men’s Soccer Coach – Peninsula College

Head Coach Men’s Soccer

Peninsula College is recruiting to fill a benefit-eligible Head Coach/Instructor position.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to lead a competitive collegiate soccer program that emphasizes high academic standards.  The nationally-ranked Pirates have won three out of the last five NWAC championships and six straight West Division titles. Duties of the position will include substantial teaching responsibilities based on the selected candidate’s educational qualifications.  Additional information and application procedures are available at: http://www.pencol.edu/aboutpc/employment

NWAC Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll – Dec 11

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Initial Poll – December 11, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Spokane 0-0, 6-2 70 (4)
2. Bellevue 0-0, 6-1 63 (4)
3 Clark 0-0, 3-1 36
4. Highline 0-0, 4-1 32
5. Skagit Valley 0-0, 5-2 28
6. Wenatchee Valley 0-0, 5-1 25
7t. Chemeketa 0-0, 3-2 20
7t. Lower Columbia 0-0, 4-2 20
Also receiving votes: Big Bend 6, Umpqua 6, Olympic 3, Green River 2, Everett 1

NWAC Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll – Dec 11

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Initial Poll – December 11, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Umpqua 0-0, 5-1 76 (6)
2. Lane 0-0, 5-1 53
3 Clackamas 0-0, 5-1 52 (2)
4. Centralia 0-0, 4-1 33
5. Peninsula 0-0, 3-1 25
6. Olympic 0-0, 5-1 18
7. Lower Columbia 0-0, 2-2 16
8. Columbia Basin 0-0, 2-3 15
Also receiving votes: SW Oregon 10, Wenatchee Valley 6, Clark 2, Treasure Valley 2, Everett 1, Walla Walla 1

Job announcement – Head Volleyball Coach – Pierce College

Closing Date/Time: 12/23/14 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Pierce College is accepting applications for the position of Head Coach for Women’s Volleyball. This position reports to the Director of Athletics for the Pierce College District and works with campus departments, and athletic commissioners to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) in areas including, but not limited to; preparing student-athletes for competition, recruiting, letters of intent, eligibility, scheduling and travel, and preparing student-athletes for competition.

The salary for this position is a starting annual stipend of $7,000.

View details and application process

Weekend recap of basketball tournaments & all-tourney teams

Bulldog Classic

BELLEVUE, WASH. – In a championship clash that was tied at half, Umpqua out-scored Lane to win the title 69-63.  The Riverhawks were lead by tourney MVP Ashli Payne, who posted 35 points and 10 boards.  Sawyer Kluge had 16 points, 7 boards.  Umpqua was nearly perfect from the charity strip, going 11-12.  The ‘Hawks also outmuscled the Titans on the boards, 41-33.

In the 3rd place game, the host Bellevue topped Skagit Valley 64-51 while Everett defeated Big Bend 75-56 for 4th.

All Tournament Team
MVP- Ashli Payne, Umpqua
Sydney Brown, Skagit Valley
Mikayla Jones, Bellevue
Jordan Kimbrough, Lane
Sawyer Kluge, Umpqua
Kelsy Rasmussen, Everett

Bigfoot Classic

SPOKANE, WASH.  – North Idaho survived a second-half rally by Spokane to win the Bigfoot Classic Championship this weekend.  The Cardinals took a 44-28 lead into the locker room at half.  The second half saw Spokane shooting 53% including 8-16 from the arc to outscore North Idaho 52-40.  However, the Cardinals survived, winning 84-80 for the title.  Kyle Guice posted 18 points, 6 boards.  Fuquan Niles has 7 points, 12 boards.

Green River topped Yakima Valley 83-70 to claim 4th while Big Bend defeated Everett 73-67 for 3rd. 

All-Tournament Team
MVP – Jordan King, North Idaho
Kyle Guice, North Idaho
Race Martin, Spokane
Dean Richey, Spokane
Dijuan Piper, North Idaho
Bernard Sanders, Green River
Donavin Wright, Big Bend

Blue Mountain’s Linke named Baden 2014 Volleyball Athlete of the Year

Sierra Linke

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.

Joward Basketball Power Rankings returns for 2014-15 season

Joward NWAC basketball power rankings are back for its fourth season! Here’s how Mr. Joward sees the 2014-15 season shaping up:

Men’s Basketball

I make the preseason speech every year: This first set of rankings is more of a starting place than anything else, and things are likely to be completely upside down by the end of the year. However, the eventual league champion has been ranked in every initial set of rankings since the system’s inception. Example: In the first-ever set of rankings, Tacoma was ranked 6th. They won a title that year. The next season, Chemeketa was ranked first initially and finished as champions. Last season, there was one set of rankings that had Portland ranked sixth before they came in as a cinderella team and won it all. Just food for thought.

Also edible: Only two currently ranked teams actually placed at last years tournament: Clark and Chemeketa. Three ranked teams didn’t make the tournament at all in 2014.

In other housekeeping news, the NWAACC has rebranded to become the Northwest Athletic Conference, or NWAC. They have a fancy new logo to go along with the new acronym, both of which I like. It’s slick, it’s shiny and it looks like a preview of the future for the league. Two questions for you higher-uppers: When will the championships move into a smaller, more-appropriate and less expensive venue, and when will the championships move to a larger metro area like Portland or Seattle?

And with that, chomp away. The NWAC season is in full swing. The next set of rankings will publish on Dec. 21 as a preview for the holiday tournaments.

#1. Spokane
#2. Bellevue

See who else made the Joward top 8 NWAC men’s teams and read more about his picks and in-depth analysis here.

Women’s Basketball

There’s been a bit of a shakeup in NWAC womens’ basketball for this season, and the most fascinating thing will be to watch how it affects the balance of power — especially for the Eastern Region. Cheryl Holden, head coach of the dominant and defending-champion Columbia Basin Hawks, announced her retirement in June due to health reasons. Former Blue Mountain head coach Christy Martin, who had turned the Timberwolves into an Eastern Region contender, was hired at Tacoma CC in October. There are still several perennial powerhouses in the east, but it definitely opens a door for a few new faces to join the discussion.

#1. Umpqua
#2. Olympic

See who else made the Joward top 8 NWAC women’s teams and read more about his picks and in-depth analysis here.

The JOWARD Power Rankings are just the opinion of one man. His ranking are posted on the NWAC website for review. Joward’s ranking and comments are his alone and is in no way the view or opinions of the NWAC or NWAC Sponsors.

Carlson steps down as Raider Volleyball coach

022210_carlson[1]Raider Head Volleyball Coach, Doug Carlson, has announced his decision to step down as the Head Coach of the Raider Volleyball program, effective immediately. 

Carlson, who  just completed his fifth season with the Raiders, cited his desire to spend more time with his wife and three teen-aged sons, for his decision to leave the program.

Under Carlson, the Raiders compiled an overall record of 80 wins and 100 losses.  His 2012 squad qualified for the NWAACC Volleyball Championship Tournament in 2012, when the Raiders finished the regular season with and 8-4 record (21-17 overall), good for Third Place in the West.  

Carlson’s .444 winning percentage makes him the third most successful coach in program history.  In his five seasons, he coached six West Region All-Stars, with six of his players earning All-Academic recognition for their performance in the classroom.

“It’s been a great five-year run, and I’ve enjoyed my time working with the young women in our program,” Carlson said.  “I’ll miss the daily practices, and the process of building the team each season.  Coaching at this level is a special privilege, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity.”

Head Coach Doug Carlson making adjustments during a timeout.
Head Coach Doug Carlson making adjustments during a timeout.

Carlson will continue in his position as the Facility Operations Manager for the Health Education Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

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