Cross Country Athletes of the Week – October 24

Men’s Cross Country

Matt Hommel Matt Hommel
Spokane, Freshman

— Event: 8 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 25:46 at Inland Empire Championship

Nominator Comments:

  • "Matt ran a tremendous race taking his PR from 26:38 to 25:46. He smashed his high school 3-mile and 5K records during the race as well."

Women’s Cross Country

Camille Shiflett Camille Shiflett
Olympic, Freshman

— Event: 6 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 22:44 at Emerald City Open

Nominators’ Comments:

  • "Camille was the top community college runner (11th place) in a meet that included many of the top D-1 and D-2 athletes in the northwest. Pretty good for a wife and mother of four who just took up running a little over two years ago."
  • "Fantastic time and was the top NWAC athlete in the race."

Pair of Spokane alumni preparing for the next level

The Spokane women’s basketball team finished fourth in the Eastern Region last season and ended up beating the number one seed from the north, Bellevue, in the first round of the NWAC tournament.  Spokane’s success was vastly attributed to the two sophomores who led the team in almost every statistical category.  Morgan Freeman, a 5’11” forward and Riley Holsinger a 5’10” guard both earned multiple awards throughout their two years at Spokane.  The ultimate reward came when both athletes were given an opportunity to continue their education at 4 year universities and continue playing basketball.

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman
Eastern Oregon University filled one of its recruiting spots with the 5’11” sophomore from Richard, WA.  Freeman averaged 7 ppg and 4.5 rpg as a freshman for the Sasquatch of Spokane. As a sophomore Freeman increased her points per game to 16 and her rebounds per game to 8.5.  She led the team in field goal percentage at 45% and shot a solid 76% from the free throw line.   

During the three games at the NWAC tournament Freeman shined.  She averaged 25 points per game and 14 rebound per game. 

Freeman will follow other Spokane Alumni to attend Eastern Oregon University such as Brooke Randall, Korrie Bourne and current assistant coach at Spokane Ashlee Munsey (Michelson).  Eastern Oregon was 23-10 last season.  Freeman was 2nd team all-league as a sophomore and 1st team all-defensive team.  At the NWAC tournament Freeman was awarded 2nd team all-tournament team and was named to the Sophomore All-Star team.

Riley HolsingerRiley Holsinger
Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA  filled one of its recruiting spots with the NWAC Baden Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, Riley Holsinger.  Her sophomore year she led the NWAC in scoring at 22 points per game and was in the top 20 in rebounding at 8 per game. 

She also was 10th in assists at 4.30 per game , 5th in steals at 3.00 per game, 5th in free throw percentage at 80%, and was 2nd in the league in blocks with 2.23 per game.  During her two years at Spokane she became the all-time scoring leader with  a two year total of 1,083 points.  She also holds the Spokane record for points in a season with 657 and is the school’s all-time leader in blocks, steals, and assists.

Vanguard was the Champions of the GSAC conference during the 2013-2014 season and were NAIA Division 1 champions in 2008.  Vanguard University has averaged more than 26 wins a season with fewer than 7 loses over the past 18 season.  Holsinger joins a string of Spokane Community College players from the men’s program (Preston Wynn, Deangelo Jones, and Kwinn Hanson) in Costa Mesa for this upcoming season.

Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 7

Jacy ViningOffensive:  Jacy Vining
Spokane, Sophomore, Outside Hitter

Coaches’ Comments: “Jacy is a dynamic leader each day, both on the court an din the classroom. Her energy is contagious on our team and she led the Sasquatch to a tough crossover championship win while earning MVP honors.”

Alexa TothSetter: Alexa Toth
Highline, Sophomore, Setter

Coaches’ Comments: “Alexa has come into her own as the starting setter for Highline. Her hard work and great questions that she asks are paying off for her. Alexa was voted to the Spokane Crossover All-Tourney Team.”

Sara PulaskiDefensive: Sara Pulaski
Bellevue, Sophomore, Libero

Coaches’ Comments: “Sara continues to improve each match and has become a vital leader for this team. She has developed a verbal communication with her teammates that is unmatched. Our hitters have been very successful lately due to her direction from the back row. “

Regional Players of the Week – Week 7

Offensive:  Colby Barnette – Olympic
Setter:  Dani Smullin – Bellevue
Defensive:  Sara Pulaski – Bellevue

Offensive:  Jacy Vining – Spokane
Setter:  Maci Beierle – Blue Mountain
Defensive:  Alexa Lindgren – Walla Walla

Offensive:  Jazmyn Boyd-Clark – Clark
Setter:  Alexa Toth – Highline
Defensive:  Sojo Channel – Tacoma

Offensive:  Hannah Olson – Clackamas
Setter:  Shea Lindsey – Setter
Defensive:  Paige Kelsey – Linn Benton

SPSCC athletic director Pam Charpentier resigns

By Meg Wochnick October 21, 2014 

For the first time in 13 years, South Puget Sound Community College will have a new leader in its athletic department.

The school confirmed the resignation of athletic director Pam Charpentier on Monday after serving in the post since 2001. Charpentier, who resigned citing personal reasons and moving onto opportunities on the east coast, had been at SPSCC since 1991 serving multiple roles inside and outside athletics.

The school named second-year men’s basketball coach Aaron Landon as interim athletic director, he confirmed.

SPSCC offers four varsity sports as a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) — men’s and women’s basketball, men’s soccer and softball — and three of those sports had coaching changes since 2013.

Pictures and Video from Sunday’s Ann Swanson Cup

Women’s medalist – Sam Saleba (top) and Men’s medalist – Chad Hall (bottom) stand aside NWAC Hall of Fame member Ann Swanson follwing their victories at the Ann Swanson Cup Sunday.

The Bellevue College golf program has been the gold standard golf program in the NWAC so far this season.  Both the men’s and women’s teams have won every fall tournament they have entered this fall. 

The Bulldogs won the NWAC fall league match at Avalon, followed by their win at the Bigfoot Invitational, and now they have triumphed at the Ann Swanson Cup (named for NWAC Hall of Fame member Ann Swanson).

Sam Saleba earned medalist honors at this year’s event at Trophy Lakes.  Sam has continually improved her tournament finishes throughout the fall.  Saleba finished 15th at the fall league match, followed by a 6th place finish at the Bigfoot Invitational.  Finally, the smiley Saleba, has finished on the podium.  Ann Swanson, herself, was on hand to congratulate Sam and the other winners of the event held annually in her honor.

Chad Hall of Bellevue College earned the medalist position for the men’s division.  This is Chad’s second medalist honors of the fall season.  Chad also won the fall league match guaranteeing him the top individual standing heading into the spring season.  Chad Hall is no newcomer to the NWAC golf scene.  He was awarded First Team All NWAC honors for his performance his freshman season.

Women’s Team champions Bellevue and Men’s Team Champions also from Bellevue College.

Weekend Volleyball Crossover summary and All-Tourney Teams

ABERDEEN, WASH. | Grays Harbor Crossover
Wenatchee Valley defeated Everett in a 5-set thriller to win the Grays Harbor Crossover 25-21, 20-25, 25-12, 26-28,15-8.  The Knights defeated Umpqua and Pierce on their way to the final, while the Trojans topped Shoreline and the Western Washington University VB Club.  
Mt. Hood defeated Shoreline for the consolation final.  The teams played a marathon first set, with the Saints finally taking the win 32-30.

All-Tournament Team
MVP Jordan Hunter, Wenatchee
Marshall Poischbeg, Everett
Tiffani Dhooghe, Grays Harbor
Devin Saucy, Mt. Hood
Helena Stout, Pierce
Malia Parilla, Shoreline
Terrain Misfeldt, Umpqua
Brooke Dalgleish, Western Washington VB Club

COOS BAY, ORE. | SW Oregon Crossover

The Clark Penguins win the SW Oregon Crossover, going a perfect 5-0 while winning 15 of 18 sets. Clark’s closest match up came from the host Lakers, who took the champs 5 sets: 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 25-12, 15-10.

Treasure Valley finishes second, going 4-1, followed by the hosts who finished 3-2.

All-Tournament Team
Jazmyn Boyd-Clark – Clark
MiKayla Kane – Treasure Valley
Myleah Musgrave- Yakima
Tiana Reynolds – Centralia
Jill Segalini – Whatcom
Alyssa Sprague- SWOCC

Final Standings:

  1. Clark 5-0
  2. Treasure Valley 4-1
  3. SW Oregon 3-2
  4. Whatcom 2-3

BELLEVUE, WASH. | Bellevue Crossover

Blue Mountain forces an ‘if’ game, defeating Olympic 25-22, 25-19, 25-18. The ‘if’ (extra set tie reaker) game was tight with Olympic defeating Blue Mountain 27-25 to take the championship.

Walla Walla defeated Bellevue 25-23, 20-25, 17-15 to take third. Linn-Benton topped Chemeketa 27-25, 20-25, 15-8 for 5th.

All-Tournament Team
MVP Colby Barnette – Olympic

Brylie Barnette – Olympic
Natasha Bogdanovic – Linn-Benton
Klaree Hobart – Blue Mountain
Hannah Hudson – Olympic
Sierra Linke – Blue Mountain
Breanna Mehilng – Walla Walla
Sam Odren – Blue Mountain
Dani Smullin – Bellevue
Ashlee Trane – Olympic
Kyley Watkins – Bellevue
Chantelle Zamora – Walla Walla

Final Standings:
1. Olympic
2. Blue Mountain
3. Walla Walla
4. Bellevue
5. Linn-Benton
6. Chemeketa

SPOKANE, WASH. | Spokane Dig Pink Crossover

Host Spokane takes the crown at their Dig Pink Crossover, defeating Clackamas 25-20, 25-18, 25-20. Spokane finished top of their pool yesterday and topped Tacoma on their way to the championship.

Tacoma defeated West rival Highline 25-16, 25-21 to win the consolation bracket.

All-Tournament Team
MVP: Jacy Vining – Spokane

Taylor Balkan – Clackamas
Brooke Bowers – Big Bend
Kiana Calles – Skagit Valley
Sojo Channel – Tacoma
Siera English – Spokane
Bre Gibbons – Clackamas
Hannah Olson – Clackamas
Carly Quick – Tacoma
Emily Russell – Spokane
Dani Tabor – Highline
Alexa Toth – Highline
Jenna Widman – Spokane

Final Standings:

  1. Spokane
  2. Clackamas
  3. Tacoma
  4. Highline

Clackamas alum Grant Sitton scorches the net for six treys in University of Victoria win

Sitton sizzles as Vikes drop Cascades in final home exhibition game

VICTORIA, B.C. – Third-year transfer Grant Sitton put up six three-pointers as the University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team dropped the Fraser Valley Cascades 71-58 in exhibition on Oct. 19 at McKinnon Gym. The Vikes have just three more pre-season games before their Canada West openers on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Victoria.

Fourth-year Marcus Tibbs came to life for Victoria finishing the afternoon with 20 points, while getting the crowd off their feet on some impressive solo efforts. Sitton came off the bench for 18 points and five rebounds, while Chris McLaughlin had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Fraser Valley travelled to the island with a short bench relying on seniors Kadeem Willis and Kevon Parchment, who both finished with 16 points and played all 40 minutes. The Cascades had a surge in the third quarter, out-scoring the Vikes 17-8, but couldn’t battle back from 14 turnovers and only eight offensive rebounds.
“We are definitely improved from a few weeks ago,” said Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach, who had a 1-2 record at the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament two weeks ago. “The first 25 minutes we played really well offensively. We shared the ball and moved the ball. We lost it a bit in the third quarter but at this point we are looking for small wins and we had different people step up and contribute today.”
Perimeter shooting was the difference in the opening quarter as the Vikes paced the visiting Cascades to a 27-20 score line after 10 minutes of play. Tibbs showed his versatility scoring from inside and from the perimeter, while third-year transfer Sitton made his presence felt going four-for-six from three-point land. The Cascades had seven early points from Willis but couldn’t keep up with the Vikes’ six three-pointers made.
In the second quarter the Vikes stretched their lead to 17. Tibbs started the home side on a good run putting in eight points in a row including an impressive bucket that came from a two fakes that were both in stride and beating three Cascades. Fraser Valley fifth year Willis continued to be a threat on the court and with the supporting cast of fellow veteran Parchment and third-year Nate Brown, the vistors were only out-scored 18-13 in the second.
Fraser Valley’s first-half opportunities were stymied by the solid rebounding and defensive efforts of Victoria, who had 18 defensive rebounds to Fraser Valley’s five. Entering half Victoria held a 45-33 lead after a buzzer-beating three-point shot from Sitton, his fifth of the night.
Following half time the Cascades found their energy as Willis drove the hoop unchallenged on numerous occasions in the third quarter. Parchment drained his second three of the night to cut the lead to three points at the end of the third quarter, while the Vikes mustered only eight points in that frame.
In the final stretch Victoria got back to their opening tempo, out-scoring Fraser Valley 18-8. Reiner Theil, last year’s Canada West Defensive Player of the Year, had two huge denial blocks to keep the momentum flowing. Sitton and Tibbs both hit from the perimeter, while rookie Junior Sesay showed flashes of the grit and determination the Vikes needed.
“Junior brought some really good energy to the floor tonight,” added Beaucamp about the rookie guard from Winnipeg, Man. “He brought a lot of toughness and was a real presence for us. It was great to see us getting contributions from different guys.”
In the fourth quarter the Vikes went on a 10-0 run before the Cascades finally scored through former Vike and now third-year Cascade Vijay Dhillon. Fraser Valley had their own 8-0 run but Victoria’s tough defence powered them to a 71-58 victory.
This is the final pre-season home game for Victoria before heading to Saskatchewan for three exhibition games in the Graham Shootout. The Vikes will play Nipissing, Grant MacEwan and Saskatchewan on Oct. 23-25. The Canada West regular season will open on Oct. 31 (8 p.m.) and Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) between Victoria and Regina. All regular season games will be broadcast live at
UFV: 20-13-17-8 : 58
UVIC: 27-18-8-18 : 71
UFV: Kadeem Willis (16), Kevon Parchment (16)
UVIC: Marcus Tibbs (20), Grant Sitton (18)

NWAC Alaska Airlines Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll – Oct 17

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll – October 17, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Peninsula 13-1-0, 15-1-0 74 (6) 1
2t. Everett 12-1-0, 14-2-0 56 (2) 3
2t. Highline 12-1-1, 14-1-1 56 2
4. Spokane 12-1-1, 16-2-1 46 4
5. Treasure Valley 10-3-1, 13-3-1 27 5
6. Lane 9-2-2, 9-2-2 26 6
7. Shoreline 9-3-1, 10-5-1 16 8
8. North Idaho 6-2-6, 7-2-7 5 7
Also receiving votes:  Tacoma 3, Edmonds 2, Bellevue 1

NWAC Alaska Airlines Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll – Oct 17

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll – October 17, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Peninsula 8-0-2, 10-0-2 69 (4) 1
2. North Idaho 9-1-1, 11-1-2 64 (2) 2
3. Clark 8-0-3, 12-1-3 48 (2) 3
4. Highline 7-1-2, 7-2-3 42 4
5. Wenatchee Valley 8-2-2, 9-2-3 29 6
6. Edmonds 6-3-1, 6-6-2 18 8
7. Walla Walla 7-3-2, 8-4-4 14 NR
8. Whatcom 5-2-3, 7-2-3 12 5
Also receiving votes: Spokane 8, Skagit Valley 7

NWAC Alaska Airlines Volleyball Coaches Poll – Oct 17

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Volleyball Coaches Poll – October 17, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Blue Mountain 7-0, 34-1 80 (8) 1
2. Olympic 6-0, 18-5 62 2
3. Tacoma 6-1, 19-2 43 4
4. Spokane 6-2, 21-11 41 3
5. Clackamas 5-0, 22-7 34 5
6. Walla Walla 5-3, 16-9 15 6
7. Chemeketa 4-1, 16-6 11 8
8. Highline 5-2, 20-7 7 7
Also receiving votes:  Clark 6, Linn-Benton 5, Bellevue 4, Wenatchee Valley 1

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