Blue Mountain’s Moore and Gerlinger sign with University of Oregon and Western Oregon University

Moore singing photo

PENDLETON, Ore. – Two Blue Mountain Community College women’s basketball players signed today with four-year colleges to continue playing basketball. Northwest Athletic Conference Baden Player of the Year Mar’Shay Moore, who was recruited by numerous schools from all over the country, has accepted a full-ride scholarship with Division I University of Oregon. Standout sophomore post Riley Gerlinger has signed with Division 2 Western Oregon University.

“I’m just so proud of both of them,” said first year Head Coach Adam Driver. “They’ve put in a lot of hard work, and they put in all the effort to improve their skills. It’s not every day you get a D-1 and a D-2 recruit in the same year, especially out of only four sophomores on the team. It’s just a great thing for the women’s basketball program and great for BMCC.”

Moore, who’s from Vancouver, Wash., was heavily recruited this spring, particularly following her record-breaking turn at the NWAC tournament in March, where she broke the record for total points scored in the tournament (123 points in four games). She said the decision was a tough one, but ultimately chose Oregon because “it’s a really good school.”

“I’m was really stoked to get the call from Oregon,” said Moore, who will study engineering and computer science. “Oregon’s a great school that will help me as an athlete.”

Following last month’s NWAC tournament, Moore was named the East Region Most Valuable Player, as well as the East Region Defensive Player of the Year. She was also named to the 1st Team All-Tournament.

Leaving BMCC will be difficult for Moore, who said she’s received a lot of support from the community.

“I’ll miss my whole BMCC family and everyone who’s helped me along the way,” she said. “You don’t find that kind of support just anywhere, and I couldn’t have been as successful without it.”

Gerlinger, from Forest Grove, said she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her college basketball career at WOU. She credits her time as a Lady Timberwolf to her success.

“I’ve grown so much as a player these past two years at BMCC,” Gerlinger said. “Not just as a player, but as a person. This team has been like family to me.”

Gerlinger showed off her impressive skills at the NWAC tournament, finishing in the top 20 scoring leaders. She was named an East Region 2nd Team All-Star as well.

Gerlinger signing photo

Track & Field Athletes of the Week – 2015 Week 6


David CornishDavid Cornish 
Lane, Sophomore
— Event: 1,500m; Mark: 3:55.74 at Chico Twilight

Nominator Comments:

  • "Terrific race for David, smashing his old PR by seven seconds!  New NWAC leader."


Easton ChristensenEaston Christensen 
Clackamas, Freshman
— Event: Javelin; Mark: 206′ 5" at PNW Relays

Nominator Comments:

  • "Big throw for a 12ft PR and over 200′ for first time."


Alli CrossAlli Cross 
Lane, Sophomore
— Event: 5,000m; Mark: 17:47.48 at Chico Twilight

Nominator Comments:

  • "Big PR, NWAC leader."


Talisha DozierTalisha Dozier 
Southwestern Oregon, Freshman
— Event: Long Jump; Mark: 18′ 3" at Prefontaine Masters

Nominators’ Comments:

  • "Great mark for the first time jumping this year."
  •   "Amazing opening mark for the season!"

ABCA – Junior College Pacific Associations Division Baseball Poll – April 15

ABCA – Junior College Pacific Associations Division
April 15 Poll

1 San Joaquin Delta NorCal
2 Palomar SoCal
3 Mt. Hood NWAC
4 Cypress SoCal
5 Fresno City NorCal
6 Oxnard SoCal
7 Spokane NWAC
8 Santa Barbara SoCal
9 Feather River NorCal
10 Orange Coast SoCal
11 Edmonds NWAC
12 Santa Rosa NorCal
13 Southwestern SoCal
14 San Mateo NorCal
15 Tacoma NWAC
16 Golden West SoCal
17 Ohlone NorCal
18 Fullerton SoCal
19 Lower Columbia NWAC
20 Solano NorCal
21 Rio Hondo SoCal
22 Marin NorCal
23 Bellevue NWAC
24 Glendale SoCal
25 Cosumnes River NorCal
Others receiving votes:  
NWAC –Treasure Valley, Lane, Walla Walla.
SoCal –
San Bernadino, Long Beach, Cerritos.

NorCal –
Gavilan, Merced, Folsom Lake.

Clackamas softball to support Maddi Higgins Memorial Scholarship on April 25 vs. Mt. Hood

The Clackamas double header on April 25th against Mt. Hood CC will be Maddi Higgins Day. CCC softball will be accepting donations for the scholarship that has been created in her name, Maddi Higgins Memorial Scholarship.

The team will also be selling bows and BBQ to help raise funds for the scholarship.

Maddi sadly passed away last June in a car accident in West Linn. Her father coached a number of current and former CCC softball players. Maddi was also friends and played with many of the CCC softball players in the past.

Maddi Higgins Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a softball player each year.

Mt Hood announces John Hawley as new head coach for Saint men and women’s basketball

John HawleyMt. Hood Community College is pleased to announce that John Hawley has been appointed the new men’s and women’s basketball coach. Joining Hawley on the sidelines for Saints women’s basketball as associate head coach will be former Saint, Shawnelle Campbell. 

Coach John Hawley is beginning his first year as the Head Women’s and Men’s Basketball Coach at Mt. Hood Community College. He is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of West Georgia. John was a basketball Prep All-American at Morrow High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He played college basketball at Berry College in Rome, Georgia and finished his college career at Eastern Oregon University.

Coach Hawley feels blessed and privileged to follow two outstanding coaches, Tyler Rose (former women’s coach) and Geoff Gibor (former men’s head coach) and to join an outstanding coaching staff and athletic program at Mt. Hood. He is looking forward to the challenge of guiding both the women’s and men’s basketball programs at MHCC. He is looking forward to developing player relationships and working with the athletes to help them grow outside their comfort zones athletically and academically while challenging them to prepare for the next level.

Coach Hawley has 30 plus years of boy’s head basketball coaching experience at the high school level in Oregon, Washington, and Georgia. Throughout those years, his teams have won several conference championships and experienced many state tournament runs with one State Championship. Coach Hawley has had the privilege to guide many players on to the next level and has coached against many former Division 1 players and professional players. During Coach Hawley’s career he has taken teams to Australia and Germany. During the summers he started and led basketball camps in Tus Jena, Germany for their club programs, and worked as a player development coach with their men’s and women’s professional basketball teams for a ten year period.

After retiring in 2003, he became part of the management team for Suwannee Sports Academy, a seven court 100,000 square foot basketball facility. During his seven years there, Coach Hawley worked with Kevin Cantwell, former associate head coach at Georgia Tech, to develop the On Court Player Development Training Program used by youth, high school, college, NBA and WNBA athletes. He also worked with Mark Price former NBA player and former NDBL shooting coach Bruce Kreutzer in the development of the Mark Price Shooting Lab. As the lead instructor in the On Court Player Development Program and event coordinator, Coach Hawley helped run and organize many leagues, camps, and college exposure events while at Suwanee Sports Academy.

Coach Hawley left Suwanee Academy to return to coaching as a head girls’ basketball high school coach for three seasons prior to returning to Oregon in the summer of 2013. He worked as a volunteer coach for the Men’s basketball team at Mt. Hood Community College during the 2013-2014 season. For the past year, he served as the athletic director at Centennial High School.

Coach Hawley is married to his wife, Rise’. They have two daughters, one son, two grandsons, and are awaiting the arrival of their third grandbaby.

"We are excited about the future with Coach Campbell and Coach Hawley leading this program," said MHCC athletic director Kim Hyatt.

Alaska Airlines Softball Coaches Poll – April 14

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Softball Coaches Poll
April 14, 2015
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Spokane 16-1, 24-2 78 (7) -
2. Clackamas 7-1, 19-5 55 -
3. SW Oregon 6-2, 19-5 54 (1) -
4. Wenatchee Valley 12-5, 21-9 37 -
5. Mt. Hood 2-4, 14-6 30 -
6. Douglas 8-1, 11-5 24 -
7. Bellevue 9-2, 17-8 18 -
8. Lower Columbia 3-3, 12-8 11 -
Also receiving votes: Columbia Basin 5
Next Poll: April 28

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – April 14

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll
April 14, 2015
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Mt. Hood 11-1, 19-8 53 (1) -
2. Spokane 9-3, 20-5 46 (2) -
3. Edmonds 6-2, 20-6 45 (2) -
4. Tacoma 8-1, 19-8 37 (1) -
5. Lower Columbia 9-0, 21-8 36 (1) -
6. Bellevue 6-6, 19-11 33 (1) -
7. Columbia Basin 8-4, 21-7 32 -
8. Everett 9-3, 14-12 16 -
Also receiving votes: Treasure Valley 12, Lane 1, Walla Walla 1
Final Poll

Yakima Valley renames Parker field in honor of NWAC Hall of Famer Bill Faller

Baseball field’s new name honors two local legends

By Jerry Ward, Parker Youth & Sports Foundationfor the Yakima Herald

The April 18 Yakima Valley Community College baseball doubleheader will start on Parker Field, but end on a newly renamed Parker Faller Field, a tribute to two men who have done so much for Yakima sports.

The original Parker Field was built in 1937 for a minor league baseball team the Pippens, owned by Shirley D. Parker, a Yakima High School graduate who became a trial lawyer, successful businessman, author and lecturer, whose love of sports remained a priority throughout his life. Daryl Parker, son of Shirley and Eleanor Parker, initiated the name change to honor both his father and Bill Faller, a decorated World War II Army Air Force veteran, who came to YVCC to coach football and baseball in 1961 and amassed 664 baseball wins before he retired in 1986. Those wins made Faller No. 1 in community college baseball records, and, fittingly, the Northwest Athletic Conference championship trophy was named in his honor in 1986. He’s also been inducted into three athletic halls of fame.

Coach Faller turns 90 this month. Following his military service, Faller graduated from Washington State College in 1948, played a couple of years of minor league baseball, and went on to teach and coach in Prosser and then Wapato. When Yakima Junior College baseball coach Chuck “Bobo” Brayton moved on to Washington State University, it was only natural that Faller be next in the batting lineup. Faller and Brayton had both grown up in Skagit Valley and played ball together, remaining good friends until Brayton’s death just a few weeks ago.

Faller, an active and successful teacher and administrator, also was president of the faculty union and was a community activist and member of the Rainbow Coalition.

A guy like that likes to stay busy, so it was no surprise that Faller, after retiring in 1986 from YVCC, became the first president of the Parker Youth & Sports Foundation, an organization established in 2004 with a primary mission of providing financial assistance to the youth sports programs of the Valley. He served three terms as president and continues to serve on the board, and is active on a committee seeking to raise funds for improvements at Parker Faller Field.

Daryl Parker, a charter board member of the Parker Youth & Sports Foundation has been instrumental in the creation and support of the Bill Faller/Bobo Brayton Endowment Fund, administered by the Parker Foundation, a fund that has grown to over a quarter million dollars in six years. In 2012, Daryl and his wife, Sherrie, created the YVCC Faculty Award, providing a financial stipend to the outstanding faculty member as chosen by their faculty colleagues.

The addition of Faller’s name to Parker Field recognizes a living legacy of over 60 years of community service, which actually stretches back even further. Daryl Parker’s father, Shirley, was the stepson of A.E. Larson, famed for the downtown Larson Building and Rosedell Mansion on Yakima Avenue. Shirley and his mother, Rose Hawkins Parker Larson, donated land and substantial funds during the 1940s where YVCC, Larson Park, the Larson Gallery and Parker Faller Field stand today.

The Parker Youth & Sports Foundation invites the community to join us on April 18, to honor Faller and Shirley Parker. The dedication ceremony will take place between the YVCC/Treasure Valley Community College games, about 2:30 p.m. A reception follows in the Hopf Union Building.

• Jerry Ward is a past president and board member of the Parker Youth & Sports Foundation and now serves as the official historian of the group.

Track & Field Athletes of the Week – 2015 Week 5


Ben KellyBen Kelly
Lane, Freshman
— Event: 100m; Mark: 10.97, Event: 4x100m Relay; Mark: 42.73 at Linfield Jenn Boyman Invitational

Nominator Comments:

  • "Ben won the 100m in a league leading 10.97. The race had forty athletes finish. He also anchored the top NWAC 4×100 time."

Jayson BrocklesbyJayson Brocklesby
Olympic, Sophomore
— Event: Decathlon; Mark: 5661 at WWU Decathlon

Nominator Comments:

  • "Jayson continues to work hard on the decathlon. He backed up last weeks’ score of 6330 at the Mt. Hood Multi’s with a 5661 with less than ideal (poopy bad) conditions in Bellingham. Temps were in the upper 40’s/lower 50’s with much wind. The vault was moved indoors where he cleared 11-7.75."


Christian ZammitChristian Zammit
Green River, Freshman

Meet/Event: UPS Shotwell Invitational

  • Event: High Jump; Mark: 1.90/6’2 3/4"

Nominator Comments

  • This was Zammit’s first time high jumping since secondary school. He pr’ed by 20cm and did not have a mark due to having to jump in TJ finals. He made adjustments every jump and finished 4th with 1.90m and qualified for NWACs in his first time high jumping this year.


Courtney AndreCourtney Andre
Mt. Hood, Sophomore
— Event: 100m Hurdles; Mark: 14.82, Event: 400m Hurdles; Mark: 1:06.57 at UPS Shotwell Invitational

Nominator Comments:

  • "At the Shotwell Invitational Courtney took 1st in 100h and 2nd in 400h. Good weekend."


Simone ReynoldsSimone Reynolds
Lane, Sophomore
— Event: Javelin; Mark: 137’10" at Linfield Jenn Boyman Invitational

Nominator Comments:

  • "Simone threw a lifetime best in winning the Linfield Jenn Boyman Invitational. She now has the top throw in the NWAC."

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