Lower Columbia hires LCC Alum Mickey Polis to head Men’s Basketball Program

LCC Men’s Basketball: Red Devils hire Longview native Mickey Polis

| The Longview Daily News

image of Mickey PolisFor the past 26 years, the face of Lower Columbia College men’s basketball was easily recognizable. It was that of Jim Roffler, who compiled 546 wins in his time with the Red Devils.

LCC fans won’t have to worry about getting used to an entirely new face, though, as LCC’s new head coach is also a well-known Longview native.

Mickey Polis, a Mark Morris and LCC alumnus, was announced as the Red Devils’ seventh coach in history on Thursday. He will take over the reins of a program fresh off a Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal appearance.

“We got down to five, all impressive candidates. It was a tough call,” LCC athletic director Kirc Roland said. “But (Polis) is the complete package. … He’s personable, a no-nonsense guy. He has good energy and he comes from a solid lineage, has the experience and is the consummate gym rat.”

Polis, 30, played for the Red Devils 2007 and ’08 squads that finished NWAC runner-ups before going on to play for Portland State University. From there, he became the Vikings Director of Basketball Operations and spent four seasons in the role before becoming an assistant coach at Linfield College, where he’s spent the past five years.

“I really wanted to be a head coach. That’s been a goal of mine since I got into coaching,” Polis said. “When this opportunity came up, I had to apply. It’s a big honor for me to coach at a school that has a history of excellence like Lower Columbia. It’s an exciting time.”

The Red Devils have six returners and four signed recruits, all of whom will be contacted by Polis in the coming days. From there, it will be about filling the final holes in the roster.

“I’ve played at a variety of levels both as a player and as a coach,” Polis said. “I know what it takes to get to that next level and I can help guys get there. … That’s definitely a huge selling point for incoming recruits.”

That experience of going from junior college to NCAA Division I player is a big reason LCC went the direction of Polis, Roland said.

“He chased his dreams through our program,” Roland said. “He stayed home and went to LCC and then achieved his D-I dream from there. … He’s put in a lot of work for this opportunity.”

Polis brings a lot of experience from his prior coaches, which include Roffler and MM coach Bill Bakamus along with Ken Bone, formerly of Portland State, and PSU’s Tyler Geving. While Polis learned a lot from all of them, his goal is to put his spin and vision on well-established recipes for success.

“I’m not Bill and I’m not Jimmy. I’m just not,” Polis said. “They are highly successful coaches though, and you’d be an idiot to not take some of what they have done. But it has to be your own.”

Polis has yet to sit down with his players and figure out the systems of offense and defense the Red Devils will run, but he knows that vying for NWAC titles is at the top of the list of goals. And while he admits there could be pressure following Roffler, it’s “an honor” for him to do so.

“That’s an amazing feat what he’s done and the longevity he’s had,” Polis said. “It’s a daunting task ahead, but I just want to build on that and add my own twist.”

Polis’ pedigree is also in his blood, as his father, Mike, guided the Devils as a head coach for nine years in the 1980s, making the playoffs seven out of nine seasons.

Mike, like Roffler and Mickey, played point guard at Lower Columbia College as well. Mike was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

Sports reporter Rick McCorkle also contributed to this story.

Clackamas and Linn-Benton Volleyball team academic success recognized by AVCA


You can find 2016-17’s list of recipients by clicking here.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2017) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 822 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-2017 season. This number breaks the previous year’s total of 764 to set an all-time high.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award’s inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822.

Clackamas Community College & Linn-Benton Community College Volleyball Programs are two of 21 two-year volleyball programs nation wide that earned the 2017 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.

This is Clackamas’ 10th award since their first in 2003. The honor is Linn-Benton’s second. The Roadrunners last appeared on the prestigious list in 2010

Two-Year College Women

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Indian River State College
Lake Land College
Linn-Benton Community College
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Mike Cummings takes the reins of Grays Harbor Softball

image of Mike CummingsGrays Harbor College has selected Mike Cummings as Head Softball Coach. Mike has been coaching softball for the past 18 years. Five of those years as Head Coach at North Beach High School.

During his time at North Beach, Mike guided the Hyaks to three straight league championships with a combined 32-0 record in league play.

At the high school level he also coached one year (2015) at Lee Williams High School in Kingman, Arizona. During that year, his team finished in the top 16 in the state and Mike was named Coach of the Year. That was the first season Lee Williams had a Varsity Team. The school was new so it had no senior class. Mike’s starters included five freshmen, three sophomores, and one junior.

In his summer ball coaching career his teams earned four Babe Ruth National berths, and two NSA World Series berths. The most recent in 2016. In that time his teams took home two 3rd place finishes, two 5th place finishes and a 7th place finish.

Mike also served as the Washington State Babe Ruth Softball Commissioner for 3 years.

"We are excited to have Mike at the helm of GHC Softball, said Athletic Director Tom Sutera. He has had success at each level he has coached. I see him finding that same success here as well." Join us in welcoming Mike Cummings to Grays Harbor College Athletics.

Jeremy Harden named to lead Wenatchee Valley Men’s Basketball

image of Jeremy HardinJeremy Harden is the new head coach for Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Knights men’s basketball, replacing outgoing coaching staff Greg Franz and Brett McGinnis. He will be on campus beginning August 1.

Harden brings more than five years of collegiate coaching experience to the Knights. He comes to WVC after one season as head assistant coach for Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) Jegos.

Before TOCC, Harden spent three seasons as the director of player development at Boise State University working under head coach Leon Rice. Harden helped guide the Broncos to their first Mountain West Conference Championship in 2015 and a first-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to Boise State, Harden served as an assistant coach at Eastern Oregon University (EOU). During his collegiate coaching debut in 2012-13, he helped the Mountaineers post a 28-5 record, including a 14-2 record at home. The Blue and Gold reached their first No. 1 ranking in program history and held the top spot for five consecutive weeks. The Mountaineers went on to win the Cascade Collegiate Conference title and finished the season with the program’s sixth consecutive appearance at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament.

Harden played at Pima Community College where he was a two-year starter, team captain and led the Aztecs to their first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 1 Championship as well as their first NJCAA National Championship appearance in school history.

Harden received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in sports management from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in business administration from EOU.

Job announcement: Certified Athletic Trainer – Blue Mountain Community College

Blue Mountain Community College seeks an energetic, enthusiast person to serve as our Certified Athletic Trainer.  This position provides is responsible for delivering the six domains of athletic training (Prevent, Protect, Evaluate, Assess, Rehabilitate, and Counsel) to all athletic programs at BMCC.

View full job description and application process

Job Announcement: Assistant Volleyball Coach – Mt. Hood Community College

Mt. Hood Community College Women’s Volleyball program has an immediate opening for an assistant volleyball coach.

The MHCC Athletic Department is currently accepting resumes for an assistant volleyball coach to assist in the planning, promotion, and administration of a quality NWAC women’s volleyball program.

View the complete job announcement and application process

Former Shoreline Dolphin Henry McAree Selected by the Miami Marlins

Former Shoreline Dolphins Baseball Player Henry McAree was recently selected in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins in the 29th round.

McAree had a dominant Shoreline career which was capped off by an NWAC All Region Second Team Award in 2015. 

He was a two-year starter for the Dolphins compiling an 8-5 record with a 2.51 ERA in 111.2 innings, appearing 17 times with 15 starts and one save. He struck out 128 batters and only walked 44.

McAree threw a 7 inning no-hitter on May 11, 2013.

Following Shoreline, He pitched two seasons for Lewis-Clark State. In 2016, he had a solid season with a 8-0 record and a 3.00 ERA. The eight wins ranked second on the team.

He made 14 appearances, all but one in relief. McAree pitched 39 innings and gave up 34 hits and 13 earned runs, struck out 42 and walked only 9.

His top performance came against the College of Idaho on April 9 when he allowed just two hits over five innings. He also struck out four and walked one.

In 2017 McAree posted a 2.74 ERA over 23 inning pitched with 38 strikeouts and just 6 walks. Opponents hit just .125 off the 6’2" right hander.

McAree signed with the Marlins in June and was in fact recently promoted from the Gulf Coast League to Class A Short Season Batavia, a minor league affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

Spokane standout Imani Guillory inks with Bacone College Women’s Basketball

Imani Guillory signing her LOI along with Spokane head coach Bruce Johnson.

Spokane sophomore Imani Guillory has inked a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Bacone College in Muskogee, OK.

The 5’9" guard from Lewis & Clark High School had a season high 20 points while averaging 6.0 ppg and 2.8 rebounds per game. She shot 32% from the arc.

The Bacone Warriors are a NAIA Division 1 team and are part of the Sooner Athletic Conference. They will be looking to improve on a 9-19 season.

Former Clackamas men’s basketball standout Grant Sitton signs to play in Europe

Photo by Christian J. Stewart

TORONTO, July 7, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Grant Sitton has signed his first professional contract with BC Prievidza in the Slovakian Extraliga (SBL).

Sitton, a 6’9” forward, is coming off his final season playing for the University of Victoria Vikes in U Sports and the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CanWest) conference. Last season, Sitton was the third leading scorer in CanWest and 11th leading scorer in U Sport, averaging 19.3 points per game. He also notched 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Sitton was named to the All-Canada West Third Team.

A Brush Prairie, Washington native, Sitton attended Prairie High School before heading to Clackamas Community College, and later transferring to the University of Victoria. In 2015-2016, Sitton averaged 14.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 82.7% from the free throw line, 13th in CanWest. In 2014-15, Sitton helped lead the Vikes to the CanWest championship and the CIS Final 8 Tournament semifinals.  

Sitton is thankful for all those who supported him throughout his collegiate career, and can’t wait to begin his professional career.

“Big thank you to my friends, family, and coaches for supporting me over my basketball career,” said Sitton. “I’m excited to play at the next level and to see what the future holds.” 

Prievidza was third in SBL regular season play last season, before losing in the semifinals to the eventual champions, BK Inter Bratislava. In FIBA Europe Cup, Prievidza reached the second stage, where they finished fourth in their group.

“We are excited to add Grant to our club,” said Prievidza Head Coach, Ryan Pannone. “He is an athletic and skilled forward that can cause offensive mismatches for teams. He has the skills of a guard with the size of a forward and brings a unique versatility to our team.”

For more information and individual box scores for Grant throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/grant-sitton. 

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