2018 Fall Academic Excellence Awards Announced

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VANCOUVER, WA — The 2018 Fall Sports Academic Excellence awards have been announced. Qualifications for recognition are to be a sophomore in eligibility, have a minimum of 36 credits earned, a 3.25 cumulative GPA and be recommended by the College.

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Jasmine Gloden Clackamas Community College Women’s Cross Country
Anna Gurnik Clark College Women’s Cross Country
Kaitlin Morgan Everett Community College Women’s Cross Country
Jasmine Gonzalez-Almanza Green River College Women’s Cross Country
Reilly Frerk Lane Community College Women’s Cross Country
Julia Claeys Olympic College Women’s Cross Country
Hanna Patterson Olympic College Women’s Cross Country
Anastasia Chapel Community Colleges of Spokane Women’s Cross Country
Elizabeth Thornton Community Colleges of Spokane Women’s Cross Country
Jennifer Garcia Treasure Valley Community College Women’s Cross Country
Benjamin Davis Clackamas Community College Men’s Cross Country
Santos Roquel Clackamas Community College Men’s Cross Country
Noah Baldwin Green River College Men’s Cross Country
Xavier Bendorf Green River College Men’s Cross Country
Chris Garcia Mt. Hood Community College Men’s Cross Country
Ethan Green Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Cross Country
Marcus Rice Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Cross Country
Benjen Lilly Treasure Valley Community College Men’s Cross Country
Grant Laiblin Umpqua Community College Men’s Cross Country
Camron Wright Umpqua Community College Men’s Cross Country


Isaias Gomez Bellevue College
Roberto Jimenez Bellevue College
Collin McCarthy Bellevue College
Elijah Mendez Blue Mountain Community College
Jonathan Wolotira Blue Mountain Community College
Alejandro Anaya Chemeketa Community College
Ismael Carillo Chemeketa Community College
Abner Carrillo Jimenez Chemeketa Community College
Jose L. Herrera Chemeketa Community College
Sansan Kambou Chemeketa Community College
Taishi Adachi Edmonds Community College
Kyle Aure Edmonds Community College
Bryce Foland Edmonds Community College
Cole Baker Everett Community College
Connor Hurt Everett Community College
Homero Osuna Everett Community College
Kyle Sandoval Everett Community College
Dane Evanger Highline College
Marcus Machado Highline College
Gabriel McGregor Highline College
Axel Mejia Highline College
Dylan Murphy Highline College
Beau Chandler North Idaho College
Daniel Cortez North Idaho College
Cole Fawcett North Idaho College
Riley Glover North Idaho College
Joshua Greer North Idaho College
Creed McKinnon North Idaho College
Sterling Penniston-John Peninsula College
Jose L. Serna Peninsula College
Lukas Gregg Pierce College
Austin Stafford Pierce College
Enrique Gonzalez Diaz Rogue Community College
Samuel Axelson Shoreline Community College
Alexander Amado South Puget Sound Community College
Artuo Bahena Community Colleges of Spokane
Caleb Garbuio Community Colleges of Spokane
Cole Johnson Community Colleges of Spokane
Hardy Lopez Community Colleges of Spokane
Uriel Barrios Southwestern Oregon Community College
Liam Bates Southwestern Oregon Community College
Anthoni Martin Southwestern Oregon Community College
Alexander Moskowitz Southwestern Oregon Community College
Hunter Bowman Tacoma Community College
Tresor Kadima Tacoma Community College
Crue Gilman Wenatchee Valley College
Greysen Gilman Wenatchee Valley College
Romario Martinez Wenatchee Valley College
Colman French Whatcom Community College
Kealaula Keliikoa Whatcom Community College
Lucas Leiberman Whatcom Community College
Camron Miller Whatcom Community College


Hailey Walker Bellevue College
Hunter Price Blue Mountain Community College
Jenna Senter Blue Mountain Community College
Natalie Coleman Centralia College
Janice Girt Centralia College
Kolbie Kopp Chemeketa Community College
Kaelyn Ramsay Chemeketa Community College
Mikaela Symons Chemeketa Community College
Ericka Varges Flores Chemeketa Community College
Kelsey Houston Clackamas Community College
Lauren Rock Clackamas Community College
Kaile Kauanui Columbia Basin College
Katie Sinclair Columbia Basin College
Natalie Strauss Columbia Basin College
Kayla Beard Clark College
Maggie Higgins Clark College
Hannah Taie Clark College
Braelyn Weatherbie Clark College
Julie Williams Clark College
Victoria Hunter Edmonds Community College
Erikah Ledesma Edmonds Community College
Karla Olsan Edmonds Community College
Halle Porter Edmonds Community College
Hannah Quinn Grays Harbor College
Alexis Backus Green River College
Hinata Kokubun Green River College
McKenzie Buell Highline College
Jessica Chen Highline College
Fiona Dawson Highline College
Alexis Dewalt Highline College
Alia Donley Lane Community College
Morgan Richards Lane Community College
Jessica Scott Lane Community College
Autumn Straub Lane Community College
Danielle VanOrd Lane Community College
Kaitlyn Weber Lane Community College
Chloe Brimhall Lower Columbia College
Zoey Brimhall Lower Columbia College
Samantha Pestner Lower Columbia College
Magdalena Simons Lower Columbia College
Shelby Vermeulen Lower Columbia College
Kennedy Werner Lower Columbia College
Ellory Ferris North Idaho College
Zoe Lee North Idaho College
Tatiana Hagan Peninsula College
Nicolette Paredes Peninsula College
Shantel Torress-Benito Peninsula College
Cindy Vasquez Peninsula College
Halle Watson Peninsula College
Kassidy Zinda Peninsula College
Kylee Cullen Pierce College
Madison Welsh Pierce College
Camryn Wolter Pierce College
McKenna Frison Rogue Community College
Mollie Burton Skagit Valley College
Ariella Fuchs Skagit Valley College
Bailey Post Skagit Valley College
Christiana Salinas Skagit Valley College
Jaelynn Walker Skagit Valley College
Kylie Clarkson Southwestern Oregon Community College
Rayvan Dempsey Southwestern Oregon Community College
Napua Galletes-Fernandez Southwestern Oregon Community College
Brianna Topete Southwestern Oregon Community College
Julia Adair Community Colleges of Spokane
Chayse Avalos Community Colleges of Spokane
Natalie Cabiad Community Colleges of Spokane
Annaliz Castaneda Community Colleges of Spokane
Sierra Everman Community Colleges of Spokane
Shannon Frucci Community Colleges of Spokane
Molly Thies Community Colleges of Spokane
Taylor Ward Community Colleges of Spokane
Kayley Cruz Tacoma Community College
Amanda Rentzell Tacoma Community College
Mackenzie Rivera Tacoma Community College
Sally Culig Walla Walla Community College
Danielle Dowd Walla Walla Community College
Jennifer Inions Walla Walla Community College
Halle Owens Walla Walla Community College
Kalea Bokma Wenatchee Valley College
Bethany Wagner Wenatchee Valley College
Jazlynn Ahrens Whatcom Community College
Alexis Dettling Whatcom Community College
Christina Funk Whatcom Community College
Payton Lunde Whatcom Community College
Erin Smith Whatcom Community College


Jordan Hunter Bellevue College
Megan Rogers Bellevue College
Carlee Rowell Bellevue College
Erin Kelly Blue Mountain Communiity College
Rainena Schenbeck Chang Blue Mountain Communiity College
Autumn Durand Centralia College
Taviana Keahey Centralia College
Kary Sathre Centralia College
Eleanor Belton Chemeketa Community College
Avery Sundberg Chemeketa Community College
Kendall John Clackamas Community College
Rachel McCoy Clackamas Community College
Jordan Johnson Clark College
Michelle Dmitruk Edmonds Community College
Sydnee Peterson Edmonds Community College
Jadyn Noriega Everett Community College
Brooklyn Graham Grays Harbor College
Maafala Roina Grays Harbor College
Taylor Bell-Manibog Highline College
Adrienne Haggerty Highline College
Kathleen McGrath Highline College
Shelby Dubay Lane Community College
Stacia Panther Lane Community College
Madelynn Norris Linn-Benton Community College
Grace Phillips Linn-Benton Community College
Elizabeth Weber Linn-Benton Community College
Jenaya Wright Linn-Benton Community College
Megan Miller Lower Columbia College
Cassidy Thompson Lower Columbia College
Grace Buchanan Mt. Hood Community College
Kamaile Labanon Mt. Hood Community College
Shelby Martin Mt. Hood Community College
Jaida Spendelow Mt. Hood Community College
Bryce Anderson Olympic College
Georgia Romine-Black Olympic College
Ryleigh Burdick Pierce College
Jocelyn Hillyer Pierce College
Mackenzie Seitz Pierce College
Mariah Luedtke Shoreline Community College
Qin Wang Shoreline Community College
Jessica Sanow Skagit Valley College
Natasha Nation South Puget Sound Community College
Brook Fisher Southwestern Oregon Community College
Baley Van Wormer Southwestern Oregon Community College
Taylor Gould Community Colleges of Spokane
Anoipua Kaaloa Community Colleges of Spokane
Joelle Mahowald Community Colleges of Spokane
Ryley Siclair Community Colleges of Spokane
Alisha Straw Community Colleges of Spokane
Alexandra Stephens Tacoma Community College
Logan Davila Treasure Valley Community College
Baylie Whiting Treasure Valley Community College
Madison Becker Umpqua Community College
Emma Lind Umpqua Community College
Brook West Umpqua Community College
Kacey Halbert Walla Walla Community College
Lindsey Lindgren Walla Walla Community College
Rachel Miller Walla Walla Community College
Emmah Peterson Walla Walla Community College
Abby Schwager Walla Walla Community College
Madisyn Harrison Wenatchee Valley College

Job announcement: Head Volleyball Coach – Rogue Community College

General Statement of Responsibilities
Demonstrate a willingness to develop the assigned athletic program, through participation in community awareness/fundraising events, recruitment of players, maintenance of professional and positive relationships with players, helpers, staff and administration. Effectively coach and develop student-athletes academically, socially and athletically. Maintain knowledge of and compliance with ethical and legal aspects of coaching and athletics as stated in college and league (NWAC) policy, as well as state and federal law. Works collaboratively with college groups, councils and committees as needed. In conjunction with the Athletic Director, manages the budget, monitors academic progress and eligibility of players, and contributes to the development of athletic department strategic plan initiatives and RCC enrollment goals.

Supervision Received
Works under the general supervision of the Athletic Director

View full job description and application information.

Erica Mertz steps down as Lane’s women’s soccer head coach

image of Eric MertzEUGENE, Ore.—Erica Mertz is stepping down after five seasons as the Lane Community College women’s soccer head coach.

During her five years at the helm of the Titan program, Mertz earned a 66-18-12 overall record and led her team to five consecutive Northwest Athletic Conference playoff appearances. The Titans captured two Southern Region championships; three region runner-up finishes; and made four appearances in the NWAC quarterfinals, including a 2014 trip to the Final Four. Mertz was named the Southern Region Coach of the Year for her team’s efforts this season. She also received that honor in 2015.

Over her five-year span at Lane, the Titans had 26 players named NWAC All-Stars, highlighted by earning the Southern Region Most Valuable Player awards in three of those years.

In addition to their success on the field, the Titans excelled in the classroom, earning NWAC Academic Excellence Awards and consistently earning one of the highest GPAs among athletic teams on campus at Lane. The Titans completed degrees and transferred to four-year schools consistently under Mertz throughout her tenure.

“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a Titan,” said Mertz. “I will cherish all of the relationships I was able to build while at Lane with my coaching staff, support staff and most importantly the outstanding student-athletes I was able to work with. The Titan athletic family is something special.”

“I want to thank Erica for her dedication to the Lane Women’s Soccer program,” said Athletics Director Greg Sheley. Her outstanding leadership was the driving force behind her team’s success on the field of play and in the classroom. She will be greatly missed.”

A search for the Titans new head coach will begin immediately.

Tacoma secures third NWAC men’s soccer title with 2-0 win over Whatcom

image of team posing with championship trophy

By Nick Vitalis for the NWAC

Tacoma 2, Whatom 0 Stats | Video | Bracket

The second-ranked Tacoma College Titans won a physical and sometimes chippy NWAC men’s soccer championship in a matchup of two high-octane offenses, defeating the third-ranked Whatcom Community College Orcas by a score of 2-0.

Tacoma head coach Jason Prenovost won the Coach of the Year title, while sophomore forward Alex Whiting won the tournament MVP as they took down the Orcas, who were ranked eleventh in the nation.

Play was stopped for nearly thirty minutes in the 38th minute after a high-speed collision in front of the Tacoma goal. Whatcom forward JungYoun Kim was running towards the edge of the penalty box for a ball in the air, as was Tacoma goalkeeper Evan Brewer. Brewer jumped in the air at the edge of the box, and his knee appeared to contact Kim’s head area.

Kim was taken away by an ambulance to the hospital.

The Titans claimed their first goal in the 18th minute. Freshman forward Masa Fukushima took the ball up off the left side, and found a wide-open Joseph DiCarlo, a fellow freshman forward.

“He called for it, so I passed to him. We have a great connection,” Fukushima said.

DiCarlo was able to one-touch it into the corner, and ran to the corner of the field where he was rushed by his teammates.

After the injury stoppage, Whatcom had a golden chance, as Kim’s substitute, freshman Keegan Rubio, earned a penalty kick. His shot was blasted just high.

As the second half wore on, Whatcom brought the pressure. They were able to notch seven corner kicks and twelve shots in the second half alone. There were several near misses, including a Rubio shot that hit the corner of the crossbar, and a header off of a corner that Brewer just got a hand on to save.

“Our keeper made some awesome saves,” Prenovost said.

Brewer notched eight saves in the game, including three in the last ten minutes as Whatcom fired off six shots in that time frame.

In the 89th minute, the lightning-quick Tacoma forward Bubacar Touray finished the game off, stealing the ball to earn a one-on-one with the Whatcom goalkeeper. With a couple smooth crossover steps, he was alone in front of the goal to tap it in to secure the win.

“He’s a guy we’re lucky to have on our team,” Prenovost said. “That [goal] was something we saw a lot of this year.”     

Touray scored 26 goals this year in just 23 games, scoring on an unbelievable 42 percent of his shots.

As the game progressed and the tempo increased, the game became more and more contested, with Brewer placing a hand in the chest of a Whatcom forward who came too close for his liking late in the second half.

“It’s an emotional game. They’re a great team over there, they’re playing for each other,” Prenovost said.

Prenovost credited the adjustments his team made, including adding a second defensive midfielder after the half, for the win. He also thought that his team won the mental game.

“We had to maintain our mental focus,” Prenovost said, “Even if there were challenges all along the way.”

The championship was Tacoma’s third in program history, and their second in the last three years.

“I love these boys. It was a lot of fun,” Prenovost said.

Coach Jason Prenovost and MVP Alex Whiting

Peninsula Women Claim 4th NWAC Soccer Title

championship pose by Peninsula with trophy

By Nick Vitalis for NWAC

Peninsula 2, Clark 0 Stats | Video | Bracket

Clark College’s historically dominant defense finally faltered Sunday afternoon, as the second-ranked Peninsula College Pirates claimed the NWAC women’s soccer championship by a score of 2-0.

In a dominant run, the third-ranked Clark College Penguins have allowed just one goal in the last thirteen games.

It took just four minutes for the second-best offense in the conference to beat them.

A perfectly-placed free kick off the foot of sophomore Halle Watson found the head of sophomore Samantha Guzman, and the back of the net. The entire team rushed her; even sophomore goalie Andrea Kenagy ran across the field to join the frenzy.

Kenagy was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after the game. Though she stands just 5’ 3”, Peninsula head coach Kanyon Anderson said she makes up for it in other ways.

“Her spiritual presence is huge, she stands back there like a giant. We’re lucky to have her back there for us,” Anderson said.

Anderson, meanwhile, was named Coach of the Year after winning his second championship with Peninsula in just three years.

In the fifteenth minute, an even more impressive goal was scored.

Sophomore Emilee Greve took a corner kick and curved it directly into the far upper corner of the goal, just past the reaching hands of Clark goalie Maggie Higgins.

“I was looking to get it back post and saw Halle running, but it just went in,” Greve said.

The high-powered Peninsula offense unleashed a torrent on Clark early, with ten shots and seven shots on goal in just the first half.

Though the Penguins’ defense was more vaunted coming in, it was the Pirates’ defense who dictated the game. They smothered Clark’s offense, with a defender seemingly immediately swarming the ball, breaking up most attacking plays in the midfield.

“I think we’ve had a really underrated defense all year…[but] it’s the best defense I’ve ever coached,” Anderson said.

In particular, Anderson mentioned his center backs as standouts on a defense full of them.

“We have the two best center backs in the league in Samantha [Guzman] and Halle [Watson]. They’re really high-level DI center backs, and that’s rare,” Anderson said. “They’ve started every single game together the last two years.”

Clark was held to just a pair of shots in the first half. They laid on the pressure in the second half, unleashing a flurry of shots and chances in the last fifteen minutes. But Kenagy held strong, notching 6 saves to lock the game down.

“I trust my backline, and they trust me,” Kenagy said. “We work well together, so everything falls into place.”

Peninsula didn’t have an easy path through the tournament. They faced an impressive Highline Community College team that was ranked No. 12 in the country and tops in the NWAC, but still delivered a trio of shutouts.

With their fourth championship, Peninsula becomes the winningest program in NWAC history, despite being started just nine years ago.

photo of MVP Andrea Kenagy and Coach Kanyon Anderson
MVP Andrea Kenagy and Coach Kanyon Anderson

Lane and Spokane claim 2018 Cross Country Championships

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LACEY, WA — Lane men and Spokane women won the 2018 NWAC Cross Country Championships under excellent running conditions today at Saint Martin’s University.

Lane’s men won their third consecutive title on the heals of returning champion, sophomore Andy Muha who cruised to the win by 11 seconds (25:28.00) over freshman teammate Shane Henderson who turned in a time of 25:39.00. The Lane duo were followed by a pair of Spokane runners led by sophomore Ethan Green (25:56.00) and freshman Keanu Daos (26:03.00).

The title was the Titan’s fourth in history – the first coming in 1985 under NWAC Hall of Fame coach Harland Yriatre. Spokane (34) took second and Treasure Valley (77) third.

Lane head coach Bill Steyer was named Men’s Coach of the Year.

The Women’s race was closely contested with returning champion Delia DeLeon and 2017 runner-up Micaela Kostecka way out in front of most of the pack mid way through the race.

DeLeon won last year’s meet by a convincing 12 seconds over Kostecka.

Kostecka ramped up her pace to take the lead and kept DeLeon in her rear view mirror the rest of the way to win by a commanding 12 seconds, 18:24 to DeLeon’s 18:36.

Spokane had a pack of three runners finish behind DeLeon (Jolene Whiteley, Yazmin Estrada & Bethany Meek) to help the Sasquatch to their sixth consecutive title with a team score of 24. Lane (48) took third while Treasure Valley (70) claimed third.

The title is Spokane’s 18th women’s championship dating back to their first in 1978. Sasquatch head coach Sean McLachlan was named Men’s Coach of the Year.

Women’s Team Scores Men’s Team Scores
1 Spokane 24
2 Lane 48
3 Treasure Valley 70
4 Everett 97
5 Clackamas 167
6 Mt. Hood 177
7 Umpqua 195
8 Olympic 213
Clark, INC.
Olympic, INC.
SW Oregon, INC.
1 Lane 32
2 Spokane 34
3 Treasure Valley 77
4 Green River 154
5 Mt. Hood 165
6 Everett 172
7 Clark
8 Clackamas 183
9 Umpqua 228
10 Olympic College 249
SW Oregon, INC.

Women’s All-Americans
1 Micaela Kostecka, Spokane, 18:24.80
2 Delia Deleon, Treasure Valley, 18:36.30
3 Jolene Whiteley, Spokane, 18:51.60
4 Yazmin Estrada, Spokane, 19:00.10
5 Bethany Meek, Spokane, 19:08.30
6 Alexis Crowl, Lane, 19:43.90
7 Melody McGrath, Lane, 19:50.90

Men’s All-Americans
1 Andy Muha, Lane 25:28.00
2 Shane Henderson, Lane 25:39.00
3 Ethan Green, Spokane 25:56.00
4 Keanu Daos, Spokane 26:03.00
5 Benjen Lilly, Treasure Valley 26:14.00
6 Anthony Stone, Lane 26:18.00
7 Marcus Rice, Spokane 26:30.00

images of Andy Muha and Micaela Kostecka croosing finsih lineAndy Muha and Micaela Kostecka

Coaches of the Year Sean McLachlan and Bill Steyer.Coaches of the Year Sean McLachlan (left) and Bill Steyer.

NWAC – Under Armour Volleyball Coaches Poll – November 9 – Final Poll

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

Novermber 9, 2018
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Spokane 16-0, 35-0 80 (*) 1
2. Pierce 14-0, 31-4 58 2
3. Walla Walla 13-3, 32-6 52 3
4. Edmonds 12-0, 29-6 39 4
5. Linn-Benton 13-1, 29-10 33 5
6. Hghline 11-3, 28-10 17 NR
7. North Idaho 11-5, 23-11 15 7
8. Blue Mountain 11-5, 24-9 12 6
Also receiving votes: Bellevue 4, Chemeketa 1, Lower Columbia 1


Under Armour Volleyball Athlete of the Week & NWAC Volleyball Athletes of the Week – Week 11

Mahie Kaawa Under Armour Photo BannerClick to enlarge image

Konawaena High School Kealakekua, HI

In 8 sets last week, Kaawa turned in 76 digs (9.5 digs per set), a 2.70 serve-receive average on 32 attempts and 6 aces on 24 serves. Her 5.54 digs per set average on the season is is second in the league. She is also 15th in total digs with 338.

"Mahie has switched to her natural position of libero this year," said Thunderbird head coach Chris Littleman. "Her passing and digging helped propel Highline to 2-0 on the week.

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Regional Players of the Week – Week 11


Offensive: Carlee Rowell, Bellevue
Setter:  Haylee Hooper, Edmonds
Defensive: Sabrina Dejesus-Bair, Shoreline

Offensive: Sadie Nielsen, Big Bend
Setter: Lindsey Russell & Demary Sugg, Spokane
Defensive: Alleana Gallagher, Spokane

Offensive:  Adrienne Haggerty, Highline
Setter: Hattey Smith, Pierce
Defensive: Mahie Kaawa, Highline

Offensive: Grace Phillips, Linn Benton
Setter: Maddie Norris, Linn Benton
Defensive: Grace Buchanon, Mt. Hood

Under Armour Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 11

Evan Brewer Armour Athlete of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image


Evan Brewer, Federal Way HS / Federal Way, WA., stopped two PK attempts vs. sixth-ranked Southwestern Oregon in the PK shoot-out Saturday to advance second-ranked Tacoma to the Final Four. Brewer’s 0.78 goals against average is fifth in the NWAC.

“Evan is one of two very good keepers we have at Tacoma," said Titan head coach Jason Prenovost. "They have kept each other sharp all season and it paid off on Saturday. Evan is a great shot blocker and very good in the air. He put us on his back in OT and shootouts. Having him do what he did in shootouts breathes confidence into an already confident group of shooters."

Under Armour Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 11

Maggie Higgins Armour Athlete of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image


Maggie Higgins, Mark Morris HS/ Longview, WA., has been one of the cornerstones of an amazing Clark defense that has only allowed six goals on the season. She has a 0.79 goals against average. Higgins played in nine of Clark’s 12 shutouts and 80 minutes in the Penguin’s 4-0 win against sixth-ranked Bellevue, making five saves.

"It’s been an honor to have Maggie part of this team," said Penguin head coach Jeff Castagnola. "She’s played a huge role in the success of this program over the past two years. She has a quiet confidence, strong hands, and has the ability to make big saves in big games."

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