Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 8

Colby BarnetteOffensive:  Colby Barnette
Olympic, Freshma, Middle Blocker

Coaches’ Comments: “Colby continues to excel in the middle for us. She is a very versatile hitter and is currently 3rd in the NWAC in hitting percentage and 5th in blocks. We expect Colby will only get better.”

Emily RussellSetter: Emily Russell
Spokane, Sophomore, Setter

Coaches’ Comments: “Emily ran a 5-1 this week and has done an excellent job running the floor. Her leadership has helped the Sasquatch to two important Eastern Regions wins last week.”

Helena StoutDefensive: Helena Stout
Pierce, Sophomore, Libero

Coaches’ Comments: “Helena played great for us this week. As always, she anchored our back row in our 2 wins this week. Helena has been excellent all season long, and this is a measure of her hard work and dedication. “

Regional Players of the Week – Week 8

Offensive:  Colby Barnette – Olympic
Setter:  Marsha Poischbeg – Everett
Defensive:  Miranda Davidson – Everett 

Offensive:  Denise Comfort – Walla Walla
Setter:  Emily Russell – Spokane
Defensive:  Rebecca Egan – Big Bend

Offensive:  Rochelle Middlebrooks – Green River
Setter:  Ashtyn Bagby – Tacoma
Defensive:  Helena Stout – Pierce

Offensive:  Megan Minke – Clackamas
Setter:  Natalie James – Clackamas
Defensive:  Jessica Pedro – Mt. Hood

Job announcement: Athletic Department Supervisor – Tacoma CC

Athletic Department Supervisor – Program Support Supervisor 2

This position provides supervision, management, and direction to Athletic department coaches and staff. Interprets and implements TCC and Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) regulations and deadlines. Serve as the liaison between the coaching staff and the NWAC ensuring that league deadlines are met, and procedures are followed.

Develop and implement policies within the department. Develop policies and procedures for program operations and monitor departmental records.

Please view the full job posting here.


NWAC Basketball Jamborees announced – November 1st & November 8th

Clackamas Community College will host the 21st Annual NWAC Preseason Jamboree, with 6 of the 8 Southern Region teams competing. Along with CCC are Mt. Hood and Linn Benton, who have participated all 21 years, in addition will be Lane, Portland, and Southwestern.

Also joining in on the fun are Bellevue, Big Bend, Grays Harbor, South Puget Sound, and Pacific JV men’s basketball teams.

Games begin at 9:30 am November 1st at Randall Hall on the CCC campus and run until 4:30 pm.

Admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.

View Schedule of Scrimmages

Bellevue College is also hosting a Men & Women’s Jamboree on November 8th. Eight women and eight men’s teams will compete.

The men’s games will run from 10:00am to 3:30pm and women’s will take place 4:00pm to approximately 8:30pm.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and students.

View Schedule of Scrimmages

Christy Martin Joins TCC as New Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Christy Martin guided Blue Mountain to a 3rd place NWAC finish in 2014

Christy Martin joins Titan Athletics as head coach of the Women’s Basketball team for the 2014-15 season.

Martin comes to TCC from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, OR, where she spent six years turning a struggling program into the most successful women’s basketball program in BMCC history.

In the 2013-14 season, BMCC took 3rd in the NWAC tournament despite losing a top-scoring player to injury.

Originally from Spokane, Martin is familiar with Tacoma from high school State 4A Tournaments, in which she participated both as a player and as an assistant coach.

“Having the opportunity to work in a bigger pond with a larger array of local talent was a big draw to Tacoma,” said Martin. “TCC athletics are rich in tradition; I am excited and motivated to help bring Titan WBB back to prominence in the NWAC.”

Martin believes in developing strong student-athletes who hold themselves to high academic standards and give back to the community.      

 “My fundamental vision will always be excellence, both in the classroom, the community and during competition.  Finding new and different mechanisms to achieving this is part of the challenge.  The end goal is producing a program that our Titan community will be proud of.” 

South & North-West Regional Cross Country Photos and Results

The South and North-West regions held their regional cross country championships this weekend.

On the men’s side, Lane won the South Region title just edging by the narrowest of margins runner-up Clackamas 38 to 39. Mt. Hood came in third with 69.

Lane sophomore Jonathan Cornish out kicked his freshman teammate Ben Harter for the individual title in the 8K with a time of 26:15 to 26:24.

Lane head coach Mike Blackmore was named the Men’s Cross Country Southern Region Coach of the year.

Everett out distanced runner-up Green River 26 to 52 to claim the North-West region title with Highline coming in at third with 58 points.

Highline freshman Endalkachew Abebaw took the individual men’s title with a time if 27:10.4 in the 8k race. Everett sophomore Stephen Dietz was second with a time of 27:13.7.

Everett head coach Frank Dauncey was named the Men’s North-West Region Coach of the Year.

Full Results: South | North-West

Lane also claimed the Women’s South Region title with an easy victory over runner-up Mt. Hood 39 points to 56 with Clackamas taking third with 68 points.

Mt. Hood freshman Georgia Glovatsky won the 5k cruising to a 23 second win over Lane sophomore Nicole Maurmann 18:42 to 19:05.

Mt. Hood head coach Jim Satterfield was named the South Region Cross Country Women’s Coach of the Year.

Everett placed runners 4th through 8th to take the North-West Region title with 25 points over runner-up Olympic who tallied 39 points. Green River placed third with 78.

Olympic freshman Camille Shiflett completely out paced the field with a time of 19:03.1 to take a 42 second victory over freshman teammate Kat Ramsey who turned in a time of 19:45.4 in the 5K. Skagit Valley sophomore Madeline Wing claimed third with a time of 21:05.4.

Olympic head coach Dan Dittmer was named the North-West Region Coach of the Year.

Full Results: South | North-West


North-West Region Men’s Champions Everett


North-West Region Women’s Champions Everett


North-West Region Men’s Runner-Up: Green River


North-West Region Women’s Runner-Up: Olympic


North-West Region Top Eight Men


North-West Region Top Eight Women


North-West Region Coaches of the Year: Dan Dittmer & Frank Dauncey


South Region Men’s Champions Lane


South Region Women’s Champions Lane


South Region Men’s Runner-Up:Clackamas


South Region Women’s Runner-Up: Mt. Hood


South Region Top Ten Men


South Region Top Ten Women

Olympic’s Camille Shiflett aiming high in Cross Country

Silverdale’s Camille Shiflett came to running late — now she’s aiming for the Olympics

BY: Terry Mosher
Posted: 6:18 PM, Oct 21, 2014
Updated 7:25 PM, Oct 21, 2014

Camille Shiflett

Silverdale’s Camille Shiflett is a happy, positive individual with a tremendous competitor’s spirit that burns deep in her 40-year-old soul.

The mother of four — Elizabeth (12), Micajah (10), Ava (8), Carina (5) — and wife of a Navy Commander, Nathan Shiflett, is making the local running community take notice.

Longtime Navy running coach Jim Felty has seen nothing like quite like it.

“She is a unique bird,” said Felty, who trains Shiflett and the Navy’s top runners from across the country, and is assistant cross country coach and head track and field coach at Klahowya. “She’s very talented and she came to running just recently. She’s probably the best female talent we have had in this area in quite some time. “

Shiflett enrolled at Olympic College this fall to get into the nursing program and began asking around about the cross country program. It didn’t take long for coach Dan Dittmer to realize how talented she was and offered her a scholarship.

“She’s a real neat lady,” Dittmer said.” She’s very excitable, very personable. “

Shiflett ran one unofficial race with the team at the Salt Creek Invitational, finishing as the top female. She ran in the Race for a Soldier at Gig Harbor, and was the first female finisher again. In her first official race with OC, she was the second female to finish at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational.

“The last three-quarters of a mile she was overtaken,” Dittmer said. “It was a learning experience for her.”

“Oh boy,” Shiflett said, laughing. “I do have to say this cross county league is new to me.”

Shiflett is used to running roads, or being a roady as she calls it, and it’s been difficult to learn the correct pace and adjust to being elbowed by girls two decades younger.

“It’s just amazing to be able to pace yourself and see how, through hard workouts, you can obtain your time and goal on the cross county courses,” Shiflett said. “You just have to remember the primal joy of running when you are getting the best out of yourself, when you can just run for joy. Two weeks ago I didn’t look at my time when I ran a 1:21.22 (at Gig Harbor), and I teared up because I was running for joy. Like the cross country event, it’s just sheer joy running on grass. It’s a wonderful feel, and the smell of leaves. You just can’t beat that. And the 18-year-olds just makes it even more exciting — the college kids.”

Last weekend, Shiflett raced in the six-kilometer Emerald City Open in Seattle and took 11th among women with a time of 22:44.

Shiflett, who played soccer and was a cheerleader at Bothell High, played soccer at Washington State where she graduated in 1997 with a degree in zoology, intending to go to veterinary school (she instead got masters in nutrition). She continues to play soccer at the Olympic Sports Center, but that has taken a back seat now that she aiming to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon by reaching the “B” standard of 2:43.

She started running about five years ago when the family was living in Wisconsin. There she joined the Tri-Ozaukee Tri-Club and competed in triathlons. When the family got to San Diego, running took a turn to the serious when she was coached by Kevin Prochaska, a noted runner in San Diego.

When the family moved here a year ago, she was sponsored by Poulsbo Running while looking around for another coach.

“She called me out of the blue,” Felty said. “She had heard if she wanted a local coach, she should call me. After I stopped laughing, I agreed to meet her. I told her if she wanted to get to the Olympic Trials, you have to have short term and long term goals and how to get there. I’m still taking baby steps with her, and adjusting to her. She is so busy with four kids and a husband.”

Because of her personality, Shiflett’s many friends call her by various nicknames — including Psycho C by Felty — but the overwhelming favorite is Cheetah, and she has adopted that name as part of her email address.

Felty said when Shiflett ran the Poulsbo half marathon, he wanted her to run just under 1:30, maybe around 1:28. Shiflett ran it in 1:23.26 and was the first female finisher, and third overall. She would have liked to finish even higher.

“I know I’m 40,” Shiflett said, laughing. “(But), I’ve always been athletic. I believe I have the heart of a lion. If you look at me (5-foot-4, 98 pounds) you wouldn’t see an Olympian. But get me out there in a race and I have the heart of a lion.”

Felty just shakes his head.

“She a fierce competitor,” Felty said. “One thing that drives me crazy about her is that I can’t get her to relax. For example, I knew she would win the Poulsbo half marathon (for females) before the gun went off. I just wanted her to run slowly, nice and easy. I wanted her to win, but also not to kill herself.”

Next up for her and the OC Rangers is Friday’s Northwest Athletic Conference’s Northern Region Championships in Everett. The final race for OC is Nov. 8 NWAC championships in Battle Ground.

The next goal for her is to compete in the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Dec. 7. Many of the better women in the country compete in this race, which is over a fast course, in an attempt to qualify for the Olympic Trials which will be held in Feb. 13, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Shiflett figures it will take a year or two to be able to reach the B Standard for the marathon, a race which she has yet to run.

“If anybody can do it, I can do it,” she said. “It takes discipline. In the dead of winter, I made myself get up early and go running with head lamps in the dark and cold and rain. I dug down deep and it made me stronger as an individual and as an athlete.”

Is Shiflett driven?

You bet.

“I just think I was born with it,” she said. “I think a lot of elite athletes have a special ability to dig down deep and push past the horrific pain. It can overtake you. You just got to push through. Discipline is mind, body and spirit, and nutrition.

“We are all obsessive. At least I’m obsessive in a good way.”

Shiflett and Olympic head coach Dan Dittmer high five each other. Shiflett  won the NWAC North West Region women’s title last weekend and now has her eye on the NWAC league championship that will take place on November 8th in Battle Ground, WA.


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
mwochnick@theolympian.com 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.

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