Rodriguez takes helm of Pirate soccer ship

PORT ANGELES – Cale Rodriguez of Redlands, California this week became the fourth head coach in the storied history of Peninsula College men’s soccer.

The Pirates, winners of three Northwest Athletic Conference championships and six West Division titles, will now be guided by Rodriguez, who brings significant soccer experience to the program.

“We are very pleased to have Cale in our Pirate family,” said Athletic Director Rick Ross. “We had a lot of interest in this position, 35 applicants from eight countries, and we liked Cale’s experience, his passion for soccer, and his fit for our college and for this community.”

Rodriguez is leaving his position as the assistant coach at University of Redlands, where he coached from 2012-2015, to take the helm of the Pirate ship. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas from 2011-2012. He has a USSF C License.

The California native also played college soccer at Redlands, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 2010 and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education in 2014.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Robins, Rick Ross, Jack Huls, Kanyon Anderson and the search committee for giving me this incredible opportunity to be the head men’s soccer coach at Peninsula College,” Rodriguez said. “I am humbled and honored to take over a program that Coach Chapman and Coach Anderson have left in such a great position. The overall experience provided to students at Peninsula College is extremely impressive and I consider it a privilege to be in a position to contribute to the overall success of student-athletes. I look forward to adding to the history and tradition of Pirate soccer."

"This is an exciting time for Pirate Soccer,” he said. “My goal is for Peninsula College to be the best place in the West to play junior college soccer. This may seem like a lofty goal, but I strongly believe that the future of this program is very bright. I look forward to the challenge of competing in the NWAC and continuing the success of a program known for excellence."

Among Cale’s strengths identified by the Peninsula College hiring committee was his experience as the Recruiting Coordinator at University of Redlands.

“Cale is an outstanding recruiter with broad West Coast connections – and that is a critical component of this game,” Ross said. “I’m confident he’ll know something about every high school soccer player from Alaska to Southern California, including all those here on the North Olympic Peninsula. He’s also very connected to four-year colleges where he’ll be able to help our players move on.”

Rodriguez will not only coach soccer at Peninsula, but he’ll teach physical education on a part-time faculty contract.

“Cale’s coaching style, and teaching ability in soccer, translate very well into the PE classroom,” Ross said. “Our students are going to enjoy him and I see him growing into an outstanding educator.”

In Rodriguez’s playing career at Redlands, he was a four-year starter and served as team captain his senior year in 2009. He was named to the NCAA Division III All-West Region Team and was twice named All-Conference. His Bulldogs were nationally-ranked in 2006-2008, winning conference titles and reaching the NCAA playoffs all three years.

Rodriguez served as assistant coach under Ralph Perez, who is a West Coast soccer coaching icon. Perez’s coaching resume includes serving as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy, head coach of the U.S. World Cup Under-20 Team that placed fourth in 1989, and a successful career at Redlands that includes four NCAA Championship Tournament appearances and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America West Region Coach of the Year Award.  

"I owe a great debt of gratitude to Coach Ralph Perez for being a tremendous mentor throughout my playing and coaching career,” Rodriguez said. “Additionally, I want to thank Liam Connors, BJ Noble, Rich Ryerson, Rob Becerra and Paul Karver. Without their guidance and friendship, I wouldn’t have this opportunity."

Coach Perez says Rodriguez is ready for this next step in his career.

“He’s clearly ready for it,” Perez said. “He has worked hard to become a coach and he’s more mature then his age. He’s very dedicated to the game. The players we have love him.”

Rodriguez will be Peninsula’s fourth men’s soccer coach, following the groundwork established by Jeff Pitman for the first three seasons from 2000-2002, and Andrew Chapman from 2003-2013 and Kanyon Anderson in the fall of 2014.

Track & Field Athletes of the Week – 2015 Week 2

MEN’S TRACK

Joshua TurnerJoshua Turner 
Mt. Hood, Freshman
— Event: 110m Hurdles; Mark: 15.49, Event: 400m Hurdles; Mark: 57.54 at Mt. Hood Saints Open
Nominator Comments:

  • "Great double and times for Josh being a freshman in tough weather conditions this weekend."


MEN’S FIELD

Scott MillerScott Miller
Everett, Sophomore
— Event: Discus; Mark: 46.54m/152’8", Event: Shot Put; Mark: 14.69m/48’2" at PLU Invite
Nominator Comments:

  • "Scott looks great already!"


WOMEN’S TRACK

Margaret Paul Margaret Paul 
Mt. Hood, Freshman
— Event: 100m; Mark: 12.70, Event: 200m; Mark: 26.04 at Mt. Hood Saints Open
Nominator Comments:

  • "Great performances in rough weather conditions."


WOMEN’S FIELD

Rachel HuffmanRachel Huffman
Southwestern Oregon, Freshman
— Event: Discus; Mark: 129’3", Event: Shot Put; Mark: 39’4" at Mt. Hood Saints Open
Nominator Comments:

  • "Leads shot put and discus. Great spirited competitor."


Umpqua registers two players on WBCA Junior/Community College All-American Team

2015 WBCA Junior/Community College
Player of the Year Finalists named

ATLANTA (March 18, 2015) - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the finalists for the 2015 WBCA Junior/Community College Player of the Year award. 

They are:

  • Evelyn Akhator, 6’3”, Sophomore, Forward, Chipola Junior College
  • Dionna Collins, 5’5”, Sophomore, Guard, Redlands Community College
  • Shomari Harris, 5’5”, Sophomore, Guard, Collin County Community College

The WBCA presents the player of the year award annually to the top player in five WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions II, III, NAIA, junior/community college and high school). The winner will be announced during the Fifth Annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 6, in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.

“Congratulations to each of these fine student-athletes on being named finalists for the 2015 WBCA Junior/Community College Player of the Year Award,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Each student-athlete has played an integral role in guiding their respective team to an exceptional season, and is very deserving of this distinguished honor. The WBCA celebrates each of these finalists for their contributions to the game during the 2014-15 season.” 

The 10-member team was selected by a vote of the selection committee. The committee is composed of one representative from each of the nine geographical regions and a chairperson. The members of the 2015 WBCA Junior/Community College Coaches’ All-America Team are as follows:

Name Institution Year Pos. Height
Evelyn Akhator Chipola Junior College Soph. Forward 6’3”
Dionna Collins Redlands Community College Soph. Guard 5’5”
Chelsey Gibson Gulf Coast State College Soph. Forward 6’0”
Sierra Harley Owens Community College Fresh. Guard 5’8”
Shomari Harris Collin County Community College Soph. Guard 5’5”
Victoria Kemokai Tyler Junior College Soph. Guard 5’2”
Kristina King Gulf Coast State College Fresh. Forward 6’3”
Ashli Payne Umpqua Community College Soph. Guard 5’11”
Jazmine Spears Trinity Valley Community College Soph. Forward 6’0”
Jasmine Trimboli Iowa Western Community College Soph. Guard 5’10”

“The 10 members of the 2015 WBCA Junior/Community College Coaches’ All-America Team are well deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for their achievements this season,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “These young women have separated themselves and through their efforts, have become ambassadors for our game. Through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have elevated the women’s game to an exciting new level.”

The following have been recognized as Coaches’ All-America Team Honorable Mentions in the Junior/Community College division:

Name Institution Year Pos. Height
Breck Clark Northern Oklahoma College Enid Soph. Forward 5’9”
Jordan Coleman Irvine Valley College Fresh. Guard 5’8”
Alicia Cooley State Fair Community College Soph. Forward 6’3”
Leashia Grant Trinity Valley Community College Soph. Forward 6’1”
Kendra Howard San Jacinto College Soph. Guard 5’8”
Jasmin Howe Marshalltown Community College Soph. Guard 5’7”
India Johnson Highland Community College (Kan.) Soph. Guard 5’7”
Sueterrica Key Chipola Junior College Soph. Guard 5’9”
Sawyer Kluge Umpqua Community College Fresh. Guard 5’10”
Tamyra Laws Frederick Community College Soph. Guard 5’8”
Miranda LeJune San Jacinto College Fresh. Guard 5’6”
Caylinne Martin McLennan Community College Fresh. Center 6’3”
Jonessa Moore Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Soph. Center 6’1”
Brittny Norris Tyler Junior College Soph. Guard 5’9”
Nakia Page Bakersfield College Soph. Forward 5’11”
Krystal Pickron Collin County Community College Soph. Guard 5’7”
Angie Reid Foothill College Fresh. Center 6’1”
Kaylin Roher McLennan Community College Soph. Guard 5’4”
Whitney Stotler Seminole State College Soph. Forward 5’11”
Tyshee Towner Wabash Valley College Soph. Guard 5’9”
Ashley Tunstall Owens Community College Soph. Forward 5’10”
Breanna Turner Irvine Valley College Soph. Center 6’2”
Nieka Wheeler Johnson County Community College Soph. Forward 5’9”
Demy Whitaker Owens Community College Fresh. Guard 5’8”
Autumn Williams Trinity Valley Community College Soph. Guard 5’9”
Brianna Williams Collin County Community College Soph. Guard 5’7”
Kaelynn Wilson San Jacinto College Fresh. Forward 5’11”

About the WBCA:
Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.

ABCA – Junior College Pacific Associations Division Baseball Poll – March 17

ABCA – Junior College Pacific Associations Division
March 17 Poll

RANK SCHOOL REGION
1 San Joaquin Delta NorCal
2 Fullerton SoCal
3 Columbia Basin NWAC
4 Palomar SoCal
5 Fresno City NorCal
6 Cypress SoCal
7 Yakima Valley NWAC
8 Oxnard SoCal
9 Feather River NorCal
10 Santa Barbara SoCal
11 Treasure Valley NWAC
12 Cosumnes River NorCal
13 Riverside SoCal
14 Merced NorCal
15 Edmonds NWAC
16 Rio Hondo SoCal
17 Gavilan NorCal
18 Canyons SoCal
19 Spokane NWAC
20 San Mateo NorCal
21 Orange Coast SoCal
22 Ohlone NorCal
23 Bellevue NWAC
24 Southwestern SoCal
25 Santa Rosa NorCal

Others:  
NWAC – Lower Columbia, Mt. Hood.                                             
SoCal
– Saddleback, Cerritos, Irvine Valley.                                          
NorCal – Cabrillo, Marin, Mission.

Lane alum Travis Thompson joins Oregon State Track & Field coaching staff

Travis Thompson joins the OSU staff along with another former Lane Titan Collin Cram who joined the Beavers’ staff in 2013. Cram replaced Travis Floeck who was the Titans head cross country and track & field assistant in 2007-09. Floeck is now the head coach for the Idaho Vandals cross country team.

Travis joined the Beavers in February, 2015, as a volunteer assistant coach. He is a Newport native who graduated from NHS in 2006.

A former standout at Newport, Lane Community College (2006-08) and the University of Oregon (2008-11), he was a two-time All-American in the 800 meters for the Ducks, with a PR of 1:47.60 that ranks 8th on their all-time list.

He was also a two-time captain and ran on the distance medley relay team that won an indoor national championship in 2009. He graduated with a sociology degree.

Before coming to OSU, Thompson was the head sprints/relays/ middle distance coach at Lane from 2012-15  and helped lead the Titans to successive NWAC men’s and women’s team titles, their first championships in 15 years.

He coached 11 junior-college all Americans, eight individual NWAC champions, two NWAC relay championship teams, and his athletes set three school records.

Thompson holds a USATF level I coaching certification. His father, Terry, was a star for the Beavers in the 1960s.

Mt. Hood Baseball alum Jake Dahlberg named Pitcher of the Week

Jake Dahlberg Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

CHICAGO – UIC baseball player Jake Dahlberg has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the period of March 9-15, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. Dahlberg was nearly unhittable in Saturday’s series-clinching win against Valparaiso, striking out a career high nine batters and allowing no free passes.

"Jake was outstanding," said head coach Mike Dee. "He stayed ahead of hitters and used great angle on the ball which kept us in control of the game."

Dahlberg had a shutout heading into the ninth inning against the Crusades, but two unearned runs were allowed to score off of defensive miscues by the Flames. The Vancouver, Wash. native gave up a mere three hits over 8.2 innings of work. His nine strikeouts serves as the program’s highest total since April 30, 2013 (Suminski – 12).

Track & Field Athletes of the Week – 2015 Week 1

 MEN’S TRACK

Jonathan CornishJonathan Cornish 
Lane, Sophomore

— Event: 10,000m; Mark: 31:06.96 at Linfield Erik Anderson Icebreaker
Nominator Comments:

  • “Top college finisher. Outstanding time and personal best.”


MEN’S FIELD

Sean Keller 
Spokane, Freshman

— Event: Javelin; Mark: 237′ 0″ at Linfield Erik Anderson Icebreaker
Nominators’ Comments:

  •  “Wow!”
  •  “Sean’s first collegiate meet and he threw a school and meet record; only four feet off the conference record.”


Shawn Buck 
Spokane, Sophomore

— Event: Hammer; Mark: 180-00 at Linfield Erik Anderson Icebreaker
Nominator Comments:

  •  “Wow!”



WOMEN’S TRACK

Daysha Simms-GarciaDaysha Simms-Garcia 
Lane, Freshman

— Event: 200m; Mark: 25.82, Event: 400m; Mark: 57.96 at Linfield Icebreaker
Nominators’ Comments:

  •  “Very good double for the first meet.”
  •  “Terrific double for fist college meet. 1st place in the 400m and 2nd in the 200m.”


Georgia GlovatskyGeorgia Glovatsky 
Mt. Hood, Sophomore

— Event: 5,000m; Mark: 17:51 at Linfield Erik Anderson Icebreaker
Nominator Comments:

  • “Great time for the 5000 in a very large field.”


WOMEN’S FIELD

Tianna YbarraTianna Ybarra
Clackamas, Sophomore

— Event: Hammer; Mark: 138′ 10″, Event: Javelin; Mark: 131′ 7″ at Linfield Erik Anderson Icebreaker
Nominator Comments:

  •  “Great throws in great weather to open the season.”


Men: Clark wins first NWAC title in 20 years

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Tuesday, March 10

Championship Game






8 p.m. Men — Clark 78, Edmonds 59 [stats]


The Clark men had gotten close. They went to the title game in 1996 but lost, and came to the tournament with title hopes in 2012 but were upset in the first round.

In comes new head coach Alex Kirk, and in a short time, Kirk transformed the Penguins into what the league will remember as one of the more dominant defensive teams in recent memory.

They set tournament records for the best defensive half in league history, and broke a 45-year-old record for the largest margin of victory. And on Tuesday evening in front of a small but raucous crowd, the Penguins did something that hadn’t been done in 20 years: Clark won the men’s NWAC title with a 78-59 win over Edmonds.

For the Tritons, the title game wasn’t unfamiliar territory. Edmonds had made the championship game but lost in 2013 to Chemeketa.

Clark scored first on a bucket from Darrius Mathis, but Edmonds responded with a vengeance. And really, for the first time in the tournament, the Penguins found themselves trailing as Edmonds jumped on top by six after five minutes of play in the first half, leading 11-5 on a three-pointer from Devin Stoen.

Clark rallied to take a one point lead on two occasions late in the half, but Edmonds went on a run of their own, scoring seven in a row to take a 38-30 lead. Still the Penguins weren’t out of it. Rian Bassett scored six points in the final two minutes of the half, part of a big push to get Clark within 40-38 at the halftime break.

The momentum continued into the second half, as Mathis hit a three pointer to give Clark a 41-40 lead. Edmonds managed to tie the game at 44 with 17:02 remaining in the game, but the Penguins continued to turn up the pressure on defense.

Clark started to work the offensive boards as well and took advantage of Edmonds’ mistakes to extend their lead to ten points with 11:41 remaining on a pair of free throws from Evan Garrison.

A few minutes later, on another bucket from Garrison, the Penguins capped their run to take a 66-49 lead with 7:26 left in the game, having held the Tritons scoreless for the better part of five full minutes.

Edmonds finally broke their scoreless streak with a bucket from Destine Kawaka, but Clark’s defense was too much to handle. Even when a free throw from Zach Pederson cut the lead back down to 14 at 66-53, there still wasn’t much light at the end of the tunnel. Hayden Hall was fouled in the act of shooting a three and went to the line for the hat trick, restoring the Penguins’ 17-point advantage with just over five minutes to play.

By the time there was less than a minute to play, it seemed as though the Tritons’ basket was closed for the evening. The starters sat down with 1:08 to play, having missed their last nine shots. The move brought the Clark fans to their feet as the men in black neared their first title in two decades.

A minute later, the Penguins threw the ball skyward and lept from the bench to celebrate as one at center court, champions.

Mathis, who was jeered at for most of the evening by the opposing fans, who would yell, “Daaaarious!” finished with a game-high 18 points in the win. Garrison finished with 15 points, and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

2015 NWAC Men’s All-Tournament Team 

MVP
Evan Garrison – Clark

Most Inspirational 
Destine Kawaka – Edmonds

1st Team
Derek Brown, Jr – Everett
Damon Cikanek – Green River
Beruhz ‘Duce’ Nazmazi – Lane
Zach Pederson – Edmonds
Orlando Vance – Clark

2nd Team
Tre Benton – Pierce
Bryan Berg – Clark
Tre Clark – Lane
Dom Holub – Bellevue
Charlie Smith – Edmonds

Women: Peninsula downs Lane for first NWAC title

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Tuesday, March 10


Championship Game


Peninsula celebrates the first title in program history.



5:30 p.m. Women — Peninsula 85, Lane 75 [stats]

As far as championships were concerned, it was David and Goliath: Lane was looking for their league-record fifth title, while Peninsula was looking for their first.

Not only did the Pirates come into the tournament without a championship to their names, they came in without a win in the tournament, having gone winless through all 11 of their championship game appearances.

That never slowed the Pirates’ resolve as Peninsula, following the lead of head coach Alison Crumb, approached every game this season as a championship game. The mindset led the Pirates to a Northern Region title, and now Peninsula will have an NWAC title to go along with it.

Peninsula came from seven down in the second half and led by as many as 13 down the stretch, defeating the mighty Lane Titans to claim the first NWAC championship in program history.

Peninsula struck first, but after giving up the first bucket of the game, Lane went on to score the next nine points, eventually taking a 13-5 lead on a quick catch and shoot from Jordan Kimbrough in the paint. But during that stretch, the already injury-laden Titans lost another body — 5-foot-10 post Marikah Wright, who collapsed going for a rebound and didn’t return to the game.

With one of the Titans’ big bodies on the training table, the Pirates looked to take advantage, pushing the ball up the floor and attacking the paint. The approach worked, as Imani Smith was able to draw seven free throw attempts in the final few minutes of the first half.

Miranda Schmillen was a perfect two-for-two from distance for the Pirates at the first half, leading first half scoring with 10 points. Peninsula led by as many as six points in the first half, and held a 36-32 edge at the break.

The opening minutes of the second half were dominated by Peninsula’s post presence, Gabi Fenumiai. Just as the Pirates had discovered in their defeat of Umpqua an evening earlier, feeding Fenumiai the ball time and time again was difficult for Lane to stop.

With so much focus on the paint, things started to open up all over the court for Peninsula, who took a 46-40 lead on another three from Madison Pilster.

But that’s when the wheels finally started to roll for Lane. The Titans went on a 13-0 run to turn a six-point deficit into a seven point lead with 12:12 left in the game, firing on all offensive cylinders and hardly allowing Peninsula to get a shot off.

The Titans had the momentum and were clogging up the paint, daring Peninsula to shoot threes, which they did — and to great success. Schmillen hit the two in a row to cut the deficit to a single point at 53-52, Then Imani Smith connected on two free throws to give the Pirates a lead they would never surrender.

The Pirates led by 13 points with less than two minutes to go on an offensive board and bucket from Fenumiai, and while the Titans did manage to get within seven points, Peninsula remained firmly in control over the final two minutes.

Women’s All-Tournament Team

MVP
Madison Pilster – Peninsula

Most Inspirational
Jacia Jointer – Lane

1st Team
Marissa Cabllero – Columbia Basin
Aminata Cole – SW Oregon
Jordan Kimbrough – Lane
Zhara Laster – Peninsula
Mar’Shay Moore – Blue Mountain

2nd Team
Kyahri Adams – Centralia
Bre Dubois – Lane
Gabi Fenumiai – Peninsula
Mikayla Jones – Bellevue
Kaylea Knox – Lower Columbia

Women: Umpqua comes from 11 down, holds on to take third

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Tuesday, March 10

3rd Place Final


2 p.m. Women — Umpqua 82, SW Oregon 80 [stats]

The Umpqua Riverhawks had to hold on for dear life in the final few minutes against SW Oregon, but just managed to stay ahead, beating the Lakers 82-80 to claim third place at the NWAC championships on March 10.

After a hotly contested first half which featured 20 lead changes, SW Oregon led 44-40 thanks to a 6-0 run to end the half.

SW Oregon picked up where they left off after the halftime break, jumping out to a 10-point lead at the 5:11 mark of the second half, and leading 65-54 on a putback from Aminata Cole with 11:12 to play in the game.

Then Sawyer Kluge and the Riverhawks started to take over. Kluge hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead to seven, and moments later scored eight consecutive points on her own to give Umpqua a 70-67 lead after just over three minutes.

But the Riverhawks weren’t done. Umpqua went on a 26-4 run overall and led 78-67 with 5:26 to play and still led 82-71 with just over two and a half minutes left before cruising to victo– wait.

When Umpqua reached 82 points, something either shut off on offense for the Riverhawks or came alive for SW Oregon. The Lakers — incredibly — scored the next nine points and were down 82-80 after Cole hit a pair from the line with 48 seconds to play.

SW Oregon had the ball back with time for another shot, but Cole’s attempt at a game-winner was off, securing third for the Riverhawks.

Ashli Payne led all scorers with 29 points in the victory, including five-of-10 three point attempts and 12 rebounds. Kluge was six of 13 from distance, and finished with 25 points.

Cole led the Lakers with 23 points.

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