Where are they now – Demarea Caples & Ricardo Maxwell

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Demarea Caples

Bellevue Women’s Basketball
Senior at Northwest Christian University, NAIA – Cascade Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two years at Bellevue College…earned MVP honors at the Bellevue Classic in both seasons…earned Second-Team All-NWAC honors as a freshman…earned First-Team All-NWAC honors during sophomore season and was selected to play in the NWAC All-Star Game…averaged 10 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals per game, & totaled 28 blocks (13th in the NWAC) as a sophomore…led Bulldogs to conference championship and 5th place finish in NWAC championship tournament.  Career best game came against Everett shooting 9/11 FT, 50% FG%, 23 pts, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot.    

Northwest Christian University
Last season as a junior, started in 25 of 28 games for the Beacons , averaged 7.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg (lead the team) and totaled 24 blocked shots (2nd on the team) and 34 steals (2nd on the team) on the season … Season high game came on the last game of the year vs Corban, scored a game high 19 pts and 8 rebounds.

This season as a senior, started 13 of 14 games played…Averaging 6.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg and shooting 73% FT… NCU is currently 11-5, in Cascade Conference play (4th in standings) and has clinched a berth to the conference tournament. 

Follow Dexter’s senior season:
Northwest Christian Athletics Website
Twitter: @GoBEACONS

Ricardo Maxwell in action

Ricardo Maxwell

Edmonds Men’s Basketball
Senior at Western Washington University, NCAA DII – Great Northwest Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
First-team Northwest Athletic Conference Northern Region All-Star and All-Defensive Team pick as sophomore in 2012-13 … Helped Tritons to 26-4 record, North Region title and championship game of NWAC Tournament … First-team all-tournament choice … Averaged 20.6 points, shooting 41 percent (61-of-150) from 3-point range, 5.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds … Scored season-best 36 points versus Everett CC … Did not compete as freshman in 2011-12 because of severe ankle sprain … Played 2010-11 season at North Seattle Community College. 

Western Washington University
Second-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star as junior in 2014-15 after being GNAC Pre-season all-star … Played in 25 games, making 23 starts … Averaged 15.0 points on 51.8 percent (144-of-278) field-goal shooting, 3.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds … Ranked fifth in GNAC in minutes played, sixth in assists, seventh in scoring, … Shot team-best 71.8 percent (64-of-89) at free-throw line … Had season-high 31 points vs. Western Oregon on 1/24/15 and 28 at Northwest Nazarene on 1/17/15 … Had team-best 12 assists vs. Thompson Rivers BC on 12/15/14 and grabbed seven rebounds in each of two games … Drove length of court for winning layup in 68-66 win over Seattle Pacific … Redshirt in 2013-14 … 

This season as a senior, has started in all 23 games…Averaging 16ppg (2nd on team & 7th in GNAC), 2.48 rpg, and 4.6 apg (1st on the team & 5th in the GNAC)…Shooting an even 50% from the floor (12th in the GNAC)… 76% from the FT line…2nd in GNAC in assist to turnover ratio…5th in GNAC minutes played…& ranks among the GNAC’s top 25 in steals…WWU is currently  14-9 on the season and in contention to make the GNAC Tournament.   

Follow Dexter’s senior season:
Western Washington Athletics Website
Twitter: @WWUAthletics

NWAC Basketball Players of the Week – February 1-7

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Anna Mumm, Umpqua, Sophomore, Forward

Mumm had a dominating week in two UCC wins. She averaged 42.0 ppg on 70% fg shooting and 21.5 rbg. Her standout game against PCC included a 52 point, 26 rebound performance to go with her 5 blocked shots.

Mumm currently leads the league in blocks with 3.12 per game. She is 7th in scoring (19.8) and rebounds (11.28) and is 9th in FG% (54.3).

Logan Schilder, Whatcom, Freshman, Center

Schilder led the Orcas to a victory over region rival Everett with a huge double-double scoring 19 points and pulling down 17 boards to go with 3 assists and 3 blocks.

Overall, Schilder is 2nd in the league in blocks (1.95 bpg), 6th in field goal percentage (58.7%) and 19th in rebounds (7.1 rpg).

Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll- Feb 4

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
February 4, 2016
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Big Bend 7-0, 17-6 78 (7) 4
2. Spokane 6-1, 20-3 52 1
3. Clark 9-1, 18-4 48 (1) 2
4. Edmonds 6-1, 17-3 44 3
5. Lower Columbia 7-0, 15-6 42 5
6. S. Puget Sound 5-2, 16-5 19 7
7. Lane 6-3, 18-4 13 8
8. Clackamas 7-3, 15-8 9 6
Also receiving votes: Highline 5, Peninsula 2
Next Poll: Feb 18

Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll- Feb 4

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
February 4, 2016
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Lane 9-0, 22-0 80 (8) 1
2. Wenatchee Valley 7-0, 19-3 64 2
3. Bellevue 6-1, 18-4 42 5
4. Peninsula 6-1, 15-5 39 4
5. Umpqua 7-3, 19-5 31 3
6. Spokane 5-2, 16-6 26 NR
7. Clackamas 7-3, 16-7 15 7
8. Lower Columbia 7-0, 15-8 9 NR
Also receiving votes: Treasure Valley 4, Columbia Basin 1, Walla Walla 1
Next Poll: Feb 18

Mt. Hood’s “Fab Five” plays through adversity, relishes the chance

The "Fab Five" plays through adversity, relishes the chance

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January 28, 2016 | Photo by Jeff Hinds

When first-year women’s basketball coach John Hawley took over the Mt. Hood Saints program, he surely wasn’t anticipating the turn of events to come with his young and talented group of players.

Since Dec. 17, the Saints’ roster has dwindled down to just five players on the active roster, due mostly to injuries. This came even after starting the season short-handed to begin with as Hawley arrived late on the scene after former coach Tyler Rose resigned last year, putting a dent in recruiting.

It has been quite the unique situation, but the "Fab Five," as they’re calling themselves, remain hopeful and want to give it their all on the hardwood during their 40-minute games.

"I’ve never been a part of something like this, but the girls are really embracing it and playing with a lot of heart and these were the cards that we were dealt and I am just working with these five," said Hawley. "I am so proud of these girls for their efforts, regardless of winning or losing."

Madison Weaver, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, enjoys the thrill of each game, but also realizes what a toll it can take on the body, though you won’t hear any complaining from her or her teammates. "We all get tired, but it’s not as bad as people think it would be," she said. "Coach has us well prepared to run the entire game. The best part is that we get to play the entire game and that we all know each other well enough that we mesh really well together."

Weaver, along with 5-foot-10 sophomore teammate, Delanee Martin agree that it’s unfortunate to be in this position, but in the same token, love the idea that all five players are on the same page and they can leave their emotions and complaints off the court.

"We realized very early that these were our five players, and complaining won’t make us any better," said Weaver. "Other opponents’ coaches are telling us that we are the hardest working team they have seen in a while."

One of those coaches is veteran Clackamas Community College head coach Jim Marineau. "I have a ton of respect for John and especially the team," he said. "To show up each night and play as hard as they have been, is a credit to them and the staff."

"I have never seen a team that only had five and will finish (the season with five); very impressive," Martineau said.

The Saints’ Martin said even with five players, the team can compete in the NWAC regardless of the unusual circumstances, though a substitution here and there would sure come in handy.

"We go out there with the intent to win every game," said Martin, a Eugene native. "We don’t expect for anyone, including ourselves, to feel bad for us. It doesn’t change the way we play, we just have to be more cautious when it comes to fouling and chill out and back off some."

Winning hasn’t come easy for the Saints this season. The team is currently 6-13 overall, 1-7 in conference play. Martin, along with Weaver and sophomore teammates Jesse Morris, Lacey Weddle and Alexis Imbler, want to turn things around in the second half of league action.

Morris noted how unusual it is, especially at the college level, to only have five players suit up each night. But she’s as happy as anyone on the team in terms of playing time and learning through mistakes.

"I like getting to play so much and not have to worry about coming out," said the 5-foot-3 Morris. "We always joke around with each other when one of us messes up, saying, ‘What’s (coach) going to do, sub you out or something?’ That’s how it is with only five – though you make a mistake, you can’t get your head out of the game."

The team plans on putting up some Ws in the Win-Loss column, but realizes it’s still a work in progress.

"It definitely sucks to lose," said Martin. "But we don’t take it to heart. We’re good enough to beat any of these (teams). We just have to get it next time."

Weddle, a 5-foot-8 guard, said she was expected to start this season, but wasn’t expecting these type of minutes. Now, she enjoys the opportunity to showcase her skills every game without any worry. "I kind of look at it as a positive because I never have to worry about being taken out of the game," said the Jefferson High School graduate.

"The most positive thing about this whole situation is that we have great chemistry and relationships, something we didn’t really have last year," she said. "It has been a major turnaround and it really is feeling more and more like a family, which is great compared to before."

Weddle is averaging 13.1 points per game, while gathering 5.0 rebounds per contest. Imbler, a 5-foot-8 Milwaukie native, might average only 5.7 points per game, but she backs that up by averaging almost eight rebounds per game, which leads the team.

Throwback Thursday – Kristi Fallin vs. Anna Marchbanks Civil War 2011

Civil War game featuring Kristi Fallin shooting and three defended by Anna Marchbanks in a crowded arena at Oregon
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On January 23, 2011, in front of a record breaking crowd of 12,320, Oregon senior Kristi Fallin helped lift the Ducks over the Oregon State Beavers in the first women’s game ever played in the new Matthew Knight Arena.

Fallin, a senior from Roseburg, Ore. and a Umpqua CC alumn, came off the bench nailing 5 three-pointers out of six attempts, and her 83.33% three-point shooting percentage tied for sixth in Oregon single game three-point percentage. She totaled 17 points in the game.

The Beavers featured junior guard Anna Marchbanks, a Yakima Valley CC transfer from Salem, OR. Marchbanks turned in 10 rebounds to go with 4 steals and 7 points in a 81-72 Civil War loss to the Ducks.

Marchbanks and the Beavers would claim their own Civil War victory in Corvallis a month later on February 19th in a 59-61 win over the Ducks. Marchbanks led the Beavers with 17 points, 6 steals and 7 boards.

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Where are they now – Laci Effenberger & Dexter Williams

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Dexter Williams

Southwestern Oregon Men’s Basketball
Senior at Montana Western University, NAIA-DI, Frontier Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
As a freshman in ’12-’13 lead the team with 13.96 ppg & 6.46 rpg while also tallying 36 steals and 9 blocked shots on the season…Helped lead his team to a 2nd place finish in the south region, and a trip to the NWAC tournament… As a sophomore was named First Team South Region…  Among the NWAC top 15 in scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg)…shot 48% from the field and added 21 blocks on the season… Top game included a 30 point, 12 rebound, 5 assist, and 4 blocks performance against Lane… lead team to a 21-9 overall record and a trip to the NWAC tournament. 

Montana Western University
Last season as a junior, played in all 33 games, shooting 53.6% FG (top 20 in NAIA DI)… averaged 15.82 points, 6.76 (lead team) rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game… helped team reach the 2nd round in the NAIA National Tournament…Scored 17 pts and 7 rebounds in 1st round win over Benedictine (Kan.)

This season as a senior, currently ranked in the NAIA top 25 in total steals (37) and rebounds (170)…Leads the Frontier Conference in Double-Doubles (7)…  Averaging 15.6 ppg (leads team), 7.4 rpg (leads team) and shooting 52% FG.  Recently named Frontier Conference Player of the Week where he shot 57% from the floor and averaged 25 points and 7.5 rebounds… Montana Western is currently 14-9 and is the 25th ranked team in the Nation.

Follow Dexter’s senior season:
Montana Western Athletics Website
Twitter: @UMW_Bulldogs

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Laci Effenberger

Clackamas Women’s Basketball
Senior at Cal State East Bay University, NCAA-DII

NWAC Accomplishments
Named First Team All-Southern Region and All-NWAC…Averaged 28 points and nearly six assists during the NWAC Championship Tournament…Set tournament and program records with 112 tournament points in four games…Scored 42 points in a victory against Skagit Valley…Led the NWAC in made 3-pointers (112), ranked second with 181 assists (6.2 apg), fifth with 545 points (18.8 ppg), and sixth grabbing 75 steals (2.6 spg).

Cal State East Bay University
Appeared in the final 17 games off the bench in her first season at Cal State East Bay…Knocked down at least one 3-pointer in final 15 games…Finished 33-of-95 (.347) from distance…Ranked second on team in 3-pointers made despite missing nearly half of season while recovering from injury…Averaged 7.2 points per game…Scored season-high 17 points in program’s first ever CCAA postseason win (March 5)…Went 6-for-6 at free throw line in win over Cal Poly Pomona (March 5)…Scored in double figures four times…Made three 3-pointers in six different games…Finished with 123 points…Averaged 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game…Named East Bay Female Athlete of the Week (Jan. 27).

Has started in all 21 games as a senior for CSEBU… Averaging 11.2 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.2 rpg, and 2.0 spg… Top performances thus far 10 point, 12 assist, 5 rebounds vs CSU San Bernadino & 23 points, 3 steals, 4 assists vs Academy of Art…Currently leads the team and is 3rd in the conference in steals (42)… CSEBU is 17-4 overall and 11-2 in conference play

Follow Laci’s senior season:
Cal State East Bay Athletics Website
Twitter: @EastBayPioneers

NWAC Basketball Players of the Week – January 25-31

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Jamie Orme, Highline, Freshman, Guard-Forward

In two games last week, Orme tallied averages of 23 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals to go with 4 assists and 2 blocks.

Overall, Orme is currently 4th in the league in rebounds (9.3), 6th in scoring (21.8), 3rd in steals (2.2) and 14th in blocks (1.0).

Montana Hagstrom, Bellevue, Freshman, Guard

Hagstrom led the Bulldogs to victories over Whatcom and Everett scoring an average 17.5ppg, 7.0 apg, 5 rbg, 5 spg and 2.0 bpg.

She is currently leads the league in steals per game with 3.8, is 6th in assists with 4.0 and 17th in blocks with 0.8 per game.

Where are they now – David Ware & Jordan Klebaum

David Ware in action

David Ware

Everett Men’s Basketball
Senior at Chaminade University, NCAA-DII, Pac-West Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
As a sophomore in ’13-’14 named to North Region All-Defensive team … averaged 15.1 ppg and 7.2 rpg during sophomore year … had eight 20-point games with a season-high of 26 against Yakima Valley and 10 games of 10-plus assist with a season-best 17 vs. Lane CC … led the NWAC in steals (3.14) and assists (8.57) that year … named to the All-Tournament Team of the Green River Crossover Tournament … was the Defensive Player of the Year … guided Trojans to the Clackamas Holiday Tournament championship and was named MVP … was the NWAC Co-Player of the Week (Feb. 17) … was second in the NWAC in assists during freshman year (6.2).

Chaminade University
Last season as a junior, played in 24 games, making four starts … averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game … led team in steals with 33, ranking eighth in the Pacific West Conference (1.4 spg) … had 44 assists, third-best on team … shot 44.2 percent from the floor … made 12 3-pointers … season-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range vs. BYU (Nov. 25) … season-best seven rebounds at 24th-ranked Azusa Pacific (Feb. 16) … season-high seven assists at Dixie State (Feb. 12) while tying season-best with five steals …

Played in 24 games this season, making 4 starts… Averaging 4.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, and 1.4 spg on 42% FG in 15 minutes per game.  Had 7 steals vs Dixie State and season best performance of 4 assists, 5 steals, and 15 points in win over Holy Names. 

Follow David’s senior season:
Chaminade Athletics Website
Twitter: @goswords

 Jordan Klebaum in action

Jordan Klebaum

Chemeketa Women’s Basketball
Senior at Eastern Oregon University, NAIA, Cascade Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
As a freshman, averaged 8.7 ppg, 1.5 apg, 2.8 rpg, and 1.1 spg helping Chemeketa reach the NWAC tournament, finishing in 4th Place.  As a sophomore, averaged 13.6 ppg, shooting 92% from the FT line.  Also added 1.9 apg, 3.9 rpg, and 1.7 spg.  Earned South Region All First team honors while again leading Chemeketa to a 4th place finish at the NWAC tournament. 

Eastern Oregon University
Key guard on the 2014-15 team that clinched its third-straight Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Regular Season Title and reached the 2015 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship… Collected Honorable Mention All-CCC plaudits… Knocked down 60 three’s… Tallied nearly 10 points and 3.2 rebounds per game… Made nine starts in 25 contests… 

Currently as a senior, has started all 21 games for EOU, averaging 11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 2.0 spg (8th in the Cascade Conference).  Klebaum is also 8th in the Conference in 3FG made (53).  Season best game came last Saturday against Corban, Jordan scored 22 points, knocking down 6 3’s and adding 7 assists, and 4 steals.  EOU is currently 14-8 on the season, 10-3 (3rd) in conference play.      

Follow Jordan’s senior season:
Eastern Oregon Athletics Website
Twitter: @EOUSports

NWAC Basketball Players of the Week – January 18-24

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Brian Neal, Sophomore, Olympic

Neal help lift the Rangers to back to back key wins over region rivals by scoring 34.5 ppg and 7 assists per game on 61% shooting including a season high 43 point performance over 10th ranked Everett.

Neal is currently 3rd in the league in scoring (24.9ppg), 14th in 3pt percentage (44.4%) and 15th in assists per game (3.6apg).

Savannah McGill, Freshman, South Puget Sound

McGill ripped down a staggering 38 rebounds to average 19 per game last week to go with her two game averages of 15 ppg, 2.5 spg and 2.0 blocks.

McGill leads the league in rebounds with 15.2 per game. She is also tenth in scoring (16.8ppg) and 12th in blocks (0.95 bpg). McGill’s rebound average is tops on the all-time rebounds list since the 2009-10 season.

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