Weekend Volleyball Recap and All-Stars

Highline Tourney
Des Moines, WA:  Host Highline ran the tables, defeating Green River 25-17, 27-25 to win their own tournament [view bracket]. 

All-Tournament Team
MVP: Luaipou Lologo, Highline
Tournament Setter: Luiapou Lologo, Highline
Tournament Libergo: Aliya Ranis, Highline

Kristen Anderson, Highline
Kianna Callis, Skagit Valley
Faith Faamausili, Green River
Rochelle Middlebrooks, Green River
Megan Smith, Highline
Whitney Southam, Big Bend
Alyssa Sprague, SW Oregon
Christine Wing, SW Oregon

Chemeketa Tourney
Salem, OR:  In a repeat of last year’s NWAC final, Olympic met Blue Mountain for the championship.  This time Olympic took the victory, winning a tight 5-set match 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25, 15-13 [view bracket].

All-Tournament Team:
Brylie Barnette –  Olympic
Colby Barnette – Olympic
Marandah Boeder – Chemeketa
Sam Odren – Blue Mountain
Lizzie Ridley – Spokane
Chantelle Zamora – Walla Walla

Lots of action, photos and US National soccer stars on hand at the 2014 NWAC Soccer Friendlies

The 2014 NWAC Soccer Friendlies at Starfire Sports Complex were a great success again this year. There were 45 matches over the two days involving most of the league’s 47 men and women’s teams.

Bellevue’s Anthony Dean and Olympic’s Kurt Koemmpel both left the Friendlies as conference scoring leaders with 9 points tallied off of 4 goals and 1 assist.

On the women’s side, Grays Harbor’s Ashley Alonzo also registered 9 points from 4 goals and an assist while Highline’s Jessi Beverlin trails closely with 8 points on 4 goals.

Some lucky players from Columbia Basin women’s team got to meet and take a photo with U.S. National Team players Hope Solo and Clint Dempsey while the Edmonds women’s team ran into Megan Rapinoe and got a photo opportunity with the star forward. Sydney Leroux was also spotted at the friendlies. Starfire is the workout facility for the Seattle Sounders FC and Reign FC.

Other great photos were taken by photographers from GoalWA.net. View the action images by Wilson Tsoi, Dale Garvey and Jeff Halstead at GoalWA.net’s Facebook page.

Highline’s women’s team put out the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to the rest of the league.

Highline ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Hope Solo with CBC women

Clint Dempsey with CBC women

Megan Rapinoe with Edmonds women soccer team

Clippers hire assistant coach Mike Moore to lead women’s program

South Puget Sound Community College will have a familiar face on the bench when the women’s hoops season begins. Assistant coach Mike Moore has been hired to take the reins for the Clippers, succeeding Mychael Heuer, who stepped down in July to focus on his personal health. Moore had been an assistant under Heuer from 2010-13, including a short one-month stint as interim head coach during the 2011-12 season.

Moore, who has also coached at Black Hills and Olympia high schools, said he is excited to take control of the program.

“I am honored, humbled and thankful to again be a part of the South Puget Community College family,” Moore said. “I am a product of all of my past coaches and players who have taught me an incredible amount along the way. I’m eager and excited to help these returning and incoming young women succeed on and off the court. That process starts today. Go Clippers!”

Moore has coached in various capacities for 12 years, and is currently coaching SPSCC’s summer workout program. SPSCC Athletic Director Pam Charpentier said Moore is a perfect fit to take over the squad.

“I am looking forward to working with Coach Moore,” Charpentier said. “He is familiar with the college, the Northwest Athletic Conference and the traditions of playing in the Western Region. Since he worked with our sophomores and incoming freshmen during summer league, it should make the transition for the student-athletes and coach Moore much smoother.”

The Clippers begin the season Nov. 16 at home against the Pacific University junior varsity team.

Bellevue College Baseball sends off memorable sophomore class as new season begins

Brady Kerr, who earned All-Tournament Team honors at the NWAC Championship Tournament and also was the team’s MVP, Gold Glove, and Most Inspirational Award winner, is one of 12 BC sophomores moving on and will play at the University of Portland.
photo by Rich Dworkis

With the 2014 fall season rapidly approaching, Bellevue College baseball sends off one of the most memorable sophomore classes in the history of the program highlighted by the only NWAC player selected in the major league draft and twelve players receiving scholarships to play at the four-year level, including ten at the NCAA division one level. 

More importantly, 13 of the 14 (93% graduation rate) received their Associates Transfer Degree , with half of them over a 3.0 and three earning distinction honors for their exceptional grade point average. 

The list of departing sophomores playing at the four-year level: John Bodenhamer (Quinnipiac University), Cody Culp (University of Hawaii), Alex Hatch (University of Hawaii), Brady Kerr (University of Portland), Brandon Mahovlich (University of Missouri), Ryan Malone (Campbell University), Nick Pribble (University of Tennessee-Martin), Aaron Sandefur (University of Pittsburgh), Jordan Silva (Peru State University), Sheldon Stober (Seattle University), Aaron Stroosma (Liberty University), Jeff Wyner (Chapman University).

Nick Kiel opted to forego his remaining college eligibility after he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round and has already been promoted to Class A Everett Aqua Sox after going 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA at the rookie level.

Big Bend’s Jessica Sorensen inks with Westminster College

Griffins Add Jessica Sorensen to Complete Roster

SALT LAKE CITY – The Westminster women’s basketball team has completed its recruiting class for the upcoming year with the addition of Jessica Sorensen. Head Coach Shelley Jarrard announced today that she has signed Sorensen to a NAIA/Frontier Conference letter of intent to complete the roster for the 2014-15 season.

Sorensen is a 5-foot-9 forward from Downey, Idaho that will come to Westminster after spending two years at Big Bend Community College. After scoring 9.0 points per game as a freshman at Big Bend, Sorensen raised her average to 12.5 points per game last season. She finished 10th in the NWAC by grabbing 9.1 rebounds per game with 4.6 coming on the offensive end. Sorensen was named second team All-East Region as a sophomore and participated in the NWAC Sophomore All-Start Game.

Westminster is coming off a 26-3 season in which they won a sixth-straight Frontier Conference championship. The Griffins advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championships for the second-straight season and third time in the past four years.

CBC’s Shannon Bland Joins Cal State East Bay Pioneer Hoops

HAYWARD, Calif. – Junior Shannon Bland from Columbia Basin College has signed her national letter of intent to become a part of Cal State East Bay women’s basketball. Bland and her CBC squad won the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Championship winning four games over four straight days, all by double-digit margins of victory.

"Shannon gives us more depth at the point guard position. She comes from a highly successful Junior College program and understands the commitment level necessary to exceed at the next level. She will be an important contributor to our program and we welcome her to the East Bay family," said Head Coach Suzy Barcomb.

In her lone season with CBC, Bland posted season averages of 6.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.6 steals per game. She ranked among the top six players with 141 assists and 80 steals among all 32 NWAACC squads. Bland was named to the NWAACC All-Tournament First Team and is one of three different players named an all-tournament selection last season to join Cal State East Bay for the 2014-15 campaign.

Cal State East Bay will officially start its season on Friday, Nov. 14, against Saint Martin’s as part of the Western Oregon DoubleTree by Hilton D2 Shootout. Please visit the team’s schedule page for the full list of games.

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Job Anouncement: Head Coach Women’s Soccer – Portland CC

Portland Community College is seeking a Head Coach for the Women’s Soccer Program, based out of the beautiful Rock Creek Campus.  This part-time position reports to the Director of Athletics and works with campus departments, and athletic commissioners to ensure compliance with all NWAC rules. The program is seeking a coach with a history of winning records, and producing academically successful student athletes. The part-time position reports to the Director of Athletics and receives a stipend of ($5,000). 

This position closes on Monday September 15, 2014. 

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Job Anouncement: Head Coach Men’s Soccer – Portland CC

Portland Community College is seeking a Head Coach for the Men’s Soccer Program, based out of the beautiful Rock Creek Campus.  This part-time position reports to the Director of Athletics and works with campus departments, and athletic commissioners to ensure compliance with all NWAC rules. The program is seeking a coach with a history of winning records, and producing academically successful student athletes. The part-time position reports to the Director of Athletics and receives a stipend of ($5,000). 

This position closes on Monday September 15, 2014. 

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Job Announcement: Athletic Trainer – Southwestern Oregon CC

Southwestern Oregon Community College is seeking a part time Athletic Trainer.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  1. Conduct and organize all phases of a meaningful athletic training program.  Provide appropriate care and services to SWOCC’s intercollegiate athletes.  Maintain current and build new relationships with the local medical community and accredited athletic training programs in the region.
  2. Demonstrate continued professional growth by staying current in and expanding knowledge of subject area through a plan of professional development. Attend conferences and professional meetings.
  3. Assist Athletic Director in athletic department retention program.
  4. Support College leadership in developing departmental goals and objectives as part of the institution’s continuous improvement cycle: includes participating in the College-wide accreditation process by performing departmental planning, assessment, and improvement to meet core theme objectives and contribute to mission fulfillment.
  5. Models and ensures diversity and cultural competency (respect, inclusiveness, reflecting, valuing, and welcoming cultural differences) in all position responsibilities regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, social class, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, age, language, origin, or employment status.

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Clackamas Cougar sophomores all earn scholarships

CCC sophomores Tim Lott, Grant Sitton and Spencer Bankofier move on to play at the next level in 2014-15.

Oregon City, OR — Congratulations to the CCC 2014 sophomore class; Spencer Bankofier, Tim Lott, and Grant Sitton.

All three players have completed their transfer degrees, signed for very good scholarships and will continue their competitive basketball & academic careers.

Bankofier will attend Arizona Christian University, an NAIA school in Phoenix, Arizona

Lott will attend the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana, also an NAIA school.

And Sitton will attend the University of Victoria, an NCAA Division 2 school in British Columbia, where he can compete three more seasons.

Bankofier and Lott each have two more seasons of eligibility.

All three players all region performers and worked hard together to lead an undersized, outnumbered, and undermanned Clackamas squad to a share of the southern region title.

Congratulations to all three and best wishes to them for continued success.

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