Two time NWAC Champion Broc Johnson captures first NCAA golfing title

Former Green River College golfer and two time NWAC medalist earned his first NCAA collegiate victory when he captured the Loyola Invitational title by five strokes (-9) at Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, AZ.  The Arizona State senior carded rounds of 69-70-68 to outpace the 100 participant field.  The victory marks Johnson’s second top-ten finish as a Sun Devil.

Broc Johnson

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Broc Johnson Captures Individual Title at Loyola Golf Invite

Goodyear, Ariz.–Arizona State’s Broc Johnson took home the individual title at the Loyola Golf Invite on Tuesday.  Competing as an individual in the tournament, the senior finished with a five-stroke lead at 9-under 207 (69-70-68) at the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course.  

Johnson shot a season-low 69 in the first round on Sunday, which he later topped with his final-round 68. Carding the most birdies of the tournament (14), the senior led the field in scoring on par-four (-2) and par-five (-11) holes.  The win marks Johnson’s second top-10 finish as a Sun Devil. 

Also golfing as individuals in the tournament were sophomore Ki Taek Lee and senior Ben Shur.  Shur cracked the top 25, tying for 22nd with a 5-over 221 (74-74-73) through three rounds, while Lee placed 32nd with a 6-over 222 (71-77-74).

Next up, the Sun Devils head to Las Vegas to compete in the Southern Highlands Collegiate, Mar. 9-11.  The tournament will be held at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Rogue CC announces Cole Watson as inaugural cross country head coach

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Cole Watson

Cole Watson, a Rogue River native, will be the first cross country coach for Rogue Community College. The
college started an athletics program this year.

“I am excited and humbled at the same time,” Watson said. “It is the utmost honor to give back to the
southern Oregon region and to have the opportunity to make a significant and important contribution to
young lives.”

Coach Watson ran track and cross country at Rogue River High School, graduating in 2010. In his four years
at the high school, he captured seven state titles in multiple distances of 400, 800, 1,500, and 3,000 meters and
a cross country title in the 5,000 meters his senior year. He also earned the Nike Steve Prefontaine Award in
2010.

Watson is currently a student at the University of Oregon, where he has been a varsity track and cross
country athlete and was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Pac-12 conference championship teams. He has
maintained a 3.0 grade point average for five years and was named Pac-12 Academic All Conference in every
season he competed. He is graduating with a bachelor’s in product design this year. Watson intends to bring
that same winning spirit to RCC cross country.

“We are excited to have a person of the caliber of Coach Watson join our program,” said RCC athletic
director Kori Bieber. “We believe he has the leadership skills and knowledge to help our student athletes
excel in their sports and in the classroom.”

Coach Watson said participating in athletics helps a person succeed in every aspect of life. As coach, he hopes
to help develop student athletes into great runners that will bring pride to the school and to themselves. “We
want to instill confidence they can achieve their aspirations with hard work and discipline, and to be
productive student athletes,” he said.

Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll – Feb 19

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
February 19, 2015
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Bellevue 10-1, 23-3 75 (7) 1
2. Highline 11-2, 19-6 59 3
3. Edmonds 9-2, 21-5 48 2
4. Big Bend 9-2, 21-6 40 5
5. Chemeketa 9-2, 18-8 31 4
6. Clark 10-3, 17-7 28 6
7. Columbia Basin 8-3, 15-10 19 7
8. Clackamas 8-3, 16-10 8 NR
Also receiving votes: Spokane 3, Lower Columbia 1
Next Poll: March 2, 2015 (Final Poll)

Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll – Feb 19

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
February 19, 2015
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Umpqua 10-0, 23-2 80(8) 1
2. Lower Columbia 13-0, 20-7 51 4
3. Walla Walla 9-2, 18-5 47 3
4. Bellevue 11-0, 20-6 41 5
5. Wenatchee Valley 7-3, 16-7 27 6
6. Centralia 11-2, 22-4 26 2
7t. Lane 5-4, 19-7 13 7
7t. Peninsula 10-1, 16-5 13 8
Also receiving votes: Columbia Basin 11, SW Oregon 2, Blue Mountain 1
Next Poll: March 2, 2015 (Final)

Job announcement: Head Volleyball Coach & Student Programs Coordinator – Big Bend CC

POSITION SUMMARY:
This position consists of separate and distinct responsibilities within the Student Activities Department and the Athletics Department.

The Student Programs Coordinator under direction coordinates and performs responsible work in support of non-instructional student activities, including ASB, clubs, and other student organizations.  This includes:  game room oversight, chaperone evening and weekend events, coordinating activities taking place during campus athletic games, and oversight of intramural activities/programs. This position reports to the Director of Student Activities

The Head Volleyball Coach is responsible for all aspects of maintaining a collegiate sport program, such as recruiting athletes, teaching skills and sports fundamentals, and preparing the team for collegiate competition.  This position reports to and works closely with the Director of Athletics, keeping him/her abreast of all planning, organizing, staff and development of BBCC’s volleyball program.

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Wenatchee Valley softball alum Hailey Bator now 5-0 for the Washington Huskies

Hailey Bator
Husky junior Hailey Bator

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Led by 4-hit performances by senior Kylee Lahners and sophomore Ali Aguilar, Washington improved to 10-2 on the season, earning a pair of wins over Grand Canyon Monday in Phoenix, Ariz. A total of 11 different players recorded hits for the Huskies on the day, with six players finishing with multiple hits.

Grand Canyon entered the day with a 6-4 record in just their second Division I season. The Lopes fall to 6-6 overall after the high-powered Husky offense exploded for 25 hits and 21 runs in the two games. The offense has been the key component this season, racking in 133 hits and scoring 104 runs in its first 12 games.

Junior Hailey Bator (Wenatchee Valley College) made the start in the circle in the first game, improving to 5-0 on the season. Lahners finished with two home runs and four RBI to lead the squad and Aguilar added three hits for the Huskies, including her third home run of the season.

For the second time this season, Aguilar hit a leadoff home run in the opening at-bat of the game to set the tone as the Huskies went on to score eight runs.

After the Husky defense retired the side in order in the opening frame, Grand Canyon hit a two-out solo home run in the second to lock the game at 1-1.

Aguilar and Lahners were again the spark plug in the third after Aguilar hit a one-out single and would come home off a sac-fly by Lahners. Van Zee, who drew a walk, scored off a Souza single to put the Dawgs on top, 3-1.

Grand Canyon made it a 4-2 game in the bottom half of the inning after loading the bases and scoring off a sac-fly, but Washington needed just one crack of the bat to get that run back as Lahners hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth.

The Huskies went on to score three runs in the sixth after Van Zee’s double scored Trysten Melhart who reached on an error. Lahners then hit her third home run of the season and second of the game to give the Huskies a 8-2 lead.

Senior Kasey Stanchek closed out the game for Washington, pitching the final three innings.

The Husky bats stayed hot in the second game of the day to earn their 10th victory of the season, winning 13-6. Freshman pitcher Kristin Cochran made her first career start in the circle for the Huskies, tossing the first three innings.

The Huskies jumped out to an 8-1 lead after three innings, but the Lopes hung around, scoring three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth to stay in the game.

Washington took another early lead in the top of the first. After a leadoff walk by Aguilar, Van Zee hit her second home run of the season to put the Huskies up, 2-0. Van Zee also hit an RBI double in the second, finishing with a team-leading three RBI.

After adding two more in the second off hits by Braun, Aubert and Van Zee, Washington scored four runs in the third. Souza was hit-by-pitch, Casey Stangel hit a double and was brought home off another hit by Braun. With runners on second and third, Burdick singled to score both runners, and also scored on the play after a throwing error by the pitcher.

After back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases in the fourth, fellow freshman Kirstyn Thomas came on in relief. The Lopes hit a double and a single to clear the bases, leaving Cochran with a final line of four runs allowed over three innings.

Back-to-back solo home runs by Grand Canyon in the sixth forced the Huskies to make a pitching change, brining in Stanchek, who allowed just two hits over the final two innings to close out the game and extend Washington’s winning streak to five games.

Up next, the Huskies will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii this weekend to play Central Florida, UTEP and Hawaii.

Job announcement: Head Men’s Soccer Coach – Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College is seeking a Men’s Soccer Coach whose primary responsibility is to develop and maintain a competitive program in soccer with an emphasis on recruiting local athletes.  Additionally, the Head Coach will assist student athletes in achieving their educational goals.  The Head Coach will report directly to the Athletic Director.

This stipend position assumes responsibility as Head Soccer Coach for the second half of the fall 2014-2015 soccer season beginning immediately under a pro-rated contract.  The position is available due to an unanticipated resignation.  Otherwise, the salary stated above is for work performed from July 1 to June 30 of each year.  The position is not a full-time position (i.e., not eligible for benefits or retirement, etc.).

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