Lower Columbia defeats Mt. Hood for 2015 Baseball Championship

Red Devils win NWAC baseball crown

LCC second baseman Jake Bakamus fires to first for an inning-ending double play after forcing Mt. Hood College’s Isaac Benard at second during the second game.
Photo: Bill Wagner

By Rick McCorkle | The Daily News (Source article)

Scores: Game 1 | Game 2

Working on two days’ rest, Lower Columbia College pitcher Tanner Olson was dealing with some soreness and stiffness in his back. He wasn’t going to let it stop him and his fellow Red Devils from reaching their goal.

Olson tossed a six-hitter to garner Most Valuable Player honors, and his teammates pounded out 13 hits to beat Mount Hood 6-1 in the title game of the Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championships on Monday at David Story Field.

Earlier in the day, Mount Hood needed 11 innings to beat LCC 2-1 to force a second championship game in the double-elimination tournament.

LCC (41-10) won its conference-record 11th baseball title in its 24th championship game appearance. Mount Hood, which notched its fourth runner-up finish in seven title game appearances, finished 35-14.

“It’s a great feeling to win this, and it’s what you work for every day beginning in September,” LCC coach Eddie Smith said. “We put them through a grind to get them ready for a tournament like this and a day like this, and it’s worth it.”

Olson was sharp, throwing 69 of his 106 pitches for strikes. He struck out three batters and walked two.

“I battled through the soreness and stiffness and got the job done,” Olson said. “I came out, threw strikes and let them put the ball in play. I have a good defense behind me, and they made the plays.”

Saints’ coach Bryan Donohue also was impressed with Olson’s performance.

“Their arm was a lot sharper, they hit better and they showed up to play,” he said. “You get to this game and you hope to have a chance to win it. We didn’t have that chance as the game went on, and they did a good job putting runs on and creating space between us.”

The Devils scored all the runs they needed in the third inning. Chris Rogers led off with a line drive double down the left field line, and scored when Saints’ pitcher Seth Rayburn tossed a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Engquist over the third baseman’s head.

Two batters later, Seaver Whalen drilled a Rayburn offering into the left field bullpen, which scored Engquist.

“There wasn’t anything we could’ve done differently,” Donohue said. “The three-spot hurt, and any time we felt we had something going their pitcher nipped it in the bud.”

The Saints scored in the fourth inning, but left three baserunners stranded in scoring position in the first, fourth and ninth innings.

“The one thing we could’ve done more was put pressure on at the offensive end,” Donohue said. “We had a few runners on, but we grounded into a lot of double plays.”

Hood grounded into five double plays, including twin killings that ended the first, sixth and eighth innings.

“We did a good job taking care of the baseball, attacking the zone and limiting their opportunities,” Smith said. “We were able to extend offensively.”

Smith talked himself out of replacing Olson with a reliever for the ninth inning.

“The sophomores probably would’ve killed me if I had done it,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine he’d be that good coming back like he did on two days’ rest, but he was the best he’s been all season.”

LCC had 13 hits. All-Tournament picks Whalen and Tanner Marty had three hits apiece, and all-tourney selections Ryan Littlefield and Lorin Archibald added two hits each.

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Mount Hood 2, Lower Columbia 1 (11 innings): The Red Devils made one error in the first championship game, but it was costly and led to the Saints’ game-winning run.

Devils’ All-Tournament reliever Christian Parsons opened the 11th inning with consecutive strikeouts when he gave up a first-pitch base hit to Saints’ center fielder Isaac Benard. One pitch later, Benard stole second, and moved to third when the errant pickoff throw sailed into center field.

After intentionally walking cleanup hitter Nolan McCall, Tommy Lane hit a line drive to center field, which scored Benard.

LCC broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when Engquist reached base on a third strike passed ball, and scored on an RBI double to right-center field from Kane Ulrich.

Hood tied the game in the eighth when Evan Jones hit a leadoff single and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Nick Gawley.

Southern Division MVP and All-Tournament pitcher Joe Balfour checked LCC on six hits and struck out three in a complete-game outing.

“We played well and it was two great teams going at it,” Smith said. “They had an arm on the mound which was the Southern MVP for a reason, and we came out on the short end of a good ballgame.”

All-Tournament starting pitcher Kade Kryzsko scattered five hits and threw 54 of his 82 pitches for strikes before yielding to Parsons, who took the loss.

Jake Bakamus had two hits including a double, and Michael Forgione added two singles.

Also named to the All-Tournament team were LCC pitcher Alex Torson; Mount Hood pitcher Balfour, catcher Louis Wolf, infielder McCall and outfielders Benard and Nick Gawley; Tacoma infielders Jake Vieth and Alex Hull; Treasure Valley infielder Steffan Zanoni; Edmonds infielder Jamie Umbinetti; and Douglas pitcher Cody Duggan.

“The guys embraced the toughness it took to be a great team, and rather than shy away from it they took it head-on,” Smith said. “You have a band of guys doing it for each other and no one was going to give up.

“They knew they would find the championship some how, some way.”

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Baseball Championship Today Mt. Hood vs. Lower Columbia – Sunday Recaps

Red Devils beat Edmonds, move into title game

By Rick McCorkle

Alex Torson gave Lower Columbia College eight solid innings on the mound, and his teammates responded with an 8-1 victory over Edmonds in the NWAC Baseball Championships on Sunday at David Story Field.

The Red Devils (40-9), winners of their last 13 home games, face Mount Hood for the tournament championship at 12:05 p.m. on Monday.

LCC is the lone team without a loss in the double-elimination tournament and needs one win in two possible games for the conference championship. Mount Hood, which has a loss, would need to beat the Red Devils twice on Monday to claim the tourney title.

The loss ended Edmonds’ season at 34-12.

“It’s a good feeling to know you need to win only one game,” LCC coach Eddie Smith said. “When all is said and done and the dust settles, you hope you’ve scored more runs than the other team.”

Torson’s solid outing, along with an inning of relief from Ryan Peart, gives Smith a lot of available pitchers for the championship.

“Alex’s performance now gives us a lot of options out of the bullpen,” Smith said. “The bottom line is the championship will be a dogfight which both teams have worked all season to reach. We’ll have to go out and make the plays.”

Torson gave up a run in the first inning and surrendered leadoff hits in the initial four innings. The freshman from Vancouver hit his stride in the fifth inning, allowing two hits and a walk in his final four innings. Torson threw 65 of his 93 pitches for strikes, finishing with two strikeouts and a walk.

“I was relying on the defense behind me and knew they had my back by making plays on ground balls and pop flies,” Torson said. “I like to get ahead early in the count which is key for me and my success. When you’re ahead in the count, a lot of times you can get batters to either roll it over or pop up.”

LCC scored all the runs it needed in the second inning when it parlayed base hits from Ryan Littlefield, Tanner Marty, Chris Rogers and Ryan Engquist into a 3-1 lead.

An Edmonds error and singles from Michael Forgione and Marty produced a Devils’ run in the fifth, and they tacked on four insurance scores in the eighth.

A scary moment for the Devils occurred in the eighth inning. Forgione led off with a walk, but when he slid back into first base on a pickoff attempt, he dislocated his shoulder.

Forgione, the Devils’ third baseman, spent an extended amount of time lying on the field while LCC’s team trainer worked at getting the shoulder back in place.

“It was definitely scary,” Smith said of Forgione’s shoulder. “He’s one of 33 guys who are the heart and soul of this team. We’ll have to think long and hard about who we’ll put at third base tomorrow. We’ll have to go out and win a championship for him.”

LCC finished with 12 hits. Marty was 3 for 5 and scored twice, Engquist was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, Littlefield was 2 for 5 with two runs scored, and Forgione had a hit and walked twice.

Mount Hood 7, Tacoma 3 — Nick Gawley’s two-run homer in the fifth inning broke open a close game for the Saints as they advance to Monday’s NWAC Championship title game.

Mount Hood (34-13) led 2-1 after three innings. In addition to Gawley’s blast, the Saints also scored on a bases-loaded walk to Jay Rogers. Hood added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth with a two-run single from Isaac Benard.

The Saints had 11 hits. Gawley was 3 for 5, Benard was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and Nolan McCall was 2 for 5 with a double. Aaron Clift scattered three hits, struck out three batters and walked three through six innings for the win. Chase Wiger tossed three innings of one-hit relief with three strikeouts.

Tacoma, which finished its season 36-14, had five hits including Jake Vieth with two.

Olympic sophomore Hunter Keffer overcame major life hurdles to become a Track & Field All-American

BREMERTON — Scars always make for interesting stories.

Olympic College sophomore Hunter Keffer has a scar about four inches long that starts on the right side of his head by his hair and curves around his hairline and ends just above his temple.

He used to hide it by parting his hair to that side, but now, he’s no longer embarrassed about it or how it looks. Keffer leaves it in plain view.

“It’s kind of a victory for me,” he said.

It’s only noticeable if you talk to the 21-year-old for more than a few minutes, but the story behind it and the memories that are still with him make it stand out more and more.

It all started the summer before he was to enter the eighth grade. Keffer was already into several sports such as football (already a strong athlete, he was put where ever the coaches felt he would be best), soccer (a goalkeeper, he traveled briefly with a select team) and wrestling.

One day when he was at church, he suffered the first of many epileptic seizures.

“I was just standing in the sanctuary and all of a sudden I blacked out and hit the floor,” he said.

The ensuing trip to the hospital and the MRI that followed revealed a dime-sized tumor on the right frontal lobe of Keffer’s brain.

It’s called an angoicentric glioma tumor and it’s one of the rarest, but one of the fastest-growing, tumors in existence. It was first introduced into the World Health Organization tumor classification in 2007. Only 28 cases have been reported. Keffer barely remembers the name because it’s so difficult to pronounce.

He’s thankful the seizure happened.

“I don’t want to say it’s good to have seizures, but it was a blessing in disguise, because if I didn’t have the seizure, I wouldn’t have gone in and have it checked out,” he said. “I’m just glad that it’s out of my head.”

A month later, he had surgery to have the tumor removed. There wasn’t much damage to his brain, although he did have to do some therapy with his right leg and relearn some organizational skills.

But that wasn’t the end of his woes.

Keffer had to go back in for surgery to remove scar tissue that was building up in his brain and had become a dangerous mass.

The worst part of his recovery was the massive amount of pills he had to take. There were three different pills to deal with his epileptic seizures, for his constant migraine headache, for his depression. In all, he was taking about 35 different medications.

“I had a metal box for all my pills and a key that I had around my neck and I carried it everywhere with me,” he said.

Keffer said he had trouble dealing with all the medications and was often in a drug-induced haze. He also worried about how taking all of the pills every day and whether they were doing long-term damage to his body.

“You’re not supposed to be on max medication for a significant amount of time,” he said.

Through all this, Keffer still competed in track and field. The doctors told him he had to give up the other sports as he couldn’t risk taking any blows to the head, but track was safe.

“I had to take it more seriously because it was the only sport I could do, but in that I found that track is where my passion lies,” Keffer said. “It was bittersweet because I really liked those other sports, but I’m glad I was able to find track and still compete.”

He was introduced to the high jump in the ninth grade and quickly took to the event, qualifying for state twice for Olympic High School. He earned a medal as a junior, when he took sixth.

Keffer transferred to Central Kitsap his senior year because that school offered classes and resources for students dealing with a serious illness in order for him to graduate. He ran for the cross country team and did track and field, but didn’t make it to state in the high jump.

“One of the reasons I loved the high jump was that it was the only time that I was getting ready to jump, I could get rest from the headache that I had,” he said.

After graduation, Keffer took a year off and volunteered at Island Lake for Crista Camps. He also decided he was tired of having to take all the meds.

So he slowly weaned himself off the medication. By the time he took his last pill, his migraines finally went away. He hasn’t had a seizure since.

“The doctors were actually looking to add more medication,” Keffer said. “It wasn’t something my doctor told me to do and I don’t suggest anyone to do the same without talking to their doctor first, but I was just fed up with it. My friends and family were saying that I wasn’t Hunter, that I wasn’t myself. So one day I just knew that I wasn’t supposed to be on this many pills.”

His faith played a massive part in him helping to recover.

“If I didn’t have my faith, I would have lost hope a long time ago,” he said. “One of my favorite verses is Matthew 6:34 — do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough worry of its own. So I was able to look at that and it really helps me out. I can’t worry about having epileptic seizures anymore cause I’ll get caught up in that fear and I don’t need that. I’m so free right now and it’s so awesome to be set apart from that fear.”

Keffer said he’s open to helping those that have also gone through what he once went through. Several members at his church have reached out to him to do just that.

“I knew that there was something good that was going to come of it,” he said. “Looking back now I can see that there is very much good that came out from me going through that surgery and so now I’m able to share my story with others and help them.”

During his time off, he found he missed track and field so he decided to enroll at OC and go out for the team.

Coach Dan Dittmer was more than excited to have him come out for the team.

“He had not done track in a year, but he showed up to practice and we got to talking,” he said. “So we started working with hurdling — I make all the kids work with hurdles — and a year and two months later, he’s good enough to qualify in the top 16 for the entire NWAC.

“He has unlimited potential,” Dittmer continued. “And I’m flat out amazed at where he’s at from where he once was. It just goes to show you what you can do.”

While Keffer had to work to get back in shape, he was having a good season last year, but got hurt when he landed wrong on a pole vault attempt and dislocated his kneecap. Although he avoided serious injury, he still had to sit out the rest of the season to rehab it.

This season, he’s healthy and excelling, qualifying for the NWAC championships, which begin Monday in Spokane, in five events: the high jump, the 100-yard dash, the shot put and the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays. He’s the top seed in the high jump at 6-foot-7.

“It feels pretty good to finally make it to the championships and hopefully place,” he said.

He took sixth at the NWAC decathlon championships in Salem, Oregon, the weekend of April 27; his teammate Jayson Brocklesby won by over 250 points over second-place finisher Colton Thurman of Lane Community College.

“I didn’t put up the numbers that I needed to,” he said. “I was pretty tired and I didn’t have the pop that I needed in a lot of the events, but it just gives me the opportunity to do better at the NWAC Championships.”

It will be the last time Keffer competes in track and field competitively. He’s been accepted to the Northwest College of Art and Design in Poulsbo and will take part in their graphic design program. Though he won’t be doing track and field, he’s finding other sports to try out, such as rock climbing and cycling.

Dittmer hopes he changes his mind — he said he’s heard from several colleges about Keffer, including Portland State — but he knows that education is important to him.

While Keffer is shooting for a top-three finish to earn All-American honors, he’s still happy he’s alive to make it this far one last time.

“I’ve had a huge victory over something that is very dark and scary for kids,” he said. “I definitely had to grow up really fast and learn a lot of things that kids my age back then wouldn’t have to go though and people won’t have to go through their entire lives. But it really helped get my focus straight and know what’s important.

“I could have just passed away,” Keffer continued. “But now I’m able to come out and enjoy life and compete in track and be a normal adult.”

Job announcement: Head Volleyball Coach – Wenatchee Valley College

Posted: May 19, 2015
Closes: open until filled

This is a part-time position that works with the athletic director, NWAC athletic commissioners and campus departments to ensure compliance with all NWAC rules and regulations in areas including but not limited to: fundraising, recruiting, eligibility, schedules, travel, and preparing student athletes for competition.

EMPLOYMENT, SALARY & BENEFITS:
Part-time, non-benefit-eligible position with an annual coaching stipend of $5,700.

View full job description and application process

2015 Baseball All-NWAC and NWAC Gold Glove Teams announced

The NWAC is pleased to announce the 2015 All-NWAC Baseball and NWAC Gold Glove Teams.

View Print Version: All-NWAC | NWAC Gold Glove

2015 ALL-NWAC BASEBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

SECOND TEAM

INFIELDERS
Evan Douglas – Spokane
David Garza – Edmonds
Jake Bakamus – Lower Columbia
Thomas Lane – Mt. Hood
Alex Hull – Tacoma

OUTFIELDERS
Nick Gawley – Mt. Hood
Ryan Littlefield – Lower Columbia
Jacob Zanon – Shoreline
Dylan Vchulek – Bellevue

PITCHERS
Joe Balfour – Mt. Hood
Justin Vernia – Tacoma
Kade Kryzsko – Lower Columbia
Alec Kisena – Edmonds

RELIEF PITCHER
JD Page – Columbia Basin

CATCHER
Louis Wolf – Mt. Hood

DESIGNATED HITTER
Lorin Archibald – Lower Columbia

UTILITY
Justin Adams – Chemeketa

INFIELDERS
Hunter Hanson – Wenatchee Valley
Jake Vieth – Tacoma
Lane LaCrone – Treasure Valley
Jake Roberts – Yakima Valley
Hayden Meier – Columbia Basin

OUTFIELDERS
Spencer Bennion – Columbia Basin
Derek Bontempo – Tacoma
Conor Plaisance – Edmonds
Alec Chaney – Yakima Valley

PITCHERS
Cory Duggan – Douglas
Henry McAree – Shoreline
Darrion Simons – Yakima Valley
Tanner Lupton – Treasure Valley

RELIEF PITCHER
DJ Wilson – Lane

CATCHER
Matt Thompson – Pierce

DESIGNATED HITTER
Steven Weber – Edmonds

UTILITY
Clay Valenzula-Reece – Tacoma

Most Valuable Player
Seaver Whalen – Lower Columbia

2015 NWAC BASEBALL GOLD GLOVE TEAM

Pitcher: Alex Smith, Yakima Valley
Catcher: Spencer Pollock, Treasure Valley
First Base: Jake Vieth, Tacoma
Second Base: Ryland Kerr, Edmonds
Shortstop: Gunnar Schubert, Pierce
Third Base:  Michael Forgoine, Lower Columbia
Outfield: Forest Garcia, Lane
Outfield: Aaron Alexander, Treasure Valley
Outfield: Steven Sordahl, Walla Walla

 

South Puget Sound’s Elijah Sanders inks to play men’s basketball at Regis University

SPSCC’s, Timberline grad Elijah Sanders finds Bergeson, Regis "a perfect fit"

By Meg Wochnick
mwochnick@theolympian.com
Read more: The Olympian.com

photo of Elijah Sanders
TImberline High graduate and SPSCC’s Elijah Sanders (second from right) poses with Clippers coach Aaron Landon (second from left), assistant coach Vernell Willingham and mom, Christina, following his letter-of-intent signing.

The way Lacey native Elijah Sanders talks about his new head coach, Brady Bergeson, and his new team and school, Regis University, they couldn’t be, in his own words, “more of a perfect fit”, for the 2013 Timberline High School graduate.

“He’s known for really pushing guys physically and getting the best out of players,” Sanders said of Bergeson, after signing a letter of intent to continue his men’s basketball career at the NCAA Division II school in Denver, Colorado. “That’s what I’m excited about.”

Sanders joins a Regis team that went 5-21 this past season and returns 11 letterwinners. Bergeson, like Sanders, is new to Regis, too. He recently was hired from Western Oregon out of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference after leading the Wolves for the past four seasons, including a 23-7 overall mark in 2014-’15. 

Playing just one season at South Puget Sound Community College after transferring from Central Wyoming, Sanders was the Clippers’ starting center this past season averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, earning Northwest Athletic Conference West Region All-Defensive honors, but could play more along the perimeter at Regis, Landon said.

But for Sanders, he’s OK with whatever role he’s put in.

“I don’t mind playing inside,” he said.

Landon said Sanders, 19, sets a great example and “a blue print for local kids.”

“He’s a good example of how to do it,” Landon said, “and I’m proud of him.”

Columbia Basin alum Darrell Ceciliani called up to NY Mets

Mets promote Darrell Ceciliani from Vegas

Adam Rubin, ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK — Darrell Ceciliani is the latest call-up to the New York Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The lefty-hitting outfielder was promoted after the Mets’ 2-1 win in 14 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night at Citi Field.

Team officials did not announce the corresponding move, but Ceciliani’s promotion may not bode well for fellow lefty-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Darrell Ceciliani shares a laugh with Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom during spring training. 
Adam Rubin/ESPN.com

Nieuwenhuis struck out as a pinch hitter on Monday, dropping him to 3-for-38 on the season — a .079 average.

The Mets have been exceedingly patient with Nieuwenhuis because he is out of options and must pass through waivers in order to be sent to the minors. Nieuwenhuis’ position as a bench player for the Mets was further cemented out of spring training when the Mets traded Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals on the eve of the season for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.

Ceciliani, 24, is a fourth-round pick in 2009 out of Columbia Basin Community College in Washington State, so his drafting predates the current Mets regime. A center fielder, he was hitting .336 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 113 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League. He is known for solid defense.

Ceciliani went undrafted out of high school, although he had extenuating circumstances. Back then, he did not devote his full attention to baseball. He served as point guard on his high school basketball team and receiver and free safety on the football team.

He also had responsibilities on his family’s 18,000-acre ranch in Madras, Oregon. Bitter Brush Ranch takes clients on fishing tours for trout, steelhead and salmon and hunting tours for deer, elk, antelope and waterfowl.

"Growing up, I never played a lot of travel ball. I never went out and played Area Code Games or anything like a lot of guys," Ceciliani once told ESPN.com. "In the summer I played baseball just to get away and hang out with my friends. And I loved the game, so I always wanted to play professional baseball. But I was helping my dad out — me and my brothers — on the ranch, trying to get all that stuff done to put food on the table.

"We run a cow-calf operation. We’ll breed the cows, raise the calves up and eventually we take them into the sale and butcher them off or whatever we do. We end up selling them.

"We also run a hunting and fishing business out there. So we get clients coming in there year-round for certain seasons. Me and my brothers guide them. In the fall, that’s the busiest time. When I get back, after the season, I help my dad out a lot with that."

The elder Ceciliani, also named Darrell, was a promising college football prospect out of high school, but was unable to pursue that ambition because his father passed away and he needed to take over the family dairy farm at the time in California.

Coincidentally, Ceciliani’s manager in Brooklyn and Las Vegas, Wally Backman, has been virtually a neighbor in Oregon — living within 25 miles or so.

Because of subpar grades, Ceciliani enrolled at Columbia Basin Community College rather than a Division I school after going undrafted out of high school. A year later, he was the Mets’ fourth-round draft pick.

Mt. Hood alum Jake Dahlberg named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year

Boehm earned the second triple crown in the 35-year history of Horizon League baseball, pacing the League with a .371 batting average, 62 RBI and tying for first with 14 home runs. The lefty slugger also led the League in OPS with a 1.168 mark, slugging at a .694 clip and reaching base at a .474 rate.

Jake DahlbergPitcher of the Year: Jake Dahlberg,
UIC (So., LHP)

In his first season with the Flames, Dahlberg (Mt. Hood CC – 2014) quickly established himself as UIC’s Friday starter, going 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA as he tossed a League-best 98.1 innings. In conference play, Dahlberg was even better, starting 10 games and going 6-1 with a 2.81 ERA. The lefty struck out 43 across 77.0 innings of work.

Elliott continued the strong tradition of Wright State relievers, collecting individual honors for the second straight season. Notching 10 saves for the Raiders, Elliott struck out 49 in 41.0 innings of work and posted a WHIP of 1.00.

Snyder made it two straight Freshman of the Year awards for Wright State, joining Sean Murphy. Starting 49 of WSU’s 51 games, Snyder hit .283 while clubbing five homers and driving in 43, ranking fourth in the League.

For the seventh time in his career, Dee was tabbed Coach of the Year by his peers. In his 16th year with the Flames, Dee captured his 500th career win on March 20 while also moving into first in career wins with the Flames with his 510th on April 12. The winningest coach in Horizon League history, Dee led the Flames to their 11th regular-season title in program history this year.   

Joining Dahlberg and Boehm on the first team were teammates Mickey McDonald (third base) and Tyler Detmer (utility). Wright State placed five on the team, with Murphy (catcher), Michael Timm (second base), Mitch Roman (shortstop) and Matt Morrow (designated hitter) joining Elliott.

Milwaukee’s starting pitching tandem of Joe Pavlovich and Justin Langley each earned first team nods, as did Panthers outfielder Sam Koenig, who tied Boehm atop the League’s home run ledger. The first baseman’s spot was occupied by Valparaiso’s Nate Palace, while Frank Califano of Youngstown State took the final first team outfielder slot.

The Horizon League Baseball Championship begins on Wednesday, May 20, at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Ind. The tournament champion will receive the League’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. All championship games can be seen live on ESPN3.

2015 BASEBALL AWARDS
Player of the Year: Jeff Boehm, UIC (Sr., OF)
Pitcher of the Year: Jake Dahlberg, UIC (So., LHP)
Reliever of the Year: Andrew Elliott, Wright State (Sr., RHP)
Freshman of the Year: Gabe Snyder, Wright State (1B)
Coach of the Year: Mike Dee, UIC

1st Team All-League
Starting Pitcher: Jake Dahlberg, UIC
Starting Pitcher: Joe Pavlovich, Milwaukee
Starting Pitcher: Justin Langley, Milwaukee
Relief Pitcher: Andrew Elliott, Wright State
First Baseman: Nate Palace, Valparaiso
Second Baseman: Michael Timm, Wright State
Shortstop: Mitch Roman, Wright State
Third Baseman: Mickey McDonald, UIC
Catcher: Sean Murphy, Wright State
Outfielder: Jeff Boehm, UIC
Outfielder: Sam Koenig, Milwaukee
Outfielder: Frank Califano, Youngstown State
Designated Hitter: Matt Morrow, Wright State
Utility Player: Tyler Detmer, UIC

2nd Team All-League
Starting Pitcher: Jesse Scholtens, Wright State
Starting Pitcher: Luke Mamer, Wright State
Starting Pitcher: Trevor Lane, UIC
Relief Pitcher: Cody Peterson, Milwaukee
Relief Pitcher: Ryan Hinchley, UIC
First Baseman: Alex Lee, UIC
First Baseman: Gabe Snyder, Wright State
Second Baseman: Tell Taylor, Milwaukee
Shortstop: Spencer Mahoney, Valparaiso
Third Baseman: John Brodner, Wright State
Catcher: Mitch Ghelfi, Milwaukee
Outfielder: Rob Enslen, Oakland
Outfielder: Nolan Lodden, Valparaiso
Outfielder: Mark Fowler, Wright State
Designated Hitter: Mike Porcaro, Milwaukee
Utility Player: Ian Yetsko, Oakland

All-Freshman Team
Pitcher: Jeremy Randolph, Wright State
Pitcher: Austin Schulfer, Milwaukee
Rob Calabrese, UIC (C/DH)
David Cronin, UIC (IF)
Matt DiLeo, Oakland (C)
Giovanni Garbella, Valparaiso (OF/IF)
Chad Jacob, Valparaiso (IF)
Matt Morrow, Wright State (DH)
Gabe Snyder, Wright State (1B)
Daulton Varsho, Milwaukee (OF/C)

Pierce announces Shawnna Shula as new head volleyball coach

photo of Shawnna ShulaPierce College is pleased to announce the selection of Shawnna Shula as the new head coach for the Raider Volleyball program.

Shula has deep roots in the local volleyball community, playing her high school ball at Fife High School for her aunt, hall of fame coach Jan Kirk.

Shula helped lead the Trojans to the 1995 3A State Championship, was selected to the 1995 All State Team, and was named SPSL 3A league MVP in 1994 and 1995. 

She went on to play at St. Martin’s University for four years, where she earned All NAIA First Team honors in 1999 and 2000.  She was a 3-year team captain for the Saints and set the career record for assists.

Shula has been coaching at the club level for much of the past 14 years.  She was the varsity head coach at Bethel High School in 2013, and returned to her alma mater as the head coach at Fife High School from 2010-1012, leading the Trojans to the league title in 2010, and a berth in the State tournament.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next head coach of the Raider Volleyball program.  I am very passionate about volleyball and I am excited to start the next chapter of this great program.  I believe that with hard work, dedication, and passion, the Raider Volleyball program will grow to be a successful and dominant program in the NWAC.”

Joining Shula on the Raiders sideline will be long time coaching associate Greg Finel.

Coach Shula currently works as an Educational Assistant with the Fife School District. She graduated from St. Martin’s University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

“We are very excited to have Shawnna join our staff, and look forward to great things from the Raider Volleyball program in the season ahead,” said Pierce athletic director Duncan Stevenson.

Spokane and Lane claim 2015 NWAC Track & Field Titles – Mt. Hood’s Margaret Paul etches her name in the record books

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Spokane Men & Lane Women Claim 2015 Championship

Men & Women Results: HTML | PDF | Team Scores

Spokane Sasquatch women and Lane men claim the 2015 NWAC team championship titles today at Spokane Falls CC in Spokane, WA.

Spokane women tallied 208 points against runner-up Lane’s 187 and third place Clackamas’ 125.

On the men’s side, Lane compiled 229 points with Spokane turning in 184.33 points followed by Clackamas with 132.83 points.

The men’s high point scorer was Olympic sophomore Jayson Brocklesby who was also named the Baden Athlete of the Year. The women’s high point scorer was Spokane sophomore Brittany Dugger who was also named the Baden Athlete of the Year for 2015.

The outstanding male track athletes were Jayson Brocklesby of Olympic and Jackson Baker of Clackamas while
Margaret Paul of Mt. Hood was named the female outstanding track athlete.

Paul broke an NWAC championship track record in the 100m with a time of 11.96 seconds – bettering the previous record of 12.00 seconds by Taryn Tarver, Lane ‘95 && Jackie Hunter, Lane ‘95.

Paul also tied the championship record in the 200m with a time of 11.96 also held by Spokane’s Morgan Cribbs in 2008.

The outstanding field athletes were
Scott Miller  of Everett and
Spokane’s Dugger.

Lane head coach Grady O’Connor was named the men’s Coach of the Year while Jason Cash took the honor on the women’s side.

Event Champions:

Women:
100m: Margaret Paul, Mt. Hood, :11.96 (record)
200m: Margaret Paul, Mt. Hood, :24.61 (tied record)
400m: Emily Mills, Olympic, :57.00
800m: Megan Fristoe, Spokane, 2:18.94
1,500m: Nicole Maurmann, Lane, 4:46.14
3,000m Steeplechase: Megan Fristoe, Spokane, 11:47.26
5,000m: Georgia Glovatsky, Mt. Hood, 18:16.63
10,000m: Georgia Glovatsky, Mt. Hood, 39:03.35
100m Hurdles: Brittany Dugger, Spokane, :14.36
400m Hurdles: Emily Bland, Everett, 1:02.96
4x100m Relay: Spokane CC  ‘A’, :48.70 
     1) Roberts, Sydney SO              2) Dugger, Brittany SO           
     3) Hamm, Kendra SO                 4) Otholt, Hayley FR             
4×400 Relay: Lane CC  ‘A’, 3:55.93 
     1) O’Connor, Kylee FR              2) Girard, Danielle FR           
     3) Dunn, Kristine SO               4) Simms-Garcia, Daysha FR       
High Jump: Brittany Dugger, Spokane, 5-04.25
Pole Vault:  Tiffany Richeson, Clackamas, 11-10.75
Long Jump: Talisha Dozier, SW Oregon, 18-07.75
Triple Jump: Janayla Scott, Green River, 37-07.25
Discus:  Rachael Huffman, SW Oregon, 124-03
Hammer: Alyssa Taylor, Lane, 155-07
Javelin Throw:  Tianna Ybarra, Clackamas, 138-04
Shot Put: Krystall Fowler, Green River, 39-09.75
Heptathlon: Kendra Hamm, Spokane, 4466 pts

Men:
100m: Ben Kelly, Lane, :10.78
200m: Jesse Goodier, Lane, :21.61
400m: Michael Capri, Lane, :48.68
800m: Paris Speidel, Spokane, 1:52.64
1500m: Colin Kubik, Spokane, 4:02.56
3000m Steeplechase: Jason Baker, Clackamas, 9:43.68
5000m: Jason Baker, Clackamas, 15:33.81
10,000m: Daniel Schofield, Spokane, 32:55.10
110m Hurdles: Ney Brooks, SW Oregon, 14.86
400m Hurdles: Andrew Stich, Spokane, :53.97
4x100m Relay: Lane CC  ‘A’ , :41.39 
     1) Burt, Brian FR                  2) Goodier, Jesse SO             
     3) Rodriguez, Cesar SO             4) Kelly, Ben FR                 
4×400 Relay:  Lane CC  ‘A’ , 3:17.70 
     1) Goodier, Jesse SO               2) Rambert, Josh SO              
     3) Cain, Rohan SO                  4) Capri, Michael FR             
High Jump: Rohan Cain, Lane, 6-04.25
Pole Vault: Zack Supple, Clackamas, 16-02.00
Long Jump: James Woodworth, Spokane, 23-04.00
Triple Jump: Keith Bailey, Treasure Valley, 47-00.75
Discus: Scott Miller, Everett, 151-04
Hammer: Matthew Lloyd, Clackamas, 192-03
Javelin: Easton Christensen, Clackamas, 212-10
Shot Put: Scott Miller, Everett, 52-01.75
Decathlon: Jason Brocklesby, Olympic, 6493 pts

TEAM SCORES

MEN
1 Lane 229
2 Spokane 184.33
3 Clackamas 132.83
4 Treasure Valley 65
5 Olympic 53
6 Everett 52.5
7 Mt. Hood 33
8 SW Oregon 28.33
9 Clark 17
10 Green River 13
11 Skagit Valley 5

WOMEN
1 Spokane 208
2 Lane 187
3 Clackamas 125
4 Mt. Hood 85
5 SW Oregon 54
6 Olympic 40
7 Green River 34
8 Treasure Valley 33
9 Everett 32
10 Clark College 20

Brittany Dugger
Spokane’s Brittany Dugger was the Outstanding Female Field Athlete of the Meet, Women’s High Point Scorer & was named the Baden Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

Margaret Paul
Mt. Hood’s
Margaret Paul named the Outstanding Female Track Athlete of the Meet

photo of Jackson Baker and Jason Brocklesby
Clackamas’ Jackson Baker and  Olympic’s  Jason Brocklesby were named Men’s Outstanding Track Athletes of the Meet. Brocklesby was also the Men’s High Point Scorer and was named Baden Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

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Everett’s Scott Miller was named Outstanding Male Field Athlete of the Meet
(photo coming soon)

photo of Jason Cash & Grady O'Connor
Coach of the year went to Jason Cash (Women) and Grady O’Connor (Men)

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