Men’s Basketball RPI Rankings – January 22

Only games vs. NWAC opponents are included in the Rankings

2018-2019 NWAC Men’s Basketball RPI Rankings
as of January 22, 2019
1 Everett 17 0.5910
2 S. Puget Sound 17 0.5794
3 Edmonds 16 0.5731
4 Spokane 18 0.5580
5 Green River 16 0.5561
6 Umpqua 12 0.5508
7 North Idaho  9 0.5473
8 Lane 10 0.5464
9 Clackamas 14 0.5439
10 Centralia 19 0.5417
11 Highline 18 0.5407
12 Clark 12 0.5205
13 Big Bend 13 0.5185
14 Whatcom 15 0.5185
15 Walla Walla 17 0.5150
16 Linn-Benton 14 0.5133
17 Bellevue 14 0.5097
18 Lower Columbia 16 0.5081
19 Skagit Valley 16 0.4910
20 Peninsula 18 0.4858
21 Chemeketa 11 0.4786
22 Treasure Valley 10 0.4750
23 Pierce 18 0.4750
24 Portland 13 0.4685
25 Yakima Valley 18 0.4640
26 Wenatchee Valley 11 0.4569
27 Tacoma 19 0.4472
28 Shoreline 15 0.4457
29 Olympic 17 0.4397
30 Columbia Basin 16 0.4293
31 Grays Harbor 12 0.4212
32 SW Oregon 14 0.4144
33 Blue Mountain 14 0.4111
34 Mt. Hood 16 0.4065

Women’s Basketball RPI Rankings – January 22

Only games vs. NWAC opponents are included in the Rankings

2018-2019 NWAC Women’s Basketball RPI Rankings
1 Wenatchee Valley 17 0.6115
2 Walla Walla 19 0.6071
3 North Idaho 12 0.5949
4 Lane 17 0.5912
5 Big Bend 17 0.5745
6 Spokane 17 0.5722
7 Umpqua 17 0.5714
8 Mt. Hood 19 0.5694
9 Columbia Basin 18 0.5578
10 Clackamas 14 0.5367
11 Yakima Valley 18 0.5352
12 Bellevue 13 0.5257
13 Chemeketa 15 0.5088
14 Peninsula 16 0.5036
15 Lower Columbia 17 0.5013
16 SW Oregon 17 0.4968
17 Linn-Benton 17 0.4967
18 Treasure Valley 14 0.4910
19 Centralia 18 0.4901
20 Whatcom 13 0.4884
21 Skagit Valley 16 0.4769
22 Olympic 17 0.4724
23 Grays Habor 13 0.4658
24 Highline 15 0.4643
25 Pierce 18 0.4427
26 Everett 17 0.4275
27 Blue Mountain 15 0.4271
28 Edmonds 11 0.4253
29 Clark 16 0.4240
30 Tacoma 17 0.4159
31 Portland 15 0.3829
32 S. Puget Sound 17 0.3759
33 Shoreline 13 0.3684
34 Green River 12 0.3637

Lane Community College Hires Jim Moore as Head Volleyball Coach

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane Community College athletic director Greg Sheley announced Friday the hiring of former Pac-12 and three-time national coach of the year Jim Moore as the Titans’ next volleyball coach.

“We are very excited to welcome Jim to Lane,” Sheley said. “His success and experience at the highest level of collegiate volleyball will benefit the program and our athletic department in general.”

Moore, who most recently guided the University of Oregon to 10 NCAA Championship appearances in 12 seasons, including the 2012 NCAA Championship Match, is one of the winningest coaches in Pac-12 history, ranking ninth all-time in both total (246) and conference (120) victories.

“It feels great to be back on the floor in a college gym,” Moore said. “Eugene is a special place and there’s incredible potential here at Lane.”

“I want to thank Greg Sheley for this opportunity and look forward to working with the student-athletes to build this program into one they will be proud of and the community will be excited to support.”

Moore has an overall coaching record of 598-288 in 27 seasons with stops at Northern Michigan, Kansas State, Texas and Chico State, in addition to Oregon. He has coached 12 U.S. National Team players, recruited 30 All-Americans and led his 1993 Northern Michigan team to a NCAA Division II National Championship.

Prior to Moore’s arrival at Oregon, where he coached from 2005 to 2016, the Ducks had gone 14 years without a winning record. His 2006 team started a new streak, winning 17 games (17-12), and earning him Pac-12 Coach of the Year accolades. UO has had a winning record every season since.

Moore’s Ducks were one of only two Pac-12 schools during his tenure to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Academic Team award and qualify for the NCAA Championship tournament in multiple years.

What they’re saying about Jim Moore:

Sonja Newcombe – University of Oregon second-team All-American, U.S. National Team, currently playing professionally in Romania
Congratulations to Jim Moore and the Lane Community College Women’s Volleyball Team! I’m confident the program will be very successful with him as the head coach. Jim was and continues to be greatly influential in my volleyball career. I am extremely grateful for the years that I got to play for him at Oregon as that time helped me to grow and develop into the player and person that I am today. I wish the program and players great success as they learn, grow and compete under his direction and passion for the game.

Liz Brenner – University of Oregon All-American and five-sport student-athlete
I am so happy for Jim. I absolutely loved playing for him. He is a great coach and knows the game better than anyone. Lane is very lucky to have him!

Shoreline Women’s Basketball announces coaching change

Shoreline Athletic Department is pleased to announce a new coaching staff for the 2018-19 Women’s Basketball team.  Following Head Coach Christopher Weakley’s resignation in December 2018, Assistant Coach Marvena Kemp and Rodney Walker have been appointed Co-Head Coaches for the Women’s Basketball team. 

Coach Marvena Kemp brings over 20 years of basketball experience at all levels as well as hosting athletic events in Washington.  Some of the notable events Kemp directed was being the Northwest Event Coordinator for Elite Sports, Director of the 10th Annual Battle at the Lake outdoor tournament, Director of the 15th Annual Shawn Kemp “Reignman Classic,” and Co-Director of the 5th Annual Northwest Collegiate Summer League. Coach Marvena Kemp also serves as the President of the Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund.  

Coach Rodney Walker brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and has coached at many levels from AAU to Semi-Professional. Walker was an assistant High School Basketball Coach from 1998 through 2001 at Everett’s Cascade High School and was part of the coaching staff that twice sent teams to State.  Walker was later the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Sultan High School from 2006 to 2009, and led Sultan to 3 district appearances, and was named the Cascade Conference Coach of the Year.    

“We are excited for this opportunity to have such an experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff.”  – Athletic Director, Steve Eskridge.

Former Clackamas alumni playing pro basketball

 Grant Sitton (6’9”-G/F-93, played in 2012-14, plays pro in Holland) could not help Groningen (1-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Groningen (1-2) lost 67-73 at home to the leading Openjobmetis VA in the group K of FIBA Europe Cup. Sitton was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 2 blocks in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only Sitton’s second season in pro basketball. It was Groningen’s first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Sitton averages 9.1ppg and 2.3rpg in nine games he played so far.

Chehales Tapscott (6’5”-F-90, played in 2008-10, plays in Japan) led Kumamoto Volters to a 1-point victory over the sixth-ranked Kagawa FA (7-23) 73-72 in the Japanese B2 League last Monday. Tapscott was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kumamoto Volters (22-9) are placed second in West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Tapscott has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages 21.1ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg.

Other former Clackamas Community College players, who play in pro basketball:

Vince Boumann (6’9”-C-96, played in 2015-16) plays for ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier in German ProA

Centralia College names Kawika Emsley-Pai interim baseball coach for 2019 season

Centralia College has named Kawika Emsley-Pai the interim head baseball coach, replacing Cody Atkinson, who resigned this week to take a position with the Cincinnati Reds.

Atkinson will assist the team through Feb. 8, but Emsley-Pai, who had been working as the team’s assistant coach since July, has already assumed head coaching duties.

“Our goal as a college is to make a smooth transition for our student-athletes, and Kawika will provide that,” said Athletic Director Bob Peters. “He’s a great coach and I have full confidence he will lead this team and these players through a great season.”

Atkinson will become the hitting assessment/run production coach, a new position, for the Cincinnati Reds, and will join the team for spring training in Arizona in February.

Atkinson said he’d turned down four previous offers from Major League Baseball teams in the last several months, but this offer from the Reds was a life-changing opportunity.

“I told them I was only interested in pursuing an opportunity if it was truly life-changing, and they took a few days before calling me back,” Atkinson described. “My phone rang and I thought it was them telling me they’d connect with me next year, but they offered me this new position and it was something I had to do. It was a hard decision because I love what we’ve been doing here at Centralia College. This is a baseball town and this is a baseball school, and Kawika and I have worked hard to set standards that will move this team forward. Knowing that work will continue with Kawika as head coach gives me confidence this team and our players are in great hands.”

Emsley-Pai and Atkinson are childhood friends, who started playing baseball together at age 8. Their career paths diverged after college, when Atkinson went straight into coaching and Emsley-Pai was drafted out of the Lewis-Clark State College to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He ended up playing six years with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, rising up the Triple-A level. A catcher, he was known in the Pirates organization as a mentor for prospects and new recruits.

“He is easily the best baseball coach as far as game strategy and skills development. He exceeds me in those areas because he’s played at such a high level,” Atkinson said. “He’s also sat next to me for the last six months and worked alongside me in developing this Centralia College team. We created the player development plan together. We made the schedule together. We recruited our players together. We developed the culture and the standards together. Everything we built together will be implemented by Kawika. That’s good news for our current players and all the incoming recruits.”

Centralia College signed 17 new recruits Nov. 1 for the baseball team, the largest signing class in Northwest Athletic Conference history.

Spokane’s Bruce Johnson tallies win #600

Spokane women’s head coach, Bruce Johnson, claimed his 600th win January 16th with a 63-61 win over Columbia Basin College. Johnson has been the head coach for Spokane for the past 31 years amassing a career record of 600 wins to 307 losses.

During his time he has won 6 region titles, coached 2 Baden Players of the Year, and won the 2017 NWAC tournament. Coach Johnson was also named Eastern Region coach of the year 5 times and was NWAC coach of the year in 2017.

Johnson is the fourth winningest coach all-time in NWAC women’s basketball behind Skagit Valley’s Steve Epperson (899), Umpqua’s Dave Stricklin (838) and Lane’s Greg Sheley (651).

Michelle Miller takes reins of Olympic Ranger Volleyball

Olympic College Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Michelle Miller as their next Head Volleyball Coach.  Coach Miller was born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula, attending high school at Bainbridge High.  She helped lead the Spartans to three consecutive state tournament appearances.  She was named Co-Player of the Year by the Kitsap Sun her sophomore year and second-team All-State her senior year.  She went on to play at NCAA Division I University of New Mexico until she was sidelined by injury. 

Miller’s first head coaching position was at 19 when she led a high level 13-1 New Mexico Juniors squad.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Education with a focus on middle and high school ages.  After moving back to Kitsap, she joined OPVBC, where she has served as a coach at every age group U12-U18.  She has also coached JV and Varsity high school teams at Bainbridge and Central Kitsap.

“I am excited and honored to be joining Olympic College volleyball,” shares Miller, “I grew up in Kitsap County and returned after college which makes this all even more special.  Having volunteered with this program for many years, I have been able to see firsthand the potential that Ranger Volleyball has.  I am most excited to work with this group of young women and begin recruiting for the upcoming seasons. I look forward to the challenge of raising the bar for our players and program.”

“Michelle will be a positive addition to our athletic department,” shared Athletic Director Barry Janusch, “She is respected by the local volleyball community and brings a wealth of experience to our program. Michelle has coaching connections throughout the Northwest which is so important for this position.”

Under Armour Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week – Week 7

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Alex Sommerfield, Thomas Jefferson HS / Federal Way, WA., averaged 18.5 points and 8 rebounds per game to go his 2 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks as Green River knocked off 2nd-ranked South Puget Sound and 8th-ranked Lower Columbia. Sommerfield is also an excellent student and sports a very high GPA.

"Alex shot the lights out in both games, said Gator head coach Godfrey Drake. "In both games he got rolling from the 3 point line and the other team had to call timeout. He also came up with big blocks at the end of both games to seal the deal."

Drake added, "Alex is great on campus and he is in to broadcast journalism. His sports podcast is very well done and he has a bright future with that. He also led our efforts in the off season with several trips to NW Harvest to do some community service. The sky is the limit for Al and I’m just lucky to be the guy that he calls coach."

Under Armour Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week – Week 7

Darian Mitchell Under Armour photo

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Darian Mitchell, Douglas HS / Dillard, OR., averaged 27.5 points and 14 rebounds to go with 3 assists, 2 steals and a pair of blocks while leading 7th-ranked UCC to double-digit wins over Clackamas and Linn-Benton. She is currently 1st in the league in rebounds (13.3rpg) and 7th in scoring (17.8ppg)

“Darian has been a great rebounder from day one but her steady improvement as a legitimate back to the basket scorer has added a new dimension to our offense," said Riverhawk head coach Dave Striklin. "As she continues to work hard and get better, our team will continue to get better, which is absolutely necessary as Southern Region play continues."

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