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South Puget Sound’s Tyler Watts Earns National Honorable Mention Honor

*Sophomore basketball player earns honorable mention for Scholar Athlete of the Year from National Association of Two Year College Athletic Administrators

*Watts also won multiple defensive honors this season

Tyler Watts, center, was recently recognized by the Executive Team of SPSCC.

South Puget Sound Community College men’s basketball player Tyler Watts just can’t seem to stop collecting honors. After earning a spot on the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) All-West Region Defensive Team, and Clipper Defensive Player of the Year honors at the team banquet last month, Watts again found himself in the spot light. Watts was recently named an honorable mention honoree for the Scholar Athlete of the Year award from National Association of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA).

Athletes from more than 650 colleges are eligible for the award as long as they maintain a minimum 3.6 GPA in a minimum of 45 credit hours, display qualities of leadership and good citizenship, demonstrate outstanding athletic success, and complete at least one varsity season. SPSCC Athletic Director Nick Schmidt said he believes it is the first time a Clipper athlete has won a national honor.

 "Tyler is one of the toughest guys I’ve coached," SPSCC men’s hoops coach Aaron Landon said. "We’ve spent two years together and most of our success has been a result of his leadership and commitment to winning. He was one of the best defenders in the entire NWAC and hands down the best defender we had this year."

Watts in NWAC action. 

Watts finished tied for fourth in the NWAC with a team-leading two steals-per-game average. Watts also finished fifth on the team in scoring (8.7 points-per-game), second in assists (2.7 per game), first in rebounding (6.8 per game), and first in blocks at one every other game.

Watts said there’s much he’ll remember about the season.

"This year meant a lot to me after going through a tough freshman year," he said. "From all the big-time moments, like Dustin Meade hitting the game winning three to beat Green River, to the little things, like road trips in the vans, I will cherish all the moments we had."

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – May 18

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Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll
May 18, 2016
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Lower Columbia 21-4, 33-12 70 (4) 2
2. Everett 16-8, 35-11 51 (4) 4
3t. Bellevue 16-8, 32-16 39 1
3t. Yakima Valley 20-8, 30-16 39 3
5. Tacoma 19-6, 32-11 28 5
6. Mt. Hood 18-6, 26-17 27 NR
6t. Skagit Valley 16-8, 25-19 27 8
8. Pierce 19-6, 29-13 10 NR
Also receiving votes: Columbia Basin 8,  Lane 8, Treasure Valley 4, Edmonds 1

NWAC Baseball Super Regional Brackets Set

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As the dust settled in Everett last night with the Everett Trojans claiming the #1 seed in the North Region, The NWAC Baseball Super Regional field is set.

Skagit Valley will host the North Super Regional while Treassure Valley will host the East, Pierce hosts the West and Lane hosting the South.

Region #1 Seeds, Mt. Hood (South), Lower Columbia (West), Yakima Valley (East), Everett (North) all gain automatic berths to the NWAC Championship Tournament.

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North Super Regional @ Skagit Valley, Mt. Vernon, WA
Host: Skagit Valley, East #3 Walla Walla, South #4 Chemeketa
Fri, May 20 Game#1 Walla Walla vs Chemeketa, 2:00pm
Fri, May 20 Game #2 Winner Game 1 vs Skagit Valley, 5:00pm 
Sat, May 21 Game #3 Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2 , 2:00pm (loser out)
Sat, May 21 Game #4  Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3, 5:00pm 
Sun, May 22 Game #5 (if necessary), 1:00pm 

East Super Regional @ Elks Memorial Field, Ontario
Host: Treasure Valley, West #3 Tacoma, South #4 Clark
All times are MST

Fri May 20 Game #1: Clark vs Tacoma, 1:00 pm
Fri May 20 Game #2: Winner Game 1 vs Treasure Valley, 4:00 pm
Sat, May 21 Game #3: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2, 12:00 pm (loser out)
Sat, May 21 Game #4: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3, 3:00 pm
Sun, May 22 Game #5 (if necessary), 12:00 pm

West Super Regional @ Mt. Tahoma HS, Tacoma
Host Pierce, East #3 Columbia Basin, North #4 Edmonds
Fri May 20 Game 1: Edmonds/Everett vs Columbia Basin, 1:00 pm
Fri May 20 Game 2: Winner Game 1 vs Pierce, 4:00 pm
Sat, May 21 Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2, 1:00 pm (loser out)
Sat, May 21 Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3, 4:00 pm
Sun, May 22 Game 5 (if necessary), 12:00 pm

South Super Regional @ Lane Titan Field, Eugene
Host: Lane, North #3: Bellevue, West #4: Centralia
Sat, May 21 Game 1: Centralia vs Bellevue, 11:00 am
Sat, May 21 Game 2: Winner Game 1 vs Lane, 3:00 pm
Sun, May 22 Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2, 11:00 am (loser out)
Sun, May 22 Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3, 3:00 pm
Monday May 23 Game 5 (if necessary), 12 pm

2016 NWAC Championship Tournament
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Thursday May 26 @ Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA
9:35 am: Everett vs East-hosted Super Regional Winner
12:35 pm: Yakima Valley vs North-hosted Super Regional Winner
4:35 pm: Mt. Hood vs West-hosted Super Regional Winner
7:35 pm: Lower Columbia vs South-hosted Super Regional Winner

Baseball Players of the Week – May 17

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Kade Kryzsko, Lower Columbia, Sophomore, Infielder

Kryzsko went 9 of 17 for a .539 batting average in five LCC games last week leading the Red Devils to four wins. He had 2 doubles, 2 triples a home run, 1 walk, 2 HBP and tallied 7 LCC RBIs including 4 runs of his own.

Kryzsko also pitched a win for the Devils and is 4-1 on the season with an overall batting average of .400.

Nathan Hunter, Mt. Hood, Sophomore, Pitcher

Hunter had a 4 hit 9 inning complete game shutout of SW Oregon while mowing down 8 batters on K’s. He is now 5-3 on the season with a 4.81 ERA and 41 strikeouts.

Baseball Players of the Week – May 11

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Garret Hull, Spokane, Freshman, Center Fielder

Hull helped lead the Sasquatch to a 3-1 record last week on his .500 batting average. In 16 at bats he had 8 hits and a walk including a 3-run homer and 8 RBIs.

In addition, Hull has played error-free ball in 24 games played.

Dominic DeMiero, Bellevue, Freshman, Pitcher

DeMiero had a nine inning complete game shoutout of Shoreline last week with 8 strikeouts.

He has played a part in 4 of Bellevue’s shutouts this season and has posted a 6-1 record with a 2.62 ERA (top 20). His 57 Ks is fifth in the league while his 6 wins is tied for sixth.

Former Pierce College baseball standout Ryan Schmitten named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Conference office announced today Hunter Simmons of UTAH was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week and Ryan Schmitten of WASHINGTON (Pierce College) was tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for action between May 2 – 8.

Simmons (Mountain View, Calif.) hit .625 over two games against Washington State (5-of-8) and scored three runs, helping the Utes split the first two games with the rubber match taking place tonight on the Pac-12 Networks. He went 2-for-4 and scored two of Utah’s three runs in game one of the series. He led off the seventh inning with a single and scored Utah’s first run of the game and also led off the ninth with a single, which would lead to a run. Simmons followed up that performance by going 3-for-4 with a run scored in game two and also reached base on a HBP. His hit in the first inning loaded the bases which led to a sacrifice fly. Simmons began Utah’s 3-run go-ahead fifth inning with a one-out single to left center for the first hit of the inning and scored a run. This is Simmons’ first-career weekly accolade and the second all-time for the Utes.

Schmitten (Puyallup, Wash.) allowed just one hit over a career-high seven innings against USC as he and two relievers combined to hurl a one-hit, 6-0 shutout of the Trojans on Sunday. In just his fourth start of the year, the senior did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning, a double by No. 9 hitter Reggie Southall. The only other baserunner Schmitten allowed was a lead-off walk in the fourth to Cody Dempster, who was erased on a strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play to end the inning. He faced one batter over the minimum in seven innings, went to three-ball counts just three times, threw 83 pitches and struck out four batters in picking up his first win of the season and leading the Huskies to two out of three wins on the road. The Huskies are now 11-1-1 in series this season, including 7-0 in three-game series rubber matches after Schmitten’s performance. This is Schmitten’s first-career weekly honor and the 44th all-time honor for the Huskies.

The Utes, currently one game out back from the top of the Pac-12 standings, host Stanford in a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 13. The Huskies, the Pac-12 leaders, face their in-state rivals in Washington State in a three-game series also starting on Friday. All three games will be broadcast the Pac-12 Networks. The Pac-12 Networks full television information can be found here.

Baseball Players of the Week – May 4

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Shane Hanon, Edmonds, Freshman, Center Fielder

Hanon had a dynamite four games series leading the sixth-ranked Tritons to three victories over top-ranked Bellevue. He went 11-15 for a .733 batting average with 3 doubles, 5 runs, 2 stolen bases, 5 RBIs and also reached base another six times on 5 walks and 1 HBP.

Hanon is batting .373 on the season, tied for 6th best BA and has played error free fielding in 29 games this season.

Garrett Westberg, Tacoma, Freshman, Pitcher

Westberg enjoyed a rare feat in baseball with a 7 inning perfect game as he sat down 21 batters, 10 on strikeouts, in Tacoma’s 9-0 win over Green River Saturday.

Westberg is now 5-1 on the season for the fifth-ranked Titans with a 3.40 ERA.

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – April 28

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Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll
April 28, 2016
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Bellevue 10-2, 27-9 78(7) 1
2. Lower Columbia 11-2, 23-8 50 7
3. Yakima Valley 14-4, 24-12 33 5
4. Everett 7-5, 24-8 32(1) 4
5. Tacoma 9-4, 22-9 29 3
6. Edmonds 8-4, 19-9 26 2
7. Columbia Basin 12-6, 25-9 19 8
8. Skagit Valley 12-4, 19-13 13 NR
Also receiving votes: Mt. Hood 12, Pierce 9, Lane 8, Big Bend 1
Next Poll: May 12

Baseball Players of the Week – April 26

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Bowen Ogata – Mt. Hood, Sophomore, Catcher

Ogata helped the Saints to three wins on 6 for 8 hitting (.750 BA) with 2 doubles, 2 runs and 7 RBIs. He also reached base another 4 times on 2 walks and 2 HBP.

Ogata is currently in the league top twenty in batting average (.337) and RBIs (21).

Cameron Walker – Walla Walla, Sophomore, Pitcher-Utility

Walker powered the Warriors to a 1-0 shutout over 5th-Ranked Yakima Valley. He tossed 7 strikeouts in eight innings of work while allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks.

Walker is now 4-2 on the season with a 3.09 ERA and 35 strikeouts (tied 20th).

Where are they now- TC Florentine & Cheyenne Barker (Barger)

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TC Florentine

Edmonds Baseball,
2013, 2014
Senior at Santa Clara – NCAA DI, West Coast Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
played two years at Edmonds…As a freshman, Hit .333 with 22 RBI’s and 8 SB’s… Earned 2nd team All NWAC and Gold Glove Honors…As a sophomore hit .341 with 4 HR’s, 38 RBI’s, and 13 SB’s…Earned Gold Glove, NWAC MVP, Baden Player of the Year, and ABCA All American honors…Helped Edmonds win NWAC Championship in 2014…In over 600 innings played accumulated 0 errors…

Santa Clara
AS A JUNIOR (2015): Made 52 appearances and 51 starts, primarily in center field … hit .246 with six doubles, three triples, 15 RBIs, 17 runs scored and 18 walks … 

AS a SENIOR (2016): Appeared in 30 of 34 games thus far…averaging .312 with a .364 on base percentage…Totals 9 doubles (most on the team), 17 RBI’s (2nd on team) with 3 stolen bases.  Santa Clara is currently 16-18 on the season…

Follow TC’s senior season:
WSU Athletics Website
Twitter: @SCU_baseball

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Cheyenne Barker (Barger)

Treasure Valley Softball, 2013, 2014
RS Junior at Eastern Oregon University – NAIA, Cascade Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two years at Treasure Valley…As a freshman hit .569 with 61 RBI’s and 14 HR’s…Earned 1st team East Region and named NFCA All American…Helped Treasure Valley reach NWAC playoffs…As a sophomore hit .582 with 59 RBI’s and 18 HR’s…Earned East Region MVP, named NFCA All American, and Baden Player of the Year… led Treasure Valley to NWAC playoffs this time to Final 3 appearance…

Eastern Oregon University
Red Shirted her first year…This year has started in all 42 games…hitting .341 with 49 RBI’s and 25 HR’s…Eastern Oregon is currently 2nd in Cascade Conference East Standings with a 13-9 conference record

Follow Cheyenne’s Junior season:
CSUN Athletics Website
Twitter: @eoumountaineers