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NWAC Basketball BlogTalk Radio with Greg Crawford Tuesday at 10:00pm & 10:30pm

Check out NWAC basketball BlogTalk Radio with Greg Crawford. Tonight’s Lineup:

1. T.J. Caughell, Mitch Freeman, Kyle Gray and Aaron Landon, will join Greg Tuesday night at 10:00 pm. Link to listen for that show is:

2. Weekly NWAC South Fastbreak Show, every Tuesday night, will have a special time for only this week, which is 10:30 PM, PT. Link to listen, for that show is:

Job announcement: Program Coordinator Athletics & Intramurals – Shoreline

Opens: Novemeber 23, 2015
December 23, 2015 11:59pm

Under the general direction of the Director of Athletics, this position provides support to the Athletic Department and Intramurals programs by coordinating activities with program participants, staff, and outside entities. This position coordinates office operations including budget management, purchasing, travel coordination, hiring/payment documentation, correspondence, filing, etc. and is responsible for the community-based Athletic Camps and Clinics.

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Weekend Basketball Tournament Results

Titan Classic

EUGENE- The hosting Titans would come away from the 4 team tournament with a record of 3-0 with blowout wins over Pierce and Linn-Benton scoring over 100 points in each and then capping the tournament with a nail-biter win over Spokane 85-80. Shelby Snook lead the way for the Titans averaging 21 points a game and 5 rebounds. Spokane would win their other two games against Linn-Benton and Pierce. Khadijah Neumeyer lead the way for the Sasquatch averaging 12 and a half and a little over 7 rebounds a game.

MVP – Shelby Snook- Lane
Sharika Wilson- Pierce
Bailee Tally- Linn Benton
Khadijah Neumeyer- Spokane
Jordan Kimbrough- Lane

Team Records:
Lane 3-0
Spokane 2-1
Linn-Benton 1-2
Pierce 0-3

Yakima Tip Off Bracket

YAKIMA- Treasure Valley would top Centralia in the championship game by a score of 73-60. Jessica Praegitzer would lead the way for Treasure Valley scoring over 12 a game including 18 in the championship. Susan Kenney for Centralia averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and over 2 assists a game. Walla Walla would come in 3rd beating Chemeketa 73-59. In the losers bracket, Clark would go on to beat Yakima Valley 65-56.

Team Records
Treasure Valley 3-0
Centralia 2-1
Walla Walla 2-1
Clark 2-1
Chemeketa 1-2
Yakima Valley 1-2
Whatcom 0-2
Blue Mountain 0-2










Blue Mountain captures fifth Volleyball Title

Blue Mountain Team Photo with Trophy

Blue Mountain 3, Clark 1 stats | Bracket | Tournament Stats

TACOMA, WA — The Blue Mountain Timberwolves captured their 4th consecutive NWAC Volleyball Championship today at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center with a 3-1 victory over the tournament’s Cinderella team, the Clark College Penguins.

Kristin Williams
Kristin Williams was named Tournament MVP

The Penguins, a third seed in the South Region and entering the tournament unranked in the coaches poll, made a most improbable run to the title match.

After losing to #8 Walla Walla 3-2 in the opener, Clark beat Pierce – then mowed down a flurry of top eight ranked teams with consecutive wins over Chemeketa (#1), Bellevue (#7), Walla Walla (#8), Tacoma (#5)  and Linn-Benton (#4).

Second-ranked Blue Mountain won four straight to enter the championship unscathed. After winning their opener against SW Oregon 3-1, the Timberwolves survived early scares as they found themselves down 2 sets to 0 in their next two matches against Bellevue and Tacoma.

Meghan Turner
Meghan Turner was named the Most Inspirational Player.

The Blue Mountain dynasty has now recored five titles in the last six years under head coach Dave Baty including a third place finish in Baty’s first year at the helm in 2009.

Prior to Baty’s arrival in Pendleton, Oregon the BMCC program had only made two other tournament appearances in their history.

Clark’s second place finish ties their 1979 result where the Penguins fell to Edmonds in five sets.

Blue Mountain freshman middle blocker Kristin Williams was named the tournament MVP. Williams filled the stats sheet for the tournament with 39 kills on a 30% kill efficiency, 8 service aces and 16 blocked shots.

Clark sophomore libero Meghan Turner was named the Most Inspirational Player. Turner anchored the Penguin defense with 94 digs on a 4.48 digs per set average.

All-Tournament Team
Kristin Williams, Blue Mountain
Most Inspirational –
Meghan Turner, Clark
Miah Perez, Blue Mountain
Keri Schwarz, Blue Mountain
Hannah Bailey, Blue Mountain
Meghan Turner, Clark
Janessa Mast, Clark
Melisa Lujca, Clark
Chase Bohman, Linn-Benton
Samantha Rouleau, Linn-Benton
Arlicia Ortiz, Tacoma
Sojo Channel, Tacoma
Katrina Zens, Chemeketa
Anna Golubitskikh, Shoreline

NWAC Coach of the Year
Raquel West, Shoreline

Clark Team Photo with Trophy

NWAC Volleyball Championship Preview – Clark vs. Blue Mountain

Clark and Blue Mountain team photo and athletic logo
Blue Mountain (41-9)

8 NWAC Tournament Appearances
4 NWAC Championships

Road to the Championship
#1 Seed out of the East, 14-0 Region Record
Saturday – Blue Mountain def Linn-Benton (25-17,25-15,23-25,25-20)
Friday – Blue Mountain def Tacoma (24-26,13-25,25-17,25-21,15-12) 
Friday – Blue Mountain def Bellevue (22-25,22-25,25-23,25-22,15-11)
Thursday – Blue Mountain def SW Oregon (25-17,25-16,23-25,25-15)

Tournament Top Performers
#12 Kristin Williams – 2.17 Kills/set, .300 Hit%, .44 Aces/set
#18 Maci Beierle – 6.00 Assists/set, 2.69 Digs/set
#4 Miah Perez – 2.5 Kills/set
#10 Hannah Bailey – 7.56 Digs/set

Clark (26-15)
26 NWAC Tournament Appearances
2 top 4 finishes

Road to the Championship
#3 Seed out of the South, 7-5 Region Record
Saturday – Clark def Linn-Benton (14-25,25-20,15-13)
Saturday – Clark def Tacoma (25-21,16-25,15-13)
Saturday – Clark def Walla Walla (25-13,25-17)
Saturday – Clark def Bellevue (22-25,25-22,15-6)
Friday – Clark def Chemeketa (21-25,25-23,17-15)
Thursday – Clark def Pierce (25-17,25-13)
Thursday – Walla Walla def Clark (22-25,12-25,25-19,25-20,20-18)

Tournament Top Performers

#10 Dianne Walter – .371 Hit%, 1.24 Blocks/set
#3 Kinsey Pease – 5.00 Assists/set
#4 Meghan Turner – 4.48 Digs/set
#5 Janessa Mast – 3.00 Kills/set, 3.62 Digs/set

Team Tournament Stats

Hitting Percentage
Clark – .195, 4th ranked in the tournament
Blue Mountain – .194, 5th ranked in the tournament

Opponent Hitting Percentage
Clark – .109, 1st ranked in the tournament
Blue Mountain – .144, 3rd ranked in the tournament

Blue Mountain -11.33/set, 3rd ranked in the tournament
Clark – 11.10, 6th ranked in the tournament

Blue Mountain – 12.39/set, 3rd ranked in the tournament
Clark – 11.71, 7th ranked in the tournament

Clark – 2.43/set, 2nd ranked in the tournament
Blue Mountain – 1.78/set, 6th ranked in the tournament

Service Aces
Blue Mountain – 1.78/set, 3rd ranked in the tournament
Clark – 1.14/set, 13th ranked in the tournament

Head to Head this Season

2015-09-03 – Blue Mountain def Clark, 3-0 (25-20,25-18,25-13)
2015-09-05 – Blue Mountain def Clark, 3-1 (25-13,23-25,25-20,26-24)
2015-09-18 – Blue Mountain def Clark, 3-1 (24-26,25-13,27-25,25-19)
2015-10-16 – Blue Mountain def Clark, 3-0 (25-18,25-20,28-26)


Tonight’s Volleyball matches feature last four undefeated teams

Blue Mountain vs. Tacoma at 6:30pm

Blue Mountain:
Defeated Southwestern Oregon 3-1 & Bellevue 3-2
Key Players: Kristin Williams & Maci Beierle

Defeated Lower Columbia 3-1 & Chemekta 3-0
Key Players: Audrey Saelens & Sojo Channel

This Season: These two teams split in two meetings.  Tacoma won in the most recent meeting on 10/5 in 5 sets.  

Walla Walla vs. Linn-Benton at 6:30pm

Walla Walla:
Defeated Clark 3-2 & Shoreline 3-1
Key Players: Amy Arnzen & Nicole Sheer

Defeated Spokane 3-1 & Highline 3-0
Key Players : Chase Bohman & Malie Rube

This Season: Linn-Benton has won in clean sweeps in all three meetings this season against Walla Walla.

Eight Teams remain unbeaten in the Volleyball Championship Tournament

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TACOMA, WA – Here is a preview of the remaining undefeated teams. At the completion of this evening’s matches, four teams will also be battling to remain alive in the one loss side of the bracket.

Tournament: Stats | Bracket

Blue Mountain vs. Bellevue at 10:00am

Blue Mountain:

Defeated Southwestern Oregon 3-1 (25-17,25-16,23-25,25-15) in the 1st round

Key Performer: Kristin Williams – 13 kills, 5 service aces .647 Hit%


Defeated Lower Columbia 3-1 (25-18,23-25,25-23,25-16) in the 1st round

Key Performer: Audrey Saelens 16 kills, 15 digs

This Season: Blue Mountain beat Bellevue in both meetings in the 5th set, the most recent match on 9/19.

Tacoma vs. Chemeketa at 10:00am

Defeated Olympic 3-0 (25-23,25-16,25-19) in the 1st round
Key Performer: Savanna cappa 1 service ace & 20 digs (6.67 avg./set)

Defeated Columbia Basin 3-0 (25-13,25-17,25-13) in the 1st round
Key Performer: Marandah Boeder 1 block, 18 kills, .739 Hit%

Last Meeting: Back in 2012 Tacoma knocked Chemeketa out of the NWAC tournament in 2nd round losers bracket. Tacoma went on to place in the top 6.

Shoreline vs Walla Walla at 12:30pm

Defeated Pierce 3-1 (21-25,25-23,25-21,25-22) in the 1st round
Key Performer: Carlie Howard 9.25 assists/set & 13 digs

Walla Walla:
Defeated Clark 3-2 (22-25,12-25,25-19,25-20,20-18) in the 1st round
Key Performer: Amy Arnzen 1 blck, 12 kills & 20 digs

This season: Shoreline defeated Walla Walla 2-1 at the Lower Columbia Crossover Tournament on 10/16.

Linn-Benton vs Highline at 12:30pm

Defeated Spokane 3-1 (24-26,25-13,25-14,25-9) in the 1st round
Key Performer: Chase Bohman 20 kills, .400 Hit%, 2 aces, 19 digs

Defeated Skagit Valley 3-0 (27-25,26-24,25-17) in the 1st round
Key Performer: Emi Atanoa 19 kills, .567 Hit%

This Season: Highline defeated Linn Benton 3-1 at the Spokane Invitational tournament on 9/4.

Long time Lower Columbia coach and supporter Chuck Byers passes

Chuck Byers’ passing: ‘It’s a huge loss for the community’

By Rick McCorkle | The Longview Daily News

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how many student-athletes have been impacted by Chuck Byers’ mentoring over the last seven decades.

“Chuck cared about the kids,” Lower Columbia College women’s basketball coach Chad Meadors said. “He was a compassionate, caring, honest person who was passionate for the games we play and the people who play them.”

Byers died Sunday after a short battle with cancer. He was 83.

Raised in Longview, Byers began playing basketball in junior high school. In his freshman year, coaching piqued his interest as he helped coach the seventh-grade team at Kessler Elementary. He played basketball three of his four years at R.A. Long High and helped the Lumberjacks to the state tournament. Byers also played baseball as a sophomore and served as team manager in his junior and senior years.

Byers also turned out for track as a high school senior and was the team’s top mid-distance runner in the 800 meters. Prior to graduation in 1950, he was presented the school’s Johnny Hammer award for athletic excellence.

After a stint in the Army in Fort Hood, Texas, where Byers participated in basketball and track, he enrolled at then-Seattle Pacific College in 1953, lettering in track and basketball. It was at SPC where his track career took off.

Byers, along with teammates Ben Moring, Denton Palmer, Eugene Peterson and Wes Thompson, grabbed fourth place in the two-mile relay at the prestigious Drake Relays in 1953. The group also grabbed a second-place finish in 1954 and was fourth in 1955. The relay also won the state NAIA finals in 1954 in the mile and two-mile runs, and Byers ran in the nationals in the 440 in 1955.

Byers, recalling his collegiate days in a 2009 Daily News story, said, “In the middle of my junior year, the coach (Dr. Ken Foreman) told me if I went back to the Drake Relays and did well, I wouldn’t be playing basketball any more,” he said then. “That was the end of my basketball career. I missed it, but we knew we had something special.”

In 2009, Byers and his relay mates were inducted into the SPU Legends Hall of Fame..

In 1955, Byers embarked on his career in Sequim, Wash., where he taught and coached football and track at Sequim Junior High. Three years later, he transferred to Mark Morris where he taught and coached for the next 27 years. He served as an assistant coach for junior high football, high school boys and girls basketball, diving and track. Byers was MM’s head cross country coach for five years and head track coach for 20 years. He coached eight track athletes to state titles at MM, along with six state runner-ups, two third place finishes and a fourth place finish. Byers’ impact on the student-athletes he coached was so great that nine of them went on to coach high school track.

He retired from the classroom in 1985, but not from coaching. From 1985 to 1992, Byers coached at White Salmon, Castle Rock and Rainier high schools before returning to MM where he served as an assistant track coach for the next 20 years.

Byers also coached cross country and track at Lower Columbia College during the 1990s, where he mentored NWAACC champion Randy Mitts in the 400 hurdles in 1998. In 2000, Byers joined the LCC women’s basketball team as an assistant coach, a position he held for 15 years under head coaches Meadors and Jason Hoseney.

Meadors called Byers “sharp and detail-oriented”.

“He caught a lot of technical issues and could quickly point them out,” Meadors said. “He was always a great sounding board after games and had great insight.”

LCC athletic director Kirc Roland believed Byers coached and mentored “for all the right reasons.”

“He had a huge impact on our women’s program as a senior authority,” Roland said. “He was one of those assistants who went with his key at night to open the gym so kids could get up extra shots. He didn’t take money from the college for his work, but he invested so much back into it.”

Byers was inducted into the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004, and was placed on the Lower Columbia Area All-Century Team in 2009. Mark Morris and R.A. Long inducted Byers into their hall of fames in 2011 and ‘13, respectively.

“Chuck’s an icon and it’s a huge loss for the community,” Meadors said. “He’s an example of how you should live your life, and an example of what servant leadership is. He’s Longview and LCC treasure.”

Byers volunteered 15 years with the local Special Olympics program, assisted with the Longview Track Club, served as president of the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association, and was active in the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society.

He’s survived by his wife, Virginia, a son, Brent, of Gresham, Ore., and daughter, Ronda, of Vancouver.


1st Round Preview of the 2015 NWAC Volleyball Championship Tournament

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Blue Mountain (37-9, East #1) vs. SW Oregon (16-20, South #4)

Blue Mountain Key Players:
#11 Klaree Hobart – East Region 1st team, 2.59 kills/set & 3.04 digs/set
#12 Kristin Williams – East Region 1st team, 71 total blocks (1.00 avg./set) 5th in NWAC

SW Oregon Key Players:
#11 Taryn White – South Region 1st team, 3.92 kills/set 7th in NWAC#3 Christine Wing – South Region 2nd team, NWAC setter POW, 7.32 assists/set

Last Meeting: 10/18/2013, Blue Mountain won in 4 sets at Bellevue Crossover Tournament

Bellevue (21-14, North #2) vs. Lower Columbia (19-16, West #3)

Bellevue Key Players:
#12 Audrey Saelens – North Region 1st team, NWAC offensive POW, 3.26 kills/set,  .327 Hit%, 5th in NWAC
#9 Isabella Zubrod – North Region 1st team, NWAC setter POW, 10.16 assists/set, 2nd in NWAC

Lower Columbia Key Players:
#15 Rachel Erickson – West Region 1st team, 3.03 kills/set & 2.08 digs/set
#4 Kaysee Wohl – West Region 2nd team, 2.08 kills/set & 1.17 digs/set

Last Meeting: 9/20/2013, Bellevue won over Lower Columbia in 2 sets at Walla Walla Crossover Tournament

Tacoma (30-4, West #2) vs Olympic (22-17, North #3)

Tacoma Key Players:
#15 Sojournah Channel – West Region Co-MVP, NWAC offensive POW, 2.46 kills/set, 2.69 digs/set \
#3 Savanna Cappa – West Region 1st team, NWAC defensive POW, 4.65 digs/set, 5th in NWAC & .56 service ace/set, 1st in NWAC

Olympic Key Players:
#2 Brylie Barnette – North Region 2nd team, NWAC offensive & defensive POW, 3.24 kills/set, 3.63 digs/set, .52 service aces/set 3rd in NWAC
#1 Hannah Hudson – North Region Defensive POW, .41 service aces/set & 3.76 digs/set

Last Meeting: 9/2/2015, Tacoma won in 4 sets

Chemeketa (36-2, South #1) vs Columbia Basin (11-27, East #4)

Chemeketa Key Players:
#9 Marandah Boeder – South Region MVP, NWAC offensive POW, Avg. 1.00 blocks/set 5th in NWAC, 4.5 kills/set 2nd in NWAC, .399 Hit% 1st in NWAC  
#8 Madison Ross – South Region 1st Team, 4x South Region setter POW,  10.34 assists/set 1st in NWAC

Columbia Basin Key Players:
#9 Kelly Dyer – East Region 2nd team, 3.37 digs/set,  .47 service aces/set 7th in NWAC
#14 Mackenzie Monahan – leads team in assists/set at 7.83, 9th in the NWAC

Last Meeting: 9/4/2015 Chemeketa won in 3 sets

Shoreline (25-10, North #1) vs Pierce (15-17, West #4)

Shoreline Key Players:
#4 Anya Golubitskikh – North Region 1st team, 3x North Region offensive POW, .64 blocks/set, 3.15 kills/set, .311 Hit% 6th in NWAC
#3 Taylor Alexander – North Region 1st team, North Region offensive POW, 3.12 kills/set, .54 service aces/set 2nd in NWAC

Pierce Key Players:
#7 Jocelyn Hillyer – West Region 1st team, 3.24 kills/set & 1.10 blocks/set 2nd in NWAC
#3 Raven Olin – 3x West Region setter POW, 9.14 assists/set 6th in NWAC

Last Meeting: 9/3/2014 Pierce won in 5 sets

Walla Walla (27-17, East #2) vs Clark (20-14, South #3)

Walla Walla Key Players:
#22 Amy Arnzen – East Region 1st team, 2x East Region offensive & defensive POW 3.20 kills/set & 3.67 digs/set
#2 Alexa Lindgren – East Region 1st team, 2x East Region POW, 3.56 digs/set

Clark Key Players:
#4 Meghan Turner – South Region 1st team, NWAC defensive POW, 5.43 digs/set 1st in NWAC    
#5 Janessa Mast – South Region 2nd team, South Region offensive POW, 3.41 kills/set

Last Meeting: 9/3/2015, Clark won in 4 sets

Linn-Benton (40-6, South #2) vs Spokane (22-26, East #3)

Linn-Benton Key Players:
#7 Samantha Rouleau, South Region 1st team, NWAC setter POW, 9.98 assists/set 4th in NWAC
#10 Chase Bohman, South Region 1st team, 2x South Region offensive POW, 4.06 kills/set 4th in NWAC

Spokane Key Players:
#8 Jessica Schmautz, East Region MVP, 2x NWAC offensive POW, 4.24 Kills/set, 3rd in NWAC
#1 Bianca Sanchez, East Region 2nd team, NWAC defensive POW, 3.92 digs/set

This Season: Linn-Benton has won in all three meetings

Highline (31-6, West#1) vs Skagit Valley (23-14, North #4)

Highline Key Players:
#7 Cheyanne Haas, West Region Co-MVP, .41 service aces/set, 1.02 blocks/set, 4th in NWAC
#3 Pumehana Nedlic, West Region 1st team, West Region defensive POW, 4.51 digs/set, 6th in NWAC

Skagit Valley Key Players:
#8 Kiana Calles, North Region MVP, NWAC Setter POW, 2.98 digs/set & 10.04 assists/set, 3rd in NWAC
#14 Audrey Frolich, North Region 1st team, North Region offensive POW, 4.52 kills/set, 1st in NWAC

Last Meeting: 11/20/14, Skagit Valley eliminated Highline on the first day of the NWAC tournament last year

BlogTalk Radio NWAC Basketball with Greg Crawford tonight at 9:30pm and 10pm

BlogTalk graphicTune in for BlogTalk radio tonight with Greg Crawford. Greg will have a 9:30pm show with South Region men’s coaches.

At 10pm Greg will be featuring interviews with several men’s and women’s coaches around the NWAC.

9:30pm Show: Trevor Hoppe, Bruce Chavka, Tony Broadous and Clif Wegner.
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10:00pm Show:
Brock Veltri, Jeff Reinland, Chad Meadors, Greg Sheley and Jeremy Groth
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