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Where are they now – Ashkanov Apollon

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Ashkanov Apollon – NWAC Class of 2013-2014, Peninsula College, currently playing in the Premier Development League for the Kitsap Pumas

NWAC Accomplishments
Ash Apollon scored 16 goals and recorded 15 assists in Peninsula’s 2013 run to the NWAC Championship.  During that campaign Ash scored one or more goals in seven straight games and was voted a South-West Region All Star.    

Kitsap Pumas
After spending the 2014 season playing semi-professionally for the Puget Sound Gunners as well as a team in Thailand, Apollon returned to the States in 2015 where he signed to play in the Premier Development League for the Kitsap Pumas.  Ash recorded 1 goal in  82 recorded minutes, during a season that saw the Kitsap Pumas place first in the Western Conference, Northwest Division. 

About the PDL & the Kitsap Pumas
The Premier Development League is a semi-professional league in the 4th tier of the American League System (Major League Soccer is the top tier).  The league features 63 teams divided into 4 conferences across the United States and Canada.  The Kitsap Pumas compete in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference, and play their home games at Gordon Field in Bremerton, Washington.  Founded in 2009 the Pumas have seen multiple years of PDL success, reaching the playoffs in 6 of the last 7 years and claiming the PDL Championship in 2011. 

50 teams to compete at NWAC Soccer Friendlies in Springfield, OR – August 29-30

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Event Information
View complete event details including hotel accommodations, tickets prices and directions at the Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports Commission website.

Schedule of Matches
Men | Women | Full schedule & Field Assignmentspdf icon

The Northwest Athletic Association (NWAC) is pleased to announce that the NWAC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Friendlies will be held at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation, August 29-30, 2015. NWAC is excited to be partnering with Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Eugene Cascades & Sports Commission, Lane Community College, City of Springfield, and the Brattain House for an exhibition style college soccer weekend.

Approximately 50 men’s and women’s soccer teams will kick off their season at Willamalane Sports and Recreation Center and Lane Community College.

According to NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia, “we are looking forward to our partnership with our friends in Springfield, Oregon as we believe this is the first step to developing additional projects to be hosted in Springfield.”

At many of the NWAC major events, student-athletes from NWAC are involved in a community service project. This year at the NWAC Friendlies tournament, NWAC schools will be providing school supplies for the Brattain House to pass along to students in the Springfield area.

A first of its kind in the Eugene-Springfield area, this two day collegiate soccer tournament, formerly played in Tukwila, Washington, will create an estimated $389,000 in economic impact.

Mike Gaffaney, Director of Sports Development for the Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports Commission is excited for this new event.

“This is a great example of the positive benefits communities gain when venue development occurs and groups like the NWAC recognize the quality of facilities, the cooperation between local leaders as well as the terrific community support can offer,” said Gaffaney. “We ultimately want to provide the very best experience for the student-athletes and coaches we possibly can."

The hope is to make this an annual event, and to possibly even expand the overall scope by adding women’s volleyball and other fall sports.

Added Gaffaney, “It’s been wonderful to see the collaboration between the NWAC, Lane Community College Athletic Department, Willamalane, the Brattain House, City of Springfield and the Sports Commission come together in support of this exciting collegiate event. Everyone wins!

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Blue Mountain CC Women’s Rodeo crowned National Champions

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PENDLETON, Ore. – Congratulations to the BMCC Women’s Rodeo Team, which won the women’s team National Championship at College National Finals in Casper, Wyo.!

Callahan Crossley won the barrel racing national title with 13.72 – the fastest time of the week. She was closely followed by teammate Danyelle Williams, who came in second. Danyelle also was the Rookie All-Around Champion. Jessica Lewis placed 7th nationally in barrel racing.

On the men’s side, Jared Parke placed 2ndnationally in the men’s all-around.

Congratulations to both teams, and to coaches Larry Patterson and Shawn Eng!

Where are they now: Piper Cantrell

Piper CantrellPiper Cantrell – NWAC Class of 2013-2014, Blue Mountain Timberwolves, currently a senior at Eastern Oregon University

NWAC Accomplishments
As a key contributor to Blue Mountain’s back to back NWAC Championships in 2012 and 2013, Piper Cantrell lead her team both years in Services Aces and Digs, totaling 37 and 549 respectively.

Her 336 Digs ranked her 2nd in the NWAC in 2013 and earned her first team all-star, and AVCA All American honors.

Piper was also an outstanding student, earning the NWAC Academic Leadership Award.

Eastern Oregon University
Cantrell appeared in 36 matches as a junior and started in 30. Once again, she lead her team in service aces (28) and was second on her team in digs (346).

Follow Piper Cantrell and the Mountaineers as they look to duplicate their success from last season (30-6, Cascade Conference Champions) in the 2015 campaign.


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South Puget Sound CC adds Volleyball for Fall 2016

For the first time in 23 years, South Puget Sound Community College Athletics is adding a new intercollegiate sport: volleyball. SPSCC Clipper Volleyball will take to the court for the first time during the fall 2016 season.

“When I was hired, I was given the task of helping to lead a rejuvenation of the department; to not just field teams but to field quality teams in both character and in talent,” SPSCC Director of Athletics Nick Schmidt said. “No one can dispute the quality of talent in Thurston County. With that success came numerous players moving on to college outside of our local area; now we will be able to provide an avenue for those players to stay home.”

Last year, five Thurston County high schools made their respective state volleyball tournaments, with Tumwater winning the 2A state championship and Capital finishing as the 3A runner-up.

Clipper Volleyball will be the eighth team competing in the Northwest Athletic Conference West Region, replacing Clark College, which moves to the South Region at the beginning of this competition year. Schmidt said a coaching search will begin soon, with the ultimate goal of hiring a coach in late fall 2015. That will allow the new coach time to start recruiting in January and play a direct role in all elements associated with starting a program.

“Wanting to make the ‘right hire’, I’ll be consulting with people in the local volleyball community, NWAC and NCAA as we begin the search process,” Schmidt said. “I want to make sure we bring on someone who will not only be a great leader and role model to our players, but someone who can also lay the foundation for a successful program.”

This move follows the decision of SPSCC Athletics to discontinue its intercollegiate softball program, effective immediately. Schmidt served notice to the NWAC Executive Board of the decision on Aug. 5.

“While the overall history of our softball program should never be forgotten, recent history unfortunately left it in an extremely unstable situation,” Schmidt said. “This move will reenergize Clipper Athletics as well as bring more athletic events to campus, allowing us to better engage the students and supporters of SPSCC. I won’t rule out eventually bringing the program back, but it was time that we moved in a new direction.”

For more information, see SPSCC Clipper Athletics. Follow Clipper Athletics on Facebook or on twitter at @spscc_athletics.

Where are they now: Tasha Luu

Tasha Luu – NWAC Class of 2013-14, Spokane Sasquatch, currently a
Senior at Eastern Washington University

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Tasha Luu amassed 47 goals and 16 assists in two seasons with Spokane, helping her team reach the NWAC Championship in 2012.  Luu was named to the 2012 East region all-star team, and earned east region MVP honors in 2013 and was named the NWAC – Baden Women’s Soccer Player of the Year in 2013. 

Eastern Washington University
As a junior, Tasha appeared in 17 games and started in 13 playing midfielder & defender. 

As a key piece in Eastern’s midfield, Luu made herself known for winning numerous balls out of the air.  She recorded 15 total shots, with six being on target, for a .400 shot on goal percentage. 

Head coach, Chad Bodnar had this to say about her: "Tasha is a player that has done extremely well at the junior college level. She is big, strong and very physical and can impact games up top or in the midfield. She has a lot of upside in several different spots and I think she’ll be one of the new players that comes in and helps us right away. Tasha is the ultimate competitor and will be expected to bring that mentality with her to EWU and our program."

Follow Tasha and the Eastern Washington Eagles this season as they compete for a Big Sky Conference Championship and a birth to the NCAA Tournament. 

Twitter:  @EWUSoccer
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Job announcement – Assistant Baseball Coach – Lower Columbia College

The Lower Columbia Baseball Program is hiring an assistant baseball coach for the 2015-2016 season.  The position will begin immediately upon hire.  The position pays $6,000 and will be responsible for throwing batting practice, coaching first base, assisting with recruiting, operating the athletic department’s study table program and field work. 

Applicants should email a resume to

Clackamas Volleyball earns AVCA All-Academic Team award

2014 Cougar team photo

The 2014 Clackamas volleyball team earned the prestigious AVCA All-Academic Team honor as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

AVCA logoCCC was one of 24 two year schools Nationally that earned the honor. The Cougars had a combined 3.39 GPA.

To qualify for the national award, the team needs to have a 3.30 minimum GPA.

Former head coach Kathie Woods teams have earned the honor 9 out of the last 12 years and has earned the award more than any other two-year program since 2000.

"I am so proud to announce that the 2014-15 Cougar Volleyball team earned the Team Academic Award, sponsored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association." expressed Head Coach Kathie Woods.  "I just feel so very blessed to have a team win a Southern Region title, finish 4th in the NWAC AND do this well academically.  Our philosophy is to give 100 % in school, volleyball and life and that is just what these girls did. I am so very proud." said Woods.

Skagit Valley College names Grady Tweit as new Baseball Coach

photo of Grady TweitMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The Skagit Valley College Athletic Department has selected
Grady Tweit to serve as the Cardinals Head Baseball coach.

Grady brings 15 years of coaching experience to the Cardinals, including nine years as the Assistant Athletic Director/Associate Baseball Coach at Lower Columbia College.

In addition, he served as Head Coach for the Cowlitz Black Bears summer collegiate league.

Grady Tweit is a graduate of Sehome High School in Bellingham.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Cardinals as their new Baseball Head Coach,” said Tweit.  “My focus now is to bring in student athletes from around the Northwest and help them be successful in the classroom and on the playing field.”

Skagit Valley College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), which consists of two-year colleges in Washington and Oregon, and one school in British Columbia.

For more information about Cardinal Athletics, (360) 416-7714 or .

Skagit Valley College selects Casey Jarzombek as new Softball Coach

photo of Casey JarzombekMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The Skagit Valley College Athletic Department has selected Casey Jarzombek to serve as the Cardinals Softball Coach.

Casey brings 10 years of coaching experience to the Cardinals. After graduating from Aloha High School in Oregon, Casey attended Willamette University (WU) and was a pitcher with the Bearcats throughout her four years.  She graduated from WU with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  

“I am excited to join the Cardinals and serve as coach in the sport that I’m passionate about,” said Jarzombek.  “There is a lot of potential in our sport, both at the community college level and at the university level.  I’m ready to share my experiences with our student athletes and help them be as successful as possible.”

Skagit Valley College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), which consists of two-year colleges in Washington and Oregon, and one school in British Columbia.
For more information about Cardinal Athletics, (360) 416-7714 or .