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NWAC Volleyball tournament reduced to final eight

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And then there were eight… When the dust settled on day two of the 2014 NWAC Volleyball Championship Tournament the top five ranked teams are still in the hunt along with (arguably) a few surprises – South third seed Chemeketa, North third seed Everett along with North second seed Bellevue.

They survive along with top-ranked Olympic who suffered a 3-0 loss to second-ranked and two-time defending champion Blue Mountain; third-ranked Spokane who persevered, despite falling behind two sets to zero to fifth-ranked Clackamas to win 3-2

Fourth-ranked Tacoma, also still in the hunt, was knocked into the elimination round with a 3-0 loss to Spokane earlier in the day – The Titans bounced back and sent the Clark Penguins back to Vancouver with a 2-0 win in the evening matches.

Saturday’s round of set matches will see East Region rivals Spokane and Blue Mountain battle at 1:30pm in the undefeated side to the double elimination bracket.  The day will kick off at 10am with Chemeketa taking on Everett and Tacoma looking to advance against Bellevue. 

 At 11:45am, Clackamas will face on the winner of Chemeketa vs. Everett while Olympic will await the winner of Tacoma vs. Bellevue.

Volleyball All-Stars Announced

NWAC Volleyball All-Stars were announced during the championship banquet Wednesday evening at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Congatulations to the student-athletes and coaches who made the list!

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Most Valuable Player:
Colby Barnette, So., MB, Olympic
Coach of the Year:
Beth Donnelly, Olympic

First Team
Brylie Barnette, Fr., OH, Olympic
Kiana Calles, Fr., S, Skagit Valley
Danielle Chu, So.,MB, Olympic
Danielle Smullin, So., S, Bellevue
Ashlee Trane, So., S, Olympic
Kayley Watkins, So., OH, Bellevue

Second Team
Monica Postor, Fr., L, Shoreline
Sara Pulaski, So., L, Bellevue
M’Kailah Redden, So., MB, Shoreline
Kelcie Russell, So., MB, Bellevue
Carly Sims, So., OH, Edmonds
Natalia Sulantay, Fr., OH, Everett

Most Valuable Player:
Bre Gibbons, So., OH, Clackamas
Coach of the Year:
Kathie Woods, Clackamas

First Team
Katie Bentson, So., L, Linn-Benton
Paige Kelsey, So., S., Linn-Benton
Alex Martinez, So., L, Chemeketa
Kiana Miller, So., L, Mt. Hood
Hannah Olson, So., MB, Clackamas
Alyssa Sprague, So., L, SW Oregon
Sierra VeraCruz, So., L, Clackamas

Second Team
Marandah Boeder, Fr., MB, Chemeketa
Mariah Gladden, So., OH, Umpqua
Celena Maxwell, Sol, OH, Clackamas
Amber Parker, Fr., OH, Linn-Benton
Devin Saucy, So., OH, Mt. Hood
Hayley Sturgeon, So., S/RS, SW Oregon

Most Valuable Player:
Braylie Jeffers, Fr., MB, Tacoma         
Coach of the Year:
Rachael Schurman, Tacoma

First Team
Ashtyn Bagby, So., S, Tacoma
Sojo Channel, Fr., L, Tacoma
Rochelle Middlebrooks, Fr., MB, Green River
Vanessa Muckerheide, So., MB, Clark
Danielle Tabor, So., OH, Highline
Alexandra Toth, So., S, Highline

Second Team
Faith Faamausili, Fr., MB, Green River
Shaina Gustafson, So., L, Lower Columbia
Jessica Markham, So., MB, Highline
Janessa Mast, Fr., OH, Clark
Tiana Reynolds, Fr., OH, Centralia
Taylin Smail, Fr., OH, Tacoma

Most Valuable Player:
Sierra Linke, So, MB, Blue Mountain
Coach of the Year:
Dave Baty, Blue Mountain

First Team
Amorelle Applin, Fr., MB, Blue Mountain
Kiendra Chester, So., RS, Walla Walla
Klaree Hobart, Fr., OH, Blue Mountain
Mikel Sydney, Fr., OH, Wenatchee Valley
Jacy Vining, So., OH, Spokane
Jenna Widman, So., MB, Spokane

Second Team
Erika Crawford, Fr., DS, Wenatchee Valley
Sam Odren, So., S, Blue Mountain
Brianna Mehling, So., S, Walla Walla
Emily Russell, So., S, Spokane
Korrie Stephenson, So., RS, Spokane
Chantelle Zamora, So., OH, Walla Walla

NWAC Volleyball Invades Tacoma – Day one results

When the dust settled on day one of the 2014 Volleyball Championship, 12 of the 16 tournament teams survived to day two. The top five ranked teams, Olympic, Blue Mountain, Spokane, Tacoma and Clackamas each survived without a set loss
. The same could not be said for the teams ranked 6th-8th.

Sixth-ranked Walla Walla was stunned by Bellevue in three straight sets.
#7 Linn-Benton got a wake up call when Clark stopped the Road Runners cold in their tracks in a 25-12 opening set win, but LBCC regrouped to move on in the winner’s bracket with a 3-1 victory over the Penguins. And #8 Highline was ousted in two straight matches with sweeps by Chemeketa (3-0) and Skagit Valley (2-0).

Walla Walla rebounded in the elimination matches with a 2-0 win over Green River to end the Gators’ tournament. Everett took down Southwestern Oregon 2-1 to stay alive as did Clark over Wenatchee Valley with a 2-0 win and Skagit Valley who eliminated Highline.

The tournament resumes play at 10am tomorrow. Check out all the action on the Championship Web page at

Links to brackets, results and high quality video coverage (powered by iHigh/Volar Video) are available.

Clackamas softball player Kira Hein selected as Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College student Kira Hein has been selected as a 2014 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. The awards are given to new students in Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for students at two-year colleges, to help defray educational expenses.

Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential. This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 900 applicants.

Recipients of the award received a $1,000 scholarship.

Hein is a sophomore at CCC, who is on the women’s softball team. She is a 2013 graduate of Forest Grove High School earning an associate’s degree at CCC. Future plans include transferring to Oregon State University and majoring in education.

The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program was launched in 2001 to benefit Phi Theta Kappa members, providing assistance in obtaining an associate degree, while encouraging participation in the honor society’s programs. The scholarship program is especially beneficial at a time when increasing importance is given to completion of a college credential, associate degree or certificate, among community college students.

For additional information, please contact Michelle Baker, Phi Theta Kappa adviser at CCC, 503-594-3041 or email

Fall 2014 All-Academic Teams Announced

The Northwest Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2014 Fall Sophomore All-Academic Teams. In total, 164 student-athletes were named to the teams across the five fall sports.

To qualify, student-athletes must be a sophomore in eligibility, maintain a 3.25 Cumulative GPA, have a minimum of 36 credits earned and be recommended by their college.


Cross Country | Women’s Soccer | Men’s Soccer | Volleyball

Highline Men criuse to NWAC Soccer Championship

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For the first time since 2004, Highline College is NWAC champions following their 3-0 victory over fellow soccer power North Idaho.

With goals coming in the 14th, 36th and 77 minutes by Brandon Madsen, Vinny Nguyen and Jacob Jones, Highline gained footing early and relinquished little ground to the side from the East Region.

Highline sophomore Vinny Nguyen was named tournament MVP

Earning the tournament MVP for the West Region champions, sophomore midfielder Nguyen was constantly around the ball for the ThunderBirds and not only scored the second goal of the game, but created the third by drawing a penalty kick with his quick turn off of his first touch inside the 18.

Nguyen also scored in the semifinals for Highline in their victory over Skagit Valley and finishes season with 5 goals and 6 assists.

In goal, freshman goalkeeper Greyson Raffensperger collected his fifth shutout of the season, coming of huge in the back to preserve the lead and shutout against the most prolific scoring team in the NWAC.

On the other side, North Idaho, who just rejoined the conference this season after spending the last nine years in the NJCAA, finished second place for the highest result in the history of the program. The Cardinals finished with the regular season record title, going 13-1-1, 17-1-2.

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Everett Women Claim NWAC Soccer Championship

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One streak ends and another begins as Everett Community College finds a late game winning goal to see off two-time defending NWAC champion Peninsula College 1-0 in the women’s final on Sunday evening.

The lone goal came in the 80th minute from freshman midfielder Alma Manao just outside the 18 yard box.

Everett freshman Lauren Allison was named tournament MVP

Despite the late goal, Everett played much of the half in the Peninsula end, forcing Pirates star sophomore goalkeeper Emily Flinn and her record setting defense into many dangerous situations.
Leading the opportunistic Everett side was freshman forward Lauren Allison, who was also the tournament MVP.

The Stanwood native followed up her two goal semifinal victory in a big way, acting as a lynchpin in the Everett attack in her dynamic ability to hold up the ball, find dangerous searching balls and force Peninsula out of their defensive shape.

For Everett, this is their first women’s championship in the programs history, which dates back to 1998. It was also their first appearance in the title game.

Peninsula completes their fourth straight final four appearance. The 2011 season was the last time the Pirates took second, with the last two resulting in championships.

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Southern Region Play-in Game Postponed Due to Weather

Due to the weather closure of Mt. Hood Community College, the Southern Region Play-in game has been postponed to Sunday, November 16th at 1pm. This match is a tiebreaker match between SW Oregon & Mt. Hood who finished tied for 4th in the South and will determine who qualifies for the NWAC Tournament.

We will update this story if there are any further changes.

Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 10

Korrie StephensonOffensive:  Korrie Stephenson
Spokane, Sophomore, Outside Hitter

Coaches’ Comments: “Korrie has transitioned to the outside and has posted solid stats this week both on offense and defense.”

Christine WingSetter: Christine Wing
SW Oregon, Freshman, Setter

Coaches’ Comments: “Christine uses all of our hitters and balances out the offense well. She did a good job this week.”

Alex MartinezDefensive: Alex Martinez
Chemeketa, Sophomore, Libero

Coaches’ Comments: “Alex is a great defensive specialist! Her serve receive is consistent on the mark and her defensive skills are outstanding. “

Regional Players of the Week – Week 10

Offensive:  Danielle Chu – Olympic
Setter:  Dani Smullin – Bellevue
Defensive:  Monica Postor – Shoreline

Offensive:  Korrie Stephenson – Spokane
Setter:  Emily Russell – Spokane
Defensive:  Lizzy Ridley – Spokane

Offensive:  Braylie Jeffers – Tacoma
Setter:  Ashtyn Bagby – Tacoma
Defensive:  Dana Alderson – Green River

Offensive:  Paige Kelsey – Linn Benton
Setter:  Christine Wing – SW Oregon
Defensive:  Alex Martinez – Chemeketa