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Pictures and Video from last Sunday’s Ann Swanson Cup

Women’s medalist – Sam Saleba (top) and Men’s medalist – Chad Hal (bottom) stand aside NWAC Hall of Fame member Ann Swanson follwing thier victories at the Ann Swanson Cup Sunday.

The Bellevue College golf program has been the gold standard golf program in the NWAC so far this season.  Both the men’s and women’s teams have won every fall tournament they have entered this fall. 

The Bulldogs won the NWAC fall league match at Avalon, followed by their win at the Bigfoot Invitational, and now they have triumphed at the Ann Swanson Cup (named for NWAC Hall of Fame member Ann Swanson).

Sam Saleba earned medalist honors at this year’s event at Trophy Lakes.  Sam has continually improved her tournament finishes throughout the fall.  Saleba finished 15th at the fall league match, followed by a 6th place finish at the Bigfoot Invitational.  Finally, the smiley Saleba, has finished on the podium.  Ann Swanson, herself, was on hand to congratulate Sam and the other winners of the event held annually in her honor.

Chad Hall of Bellevue College earned the medalist position for the men’s division.  This is Chad’s second medalist honors of the fall season.  Chad also won the fall league match guaranteeing him the top individual standing heading into the spring season.  Chad Hall is no newcomer to the NWAC golf scene.  He was awarded First Team All NWAC honors for his performance his freshman season.

Women’s Team champions Bellevue and Men’s Team Champions also from Bellevue College.

Weekend Volleyball Crossover summary and All-Tourney Teams

ABERDEEN, WASH. | Grays Harbor Crossover
Wenatchee Valley defeated Everett in a 5-set thriller to win the Grays Harbor Crossover 25-21, 20-25, 25-12, 26-28,15-8.  The Knights defeated Umpqua and Pierce on their way to the final, while the Trojans topped Shoreline and the Western Washington University VB Club.  
Mt. Hood defeated Shoreline for the consolation final.  The teams played a marathon first set, with the Saints finally taking the win 32-30.

All-Tournament Team
MVP Jordan Hunter, Wenatchee
Marshall Poischbeg, Everett
Tiffani Dhooghe, Grays Harbor
Devin Saucy, Mt. Hood
Helena Stout, Pierce
Malia Parilla, Shoreline
Terrain Misfeldt, Umpqua
Brooke Dalgleish, Western Washington VB Club

COOS BAY, ORE. | SW Oregon Crossover

The Clark Penguins win the SW Oregon Crossover, going a perfect 5-0 while winning 15 of 18 sets. Clark’s closest match up came from the host Lakers, who took the champs 5 sets: 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 25-12, 15-10.

Treasure Valley finishes second, going 4-1, followed by the hosts who finished 3-2.

All-Tournament Team
Jazmyn Boyd-Clark – Clark
MiKayla Kane – Treasure Valley
Myleah Musgrave- Yakima
Tiana Reynolds – Centralia
Jill Segalini – Whatcom
Alyssa Sprague- SWOCC

Final Standings:

  1. Clark 5-0
  2. Treasure Valley 4-1
  3. SW Oregon 3-2
  4. Whatcom 2-3

BELLEVUE, WASH. | Bellevue Crossover

Blue Mountain forces an ‘if’ game, defeating Olympic 25-22, 25-19, 25-18. The ‘if’ (extra set tie reaker) game was tight with Olympic defeating Blue Mountain 27-25 to take the championship.

Walla Walla defeated Bellevue 25-23, 20-25, 17-15 to take third. Linn-Benton topped Chemeketa 27-25, 20-25, 15-8 for 5th.

All-Tournament Team
MVP Colby Barnette – Olympic

Brylie Barnette – Olympic
Natasha Bogdanovic – Linn-Benton
Klaree Hobart – Blue Mountain
Hannah Hudson – Olympic
Sierra Linke – Blue Mountain
Breanna Mehilng – Walla Walla
Sam Odren – Blue Mountain
Dani Smullin – Bellevue
Ashlee Trane – Olympic
Kyley Watkins – Bellevue
Chantelle Zamora – Walla Walla

Final Standings:
1. Olympic
2. Blue Mountain
3. Walla Walla
4. Bellevue
5. Linn-Benton
6. Chemeketa

SPOKANE, WASH. | Spokane Dig Pink Crossover

Host Spokane takes the crown at their Dig Pink Crossover, defeating Clackamas 25-20, 25-18, 25-20. Spokane finished top of their pool yesterday and topped Tacoma on their way to the championship.

Tacoma defeated West rival Highline 25-16, 25-21 to win the consolation bracket.

All-Tournament Team
MVP: Jacy Vining – Spokane

Taylor Balkan – Clackamas
Brooke Bowers – Big Bend
Kiana Calles – Skagit Valley
Sojo Channel – Tacoma
Siera English – Spokane
Bre Gibbons – Clackamas
Hannah Olson – Clackamas
Carly Quick – Tacoma
Emily Russell – Spokane
Dani Tabor – Highline
Alexa Toth – Highline
Jenna Widman – Spokane

Final Standings:

  1. Spokane
  2. Clackamas
  3. Tacoma
  4. Highline

NWAC Alaska Airlines Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll – Oct 17

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll – October 17, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Peninsula 13-1-0, 15-1-0 74 (6) 1
2t. Everett 12-1-0, 14-2-0 56 (2) 3
2t. Highline 12-1-1, 14-1-1 56 2
4. Spokane 12-1-1, 16-2-1 46 4
5. Treasure Valley 10-3-1, 13-3-1 27 5
6. Lane 9-2-2, 9-2-2 26 6
7. Shoreline 9-3-1, 10-5-1 16 8
8. North Idaho 6-2-6, 7-2-7 5 7
Also receiving votes:  Tacoma 3, Edmonds 2, Bellevue 1

NWAC Alaska Airlines Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll – Oct 17

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll – October 17, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Peninsula 8-0-2, 10-0-2 69 (4) 1
2. North Idaho 9-1-1, 11-1-2 64 (2) 2
3. Clark 8-0-3, 12-1-3 48 (2) 3
4. Highline 7-1-2, 7-2-3 42 4
5. Wenatchee Valley 8-2-2, 9-2-3 29 6
6. Edmonds 6-3-1, 6-6-2 18 8
7. Walla Walla 7-3-2, 8-4-4 14 NR
8. Whatcom 5-2-3, 7-2-3 12 5
Also receiving votes: Spokane 8, Skagit Valley 7

NWAC Alaska Airlines Volleyball Coaches Poll – Oct 17

NWAC - Alaska Airline Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Volleyball Coaches Poll – October 17, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Blue Mountain 7-0, 34-1 80 (8) 1
2. Olympic 6-0, 18-5 62 2
3. Tacoma 6-1, 19-2 43 4
4. Spokane 6-2, 21-11 41 3
5. Clackamas 5-0, 22-7 34 5
6. Walla Walla 5-3, 16-9 15 6
7. Chemeketa 4-1, 16-6 11 8
8. Highline 5-2, 20-7 7 7
Also receiving votes:  Clark 6, Linn-Benton 5, Bellevue 4, Wenatchee Valley 1

Cross Country Athletes of the Week – October 17

Men’s Cross Country

Jack EspinozaJack Espinoza 
Everett, Sophomore

— Event: 10 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 33:16 at WWU Invite

Nominator Comments:

  • "#1 placer for the EvCC Men’s Team, on a tough course made tougher by a torrential rain that made the steep terrain slick and dangerous. The 10K was a real test for Jack and he passed with flying colors."

Women’s Cross Country

Katelynn Horn Katelynn Horn 
Everett, Sophomore

— Event: 6 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 24:10 at WWU Invite

Nominator Comments:

  • "This race had a lot of fast athletes competing, but Katelynn is so savvy about her pacing that she wasn’t carried away with the fast pace and returned to her #1 spot on the EvCC women’s team."

Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 6

Korrie StephensonOffensive:  Korrie Stephenson
Spokane, Sophomore, Right Side

Coaches’ Comments: “Korrie had a personal best this week with hitting percentage and kills per match. She had a career high 16 kills and .696 hitting against CBC. Korrie finished the week off by leading the team in passing percentage during the Yakima match with a 2.82.”

Kinsey PeaseSetter: Kinsey Pease
Clark, Freshman, Setter

Coaches’ Comments: “Kinsey has been stepping up for us, leading the offense to where we want to go. Had a great serving week with out an error. We had two quality victories and now sit tied for first in the NWAC West at 5-1.”

Shaina GustufsonDefensive: Shaina Gustufson
Lower Columbia, Sophomore, Libero

Coaches’ Comments: “Shaina has become our most vocal on the floor leader as a sophomore. She is one of the reasons we turned it around in the last couple of matches.”

Regional Players of the Week – Week 6

Offensive:  Danielle Chu – Olympic
Setter:  Dani Smullin – Bellevue
Defensive:  Carly Reece – Edmonds

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

Offensive:  Carly Quirk – Tacoma
Setter:  Kinsey Pease – Clark
Defensive:  Shaina Gustufson – Lower Columbia

Offensive:  Gabby White – Southwestern Oregon
Setter:  Samantha Rouleau – Linn-Benton
Defensive:  Katie Bentson – Linn-Benton

Job announcement: Head Basketball Coach – Trinity Western University

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Bellevue Softball participates in United Way Day of Caring

The Bellevue College Softball Team volunteered again this year at the annual UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING on September 19, 2014.

Head coach Leah Francis was proud of her team’s efforts, "This year we worked with a local farm to provide produce to feed the hungry.  The Food Bank Farm is thrilled to report that we helped harvest an astonishing 98,010 pounds of fresh produce that was donated to local food banks!"

Organizers report excellent scout coverage of 2014 NWAC Baseball Sophomore All-Star Event

The 2014 NWAC Baseball Showcase was recently held under clear skies at Courter Field on the Bellevue College campus in front of 62 scouts and recruiters. The group included 23 professional baseball scouts and 39 four-year college coaches, including 16 from the NCAA division I ranks.  The heavily attended showcase featured one of the deepest pools of talent in years, particularly in the pitching area.  Eight pitchers had fast balls clocked over 90 mph with another 16 throwing in the 88-90 mph range.  The group was led by a trio of arms throwing in the 92-93 mph range in Linn-Benton’s Austin Kelly, a transfer from the University of Portland, Lane’s Jackson Bertsch, and Zander Clouse of Bellevue.

Big Bend’s Reign Letkeman was one of the top two-way players, garnering several hits in the scrimmage portion of the game while throwing 89 mph as a pitcher and defended well at shortstop.  Other infielders who displayed promising tools were Lane Lacrone of Treasure Valley, who ran the fastest 60 yard dash time of all infielders (7.1 seconds on grass), and third baseman Dylan Lavelle of Everett, who had the top arm strength of all NWAC infielders, with a throwing velocity of 89 mph.

Kyle Beamof Lane had the top throwing velocity of the catchers at 85 mph and recorded a throwdown time of 1.95 seconds; second to Bellevue’s Sam Finfer, who had 1.89 throwdown time. Finfer and a second Bellevue catcher, Alex Galgano, were the only position players to register home runs during the batting practice segment as well.

A trio of outfielders displayed the top tools in the entire showcase field. Shoreline’s Jacob Zanon had the top arm strength of all 102 players in the event with a registered throwing velocity of 93 mph from right field. Zanon also had the second fasted 60 yard dash time in the showcase at 6.83 seconds. He was bested by another north region outfielder; Douglas College’s Jovan Ewusie, who had the fastest time in the event at 6.78 seconds and also registered arm strength at 89 mph. Chemeketa’s Gerhett Moser was not far behind Zanon and Ewusie, running a 6.94 60 yard dash and threw 88 mph from the outfield.   

Paul Nevue and Rusty Trudeau, representatives of NWAC sponsors MMT and Baden Sports respectively were also on hand to witness one of the top NWAC baseball showcases in years.  The NWAC baseball committee would like to thank our NWAC sponsors and all four-year college coaches and professional baseball scouts who attended.