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Whatcom CC names Greg Spurgetis Associate Director for Athletics

photo of Greg Spurgetis

Greg Spurgetis has been named the Associate Director for Athletics for Whatcom Community College.

Greg began his career at the University of Washington as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team. As a Husky, he assisted head coach Lorenzo Romar and his staff during the 2011-2012 season on their way to the Pac-12 Championship. While at UW, Greg earned his Masters of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership.

Prior to Whatcom CC, he spent one year as an assistant basketball coach at Redmond High School in Redmond, WA.

From 2012 to 2015, prior to his time at Redmond, Greg was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Northwest University. The Eagles won over twenty games in his first two seasons at NU, and finished the 2013 as NAIA national tournament participants. While with the Eagles, Greg became very familiar with Whatcom County as he recruited and coached several players from the area.   

Greg grew up in Spokane and attended Lewis and Clark High School. He played his first three years of college basketball at the University of Montana where he helped the Grizzlies to the 2006 Big Sky Championship and an appearance at the NCAA Tournament. After three years at U of M, he transferred to Northwest University and played his senior season for the Eagles.

Bellevue Baseball alum Adrian Sampson made major league debut Saturday for Seattle

Former Bellevue College Pitcher Adrian Sampson, whose stock rose while pitching two years at Bellevue College and leading the Bulldogs to an NWAC title in 2011, made his major league debut for the Seattle Mariners at historic Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Adrian Sampson makes MLB debut, but Mariners can’t muster much support in loss to Red Sox

image of Adrian Sampson delivering a pitch
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Adrian Sampson pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) — MAMS (Mary Schwalm/AP)

Adrian Sampson gives a serviceable effort for nearly five innings in his major-league debut for Seattle in Fenway Park. But the Red Sox eventually pull away for a 6-2 win over the Mariners, who fall to 36-32 on the season.

BOSTON — Welcome to the big leagues, kid. You get to face the most potent offense in baseball in a park that has left many a pitcher emotionally scarred.

The odds certainly were against Adrian Sampson and the Mariners before he ever took the mound Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

In his big-league debut, the 24-year-old right-hander had the pleasure of trying to stymie a Red Sox offensive juggernaut that averages six runs per game in the venerable old yard.

In the end, the probabilities played out in a 6-2 defeat for the Mariners. With the setback, Seattle dropped to 36-32. The Mariners have lost 14 of their past 22 games.

But for almost five innings, Sampson was able to limit the damage of the Red Sox hitters, giving a serviceable effort. His teammates certainly didn’t help him out with run support, providing token offense and failing to produce with runners in scoring position.

"He hung in there," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "He probably wasn’t as sharp as he normally is. But you know, it’s his major-league debut and there are going to be a lot of butterflies. I thought he hung in there and gave us a chance."

Continue reading the article at the Seattle Times

Read more on Sampson at MLB.com:
Despite loss, Sampson calls debut ‘awesome’

Job announcement: Women’s Softball Head Coach – Skagit Valley College

Opens: 06/15/16
Closes: Priority Close June 30, 2016
Salary: $6,630 / Year

Skagit Valley College is recruiting for the position of Head Coach for Intercollegiate Women’s Softball.  This position is paid by stipend on per season basis and reports to the Director of Athletics.  The college embraces the diversity of our changing community and strives to reflect that diversity in our staff, faculty and student body. We cultivate an inclusive environment on campus while ensuring respect for all. Candidates representing all aspects of diversity are encouraged to apply.

Skagit Valley College (SVC) seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic, and outgoing person to recruit and coach the women’s softball team.  The head coach will behave and conduct work processes in a manner consistent with the College’s guiding principles and perform all functions and activities within the guidelines and philosophy set forth in the SVC’s Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.

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Job announcement: Cross Country Head Coach – Skagit Valley College

Opens: 06/15/16
Closes: Priority Close June 30, 2016
Salary: $5,100 / Year

Skagit Valley College is recruiting for the position of Head Coach for Cross Country.  This position is paid by stipend on per season basis and reports to the Director of Athletics.  The college embraces the diversity of our changing community and strives to reflect that diversity in our staff, faculty and student body. We cultivate an inclusive environment on campus while ensuring respect for all. Candidates representing all aspects of diversity are encouraged to apply.

Skagit Valley College (SVC) seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic, and outgoing person to recruit and coach the Cross Country team.  The head coach will behave and conduct work processes in a manner consistent with the College’s guiding principles and perform all functions and activities within the guidelines and philosophy set forth in the SVC’s Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.

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Longtime Yakima Valley Coach Al Rogers Passes

Al Rogers pictured with longtime friend and fellow coach Kathie Woods in April at the Clackamas CC Alumni Tournament.

From YVCC President Linda Kaminski:

"It is with a saddened heart that I share the news that we lost our friend, colleague, and longtime Head Volleyball Coach Al Rogers. Al passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening while visiting his family in Texas.

Al started coaching at YVC in 1978 and took over as head coach for women’s volleyball in 1988. He has received many awards and has had tremendous accomplishments in his years here at the college including NWAC East Region Coach of the Year in 1995, 2010, and 2013.

His team won NWAC East Region titles in the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons and he led the Yaks to 15 NWAC Championship Tournament appearances during his tenure.

Al was the 2001 recipient of the Wilber H Peck Referee Emeritus Award from USA Volleyball and the 1988 recipient of the Glen G Davis Award by USVBA for referee service to the game of volleyball.

Al participated in the 1984 Olympics as a line judge and served as the head official of the 1983 US Olympic Festival.

Al was an outstanding member of the YVC community and mentored countless students both on the court and in support of pursuing their educational goals.

His family is requesting privacy at this time. When more details are available we will share them with the college community.

Our thoughts are with his family."

Job announcement: Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach – Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College is seeking an Assistant Coach for Women’s Soccer whose primary responsibility is to assist the Head Coach to develop and maintain a competitive program in soccer with an emphasis on recruiting local athletes.  The Assistant Coach will report directly to the Head Coach.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration closes June 28, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST)Columbia Basin College is seeking an Assistant Coach for Women’s Soccer whose primary responsibility is to assist the Head Coach to develop and maintain a competitive program in soccer with an emphasis on recruiting local athletes.  The Assistant Coach will report directly to the Head Coach.

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Spokane wins the 2015-16 NATYCAA State Associations Division Cup

Photo of Ken Burrus accepting the NATYCAA Cup
Spokane Athletic Director Ken Burrus accepts the NATYCAA Cup in Dallas, Texas with NWAC Executive Director Marco Azurdia and NATYCAA President Kulwant Singh.

June 8, 2016

Over the past three years the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) has been competing against institutions from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCOA) with the goal of competing for the NATYCAA (National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators) Cup in the State Associations Division and the Learfield Cup.

The NATYCAA Cup recognizes program excellence in two-year college athletics based on success in championship competition.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institutions’ finish in up to 10 sports-five women’s and five men’s.

2013-2014 marked the first year that NWAC schools were allowed to compete for the respective cups. The NWAC is pleased to announce that the Community Colleges of Spokane has won the 2015-16 NATYCAA State Associations Division (California Community Colleges Athletic Association and the Northwest Athletic Conference).

NATYCAA State Associations Division Cup
The CCS Sasquatch won 6 sports championships and finished second 3 times highlighting a great year. Other NWAC schools that finished in the top 20 in the State Association Division are: Bellevue College (4th place), Clark College (7th place), Lane Community College (9th place), Clackamas Community College (13th place), Skagit Valley College (14th place), and Treasure Valley Community College (19th place).
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Complete Standings

Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
In the final standings for the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup for all Two-Year Colleges, the Community Colleges of Spokane finished in 4th place. Other NWAC schools who placed in the Top 25 for the Learfield Cup are Bellevue College (9th place), Clark College (14th place), Lane Community College (18th place), Clackamas Community College (22nd place).
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Congratulations to our NWAC teams on their successes this past season. The State Association Cup will be presented to Ken Burrus, Athletic Director for the Community Colleges of Spokane at the Learfield Luncheon Monday, June 13, in Dallas, Texas.

Character – Competition – Community

Chemeketa’s Kris Jackson and Linn-Benton’s Logan Hatley combine on West Coast League No-hitter

Bend Tosses Combined No-Hitter

Day two of the West Coast League season featured history in Bend, Oregon. At Vince Genna Stadium, right-hander Kris Jackson of Chemeketa CC and southpaw Logan Hatley of Linn-Benton CC combined on the Elks first WCL no-hitter in club history vs. long-time rvial Corvallis. Jackson tossed eight innings, walked two and struck out 6 while Hatley closed things out by striking out the side as Bend evened the series with a 6-0 win.

The combined no-no was the ninth no-hitter tossed in the West Coast League. The previous eight are detailed below:

* Clayton Mortensen (Gonzaga) and Quinn LeSage (Campbell) of the Wenatchee AppleSox combined on a no-hitter vs. Kelowna, the first no-no thrown in the WCL, on July 27, 2005 at Elks Stadium. Wenatchee won 11-2. Mortensen pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two earned runs (walked 4, struck out 5). LeSage pitched 2.2 innings.

* DJ Lidyard (Lower Columbia College) of the Wenatchee AppleSox tossed a no-hitter vs. Moses Lake at Larson Playfield on July 19, 2006. Wenatchee won 2-0.

* Nathan Pickett (Cal State LA) of the Kelowna Falcons threw a 5-inning no-hitter on August 8, 2008 at Elks Stadium vs. Moses Lake. Kelowna won 6-0 (game shortened due to rain).

* Tommy Elrod (Sacramento State) and Colton Farrar (Texas Tech) of the Kelowna Falcons combined to toss a no-hitter vs. Moses Lake at Larson Playfield on June 12, 2009. Kelowna won 1-0.  Elrod pitched 7 innings (walked 5, struck out 6) and Farrar 2 innings.

* Richie Mascheri (Western Illinois) of the Kitsap BlueJackets threw an 8-inning no-hitter vs. Bend on June 18, 2011 at Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Kitsap won 3-0 (the game was shortened due to rain).

* Greg Mahle (UC Santa Barbara) of the Corvallis Knights tossed a no-hitter vs. Cowlitz at Goss Stadium on August 3, 2012. Corvallis won 14-0.

* Spenser Watkins (Western Oregon) of the Kitsap BlueJackets tossed a perfect game, the first and only WCL perfect game thrown in league history, vs. Victoria at Kitsap County Fairgrounds on July 26, 2013. Kitsap won 2-0.

* Kyle Molnar (incoming frosh, UCLA) of the Walla Walla Sweets twirled a no-hitter vs. Kitsap at Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Monday, July 27, 2015. Walla Walla won 2-0.

ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE

The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi.  The 12-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2015, 59 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 200 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 25 in the major leagues, such as home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (San Francisco) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay) and Josh Osich (San Francisco). Overall member attendance exceeded 400,000 in 2015. The 2016 54-game campaign opens tonight.

CBC announces the signing of Marissa Caballero and Stephanie Gibson to National LOIs

image of  Marissa Caballero and Stephanie Gibson signing their NLOIs

Two CBC Hawks will continue their athletic careers at the next level.

Marissa Caballero, a First Team All-East Region selection in women’s basketball this season, will be attending Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.

Stephanie Gibson, a two-sport athlete playing soccer and basketball, will be attending Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID.   Gibson was a two-time  All-NWAC selection as a goalkeeper.

South Puget Sound men’s basketball sends four to four-year programs

By Lauren Smith
lsmith@theolympian.com

South Puget Sound Community College men’s basketball — coming off its best finish in program history — will send four on to play at four-year universities next season.

Sophomores Deiondre Bird (California State University, East Bay), Topher Burian (Pacific University in Oregon), Dustin Meade (The Evergreen State College) and Tyler Watts (Linfield College) have each signed on to play for four-year programs after graduating this spring.

"The best and the worst thing is you get to see these guys sign letters of intent — they’re all going on scholarship, which is great," SPSCC coach Aaron Landon said. "But, then you get home and have an anxiety attack because they won’t be in the lineup anymore."

The Clippers finished 22-7 this season, and advanced to the Northwest Athletic Conference regionals. They will graduate all five sophomores on their roster.

"I think you get a lot more experience than you would at a four-year," Bird said. "If you were to go up as a freshman you might sit on the bench a whole bunch or just practice with the guys."

"The more years you play, the better you get," Watts said.

SPSCC led the NWAC’s West region shooting 47 percent from the floor this season (41 percent from 3-point range).

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