Walla Walla’s Dominguez & Hanus ink to play volleyball at Div II programs in 2012

Walla Walla Community College has announced that volleyball players Brittany Dominguez and Kayla Hanus have each signed Letters of Intents at NCAA Division II institutions. 

Dominguez has selected Cal State East Bay and Hanus will travel across the country to play at North Carolina’s Brevard College. 

Dominguez was a two-time conference selection for the Warriors and was named to the NWAACC/AVCA 1st Team All-American squad as well as being named the East Region Co-MVP in 2011. A good student-athlete, she also earned NWAACC Sophomore All-Academic honors this past season.

Hanus was also named to the NWAACC/AVCA All-American team as a 2nd-team selection in 2011.

Both are expected to make immediate contributions after leading WWCC to a 2nd Place finish at the 2011 NWAACC Championship Tournament.

Lower Columbia standout Aaron Alston inks with Div I Southern University


Longview, WA — LCC men’s basketball star Aaron Alston has signed a national letter of intent to play Division-1 basketball at Southern University in Louisiana.

Alston led the Red Devils in scoring at 16.6 points per game and was named the Freshman of the Year in the NWAACC West. 

LCC head coach Jim Roffler is happy for Alston. "Aaron learned a lot in his time here and we’re proud he was able to earn a scholarship at Southern, said Roffler.  “He should have a great time in the Bayou." 

Alston came to Longview from Hesperia, California and was immediate impact for Lower Columbia during his freshman season. The 6-7 forward also averaged 7.9 rebounds per game, leading the Devils to an NWAACC Championship tournament berth.

Softball Players of the Week #5

Selections coming

Katie Martell (SO), Walla Walla vs.SW Oregon       
W-L: 1-0,  IP- 7, H- 6, R- 3, ER- 2, BB-1, SO-1,  ERA 2.00

Dara Kosanke (SO), Walla Walla – WWCC  vs. EVCC/SWOCC/CCC/EDCC
AB– 15, Runs–5,  Hits- 8, 2B– 0,  3B– 0,  HR– 1, RBI- 6, SB – 8, AVG .533

Hailey Givens (FR), Centralia vs. GRCC,SWOC,YVCC,OLY,EVCC

W-2, L-0, IP-16, R-15, ER-10, H-22, K-12, ERA 4.38

Kim Courneya (FR ), Pierce vs. Clark, EDCC,CLCC, MHCC

AB-9, R-4, H-4, HR-1, RBI-4, SB-3, AVG- .444

Alex Molina (SO), Southwestern Oregon
W-L   IP        SO    BB   Hits   Runs    ERA
24.2     36     6      8        1         0.04

Gecy Bowman (FR), Chemeketa
AB 16, Hits – 9, 2B-1, 3B-2, RBI-8, Runs-5, AVG .563

NWAACC Track & Field Athletes of the Week #8

Men’s Track Spring 2012

Branden Helms (Lane, Freshman)
— Event: 100m; Mark: 10.91, Event: 200m; Mark: 21.79, Event: 4x100m Relay; Mark: 42.35 at Oregon Relays
Nominators’ Comments:

  • "Won his 100m heat in league-leading time and followed up with a 200m season best of 21.79! Also anchored our 4×100 to a league-leading time, taking the baton in fourth position and moving us up to second."

Men’s Field Spring 2012

AJ Dickson (Clackamas, Freshman)
— Event: Long Jump; Mark: 22’7.25" at Oregon Relays
Nominator Comments:

  • "Big jump that moved him up four spots to second in the conference."

Women’s Track Spring 2012

Lisa Petersen (Green River, Freshman)
— Event: 100m; Mark: 12.64, Event: 100m Hurdles; Mark: 14.92 at Oregon Relays
Nominators’ Comments:

  • "Lisa ran a PR in the 100m hurdles to now lead the NWAACC in both the 100m and 100m hurdles."
  • "Solid sprint time and leading hurdle time for the conference."

Women’s Field Spring 2012

Katie Higgins (Clackamas, Sophomore)
— Event: Hammer; Mark: 152’11" at Clackamas Open
Nominator Comments:

  • "Katie won the event."

Tacoma standout Dominique Williams signs with Central Washington University

Guard Led Tacoma CC to NWAACC Championship in 2012

(by Sammy Henderson, CWU Athletic Media Relations Assistant)

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Apr. 25) — Central Washington University men’s basketball coach Greg Sparling announced Wednesday that point guard Dominique Williams has chosen to finish his collegiate basketball career as a Wildcat.

“We are excited about the addition of Dom (Williams) to our roster,” Sparling said. “He has an outstanding feel for the game offensively with the ability to shoot the ball with range, and he has the potential to put pressure on the ball defensively.”

Williams is a 5-foot-10 guard who can play both the point and shooting guard positions. Originally from Tacoma, Wash., where he prepped at Curtis High School, Williams will have two years of eligibility remaining for CWU. Prior to joining the Wildcats, he played two seasons for former CWU assistant coach and current TCC mentor Carl Howell.

“Dominique is a winner,” Howell said. “His best games came in our most important games, especially in the (NWAACC) championship.”

In the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) championship game in March, Williams led the Titans with 36 points, five rebounds and five assists in their 110-98 victory over Chemeketa Community College (Ore.) to earn NWAACC Tournament MVP honors. Overall, he helped TCC to a 26-5 record in his sophomore campaign, and the Titans were a combined 52-7 over the two seasons that Williams served as the team’s starting point guard.

“Fifty-two and seven (52-7) in two years as our point guard is a tremendous feat for Dom,” Howell added. “It was a reflection of his competitiveness and character as a leader on our team.”

Williams averaged 12.7 points per game over two seasons with the Titans, scoring 20 or more points on 10 different occasions, and breaking the 30-point plateau twice.

Howell also stated that Williams was drawn to Central Washington University by Wildcat associate head coach GE Coleman, who showed interest in the guard very early in his two years at TCC.

The Tacoma native joins a Wildcat team with familiar faces, as he teamed previously with current Wildcats Jordan Coby (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS), Brandon Magee (Spanaway, Wash./Bethel HS) and Chris Holmes (Seattle, Wash./Franklin HS). Coby and Magee will both be seniors at CWU in 2012-13, while Holmes will be a redshirt junior.

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ABCA Pacific Div Baseball Poll Released – April 24

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)
Junior College Pacific Associations Division Poll
April 24, 2012
Print version (pdf)

Orange Coast SoCal
Feather River NorCal
Bellevue NWAACC
Rio Hondo SoCal
San Mateo NorCal
Everett NWAACC
Santa Ana SoCal
Ohlone NorCal
Mt. SAC SoCal
Cuesta SoCal
Edmonds   NWAACC
Fresno City NorCal
Glendale SoCal
Diablo Valley NorCal
El Camino SoCal
Merced NorCal
Riverside SoCal
Laney NorCal
Southwestern SoCal
Santa Rosa NorCal
Golden West SoCal
Sacramento NorCal
Others receiving votes:
NWAACC –– Treasure Valley, Yakima Valley.   SoCal – Bakersfield, San Diego Mesa, Cypress.   NorCal – Cosumnes River, Reedley, Sierra.

Highline’s Aurora Vasquez to Play Volleyball at WSU

From the WSU Website: link

April 23, 2012

PULLMAN – Alyssa Wold and Aurora Vasquez will join the Washington State University volleyball team next season, Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny announced Monday.

“We are excited about the addition of Aurora and Alyssa. Both will bring some experience to our young team in positions where we need depth,” Greeny said. “Aurora is a hard worker and will be a great addition to the outside hitting position. Alyssa has tremendous experience as a setter running the system we use and is a great leader on and off the court. We are thrilled they will be a part of this program.”

Wold is a 5-10 setter from Spokane Valley, Wash., who played for Greeny at Lewis-Clark State College in 2009 and 2010. She did not play last season as she recovered from an injury. Wold had an outstanding prep volleyball and track career at West Valley High. She earned All-Great Northern League MVP honors twice for volleyball and was a two-time all-state honorable mention selection as the Eagles claimed fifth and eighth place state finishes her last two years. As a high jumper, Wold took eighth place and third place at the state meets. At LCSC, Wold was a leader on the Warriors’ Frontier League 2009 and 2010 championships teams. LCSC went on to place 12th and fifth at the National NAIA Volleyball Championships in those seasons. Wold graduated from high school with a 3.86 grade point average and was a Dean’s List scholar at LCSC with a 4.0 gpa her sophomore year. She plans to study movement studies and sports nutrition at WSU.

“My choice of WSU was an exciting one to say the least. Returning to play volleyball for Jen and Burdette is an honor and definitely an amazing opportunity,” Wold said. “Having experienced two years with them at Lewis-Clark State College, I am confident in saying that they know what they are doing. Everything that they stand for and believe in is right on track and has proven successful. It was an easy decision to make when asked to return into their new program at Washington State. They truly care about each player as an individual first and foremost in order to connect the team as a whole and as a family. Pullman is an amazing town with so much support for the school and its athletes. I have so much respect for the Greenys and their coaching staff and what they are doing at WSU and in the Pac-12 and am so proud to be a part of it and returning to family!”

Vasquez is a 5-11 outside hitter from Spanaway, Wash., who will receive her AA degree from Highline Community College this June after attending Bethel High and graduating from Graham Kapowsin High School. Vasquez played two years at HCC for Coach Chris Littleman, earning first team All-Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges honors as a freshman, and was NWAACC Player of the Year as a sophomore. Vasquez led the NWAACC in kills and was second in hitting percentage in 2010, and was second in kills per game in 2011 when the Highline team won the league title. Vasquez was tabbed with the president’s award for having over a 3.5 grade point average in 2011. She will pursue courses in pre-med at WSU.

“I chose WSU because the players were just so nice and so were the coaches!” Vasquez said. “They definitely treat you as their own and not just a player. It seemed like everyone knew everyone around campus, and I really like that! It just seems like the kind of environment I want to spend my next two years in.”

Wold and Vasquez join previously announced 2012 volleyball newcomers defensive specialist Kate Sommer and opposite hitter Ann Stecowska.

Second class of the Pierce College Athletics Hall of Fame to be inducted April 28 at Pierce Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood

Five athletes, one coach, and two teams will be honored as members of the Class of 2012 of the Pierce College Athletics Hall of Fame at a special ceremony Saturday, April 28, at the Health Education Center at Pierce Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood.

The 2012 Hall of Fame ceremony will mark the second class of inductees, recognizing over 40 years of outstanding athletic achievements by student athletes at Pierce College, formerly Fort Steilacoom Community College. This year’s class will feature the 1991-92 and 1992-93 women’s basketball teams. Individual athletes to be inducted include Greg Howes (soccer), Kristen Kalalau (volleyball), Mario Lyons (baseball), Cari (Weber) Harrison, and Bernard Williams (basketball). Also to be inducted with this year’s class will be Ken Schutz (women’s basketball coach).

A reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children under 12. For tickets, call (253) 964-6613 or visit the event Web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics/halloffame.

The Athletics Hall of Fame is made possible by the Pierce College Foundation and the Pierce College Athletics Department.

Umpqua hoops standout, Coleton Baker, commits to UO Ducks for next season

From Umpqua Community College

League top-five scorer for Riverhawks at 24.12 points per game

Coleton Baker at the 2012 all-star game.
photo by Tracy Swisher

Winchester, OR —
Local basketball stand-out, Coleton Baker, who
earned a 1st Team All-Conference nod from conference coaches during the 2012 season with the
Umpqua Community College Riverhawks, has committed to play for the University of Oregon next
basketball season.

After working out with the Oregon team and being encouraged by their coaching staff, Coleton
will fulfill a childhood dream to play for the Ducks, much to the delight of his strong local and familial
support base.

Even though Baker was offered scholarships by many schools, from NAIA to NCAA Division 1,
and from as far away as California, Idaho, and British Columbia, he could not pass up the opportunity to
play for his other “home team.” He was one of the top-five scorers in the NWAACC and led the South
Region with 24.12 points per game last season while playing for UCC.

“When (Duck Head Basketball) Coach (Dana) Altman sat down with me and told me personally,
that he wanted to have me on the team next year, that was the deciding factor in my decision,” said
Baker, who will be finishing up his Associate of Arts – Oregon Transfer degree this spring at UCC.

“I know there is a lot of hard work ahead of me, to compete with these great athletes day in and
day out, but I am very excited about the opportunity to play at this level and proving to my U of O
coaching staff that I can help the team,” responded Baker, who plans to move to Eugene this summer to
work-out with the team during training sessions.