Weekend Basketball Crossover Champions & All-Tournament Teams

Vancouver, WA — Eight crossover tournaments were held this weekend featuring 32 men’s and 32 women’s teams. Eight teams walked away with championship hardware and as many all-tournament teams were announced.

Men’s Crossovers
Second-ranked Clackamas jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead and never looked back as they cruised past host Clark 98-68 to win the Clark Crossover title in Vancouver, WA [view bracket]

Third-ranked Chemeketa took care of seventh-ranked South Puget Sound 88-74 to claim the Spokane Crossover championship in Spokane, WA [view bracket]. 

Fourth-ranked Tacoma cruised past host Linn-Benton 79-59 to capture the Linn-Benton Crossover championship in Albany, OR [view bracket]. 

Mt Hood upset sixth-ranked Bellevue in a close contest 71-68 to capture the Bellevue Crossover championship in Bellevue,WA [view bracket]. 

Women’s Crossovers
Top-ranked Lane edged third-ranked Clackamas 94-91 in an overtime thriller to capture the Lower Columbia Crossover championship in Longview, WA [view  bracket].

In Roseburg, OR, second-ranked Walla Walla took the Umpqua Crossover title with a tight 83-77  win over fifth-ranked Umpqua in a game that featured 21 lead changes [view bracket].

Skagit Valley upset fourth-ranked Spokane 55-44 as the host team won the Skagit Valley Crossover championship held in Mt Vernon,WA [view bracket].

Treasure Valley defeated East Region rival Big Bend 64-53 to take the Big Bend crown in Moses Lake, WA [view bracket].

All-Tournament Teams
Bellevue Crossover (men)
MVP – Jeremy Jones, Mt Hood
David Maddock, Bellevue
Wade Moyer, Highline
Arik Wright – Lane
Jamar Johnson, Mt Hood
Wil Bush, Seattle

Big Bend Crossover (women)
MVP – Stephanie O’Connor, Treasure Valley
Dana Bates, Big Bend
Alexandria Canfield, Big Bend
Lexi Belcher, Centralia
Ashley Housden, Everett
Nicole Tolman, Treasure Valley

Clark Crossover (men)
MVP – Chehales Tapscott, Clackamas
Craig Seiler, Centralia
Jeff Dorman, Clackamas

Grant Zigler, Clark
Derek Thurston, Clark
Mark Wilson Columbia Basin
Drew Church, Columbia Basin
Jamil Goodwin, Edmonds
Terrence Stanley, Southwestern Oregon
Ryan Flynn, Southwestern Oregon

Linn-Benton Crossover(men)
MVP – Darious Walker, Tacoma
Chris Holmes, Tacoma
Andrew Carter, Linn-Benton
Jordan Highland, Linn-Benton
Emery Henning, Walla Walla
Andrew Beatty, Skagit Valley

Lower Columbia Crossover (women)
MVP – MaKenzie Ficek, Lane
Rylee Peterson, Clackamas
Dayle Powell, Clackamas
Brianna Smith, Columbia Basin
Theresa Brown, Lane
Mollee Schwegler, Lower Columbia

Skagit Valley Crossover (women)
MVP – Keri Arendse, Skagit Valley
Sam Sanders, Linn-Benton
Brittany Yates, Mt. Hood
Brandi Benner, Skagit Valley
Korrie Bourn, Spokane
Meghan Eisenmann, Spokane

Elaina Trammell, Tacoma

Spokane Crossover (men)
MVP- Tyrone Phillips, Chemeketa
Shiloh Rowland, Chemeketa
Brandon Thomas, Pierce
Kenneth Kirkland, Jr., Portland
Michael Hall, South Puget Sound
James Jones, South Puget Sound
Griffon Jones, Spokane
Chris Pynch, Spokane
Terriel Thomas, Treasure Valley
Manny Lopez, Treasure Valley

Umpqua Crossover (women)
MVP – Kati Isham, Walla Walla
Chelsi Pakootas, Blue Mountain
Brianna George, Southwestern Oregon
Nneamaka Anyanwu, Umpqua
Mykiea Russell, Umpqua
Nancy Johnson, Walla Walla

Lower Columbia and Lane top latest Coaches’ Poll; Preseason Baseball Poll released

Vancouver, WA — The latest Horizon Air / Coaches’ Poll ranking have been released.

Men’s Basketball
Lower Columbia (5-0) and Clackamas (5-1) continue to hold the top two spots in the men’s poll while Chemeketa (5-0) and Tacoma (3-0) climb a spot to third and fourth. [compete poll]

Women’s Basketball
Lane (6-0) and Walla Walla (7-0) move past Clackamas (6-1) to take the top two spots in the women’s poll. Clackamas dropped a one point heartbreaker at Spokane (4-1) which vaulted the Sasquatch from eighth into the fourth spot this week. [compete poll]

Baseball 2010 Preseason
Lower Columbia and Mt Hood are the coaches’ preseason picks for the top teams in 2010.  2009 runner-up Columbia Basin comes in at number three while 2009 Champions Bellevue round out the top four. [compete poll]

The ABCA Pacific Div JC (CA,WA & OR) preseason rankings were also released today. Lower Columbia and Mt. Hood come in tied at number three in that poll [view poll]

ABCA JC Pacific Div 2010 Preseason Baseball Rankings

2010 ABCA – Junior College
Pacific Associations Division

Pre-Season Poll
1 Orange Coast SoCal
2 San Joaquin Delta NorCal
3T Lower Columbia NW
3T Mt. Hood NW
5 Cypress SoCal
6 Fresno City NorCal
7 Santa Ana SoCal
8 Columbia Basin NW
9 Palomar SoCal
10 Feather River NorCal
11 Cuesta SoCal
12 San Mateo NorCal
13 Southwestern SoCal
14 Diablo Valley NorCal
15 Bellevue NW
16 Long Beach SoCal
17 Merced NorCal
18 Skagit Valley NW
19 Cerritos SoCal
20 Ohlone NorCal
21 Mt. SAC SoCal
22 Sacramento NorCal
23 Green River NW
24 Canyons SoCal
25 Sierra NorCal
Others receiving votes: 
NWAACC – Edmonds, Treasure Valley.   
SoCal –
Chaffey, Riverside, Saddleback.   NorCal – Cosumnes River, San Jose City, West Valley.

Shefts named Bellevue Women’s Soccer Head Coach

Bellevue, WA — Alexander (Sasha) Shefts begins his first year as Head Coach for the Bellevue College women’s soccer program as of Dec. 1, 2009, after serving as an assistant for the men’s team for the past three years. Shefts brings an impressive background to the Bulldog soccer program with previous success at the professional, collegiate and high school levels.

Currently, Shefts is also involved as the assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders women’s team, the director of coaching for Seattle’s largest youth club organization (Laurelhurst, View Ridge, Ravenna) and is owner of Successful Soccer Systems, a company that specializes in offering speed, agility and quickness training in small group settings.

Shefts’ coaching background is extensive, with stints at the club, high school and professional levels. His club experience includes over 25 years coaching "A" level teams. He has captured seven state championships with teams such as Emerald City FC, Crossfire and FC Alliance. He was soccer head coach at Holy Names Academy for four years from 2004-2007. His ’07 squad took third in the state 3A championships and he was named Coach of the Year by the Seattle Times. He is a former assistant for the Seattle Sounders in the Professional Developmental League and a Region IV Olympic Development Program scout. Shefts holds a USSF National "A" License, an NSCAA Director of Coaching diploma and earned a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University in 1984.

Shefts was a standout on the national champion Seattle Pacific University squad in 1983.

Spokane men wins Dale J Bates Tournament

Eugene, OR — Spokane cruised past Umpqua 88-68 to take the 2009 Dale J Bates tournament hosted by Lane Community College this weekend.

The bracket had been modified due to freezing rain Friday which forced officials to close the campus just after the opening match was completed. Treasure Valley, winners in Saturday’s game, could possibly have played in the championship game, but the team needed to return to Ontario Sunday so Umpqua took their place in the bracket pairings.

All-Tournament Team
MVP – Griffin Jones, Spokane
Leo Van Pelt, Southwestern Oregon
Brandon Thomas, Pierce
Kevin Bond, Spokane
Jordan Black, Umpqua

Lane women domintate Raider Invitational

Lakewood, WA — The third-ranked Lane Lady Titans defeated Skagit Valley 79-47 to capture the Raider invitational held at Pierce College over the last three days. The 32 point margin of victory was the closest game Lane faced in three lopsided wins this weekend [view bracket].

All-Tournament Team
MVP – Sarah Brolsma Whitfield, Lane
Keri Arendse, Skagit Valley
Theresa Brown, Lane
Dena Houser, Peninsula
Kristina Quintanilla, Pierce
Malesara Taulaki, Tacoma



Clark’s Uribe takes helm of the volleyball program

Vancouver, WA — Clark College’s Jessie Uribe has been promoted to head coach of the women’s volleyball program. Uribe has served as the program’s assistant head coach for the past three years and will replace Mike Lee who had to resign due to a job promotion.

Uribe graduated from Washington State where he played volleyball for three years. He has coached volleyball since 1993 at the high school and college level.

Mt. Hood women top Bellevue to win Bulldog Classic

Bellevue, WA — The Mt. Hood Saints defeated the host Bellevue Bulldogs 66-54 to win the Bulldogs Classic Sunday afternoon.  The Saints mounted a 45-21 lead at the half and increased the lead to 26 points early in the second half. The Bulldogs fought back to narrow the lead to just 6 with 7:58 left on the clock, but the Saints offense got going to secure the victory [view tournament bracket].

All-Tournament team
MVP – Shawnelle Campbell, Mt Hood
Dana Bates, Big Bend
Alla DzhiDzhiyeshvili, Treasure Valley
Lauren Hill, Highline
Alisha Love, Bellevue
Brittany Yates, Mt Hood

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