Sunday 10 a.m. Women’s Game: Lower Columbia and Columbia Basin Play for 4th Place

In a fiercely contested game where the teams traded the lead more than a dozen times, the Lower Columbia Red Devils spun away from the Columbia Basin Thunderbirds to win fourth place in the 2007 NWAACC Championships, 51-46.

The Red Devils led 48-46 with 27 seconds left in the game. A foul sent Red Devil Samantha James to the line, where she sunk one to increase the lead to three.

A follow up three-point attempt by Thunderbird Brittany Cherry was blocked by Nadra Evans. A fast break field goal by Tricia Hamilton extended the Devil lead to 5 with only 7 seconds left on the clock – not enough time for the Thunderbirds to recover.

Second Team Western Region All Star Samantha James drove the Devils with 21 points. The Hawks high scorer was Eastern Region first team All Star Nikki DePeel with 13.

The Red Devils end their season 20-9. The Thunderbirds finish 21-10.

Wrestling National Championship Results

North Idaho Captures 3 National Championships and Six Clackamas Wrestlers Earn All-American Honors.
February 25, 2007 – Rochester, MN. – North Idaho College (NIC) dominated championship action with three National Champions in the 141, 184 and 197 weight classes. NIC’s Kyle Sand landed an upset over Highline’s top-ranked Brad Padgatt in a 10-6 decision for the 184 lbs crown. Padgatt is the reigning Region 18 184lbs Champion and hadn’t lost to Sand in three previous matches. Four NIC wrestlers placed to earn All-American.

Clackamas enjoyed an amazing tournament with six of its wrestlers earning All-American honors. Only Iowa Central, the NJCAA Team Champions, placed more All-Americans (7). Clackamas trophied in the 5th place spot for NJCAA Div I programs.

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National Championships Results

North Idaho Captures 3 National Championships and Six Clackamas Wrestlers Earn All-American Honors.
February 25, 2007 – Rochester, MN. – North Idaho College (NIC) dominated championship action with three National Champions in the 141, 184 and 197 weight classes.  NIC’s Kyle Sand landed an upset over Highline’s top-ranked Brad Padgatt in a 10-6 decision for the 184 lbs crown.  Padgatt is the reigning Region 18 184lbs Champion and hadn’t lost to Sand in three previous matches. Four NIC wrestlers placed to earn All-American.

Clackamas enjoyed an amazing tournament with six of its wrestlers earning All-American honors.  Only Iowa Central, the NJCAA Team Champions, placed more All-Americans (7). Clackamas trophied in the 5th place spot for NJCAA Div I programs.

Southwestern Oregon also finished in trophy position at 6th place and accounted for three All-American wrestlers

NJCAA DIV I TEAM RESULTS (Region 18)
3rd North Idaho – 86.5pts, 5th Clackamas – 66.5pts , 7th Southwestern Oregon – 58.0pts, 19th Highline – 23.0pts, 20th Pima – 21.0pts, 22nd Yakima Valley – 18.5pts

Junior College National Champions
141Heinrich Barns, North Idaho, 184 – Kyle Sand, North Idaho, & 197 – Evan Mattingly, North Idaho

All-Americans
Clackamas (6), North Idaho (4), Southwestern Oregon (3), Pima (2), Highline (1), Yakima Valley (1)
125 – 4th Richie Zuniga, Southwestern Oregon
125 – 8th Brian Jacob, Clackamas
133 – 4th Josh Williams, Southwestern Oregon
141 – 1st Heinrich Barns, North Idaho
141 – 4th Ricky Valadez, Yakima Valley
141 – 7th Derick Bartlemay, Clackamas
149 – 3rd Sam Schmitz, Clackamas
157 – 7th Efrain Escudero, Pima
157 – 8th Seth Roy, Clackamas
165 – 5th Zach Pagnotta, Southwestern Oregon
165 – 6th Alex Bubb, Clackamas
184 – 1st Kyle Sand, North Idaho
184 –  2nd Brad Padgatt, Highline
184 – 4th Travous DeGroat, Pima
197 – 1st Evan Mattingly, North Idaho
285 – 3rd John Bates, Clackamas

Region 18 Championship Wrestling Results

Brad Padgett - 2007 NJCAA Region 18 Outstanding Wrestler

Yakima, Wash. – North Idaho dominated the 2007 Region 18 Championships with eight of their wrestlers finishing in the top two including two region champs. Southwestern Oregon had four wrestlers take home championship titles and one finishing second. Clackamas also claimed a pair of champions in the 141 and Heavyweight classes. Highline and Pima notched championships in the 184 and 157 classes.

Highline’s Brad Padgatt was the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for the second consecutive year.

Yakima Valley’s Tito Pimentel and Mike Schmitt were selected Coaches of the Year. Pimentel and Schmitz were highly instrumental in Yakima Valley’s major turnaround from last season when the Yaks scored no wins in the 2006 tournament.

North Idaho qualified all ten wrestlers for the 2007 National Tournament in Rochester, MN. on Feb 23-24. Southwestern Oregon qualified nine followed by Clackamas and Highline with six, Pima with four and Yakima Valley with three. The top three in each weight class are guaranteed berths Eight of the competitors going to nationals were selected via wild card selection by Region 18 coaches based on performances and weight class competitiveness.

Team Results
1st – North Idaho 172. 5
2nd – SW Oregon 128.5
3rd – Clackamas 116.5
4th – Highline 86
5th – Pima 77.5
6th – Yakima Valley 63.5

Region Champions (view all Nationals Qualifiers)
125
– Richie Zuniga – SW Oregon (2006 All-American)
133 Josh Williams – SW Oregon (2006 All-American)
141 Heinrich Barns – North Idaho (2006 All-American)
149 Sam Schmitz – Clackamas
157 Efrain Escudero – Pima
165 Zach Pagnotta – SW Oregon
174 Cody Leifheit – SW Oregon
184 Brad Padgatt – Highline, Outstanding Wrestler (2 years in a row, 2006 A.A.)
197 Evan Mattingly – North Idaho
HWT John Bates – Clackamas

Coach of the Year – Yakima Valley’s Tito Pimentel and Mike Schmitt

Players of the Week (Week #4)

Players of the Week for the fourth week of league play have been posted.

Women
Northern Region- Shawmonee Holm, Skagit Valley
Eastern Region- Krista Kulm, Treasure Valley
Western Region- Ashlee Fitch, Centralia
Southern Region- Inge Pe’a, Portland

Men

Northern Region- Jon Moe, Everett
Eastern Region- Blake Soloman, Big Bend
Western Region- Carlos Singor, Grays Harbor
Southern Region- Tyson Papenfuss, Mt Hood
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Men’s Player of the Week #4

Northern Region
Jon Moe, Everett
Jon is a freshman guard from Shorecrest High School who led the Trojans to two key victories last week. Against Whatcom Moe had 30 points and against Edmonds, he scored 22 points in a two-point game.

Eastern Region
Blake Soloman, Big Bend
Blake is a sophomore guard from Kentwood High School who had an outstanding week for the third ranked Big Bend Vikings. Soloman exploded against scoring 39 points against the Sasquatch in a one-point victory. He was 12-15 from the floor and 11-11 from the free throw line. In their next game, Soloman had 26 points. He currently leads the Eastern Region in scoring (23.6 ppg) and is second in free throw percentage (94.2%).

Western Region
Carlos Singor, Grays Harbor
Carlos is a sophomore guard from Ingraham High School who helped the Chokers hand Pierce their first loss of the league season. Singor had 17 points and eight assists to lead his team. In the Western Region, he is seventh in scoring (16.5 ppg) and second in assists (5.9 apg).

Southern Region
Tyson Papenfuss, Mt Hood
Tyson is a sophomore from Clackamas High School who had a big game against Umpqua on Januray 27th. In that game, he scored 21 points and pulled down 11 boards to lead the Saints a tie with the Riverhawks for second in the Southern Region. Papenfuss leads the Southern Region is three points percentage (66%) and is fourth in scoring (18.4 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.6 rpg).

Women’s Players of the Week #4

Eastern Region
Krista Kulm, Treasure Valley
Krista was an instrumental part of Treasure Valley’s win over Walla Walla on January 27th. The freshman from Jerome HS had 16 points and seven rebounds against the Warriors. She leads the Chukars in scoring and rebounding.

Northern Region
Shawmonee Holm, Skagit Valley
A freshman center from Anacortes, Shawmonee led the Cardinals to victory over Bellevue last week. She provided the Cardinals with 18 points and 10 rebounds in their three-point victory. In the Northern Region, Holm is fourth in scoring, second in rebounding and is first for blocks.

Western Region
Ashlee Fitch, Centralia
Ashlee is a sophomore from Tenino High School who helped lead the Trailblazers to victory over Lower Columbia and Pierce last week. In the game against Lower Columbia, Fitch scored 17 points, had 10 rebounds and three steals. The victory brought Centralia within a half game of Lower Columbia and was important for their bid to make the NWAACC Basketball Championships.

Southern Region
Inge Pe’a, Portland
Inge is a sophomore center from Newberg High School who had a great week for the Panthers. During the week she had 16 points vs Mt hood (8-12 shooting) and 34 points and 13 rebounds vs SW Oregon.

Players of the Week- Week 3

Players of the Week for the third week of league play have been announced. Below are the selections.

MEN
Northern Region- Jordan Ard, Bellevue
Eastern Region- Curtis Carlson, Walla Walla
Western Region- Derrick Webb, Highline
Southern Region- Brian Freeman, Clackamas

WOMEN
Northern Region- Kristina Schumacher, Everett
Eastern Region- Chelsie Morrison, Yakima Valley
Western Region- Vanessa McCormick, Lower Columbia
Southern Region- Shelby Stevens, Lane

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Men’s Players of the Week (Week #3)

Northern Region
Jordan Ard, Bellevue
A sophomore forward from Prairie High School, Ard had a monster week. He averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 2 assists, in three games, and shot 24-30 from the free throw line (80.0%). Ard led Bellevue to three victories, and helped the Bulldogs claim sole possession of first place in the Northern Region.

Eastern Region
Curtis Carlson, Walla Walla
Curtis is a sophomore guard from McGloughlin High School. He led the Warriors in huge wins over Spokane and Big Bend last week. Against an undefeated Big Bend team, Carlson scored 25 points, had eight rebounds and four assists. Walla Walla’s Head Coach Jeff Reinland describes Carlson as “a great overall kid who is really humble. He gets the job done and lets his play do the talking.” In the Eastern Region, Carlson is tied for the lead in scoring (23.2 ppg) and is third in rebounding (9.0 rpg).

Western Region
Derrick Webb, Highline
Derrick is sophomore guard from South Kitsap High School. Last week, he led the Thunderbirds in wins over South Puget Sound and Clark to stay within striking distance of Pierce. Webb had a good overall week scoring 49 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out nine assists, getting three blocks and four steals in two games. Head Coach Che Dawson says “Derrick is a young man who has matured tremendously in two years. His work ethic and personal accountability to leadership have really improved.” In the Western Region, Webb is fifth in scoring (19.6 ppg).

Southern Region
Brian Freeman, Clackamas
Brian is a sophomore center from West Albany High School. He led the Cougars over a big win against Umpqua which gave Clackamas sole possession of first place in the South. Freeman had 30 points, 19 rebounds, two blocks and fours steals to lead his team. He leads the Southern Region in rebounding (12.8 rbp) and is sixth in scoring (19.4 ppg).

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