NWAACC Championships – Game Recaps Saturday, March 1

Men 8 p.m. Semifinal Spokane Sasquatch 81, Southwestern Oregon Lakers 64

Buoyed by the victory of the women’s team in the semi-final match only minutes before, the Sasquatch men yellowed early and loud, encouraging their team to an 81-64 win.

Southwestern Oregon’s leaders came from Emmanuel Olekaibe’s 17, and 10 each from Joseph Foster and Matt Dance.

The Sasquatch saw 17 points from Matthew Dorr, 16 from Jon Clift, 14 from Eric Beal and 10 from Robert Lippman.

The Sasquatch will go for the gold against the Yakima Yaks tomorrow at 7 p.m. The losing Lakers will face the Riverhawks at 2 on Sunday.

Women 8 p.m. Semifinal Columbia Basin Hawks 72, Walla Walla Warriors 63

The Hawks-Warrior semifinal match-up was a battle of tensions and injuries, with large, vocal crowds on both sides and equally animated benches.

In the first half, Warrior starter Allie Dreadfulwater was carried off the court with an unspecified knee injury. Shortly thereafter, the Hawk star and Eastern region MVP Nikki DePeel left the game with a suspected broken nose. Before the half was out, Layne Tucker – a second team Eastern all-star – headed off the court with an obviously broken pinky finger.

Away from the injuries, the Hawks held the Warriors to only 26 points in the first half, emerging from halftime with a 15-point lead.

Nikki DePeel re-entered the game in the second half, helping the Hawks drive up a 19 point lead. However, the Warriors battled back, bringing it within 4 with under 5 minutes to play.

However, the loss of two starters in the first half – and labored play of the injured Katie Strunk – were too much for the Warriors, and the Hawks pulled away again to secure the win with a score of 72-63.

The Hawks will try for the championship against the Spokane Sasquatch tomorrow at 4:30. The Warriors will fight on for third place by taking on Lane at 2 p.m.

Men 6 p.m. Semifinal: Yakima Yaks 89, Umpqua Riverhawks 79

The Yaks stomped over the Riverhawks on their way to the NWAACC Championship game tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The Yaks lead early and never stopped working to extend their control over the game. Anthony Johnson contributed an eye-popping 38 points while Jody Johnson and Nico Sandoval had 15 and 10, respectively.

For the losing ‘Hawks, Tyler Barnes lead with 27 points while South MVP Edwin Richardson dropped in 19. All-stars Kenan Dizdarevic had 17 and Jarred Childs had 10.

The Yaks will try to become the 2008 NWAACC basketball champions tomorrow at 7 p.m. They will face the winner of tonight’s 8 p.m. contest between the Spokane Sasquatch and the Southwestern Oregon Lakers. The Riverhawks will challenge the loser of the same game to go for third place at 2 p.m.

Women 6 p.m. Semifinal: Spokane Sasquatch 59, Lane Titans 55

The battle between the Sasquatch and the Titans was fought a tooth-and-nail as each team worked to secure their role in the 2008 NWAACC Championship game.

Supported by a vocal crowd, the Sasquatch garnered an early lead over the defending champions. However, an early lead means nothing if you can’t hold onto it and with ten minutes remaining in the game, the Titans had returned to striking distance. With less than three minutes to play, the score was tied up at 50.

Two quick baskets by the Sasquash, including one from Liz Beardslee, tuned the game into a 54-50 score.

After a failed shot by the Titans, Mercedes Alexander proved her South MVP mettle by stealing the ball right out of a Sasquatch player’s hands for a layup to bring the game to 54-52.

After an official’s time out for an injured all-star Titan Nicole Morgan, ‘Squash’s Beardslee ran it up the middle for two points in the paint and a score of 56-54.

A foul by Titan Jennifer Kimbrow sent the game back down the court and ‘Squash Richelle Daily sunk her free throw shots for two, making it a 4 point game with under thirty to play. A round of fouls added a point for each side, but the gap remained. Spokane defeats Lane 59-55.

Titan all-stars Stephanie Stephens and Nicole Morgan had 21 and 10 points, respectively. Alexander contributed 16.

Spokane high scorers included Kellee Neal with 15, Beardslee with 14 and Daily with 11.

Spokane will see the winner of tonight’s 8 p.m. match-up between Walla Walla and Columbia River Basin tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. as they try to become the 2008 NWAACC Basketball Champions. Lane will see the loser of the same challenge at 2 p.m. in hopes of securing third place.

Men 4 p.m. Everett Trojans 72, Highline Thunderbirds 69

While the Trojan women ran away with – and then melted down – in their game that was taking place simultaneously on the other court, the Trojan men attempted shake off their Thunderbird competitors.

Although Everett had a slight lead coming out of halftime, the two teams traded buckets throughout the second part of the game. The Trojans, however, always remained one step ahead of the Thunderbirds until a Highline score with 1:30 remaining gave them a one-point lead, 69-68.

Everett responded, putting the ball in the hands of Jon Moe who proved his North all-star status with a beautiful layup, making the score 70-69 in favor of the Trojans.

Thunderbird Kelly Edwards missed his subsequent shot, taken under pressure as the shot clock wound town. The quick foul took Jon Moe to the line for a 1 + 1, where he drilled both baskets to give the Trojans a three-point lead.

With 13 seconds on the clock and the score of 72-69, Highline took possession of the ball. Josh Broussard tried for the game-tying shot as the clock expired, banging it off the rim and into the hands of the Trojans.

Everett moves onto the battle for 5th place tomorrow at 10 a.m. against the Whatcom Orcas.

Women 4 p.m. Everett Trojans 80, Umpqua Riverhawks 70

It was almost the comeback story of the 2008 NWAACC tournament. Down by 34 points, the Umpqua women fought back against the contented Trojans, bringing the score within seven with as many minutes to play.

High scoring Trojan Keena Hopkins (16 points) fouled out of the game six minutes still on the clock. It was here, however, that the steamrolling Riverhawks stalled. Unable to get any closer to the elusive Tojans, the Everett team won 80-70.

Leading the Umpqua charge were Deanna Tupai with 20 points, supported by Marissa Towry with 14, Cassie Scheffelmaier with 12 and Kristin Fallin’s 10 points and 16 rebounds.

For the Trojans, high scorers were Bryna Trescott with 26 points and a stunning 19 rebounds, Kristina Schumacher with 18 points and Brooke Russell with 11 points.

The Lady Trojans will again battle at the same time as their men’s team tomorrow at 10 a.m. The Trojans will face the Seattle Storm in their quest for 5th place.

Men 2 p.m. Peninsula Pirates 88, Clackamas Cougars 84

With both teams coming off losses yesterday, the Pirates and the Cougars were eager to win and extend their time in the NWAACC basketball championship.

Although Peninsula took the early lead and lead at the end of the first half, Clackamas narrowed the lead to two in the last quarter of the game. Peninsula realized the game was in danger and started running scared, pulling away with a series of unanswered points, adding onto their lead with a back-to-back three pointers.

The Cougars continued to claw at the Pirates, drawing strength from a three point shot by JC Cook to bring it back within four with under 1:40 to play. After a scrambled ball lead to a turnover to Clackamas, JC Cook took a two-point shot that was swatted away as it arched to the basket. The goaltending charge brought the score to 84-82 with just under a minute to play.

Peninsula successfully ran down the clock, scoring another 2 points with only 3 seconds remaining on their shot clock. Clackamas couldn’t answer and was forced to foul, where two successful free throw shots extended the Pirates lead back to 6. A bucket inside the paint by the Cougars added another two to the board, but the team ran out of time.

The games’ leading scorer was JC Cook with 32 points for the Cougars. He was supported by the play of Adam Brickley with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Austin Dunn with 15 points.

For the Pirates, Dominick Lozano pulled in 21 points and contributed 9 assists. Clay Greenland had 17 points of his own, with 13 rebounds. Chidi Antoinne’s performance included 19 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pirates win 88-84 and will try for fourth place in the tournament by playing Bellevue tomorrow at 12 p.m.

Women 2 p.m. Centralia Trailblazers 64, South Puget Sound Clippers 54

The six-woman South Puget Sound team couldn’t match the depth and breath of the blazing Centralia team in the 2 p.m. women’s game but they certainly tried.

At the half, the Lady Blazers had more than doubled the score of the Clippers team, 41-19. Still, the Clippers battled back, outscoring the Blazers by 12 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first half pressure.

Leading scorers for the victorious Trailblazers were Amanda Atcheson with 14 points, Deanna Riffe and Ali Matisons, both with 11, and Jill Fuller with 10 points. Mandy McFadden brought down 10 from the boards.

For South Puget Sound, the games’ high scores were Alicia Richardson with 17 points and Megan Sanders with 10.

The Trailblazers will go for fourth place at the championships by taking on Yakima at noon on Sunday.

Men 12 p.m. Bellevue Bulldogs 70, Lower Columbia Red Devils 63

With a swath of Red Devil supporters dividing their attentions between the men’s and women’s games, and a number of Bulldog fans fresh from the loss of the Lady Bulldogs in their 10 a.m. contest, there was plenty of support on both sides for the Lower Columbia-Bellevue match-up.

The Red Devils took the lead early on and carried the double-digit pillow into halftime, thanks to high scorers Issac Jimcoily (14 points) and Josh Troyer (10 points).

The Bulldogs, however, refused to stop clawing and dragged themselves back into the game, finally taking the lead 56-55 with under 5 minutes to play, rallying around their game’s scoring leaders Josh Monagle (19 points) and Michael Duty (18 points).

A controversial goaltending call on Red Devil Alex King and Steve Wiseley’s beautiful lob up while rising up over the center of the paint set the Bulldogs up for their first two-basket lead, 63-57, with under three minutes in regulation.

The Bulldogs continued to stay one step ahead of the Red Devils as the clock wound down, sinking their free throws and forcing turnovers as the game disintegrated in the final seconds to a score of 70-63, Bulldog win.

Lower Columbia ends its season. The Bulldogs will continue on to fight for 4th place in the tournament against the winner of the 2 p.m. fight between Peninsula and Clackamas.

Women 12 pm. Yakima Yaks 77, Lower Columbia Red Devils 61

Although their men’s team was unable to unseat the Yakima Yaks yesterday, the Lady Red Devils tried their best to redeem their school and eliminate the Lady Yaks from the tournament in today’s 12 p.m. game.

The Devils struggled from the beginning, shooting less than 30% from the field for the first half and getting buried by the 50% success rate of the Yaks on the three. Although they were able to match the Yaks shot for shot in the second half, it wasn’t enough to dent Yakima’s commanding lead. The Yaks defeat the Devils, 77-61.

The Devils were carried by Nadra Evans’ 20 points. The Lower Columbia star scored on 50% of her attempts. Revealing the depth of talent on their team, the Yaks had four players in the double digits, lead by Chelsey Nill’s 16 points and Andrea Bladgett’s 13.

The Yaks will challenge the winner of today’s 2 p.m. contest between Centralia and South Puget Sound at 12 p.m. on Sunday.

Men 8 a.m. Whatcom Orcas 81, Big Bend 68

Lead by the Orca Zach Henifin’s 23 points, Whatcom defeated the Big Bend Vikings today in the opening game of Men’s play, 81-68.

The Orcas lead by 17 points at halftime and extended their lead as large as 22 points. However, the Vikings continued to fight, spurred on by the 17 points from James York. The additional help of 13 points from teammate’s Daley Landon and 11 from Brett Vriesman were able to bring the game with 13, but not enough to overcome the Orcas.

Whatcom will continue on in the tournament to test their meddle against the winner of today’s 4 p.m. contest between Highline and Everett to claim 5th place.

Women 8 a.m. Seattle Storm 58, Bellevue Bulldogs 57

The game was all tied up at halftime and that’s where it remained with less than two and a half minutes remaining in the first Women’s game today.

Chiaki Nakamura broke the dead heat by sinking a three for the Storm, putting Seattle up three with two minutes to play, 58-55.

Bulldog Kaneshia Brooks answered with a long two of her own for Bellevue. A series of missed shots ensued as the time wound down to one minute.

Seattle’s time out laid out a plan, but not enough time for them to complete it – a shot clock violation turned the ball back over to Bellevue, who took a timeout of their own with 40 seconds remaining.

Danielle Bue took a drive to the basket for the ‘Dogs. She scored, but it was ruled no basket because traveling.

With the score still 58-57, Candace Grettenberger took to the free throw line after being quickly fouled. She missed the shot, and knocked it out of bounds trying to snag the rebound.

Bellevue worked the ball back down the court and took a shot that was rebounded by the Storm – who were then charged with a travel.

With two seconds remaining on the shot clock, Bellevue had one last second chance for the win. It was left up to Briana Lewis to try for the jumper – a three point attempt that bounced off the back of the rim, ending the Bulldog Season.

Leading the Storm to victory were Kayla Bennett’s 19 points, followed by Katie Kirsch’s 15. Candace Grettenberger pulled down 12 rebounds.

For the losing Bulldogs, Alicia Tennyson lead in scoring with 12 points. Danielle Bue contributed 10.

Seattle wins 58-57 and will play tomorrow at 10 a.m. for 5th place in the 2008 NWAACC basketball tournament. They will take on the winner of today’s 4 p.m. matchup between Everett and Umpqua.

NWAACC Women’s All-Stars

First Team
Kayla Bennett, SCC
Marissa Bower, BCC
Megan Gilbert, OC
Oliana Seonoa, EVCC
Jessica Takara, SVC

Second Team
Coty Ettl, OC
Sam Flett, PeC
Trisha Mallahan, WCC
Corinna Sharick, SVC
Jena Walentowski,ShCC

MVP: Kristina Schumacher, EVCC

Coach of the Year: Chet Hovde, EVCC
First Team
Brittney Cherry, CBC
Andrea Blodgett, YVCC
Alexandria Allen, CBC
Tana Stickney, YVCC
Katie Strunk, WWCC
Jequela Warren, BMCC

Second Team
Kim Bluff, BBCC
Kelsey Stillar, CCS
Layne Tucker, WWCC
Ashlee Michelson, CCS
Alex Moore-Porter, YVCC

MVP: Nikki DePeel, CBC

Coach of the Year: Cheryl Holden, CBC


First Team
Nadra Evans, LCC
Ashley Kitzman, Clark
Alicia Richardson, SPSCC
Sarah Sides, GHC
Heidi Jackson, LCC

Second Team
Shavon Tate, TCC
Whitney Titus, SPS
Valerie Cook, HCC
Mandy McFadden, CenC
Katie Garcin, LCC

MVP: Amanda Atcheson, CenC

Coach of the Year: Dee Dee Horton, SPSCC

First Team
Stephanie Stephens, Lane
Rachel Copeland, CLCC
Deanna Tupai, UCC
Kristi Fallin, UCC
Brittney Wilson, CHCC

Second Team
Nicole Morgan, Lane
Miranda Holenstein, UCC
Emily Irwin, LBCC
Katelyn White, LBCC
Monique Tribble, CLCC

MVP: Mercedes Alexander, Lane

Coach of the Year: Dave Stricklin, UCC

NWAACC Men’s All-Stars


First Team
Josh Monagle, BCC
Mike Bagby, WCC
Chris Grounds, EVCC
JaRon Brown, SHCC
Dominick Lozano, PeC

Second Team
Ryan Christensen, WCC
Jon Moe, EVCC
Michael Duty, BCC
Steve Wiseley, BCC
Zack Henifin, WCC

MVP: Clay Greenland, PeC

Coach of the Year: Peter Stewart, PeC


First Team
Daley Landon, BBCC
Matthew Dorr, CCS
Shane Miller, TVCC
Mark Minarik, WWCC
James York, BBCC

Second Team
Jordan Gregg, CCS
Eric Beal, CCS
Jon Clift, CCS
Bo Gregg, CCS
Brett Vriesman, BBCC

MVP: Anthony Johnson, YVCC

Coach of the Year: Mike Burns, CCS


First Team
Chris Sprinker TCC
Alex King LCC
Orlandor Westbrooks Clark
Cody Theuringer HCC
Dave Massington GRCC

Second Team
Josh Troyer LCC
Scott Halasz Pierce
Shedrick Nelson HCC
Emmanuel Jenkins TCC
Bryan Trask GHCC

MVP: Chris Scott, SPSCC

Coach of the Year: Jim Roffler, LCC


First Team
JC Cook, ClCC
Joseph Foster, SOCC
Kenan Dizdarevic, UCC
Dominique Watson, Lane
Emmanuel Olekaibe, SOCC

Second Team

Cory Neal, ChCC
Austin Dunn, ClCC
Pierre Calloway, MHCC
Jarrad Childs, UCC
DeMarcus Branch, MHCC
Tyson Christie, L:BCC

MVP: Edwin Richardson, UCC

Coach of the Year: Donell Morgan, UCC

NWAACC Championships – Game Recaps Friday, February 29

Men 10 p.m. Everett Trojans 92, South Puget Sound Clippers 86

Although the game was close going into the second half, it soon emerged that the 10 p.m. start time was past the Clipper’s bedtimes as the Trojans out-shot, out-hustled and, most importantly, out-rebounded South Puget Sound for most of the second period.

In the last minutes of the game, the Clippers woke up and fought back from a period high 15 point deficit, rallying behind Jonny Sarysz’ gutsy and enthusiastic play after a series of hard falls. Key shots from Chris Scott brought South Puget South within 7 with two minutes to go. However, they could not stop the Trojans’ 2-point response to almost every basket to close the gap.

The day’s scoring leader, Trojan Jon Moe, nailed down 36 points. His teammates Stephen Waltman and Brian Mason scored 14 and 10, respectively.

The Clippers had six players in the double digits. Jonny Saryaz topped with 19, followed closely by Nigel Moore with 17, Chris Scott with 15, Michael Brumsey with 14 and finally Ramone Johnson and Gerad Moser with 11 and 10 points.

The Trojans win the game 92 to 86. This is the end of Clipper’s season. Everett will return to the court tomorrow at 4 p.m. to face Highline.

Women 10 p.m. Umpqua Riverhawks, Skagit Valley Cardinals

The combination of high scoring from Ashley Grater (18 points), Corrina Sharick (15 points), Caitie Newman (12 points), Alex Love (11 points) and Alyssa Hendrickson (10 points) was not enough for the Cardinals to overcome the Riverhawk’s triple threat.

Miranda Holenstein lead the team to victory with 33 points. Her teammates Kristi Fallin and Cassie Scheffelmaier dropped in an extra 19 and 17, respectively.

The Riverhawks will continue on in the tournament and face Everett tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Men 8 p.m. Spokane Sasquatch 78, Clackamas Cougars 50

The Sasquatch came out shooting – and hearing the squish of the net. The team went up 14-4 in the early part of the game and continued to roll, going up by as much as 30 before finally settling on a 78-50 score. With the large lead and support of the crowd, the Sasquatch sharpened its shot for tomorrow and pleased its fans with some flashy shots as well. Clackamas continued to fight for the ball until the end, however, with extensive double team support provided by Cougar Jeff Sego.

Top scorers for the Cougars were JC Cook with 13 points followed up by Austin Dunn and Adam Brickley with 11. For the Sasquatch, Jordan Gregg knocked down 16 while Jon Clift added 12 and 6 assists. Matthew Dorr and Kyle Turpin supported with 10 points each.

Spokane will return tomorrow at 8 p.m. against Southwestern Oregon. Clackamas will see Peninsula at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Women 8 p.m. Columbia Basin Hawks 58, South Puget Sound Clippers 43

In a game dominated by Columbia Basin Hawks, the team’s leading scorer, Brittany Cherry, knocked down 11 points. Her teammate, Karli Thomas, contributed 10.

South Puget Sound, playing with only six team members, had Whitney Titus’ 18 points for the game’s strongest showing. Dre Castanea and Alicia Richardson both topped double digits with 11 points.

Columbia Basin continues on in the winner bracket and will take on Walla Walla tomorrow at 8 p.m. South Puget Sound will face Centralia at 2 p.m.

Men 6 p.m. Yakima Yaks 70, Lower Columbia Red Devils 66

In-your-face play dominated the Lower Columbia – Yakima match-up. The number one ranked team in the West, the Devils tried not to disappoint in front of a vocal crowd of support. Although they lead early in the second half, the Yaks whittled away at the numbers on the scoreboard and with 45 seconds on the clock, the Devils found themselves down by one.

Yak guard Anthony Johnson took to the line after being fouled while driving in the lane, scoring two, and stetting up a score of 69-66. A bobbled ball sent Lower Columbia’s chances into the backcourt. Full coverage by the Red Devils and an errant three point attempt resulted in no points for Lower Columbia and another foul put Yakina back on the line with 6 seconds remaining. The Yaks only made one of the baskets, but that’s all they needed to convince the Devils the last six seconds weren’t worth playing.

The combined forces of Red Devils leading scorers – Josh Troyer with 15, Alex King with 13 and Robert Edwards with 12 – weren’t enough to overcome the highest scoring player of the game, Yak Anthony Johnson and his teammate Jody Johnson.

The Yaks win 70-66 and will face Umpqua tomorrow at 6 p.m. Look for Lower Columbia to try to beat Bellevue at 12 p.m.

Women 6 p.m. Spokane Sasquatch 60, Lower Columbia Devils 35

In front of a boisterous crowd, the Devils worked to whirl away from the Sasquatch. However, Spokane’s might was too strong and the Sasquatch established a commanding lead that grew throughout the game.

Proving the depth of their bench, the Sasquatch had ten players on the scoring board. Kellee Neal lead with 11 points while Ashlee Michelson added 9. For the Red Devils, Rene Evans lead her team in scoring with 13 points.

The Sasquatch win 60-35 and will play again tomorrow at 6 p.m. against the defending champions, Lane. The Red Devils will get another chance to play in front of the hometown crowd at 12 p.m. against the Yakima Yaks.

Men 4 p.m. Umpqua Riverhawks 80, Bellevue Bulldogs 73

Although both teams furiously tried, neither the Bulldogs nor the Riverhawks could shake their rival hard enough for more than a one-basket lead for most of the game.

With under five minutes left in the game, the Riverhawks capitalized on the Bulldogs lax play. A half-court pass resulted in a layup for the hustling ‘Hawks and a thrown-away ball gave Umpqua another chance to extend their lead to 67-60.

Dueling baskets increased the score by two on both ends and missed plays continued until 10 Umpqua took to the line to put two through the net.

Facing a nine point deficit with less than two minutes remaining, the Bulldogs turned to fouls and three point attempts to save time. However, it only delayed the inevitable.

For the Bulldogs, high scorers were Steve Wiseley with 19 points and Josh Monagle with 15. For the Riverhawks, Jarrad Childs scored the match high 22 points while Edwin Richardson knocked in 20.

The Umpqua Riverhawks advance by winning with a score of 80-73 and will play Saturday against either Lower Columbia or Yakima at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will try to defeat the loser of tonight’s game between Lower Columbia and Yakima tomorrow at 12 p.m.

Women 4 p.m. Lane Titans 78, Yakima Valley Yaks 75

The Yaks and the Titans met today at 4 p.m. for a heated rematch of last year’s semifinal game. At the half, the Yaks had a five-point lead, however, the Titans struck first in the second part of the game to make up the difference and more. However, neither team was able to amass a large lead and with 4 minutes remaining in the game, the score remained tied.

A three point score from Lane, and the Yaks two-point response, put Lane up by one. A traded series of lay-ups and jump shots resulted in a 74-73 Lane score with 40 seconds left in the game. Yak Kaiti Harris threw the ball out of bounds as her receiving player ducked, giving the ball to Lane with 30 seconds to go.

A foul brought Nicole Morgan to the line to shoot two for the Titans and increase their lead to three. With 20 seconds left, the Yaks missed their shot and sent Mercedes Alexander to the line to maximize time.

Alexander responded by sinking her first shot, but missing her second. She attempted to get the rebound but fouled Kylie Shaw, who made both of her free throws to return to a one point game, 76-75 Lane.

Sloppy play by the Yaks resulted in a score by the hard driving Titans and the resulting series of fouls couldn’t stop the clock or Lane from winning.

The Yaks were lead by the scoring of Andrea Bladgett with 21 points and 5 assists, and Alex Moore-Porter and Donjanique Baker with 11 points each.

The Titan’s Mercedes Alexander scored 24 points with 5 assists. Valerie Meyer and Stephanie Stephens each contributed 15.

Lane wins 78-75 and will play again at 6 p.m. tomorrow against the winner of the Lower Columbia-Spokane match-up. The Yaks will try to unseat the loser of the same match-up Saturday at noon.

Men 2 p.m. Southwestern Oregon Lakers 89, Peninsula Pirates 84

The North division champion Peninsula Pirates versus the third-ranked team from the East, the Southwestern Oregon Lakers, resulted in a game fought tooth and nail from the beginning.

With the score close at halftime, both teams looked to come out blazing for the second twenty minutes of game time. Southwestern drew the early – and deepest – blood, taking a commanding nine point lead with as many minutes remaining in the game.

The physicality of the game resulted in foul outs on both sides with more than six minutes remaining. Feeling the pressure of the winding down clock, the Pirates capitalized on their opportunities by scoring threes and dropping their free throw shots through the net. With 1:30 left to play in the game, the score was 82-81, closer than it had been all night. On the line after a foul, Laker Matt Dance dropped one of his free throws through the net.

Peninsula’s next possession resulted in a shot clock violation with 41 seconds on the clock. The quick fouls on Dance and Joseph Foster put them back on the line for four more quick points

The Pirates pulled themselves back into the game with a fantastic three point shot from the corner. However, in the resulting game of fouls, Dance sealed the deal with another two from the free throw line to extend the Lakers’ lead.

Both teams pulled high baskets from multiple players. Emmanuel Olekaibe lead the Lakers and the game with 24. His teammate Joseph Foster racked up 19 points, and Kevin Reynolds contributed 15. Bobby Williams had the game’s only double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.

For the Pirates, Clay Greenland contributed 23 points, while his teammates Dominick Lozano and Christian Harris offered up 16 and 15, respectively. Jesse Bean had 10 points.

The Lakers upset the Pirates 89-84 and will play tomorrow at 8 p.m. against the victor of tonight’s 8 p.m. game of Spokane versus Clackamas. The Pirates will continue their season against the loser of the same game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Women 2 p.m. Walla Walla Warriors 68, Centralia Trailblazers 54

The Walla Walla Warriors had a lead over the Centralia Trailblazers going into the half. Thanks to the vocal support of their fans and shared high scoring play, the Warriors were able to both hold, and extend, their lead, maintaining a minimum 10 point lead for most of the second half.

The Warriors’ scoring was lead by Brittanie Toone with 21 points, AJ Hawk with 18 points, including 12 from the line, and 10 from Allie Dreadfulwater.

The Lady Blazers high performers were Laci Mitchell with 13 and Deanna Riffe with 11 points.

The Walla Warriors win 68-54 and face the winner of tonight’s 8 p.m. match-up between Columbia and South Puget Sound Saturday at 8 p.m.. Centralia will see the loser of the same game at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Men 12 p.m. Whatcom Orcas 81, Lane Titans 76

The game started poorly for the Titans. Whatcom came out strong, scoring ten unanswered points before Lane finally came on the board five and half minutes in with a two point shot.

The Titans spent the next ten minutes redeeming their earlier play, tying the game on an aggressive slam dunk by Dominique Watson and taking the lead for the first time in the game with five minutes to go in the first half after a baseline score by Kyle Winkler.

Going into halftime, Whatcom scored a last second three to tie the game 38-38.

The second half was a battle of the baskets, resulting in a Whatcom lead by two with seven minutes to play. The fiercely aggressive game resulted in a knock against the basket that jarred the shot clock. Despite a valiant attempt at a temporary fix by a high-climbing game attendee, a more permanent solution was required and game play was suspended for ten minutes while the shot clock was re attached.

The teams took the time to refocus and Whatcom came out scoring, driving the lead to 7. Lane fought back, bringing the score within three before Whatcom dragged it back out to 7.

With under a minute and a half to play, Aric Wright scored a three to give the Titans hope with a score of 73-70. However, a series of forced fouls again extended the Orca lead, this time to 76-70.

With 30 seconds on the clock, Wright stepped up to the plate, sinking a three and once more reducing the lead to three, 76-73. Despite Whatcom’Lane s attempts to play keep away, they were quickly fouled and Zac Andrus came up to the line, scoring on the first free throw. The second rolled around the hoop before rolling off. Whatcom won the battle of the boards, and again took to the line, where solid free throw shooting let them keep and extend their lead in the last seconds of the game.

Lane’s leading scorers were Dominique Watson with 23 points and Stephen Christensen with 10. Whatcom owes much of its success to Zach Henifin who was perfect on his 10 free throw attempts and 9/13 from field goal range for a total of 32 points. Zac Andus also added 17 points to the score.

Whatcom wins 81-75 and will take on Big Bend tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Women 12 p.m. Bellevue Bulldogs 83, Linn-Benton Road Runners 71

With five minutes remaining in the half, the Road Runners and Bulldogs were duking it out with a score tied at 26. However, a jump shot from Road Runner Emily Irwin, followed up by two points in the paint from her teammate Jessica Vorpahl and another two from the line, set Linn-Benton on a roll. Heading into halftime, Linn-Benton sat on top 37-31.

Coming out of the mid-game break, Bellevue took control, with a solid distribution of high scoring, pulling away in dominating fashion by the end of the game.

For the Road Runners, the leading scorers were Katelyn White with 20 points and Destiny Neuenschwander with 15. For the Bulldogs, Andrea Gansz lead with 20 points, followed by Danielle Bue’s 17, Lyndsee Landon’s 15, Marissa Bower’s 12 and Kaneshia Brooks’ 11 scores.

Bellevue wins 83-71 and will take on the Seattle Storm tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Men 10 a.m. Big Bend Vikings 75, Grays Harbor Chokers 70

The game between the Big Bend and Grays Harbor Chokers was within five with the same number of minutes to play. However, Big Ben scored rapidly, extending the score to 66-57 with minus three minutes to play. An aggressive layup by Grays Harbor brought the score to 66-59.

Nick Schultens nailed a three for the Chokers, bringing the point difference to four. Big Bend almost threw the ball away only to double dribble and turn the ball over to Grays Harbor.

Cameron Edison missed his two-point attempt. Big Bend snagged the rebound and called a timeout as Viking Daley Landon was falling out of bounds.

When time resumed, Viking Will Winn did his best to kill time. He drew a foul from Josh Hawks, missing the free shot. However, Grays Harbor swatted the ball out of bounds. Two more consecutive fouls on Grays Harbor brought Winn to the line where he sunk one to extend the lead 67-62.

Aggressive play by both teams resulted in yet another foul by Grays Harbor. A technical foul was then called on Schultens, who fouled out of the game with 15 points.

Landon made both technical free throws for the Vikings and one more point brought the score to 70-62 with only 35 seconds to play

Greys Harbor wasn’t going to end their season without a fight, however, Edison drilled a three with 29 seconds to go. A forced foul sent Landon back to the foul line, where he added another point on the board.

The ball was put back into the hands of Edison, who responded with yet another three point shot with the score 71-68 and 20 seconds to go. Big Bend then scored two on non-aggressive play by Greys Harbor – possibly as the result of a coach calling time out, but with no whistle from the officials to end play.

Edison again took possession of the ball and was fouled while going for his hat trick of threes. After sinking two of the shots, he brought his team within 3.

Unfortunately, the time was against the Chokers and another foul brought Winn back to the line for the Vikings. His two points with 8 seconds in the game placed it out of Grays Harbor’s grasp.

Edison lead the Chokers in points with 17. Courtney Breach contributed 14, along with 4 steals. For the Vikings, Daley Landon scored an impressive 24 points while James York and Winn each added another 10 to the board.

Big Bend wins 75-70 and advances to play the winner of the Lane/Whatcom matchup tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Women 10 a.m. Seattle Storm 99, Grays Harbor Chokers 46

After a disappointing loss yesterday, Grays Harbor had an equally difficult game today versus the Seattle Storm. Down by 23 at halftime, the Storm’s lead only grew in the second half of the game.

Sarah Sides lead the Chokers with 9 points and 5 assists. For the Storm, four players were in double digits. Kayla Bennett was on fire, dropping down 9 of 12 from the field for 23 total points. Sherika Puckett added her own 20 and 11 assists. Chiaki Nakamura contributed 16 points while Amber Hering set up her teammates to make the shots with 12 assists and 9 points of her own. Hiroe Chiba also put 10 points on the board.

Seattle wins 99-46 and will play the winner of the Linn-Benton/Bellevue match-up tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Men 8 a.m. Treasure Valley Chukars 73, Highline Thunderbirds 63

The Treasure Valley Chukars at the Highline Thunderbirds kicked off the second day of the NWAACC basketball championship

The teams traded baskets throughout the first half, and we were within three points of each other going into halftime.

Both teams were willing to take risks to wrest control of the game, with plentiful three-point attempts. Highline was more successful finding the net, putting the pressure on Chukars and forcing Treasure Valley into sloppy play. Highline capitalized on the fouls with mixed results at the free throw line, slowly building their lead while the Chukars continued to turn over the ball and make desperate attempts to sink their own threes.

The Chukars were not able to close down the gap created by the steamrolling Thunderbirds. Mychal Harris scored 11 points for the Chukars while Shane Miller lead the team with 18 points. For the Thunderbirds, Steadman Richardson lead with 16 points, supported by Coby Gibler’s 14 and Shedrick Nelson’s 11.

Final score Highline 73, Treasure Valley 63. Highline advances to play Saturday, March 1.

Women 8 a.m. Everett Trojans 77, Clackamas Cougars 71

At halftime, the Trojans lead the Cougars by a seemingly insurmountable 16 points. However, the Cougars battled back to draw within two with under four minutes remaining in the game.

An Everett steal lead to a basket by Kristina Schumacher, putting the Trojans up by four with three minutes to go. Clackamas quickly responded with two points of their own to again bring the score within a basket, 71-67.

After an Everett timeout with 1:25 to go, Schumacher came out to sink a basket as the shot clock ran down.

Rachel Copeland toed the 3-point line while shooting her own two-point response and Clackamas quickly took a time out.

With 54 seconds remaining, Keena Hopkins entered back in the game, running a blitz play and killing time. Brooke Russell was able to drive in the paint and take her own basket. With the Trojans leading 75-71, Cougar Kelsey New was charged with an offensive foul. Schumacher sunk her two resulting free throws to extend the lead 77-71.

Clackamas’ Copeland failed in her three-point attempt and the resulting rebound gave the ball back to Everett, who let the time wind down.

For the Cougars, Copeland lead the team with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, including 8 three-point shots. Monique Tribble scored 17 points.

For the Trojans, Schumacher was the top scorer with 22 points while Keena Hopkins nailed down 21. Brooke Russell and Bryna Trescott each contributed 12.

Everett wins 77-71 and advances to play tomorrow.

NWAACC Championships – Game Recaps Thursday, Feb 28

MEN Clackamas 93 South Puget Sound 71
It was a close game with several lead changes – nine to be precise, until there was 13 minutes left in the contest and the Clackamas Cougars (9-5, 18-12) got hot on the perimeter and Clippers (9-7, 14-14) couldn’t keep pace.

South Puget Sound held a two point edge at 41-39 during the intermission, but Clackamas outscored the Clippers 54-30 en route to a 93-71 victory.

Clackamas’ Austin Dunn and J. C. Cook combined on 51 points. Dunn was especially hot making 11 of 14 from the field and Cook picked up 8 points from the charity stripe. Jeff Sego also picked up double digits with 14 points and dished four assists. Adam Brickley and company controlled the paint as Brickley had 9 boards while three other Cougars finished with eight.

Four Clippers tallied double digit scoring led by Jonny Saryaz who had 15. Michael DeRosier had 14, Chris Scott 13, and Michael Brumsey 12. Brumsey and Nigel Moore combined on 17 boards while Scott dished a game high eight assists.

Clackamas advances to play top-ranked Spokane at 8pm on Friday while the Clippers will take on Everett at 10pm in a must win game for both squads.

WOMEN S. Puget Sound 63 Umpqua 77
South Puget Sound (13-3, 17-9) may not have the tallest team or the deepest bench, but they showed the South #2 seed Umpqua Riverhawks (11-3, 25-5) they came to win.

The Riverhawks took control midway through the first half and held 13 point half time lead 39-26. After the intermission the Riverhawks continued to lead until midway through the second when the Clippers turned on the heat to win the contest 77-63. The Clippers did so by outscoring the Riverhawks by 27 points in the half.

Whitney Titus was the Clippers’ leading scorer with 23 and Dre Castaneda added another 21. Titus and Megan Sanders gathered 6 boards apiece while Kiara Honore tallied four assists. Castaneda played strong defense and picked the Riverhawks for four steals.

Cassie Scheffelmaier led the Riverhawks with 17 points and Kristi Fallin chipped in another 13 along with her game high 10 boards.

South Puget Sound will advance and take on Columbia Basin at 8pm Friday evening while Umpqua will play Skagit Valley in the consolation bracket at 10pm.

MEN Lower Columbia 74 Lane 61

West #1 seed Lower Columbia (14-2, 22-7) got a quick lead and steadily built on it over the course of the game. Lane (7-7, 16-14) kept the game close and only trailed the Red Devils by three at the half 31-28.

Lower Columbia turned up the gas in the second period and increased the margin to 16 at one point and sailed to a 74-61 win.

Marice Tolliver led the Red Devils in scoring with 18 and Alex king and Robert Edwards combined for 22 more. Tolliver also paced the team in rebounds with nine and blocks with three. Robert Edwards dished out four assists.

Dominique Watson was the game’s high scorer with 19 and Brent Jones and Travon Mouton chipped in another 21 for the Titans. Watson also led in rebounds with nine and him and three steals.

The win sends Lower Columbia into tomorrow’s 6pm game against Yakima Valley while Lane will attempt to stay alive against Whatcom in a must win game for both clubs at 12pm.

WOMEN Columbia Basin 85 Skagit Valley 63

Top-ranked Columbia Basin (14-0, 25-3) got off to a fast start and never trailed North #4 seed Skagit Valley (11-5, 19-9). The Hawks built a 17 point lead at the half and cruised the rest of the way in a 85-63 win..

Brittany Cherry had a dynamite game as she tallied 26 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for the Hawks. Nikki Depeel and Monique Wickenhagen combined on 23 points and Depeel and Alexandria Allen had five assists apiece.

For the Cardinals, Caite Newman, Britni Chalbot and Corrina Sharick were all in double digit scoring. Sharick also totaled 11 boards and Alysssa Hendrickson had four assists.

The Hawks advance to play the winner of the Umpqua – S. Puget Sound match up at 8pm on Friday and Skagit Valley will be pitted against the loser of that game at 10pm Friday.

MEN Spokane 76 Everett 63
North #4 seed Everett (12-4, 20-9) hung close for a half then the top-ranked Spokane Sasquatch (14-0, 28-1) stole the show as they opened a serious lead in the second and maintained it for a 13 point victory.

Matt Dorr and Jordan Gregg ranked up 24 points apiece to lead the Sasquatch scoring. Gregg also had a big game in the paint as he finished with 19 boards along with Robert Lippman’s 10. Dorr also collected five assists and four steals.

Jon Moe lead the Titans with 26 points and Stephen Waltman added 12 more along with his 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Chris Gounds dished five assists and picked three steals.

Spokane advances to play the winner of the Clackamas – South Puget Sound game on 8pm on Friday while Everett will take on the loser of that game at 10pm Friday.

WOMEN Lower Columbia 81 Linn-Benton 59

The Lower Columbia Red Devils (14-2, 22-6) only trailed for a brief few moments in the opening minutes then proceeded to show why they were the West’s top seed as they soundly defeated South #4 seed Linn-Benton (8-6, 16-13).

Five Red Devils scored in double figures led by Katie Garcin with 19. Nadra Evens had an incredible game scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, and seven steals. Rene Evans led LCC rebounders with seven boards and guard Jesse Hanna collected five assists and six steals.

Jessica Vorpahl led the Roadrunner attack with 14 points, thirteen rebounds and three steals. Destiny Neunshcwander and Kati Quigley also chipped in 9 points apiece.

The win propels Lower Columbia against Spokane at 6pm Friday while Linn-Benton takes on Bellevue in the consolation bracket at 12pm on Friday.

MEN Umpqua 68 Grays Harbor 63

The West fourth seed Grays Harbor Chokers () had the South top seed Umpqua Riverhawks () on the ropes midway through the first period with a 10 point lead, but the Riverhawks stuck around to tie the contest at 37 going into the half.

Umpqua kept Grays Harbor at bay until late in the contest when the Chokers made a surge to take the lead by three with less than 4 minutes remaining. The Riverhawks then went on another scoring spree to take a five point win 68-63.

Kenan Dizdarevic, Tyler Barnes, Edwin Richardson and Jarrad Childs all finished with double figures for the Riverhawks; Dizdarevic lead the group with 21 points. Barnes and Richardson tag teamed the middle and collected a combined 26 rebounds. Jarred Childs robbed the Chokers for six steals.

Cameron Edison scored 20 on 62.5 percent shooting for the Chokers while Brad Hodge and Nick Schultens added 13 apiece. Edison pulled down 10 boards and Courtney Beach dished 6 assists.

Umpqua advances to take on Bellevue at 4pm on Friday while Grays Harbor will attempt to stay alive in the consolation bracket against Big Bend at 10am on Friday.

WOMEN Walla Walla 66 Everett 64

There was only one lead change in the game – and it occurred in the last 18 seconds of the game. In what was arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, Walla Walla trailed the entire game until Ali Tabor sank a three-pointer that tied the game and got the Warrior crowd in a frenzy. Brittanie Toone then followed up with another field goal seconds later to seal the upset victory for the Warriors. Allie Dreadfulwater assisted on both winning shots.

The Warriors were lead by Katie Strunk’s 18 points, Tabor’s 14 and Toone’s 10. Strunk was huge on the boards with 17 rebounds and four steals while Dreadfulwater dished five assists.

Everett’s Kristina Schumacher ripped the nets for 32 points and Oliana Seanoa grabbed 9 boards for the Trojans. Keena Hopkins distributed five assists and grabbed four steals.

The Warriors (8-6, 22-6) will advance to play Centralia at 2pm on Friday while Everett will take on Clackamas in a must- win situation in the consolation bracket at 8am Friday.

MEN Peninsula 88 Treasure Valley 70
The Peninsula Pirates (13-3, 23-7) came into the game a #1 seed and it looked for awhile that they were going to make an early exit to the consolation bracket. The Treasure Valley Chukars (6-8, 9-18), the East #4, seed was holding their own with the Pirates and were up by 13 at one point in the first half and were up 44-39 heading into the break.

The Pirates got things ironed out in the locker room and return to play with passion, outscoring the Chukars 49-26 to take a 88-70 win.

Dominick Lozano led the Pirates with 23 points while Jesse Bean and Clay Greenland added 18 and 17 points each. Christian Harris dominated the key with 12 boards and Greenland grabbed nine more. Harris and Greenland also snatched four steals apiece.

Treasure Valley’s Shane Miller was the game’s top scorer with 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting. Josh Smith and Kyle Hart combined to pull down 13 rebounds for the Chukars.

Peninsula advances to play Southwestern Oregon at 2pm on Friday while TreasureValley and Highline will meet in the consolation bracket for a chance to stay alive in the tournament at 8am on Friday.

WOMEN Lane 91 Grays Harbor 32

The two-time defending champion Lane Titans (14-0, 27-3) came out of the gates smoking and completely smothered the Grays Harbor Chokers (8-9, 9-18). The Titans possessed a 38 points half time advantage and increased that to 59 by the final buzzer.

Sheena Cole and Jennifer Kimbrow led the Titans scorers with 15 points each and Mercedes Alexander and Nicole Morgan combined for 23 more. Four Titans had six boards and eight had two or more steals in the contest.

Kellie Read led the Chokers with 13 points and Sarah Sides collected six boards and three assists. Lauren Harris picked the Titans for three steals.

Lane will advance to play Yakima Valley at 4pm Friday in a rematch of last year’s championship game while Grays Harbor and Seattle will battle to stay alive in the Tournament at 10am on Friday.

MEN Yakima Valley 81 Whatcom 71

The Whatcom Orcas (12-4, 20-8) held a small lead over the Yakima Valley Yaks (9-5, 21-7) for most of the first period and took a 31-29 advantage into the locker room at the half.

The second half was a back and forth affair as the two clubs traded leads until the 7:43 mark when the Yaks began to pull ahead and eventually sealed the win 81-71.

Nico Sandovall and Anothony Johnson combined for 49 points as both shot 50% from the floor for the Yaks. Ben Wilson added 11 and LeMar Anglin 10. Jody Johnson had a monster game in the paint with 17 rebounds and three steals while Sandoval and Johnson collected six assists each and a combined seven steals.

Zach Henifin and Ryan Christensen tallied 39 points for the Orcas. Christensen and Zac Andus pulled down six boards apiece and Henifin dished out six assists and four blocked shots.

Yalima Valley will advance to meet the winner of the Lower Columbia – Lane game on Friday at 6pm. The Orcas will drop to the consolation bracket to play the loser of that contest at 12pm on Friday.

WOMEN Spokane 58 Bellevue 47
The Bellevue Bulldogs (12-4, 17-12) kept it a close game until midway through the first half when the Spokane Sasquatch (10-4, 20-7) began to increase the scoring margin between the two squads. Spokane took a comfortable first half lead of 34-23 on the hot hands of Ashlee Michelson who had 13 in the period.

The Bulldogs kept pace with the Sasquatch in the second but couldn’t overcome the first half deficit in a 58-47 Spokane win.

Michelson and Kellee Neal combined on 25 points to lead Spokane. Michelson also led the rebounders with 10 while Eleaya Schuerch and Liz Beardslee had four assists apiece.

Marissa Bower led the Bulldogs with 14 on 6 of 9 shooting while Brianna Lewis and Ashanii Lewis combined for 23 more. Bower also led the team in rebounds with seven and Kaneshia Brooks tallied four assists. Lewis, Brooks and Alicia Tennyson combined on seven steals.

With the win, Spokane advances to play the winner of the Lower Columbia – Linn-Benton game at 6pm on Friday. Bellevue moves on to the consolation bracket to face the Lower Columbia – Linn-Benton loser on Friday at 12pm

WOMEN Yakima Valley 94 Seattle 69
The Yakima Valley Yaks (11-3, 24-5) jumped out quick, taking a 51-28 half time lead and were never threatened cruising to an easy 94-69 win over the Seattle Storm (12-4, 19-9).

The Yaks had four players in double digit scoring lead by Brittany Weaver’s 21 points and Alex Moore-Porter’s 16. Moore-Porter and Kylie Shaw tallied eight boards apiece while Chelsey Nill distributed six assists. Gena Woodke and Andrea Bladgett contributed on defense with four steals each.

The Storm’s Kayla Bennett was the game’s high scorer with 27 points. Chiaki Nakamura and Sherika Puckett combined on another 22 points while Bennett and Candace Grettenberger pulled down 24 rebounds for the Storm. Nakamura also dished out five assists and stole five Yak balls.

Yakima Valley will advance to meet the winner of the Lane- Grays Harbor game Friday at 4pm. Seattle moves to the consolation bracket and will meet the Lane – grays Harbor loser Friday at 10am.

Men Bellevue 86 Big Bend 84 OT
The Bellevue Bulldogs (12-4, 21-8) established an early lead and took a 45-34 half time lead over the Big Bend Vikings (10-4, 21-7).

The Vikings performed a 180 degree turn around in the second and tied the contest at 78 when the final buzzer sounded.

Michael Duty got the Bulldogs off to a great start with two buckets in the opening minutes of the five minute overtime and Bellevue held on to win 86-84.

Duty led the Bulldogs with 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Josh Monagle added 19 and Steve Winsley 11. Duty was all over the floor for Bellevue pulling down 10 boards along with his four assists and three steals.

Cameron Mero was top scorer for Big Bend with 26 on 7 of 13 shooting and three from beyond the arc. Daley Landon was also hot with 23 on 7 of 11 shooting and four 3 pointers. Kolby Secrist grabbed eight boards James York tallied five assists. Mero was also all over the Bulldog offense with five take-aways.

Bellevue will meet the winner of the Umpqua – Grays Harbor game on Friday at 4pm while Big Bend will meet the loser in the consolation bracket at 10am.

SW Oregon 72
Highline 64

The Southwestern Oregon Lakers (9-5, 21-9) and Highline Thunderbirds (12-4, 17-12) traded leads in the first half with Southwestern taking a four point lead into the locker room up 30-26.

The Lakers continued to hold the lead in the second, increasing the margin by 10 with 12 minutes remaining. Highline hung close and reduced the lead to two with four minutes left but couldn’t contain the Lakers in a 72-64 decision.

Joseph Foster led the Lakers scorers with 19 and Emmanuel Olekaibe added 16. Olekaibe had seven rebounds and Matt Dance chipped in another six. Bobby Watkins led the attack with seven assists.

For Highline, Jesse Norris led the scorers with 13 while Cody Thueringer and Shedrick Nelson combined on 21. Stedman Richardson and Coby Gibler both had nine boards. Norris tagged two blocks in the contest.

SW Oregon advances to play the winner of Peninsula – Treasure Valley tomorrow at 2pm while Highline will move to the consolation bracket to play the of loser at 8am.

WOMEN Centralia 58 Clackamas 44
It was a close contest until the Centralia Trailblazers (14-2, 24-6) began to gradually pull away from the Clackamas Cougars (9-5, 19-10) with just less than 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The Trailblazers took a 25-19 half time lead sparked by Amanda Atcheson’s eight first period points.

After holding a comfortable lead for much of the second period, the Cougars pulled back to within three, but that just re ignited Centralia as they ripped off another big lead to win 58-43.

Atcheson was the scoring leader for Centralia with 18 while Megan Peabody tallied 12 of her own. Deanna Riffe was huge on the boards, pulling down ten and Mandy McFadden grabbed seven more. Atcheson and Alysha Kofstad dished four assist each.

Rachel Copeland scored 18 for the Cougars and Monique Tribble chipped in 12. Jill Niebergall led the Clackamas rebounders with nine while Tribble and Ashley Cunningham combined on 13 more.

The Trailblazers advances to take on the winner of the Walla Walla – Everett game at 2pm tomorrow while Clackamas will move to the consolation bracket to play the loser at 8am tomorrow.

Clark loses a legend

Vancouver, Wash- Le Roy Burns, a longtime Clark College track and field coach passed away January 22, 2008 in Vancouver at the age of 79. Burns had been involved with the Clark track and field since 1980. He servers as head women’s coach between 1980-82 and served as a volunteer in 1983 after Clark made track and field a club sport. When the program was revived in 1989, Burns was the head coach until 1992. He was named NWAACC women’ s Coach of the Year in 1992.

Burns was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame in 2002.
Clark’s annual home track and field meet has been known as the Roy Burns Invitational.

Mr. Burns served with the U.S. Marine Corp during Korea and for 30 years in the Reserve.

An open house is scheduled for Sunday, January 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 14, 4607 NE St James Rd Vancouver, WA 98663. All former students, athletes, friends and families are welcome.

To send condolences or to sign the online guest book visit: www.straubsfuneralhome.com

NWAACC Volleyball All-Americans

Carley Ross
5′ 10", Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Columbia Basin
Ross was the cornerstone of a loaded Columbia Basin squad that went 44-3 this season and captured 3rd place in the NWAACC Championships. In 80 games, Ross lead the team in kills with 282 for a 3.53 kills per game average. She also had team highs of 351 digs, a 4.39 digs per game average and 26 service aces. Her 45 block shots was third highest on the team.

Beth Perkins
5′ 9", Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Mt. Hood
Perkins was the fuel that sparked the 34-4 Mt. Hood Saints squad to a second consecutive NWAACC title this season. In 65 games, Perkins had team leading 270 kills on a 4.15 kills per game average and a smoking 31% kill efficiency. She also collected 223 digs on a 3.43 digs per game average, a team high 41 service aces and chipped in 26 block shots.

2007 Soccer Championships Updates

Sunday November 18

Women’s NWAACC Championship
Clackamas 2 Walla Walla 1 – FINAL

Tukwila, WA. – The Clackamas Cougars (17-0-1, 19-2-2) captured their third NWAACC title in four years defeating East Region champion Walla Walla 2-1.

The Warriors (17-0-1, 22-1-1) entered the title match undefeated and had outscored their opponents 128-9 during the season.

CCC lit up their fans early in the match when Patti Degerness passed the ball to Hayley Koch from the top of the eighteen yard box. Koch then touched it back to Degerness near the six yard box. Degerness played it over to Lewis who put a few touches on the ball then buried it for the score.

The Warriors came out of the half down 1-0, but Tana Renz got them on the board in the 51st when a mad scramble occurred inside the Cougar six yard box. Georgie Christensen blocked a shot but was unable to get a handle on the ball as it bounced around in front of the goal. Renz finally scooted the ball over the goal line to knot the match at 1-1.

McKenzie Creamer and the Cougars answered quickly when Creamer beat a defender from 20 yards out and launched a floater that sailed far post for the winning goal in the 53rd minute.

Goal Keeper & Cougar Co-Captain Georgie Christensen was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player. Christensen had several outstanding saves through both contests including five shots by the potent Walla Walla offense.

Kelly Lewis at 6th min (assist: Degerness)
Tana Renz at 51st min (unassisted)
McKenzie Creamer at 53rd minute (unassisted)

Tournament MVP: Georgie Christensen

Sunday November 18


Men’s Third Place Game
Peninsula 0 Whatcom 2 – FINAL
Evan Spong at 8th min
Abdulwai Aman at 26th

Women’s Third Place Game
Shoreline 3 Highline 0 – FINAL
Julee Thomas at 38th min
Brittany Chase at 53rd min (assist: Amanda Zueger)
Cassie Foust at 72nd min (assist: Sarah Bingisser)

Saturday November 17

Women’s Semi-final Game 1
Clackamas 2 Shoreline 1 – FINAL
Hayley Koch at 30min (unassisted)
Kelly Lewis at 50 min (unassisted)
Amanda Zueger at 81min (unassisted)

Women’s Semi-final Game 2
Walla Walla 2 Highline 0 – FINAL
Candice Duffey at 33 mins (assist: Justin Jones)
Sidonia Davin at 57 (assist: Candice Duffey)

Men’s Semi-final Game 1
Clark 4 Whatcom 1 – FINAL
Abdulwali Aman at 29th min (assist: Javier Sampedro)
Eric Meland at 41st min (assist: Casey Palmer)
Tyber Parson at 43rd min
Jesse Simerly at 79th min
Jaime De La Rosa at 81st min (penalty kick)

Men’s Semi-final Game 2
Spokane1 Peninsula 0 – FINAL
Ryan Matern 89:00 (penalty kick)


Mt Hood Wins Second Consecutive Title

The Mt Hood Saints won their second consecutive NWAACC CHampionship by beating Whatcom in four games. The Orcas provided the Saints with a tough game, but ultimately ran out steam. The Mt Hood defense led by Co-Tournament MVPs Kimberley Carter and Beth Perkins held Whatcom to .049 hitting. Mt Hood had 14 team blocks and 92 digs. Ali Walker (First Team All-Tournament) led MHCC with 19 kills, also adding 17 digs.

After beating Columbia Basin, the Orcas looked flat in a 30-19 loss in the first game. They rallied in the second to hold off Mt Hood who was making a charge late in the game after an early deficit. Then Mt Hood started to turn up their intensity and held the Oracas to negative hitting percentages in the final games.

Whatcom was led by Jessica Peterson (13 kills) and Stacy White (27 digs).

Whatcom finishes second, the best placing ever by a Whatcom team.

Mt Hood wins their second consecutive NWAACC Championship.

GAME 30- Mt Hood def Whatcom

All Tournament Team

Second Team
18 Miranda Gouin Sophomore CC of Spokane
3 Shyra Huffman Freshman Clark
9 Chelsea Hartman Sophomore Linn-Benton
10 Miranda Weitz Sophomore Columbia Basin
6 Stacy White Sophomore Whatcom
9 Alicia Proctor Freshman Mt Hood

First Team
12 Carly Ross Sophomore Columbia Basin
2 Chy Crichton Sophomore Mt Hood
7 Ali Walker Sophomore Mt Hood
10 Ann Bordner Sophomore Whatcom
3 Whitney Buck Sophomore Whatcom
4 Jessica Peterson Sophomore Whatcom

Co-Most Valuable Player

1 Kimberly Carter Sophomore Mt Hood
11 Beth Perkins Sophomore Mt Hood

All Tournament Coach
Lena Chan Mt Hood

Tournament Stats

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