Lower Columbia, Bellevue and Clackamas win holiday tournaments

Vancouver, WA — Lower Columbia, Pierce and Clackamas hosted eight-team tournaments this weekend. 

Lower Columbia’s men won the 22nd annual Red Devil Classic with a 75-70 win over Clackamas, who took second [bracket].

The Bellevue men won the Pierce Thanksgiving Invitational with a 80-64 win over second place South Puget Sound [bracket].

In women’s action, Clackamas won the Clackamas Thanksgiving Invitational with a 85-79 win over second place Umpqua [bracket].

All-Tournament Teams
Lower Columbia Tourney

Marcus Bell – Lower Columbia – MVP
Jeray Key – Lower Columbia
Jeff Dorman – Clackamas
Derrick Hayes – Clackamas
Zack Humphrey – Spokane
Dennis Wilson – Yakima Valley

Pierce Tourney
Matt Lapasin , Bellevue – MVP
Michael Hall, South Puget Sound            
Sean Jones, Shoreline
Matt Peterson, Whatcom
Jordan Starr, Bellevue                             
Brandon Thomas, Pierce

Clackamas Tourney
Rylee Petersonm, Clackamas – MVP
Shayla Ball, Clackamas
Maka Anyanwu, Umpqua
Autumn Greene, Centralia
Lauren Codling, Mt. Hood

Walla Walla and Bellevue celebrate soccer championships

Tukwila, Wa — The Walla Walla Warrior women took home its first NWAACC crown in the school’s 14-year history of women’s soccer while the Bellevue men tied Skagit Valley for most men’s soccer titles with its 10th.

The top-ranked Walla Walla Warriors cruised past third-ranked Chemeketa in Saturday’s semifinal 4-1 while second-ranked Columbia Basin Hawks took down fourth-ranked Tacoma 3-2 in Saturday’s other semifinal.

Columbia Basin’s women looked for a repeat of last year’s upset win over Walla Walla in the championships – and for 90 minutes it appeared that the Hawks held a slight offensive edge over the favored Warriors.

Overtime was a different story, however. Walla Walla attacked the Columbia Basin goal hard until the 94th minute when a corner kick was launched in front of a crowded Hawk goal box and Warrior sophomore forward Tahlia O’Loughlin collected it and drove in a five yard shot for the 1-0 sudden death OT winner.

The Warrior’s title ended a four-year span in which Walla Walla’s women’s program has had to settle for a runner-up trophy at the championships.

On the men’s side, The Bellevue Bulldogs were, perhaps, more of a long shot to get the title than, say top-ranked Chemeketa or second-ranked Walla Walla, but the third-ranked Bulldogs played superb soccer on the weekend. Bellevue defeated fourth-ranked Spokane 3-1 in the opener to earn a berth in the final while Walla Walla edged Chemeketa 1-0 in the other semi-final Saturday.

The Bulldogs took control of the title match in the 24th minute on a goal by Riccardo di Julio and then sealed it with a penalty kick score by Radcliff McDougald in the 55th minute. Walla Walla’s Mikey Ramos avoided a Walla Walla shutout with a goal in the closing minutes as Bellevue captured the championship in a 2-1 win.

Walla Walla’s Tahlia O’Loughlin was named tournament MVP for her game winner in the women’s match and Bellevue keeper Fabian Morales was named the Men’s MVP for his stellar performance in goal.

PHOTOS
Bellevue Men with trophy
Walla Walla Women with trophy

 

 

Soccer Championship updates

Internet video on:
http://www.nwaacc.org/livestream/
and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nwaacc

Women’s Championship
1
2
Final
Walla Walla
0
1
1
Bellevue
1
 1
2

FINAL

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Goals

24:00 , Bellevue, Di Julio, unassisted
55:00, Bellevue, McDougal penalty kick
90:00, WWCC, Ramos, unassisted


Women’s Championship
1
2
OT1 Final
Walla Walla
0
0
1
Columbia Basin
0
0
0
0

Time 7:00 Sudden Death OT

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Goals


Men’s Third Place
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2
Final
Chemeketa
2
 
Spokane
1
1
 

Time Final

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Goals

12:00 – Spokane, Mastronardi, unassisted
24:00 – Chemeketa, Hernandez, assist: Branch
39:00 – Chemeketa, Hagen, assist: Hernandez
63:00 – Chemeketa, Diaz, unassisted
83:00 – Spokane, Rasic, penalty kick

Cards
Yellow – Spokane, Mastronardi
Yellow – Spokane, Wulf
Red – Spokane, Del Medico


Women’s Third Place
1
2
Final
Chemeketa
1
2
 3
Tacoma
0
0
 0

Time FINAL

Goals

17:00, CHCC, Cowan, unassisted
58:00, CHCC, Heuberger, unassisted
81:00, CHCC, Flores, unassisted

Cards
Yellow – CHCC, Pilar
Yellow – TCC, Kingery
Yellow – TCC, Brinkhaus
Yellow – TCC, Johnson


Men’s Semi-Final
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2
Final
Bellevue
2
4
Spokane
1
0
1

Time: Final

Goals

6:00 Bellevue, Renke, assist: Moe
8:24 Spokane, Mastronard
34:00 Bellevue, Ando, assist: Correa
54:00 Bellevue, Moe, assist: Correa
83:00 BCC, Montero penalty kick


Men’s Semi-Final
1
2
Final
Walla Walla
1
0
1
Chemeketa
0
0
0

Time: FINAL


Goals

59:00 WWCC, Ramos, penalty kick


 

Women’s Semi-Final
1
2
Final
Tacoma  2
0
2
Columbia Basin  1

Time FINAL  

Goals

15:00 – TCC, Bressler, unassisted
20:00 – TCC, Willey, unassisted
27:00 – CBC, Johnston, assist: Lang
49:00 – CBC, Johnston, assist: Demory
62:00 – CBC, Roberts, unassisted

Cards
Yellow
– TCC, Bressler, 69:00


Women’s Semi-Final
1
2
Final
Chemeketa
1
0
1
Walla Walla
2
2
4

Time: Final
Goals

0:50 – WWCC, O’Loughlin, Assist: Ryersee
5:00 – CHCC, Vicky Cruz, unassisted
41:00 – WWCC, Kati Lucas, unassisted
62:00 WWCC – CHCC Own Goal
88:00 WWCC – Jenks, unassisted

Cards
Red – CHCC, Arredondo, 18:51
Yellow – WWCC, Perry, 64:00
Red – CHCC, Cruz, 78:41

2009 NWAACC Volleyball All-Tournament Team

All-Tournament Team

Most Valuable Player
Nicole Graybeal, Spokane

All-Tournament Coach
Dave Baty Blue Mountain

First Team
Beth Altena, Spokane
Alisha Crane, Blue Mountain
Kealey Johnston, Spokane
Kelsey Kurtz, Spokane
Esmerelda Orozco, Mt Hood
Kyra Speer, Mt Hood

Second Team
Briana Claassen, Blue Mountain
Tabbie Smith, Chemeketa
Savannah Feist, Bellevue
Kristen Garlie, Blue Mountain
Jazmine Orozco, Mt Hood
Liz Williams, Mt Hood

Spokane wins 2009 NWAACC Volleyball Championship

Gresham, OR — The Spokane Sasquatch entered the 2009 NWAACC Volleyball Championship as a dark horse contender to win it all. The Sasquatch used a combination of strong defense, good hitting and lots of hustle to earn the school’s eighth NWAACC Volleyball Championship.

Spokane earned their way into the championship game by beating Mt Hood in the winner’s bracket semifinal in a thrilling five game match, which was the first between the two teams this season.

After defeating Blue Mountain in a hard fought three-game match in the one-lost side of the bracket, the Saints faced Spokane again for the championship.

In the first set of the title match, Spokane jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and kept the pressure on, eventually winning the set 25-11. Spokane’s Nicole Graybeal set the tone for recording six kills with only one error in ten attempts.

The Sasquatch defense also held the normally potent Saints’ offense to .000 hitting percentage by recording three blocks and 24 digs.

Mt Hood regained some composure in the second set and won 25-21, tying the match one game apiece. However, any momentum the Saints gained from winning set two was quickly snatched away by Spokane in the third set. The Sasquatch jumped out to a 6-1 lead and kept the pressure on to win the set 25-14.

Spokane continued the momentum in the fourth to win the set 25-20 and thus sealing their 2009 NWAACC Championship.

Spokane’s Graybeal led all hitters with 18 kills. As a team the Sasquatch hit .251 for the match. Spokane’s defense recorded 11 team blocks. Graybeal recording four solo and six assisted blocks. Kelsey Kurtz (Spokane) had 49 assists.

Mt Hood (33-11) finishes second in the tournament for first-year head coach Chelsie Freeman. Spokane (33-12) won its eighth championship and first for head coach Jenni Rosselli. Their last championship was in 2003.

All-Tournament Team Most Valuable Player Nicole Graybeal, Spokane All-Tournament Coach Dave Baty Blue Mountain First Team Beth Altena, Spokane Alisha Crane, Blue Mountain Kealey Johnston, Spokane Kelsey Kurtz, Spokane Esmerelda Orozco, Mt Hood Kyra Speer, Mt Hood Second Team Briana Claassen, Blue Mountain Tabbie Smith, Chemeketa Savannah Feist, Bellevue Kristen Garlie, Blue Mountain Jazmine Orozco, Mt Hood Liz Williams, Mt Hood

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2009 NWAACC Volleyball All-Stars

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NORTH REGION
Most Valubale Player
Patti Reeves, Bellevue           
Coach Of The Year
Kim Culliton, Bellevue
First Team
Savannah Feist, Bellevue
Katie Cowan, Whatcom
Michelle Cook, Olympic
Lahela Kaili-Laroya, Shoreline
Lauren Slaymaker, Skagit Valley
Sabrina Schwindler, Whatcom
Second Team
Danielle Rehm, Bellevue
Matelita Melino, Shoreline
Breanna Toler, Everett
Angela D’Amelio, Edmonds
Lauren Hope, Skagit Valley
Sarah Cicchitti, Whatcom

SOUTH REGION

Most Valubale Player
Kyra Speer, Mt. Hood
Coach Of The Year
Chelsie Freeman, Mt. Hood
First Team
Esmeralda Orozco, Mt. Hood
Kelsey Kai, Mt. Hood
Tabitha Smith, Chemeketa
Aubrie Concannon, Chemeketa
Shikara White, Clackamas
Stephanie Mugleston, Linn-Benton
Second Team
Andrianna Patterson, Mt. Hood
Nicole Kinney, Chemeketa
Lucy DeLong, Linn-Benton
Richelle Heacock, Clackamas
Rose Mattson, Southwestern Oregon

Amanda Morris, Umpqua

WEST REGION
Co-Most Valubale Player
Rylee Walker, Tacoma
Lavinia Latu, Lower Columbia
Coach Of The Year
Marcy Gilchrist – Lower Columbia
First Team
Davina Fuiava, Highline
Kylie Jeffers, Pierce
Jennifer Mooth, Highline
Courtney Smith, Tacoma
Justine Tabor, Clark
Second Team
Ashley Nguyen, Highline
Jaime Ecklund, Tacoma
Samantha Potts, Green River
Madison Turpin, Tacoma
Taofi Sanft, Lower Columbia
Tracie Garrison, Clark
Alex Brasseaux, Pierce

EAST REGION

Most Valuable Player

Brianna Claassen, Blue Mountain
Coach Of The Year

Dave Baty, Blue Mountain
First Team
Nicole Graybeal, Spokane
Daria Winckler, Wenatchee Valley
Rebecca Haight, Blue Mountain
Amber Durand, Columbia Basin
Kristen Garlie, Blue Mountain
Talia Venera, Wenatchee Valley
Second Team
Megan Tompkins, Walla Walla
Kasey Jurich, Spokane
KC Schmit, Blue Mountain
Stephanie O’Connor, Treasure Valley
Ashley Magee, Walla Walla
Beth Altena, Spokane

Higgens takes helm of Edmonds’ Men’s Basketball

Former collegiate national champ begins life as a coach

More than 20 years ago, Sean Higgins helped Michigan win the NCAA men’s basketball championship in Seattle. Now he’s back in the Northwest to take his first head coaching job with the Edmonds CC men’s team.

By Rich Myhre
Herald Writer

LYNNWOOD – When it came time to start his college coaching career, it seemed fitting for Sean Higgins to return to the area of his greatest sports triumph.

Higgins, the new men’s basketball coach at Edmonds Community College, was a member of the University of Michigan team that won the 1989 NCAA Championship in Seattle. Even now, two decades later, he savors the memory of that title. read more…

Lane CC women’s basketball will defend 71-game home winning streak

EUGENE, OR — The last time Lane Community College’s women’s basketball team lost a home game was seven years ago-on Dec. 6, 2002. That’s 71 straight wins at home—the longest active winning streak anywhere in college basketball, as far as coach Greg Sheley can tell. And this year’s players have every intention of making it 72 wins when they host Lower Columbia Community College from Longview, Wash., on Dec. 9—the Titans’ first home game of the season.

“I want to win a championship,” says freshman starter Susan Smith, a four-year Churchill High School starter and 4.0 student. “That’s why I came to Lane.”

The Titans won the NWAACC title in 2009: their third championship in four years. That winning tradition is part of what appealed to Smith, who chose Lane over other schools, because the opportunity to attend a college of Lane’s caliber—academic as well as athletic—allowed her to put off leaving home a little longer.

“This is the perfect spot for me—a nice stepping stone,” says Smith, who’s enjoying being part of a team made up of mostly local women she’s been playing with or against for years. “I’m having a lot of fun playing. We know what to expect from each other.”

Starting sophomore and league all-star Theresa Brown has a similar story. She had other offers, but when signing time came, “I wasn’t ready to up and leave my home.” Weeks after starting her second year at Lane, Brown signed with The Masters College in Santa Clarita, Calif., which she’ll attend next year on a full scholarship.

Three players from last year’s team transferred to four-year schools this year, including point guard Kourtney Parks, who’s now playing for Seattle University, a Division I program. In the past 10 years, 28 LCC players have moved on to play at other institutions, Sheley says.

Sheley is confident that the team will continue its home game winning streak this year. As for another championship, he says, " Statistically, the odds are against us. With a lot of hard work and some luck, we might be able to put ourselves in a position to have a shot."

Smith is a little less cautious in her assessment.

“There’s a nice core group coming back from the championship last year, and with the incoming freshman, I think we provide some nice stability as well,” she says. “If we just stay hungry and motivated, I think and I hope that we have a great opportunity.”

For more information go online at http://www.lanetitans.net/basketball-women

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