Spokane wins first women’s title in OT

Spokane's Lindsay Hood works the ball against Walla Walla defender Lydia Beyerlein

Tukwila, WA. – Two Eastern Region powers met today at Starfire Stadium to decide the 2006 season NWAACC Women’s Champion. Eastern Region Champion Walla Walla and runner-up Spokane both took care of business at Starfire to play of the championship.

For Walla Walla, this is the second consecutive year in the championship game. In 2005, the Warriors lost an overtime game to Clackamas 2-1. During the regular season, the Warriors took first in the Eastern Region over Spokane by only two points.

Turbulent weather from the consolation finals faded as the two teams started warming up for the NWAACC Championship game.

Walla Walla scored first after Justine Jones crashed into Spokane keeper Amy Danielson in the first minute of play. Danielson received a knee to the head on the play and was shaken up for a few minutes afterward as Spokane Head Coach Jim Martinson protested the goal to the officials. The goal counted and Walla Walla took a 1-0 lead.

Both squads played a physical match for the remainder of the first half.

Spokane answered Walla Walla’s first half goal shortly after the start of the second half when Lindsay Hood scored in the 46th minute on an assist by Lauren Nay to knot the match at 1-1.

The game continued to be physical as Spokane’s Nay and Jones received yellow cards in the middle of the second half.

In the 79th minute, Walla Walla had a breakaway opportunity as Corrie Mcneill got in front of the Spokane defense. Spokane’s Keeper, Amy Danielson, met Mcneil at the front of the goal box, got a hand on the ball, but The ball got past Danielson and rolled towards the goal with Mcneil in pursuit. Spokane defender Roxana Johnson slid in at the very last moment to make a beautiful stop only inches from the Spokane goal.

Shortly afterwards, Spokane had an excellent opportunity with a shot that sailed just over the cross bar.

As the clock neared 90 minutes, the pace picked up as neither team wanted overtime. Walla Walla had a corner kick in the closing seconds that went harmlessly out of the goal box.

As the teams headed into overtime, Walla Walla may have been recollecting the overtime loss in last season’s championship match.

The first overtime of ten minutes passed without a goal despite several opportunities by each team!

In the second minute of the second overtime, Spokane’s Lindsay Hood scored on a breakaway. She got past the Walla Walla defenders and tapped it into the goal.

Walla Walla finishes in second place. Spokane wins their ever NWAACC championship. Nay was announced as the NWAACC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Sasquatch head coach Jim Martinson was named the tournament’s coach of the year.

2006 Women's Champion

Walla Walla finishes third in men’s soccer

Tukwila, WASH- The Walla Walla Warriors rebounded after a tough loss to Bellevue Saturday to to defeat Southwestern Oregon 2-0. The Warriors received one goal in each half. The first half goal came courtesy of Leo Diaz (assisted by Madrid Munguia) in the sixth minute. The second half goal was scored at 53 minutes by Kick Ogami (assisted by Andrew Rust).

The Warriors finish third in the year’s NWAACC Soccer Championships.

Lane and Southwestern Oregon tie for third

Tukwila, WASH-The women’s consolation final ended is a 0-0 tie at Starfire Stadium today. Lane was the more aggressive team getting ten shots on goal to two for SW Oregon. As a result, both teams finished third in the NWAACC Soccer Tournament.

This Lane was second season in the NWAACC. Lane finishes the season 16-4-2. Southwestern Oregon finishes the season 16-2-4.

Mt Hood wins 2006 NWAACC Volleyball Championship

2006 NWAACC Championship Game

Spokane, WA-The Mt Hood Saints won their first NWAACC Volleyball Championship since 2002 as they put away Clackamas CC in four games. Clackamas put up a fight managing to win a game against the Saints who had previously not dropped a single game in the three day tournament. Led by the tournaments most valuable player Jamie Richards, Mt Hood dominated their competition.

Richards led the Saints with 21 kills. Beth Perkins played an intrigal role in the Mt Hood victory with 18 kills and 27 digs. The offense was run to perfection by Jean Rho who had 37 assists and Chy Crichton who had 24 assists.

Clackamas was led by Malia Kamahoahoa who had 9 kills, 25 assists and 13 digs. Rhea Wortman had 13 kills for the Cougars and 21 digs. Wortman also led the tournament in kills with 117 (6.16/game).

The 2006 championship is Mt Hood’s seventh in NWAACC history. Their last championship was in 2002 when Lena Chan led the team to her first title. Chan was named the NWAACC Volleyball Championship Coach of the Tournament.

2006 NWAACC Champions

Volleyball All-Tournament Team

NWAACC 2006 Volleyball Championship
All-Tournament Team

First Team
Jennifer Muzzall, Walla Walla
Rhea Wortman, Clackamas
Meggan Chapin, Clackamas
Heather Gerke, Clackamas
Rashelle Davenport, Mt Hood
Kimberly Carter, Mt Hood

Second Team

Brandy Sonderland, CC of Spokane
Gwen Leituala, Green River
Malia Kamahoahoa, Clackamas
Sarah Rusch, Walla Walla
Megan Weitz, Columbia Basin
Chy Crichton, Mt Hood

Most Valuable Player
Jamie Richards, Mt Hood

2006 All Tournament Coach
Lena Chan, Mt Hood

NWAACC Volleyball All-Region Selections

EASTERN REGION

Coach of the Year : Kelly Ketcham, Blue Mountain
Most Valuable Player : Megan Weitz, Fr, Columbia Basin

First Team Second Team
Lizzie Law So Columbia Basin Ashlee Lupfer Fr Spokane
Rachel Moore Fr Blue Mountain Danielle Porter Fr Walla Walla
Jennifer Muzzall Fr Walla Walla Carly Ross Fr Columbia Basin
Sarah Rusch So Walla Walla Sareena Simpson So Treasure Valley
Brandy Sonderland Fr Spokane Amy Small So Walla Walla
Megan Weitz So Columbia Basin Katrina Stice So Treasure Valley

NORTHERN REGION

Coach of the Year : Kelsey Savage-Swapp, Skagit Valley
Most Valuable Player : Francis Farani, So, Skagit Valley

First Team Second Team
Kristin DeHaan So Whatcom Nicole Ljutic Fr Bellevue
Margory Benavente Fr Shoreline Kristy White So Whatcom
Kaitlyn Senn So Bellevue Jamilee Kempton Fr Shoreline
Dani Barrett Fr Whatcom Ashley Janz Fr Skagit Valley
Nicole Andrews So Bellevue Kayla Paredes So Olympic
Rachel Hills Fr Skagit Valley Caitlin Swift Fr Olympic

SOUTHERN REGION

Coach of the Year : Lena Chan, Mt. Hood
Most Valuable Player : Jamie Richards, So, Mt Hood

First Team Second Team
Cady Coates So Linn-Benton Darci Williamson So Linn-Benton
Beth Perkins Fr Mt Hood Malia Kamahoahoa Fr Clackamas
Rhea Wortman So Clackamas Desiree Furhmann So Chemeketa
Brittney Belshe So Mt Hood Kim Carter Fr Mt Hood
Heather Gerke So Clackamas Shalene Christy Fr SW Oregon
Tracie Knowlton So Chemeketa Shannon Miller Fr Umpqua

WESTERN REGION

Co-Coaches of the Year
Kyle Densley, Green River
Angela Spoja, Tacoma
Most Valuable Player: Trish Mowatt, Fr, Green River

First Team Second Team
Mercedes Fernandez Fr Highline Kristi Alcorn Fr Pierce
Rachel Guild So Green River Hiromi Imaizumi Fr Tacoma
Lindsay Hovee Fr Highline Gwen Leituala Fr Green River
Kanoe Kalalau So Pierce Rachel Rahn So Lower Columbia
Eki Punimata Fr Tacoma Jazmine Silafau Fr Pierce
Leilani Ramsey Fr Tacoma Sarah Womack So Lower Columbia

Spokane sweeps Cross Country Championships

Spokane, WA- The weather cleared in Spokane today after a few days of rain and snow for a brilliant, crisp Fall day, a perfect background for the 2006 Cross Country Championships. The Spokane Sasquatch took their cue from the weather and gave a brilliant performance to sweep both the men’s and women’s cross country titles. As a result of their domination, the Sasquatch also claimed the combined title. Finishing second to Spokane in the men’s race was Lane with Clark in third. Clark was second in the women’s race followed by Mt Hood.

The individuals championships were won by Sheryl Page of Mt Hood on the women’s side and Lane’s Jordan McNamara on the men’s side.

Spokane’s Head Coach Erik Anderson was named both the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year.

Photos from the event can be viewed by visiting Jeff Hinds’ Web Site.

Complete results: Men | Women

2006 NWAACC Cross Country Combined Champions- Spokane
NWAACC Cross Country Combined Champions- Spokane

Chemeketa’s Chelsea Lally wins Golden Shoe Award

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced that nine student-athletes have been named winners of the 2006 adidas Golden Shoe Award for baserunning. Chemeketa’s Chelsea Lally was named the NWAACC’s Golden Shoe winner.

Lally paced Chemeketa with 42 stolen bases in 43 attempts for a .977 stolen base percentage. Her efforts on the base paths played a key role in leading the second-year team to a 33-11 record and a 24-8 mark in South Division play.

Former NWAACC Baseball Player named MLB General Manager

Former NWAACC baseball player Bud Black was named the General Manager of the San Diego Padres today. Black played baseball at Lower Columbia in 1976-77 and graduated from Mark Morris High School in Longview, WA, in 1975. For the past seven years, he worked as pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels and helped them to a World Series title in 2002.

Black pitched 17 years professionally, including 15 seasons (1981-95) in major leagues. During that time, he posted 121-116 record with 32 complete games, 12 shutouts, 11 saves and 3.84 ERA (2053.1 IP – 876 ER) in 398 major league games.

He was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners in the 1979 free agent draft. During his career, Black appeared played for Seattle (1981), Kansas City (1982-88), Cleveland (1988-90, 95), Toronto (1990) and San Francisco (1991-94). He also played in two American League Championship Series with Kansas City (1984-85) and was member of Royals 1985 World Championship team.

Here are some links to other stories about his hiring.
ESPN.com
San Diego Union-Tribune

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