2009-10 NWAACC Men’s Basketball All-Stars

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First Team
Jason Gamblin, Peninsula
Paul Jones, Whatcom
David Maddock, Bellevue
Ryan Rutherford, Peninsula
Jesse Vaughan, Shoreline

Second Team
Andrew Beatty, Skagit Valley
Sean Jones, Shoreline
Tyler Monroe, Edmonds
Dirk Snel, Everett
Shawn West, Shoreline

Most Valuable Player
Wil Bush, Seattle

Coach of the Year
Butch Estes, Shoreline


First Team
Emery Henning, Walla Walla
Zack Humphrey, Spokane
Jordan Kidd, Yakima Vallley
Jeff Ranstrom, Big Bend
Jason Smith, Walla Walla

Second Team
Dominick Brumfield, Big Bend
Drew Church, Columbia Basin
Derrick January, Yakima Valley
Chris Pynch, Spokane
Terriel Thomas, Treasure Valley
Damar Wilson, Yakima Valley

Most Valuable Player
Griffon Jones, Spokane
Coach of the Year
Jeff Reinland, Walla Walla

First Team
Chris Holmes, Tacoma
Jeray Key, Lower Columbia
Wade Moyer, Highline
Darious Walker, Tacoma
Jake Wilcox, Green River

Second Team
Alfred Davis, Pierce
Asante Gaskin, S. Puget Sound
Larry Green, Grays Harbor
Brok Pendelton, Green River
Craig Seiler, Centralia

Most Valuable Player
Marcus Bell, Lower Columbia

Co-Coaches of the Year
Carl Howell, Tacoma
Jim Roffler, Lower Columbia


First Team
Jeff Dorman, Clackamas
Jamar Johnson, Mt. Hood
Tyrone Phillips, Chemeketa
Shiloh Rowland, Chemeketa
Dominique Watson, Lane           

Second Team
Jordan Highland,  Linn-Benton
Earl Jones, Mt. Hood
Kenneth Kirkland, Jr., Portland
Greg McWilliams, Chemeketa
Terrence Stanley, SW Oregon

Most Valuable Player
Chehales Tapscott, Clackamas
Coach Of The Year
David Abderhalden, Chemeketa


2002 Bellevue baseball alumni Blake Hawksworth featured in Seattle Times

Eastlake High grad Blake Hawksworth building his major-league career

After a roller-coaster tour through the minors, nearly ended by labrum surgery in 2004, Blake Hawksworth finally broke into the majors last June and quickly became a mainstay of the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen.

Larry Stone

Seattle Times baseball reporter


JUPITER, Fla. — Here at Planet Jupiter, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch likes to call Cardinals’ camp, the endless focus has been on the return to uniform of new hitting coach Mark McGwire.

It was still a little jarring to see him Sunday, standing stoically behind the batting cage as Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and the rest of the Cardinals took BP. I decided to give McGwire his space, mainly because his story has already been probed to death, and the Cardinals are sick and tired of talking about it.

I gravitated toward a different spring training yarn, one that has all the classic elements. Local boy makes good. Overcoming adversity. Perseverance.

Even a little Olympic hockey on a day when that’s all anyone really cared about.

This is the story of Cardinal reliever Blake Hawksworth, whose family left their native North Vancouver for the Puget Sound area when he was 5. Yet Hawksworth still wore a Canadian T-shirt to camp Sunday and left no doubt who he was rooting for in the gold medal game.

Hawksworth, despite spending his formative years on the Sammamish plateau and graduating from Eastlake High School in 2001, is still a Canadian citizen and proud supporter of Team Canada — "all the way," he said firmly. Read more

Former Sasquatch T&F athletes excel in indoor championships

The following Sasquatch Alumni had a great Championship Weekend:

Ashley Hutchinson
Wyoming sophomore  Ashley Hutchinson hits PR 59’ 2.25”  (18.04m) to take 2nd at Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships.

Kurt Williams (Class of 2007) – Kurt came through big for the Eastern Washington Eagles in his senior year scoring 5 points at the Big Sky Indoor Championships (results)

Ashley Hutchinson (Class of 2009) had a great meet for the University of Wyoming taking 2nd in the 20# indoor weight (PR) and taking 7th in the shot put. (results

Jake Shanklin (Class of 2006) who graduated from the University of Wyoming in December of 2009 with a BA in Business took 9th at the U.S. National Championships in the 35# weight throw. (results)

Upcoming events featuring former Sasquatch

NAIA Indoor National Championships in Tennessee
This weekend (3/4-3/7) three former Sasquatch will be competing in the NAIA Indoor Championships:

Eric Burck (5000-#3 time and 4 X 800 relay-5th best time
Cordero Cisneros (4 X 800 relay- 5th best time – 1 second off of first)
Charles Cummings (4 X 800 relay- 5th best time – 1 second off of first)


Tacoma CC Athletics Hosts Third Annual Hall of Fame Dinner & Auction

Tacoma Community College will honor former TCC athletics participants at the Third Annual Hall of Fame dinner and auction from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 10th at the college’s Tacoma campus, Opgaard Student Center, Building 11, 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma.

Individual honorees include Bob Barnette, Ian Chursky, AJ Fairburn, David Olivier, Robyn Saathoff ( Krona), & Lorenzo Rollins. Barnette was the Ellen Pinto outstanding student of the year rd at TCC and a All NWAACC performer in Men’s Basketball & team captain for the 86′ NWAACC championship team. Ian Chursky was a all NWAACC performer in Men’s soccer. AJ Fairburn was a all NWAACC Performer & Region MVP in Women’s Soccer. Robin Saathoff then Krona was a all NWAACC performer in Women’s Soccer. David Olivier was the 1975 NWAACC Tournament MVP in Men’s Basketball. Lorenzo Rollins was the 1994 Region MVP in Men’s Basketball and is the schools all time leading scorer.. Team honorees include 1986 NWAACC Champions women’s and men’s basketball, and 1996 NWAACC champion women’s soccer.

“Not only is this a great chance to honor former TCC athletes and coaches, but it is also a great opportunity to host an annual get-together of former and current Titans,” said Howell.
The Hall of Fame event schedule includes: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. cocktail hour; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. silent auction; and 7 p.m. dinner (Hall of Fame induction immediately following). The host will be Frank Bosone, Executive Director of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges from 1972-1992 and the keynote speaker will be former TCC Men’s Basketball player and current motivational speaker Andrew Gard.

To reserve a spot at this event, contact TCC athletics at 253.566.5097 or chowell@tacomacc.edu or thilligoss@tacomacc.edu. Tickets are $50 per person or $375 for a table of eight. Checks may be made payable to TCC Athletics Foundation. All proceeds support TCC athletic scholarships.
Tacoma Community College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) and offers eight intercollegiate sports programs.

Lane & Chemeketa at top of final 2010 basketball rankings

Vancouver, WA — The final NWAACC Horizon Air -Coaches’ poll has been released.  Chemeketa men return to the top of the heap for the first time since the January 13th poll while the Lane women garner just enough to edge a one-loss Walla Walla squad on the women’s side.

The teams represented in this poll are the coaches’ favorites of the thirty-two teams (16 men & 16 women) that will square off on March 6-9th in Kennewick, WA to battle for the 2010 NWAACC Championships [view championship page].

Men’s Basketball

The Chemeketa Storm (10-2, 20-2) picked up four number one votes and 72 points to take over the top spot from last week’s #1 Tacoma Titans (21-2, 20-3). The Titans also grabbed four first place votes, but fell five votes shy of the Storms’ overall total.  Lower Columbia (12-3, 21-3) returned to number three after a few weeks at number four while Clackamas (9-3, 19-5) dips a spot to fourth. Walla Walla (10-3, 18-5) was the only team to make a re-entry in the final poll as they broke through big to sit at #6. [complete poll]

Women’s Basketball
The Lane Titans (10-2, 21-3) picked up five first place votes over Walla Walla’s three to edge the Warriors in total votes 68-67. The defending NWAACC champion Titans’ only league loses are to third-ranked Clackamas (10-2, 19-4) and sixth-ranked Umpqua (10-2, 19-5) while the Warriors’ (12-1, 23-1) only loss of the season has come at the hands of fourth-ranked Yakima Valley (12-1, 20-5).  The bottom half of the top eight remain unchanged with the exception of Spokane (8-5, 16-8) who re-enter the poll at #8. [complete poll]

Umpqua Win Guarantees Postseason Spot

Vancouver, WA – The Umpqua Riverhawks women’s basketball team had three players with 18 points to defeat Mt Hood Friday evening 83-70. The victory brought Umpqua into a tie for second with Clackamas in the Southern Region. More importantly however, the win puts them far enough ahead of Southwestern Oregon to guarantee a postseason spot.

The Riverhawks will be making their third consecutive trip to the Toyota Center. Last year, UCC finished third in the tournament. Head Coach Dave Stricklin (14th Year) will take a potent offensive attack averaging 84.26 points per game (2nd in NWAACC) in a bid to win Umpqua’s third ever NWAACC title. Umpqua last won in 2000.

UCC is led by Nneamaka Anyanwu who is averaging 19.0 PPG (5th in the NWAACC), and averages 6.70 RPG. Kate Wilton is also a major contributor averaging 15.79 PPG.

The NWAACC Basketball Championships are being held March 6-9 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA.

Yakima Men Claim Final East Playoff Spot

Vancouver, WA – The Yakima Valley men’s basketball team defeated Treasure Valley Friday night to secure the fourth and final spot from the Eastern Region. The Yaks won 87-76 and had four players with ten or more points. The Yak defense held the NWAACC team leaders in scoring at 96.3 PPG to only 76 points by forcing 17 turnovers.

In his fifth year as Yakima’s Head Coach, Ray Funk will take his team to their third consecutive postseason appearance. In their previous two trips, the Yaks won the championship in 2008 and placed third last year. Overall, YVCC will make their 24th appearance in the postseason. They have won the championship four times.

The Yaks will bring a balanced offensive attack to the floor with four players averaging ten or more points per game. However, their defense leads the NWAACC in blocks with 106 and is fourth in steals averaging 11.83 per game.

The NWAACC Basketball Championships are being March 6-9 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA. For more information about schedules, hotels, merchandise and tickets, visit the championship page.

Men’s Tournament Adds Six Teams to the Bracket

Vancouver, WA – Six teams secured postseason spots Wednesday evening. Clackamas, Chemeketa, Lower Columbia, Shoreline, Tacoma and Walla Walla will all head to NWAACC Basketball Championships being held March 6-9 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA.

Chemeketa will be headed to the tournament for the second consecutive year. Head Coach Dave Abderhalden (8th Year) and his Storm are currently tied with Clackamas atop the Southern Region. Led by Tyrone Phillips(18.75 PPG) and Shiloh Rowland (16.45 PPG, 8.30RPG) the Storm will make their 22nd ever appearance. Chemeketa is currently ranked second in the NWAACC Coaches Poll. The Storm have won the NWAACC Championship three times (1989, 1991 and 1999).

Defending champion and third-ranked Clackamas will be returning to the tournament for tenth consecutive year. Coached by Clif Wegner (12th year), the Cougars have won the championship two of the last three years and will enter the 2010 tournament as one of the favorites. Chehalis Tapscott leads the Cougars with 25.59 PPG (2nd in NWAACC) and 12.41 RPG (2nd in NWAACC). Clackamas’ Jeff Dorman is seventh in the NWAACC in scoring averaging 20.26 PPG and is second in steals with 64.

Lower Columbia has also secured a spot for the 2010 tournament. After making it to the championship game in 2009 as the fourth-seed from the West, the Red Devils will look to take the next step and claim their third ever NWAACC Championship. Head Coach Jim Roffler (19th Year) will make his seventh consecutive trip to the tournament. The Red Devils are led by Marcus Bell (15.52 PPG, 12.74 RPG, 2.30 BPG) and Jeray Key (14.78 PPG).

The Shoreline Dolphins have really turned things around from their 2008-09 campaign when they finished 0-16, 6-21. Currently two games ahead of Bellevue in the Northern Region, the Dolphins are hoping to secure their first Northern Region championship since the 2001-02 season. Coached by Butch Estes (2nd Year), Shoreline will be making their ninth ever appearance at the tournament and first since 2006. The team is led by Jesse Vaughn (16.40 PPG) and Roshawn West (15.58 PPG). Shoreline’s best finish in the NWAACC tournament was third in 1967.

Ranked number one in the last NWAACC Coaches Poll, the Tacoma Titans will head to NWAACC post season play for the second consecutive year. The Titans, coached by Carl Howell (2nd Year, previously coached TCC 1993-2003) will look to improve on last year’s performance when they were ousted on the third day of the tournament. The team is led by Darious Walker (14.50 PPG, 7.09 RPG) and Anthony Enriquez (13.68 PPG).

With a win over Spokane Wednesday night, the Walla Walla Warriors secured a berth the NWAACC Championships. Head Coach Jeff Reinland (17th Year) will take the Warriors to their 24th postseason appearance and their first since 2007. Walla Walla is led by Jason Smith (19.18 PPG), Emery Henning (17.68 PPG) and Ben Searle (17.18 PPG).

The NWAACC Basketball Championships will be held March 6-9 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA. For more information about tickets, schedules, merchandise etc, visit the championship page.

Women’s Tournament Adds Three More Teams – Bellevue, Clackamas and Clark

Vancouver, WA – The 2010 NWAACC Women’s Basketball Championship added three more teams to the bracket after Wednesday night’s results. Bellevue, Clackamas and Clark all won to secure their spot in the postseason.

Bellevue had four scorers in double digits in their win over Seattle CC. The Bulldogs (11-2,16-7) remain 1.5 games behind Skagit Valley with three games remaining on their schedule. Bellevue will make their sixteenth (fifth consecutive) appearance in postseason play. In the 2009 tournament, BC was knocked out on the third day. The Bulldogs are led by Alisha Love (11.65 ppg), Kayla Haines (9.71 ppg, 6 rpg), Maddie Miller (9.09 ppg) and Olivia Lewis (9.09 ppg).

The Clark Penguins will be making their first journey to the Toyota Center since 2006 when they were coached by Aaron Christian (now Head Coach Women’s Basketball Coach at Concordia University). Head Coach Nancy Boone in her fourth year has put together a solid team led by Renee Tzeo (13.55 ppg, 4.75 apg) and Chawncy McClenan (12.15 ppg,6.25 rpg). This year will be Clark’s 23rd trip to the tournament.

The Clackamas Cougars will be headed to Tri-Cities for the tenth consecutive year. Last year, the Cougars finished sixth. They last won the tournament in 2004. Under the guidance of Co-Head Coaches Jim Martineau (12th Year) and Kayla Steen (First Year), Clackamas will look to improve on their performance last year. Clackamas is led by sophomore Rylee Peterson in scoring (18.10 ppg), rebounding (9.71 rpg), blocks (3.33 bpg) and steals (2.81 spg)

The NWAACC Basketball Championships will be held March 6-9 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA. For more information about tickets, schedules, merchandise etc, visit the championship page.

Grays Harbor WBB Community Outreach

The Daily Worldsource article

The Grays Harbor College women’s basketball team has helped donate numerous items to the Union Gospel Mission in Aberdeen as part of an ongoing outreach effort.

Choker coach Derrick Pringle estimates that the team has donated some 20-to-30 boxes of food, clothing, blankets, furniture and children’s apparel to the mission this season.

“The girls really stepped up to the challenge,” Pringle said. “The project has allowed them to get into the community and give back and bring a smile to those in need. We had the opportunity to visit the center and see what great work they do. It was a life-changing experience.”

The team’s involvement with the Union Gospel Mission and other community organizations grew out of the team’s “Helping Hands Project” created last fall. The project, intended to help area families prepare for the Christmas holiday season, was originally planned as far more short-lived.

“We knew this past year was hard on a lot of families who may have lost employment,” Pringle noted. “So I asked the girls to go to their families and communities to do a food, blanket and clothing drive for a week.”

An Olympia-based AAU group, Team 3:16, assisted with the effort.

The success of the drive inspired the Chokers to continue the program beyond its scheduled expiration date. The team even participated in the Union Gospel Mission’s Christmas gift exchange.

“With the collaboration of both groups, the one-week project has turned into an ongoing event,” Pringle noted.

The Chokers have also served as volunteer coaches and officials as several elementary schools in Grays Harbor and Thurston counties and assisted with the YMCA of Grays Harbor’s youth basketball league.

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