XC Athletes of the Week #7

Male Athlete of the Week
Nicholas Ribera, Treasure Valley, Freshman

Coyote Twilight, 17th place, Time: 25:16 (8K)

This is an amazing time for someone who just last spring was running 10:13 for the 3200m. Previous season best at 8k was 26:47.

Another coach wrote, “He placed well even though it looks like the course was short of 8000 meters which is what is says.”

Female Athlete of the Week
Emma Goode, Treasure Valley, Freshman

Coyote Twilight, 30th place, Time: 21:35 (5K)

Previous season best time 22:45 – this performance represents a 70 second improvement!

Clackamas’ Geiger looking to get back to Division I wrestling


Ryland Geiger (Photo/Tech-Fall.com)

10/30/2009
Andrew Hipps, InterMat Senior Writer
andrew@intermatwrestle.com

When news surfaced in September that Ryland Geiger was leaving the University of Minnesota, it was more than just a small blip on the radar for the Gopher faithful.

The 19-year-old Geiger, who was one of the nation’s top recruits from the Class of 2008, was expected to make an immediate impact at 197 pounds for a young and talented Gopher team looking to get back to the top of the college wrestling world after coming off its worst NCAA finish (14th) since 1996.

Great expectations had been placed on the broad shoulders of Geiger after a prep career that saw him capture two Oregon (OSAA) state titles and win titles at prestigious high school events such as NHSCA Nationals, Cadet Nationals, and Junior Nationals. He was ranked No. 1 in the country at 189 pounds by InterMat.
[read full article at InterMat.com]

Latest NWAACC Volleyball and Soccer Polls

Vancouver, WA — The latest Horizon Air / Coaches’ Polls have been released for volleyball and soccer.

Volleyball
Top-ranked Tacoma (5-1, 32-4) continues to hold its position as the league’s top team. The Titans, who have won ten of their last eleven matches since last poll, received five first place votes this week.  Blue Mountain (6-1, 26-5) have also won ten of their last eleven matches and move up a spot to second. Spokane (7-0, 23-10) dips a spot to third while Bellevue (5-1, 18-5) makes the biggest move this week, climbing three spots to fourth.

Men’s Soccer
Chemeketa (7-0-1, 12-0-2) , on a fourteen match unbeaten streak, takes top ranking for the fourth consecutive poll. The Storm lead the league with 50 goals and thus far, only Edmonds has been able to hold Chemeketa’s high powered offense scoreless this season. After spending a few weeks at third, Walla Walla (6-2-0, 9-2-0) climbs back into the second spot followed by Clark (7-2-0, 8-3-0) who jump from fifth last poll to third this week.  Peninsula (4-2-2, 8-4-3) and Treasure Valley (6-3-0, 6-3-0) round out the top four tied in fourth.

Women’s Soccer
Walla Walla (9-0-0, 12-1-0) continues to impress the voting coaches as they extend their win streak to eleven, including wins over four of the top eight teams in this week’s poll. Columbia Basin (8-1-0, 10-1-0), whose only loss came at the hands of Walla Walla in a 1-0 match, remain solidly in second spot this week.  Chemeketa (7-0-1, 7-0-1) leaps two spots into third this week.  The Storm are only in their second season of play, but have really turned heads with great defensive play, allowing just one goal so far this season.  Clackamas (6-1-1, 6-2-2) holds the fourth spot for the second straight poll.

Volleyball Poll
(Last Week)
1. Tacoma
(1)

2. Blue Mountain (3)
3. Spokane (2)
4. Bellevue (7)

view complete poll

Men’s Soccer

(Last Week)
1. Chemeketa (1)
2. Walla Walla (3)
3. Clark (5)

4. Peninsula (2)
4. Treasure Valley (7)

view complete poll

Women’s Soccer

(Last Week)
1. Walla Walla (1)
2. Columbia Basin (2)
3. Chemeketa (5)
4. Clackamas (4)
view complete poll

Weekend Volleyball Crossover results and all-tournament teams

Vancouver, WA — Another big weekend for NWAACC volleyball as Pierce, Skagit Valley Spokane and SW Oregon hosted two-day tournaments featuring all 28 conference teams. In all, a total of 70 matches were played Friday and Saturday.

Top-ranked Tacoma went 8-0 at the Pierce Crossover and defeated Pierce in four sets during bracket play to claim top honors in Lakewood, WA.

Third-ranked Blue Mountain went 5-1 over the weekend en route to winning the Skagit Valley tournament with a three set victory over second place Skagit Valley in bracket play.

Seventh-ranked Bellevue took tops honors at the Spokane tourney with a 4-0 record while eighth-ranked Highline took second place with a 3-1 record.

Columbia Basin won the SW Oregon tourney going 4-0 in round robin play with Clark taking second place on a 2-2 record. SW Oregon and Treasure Valley also went 2-2 in the tourney, but had to settle for third and fourth on tie breakers.

All-Tournament Teams

Pierce Crossover
MVP: Courtney Smith, Tacoma

Brandy Iverson, Tacoma
Madison Turpin, Tacoma
Nicole Deaton, Tacoma

Kylie Jeffers, Pierce

Kristen Iverson, Pierce

Alex Brasseaux, Pierce

Brittney Jansen, Pierce

Tabbi Smith, Chemeketa
Aubrie Concannon, Chemeketa

Sarah McLean, Walla Walla
Ashley Magee, Walla Walla

Kyra Speer, Mt. Hood
Haley Leithem, Mt. Hood
Breanna Toler, Everett
Michelle Cook, Olympic

Skagit Valley Crossover
MVP: Hannah Burton, Blue Mountain

Shelbi Vopnford, Skagit Valley

Lauren Slaymaker,
Skagit Valley

Alisha Crane, Blue Mountain

Kelsey Jensen, Blue Mountain

Talia Venera, Wentachee Valley

Katie Waters, Wentachee Valley

Karlee Arlington, Yakima Valley
Jordon Kreidar, Yakima Valley

Alex Storina, Whatcom

Dani Kahle, Centralia

Richelle Heacock, Clackamas

Lavinia Latu, Lower Columbia

Spokane Crossover
Co-MVP: Lahela Kaili-Laroya, Shoreline
Co-MVP: Nicole Graybeal, Spokane

Cami Alexander, Edmonds

Davina Fuiava, Highline
Patti Reeves, Bellevue
Jennifer Mooth, Highline

Beth Altena, Spokane
Savannah Feist, Bellevue
Stephanie Mugleston, Linn-Benton
Britney Ratigan, Big Bend

SW Oregon Crossover
Amber Durand, Columbia Basin

Kim Jimenez, Columbia Basin

Brittany Weiand, Columbia Basin

Eva Grassl, Columbia Basin

Leina Buchanan, Clark

Sarah Charette, Clark

Justine Tabor, Clark

Taylor Scott, SW Oregon
Rose Mattson, SW Oregon
Kelly Millager, SW Oregon
Stephanie O’Connor, Treasure Valley
Amanda Morris, Umpqua

XC Athletes of the Week #6

Male Athlete of the Week
Shane Weldon, Clark, Sophomore

Pacific Lutheran Invite, 2nd place, Time: 26:06

“Solid race for Shane, 26:06 is a top ten NWAACC time so far this year.”

Another coach wrote, “He was the number one collegiate runner in the race.”

Female Athlete of the Week
Brandi Eloff, Clark, Sophomore

Pacific Lutheran Invite, 5th 23:45 (6k)

“Good race for Brandi, a 23:45 6k comes out to about 19:52 for 5k, which would be a very big improvement for Brandi on the year.”

Another coach wrote, “This is a solid race for her.”

Tacoma Volleyball Coach Angela Spoja gets 100th Win

Volleyball Coach Angela Spoja got her 100th win Friday night as the Titans swept Lower Columbia 3-0. The #1 ranked Titans ( 23-4 ) bounced back strong from an upset loss to Highline on Wednesday.

Spoja ( 100-44 ) in her 4th season at the helm has turned the Titans into a Championship contender. "Getting win #100 is special but, it couldn’t have happened without great assistant coaches and players. Individual honors only come with team success" said Spoja.

"We are all so happy for Angela, she has done such a tremendous job in a short amount of time. She has truly done one of the best coaching jobs in the NWAACC by building this program into a championship contender year in and year out" said TCC Director of Athletics Carl Howell.

XC Athletes of the Week #5

Male Athlete of the Week

Anthony Brown, Spokane, Freshman

Willamette Invite, 14th out of 314, 24:39.75

“Anthony ran an amazing race finishing 14th in a very fast race and in the process put himself third on the CCS all time 8k list behind the likes of Dak Riek and Shawn Bietlespacher (14:00 5k, 30:00 10k) with a time of 24:39. Anthony has been the number 1 runner in all three races for the Sasquatch this year.”

Another coach wrote, “AWESOME performance! Good to see NWAACC represented in the top 15 at a meet of this magnitude.”

Another coach wrote, “24:39 is very fast and is the fastest time this season.”

Female Athlete of the Week
Shawna Schooley Everett, Freshman

Charles Bowles Invite, 23 out of 242, 18:05.37

“Very fast time. Fastest NWAACC female at a huge competitive meet.”

Another coach wrote, “Shawna’s 18:05 is, by 39 seconds, the fastest 5k to date by any NWAACC competitor this season.”

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