Under Armour Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 2

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YUUYU SUZUKI
LANE FRESHMAN FORWARD

Yuuyu Suzuki, Maebashi Ikuei HS / Maebashi, Gunma Japan, collected three goals and two assists in wins over Lower Columbia (1-0) and Treasure Valley (7-0).  Suzuki has contributed scoring points in all five of Lane’s matches this season. She now leads the NWAC in goals (5), assists (5) and overall scoring (17).

Said Titans head coach Erica Mertz, “Yuuyu scored the game winning goal vs. Lower Columbia on Friday and then scored 2 goals and earned 2 assists on Saturday vs. Treasure Valley. She works tirelessly on the defensive end of the field, in addition to her offensive input, and helped secure two shutouts for her team.”

Under Armour Volleyball Athlete of the Week & NWAC Volleyball Athletes of the Week – Week 2

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KIANI "KIK" TROY

HIGHLINE FRESHMAN SETTER
Kamehameha High School Hilo, HI.

In 12 sets last week, Troy had 120 assists, 9 kills, 9 aces, 8 blocks and 21 digs as Highline won all five of their tournament matches to improve to 9-2 on the season.

"Kiki has continued to improve since day 1 of practice and has quickly been able to adapt from HS/club to the college setting," said Thunderbird head coach Chris Littleman. "She was voted Best Setter at the Highline Fall Classic tournament."

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NWAC Players of the Week – Week 2
Offensive: Jordan Hunter, Bellevue
Setter:  Allison Chase, Skagit Valley
Defensive: Sydnee Peterson, Edmonds

East
Offensive: Mikayla Price, Yakima Valley
Setter: Abbey Schwager, Walla Walla
Defensive: Masie Hancock, Yakima Valley

West
Offensive:  Adrienne Haggerty, Highline
Setter: Kiani “Kiki” Troy, Highline
Defensive: Mahie Kaawa, Highline

South
Offensive: Hannah Hayes, Lane
Setter: Taylor Russell/Shelby Dubay/Sierra Westling, Lane
Defensive: Stacia Panter, Lane

Mt. Hood alum D.J. Johnson called up to the Colorado Rockies

Image of DJ Johnson pitching for Albuquerque Isotopes

Former Mt. Hood pitching standout D.J. Johnson has been called up to the Colorado Rockies.

Johnson is on his first big league roster following the selection of his contract from the Albuquerque Isotopes. The 29-year-old right-handed closer posted a 3.90 ERA in 50 Triple-A appearances this year.

This season, Johnson was voted by the Isotopes Front Office as the recipient of the Jennifer Riordan Community Award for his contributions to the community throughout the season. 

Johnson played for the Saints during the 2008-2009 seasons, earning first team Southern Region his sophomore season. He then went on to play for Western Oregon University for a year, before signing a free agent contract in the minor leagues.

image of DJ Johnson batting for the  Mt. Hood Saints

Mt. Hood’s Donohue and Linn-Benton’s Hamilton earn West Coast League post season honors

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The 2018 All-West Coast League teams and annual awards were recently announced by WCL commissioner Rob Neyer.

Coach of the Year honors were shared by the Kelowna Falcons’ Bryan Donohue and Justin Barchus of the Portland Pickles.  Donohue, who also coaches the Mt. Hood Saints, guided the Falcons to the post-season, capped off by an appearance in the WCLCS.

The Falcons and Bellingham Bells were co-recipients of the Jim Dietz Team Sportsmanship Award.

The Corvallis Knights and Kelowna Falcons were tied as the most represented squad on the All-WCL first team, each featuring three selections.

Knights catcher Cole Hamilton was named to the WCL first team.  Hamilton, who will be a sophomore at Linn-Benton this coming season, hit .349 and posted a .985 fielding percentage.

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Highline Volleyball Tourney Recap & All-Tournament Team

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DES MOINES — As the only tournament of the weekend, the Highline Thunderbirds hosted their annual 8-team Fall Classic. With a strong showing in pool play, Highline worked their way through the competition without dropping a single set. Clackamas and Grays Harbor also played well gathering 3 wins with Clackamas losing in the final to Highline.

Sophomore Adrienne Haggerty garnered MVP honors along with Kiani Troy and Mahie Kaawa who received all-tourney setter and libero honors respectively. Standouts for Clackamas included Hanna Yamashila and Naomi Earwood. Highline moves to 9-2 on the year while Clackamas sits at a respective 9-6.

All-Tournament Team

Finals MVP – Adrienne Haggerty, Highline
All-Tournament Setter – Kiani "Kiki’ Troy, Highline
All-Tournament Libero – Mahie Kaawa, Highline

Zoe Goodmansen, Shoreline
Hanna Yamashila, Clackamas
Naomi Earwood, Clackamas
Autumn Darand, Centraila
Lea’a Puleiala, Mt. Hood
Milya Wright, Skagit Valley
Alicia Nguyen, Highline
Akon Alea, Yakima
Teila Kapihe, Grays Harbor
Crimson Maafala, Grays Harbor

Everett CC Selected to Host NWAC Basketball Championships

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The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) is pleased to announce that the NWAC Men’s and Women’s Championship Basketball Tournaments will be returning to the Walt Price Student Fitness Center at Everett Community College for the next three years (2019-2021).   

The NWAC is happy to be returning to a familiar facility with familiar faces supporting the championships once again.  “We are delighted to be hosting the 2019 NWAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships at Everett Community College again” states Tammy Dunn, Sports Development Director of the Snohomish County Sports Commission. “The chance to host a collegiate championship in our community is an honor and we look forward to working with Everett Community College and the Northwest Athletic Conference in bringing a memorable basketball championship for all who attend the games.”

The 2019 Sweet 16 and Elite 8 portions of the tournament will see the men take center stage on Thursday, March 7-8, with the winners coming back to Everett Community College for championship weekend March 16-17. The women’s Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games are Friday, March 9-10. The men will join the women for championship weekend March 16-17.

According to NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia, “the NWAC is pleased to partner with the Snohomish County Sports Commission, Everett Community College, and our sponsors in the City of Everett, to provide NWAC student-athletes a great championship experience. We will continue our community service project as our student-athletes not only impact the community economically, but also socially.”

Job announcement: Volleyball Head Coach – Rogue Community College

General Statement of Responsibilities
Demonstrate a willingness to develop the assigned athletic program, through participation in community awareness/fundraising events, recruitment of players, maintenance of professional and positive relationships with players, helpers, staff and administration.

Effectively coach and develop student-athletes academically, socially and athletically. Maintain knowledge of and compliance with ethical and legal aspects of coaching and athletics as stated in college and league (NWAC) policy, as well as state and federal law.

Works collaboratively with college groups, councils and committees as needed. In conjunction with the Athletic Director, manages the budget, monitors academic progress and eligibility of players, and contributes to the development of athletic department strategic plan initiatives and RCC enrollment goals.

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2018 Under Armour Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 1

Bubacar Touray Armour Player of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image

BUBACAR TOURAY
TACOMA SOPHOMORE FORWARD

Bubacar Touray, West Anchorage HS / Anchorage, AK., registered a pair of goals against some strong competition as the Titans kicked off the season with a  two wins over 2017 playoff teams Peninsula (2-1) and Rogue (5-0).

"Buba is a returning all-star and great teammate," said Titan head coach Jason Prenovost. "The boys on the team love him and he returns the favor with goals and assists. He is off to a great start this season and will have his work cut out for him as teams begin to key on him."

2018 Under Armour Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 1

Rayna Santiago Armour Player of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image

RAYNA SANTIAGO
HIGHLINE FRESHMAN FORWARD

Rayna Santiago, Nanakuli HS / Nanakuli, HI., scored a pair of goals on a 67% shot on goal percentage against 2017 runner-up Peninsula (4-2) and semifinalist Clark (4-0) as the Thunderbirds set to defend their 2017 NWAC title.

“Rayna did a fantastic job coming into both games at the NWAC Friendlies and making an impact," said Thunderbird head coach Tom Moore. "She is from Hawaii and is loving the experience here and I’m very excited for her this season”

Mike Nelson selected as the new head coach for Pierce College Softball

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LAKEWOOD – Mike Nelson has been named the new head coach of Raider Softball at Pierce College.  Nelson replaces Amber Coburn, who recently relocated to North Dakota, after just one season with the program.

Nelson returns to the Raiders, where he was an assistant coach for three season – from 2010-2012 – under former head coach, Mark Edmonston.  Edmonston was with the Raiders for fourteen years; serving as an assistant from 2004-2007, and as the head coach from 2008-2017.  Edmonston left the Raiders as the all-time winningest coach in Pierce College history, collecting 262 wins over ten seasons.

During Nelson’s previous stint with the Raiders, the program won two West Region titles (2010 & 2011), and captured 5th Place at the 2011 NWAACC Championships – the program’s highest tournament finish since 1984.  The team had an overall record of 87-46 in his three seasons, and tied a program record with 37 wins in 2011.  Over those three seasons, the Raiders produced 23 West Region All-Stars, 2 West Region MVP’s, 1 West Region Pitcher of the Year, and 1 NFCA All-American.

Nelson has served as a head coach with the Diamond Dusters Girls Fastpitch Organization, since 2005.  His 2016 14U team were champions of the NAFA Northwest Summer Nationals, and his 2014 18U team finished in Third Place.  Nelson was the first youth level coach inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame, in 2014.

“We are very excited to have Mike back with the program”, said Pierce College athletic director, Duncan Stevenson.  “He was with us during one of the most successful stretches in the history of Raider Softball.  He understands the NWAC, and knows what it takes to build a top-level competitive program.  His long tenure with the Diamond Dusters and Fury Girls Fastpitch organizations, will give him leg up in recruiting the top local talent.”

Coach Nelson has high expectations for the program.  “I am honored to have the opportunity to return as the Raiders’ next head coach”, said Nelson.  “We will stress the little things in the game. Proficiency in the basic fundamentals leads to the game becoming easier to play.  Teaching not only the how, but the why.  In the long run, a better understanding of what we’re doing leads to more confidence, and that confidence can translate into other positive experiences not only on the field, but off as well.  We want to create an environment that stresses fun.  After all it’s a game!”

Joining Nelson’s coaching staff are two Raider alums.  Tiffany (Qualls) Weed (’06 & ’07) served as a member of the Raiders coaching staff from 2008-2012.  During her playing days, Weed was a two-time West Region All-Star, led the Raiders offense in ’07 with a .517 average (5th highest in the NWAACC), and finished with a .451 career average.  Aryn Knutsen (’11 & ’12) was a two-time West Region All-Star outfielder for Pierce, and hit .429 her sophomore season.  Last year, Knutsen was the head coach of the varsity squad at Clover Park High School.  Also joining the staff is Val Charron.  Charron has coached with Nelson in the Diamond Dusters organization the past ten years.

Nelson will be entering his inaugural season as the Raiders head coach with five returning sophomores and eight incoming freshmen, recently signed to letters of intent.  The Raiders start Fall practice on September 8, and will participate in the NWAC Fall Showcase, in Portland, on September 22.

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