Bellevue’s Leah Francis notches 500th SB victory at NWAC Championship Tournament

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With a 19-11 victory over Centralia on May 19th, Leah Francis reached 500 victories in her career at Bellevue College.

Francis is 500-144 with the Bulldogs in her 14 years as head coach.

In Francis’s 14 years as head coach at BC, the Bulldogs have won 8 North Region Titles, been to the NWAC tournament all 14 years, have 5 top 4 finishes at the NWAC tournament, 7 NWAC North Region Coaches of the Year awards and 2 NFCA National Coach of the Year awards.

Clackamas alum Grant Sitton continues professional basketball career in Europe

Grant Sitton in action

TORONTO, May 24, 2018 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Grant Sitton has re-signed with BC Prievidza in the Slovakian Extraliga (SBL) for the 2018-19 season.

Sitton, a 6’9” forward, is coming off a strong rookie season with Prievidza, averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game, while shooting an impressive 43.1% from three-point range on 225 attempts. His performance helped Prievidza to a 25-11 record and a third place regular season finish.

In his senior collegiate season in 2016-17, Sitton, a Brush Prairie, Washington native, was the third leading scorer in the CanWest Conference and 11th leading scorer in U Sports, averaging 19.3 points per game for the University of Victoria. He also notched 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.

Sitton was named to the All-Canada West Third Team for his efforts. In 2015-16, Sitton averaged 14.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. In 2014-15, he helped lead the Vikes to the CanWest championship and the semi finals of the CIS Final 8 Tournament.

“I am excited to continue building from last season,” said Sitton. “The coaching staff and management are a good fit for me and I believe they will continue to help me improve my game.”

Prievidza is excited to have Sitton back in the lineup for another season and sees him as a major piece for the club moving forward.

“Grant was a key player for us to re-sign for this upcoming season. He fits exactly what we are looking for as a person, teammate and player,” said Prievidza Head Coach, Ryan Pannone. “I really believe in his talent and I believe he will develop into a high-level player in Europe. Our plan is to play and develop him more as a 3 next season and play him similar to a Kyle Korver type of player.”

For more information and individual box scores for Grant throughout the season please visit

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Spokane and Lane Claim Track & Field Titles – Four athletes grab Triple Crown Victories!

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GRESHAM, OR — The Lane Men and Spokane Women took home the team championships Tuesday afternoon.

Lane men won the event followed by Spokane and Clackamas.

The championship is Lane’s sixth men’s title and first time for Titan interim head coach Brian Schaudt who was named Coach of the Year. The Titans have claimed the last six consecutive championships.

The Spokane women tagged their fourth consecutive championship and fifth under the leadership of Jason Cash, who was named Women’s Coach of the Year. The Sasquatch have now claimed 22 titles since women’s track and field began in 1979.

Lane took third followed by Clackamas.

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Record Setters
Championship meet records were tied or broken this year as Everett freshman Jacobe Ford set a new championship meet mark in the triple jump with a mark of 50’11 1/2" smashing the previous record of Spokane’s Alvin Harris’ mark of 50’7 1/2” set in 1982.

Clackamas sophomore Lydia Pavlenko tied the triple jump mark of Bellevue’s Nicole Stancato mark of 39’4” set in 1986.

Meet Honors
Four athletes won triple crowns on the day – Everett’s Jacobe Ford won the men’s high jump, long jump and triple jump. Olympic’s Colton Paller won the men’s discus, hammer throw and shot put.

Treasure Valley’s
Delia Deleon won the women’s 1500m, 5000m and 10,000 meter races while Colton Paller’s sister, Kaitlyn Paller of Olympic also won the discus, hammer throw and shot put events.

Outstanding Field Athletes of the Meet were Jakobe Ford & & Lydia Pavlenko of Clackamas. Pavlenko just fell short of her own jumps triple crown after winning the triple and long jump, but finishing third in the high jump.

Outstanding Track Athletes of the Meet were Jacoby McNamara of Lane & Delia Deleon of Treasure Valley. Deleon, previously mentioned, easily cruised to victory in three distances events. McNamara was a member of Lane’s 4x100m and 4x400m champions and won the 200m and 400m dash races.

High Point Athletes of the Meet were Jakobe Ford of Everett, winning three events, Colton Paller of Olympic also winning three events. They were were joined by Women’s High Point Athlete of the Meet Essence Foster of Clackamas who won the 400m Hurdles and placed in several other events.

100m Dash – Shayla Noil, Lane, :12.08
200m Dash – Shayla Noil, Lane, :24.69
400m Dash – Carly Kleefeld, Lane, :57.29
800m Run – Micaela Kostecka, Spokane, 2:15.20
1500m Run – Delia Deleon, Treasure Valley, 4:54.76
3000M Steeplechase – Micaela Kostecka, Spokane, 11:43.15
5000m Run – Delia Deleon, Treasure Valley, 19:17.09
10,000m Run – Delia Deleon, Treasure Valley, 40:03.30
100m Hurdles – Mertece Hatchett, Spokane, :14.29
400m Hurdles – Essence Foster, Clackamas, 1:01.59
4x100m Relay – Spokane,
(Perry, Kalda, Arlt, Stewart) :48.67
4×400 Relay – Lane
(Noil, Mace, Kleefeld, Lane) 3:54.05
High Jump – Taylor Sterling, Green River, 1.69m
Pole Vault – Lexi Perry, Spokane, 3.50m
Long Jump – Lydia Pavlenko, Clackamas, 5.53m
Triple Jump – Lydia Pavlenko, Clackamas, 11.99m (tied meet record)
Discus – Kaitlyn Paller, Olympic, 39.52m
Hammer – Kaitlyn Paller, Olympic, 48.82m
Javelin – Maggie Nelson, Spokane, 45.16m
Shot Put – Kaitlyn Paller, Olympic, 12.09m
Heptathlon – Chloe Lindbo, Clark, 4498

100m Dash – Anthony Albright, Clackamas, :10.61
200m Dash – Jacoby McNamara, Lane, :21.47
400m Dash – Jacoby McNamara, Lane, :47.65
800m Run – Nolan Bylenga, Lane, 1:55.59
1500m Run – Moises Martinez, Lane, 4:00.36
3000M Steeplechase – Devin Sellers, Clackamas, 9:49.06
5000m run – Michael Martin, Lane, 15:16.60
10,000m Run – Ethan Green, Spokane, 33:16.71
110m Hurdles – Darion Ralston, Spokane, :15.02
400m Hurdles – Austin Albertin, Spokane, :54.76
4x100m Relay – Lane,
(Rogozinski, Williams, Taylor, McNamara) :41.83
4x400m Relay – Lane
(Bylenga, McNamara, Mootz, Williams) 3:19.96
High Jump – Jakobe Ford, Everett, 1.95m
Pole Vault – Corey Sledge, Lane. 5.00m
Long Jump – Jakobe Ford, Everett, 7.33m
Triple Jump – Jakobe Ford, Everett, 15.53m (meet record
Discus – Colton Paller, Olympic, 44.43m
Hammer – Colton Paller, Olympic, 48.58m
Javelin – Kolten Snyder, Clark, 60.69m
Shot Put – Colton Paller, Olympic, 15.95m
Decathlon – J.J. Walker, Clackamas, 6145

Outstanding Track Athletes of the Meet imageOutstanding Track Athletes of the Meet: Jacoby McNamara, Lane & Delia Deleon, Treasure Valley

Outstanding Field Athletes of the Meet imageHig Point Athletes of the Meet: Jakobe Ford, Everett; Essence Foster, Clackamas & Colton Paller, Olympic

High Point Athletes of the Meet imageOutstanding Tack Athletes of the Meet: Jakobe Ford, Everett & Lydia Pavlenko, Clackamas

Coaches of the Year imageCoaches of the Year: Jason Cash, Spokane & Brian Schaudt

North Idaho Cardinals collect first NWAC Softball Title

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By MARK NELKE Sports editor, The Coeur d’Alene Press

SPOKANE — A three-run homer by Jori Kerr broke the game open for North Idaho College.

Strong defensive plays — none bigger than center fielder Natalie Schwab’s run-saving diving catch in left-center to save at least a run.

Then, when the game got tight, grit from freshman pitcher Madi Mott in the circle.

NIC had it all — power, defense and pitching — all season.

And all of it was on display Monday as top-seeded NIC beat No. 6 Lower Columbia of Longview, Wash., 8-5 to win the championship of the Northwest Athletic Conference softball tournament at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

“It’s breathtaking,” said Mott, who struck out six and finished 29-1. “I didn’t think I was going to cry, and tears of joy came down. It’s just a great feeling to be a part of this amazing team … best team I’ve ever been on.”

NIC, in its fourth season in the NWAC after nearly two decades in the NJCAA, finished 50-3 and won its last 23 games.

“We had 10 sophomores, and they just believe in the process,” said NIC coach Don Don Williams, who started the Cardinals program in 1998. “We started talking about that in September, and they just stuck to it. And they took our freshmen in, and got them on board, and they just worked. They worked hard, and they stuck together, and everyone got better, and persevered. It was just an amazing season.”

NIC hung on for a 7-5 victory over No. 3 Edmonds on Sunday night in the semifinal. On Monday, Lower Columbia, which finished 42-14, eliminated Edmonds (42-8) with a 7-1 victory.

Lower Columbia, needing to beat the Cardinals twice for the title, started strong against NIC when catcher Arielle Burnett hit a solo homer to center field in the bottom of the first inning.

NIC, which came in averaging 12.5 runs per game, took the lead back with three in the top of the second, capped by Kennedy Anderson’s RBI single.

Schwab came up with her defensive play in the bottom half, denying Shanay Dotson an extra-base hit with a backhanded catch, keeping the runner on second from scoring, and ending the inning.

In the third, a one-out single by Bailey Cavanagh, the former Lake City standout, put runners on first and second. One batter later Kerr, the No. 9 hitter, lined a pitch over the fence in right center for a three-run homer — her 15th of the season — and a 6-1 lead.

“Honestly I’ve been struggling this weekend to get a good swing on a good pitch,” said Kerr, a freshman left fielder who finished 2 for 3 with a homer, double, three RBIs and three runs scored in the title game. “Today I just knew I had to come out for my team and play for Madi. My first at-bat I got walked, and I was feeling it. I knew my next at-bat I was going to get on time. Man, it just felt so good when I did.”

In the fifth, Cheyenne Gilbertson grounded an RBI single to right field to pull Lower Columbia within 6-3. The next batter, Christine Robbins, hammered a two-run homer to right center and suddenly, it was a one-run game.

But Mott recovered, struck out the next batter to end the inning, then retired the Red Devils in order in the sixth and seventh.

“I was going to fight with everything I had left in me, ’til the last pitch,” Mott said.

Meanwhile, the Cards added two insurance runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Megan Carver and an infield RBI single by Kalyna Korok.

“We knew we’d be fine, because we can save any game with our bats,” Carver said. “And we pride ourselves on our defense, and obviously it helps us win games.”

Carver, a sophomore second baseman, drove in a pair of runs in the title game. On the final out, Carver rushed in and made a diving catch on an infield blooper, and the celebration was on.

Carver was a member of last year’s NIC team that went 2-2 at the conference tourney for the second straight year.

“It motivated me 100 times more,” Carver said of last year. “When we lost our second game last year (at the tournament) I was so devastated; I knew that I wasn’t going to leave NIC without a championship.”

Lower Columbia lost its second game of the tournament, and won five games in the losers bracket to earn its way into the championship round.

“I think they (the Cardinals) are a well-rounded team,” said Traci Fuller, in her seventh season as Lower Columbia head coach. “Not only can they hit, and their pitcher’s good, but they have great defense. There’s teams out here that can hit, and teams out here that can pitch, but they had it all.”

The Cardinals collect their first NWAC softball championship since joining the conference in the 2015 season.

Cardinal head coach Don Don Williams was named the 2018 Softball Coach of the Year while Mott was named Tournament MVP.

All-Tournament Team
MVP- Madi Mott
Megan Carver, North Idaho
Kalyna Korok, North Idaho
Audrey Seipert, North Idaho
Kayla Curtan, North Idaho
Cheyenne Gilbertson, Lower Columbia
Allyssa Gustafson, Lower Columbia
Nizhoni Wheeler, Lower Columbia
Kendell Clauson, Lower Columbia
Seli Aholelei, Edmonds
Chantelle Shimabukuro, Edmonds
Tamia Hirano, Edmonds
Jessica Fasolino, Douglas
Shelby Kwak, Douglas

post game team photo of NIC CardinalsCoach of the Year Don Don Williams and MVP Madi MottCoach of the Year Don Don Williams and MVP Madi Mott

North Idaho and Columbia Basin claim Golf Championships

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YAKIMA, WA — The Columbia Basin Women and North Idaho Men won the 2018 NWAC Golf Championship at The Apple Tree Golf Resort in Yakima, WA. today.

The Lady Hawks, who finished second in the regular season behind Spokane, trailed by a single stroke to the Sasquatch in the first round Sunday, but improved in the second round to win by a single stroke, 489 to 500.

North Idaho was third with a score of 502 while SW Oregon finished fourth with a score of 516.

North Idaho was led by Medalist Madi Brown who turned in a best individual score of 159, two better than two-time Player of the Year Brianna Esvelt who turned in a 161 score.

Esvelt’s teammate Breanna Watts was huge in helping to lead the Hawks to the team championship with a third place performance score of 162.

The title is Columbia Basin’s sixth dating back to 1993, their first title and the first since 2014. CBC head coach Dan Clifford logs his third women’s championship.

On the Men’s side, regular season champs North Idaho claimed their second consecutive team championship since joining the conference during the 2014-15 season.

The Cardinals trailed the Bellevue Bulldogs by 4 strokes after the first round Sunday, but improved their score by eight strokes on Monday to end the day tied with the Bulldogs 580 to 580. NIC won the tie breaker to claim the championship.

Spokane, who took 5th in the regular season, finished third (597) while Grays Harbor, 6th in regular season, turned in a fourth place finish (601).

North Idaho’s Sean Langham was the men’s medalist, winning by two stokes (140) over Grays Harbor’s Justin Cox.

Bellevue’s Kevin Simmons and North Idaho’s Brady Nelson tied for third with scores of 143.

Job Announcement: Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach – Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee Valley College Men’s Basketball program has an immediate opening for the Head Assistant Basketball Coach. Salary includes a stipend.

Assist head coach with all operations of men’s basketball program including, but not limited to:

  • Recruitment of high quality student-athletes
  • Direct and oversee camps and clinics
  • Individual & team on-court instruction
  • Provide academic assistance and monitor student-athlete progress in the classroom
  • Advance scouting of opponents
  • Scheduling of team travel arrangements
  • Assist with administrative tasks
  • Create and organize fundraising events

To apply, please email a resume and list of at least 3 references to:
Jeremy Harden
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Wenatchee Valley College

NWAC Golf All-League Teams Announced

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VANCOUVER, WA. — The NWAC is pleased to announce the 2018 Men’s & Women’s Golf All-League Teams. These players will be in action next week at the 2018 Golf Championships at The Appletree Golf Resort in Yakima, WA.
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Brianna Esvelt, Columbia Basin
Madi Brown, North Idaho
Shelby Baum, Spokane
Kelci Parker, Spokane
Katie Bogert, SW Oregon
Lauren Hamm, Skagit Valley
Emma Raymond, Skagit Valley
Breanna Watts, Columbia Basin
Emily Ngonvolalath, Bellevue
Abby Dixon, SW Oregon
Brooke Cramer, Walla Walla
Mikal Jerman, North Idaho
Kobie Lockwood, SW Oregon
Sean Langham North Idaho
Gerry Snyder ,SW Oregon
Todd Henderson, North Idaho
Jonny Larson, Skagit Valley
Kevin Simmons, Bellevue
Chase Mitchell, Spokane
Jake Larson, Spokane
Joel Snyder, SW Oregon
Brady Nelson, North Idaho
Curtis Koltermann, Bellevue
Ben Harvey, North Idaho
Brett Ball, Skagit Valley

NFCA Announces 2018 NWAC Softball All-Americans

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twelve student-athletes have been named to the NFCA’s Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) All-America team. Additionally, Douglas College’s Rachel Warburton and Treasure Valley Community College’s Jordan Henley were named recipients of the New Balance / NFCA Golden Shoe and Diamond Sports / NFCA Catcher of the Year awards.

Leading the way with three overall selections is North Idaho College and Walla Walla Community College. Edmonds Community College had two honorees with four other programs earning one accolade.

NWAC All-Americans

Pacing No. 1 North Idaho are infielder Kylee Curtan, pitcher Madi Mott and utility player Megan Carver. Curtan tops the NWAC with a .603 average, 108 hits, 32 doubles, 95 runs and a .635 on-base percentage, while adding 11 home runs, 62 RBI and the second-best slugging percentage at 1.011. Mott is a league-best 24-1, owns a NWAC-low 1.65 ERA and 179 strikeouts to just 22 walks in 128.2 innings, while holding her opponents to a .159 batting average. Additionally, Mott hits .445 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs, 65 RBI and 66 runs scored. Carver is third in the conference with a .522 batting average and is second with 22 doubles. She also recorded 83 hits, four triples, 12 homers, 66 RBI and 69 runs.

Walla Walla, who finished second in the East Division and is the No. 4 tournament seed, is led by infielder Kylee Hill, outfielder Hailey Danly and utility Brandi Schoessler. Hill ranks second in the NWAC with a .539 average, 89 hits and a.586 on-base percentage, while launching 14 long balls, driving in 59 runs and scoring 71 times. Danly is hitting .438 with 67 hits, 16 doubles, four triples, 14 round trippers, 57 RBI and 59 runs. Schoessler is hitting .371 with seven doubles, 11 long balls, 48 RBI and 54 runs scored.

Hurler Lesieli Aholelei and infielder Chantelle Shimabukuro keyed Edmonds to a 29-3 record, a North Division title and the third overall seed at the NWAC Tournament. Aholelei, the lone returning All-American, is tied with Mott with 24 wins (24-3) to go along with a conference-best 217 strikeouts and four saves. Shimabukuro is hitting .488 with 20 doubles, 52 RBI, 72 runs scored and a .550 on-base percentage.

New Balance Golden Shoe recipient Warburton was selected an All-American at the outfield spot. She leads the NWAC with 44 stolen bases and helped Douglas to a 27-5 overall mark and the No. 2 seed in the NWAC tournament. Additionally, Warburton is hitting .482 with 67 hits, 48 runs scored and 27 RBI.

Treasure Valley’s Henley, named the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year, earned her first NFCA All-America nod. She is hitting .420 with 12 doubles, a NWAC-best 18 home runs, 52 RBI and 47 runs scored.

Rounding out the 2018 All-Americans is Everett Community College infielder Megan Dedrick and Mt. Hood Community College outfielder Makiah Johnson. Dedrick is hitting .487 with 76 hits, 12 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs 46 RBI and 56 runs scored. Johnson bats .474 with 13 doubles, three triples, 51 runs scored and 23 stolen bases.

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New Balance Golden Shoe Award:Rachel Warburton, Douglas
Diamond Catcher Award:      Jordan Henley, Treasure Valley
Coaching Staff of the Year:   
Head Coach Don Don Williams
Assistant Coach Shay Fuson
Assistant Coach Laura Fierro
Assistant Coach Dan Silva
Madi Mott       
Lesieli Aholelei
Jordan Henley 
Megan Dedrick
Kayla Curtan    
Kylee Hill
Chantelle Shimabukuro
Makiah Johnson
Hailey Danly
Rachel Warburton           
Megan Carver
Brandi Schoessler
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Treasure Valley
North Idaho
Walla Walla
Mt. Hood
Walla Walla
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