Mott named 2018 Baden Softball Player of the Year

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MADI MOTT

NORTH IDAHO
• FRESHMAN

With a record of 29-1, Mott, the East Region MVP, led the league in wins and posted a conference second best ERA of 2.08 and was second in strikeouts with 208 Ks on the season. When she wasn’t on the mound, Mott was creating havoc against opposing pitchers with her .432 batting average. She blasted 15 homers (10th best in the conference) and 66 RBIs (12th best). The talented freshman was named to the NWAC NFCA All-American team and she was named Championship Tournament MVP after leading NIC to the 2018 conference title.

Foster, Paller & Ford named 2018 Baden Track & Field Athletes of the Year

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ESSENCE FOSTER

CLACKAMAS
• FRESHMAN

Foster placed in six events with a first place finish in the 400m Hurdles; second in the Heptathlon and 400m Dash and third place finishes in the Long Jump, 400m & 1600m relays. She tallied a total of 35 points to earn the championship meet’s High Point Athlete.

COLTON PALLER
OLYMPIC
• SOPHOMORE

Paller captured the triple crown in the throws, winning the Discus (his second consecutive title), the Hammer Throw and the Shot Put. He tallied 30 points to be named Co-High Point Athlete of the Meet. Paller has signed with the University of Wyoming to continue his track & field career.

JACOBE FORD
EVERETT
• FRESHMAN

Ford captured the triple crown in the jumps events, winning the Long Jump, High Jump and smashing the 36-year-old record of
50’ 7 1/2” with a mark of 50’ 11 1/2”. He tallied 30 points to be named Co-High Point Athlete of the Meet.

Yoshikawa & Quintero Delgado named 2018 Baden Tennis Players of the Year

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CHIAKI YOSHIKAWA

BELLEVUE
• FRESHMAN

Freshman Chiaki Yoshikawa only lost three sets in two matches as she cruised to the 2018 Women’s Championship title. The native of Japan went undefeated in singles and doubles matches on the season and was also a member of the #1 Doubles Championship team.

EDGARDO QUINTERO DELGADO
BELLEVUE
• SOPHOMORE

Quintero Delgado, the 2017 Player of the Year went undefeated in #1 singles league play this season going 8-0. The native of Venezuela also went 7-1 in doubles play and captured both the #1 Singles and #1 Doubles Championships. Quintero Delgado was also named Under Armour Player of the Week in April 2018. He is considering several offers from four year programs for next season.

Esvelt & Lockwood named 2018 Baden Golf Players of the Year

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BRIANNA ESVELT

COLUMBIA BASIN
• SOPHOMORE

Esvelt defended her 2017 Player of the Year performance with another great season and 2018 Player of the Year title. She won five tournaments and was a medalist in three of four league matches. Esvelt will be playing golf at NCAA Division II Western Washington University next year on scholarship.

KOBIE LOCKWOOD
SW OREGON
• SOPHOMORE

Lockwood won the Columbia Basin and Highline Invitational tournaments during the season and had the most consistent performances at all league matches to cruise to the Player of the Year honors winning by 25 strokes. Lockwood has signed to play at NCAA Division II California State University Stanislaus on a golf scholarship next year.

Lower Columbia College collects their 13th NWAC baseball Championship

LCC team hosting the trophy

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From the third through eight innings, Lower Columbia College pitcher Jared Akin was in a zone.

The sophomore right-hander from Hillsboro surrendered three hits during the span to earn Most Valuable Player accolades as the Red Devils held off Yakima Valley 7-5 in the title game of the NWAC Baseball Championships on Monday at David Story Field.

The title is the second straight for LCC (36-7), which finished the season winning its last 15 games. The Red Devils have claimed the title in three of the last four years, and have a conference-record 13 championship crowns.

“Winning the championship last year and repeating is really tough to do,” LCC coach Eric Lane said. “It shows how strong the sophomores are and all of the hard work they’ve put in the last two season. There’s not a lot of Red Devils who can say they repeated, and for these guys to do that is special.”

The last team to win consecutive titles was Edmonds during the 2002 and ’03 seasons. LCC won consecutive crowns in 1995, ’96, and ’97.

Things got a little dicey for the Devils in the ninth inning. A passed-ball third strike landed Yakima leadoff hitter and pinch-hitter Jashaun Simon at first off reliever Derek Downey, who then hit the next batter with a pitch. The usually reliable Downey then gave up a base hit to Tanner Parker, which loaded the bases.

Downey yielded to Justin Solt, who gave up an RBI single to Johnny Sage and a run-scoring sacrifice fly to Zach Inskeep before closing out the game with a pair of infield outs.

Yakima roughed up Akin for two runs in the first on four consecutive hits, including a double from Inskeep.

“Early on I wasn’t able to get my off-speed pitches over, so I was a one-pitch pitcher,” said Akin, who will play next season at Concordia University in Portland. “When I started getting two or three pitches over, I was missing barrels and the batters seemed to be a little more off-balance.”

The Yaks took a 3-0 lead in the second when they parlayed a hit, walk and hit batter into a run.

“My body was a little tired, but I relied on the mechanics which got me to college and where I am now,” Akin said. “I did what I did best by missing barrels, forcing weak contact, and not doing too much.”

While he regained command of his off-speed pitches, Akin retired 18 of the next 21 batters he faced before leaving after eight innings. After throwing 50 pitches in the first two innings, Akin needed only 76 through the next six frames. He allowed eight hits, struck out five, and walked two.

“We have trust in Jared, but every once in awhile he has an inning where he gives up a couple runs,” Lane said. “He finds a way to getting back to posting zeros to let our offense to get back in the game.”

The seemingly tense Red Devils had one hit in the first two innings off Yaks’ starter Matt Driver. In the third, they loosened up when DeShawn Johnson was hit by a pitch, Chase Hodkinson singled, and Kyle Sandstrom gained a bases-loaded walk.

JT Strickler hit a sacrifice fly which plated Johnson, Sam Trend-Beacom was hit by a pitch which reloaded the bases, and Ricky Muzzy added an RBI single which chased Driver for reliever Logan Chase. Noah Andrews greeted him with an RBI single, and Hunter Cook added an RBI single which gave the Devils’ a 5-3 advantage.

Five Yakima Valley pitchers combined to hit seven LCC batters, with Trend-Beacom and Muzzy getting hit twice apiece.

“Our energy was lacking a little in the first two innings when we got down 3-0,” Lane said. “We put together some good at-bats in the third inning, which got us back in the game.”

LCC added a run in the sixth on a towering home run from Trend-Beacom which landed on the left field party deck, and an insurance tally in the eighth when Srickler doubled and came home on a Yaks’ error.

“We have a good freshmen group along with a good system in place, so there’s no reason we can’t do it again,” Lane said. “For me, winning it the first time was a lot of hard work, but this group of sophomores we had were special.”

Lane was also quick to give praise to his current coaching staff of Ian Sanderson and Ryan Littlefield, along with former coaches Eddie Smith and Kurt Lupinski.

“Ian took over the pitchers this season, and pitching wins ballgames,” Lane said. “The job he did was amazing, and set the tone for us.”

The Devils finished with nine hits, with Trend-Beacom and Hunter Cook collecting two apiece. All-Tournament picks for LCC were middle infielders Cook and Muzzy, outfielders Sandstrom and Andrews, designated hitter Strickler, pitcher Yancy Bird, and relief pitcher Justin Solt.

Also named to the All-Tournament team were Yakima Valley infielders Bryce Beck and Tanner Parker, outfielders Cole McKenzie, Tyler Detloff, and pitcher Alec Gomez; Edmonds outfielder Guthrie Morrison and pitcher Will Smith; Spokane catcher Brayden Olson and pitcher Nick Flesher; and Lane utility player Bryce Mulcahy.

Team photo

MVP Jared Akin and Coach of the Year Eric LaneMVP Jared Akin and Coach of the Year Eric Lane

NWAC Announces 2018 Baseball All-NWAC and Gold Glove Teams





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VANCOUVER, WA. — The Northwest Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2018 Baseball All-NWAC and Gold Glove Teams.

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BASEBALL ALL-NWAC
Most Valuable Player: Johnny Sage, So.,  Yakima Valley
ABCA Pitcher of the Year: Elliot Carney, So., Edmonds
FIRST TEAM
INFIELDERS
Rylan Cratsenberg, So., Pierce
Collin Wolf, So., Tacoma
Griffin McCormick, Fr., Bellevue
Damon Peters, So.,  Linn-Benton
Xander Orejudos, Fr., Columbia Basin

OUTFIELDERS
Cole McKenzie, So., Yakima Valley
Troy Simpkins, Fr., Columbia Basin
Dalton Harum, So., Wenatchee Valley
Guthrie Morrison, So., Edmonds

PITCHERS
Brock Townsend, Fr., Linn-Benton
Gerald Hein, So., Yakima Valley
Will Smith, Fr., Edmonds
Kade Mechals, So., Skagit Valley

RELIEF PITCHER
Derek Browne, So., Clark

CATCHER
JT Strickler, So., Lower Columbia

DESIGNATED HITTER
Zach Inskeep, So., Yakima Valley

UTILITY
Robert Ahlstrom, So., Chemeketa

SECOND TEAM
INFIELDERS
Jackson Soto, So., Lane
Cam MacIntosh, Fr., Tacoma
Rich Mascarenas, Fr.,  Linn-Benton
Tanner Parker, So., Yakima Valley
Cody Banks, So., Big Bend

OUTFIELDERS
Cole Carder, So., Linn-Benton
Kyle Sandstrom, So., Lower Columbia
Justin van de Brake, Fr., Tacoma
Trent Tinglestad, So., Everett

PITCHERS
Nick Flesher, So., Spokane
Alan Vasquez, So., Pierce
Mitch Lines, Fr., Lower Columbia
Kyle Stubbins, So., Douglas

RELIEF PITCHER
Lucas Ford, So., Edmonds

CATCHER
Matt Scheffler, So., Pierce

DESIGNATED HITTER
Sam Trend-Beacom,  So., Lower Columbia

UTILITY
Chaz Lopez, So.,  Clark

ALL-NWAC GOLD GLOVE
Catcher
Nathaniel Sagdahl, So., Edmonds
Pitcher
Wyatt Stanley, Fr., Edmonds
First Base
Josh Congdon, So., Linn-Benton
Second Base
Tristan Newell, Fr., Wenatchee Valley
Shortstop
Ben McKay, Fr., Wenatchee Valley
Third Base
Cody Banks, So., Big Bend
Outfield
Sean Coffey, So., Walla Walla
Cole Carder, So., Linn-Benton
Guthrie Morrison, So., Edmonds

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

image of Bellevue team posing with Leah Francis with '500' sign

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 http://slansportsmanagement.com/grant-sitton.

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

Lane Men's Champions Team Photo

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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.

Jaobe Ford winning jump imageLydia Pavlenko winning jump image
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.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
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

MEN’S CHAMPIONS
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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THEY HAD IT ALL

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

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