Mt. Hood’s Taylor Gould named NFCA-NWAC Assistant Softball Coach of the Year

NWAC: Taylor Gould, Mt. Hood CC

Gould has spent the last two years on the Mt. Hood coaching staff, mentoring the outfielders, who have been a stalwart defensively. Under her guidance, Makiah Johnson was named a 2018 NFCA All-American.

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer after the 2018 NWAC championships, Gould went through several treatments, but never skipped a beat as a coach, attending open practices and hitting the recruiting trail.

“Taylor’s work ethic and passion for the program are always on display,” said Mt. Hood head coach Brittany Hendrickson. “Taylor is the type of assistant that head coaches dream about having. She is devoted, passionate and knowledgeable about the game. She is a great example to student-athletes about overcoming adversity.

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LBCC Baseball Coach Ryan Gipson Heads to OSU, Peterson Named Interim Head Coach


Ryan Gibson

Linn-Benton Community College head baseball coach Ryan Gipson has accepted a position as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Oregon State University, effective immediately.

Linn-Benton has named Andrew Peterson as Interim Head Coach. Peterson spent last season as an assistant with the Roadrunners.

Gipson led Linn-Benton’s Roadrunners the past four years, compiling an overall record of 119-58 (.672). He was hired in 2014 to resurrect the Roadrunner baseball program which had been discontinued after the 2013 season. Gipson’s first season for the Roadrunners was 2015.

Last season the Roadrunners finished 42-4 overall and captured the Northwest Athletic Conference South Region title with a 29-2 record. Gipson was named NWAC South Region Coach of the Year in 2018 as well as 2017.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had the past 4 years to help build something special here at LBCC,” Gipson said. “Accepting this assistant coaching position at Oregon State and leaving LB is bittersweet. I’m extremely excited to coach again at my alma mater but it’s tough to leave this program, these players and everybody else at LBCC that has made this experience great for my family and me.”

Andrew Peterson

“While we are sad to see Ryan go, he’s leaving the program in terrific shape,” said Director of Athletics Mark Majeski. “What he and his staff built over the past four years is truly remarkable and our student-athletes have benefitted from Ryan’s exceptional program in numerous ways, both on and off the playing field.”

Before joining the Roadrunners last season, Peterson spent two years as an undergraduate assistant for Oregon State.

He has also spent the past three summers as infield coach for the Okotok (Canada) Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League. The WMBL boasts a long-standing tradition of creating a showcase for top Canadian and American professional and college prospects.

Peterson was a two-year letter winner for the Beavers, after which he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

In two years with the Beavers, he played in and started 119 games, batting .289 with 13 doubles and 42 runs batted in. He was known well for his ability to bunt, tallying 36 singles in that manner while finishing with 37 sacrifice bunts.

The second baseman was a Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection as a junior and was named to the 2013 Corvallis Regional All-Tournament Team.

Peterson came to Oregon State from Santa Ana Junior College, where he batted .426 with 10 doubles and 25 RBI as a junior.

A native of La Palma, Calif., he lettered four years for Kennedy High School and was named all-league his junior and senior years. He also lettered two years as a quarterback.

“Andrew was an easy and natural choice to take over for Ryan,” said Majeski. “They are cut from the same mold. The players know, respect and like Andrew, so this transition will be as smooth as possible.”

NWAC – Under Armour Volleyball Coaches Poll – September 26

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

, 2018
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Spokane 3-0, 22-0 80 (8) 1
2. North Idaho 2-1, 14-7 49 2
3. Blue Mountain 3-1, 16-5 46 NR
4. Pierce 1-0, 18-4 35 4
5. Edmonds 1-0, 18-6 28 5
6. Linn-Benton 2-0, 18-9 23 3
7. Walla Walla 1-1, 20-4 22 6
8. Bellevue 2-0, 18-9 17 7
Also receiving votes: Highline 7, Lower Columbia 5

Next Poll: October 12

NWAC – Under Armour Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll – September 26

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Tacoma 4-0-0, 11-0-0 78 (7) 1
2. Highline 3-1-0, 6-1-0 60 2
3. Chemeketa 4-0-0, 8-1-0 41 5
4. Everett 4-1-0, 7-3-0 40 (1) 3
5. Walla Walla 4-1-0, 6-2-1 34 6
6. Whatcom 3-0-2, 5-2-3 30 7
7. Spokane 4-1-0, 5-4-0 13 NR
8. Columbia Basin 3-1-1, 4-1-2 6 4
Also receiving votes: Wenatchee Valley 5, Peninsula 3, SW Oregon 2

Next Poll: October 12

NWAC – Under Armour Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll – September 26

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Highline 5-0-1, 7-2-2 73 (6) 1
2. Peninsula 4-0-1, 6-2-1 54 2
3. Spokane 5-0-1, 7-2-2 42 (1) 3
4. Clark 5-0-0, 6-1-0 40 4
5. Bellevue 4-0-1, 6-0-1 32 NR
6. Lane 4-1-0, 8-1-1 25 5
7. Edmonds 4-0-1, 5-0-2 20 8
8. Yakima Valley 3-1-1, 6-1-1 14 (1) 6
Also receiving votes: Tacoma 6, North Idaho 3, Whatcom 3

Next Poll: October 12

NWAC Baseball Showcase Displays Rich Talent in Area to 68 Recruiters and Scouts

image of showcase batting practive at Bellevue baseball field

BELLEVUE – The NWAC Baseball Showcase was played Saturday September 22 at Bellevue College in front of 68 recruiters and scouts from both professional baseball organizations and four-year colleges. The event was most heavily-attended by professional baseball scouts, as 24 were in attendance. 22 NCAA division I schools were represented along with 13 division II and nine NAIA schools. Recruiters from across the country, from the home state schools Washington and Washington State, to as far away as Marshall University in West Virginia, came to Bellevue to see the best prospects in the northwest. The smaller rosters, featuring only the best prospects, regardless of class, were well-received by the scouts and recruiters. Although there was a brief rain period during the latter half of the South vs. East region scrimmage portion, there were no delays and was completed over an hour earlier than expected. 

The South Region was highlighted by several players from Linn-Benton. Marcus Lydon  had the top 60 yard dash time in the South at 6.84 seconds. Jacob Melton had the top overall evaluation numbers of the outfielders, running a 6.94 and a throwing velocity of 86 mph. Richard Mascarenas had well-balanced numbers as well, running a 6.95 and displayed an arm strength measurement of 84 mph from shortstop.  Linn-Benton’s catcher, Cole Hamilton, who was drafted last year in the 23rd round by the Washington Nationals, was the standout catcher in the entire NWAC throwing 84 mph and recorded the best throwdown time of 1.94 seconds. The lefty hitter also showed well during batting practice.  On the mound, Linn-Benton’s Daniel Ferrario topped out at 92 mph.

The East region was highlighted by a pair from Spokane as left-handed pitcher Marcus Cain struck out three batters, while teammate Jaden Vandervert had the top tools of the East position players running a 6.75 6o time and had a top speed of 85 mph on throws from right field. Reed Harrington, also of Spokane, and Wenatchee Valley’s Aleks Hanson both touched 90 mph on the mound.

The West region displayed the best pitching depth, as Lower Columbia’s Yancy Bird topped out at 90-91 mph. Tacoma’s Jon Fortner, a transfer from High Point University, hit 90 mph as did the Titans’ Alex McBee, who as a left-hander sat in the 88-90 mph range and displayed three pitches for strikes. Pierce’s  phenom from Hawaii, Anthony Hoopii, showed he was the top two-way player. The Maui native was drafted last year in the 16th round  by the Minnesota Twins and went unsigned. He showed scouts there is reason to follow him this spring, throwing 90 mph off the  mound, 93 mph from right field, and running a region-best time of 6.58 in the 60. Other top position players who displayed outstanding tools were Hoopii’s Pierce teammate, Mason Hoover and Lower Columbia’s Noah Andrews. Hoover, a two-way shortstop and pitcher for the Raiders, threw 86 mph across the diamond and ran a 6.86 60. Andrews also garnered attention from recruiters, running a 7.0 60 coupled with a 90 mph arm from the outfield. 

The North region, thin on pitching to start with as only five arms were selected for the showcase, was highlighted by Bellevue’s Michael Attalah. The Oregon State transfer pitched in the 90-91 mph range and showed good feel for both the fast ball and advanced change up.
The North did display good depth in the field with athleticism as Douglas College’s Matteo Porcellato ran a 6.9 60 and flashed an 86 mph arm from shortstop, while Edmonds’ Nik Sokol ran a 6.83 60 and was 85 mph across the diamond.  Everett’s Sam Linscott ran a 6.8 60 and threw 87 mph from right field. The highlight of the event was the surprise factor of Shoreline’s Zane Zurbrugg. A converted catcher, Zurbrugg was injured in 2018 and was an unknown to all before he blew away the field, running an all-time NWAC Showcase best of 6.3 seconds in the 60 and displayed a 94 mph arm from right field.  As his coach, Dave Snell remarked, “After we moved him to outfield, everything  just took off.”

Administrative Assistant 4 – Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC)


Clark College is currently accepting applications for a classified overtime-exempt Administrative Assistant 4 that reports to the Executive Director of the NWAC. This is an 80% assignment working 32 hours per week. This position performs higher-level administrative duties as assigned by the NWAC Directors’, such as directing and coordinating special projects, seeing projects through to completion, and managing projects within periods. This position supports the NWAC’s office mission to support our constituents by maintaining high standards and visionary leadership in order to provide the best experiences for those we serve.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain calendars and provide administrative support for directors and staff. Schedule meetings, take and transcribe meeting minutes.
  • Process purchase requests for equipment purchases, prepare and submit for payment.
  • Manage and reconcile financial books for the NWAC, including budget recommendations and annual plans.
  • Prepare, compile, and coordinate championship budget reports as needed. Perform complex word processing tasks, such as merging and sorting, integrating text with graphics, and creating Excel spreadsheets. May also include uploading/downloading files, creating footnotes, outlines, meeting minutes, and agendas.
  • Draft and proofread correspondence and materials for punctuation, grammar, spelling, format, and accuracy for final review and signature. Compose correspondence in response to requests for information from our members. 
  • Make travel arrangements for staff. 
  • Ensure critical business functions are met in the absence of the Executive Director.
  • Establish and maintain effective office procedures, efficient workflows, and interpret and apply administrative policies as applicable.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management team, Board members, and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Prepare or assist in drafting reports, letters, and other correspondence and monitor information for time sensitive materials.
  • Serves as liaison between directors, commissioners, and Executive Board by relaying information and assignments, requesting status information, and tracking appropriately.
  • Serve as records coordinator for various areas.
  • Research and abstract information and supporting data in preparation for meetings, projects, and presentations.
  • Coordinate special projects and prepare comprehensive plans, summaries, and progress reports. 
  • Perform related duties as required.

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2018 Under Armour Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Sept 21

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Wilsonville High School Wilsonville, OR

Event: 7,000m run; Mark: 22:59 at Ash Creek Invitational

"John ran aggressive," said Cougar head coach Keoni McHone. He was running with athletes that were significantly faster than him and was able to hold on very well the rest of the race. He almost ran his 5,000 meter personal best at the 5,000 meter mark in the race.  John was one of the top freshmen in the race, finishing 16th out of 67 runners."

2018 Under Armour Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Sept 21

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Shorewood High School • Shoreline, WA

Event: 4 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 16:19.4 at Clash of the Northwest Invite

"Emily put in a good summer of training and it is starting to show," said Sasquatch head coach Sean McLachlan. "A solid effort on a tough course only two and a half weeks into the season is a great sign of things to come."

Under Armour Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 4

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Dylan Murphy, Shorecrest HS / Seattle, WA., has anchored a stingy Thunderbird defense that has allowed only two goals in six matches this season including four shutouts.

"Dylan has been solid all year for us at center back," said Thunderbird head coach Steve Mohn. "He has helped lead us to a great start this season on the defensive side of the ball with 4 shutouts and 2 goals against in our first 6 games. He is physically strong, difficult to beat one on one, and reads the game very well. He is a quite guy, but he has developed into a leader on the field with the way he plays in every practice and game."

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