Under Armour Volleyball Athlete of the Week & NWAC Volleyball Athletes of the Week – Week 6

KAYLA NEUMANN Under Armour Photo BannerClick to enlarge image


Sandpoint High School Sandpoint, ID

In 10 sets last week, Neumann helped North Idaho to three wins in four days (3-0 over Big Bend, 3-0 over Columbia Basin, and 3-1 over Treasure Valley) in East Region play. Kayla totaled 50 kills on the week (14, 12, 24) with a 46% kill efficiency and ended with 33 digs (8, 13, 12) and a 98% serve efficiency. The Cardinals move to 5-1 in conference play and 17-7 overall.

“Kayla had an outstanding week for us,” said Cardinals head coach Kelsey Stanley. “She’s been fun to watch lately as she is getting better and better each week. The one thing about Kayla that is so special is that she has so much talent and still has so much more room to grow. Kayla is one of a kind in the NWAC and never scared of a challenge.“

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Regional Players of the Week – Week 6

Offensive: Carlee Rowell, Bellevue
Setter:  Haylee Hooper, Edmonds
Defensive: Mikkele Gallier, Olympic

Offensive: Kayla Neumann, North Idaho
Setter: Haylee Templeton, North Idaho
Defensive: Kacey Halbert, Walla Walla

Offensive:  Jocelyn Hillyer, Pierce
Setter: Hattey Smith, Pierce
Defensive: Mahie Kaawa, Highline

Offensive: Ally Tow, Linn Benton
Setter: Kailee Sorenson, Chemeketa
Defensive: McKenna Wilson, Umpqua

Under Armour Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – October 4

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Sunset High School Springfield, OR

Event: 8k run; Mark: 25:14.7 at 44th Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational

"Andy Muha has resumed where he left off last season as the 2017 NWAC XC Champion with a very solid third place performance and PR at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem last weekend,” said Lane head coach Bill Steyer. “Andy’s strength and talents as a distance runner helped his team earn first place honors over a total of 19 teams in the race/event.
Andy’s drive and motivation and friendly demeanor are the characteristics we proudly associate with Titan successes.”

Portland Men’s Basketball suffers tragic loss

image of  Aaron Bell coaching from the bench

Portland Community College Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Aaron Bell passed away Oct. 2, 2018, due to complications resulting from a heart attack.

Aaron was a member of the PCC coaching staff that led an incredible turnaround of the men’s program. Prior to being hired, PCC had a 1-49 win-loss record in the two previous seasons.

Bell’s hard work, leadership and infectious personality helped get the Panthers into contention immediately. The Panthers finished in 3rd place in the Southern Region his first year. The next year Bell helped guide the Panthers to a first place region finish and the 2013-14 NWAC Championship. Both achievements were the first in school history.

Bell graduated from Benson High School in 1986 then played two years of basketball at Grays Harbor Community College. From there he accepted a Division 1 scholarship to Weber State University.

Coach Bell will be missed by all.  

Lower Columbia alum Bud Black leads the Rockies to MLB Playoffs

Bud Black played two years of baseball at LCC before embarking on a career in college and major league baseball as a pitcher, coach and manager. 

Black still holds records at LCC as a left handed pitcher and his talent took him to San Diego State. 

Black pitched 15 years in the Major Leagues, including a world championship with the 1985 Kansas City Royals. Black then won a championship as pitching coach with the Los Angeles Angels.

Black was the manager of the San Diego Padres where he won NL Manager of the Year in 2011. He is currently the Manger of the Colorado Rockies. This is the second consecutive year the Rockies have made the playoffs.

Job announcement: Head Coach Women’s Golf – Grays Harbor

Grays Harbor College is accepting applications for Head Women’s Golf Coach. This position works with the Director of Athletics, NWAC athletic commissioners and campus departments to ensure compliance with all NWAC rules and regulations in areas including but not limited to: recruiting, eligibility, schedules, travel and preparing athletes for competition. 

View full job description and application information.

NWAC Spotlight: Yitagesu Dowty, South Puget Sound Community College Men’s Soccer Player

By Emily Masseth, NWAC intern

Yitagesu playing soccer for South Puget Sound CC
About Yitagesu
I started playing soccer at a very young age in Ethiopia – this is all we did all day long. We used to make our own soccer balls and we played street soccer with friends until night time. The first time I came to America I was 11 years old. When I was a sophomore in high school I was drawing in one of my classes and one of the ladies asked to see my art. She was very impressed with what I had been creating so she told me to keep it up and that gave me the motivation to do more. Art is my home it helps me express myself, calms me down, it shows who I am and my story.

Who is your greatest influence?
My family and friends.

What advice do you have for incoming student-athletes?
Be yourself because all you need is in you.

What is one challenge or obstacle that you have had to overcome in order to get where you are today?
Losing my parents at a young age.

What is something you enjoy doing outside of your athletic pursuits?
Listening to music and making art pictures. I also enjoy reading the Bible. Listening to T.D. Jakes.

What are your plans after you graduate?
To become a professional artist and build an art school for kids. Also to make a cartoon movie of my life using my art.

Name one fun fact about yourself:
I am from Ethiopia.

The Olympian article where Yitagesu showed his art at the Fall Arts Walk: https://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article177553706.html

Yitagesu’s artwork is hosted in Orca Books, the largest independent bookstore in Olympia: https://www.orcabooks.com/event/spring-artswalk-art-yitagesu-dowty

Follow Yitagesu’s journey with SPSCC Men’s Soccer: http://www.spsccathletics.com/sports/msoc/2018-19/schedule

If you want to submit your story or nominate a person to be highlighted through the NWAC Spotlight, please email nwacsports@clark.edu

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Under Armour Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 5

Diego Esquivel Armour Player of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image


Diego Esquivel, Post Falls HS / Post Falls, ID., had both game winning goals against 8th ranked Columbia Basin and 5th ranked Walla Walla to put Spokane back into a three way tie for first place in the East.

"Diego is a dynamic player that loves competition and scoring goals," said Sasquatch head coach Kenny  Krestian. "Following a slow start to the season,  in which Diego has started all 9 matches, he now has 4 goals and 2 assists to lead the team in points. We are excited to watch Diego improve over the second half of the season as he continues to help his team improve as well."

Under Armour Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 5

Julie Williams Armour Player of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image


Julie Williams, Mountain View HS / Vancouver, WA., has played a huge role in a stingy Clark defense that has only allowed five goals in seven games including five consecutive shutouts.

"Julie is our anchor in the back," said Penguin head coach Jeff Castagnola. "She reads the game extremely well, leads the backline, and is calm and confident on the ball when we are building out.  She’s a model student-athlete and represents herself, and the program, well."

Under Armour Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Sept 27

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South High School Cheyenne, WY

Event: 8K run; Mark: 26:29.66 at Ken Garland Classic – NWAC Preview

"Shane is an outstanding competitor with exceptional work ethic," said Lane head coach Bill Steyer. "He seems to have exponential improvement each day at practice and at every race. Not surprisingly, he is a great team role model. I look forward to watching his continued progress throughout the season and beyond."

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