Under Armour Baseball Player of the Week & NWAC Players of the Week – Week 8

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TYLER PARKER
SOPHOMORE • CENTER FIELDER

Tyler Parker, Liberty HS, Hillsboro, OR

Tyler slugged his way to player of the week with an impressive campaign at the plate. He mashed 6 extra base hits including 4 home runs and a triple while finishing the week going 9 for 16 (.563). The Sophomore outfielder finishes the season as Clackamas’ leading hitter at .301 with 9 home runs and 31 RBIs.

“Tyler is a treat in the middle of the line up with power to go deep at any time," said Cougar head coach Jim Hoppel. "
he is a great center fielder with lots of speed to cover the whole field.
It was always good to see Tyler at the plate and see what he was going to do, he is such a strong athlete and really dedicates himself to the game everyday”

NWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – May 116

Tyler Parker and Eli Herrick players of the week collage Click to enlarge image

Eli Herrick, Puyallup HS, Puyallup, WA

Herrick turned in an outstanding performance against 7th ranked Everett going 7 innings and allowing only one hit. He struck out 12 batters on his way to a 9-1 victory. Among the top pitchers in the NWAC with a 0.63 ERA, Eli has not started very many games but when he’s in, he’s effective.

“As we get down to crunch time, we had to move Eli from his relief role, which he excelled at last year, into the starting rotation," said Bulldog head coach Mark Yoshino. "A one-hitter with 12 strikeouts against a ranked team is pretty impressive considering he hasn’t started since mid-March. Even though he has not been a starter, Eli’s numbers have shown that he is one of the top pitchers in the NWAC.”

Jakobe Ford will go for NWAC Jumps Triple Crown

image of JAKOBE FORD doing a long jump attempt

The Freshman out of Shadle Park HS in Spokane, WA will be going after something this weekend that has never been accomplished in the history of NWAC Men’s Track and Field.  The Triple Crown.  Currently Ford sits atop the NWAC marks this season in the High Jump (7’0 1/4″) the Long Jump (24′ 4 1/2″) and the Triple Jump (49′ 8 1/4″). 

Earlier this season Jakobe broke the Everett Community College All-Time High Jump record with his 7’0 1/4″ mark.  But that is not even his personal record.  This winter he competed unnattached at an indoor track meet and jumped 7’4″.  That is currently in the top 3 in the nation out of all collegiate jumpers including NCAA Division I.  

His triple jump mark of 49′ 8 1/4″ is currently 2nd all time at EvCC and his long jump mark of 24’4 1/2″ is behind only EvCC legend Terry Metcalf’s mark of 25’10” which just so happens to be the All Time NWAC record.

The NWAC Championships will be this May 21-22 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR. 

A few of the most elite athletes in the history of the NWAC have won two of the three jumping events, but never all three.  The last to win two was back in 2009, and the last Everett Community College Athlete to win two was Terry Metcalf winning the high jump and triple jump in 1970 and 1971.    

Under Armour Softball Player of the Week & NWAC Players of the Week – Week 8

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JESSICA FASOLINO
FRESHMAN • PITCHER

Jessica Fasolino, Clayton Heights Secondary, Surrey, BC.

Jessica finished a strong week accumulating 4 wins on 3 starts while striking out 33 batters in 18 total innings pitched. She scattered 15 hits for only 2 earned runs to help Douglas finish out another strong season. Fasolino holds a 1.83 ERA which puts her second in the NWAC among qualified starters. She is also #5 in strikeouts with 125.

"Jess has been our ace all year," said Royals head coach Michelle Bettles Peters. "Consistent on the mound and a leader on
the field.  She’s mentally tough and leads by example.  She studies and
knows the game better than anyone.”

NWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – MAY 15

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Dakota Brooks, Pe Ell HS, Pe Ell, WA

Dakota completed an exemplary all-around week. From the plate, she went 11-21 (.524) including 3 doubles and 3 home runs for a whopping 14 RBI’s. On the mound, she started 3 games and led the Blazers to 2 wins including a one-hit 5 inning shutout of Clark. Brooks is tied for the NWAC lead in home runs with 18 and is 3rd in RBIs with 71.

“Dakota has been real consistent all year with her hitting," said Trailblazer head coach Kevin Slorey "She’s been a huge impact both offensively and defensively, which is great to see from a freshman. When we need a big hit, she’s one who get’s us a hit. If she’s not pitching or hitting as well as the others, she does not let it affect her and is always ready for the moment.”

Men’s Golf Player of the Tournament – SW Oregon League Match

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TODD HENDERSON

NORTH IDAHO
SOPHOMORE

Todd Henderson, Milikan HS / Long Beach, CA., won the Southwestern Oregon League Match by five strokes over two-time men’s player of the tournament Kobie Lockwood to help the Cardinals secure the Men’s 2018 regular season championship.

"It was great to see Todd finally get an individual win’ said Cardinal head coach Russell Grove. "I don’t think he knows how good he is but I sure know this win will help him see what he’s capable of. Bogey free and 6 birdies on his final round is very impressive. Very, very proud of where he’s come in the last two years."

Women’s Golf Player of the Tournament – SW Oregon League Match

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MADI BROWN
NORTH IDAHO SOPHOMORE

Madi Brown, San Marin HS / Novato, CA., won the women’s Southwestern Oregon League match by six strokes over previous league match player of the tournament Kelsi Parker and seven strokes over 2017 Women’s Player of the Year Brianna Esvelt.

"It was great to see Madi win again she’s been solid all year,"said Cardinal head coach Russell Grove "Her first round was very solid and could have been easily under par if it weren’t for a 4 hole stretch on the front nine. She did however shoot two under on the back. This win should give her great confidence going into the conference championship."

Luthy Selected to Lead Whatcom Volleyball

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Whatcom Community College athletic director photo of Cody LuthyChris Scrimsher has announced the hiring of Cody Luthy to lead the women’s volleyball program.

Luthy played three seasons of club volleyball for Western Washington University while pursuing his degree in Business Administration. Cody was named to the All-PIVA League Honors team during the 2016-17 season.

Luthy served as a member of the coaching staff for the WWU women’s club program in 2016-17. In addition to his work with WWU club volleyball, Cody has served as a coach with the Ferndale Volleyball Club.

Coach Luthy takes over a program which returned to the NWAC tournament in 2017 and finished third in the NWAC northern region. Despite graduating sophomore talent, Luthy is optimistic for the 2018 season and looks forward to taking on the challenge.

Outside of the gym, you can find Cody running his alpaca farm in Olympia, Washington.  He is grateful for the opportunity to join the WCC athletic department and eager to continue the established traditions of success.

LCC’s Chad Meadors Named Head Coach at NCU In Eugene

Image of Chad Meadors during LCC huddle

LONGVIEW – LCC’s loss is NCU’s gain.

After 11 seasons as the head coach of the Lower Columbia College Red Devil women’s basketball program, Chad Meadors is moving on to become the head coach of the Northwest Christian University women’s program.

Meadors was introduced as the Beacons new coach on Friday May 11th in Eugene. Here is the NCU press release.

Meadors had a great 11 year run at Lower Columbia where he led the Devils to a record of 224-106. His teams won five NWAC West championships and he was named the NWAC West coach of the year four times. Teams coached by Meadors had an incredible .841 winning percentage in divisional play.

“We’re losing a great coach”, according to LCC Athletic Director Kirc Roland. “It’s a good thing we’re not losing a friend because our Red Devil Nation is thrilled for Chad and we’ll be rooting for the NCU Beacons.”

Meadors has not only been successful as a coach at LCC, but he moved up the Student Services ranks to Director of Advising. “Student Services is feeling the same way as Athletics”, said Roland. “Chad impact is wide on our campus.”

Coach Meadors says he moves on with a full heart. “To my LCC family I say thank you. You have given me more than I could have ever given you. The relationships built over the last 11 years have gone by so fast and I’m grateful you entrusted me to lead the women’s basketball program where we impacted the lives of so many student/athletes. We always tell our players ‘Once A Devil, Always A Devil’ and that will always be the case for me.”

Roland has named Meadors top assistant Lucas Myers as the interim head coach. “I have every confidence in Lucas to pick up right where Chad left off. We’ll work with Lucas as we process the departure of Chad”, said Roland. “Our recruits have been working with Lucas and they are staying committed to our program.”

Myers is thankful for the opportunity and has nothing but respect for Meadors. “Chad is a fantastic coach and he has led our program with great integrity and commitment to our players”, said Myers. “As we move forward I’m excited for the opportunity to lead our program. We have great core of returners and some fabulous recruits. We are primed to lead a charge back to the NWAC Championships.”

Bellevue sweeps 2018 Tennis Championships – Heidenson named Coach of the Year

Men's Team ChampionsBellevue Men’s Team Champions

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Brackets: Men | Women

SPOKANE – The Bellevue College Bulldogs swept the 2018 NWAC tennis championships today at Spokane Falls Community College.

The Bulldog men’s team took four of six men’s singles titles and two of three doubles finals to tally a score of 135 to edge Spokane who collected 126 points. The Bulldogs were runner up in three other matches.

Reigning 2017 NWAC player of the year Edgardo Quintero Delgado won the men’s #1 singles match over Spokane sophomore Sean Singco in a seesaw battle 6-2, 0-6, 6-2.

Bulldog teammates Emahd Khan (#2 singles), Oscar Cruz (#3 singles) & Chu Chatani (#5 singles) also won championships adding to the Bellevue score.

The sophomore team of Khan/Quintero Delgado along with Cruz/Mique Curry-Edwards collected doubles titles for the Bulldogs.

Spokane won three championships and finished runner up in six other title matches.

Treasure Valley took third with 90 points while Skagit Valley finished with 9.

On the women’s side, Bellevue cruised to team victory with a score of 125 to Highline’s 90, Spokane’s 88, Skagit Valley’s 33 and Treasure Valley’s 24.

The Bulldogs placed winners in the #1 singles (Chiaki Yoshikawa), #6 singles (Haylie Irving) and in the #1 doubles (Yoshikawa & Aileen Nguyen) and #2 doubles (Kathleen Nolan & Holly Wright).

Bellevue also had three players finish runner-up in title matches to add significant points towards the team title.

Runner-up Highline was lead by Sammie McElwain as champion in #4 singles and four runner-up finishes with Amilia Gogalija (#1 singles), Celeste Andreotti (#2 singles), Gogalija & Andreotti (#1 doubles) and Miriam Cabrera & McElwain (#2 doubles).

The team titles are Bellevue Men’s eighth (third under Jason Chapman) and women’s 12th ( all under Chapman’s direction).

Spokane head coach Wally Heidenson, who is retiring after 37 illustrious seasons as the Sasquatch skipper, was named the Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. Heidenson’s Sasquatch won two women’s team titles in 2001 and 2002 and had seven runner up finishes while his men’s teams compiled seven team championships and nine runner-up finishes.

BBellevue Women's Team ChampionsBellevue Women’s Team Champions

Men's Singles Champion - Edgardo Quintero Delgado Men’s Singles Champion – Edgardo Quintero Delgado

Women's Singles Champion - Chiaki YoshikawaWomen’s Singles Champion – Chiaki Yoshikawa

Men's Doubles Champions - Emahd Khan & Edgardo Quintero DelgadoMen’s Doubles Champions – Emahd Khan & Edgardo Quintero Delgado

Women's Doubles Champions - Chiaki Yoshikawa & Aileen NguyenWomen’s Doubles Champions – Chiaki Yoshikawa & Aileen Nguyen

Men's & Women's Coach of the Year - Wally HeidensonMen’s & Women’s Coach of the Year – Wally Heidenson

Portland CC sends two men’s basketball players on to NCAA Div II programs

Lane Josi signing his LOI with family and PCC coaching staff

Lane Josi received a full-ride scholarship to Black Hills State University (BHSU) in South Dakota. BHSU is a member school of the Rock Mountain Athletic Conference and participates in NCAA Division II. Lane was a vital component for the Panthers this season and helped the team win the NWAC Southern Region title.

Lane averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds during the 2017-18 season. He is an honor roll student and continues to demonstrate leadership and strong character on and off the court. PCC and the community are looking forward to supporting Lane on his athletic journey and proudly representing Panther Pride.

Cameron Retherford signing his LOI with family and PCC coaching staff

Cameron Retherford, received a scholarship to continue his basketball career at NCAA Division II Western Washington University. Cameron developed his game tremendously throughout the season and led the Panthers to a 26-6 record along with clinching the Southern Region title.

Cameron averaged 13 points, 7 rebounds and over 1 block per game. He was named to the NWAC First-Team and recognized as a leader of the team. Cam has set a precedent at PCC for years to come.

Men’s Track & Field Under Armour Athlete of the Week – Week 8

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WILLIAM ‘JJ’ WALKER CLACKAMAS

FRESHMAN DECATHLON

William ‘JJ’ Walker, Mariner HS / Everett, WA.

Event: Decathlon, Mark: 6145 points

"JJ Walker is the first Clackamas decathlete to win the conference championship since David Lemen set the national junior college record," said Cougar head coach Keoni McHone. "He had personal bests in nine out of ten events, and the tenth event was a decathlon personal best.

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