Under Armour Volleyball Player of the Week & NWAC Volleyball Players of the Week – Week10

DALANEY TUHOLSKI  Under Armour Player of the WeekClick to enlarge image


Heritage High School Vancouver, WA

In 6 sets last week, Tuholski turned in 29 kills on a 41.6% kill efficiency to go with 5 blocks, 23 digs and a pair of aces on a 95% serve accuracy.

"Dalaney has led us to our 2 victories this week and put us in second place in the south," said Clark head coach Mark Dunn.

NWAC Players of the Week photo collageClick to enlarge image

NWAC Players of the Week – Week 10
Offensive: Dalaney Tuholski, Clark
Setter: Kendall Collins, Spokane Falls
Defensive: Kaitlin Ramsey, Spokane Falls

Regional Players of the Week – Week 10

Offensive: Michelle Dmitruk, Edmonds
Setter: Megan Rogers/Railey Holst, Bellevue
Defensive: Sierra Orr, Olympic

Offensive: Esther Schuh, Columbia Basin
Setter: Kendall Collins, Spokane Falls
Defensive: Kaitlin Ramsey, Spokane Falls

Offensive: Brooke Spoor, Grays Harbor
Setter: Allie Bauer, Pierce
Defensive: Nicolle Duryea, Centralia

Offensive: Dalaney Tuholski, Clark
Setter: Olivia Jacoshenk/Megan Hess, Clark
Defensive: Mary Shorn, Clark

Former Lane Titan XC and Track & Field Athletes Excell at Next Level

Graphic of Lane logo and track & field icon

Grady O'ConnorFormer Lane head coach of cross country and track and field, Grady O’Connor left a legacy of great success while he was leading the two programs to nine NWAC championships.

"The NWAC conference and the member schools provide an amazing service to our communities by providing opportunities for our student athletes to grow and showcase their athletic talents," said O’Connor. "It’ll be exciting to follow all these former Titans as they continue to pursue their academic and athletic dreams."

Below are a list of current athletes that are still competing at the next level. The group represents 25 individual NWAC event champions, and over 50 junior college all-American certificates.

Joshua Rambert 2015 University of Oregon
Drew Russert 2016 University of Oregon
Austin Torres 2017 University of Oregon
Tristan James 2017 University of Oregon
Rashad Swank-Jones 2017 University of Oregon
Keenan Calhoun 2017 Sacramento State University
Elmer Shelevy 2017 Portland State University
Benjamin Kelly 2016 Iowa State University
Sean McGetrick 2014 BYU
Wyatt Thompson-Siporen 2017 Montana State University
Grant Shurtliff 2017 Eastern Washington University
Dakarai Hightower 2016 St. Augustine University
Nick Sieber 2017 Western Oregon University
Jeff Patterson 2016 Eastern Oregon University
Austin Cousineau 2016 Eastern Oregon University
Ben Harter 2016 Southern Oregon
Sam Nichols 2016 Concordia OR
Giovanni Brown 2016 Concordia OR
Kaelyn Byrum 2015 Concordia CA
Coleman Byrum 2015 Concordia CA
Paul Bentz 2013 Cal Poly Pomona
Elias Geydon 2012 Adams State University
Kylee O’Connor 2016 University of Oregon
Rubie Cordey 2016 University of Oregon
Danielle Girard 2017 University of Hawaii
Meg Jackson 2017 University of Hawaii
Marissa Taylor 2016 University of Washington
Simone Reynolds 2015 San Francisco State University
Ashley Walters 2017 Southern Oregon University
Taylor Knauss 2017 Southern Oregon University

Under Armour Men’s Soccer Player of the Week – Week 9

Daniel Betancourt Armour Player of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image


Daniel Betancourt, Milwuakie HS/Milwuakie, OR, has been a force on for the Panther’s defense, limiting opponents to just 10 goals in 13 matches this season. He is also a key player in the PCC offense generating scoring opportunities and has tallied 5 of his own to lead the team.

"Daniel has a great attacking spirit.," said PCC head coach Walter Arevalo. "He is a freshman with a goal to major in International Business. He is a strong student, a very respectful person and a great leader. Daniel loves the game and plans to continue playing soccer at a Div I University."

Under Armour Women’s Soccer Player of the Week – Week 9

Klarissa Barajas Armour Player of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image


Klarissa Barajas, Kennewick HS/Kennewick, WA, scored the Game tying and winning goal against #5-ranked Spokane. Then Followed that up with the a 3 goal performance against #7-ranked North Idaho College. Her 5 goal performance in the last two matches helped secure the Warriors’ East Region title.

"Klarissa has been a constant contributor all year," said WWCC head coach Jordan Hacker. "She has improved
her game since the very start of fall camp. She is a dedicated player
and pushes the players around her to be better. This pushes all of us to better moving forward."

Under Armour Volleyball Player of the Week & NWAC Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 9

Kendall Collins Under Armour Player of the WeekClick to enlarge image


University High School Spokane Valley, WA

In 19 sets last week, Collins had 257 assists on a 13.53 assist per set average to go with 16 kills on 30% attack efficiency, 6 aces on a 98% serve efficiency (81 serves), 9 blocks and 55 digs.

"Kendall was the Grays Harbor College MVP and consistently runs a great offense," said Spokane head coach Jenni Hull. "She works extremely hard and has opportunities to play on at the next level. We are very lucky to have her."

NWAC Players of the Week photo collageClick to enlarge image

NWAC Players of the Week – Week 9

Offensive: Grace Phillips, Linn-Benton
Setter: Kendall Collins, Spokane
Defensive: Khloe Clark, Lower Columbia

Regional Players of the Week – Week 9

Offensive: Karly Richardson, Skagit Valley
Setter: Megan Rogers/Railey Holst, Bellevue
Defensive: Erika Weber, Bellevue

Offensive: Kerista Godpaster, Yakima Valley
Setter: Kendall Collins, Spokane
Defensive: Hannah Pond, Walla Walla

Offensive: Teila Kapihe, Grays Harbor
Setter: Allie Bauer, Pierce
Defensive: Khloe Clark, Lower Columbia

Offensive: Grace Phillips, Linn-Benton
Setter: Jane Cale, Chemeketa
Defensive: Haley Patterson, Chemeketa

Green River Announces New School Mascot

image of Slator the Gator

AUBURN, WA -The Associated Student Government of Green River College Friday passed a resolution naming the newly arrived Gator Mascot – “Slater”. President Daniel Juan Felix Tampubolon  presided over the reading of the proclamation by Vice president Jessica Cuevas

Marking the end of a process starting back in April of 2017 – Director of Athletics, Bob Kickner oversaw a process that involved the entire Green River community.  Students, staff and faculty were encouraged to nominate suggestions for the new mascot designed by The Mascot Company.  Over 90 suggestions were brought forth before a list of eight finalists were considered.  Other names such as Grady, Chomper, Gazi and Grick were evaluated.

“A college mascot is one of the most public and visual marketing tools available to a campus,” stated Kickner.  “The students have wanted a way to express their college spirit for years and through their financial support I feel we have hit a home run with the birth of Slater the Gator.”

Slater has already attended several on-campus meetings, division retreats, and was well received at the Opening Day ceremonies.  Slater will become a member of the GRC Cheer team and will be visible at Green River sporting events, as well as making public appearances at local community events. 

Weekend Volleyball Crossover Results and All-Tournament Teams

— The North Region Crossover featured returning champion Lower Columbia as well as multiple top 8 ranked contenders looking to pad their resumes with quality wins this weekend.

Both Chemeketa and Walla Walla came out of pool play unscathed, each dropping 1 set in 3 games. Chemeketa entered the championship riding a 13 game winning streak and a #2 ranking leaned heavy on an 8th ranked Warriors squad (winners of 10 out of their last 11) taking all 3 sets in convincing fashion.

Storm Freshman setter Jane Cale earned MVP honors along side all-tournament outside hitter Hayley Patterson and Middle Blocker Ialah Ochse. Ocean Bryan and Lindsey Carpenter earned all-tournament honors for Walla Walla. Chemeketa improves to 20-4 on the season (8-1 conference) and Walla Walla continues to improve off of a slow start moving to 27-15 (7-4 conference).


MVP- Jane Cale, S (Chemeketa)

Ialah Ochse, MB (Chemeketa)
Hayley Patterson, OH (Chemeketa)
Ocean Bryan, OH (Walla Walla)
Lindsey Carpenter, OH (Walla Walla)
Khloe Clark, L (Lower Columbia)
Sydney Lawrence, MB (Edmonds)

1st Place- Chemeketa
2nd Place- Walla Walla
3rd Place- Edmonds


ABERDEEN— In the way out West Region Crossover, a surging Spokane team looked to play spoiler against South powerhouses Linn-Benton and Clark.

After dropping a match early in pool play to #4 ranked Clark, Spokane was tasked with the challenge of pulling back to back upsets. First was #3 ranked Linn-Benton. These two teams having met in prior tournament action this season with Linn-Benton getting the better of of the Sasquatch in the Spokane Classic tournament championship needed a long 5th set before Spokane emerged victorious.

Next Spokane got another shot at Clark, this time in the championship match. This time in 3 sets, Spokane got the better of the Penguins to earn the championship trophey.

Spokane was lead by tournament MVP setter Kendall Collins. Libero Kaitlin Ramsey and Middle Blocker Joelle Mahowald also earned all tournament honors. For Clark, outside hitter Dalaney Tuholski and Libero Mary Schorn lead the way also making the all tournament list. Spokane jumps to 28-8 (7-4 conference) and Clark falls to 27-5 (7-2 conference) on the year.


MVP- Kendall Collins, S (Spokane)

Kaitlin Ramsey, L (Spokane)
Joelle Mahowald, MB (Spokane)
Dalaney Tuholski, OH (Clark)
Mary Schorn, L (Clark)
Brooke Spoor, MB (Grays Harbor)
Teila Kapihe, OH (Grays Harbor)
Shelby Schreier, MB (Blue Mountain)
Grace Phillips, MB (Linn-Benton)
Julia Clack, L (Shoreline)

1st Place- Spokane
2nd Place- Clark
3rd Place- Grays Harbor


MOSES LAKE— The East Region Crossover featured seven teams all vying to knock off top ranked North Idaho. However, this challenge would prove too tough as the Cardinals continued their dominate ways over the tournament field.

North Idaho had not lost to an NWAC opponent since the season opening NWAC Friendlies on August 26th and this weekend would not end that streak.

Similar to their performance earlier in the season at a Highline hosted tournament, they would not drop a single set the whole weekend with pool play wins over Treasure Valley, Lane and Centralia (all 2-0) and bracket play wins over Everett and Clackamas (both 3-0).

In the championship match, the Cardinals would meet West Region perennial contender Highline. The T-Birds entered the match riding a 7-game winning streak of their own looking to steal the show out from under the Carindals but North Idaho again would only need 3 sets to take the championship match.

For North Idaho- they were lead by tournament MVP Halle Hess. Kalya Nuemann and Rachael Leshikar also landed on all-tournament first team. For Highline- Mahie Kaawa and Adrienne Haggerty took home all tournament first team honors. North Idaho improves to 27-5 (11-0 conference) and Highline moves to 18-18 (6-3 conference)


MVP- Halle Hess, OH (North Idaho)

Kayla Nuemann, OH (North Idaho)
Rachel Leshikar, L (North Idaho)
Mahie Kaawa, S (Highline)
Adrienne Haggerty, OH (Highline)
Autumn Durand, OH (Centralia)
Hanna Yamashita, OH (Clackamas)

Macy DuCoeur, OH (North Idaho)
Hailee Etter, MB (North Idaho)
Katelyn Payne, L (Clackamas)
Baylee Kuschel, OH (Lane)
Alexus Howards-Johnson, MB (Centralia)
Seleni Bartley, OH (Treasure Valley)
Laurissa Kisler, L (Big Bend)

1st Place- North Idaho
2nd Place- Highline
3rd Place- Centralia


COOS BAY— Round Robin action only in the South Region Crossover. Over the course of the weekend, #5 ranked Columbia Basin emerged as the only team unscathed at 5-0.

CBC compiled wins over Umpqua, Pierce, Green River, SW Oregon and Bellevue. Bellevue settled at a 4-1 record with wins over Wenatchee Valley, SW Oregon, Pierce and Umpqua. Columbia Basin improves to 24-5 (11-1 conference) and Bellevue moves to 28-12 (7-1 conference).

No all-tournament team was annouced.

Team Records

Columbia Basin 5-0
Bellevue 4-1
Olympic 3-2
Pierce 3-2
Wenatchee Valley 3-2
Umpqua 1-4
Green River 1-4
SW Oregon 0-5

Pierce College Names Amber Coburn New Softball Skipper

image of Amber Coburn

Lakewood — Amber Coburn has been named the new head coach for the Pierce College Softball program.

Coburn was a standout pitcher at Coeur d’Alene High School (ID), earning All-State honors for three years, and setting a state record with four shutout performances in state tournament play. 

She went on to Delaware State University where she pitched for two seasons for the Hornets (2010 & 2011). 

Prior to coming to Pierce, Coburn was the head coach at Emerald Ridge High School (Puyallup, WA) for two years, after serving on the coaching staff at Puyallup High School for two seasons. 

Coburn replaces Mark Edmonston, who has joined St. Martin’s University (Lacey, WA), as an assistant head coach.  Edmonston was 262-180 in ten seasons with the Raiders (.593 win percentage), making him the winningest coach in program history. 

Amber said, "I feel incredibly honored to lead the Raider Softball program.  I am passionate about the game and the opportunity to develop student-athletes.  I look forward to my first year as a college coach here at Pierce, and my plan is to continue the efforts of what Coach Edmonston put into this program."

"We feel extremely fortunate to have Amber taking over the reins of the Raider Softball program," stated Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson.  "She has big shoes to fill, taking over for Coach E, but we feel she has the necessary tools and knowledge, as well as a love of the game to keep Raider Softball a competitive force in the NWAC.  We see Amber as one of the new up and coming coaches in the North Region."

Coburn grew up in Missoula, Montana, before her family moved to Idaho before the start of her sophomore year in high school.  Amber currently lives in Puyallup, WA.   

The Raiders open the spring season in Pasco, WA, for the NWAC Pre-season Tournament on Feb. 24, 2018.

NWAC – Under Armour Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll – October 20

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll


OCTOBER 20, 2017
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Whatcom 10-0-2, 13-0-3 70(4) 1
2. Highline 9-0-1, 12-0-1 64(3) 2
3. Spokane 8-1-1, 11-2-2 51(1) 5
4. Peninsula 8-0-4, 10-1-4 41 4
5. Rogue 6-0-1, 7-1-1 30 7
6. Columbia Basin 7-2-1, 9-2-1 25 3
7. Portland 5-0-2, 7-1-2 16 NR
8. Walla Walla 7-3-0, 10-4-0 10 6
Also receiving votes: Tacoma 3, Pierce 1

Next Poll: NOVEMBER 3

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