NWAC – Under Armour Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll – Dec 12

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

DECEMBER 12, 2017
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Umpqua 0-0, 7-0 78(7)
2. Walla Walla 0-0, 7-1 57
3. Everett 0-0, 7-0 42(1)
4. Clackamas 0-0, 6-2 39
5. North Idaho 0-0, 4-2 23
6. Spokane 0-0, 4-1 22
7. Lower Columbia 0-0, 7-2 19
8. Big Bend 0-0, 6-1 12
Also receiving votes: Bellevue 6, Columbia Basin 5, Lane 4, Wenatchee Valley 3, Grays Harbor 1
Next Poll: January 9

NWAC – Under Armour Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll – Dec 12

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

, 2017
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Portland 0-0, 9-0 76 (6)
2. Walla Walla 0-0, 7-0 65 (2)
3. Spokane 0-0, 7-2 40
4. Everett 0-0, 7-2 35
5t. Edmonds 0-0, 6-1 23
5t. North Idaho 0-0, 4-3 23
7. Chemeketa 0-0, 7-2 22
8. S. Puget Sound 0-0, 6-2 12
Also receiving votes: Olympic 9, Treasure Valley 6, Lane 1

Next Poll: January 9

Weekend Tournament Recaps and All-Tournament Teams (updated)

Dale J. Bates Invitational (Men)
EUGENE—Spokane and Umpqua put on a show for the fans with a double OT game that came down to the wire at the Dale J. Bates Invitational hosted by Lane. It was Spokane coming out on top 107-102 in a hard fought game. Tournament MVP Cesar Sandoval lead the way with 35 points and 9 rebounds while Isaiah Gotell chipped in 15 and 8 rebounds off the bench. Umpqua turned in impressive performances from Eric Klekas (30 points) and Ethan Betts who had 28 points and 6 rebounds. Umpqua was also helped by the 17 rebounds of Cody Gray. In the 3rd place game, SW Oregon topped Lower Columbia by a score of 98-90. Skylar Bradford scored 25 points to go along with 7 rebounds for SW Oregon.

All Tournament Team
MVP- Cesar Sandoval (Spokane)

Isaiah Gotell (Spokane)
Ethan Betts (Umpqua)
Eric Klekas (Umpqua)
Skylar Bradford (SW Oregon)
A.J. Hodges (S. Puget Sound)

Bulldog Classic (Men)

BELLEVUE— Fresh off last year’s NWAC title, Walla Walla had some voids to fill that last year’s sophomore shooters left. The Bulldog Classic gave them the competition to prove last year was not a fluke. They’d remain unbeaten through Saturday with wins over Shoreline and Highline and face a red hot Chemeketa team who were winners of their last 7 in a row.

After a tight first half, the Warriors were able to pull away from the Storm for a 95-82 victory. Brandon Porter lead all scorers with 26 points while MVP Damen Thacker netted 22. Mason Elliott and Jack Frazier combined for 45 of Chemeketa’s 82 points. In the third place game, Highline defeated host team Bellevue 95-78. Robert Hester had 25 off the bench for Highline while Yonathan Michael scored 31 for Bellevue.

All Tournament Team
MVP- Damen Thacker (Walla Walla)

Yonathan Michael (Bellevue)
Terrell Brown Jr. (Shoreline)
David Harris (Highline)
Jack Frazier (Chemeketa)
Brandon Porter (Walla Walla)

Raider Holiday Classic (Women)
LAKEWOOD— For the annual Raider Holiday Classic, it was a chance for Walla Walla to show the competition that they are primed for another NWAC Championship run. However, they’d have to get through a pretty tough field including familiar tournament foes Bellevue, Clackamas, Peninsula and Wenatchee Valley. The Warriors used quality victories over Lane and Bellevue to meet the Clackamas Cougars in the championship game. Fresh off a hot start to the season, the Cougars were able to get by Columbia Basin and Wenatchee on their way to the final day. Walla Walla would prove steady and strong as they got ahead early and would stay ahead on their way to a 57-49 victory. Teresa Acock lead all scorers with 18 points while Adrianna Peralez netted 17. For Clackamas, Kayce Mock tallied a Double-Double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. In the third place game, Wenatchee defeated Bellevue 58-49. Zaria Jones-Frost lead Wenatchee with 24 points.

All Tournament Team
MVP- Cierra Jo McKeown (Walla Walla)

Jade Skidmore (Walla Walla)
Kayce Mock (Clackamas)
Brenda Akoto (Bellevue)
Zaria Jones-Frost (Wenatchee Valley)
Alexis Castro (Columbia Basin)

Everett Classic (Women)
EVERETT— It was a good weekend for the Everett Trojans at their very own Everett Classic. The Trojans were able to bring home the trophy as host team and the only host this weekend to do so. First they were able to get past Green River and Big Bend on the road to Sunday. In the final, they’d meet last year’s NWAC champ Spokane who was able to get past Lower Columbia and Skagit Valley. The Trojans would outscore Spokane in 3 of the 4 quarters for a 14 point victory. For Everett, Alexis Biggerstaff scored 29 points and grabbed 6 rebounds while Uju Chibuogwu scored 18. Jessica Olson netted 31 for Spokane to go with 11 rebounds. In the third place game, Big Bend defeated Skagit Valley 78-58. Sunnie Martinez lead Big Bend with 25 points and 7 assists.

All Tournament Team
MVP- Alexis Biggerstaff (Everett)

Ashley Bierer (Everett)
Jessica Olson (Spokane)
Shania Graham (Spokane)
Sunnie Martinez (Big Bend)
Katie Skipworth (Skagit Valley)
Tywanna Abbott (Lower Columbia)
Kelsie Henry (Linn-Benton)

Under Armour Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Week 3

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Cesar Sandoval, Moses Lake HS / Moses Lake, WA, averaged 26.7 ppg (66.7% shooting) and 9.3 rebounds per game in three games last week to lead the Sasquatch to the Dale Bates Tournament Championship. Sandoval was also red hot from the charity stripe hitting 17-18 free throws (94.4%) and was named the tournament MVP.

“Cesar played a big part in leading our group to a 3-0 record and winning the Dale Bates Championship this past weekend down at Lane CC," said CCS head coach Jeremy Groth. "He scored and rebounded the ball very well and also hit a game winner as time expired in one of the games.  In the championship game against Umpqua he finished with 35 points (13-18 from the field) and 9 rebounds. We are happy to see all the hard work and time he has put in paying off!”

Under Armour Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Week 3

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Alexis Biggerstaff, Ketchikan HS / Ketchikan, AK, averaged 21.7 ppg, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assist and 2.0 steals in three games at the Everett Classic tournament. Her efforts helped lead Everett to the tournament championship while Alexis was named the MVP.

"Lexi was instrumental in Everett CC’s championship run in this weekend’s 22nd Annual Everett Classic tournament," said Trojan head coach Chet Hovde. "She was named MVP of the tournament. Her steady defense set the tone all weekend for the Trojans’ fast paced attack. Scoring 29 pts in the championship game vs Spokane, was her weekend high, also adding 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Her weekend consisted of 65 pts, 17 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals. Biggerstaff led the Trojans to their first tournament championship in the 22 seasons of hosting this tournament."

Linn-Benton All-American Montanna Gubrud signs with Oregon State Volleyball


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State has officially added setter Montanna Gubrud, a two-time, Two-Year College All-American, to the volleyball program, head coach Mark Barnard announced Monday.

“Montanna is a strong competitor with good on-court leadership ability,” Barnard said. “She distributes a nice array of set types and puts hitters in a good position to score. She’s a little more experienced and older and will be a great addition to the team.”

Gubrud, who hails from McMinnville, Ore., joins the OSU program following two outstanding seasons at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany where she holds the Roadrunners’ all-time career assists record. She is a two-time AVCA Two-Year College All-America Second Team selection and is a two-time Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) First Team all-star. As a freshman, she guided her team to the NWAC championship match.

A three-sport athlete at McMinnville High School, Gubrud, starred on the volleyball court as well as in track & field and also played two years of basketball; and was named the McMinnville High Female Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2016. A three-time all-conference selection, Gubrud was named a team captain as a senior and received Player of the Year honors from the News-Register.

Gubrud won the state championship title in the long jump as a senior and owns the school record at 18-feet, 2-inches. She was the long jump district champion in 2013, 2015 and 2016. She was also a four-time all-league selection in the 100-meter hurdles.

AVCA Announces 2017 Two-Year College All-America Teams

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 8, 2017) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce its Two-Year College Women’s Volleyball All-America Teams. This is the first year there are three All-America teams.

2017 AVCA Two-Year College First-Team All-Americans

First Name Last Name School Pos Year
 Rafaella  Bonifacio  Miami Dade College  OH  So.
 Jane  Cale  Chemeketa Community College  S  Fr.
 Caitlyn  Cooper*  Iowa Western Community College  OH  So.
 Averi  Dyer  Bellevue College  OH  So.
 Rebecca  Lee  Cabrillo College  MB  So.
 Riley  Lyman  Snow College  OH  So.
 Massiel  Matos*  Miami Dade College  RS  So.
 Bailey  O’Brien  Sauk Valley Community College  OH  So.
 Megan  Ramseyer  Irvine Valley College  S/OH  So.
 Gabby  Sullivan  Iowa Central Community College  OH  So.
 Amilya  Thompson  San Joaquin Delta College  OH  Fr.
 Paige  Wallevand  Central Lakes College  S  Fr.
 Sun  Wenting  Miami Dade College  OH  So.
 Fiapai’pai’  Willis  Parkland College  OH  So.
 Pam  Zuluaga  Mineral Area College  S  So.

2017  AVCA Two-Year College second-Team All-America

First Name Last Name School Pos Year
 Olivia  Aguilar  Irvine Valley College  OH  So.
 Kiersten  Anderson  Lincoln Land Community College  S  So.
 Leah  Anderson  Parkland College  S  So.
 Sara  Antic  Northeastern Junior College  OH  Fr.
 Carolina  Barbosa  Navarro College  MB  So.
 Cyan  Blackdeer  Feather River College  MB  So.
 Montanna  Gubrud#  Linn-Benton Community College  S  So.
 Hayley  Huntsman  Mira Costa College  S  So.
 AveRee  Knowles  Eastern Arizona College  S  Fr.
 Giovanna  Kuntze  Seward County Community College  S  So.
 Airi  Miyabi  College of Southern Idaho  OH  Fr.
 Haley  Patterson  Chemeketa Community College  OH  So.
 Niki  Polce  Owens Community College  DS  So.
 Madison  Rhoder*  San Jacinto College  MB  So.
 Allyse  Rutter  Columbus State Community College  S  So.

2017  AVCA Two-Year College Third-Team All-America

First Name Last Name School Pos Year
 Irina  Alekseeva  Iowa Western Community College  RS  Fr.
 Bojana  Bolozan  Odessa College  MB  So.
 Makayla  Cervantes  Fresno City College  OH  So.
 Allyson  Crisp  Clark College  MB  So.
 Kendra  DeJonge  Grand Rapids Community College  OH  Fr.
 Kathya  Garcia  Polk State College  RS  Fr.
 Emily  Holm  Scottsdale Community College  OH  So.
 Milica  Kusmuk  Cowley College  OH  Fr.
 Carlee  Morrison  Laramie County Community College  OH  So.
 Ialah  Ochse  Chemeketa Community College  MB  So.
 Sofija  Pajevic  Northeastern Junior College  S  Fr.
 Keishla  Reyes  Eastfield College  OH  Fr.
 Karen  Rivera-Herrera  New Mexico Military Institute  OH  Fr.
 Brianna  Souza  Butte College  MB  So.
 Aiko  Waters  El Camino College  OH  So.

* Named 2016 AVCA Two-Year College First-Team All-America

# Named 2016 AVCA Two-Year College Second Team All-America

Job announcment: Resident Director and Head Women’s Soccer Coach – Southwestern Oregon Community College

The Resident Director (RD) holds the responsibility for assisting with Southwestern Student Housing.  As a live-in member of the Housing staff, the RD will work with students to help them develop by initiating professional/advising relationships and by creating positive learning experiences outside of the classroom. In addition, the RD will help with programs and activities designed to improve student success and learning on campus depending on the successful candidate’s strengths, interests, and/or experience.  To coach and manage the Women’s Soccer program.

View full job description and application information.

Under Armour Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Week 2

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RayQuan Evans, Skyview HS / Billings, MT, averaged 21.5 ppg in two games last week to lead the Cardinals in scoring. Evans also added 16 boards, 16 assists and 6 steals. He is now 4th in league scoring with a 24.5 ppg average and 8th in rebounds with a 8.3 rpg average.

"RayQuan is turning into the leader of our team," exclaimed NIC head coach Corey Symons. "With so many new players,(9 freshman and only 1 returner) he is helping set the tone for us on both ends of the floor!"

Under Armour Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Week 2

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Brenda Akoto, Bothell HS / Bothell, WA, averaged 20.3 ppg on 62.1% FG average in three games last week. She also had 27 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

"Brenda came into the season this year with the mindset that there was unfinished business to take care of," said BC head coach Mel Stubblefield. "Which she has shown by playing composed and consistent in these first games of the season. Brenda is the type student-athlete any college coach would want. Not only does she take care of business on the court but as well in the class room with a very high GPA. The Bellevue College family is looking forward to seeing more of Brenda’s success this year."

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