Under Armour Softball Player of the Week & NWAC Players of the Week – Week 7

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Madi Mott, Gladstone HS / Gladstone, OR., had another outstanding week for the Cardinals. The North Idaho ace was untouchable in 2 starts finishing with a perfect game and one-hitter. Other than the one hit, she faced the minimum and struck out 13 in the process. Mott sports a league leading 1.68 ERA through 124 innings and also leads the league in wins with 23.

"Madi continues to have consistent performances on the mound and at the
plate as we enter post season," said Cardinal head coach Don Don Williams. "Her command on the mound is what sets her
apart from her competition and she is getting better every week.”


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Chantelle Shimabukuro, Aiea HS, Waipahu, HI

The freshman second baseman finished the week hitting .731 on 19 hits including 6 doubles, a home run and 13 RBI’s for #2 ranked Edmonds. Chantelle is currently top 5 in the NWAC in average (.517) and hits (76).

"Chantelle has been so consistent for us this year, which is always exciting to see from your freshmen," said Triton head coach Sheyl Gilmore. "She is a rally starter on offense and is a walking highlight reel for diving plays on defense. Chantelle is a true student of the game and works hard to get 1% better every day. She is a smart situational hitter, makes adjustments well, and can hit for power. This young lady is going to do big things!”

Men’s Under Armour Tennis Player of the Week – Week 6

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Soham Dharap, Redmond HS / Redmond, WA.

"Soham pulled out an intense match with Spokane’s #6 singles player, down 3 or more match points in the third set he pulled it off with a 3rd set Tiebreaker win!, exclaimed Bulldog head coach Jason Chapman. " Soham has also been working on his consistency and ball placement around the singles court and his hard work is paying off."


Women’s Under Armour Tennis Player of the Week – Week 6

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Aileen Nguyen, Foster HS / Tukwlia, WA.,

"Aileen played great tennis this past weekend," said Bulldog head coach Jason Chapman. "We have been working on Doubles a lot with her new partner and things have been going well.  Also consistency on the singles court is always something we are working on and she showed this also this past weekend."


Under Armour Baseball Coaches Poll – May 9

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

May 9, 2018
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Yakima Valley 22-3, 40-7 74 (5) 2
2. Linn-Benton 25-1, 38-2 57 (2) 3
3. Edmonds 17-3, 36-5 56 (1) 1
4. Lower Columbia 18-3, 27-7 45 4
5t. Spokane 18-6, 31-11 25 6
5t. Tacoma 15-6, 29-8 25 5
7. Everett 11-9, 27-14 17 7
8. Lane 16-10, 22-20 6 NR
Also receiving votes: Bellevue 5, Pierce 2


Under Armour Softball Coaches Poll – May 9

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

May 9, 2018
Record (Region, Overall)
1. North Idaho 28-2, 43-3 90 (9) 1
2. Edmonds 27-3, 37-6 66 2
3. Douglas 23-5, 31-5 60 3
4. Lower Columbia 21-5, 34-12 40 5
5. Walla Walla 23-7, 35-11 39 4
6. Bellevue 19-11, 31-12 25 6
7. Wenatchee Valley 23-7, 27-11 15 7
8. SW Oregon 16-7, 28-15 13 NR
Also receiving votes: Mt. Hood 3


Lane names Bill Steyer as Track and Field coach for 2018-19 Season

Photo of Bill SteyerEUGENE, Ore.— Bill Steyer has been named Head Track and Field coach at Lane Community College as announced by Director of Athletics, Greg Sheley.  Steyer will take over the position from Interim Head Coach, Brian Schaudt, who is stepping away to pursue other career opportunities.

“We are very excited to have Bill join us in his new role.  Bill will continue the long tradition of outstanding coaching in the area of Track and Field at Lane Community College,” said Sheley.  “I want to also thank Brian for his work with our student-athletes and wish him luck in his new career path.”

Steyer is currently the Head Cross Country Coach and assistant Track and Field coach Lane CC.  He will assume the duties of the Head Track and Field coach at seasons end.

In the summer of 2017, Steyer relocated to Eugene from Homer, Alaska, where he served as the high school’s head coach for cross country and track and field.

During his seven-year tenure in that role, Steyer helped produce five state championship team titles and six state runner-up team awards.  In 2017, the Homer girl’s track and field team also won their first state championship.

Despite being a small school, Steyer’s high school became a recognized running powerhouse. Steyer was named Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USATFCCCA), among other awards.

Steyer is a former competitive distance runner and triathlete. During his 22 years in Alaska he competed in numerous mid/long distance road and trail races with many strong finishes.

He was also a former competitive long distance dog musher having completed five one-thousand-mile long sled dog races including the Iditarod. His highest finish was in fifth place.

Steyer has a USATF Level 1 Certification and USATFCCCA Technical Certification for the sprint, jumping, and distance events. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree of arts in geography/natural resource management from the University of Washington.

Lane alums Kylee O’Connor and Austin Torres take 6th place at PAC-12 Multi Events

Kylee O'Connor running the long jump

Nate Krueger, GoDucks.com

STANFORD, Calif. – The men’s and women’s Oregon track and field teams both received some early points towards next weekend’s Pac-12 Championships as Kylee O’Connor and Austin Torres came away with sixth-place finishes in the Pac-12 Multi-Event Championships Saturday and Sunday at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

“Great start for the Ducks,” said head coach Robert Johnson. “Anytime we can go to a championship setting and put points on the board for the team, that’s always a plus. 

“Good job by (multi’s coach) Seth Henson getting those guys ready to go out and help our team. For Kylee to score in the heptathlon her senior year, that was really cool to see and we couldn’t be more proud of her. And Austin, he’s kind of an unsung hero to go out there with some nagging things and compete the way he did. We’re pleased with where we’re at heading into next weekend.”

How it Happened: O’Connor entered conference competition as a relative unknown, having switched from the sprints and hurdles to the multi-events just a few months ago. The Eugene native finished with a personal-best 5,271 points to place sixth in the heptathlon and put three points on the board for the Women of Oregon, and her point total makes her the No. 10 performer all-time at Oregon in the heptathlon. 

O’Connor was 11th through the first three events on Saturday, but ran 24.76 to place fourth in the 200 meters and move up four spots to seventh after the first day. After holding her position through the long jump, the redshirt junior enjoyed career performances in the final two events on Sunday to move up a spot and grab an extra point for the Ducks. O’Connor hit a PR on all three of her throws in the javelin, finishing at 118-6 (36.12m), and then ran a career-best of more than three seconds (2:15.51) to place second in the 800 meters and jump to sixth.

image of Austin Torres preparing to run

Torres, competing in the first decathlon of his career, started the decathlon strong on Saturday and was in third after the first five events. The junior transfer from Lane Community College was in the top three of the first event events and then closed the first day with a PR 52.97 in the 400 meters. Torres was third in the discus and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles on Sunday and was in second with two events to go, but he fell four spots after three fouls in the javelin. Torres ran 4:54.53 in the 1,500 meters to close out the weekend in sixth. 

What it Means: The Men and Women of Oregon will both head to Stanford with three points on the board. The Ducks are looking for their 10th consecutive sweep of the conference team titles, and the UO men are seeking their 12th straight Pac-12 championship. 

Up Next: The Ducks will be in Stanford on Saturday and Sunday (May 12-13) for the 2018 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships. Both days of the meet will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network. 

SWOCC’s John Speasl named to National Wrestling Hall of Fame

image of John Speasl at Speasl Court in Coos Bay

COOS BAY — John Speasl was puzzled.

He didn’t have any idea what this was about, when this started. All he knew was he was being inducted into the Oregon chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on May 5 for his work as a coach. To put it simply, he couldn’t believe it.

“I’m incredibly honored by it, sort of taken by surprise,” Speasl said. “I was puzzled. I didn’t even know I’d been nominated or anything. Just totally unexpected and it caught me off guard.”
Spanning back, though, the seemingly surprise nomination feels inevitable.

Speasl was a high school state champion at Lebanon before wrestling collegiately at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., and Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University), where he was 1971 conference runner-up and served as team captain at all three stops.

Upon graduation, Speasl took a job at Southwestern Oregon Community College as an administrator, where his legacy was recently painted forever upon the floor at Prosper Hall on campus.

Every basketball game, volleyball or wrestling match, which Speasl was instrumental in returning to the Lakers athletic department, occurs upon John Speasl Court.

“That one caught me off guard, too,” Speasl said. “I was so flabbergasted when they did that, my heart stopped.”

But that job at SWOCC almost didn’t happen.

After Speasl’s interview, he was walked to the car and told that he probably wasn’t going to be hired. But that next Monday, Speasl’s phone rang. It was SWOCC. He got the job after all.

“He said, ‘You want to go to work?’” Speasl remembered. “’Sure do.’ Rollercoaster is a good term for it. I was incredibly excited. I wanted to coach in college. I had been an assistant at Southern after I graduated for two years, and I just liked the college level.”

Speasl knew he wanted to coach at the college level. He liked being able to handpick his athletes, as opposed to being confined to district boundaries.

“It’s fun and challenging at the same time,” Speasl said of recruiting.

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