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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 [email protected]

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NWAC Spotlight: Treasure Valley's Delia DeLeon

By Emily Masseth, NWAC intern

image of Delia DeLeon crossing the finsh line at the 2017 NWAC championship race

About Delia DeLeon
Delia DeLeon runningDelia DeLeon attends Treasure Valley Community College, where she will be a returning sophomore student-athlete in cross country and track and field. DeLeon chose to attend Treasure Valley, “because it is close to home, it has good tuition costs, and was excited to run for Blas.” DeLeon, “started cross country in the sixth grade and track in the seventh grade.” She explains that the “experience getting to run at this level has come from no experience or no interest until I looked up to my older sister. She always got to go run five miles with my dad to train and I wanted to go, but my dad never let me because I was his girly girl. Now, my experience up to this level took a lot of hard work and ran with heart to get to where I'm at today.” According to her stats, we can see that DeLeon runs her heart out during every competition. She was not only the NWAC Champion for women’s cross country or the NWAC Champion in the 10,000m, the 5,000m, and the 1,500m in track, but was also named Baden Runner of the Year in women’s cross country, as well as, one of the Under Armour Athletes of the Week. During this upcoming cross country and track season, Delia DeLeon will be one to watch.

Who is your greatest influence?
“My greatest influence is my coach Blas Guerra and my dad Joe Diaz DeLeon because they both are big supporters not only to me but my teammates as well. My coach and dad still see a lot of potential in me and believe I can get faster and that motivates me.”

Do you consider yourself a leader? If so, describe that about yourself either on or off the team.
“I'm a leader in a way that others look up to, but not the type of leader that really speaks up about things because I'm shy and like to keep to myself. I do congratulate my teammates, tell them great job, cheer for them, tag along to any school activities with them, and it is super fun.”

What advice do you have for incoming student-athletes?
”My advice for the incoming student-athletes is to have fun and enjoy what you do. You have to be willing to put in the hard work and support your teammates if you want to improve or help others improve. Supporting your teammates is really important and can help boost their confidence. Take practice seriously and push each other, but also have fun and joke around a little and get to know each other.”

What is one challenge or obstacle that you have had to overcome in order to get where you are today?
“One challenge I had to overcome is changing the way that I run. I took my coach Blas Guerra's advice and worked more on running on the balls of my feet instead of running from heel to toe and it was a challenge because I wasn't used to running that way.”

What is something you enjoy doing outside of your athletic pursuits?
“Something I enjoy doing outside of my athletic pursuits is watching movies, hanging out with my sisters or friends.”

What are your plans after you graduate?
“My plans after graduating Treasure Valley Community College is to transfer to a University, but I'm still undecided.”

Delia DeLeon receiving her Baden Womne's Cross Country Athlete of the  Year award

NWAC Spotlight: Adrianna Peralez, Walla Walla Women's Basketball

By Emily Masseth, NWAC intern

image of Adrianna Peralez fighting wild fires in eastern Washington

About Adrianna Peralez
Adrianna Peralez is not only a women’s basketball player at Walla Walla Community College (WWCC), but also the Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice President of Business, and a wildland firefighter. image of Adrianna Peralez during the 2018 NWAC basketball tournamentPeralez,“chose Walla Walla because of the outstanding recruitment visit I received. The coaches took a real interest in my goals academically and athletically. They made Walla Walla feel like a home away from home. Playing at this level has allowed me to be a part of such a diverse and talented team. We all came into a new program not knowing much about each other. Over the years, we have bonded and grown into a successful team that has great comradery on and off the court. I have met some lifelong friends by playing at this level.”

Who is your greatest influence?
“My greatest influence would have to be my little sister. We are completely opposite of each other because she is free-spirited and I'm very uptight. She reminds me to enjoy each moment, have fun, and laugh. I apply that to basketball by appreciating each moment I have with my teammates and coaches because moments fly by when you're having fun.”

image of Adrianna Peralez coaching a youth playerDo you consider yourself a leader? If so, describe that about yourself either on or off the team.
“I do consider myself a leader because I learn from others. I have teammates who have different skill sets than I do and I feel that being a leader means constantly evaluating yourself and learning what you can from others. I am a leader because I surround myself with people who build me up and vice versa. As a leader I am always a student of the game.”

What advice do you have for incoming student-athletes?
“The advice I have for incoming student-athletes is cherish each moment, and buy in to whatever it is you are doing. Balancing school and sports gets to be a bit crazy at times, but if you learn to cherish your time and use it wisely, it will benefit you in the long run. Personally, I have always had a difficult time seeing the bigger picture. With that I was told to "buy in" to whatever I am doing at that very moment. When you buy in to something 110%, no matter what it is, you find success in the bigger picture.”

What is one challenge or obstacle that you have had to overcome in order to get where you are today?
“The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is being my own worse critic. I can be very hard on myself at times and I have had to learn to change my mentality throughout the years in order to continue to grow as an athlete and as a person.”

What is something you enjoy doing outside of your athletic pursuits?“I have had the opportunity of working as a wildland firefighter this past summer and it has been amazing! Fighting fire gives me a similar thrill to that of playing in a basketball game and keeps me in shape as well.”

What are your plans after you graduate?
“After I graduate, I plan on attending nursing school. I have always had a passion for helping others and there are so many pathways in health sciences because it is a constantly growing field.”

Name one fun fact about yourself:
“I am obsessed with double stuffed Oreos. I love Oreos so much that I have an Oreo long sleeve and wore it to a WWCC volleyball game once my freshman year. Some of the other students didn't know my name, but recognized me as the "Oreo girl" for the first few weeks of school after that.”

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NWAC Spotlight: Alumni, Dylan Pearce

By Emily Masseth, NWAC intern

Dylan Pearce pitching during Beavers game
About Dylan Pearce
Dylan Pearce played baseball at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) starting in 2015. Pearce originally chose SWOCC because he loved the atmosphere and felt like it was the right place to be. He believes playing at this level with the NWAC, “gets you the experience you need to move on to the higher levels of sports.” And that is just what he did. Pearce went on to play at the next level at Oregon State University (OSU). “The move from NWAC to NCAA is very different. The atmosphere is different, how we play, go about things, school, etc. I adjusted very well and was happy that I made it to the school I dedicated my life to playing for,” says Pearce.

OSU goes to the World Series
Pearce comments, “playing in the College World Series (CWS) was an unbelievably and unforgettable opportunity that was so special to me. It is a collegiate players dream to make it there and we were fortunate enough to not only make it there but to win the whole thing. I’m honored that I was one of the several guys that got to pitch in the CWS and it will be something I’ll never forget.”

Who is your greatest influence?
“My dad is my greatest influence because he introduced me to the sport and taught me everything I know. He always believed in me and never lost doubt and knew that I could do anything if I worked hard enough for it.” 

What advice do you have for incoming student-athletes?
“Don’t let ANYONE ever tell you, you can’t do something.”

What is one challenge or obstacle that you have had to overcome in order to get where you are today?
“My size, I’ve always had people doubt me due to it and have a lack of belief or trust in me so I’ve always had to battle to prove people wrong.”

What is something you enjoy doing outside of your athletic pursuits?
Pearce enjoys fishing and doing MMA. He says, “I got into fishing from my grandpa and MMA from my dad. I’ve always been an outdoorsman and loved to fish and eventually was able to get into bass fishing tournaments in my area. I got into MMA at a young age, it was actually going to be a fallback plan to join an MMA gym after high school if baseball didn’t work out.”

What are your plans after you graduate?
“My #1 goal is to get drafted and play professional baseball after college, if that doesn’t work then I will have my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and will find a job I want.”

Dylan Pearce holfing up a large bass he caught
Name one fun fact about yourself:

Pearce has completed over 1,000 hours of volunteer community service with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and Oregon’s Stewardship Program. Pearce says, “I started volunteering at ODFW and Oregon Stewardship when I was in 6th grade and got connected to a man named Jim Hutchins who is one of my closest friends and he is the founder of the Oregon Stewardship program. He helped me get into volunteering because I loved to be outside and work on trails and be in the woods.”

Additional Info:
Keep up with Dylan Pearce’s journey at OSU at https://osubeavers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6684

Pat Casey Named National Head Coach of the Year
OSU Head Coach, Pat Casey, just completed his 24th season with the Beavers. He was named the National Head Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Baseball and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) after leading the Beaver’s baseball program to their third national championship in the College World Series. Pat Casey was recognized for this at Mariners pre-game on August 4th.

If you want to submit your story or nominate a person to be highlighted through the NWAC Spotlight, please email [email protected]

Where are they now - Jo Paine and Dominique Jordan

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Where are they now By Michael Murray for NWAC

Jo Paine
Clackamas Women’s Basketball - 2015-2016
Junior at Chico State University

NWAC Accomplishments
Jo Paine Joined the NWAC after her leave from Stetson University to join The Clackamas Cougars, where she earned a positive 11-5 record throughout the regular season. In her time playing for Clackamas Community College, she proved to be a consistent player, averaging a 46% field goal percentage, and a 70% free-throw percentage.

This allowed her to average 23.13 points per game with a 46 point high against Umpqua Community College (Feb. 13th), making her the second highest leading scorer in the league.  She was also 2nd in the league for rebounds, maintaining an average of 12.27 per game. Even with these high stats she distributed the ball, breaking into the league’s 3rd top spot for assists, earning 5.27 per game. With these exceptional stats, she obtained the award for Most Valuable Player in the southern region and was named the Baden Player of the Year.

Chico State University
As a Wildcat, Jo Paine has Started for just over half of games played in her junior year. She’s shot an average of 12 points per game with a season high of 21 points against Cal State San Marcos (Dec. 3rd). Her 45% field goal is the 3rd highest on the team, and her 75% free-throw percentage has helped contribute to her consistent numbers. On the defensive end, she has averaged 6 rebounds and 1 block per game. She also racked up a season high of 12 defensive rebounds against Fresno Pacific (Nov. 22nd). Paine and the Wildcats finished the 2016-2017 season with a record of 15-12.

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Where are they now By Michael Murray for NWAC

Dominique Jordan
Bellevue Men’s Basketball - 2014-2015
Senior at College of Idaho

NWAC Accomplishments
Dominique Jordan played for the Bellevue College Bulldogs during the 2014-2015 season. Throughout his year with the team, he put up an average of 16.08 points per game with a season high of 28 against Whatcom (Feb. 25). His field-goal percentage was 39%, while his 3-point percentage stayed very close behind at 37%. The 77% free-throw percentage he earned contributed to his consistent scoring.  By the end of the regular season, he was named Most Valuable Player in the northern region and was also named the Baden Player of the Year of the Northwest Athletic Conference. Jordan and his team carried on to finish in 5th place during the NWAC Championships.

College of Idaho
Jordan made a smooth transition from Bellevue to Idaho, maintaining good stats throughout his post NWAC career. In the 2015-2016 season, he clutched a 39% field goal percentage, while averaging 37% from behind the arc, with a 70% rating from the foul line. This led him to produce 10 points per game, with a high of 25 points scored against Southern Oregon (Jan.15th) making him the 3rd best scorer on the team. He also chipped in 2 assists per game. He was a starter for 27 games out of 30.

Jordan completed his senior year at the College of Idaho this season, maintaining a 37% field-goal percentage, and an even higher 3-point percentage at 40%. Jordan and his team finished with a strong regular season record of 15-5, and made it to the semi-finals of the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Where are they Now - Demetrious Trammell and Shelby Snook

Demetrius Trammell

By Michael Murray for the NWAC

Yakima Valley Men’s Basketball - 2015-2016
Junior at Western Oregon University

NWAC Accomplishments

While Demetrious Trammell played for Yakima Valley during the 2016 season, he maintained a high 3-point percentage of 51%, nearly good enough to match his overall field goal percentage of 52%. He accumulated an average of 17.6 points per game, and made 87% of shots from the free-throw line, with a career high of 36 points against Wenatchee Valley (Feb. 27th). This led him to snag a spot as a top 20 scorer in the NWAC, and earn 2nd team East Region honors. He helped the Yaks reach the NWAC playoffs, and advance to the final 8.  In the three playoff games last year, Trammell averaged 19.3 points and shot 13/30 from the 3 point line.

Trammell’s postseason performance in the 2016 tournament yielded him an average of 19.33 points per game, with a high of 33 against Columbia Basin (Mar. 12th). He shot a perfect 9/9 from the line and a solid 47% from the field.  He accumulated the most points of all players playing 3 or less games, and his points per game average was 3rd overall among all players that played 2 or more games. 

Western Oregon University

Trammell is currently a junior at Western Oregon, putting out a 9.4 scoring average, making him the 3rd leading scorer on the team. His 40.6% 3-point average is the highest on the team, and remains astoundingly close to his 42.5% overall field-goal percentage, which shows his ability to make shots regardless of distance. Demetrius is also one of Western’s most reliable free throw shooters, at 80% from the stripe. This season, he scored a personal high of 21 points against Central Washington (Dec. 29th) and has helped the Wolves get to a 10-6 record in GNAC conference play. Demetrius is one of three former NWAC standouts on the Wolves' roster.

Follow the rest of Demetrius’ season:
Online: Western Oregon Athletics
Twitter: @WOUWolves

Shelby Snook

Lane Women's Basketball
Junior at Western Oregon University

NWAC Accomplishments

Averaged 18.1 points and 7.9 assists per game last season at Lane Community College ... named NWAC Tournament MVP after leading the Titans to the NWAC championship ... earned All-Southern Region First Team honors ... career at Lane, Snook scored 1,232 points, dished out 419 assists and had 382 rebounds ... shot 49 percent from the field, 32 percent from behind the 3-point line and 70 percent from the foul line ... holds multiple career records after two seasons as a Titan: scoring, assists, field-goals made (439) and free throws made (294) ... scored 30 or more points nine times in her Lane career, scoring 44 points as a single-game high, and had 10 or more assists in 16 game ... carries a 3.6 grade-point average on the academic vice president list and was awarded NWAC academic excellence.

Western Oregon University
Shebly has started in 21 of 22 games this season for the Wolves averaging team highs of 13.9 points per game, 3.0 assists per game and minutes per game with 34.3.

Snook is second in rebound per game (5.0) and third in steals with 22 on the season. She tallied a season high 31 points against St. Martin's University on December 3rd and had another 30 point performance against Montana State Billings on January 14. The Wolves currently have five former NWAC standouts on the roster.

Follow the rest of Shelby’ season:
Online: Western Oregon Athletics
Twitter: @WOUWolves

Where are they now - Alli Cross & Zeb Klemke (cross country)

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Alexandria Cross

Lane College Women’s Cross Country, 2012-2013
Senior at University of Hawaii Manoa – NCAA DI, Big West Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Competed on Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Lane CC for two years … Finished 7th in 2014 and 17th in 2013 at the NWAC Cross Country Championships … Finished 6th at the 2014 NWAC Track and Field Championships…

University of Hawaii Manoa
As a junior, ran 5 races ranking among the UH scoring group every outing … Was the leader of all UH runners in two meets including the NCAA West Regional ranking 175th with a 6k time of 23:17 … Recorded her season-best 6k time of 22:00 at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational finishing 84th … At the Big Wave Invitational 5k came in 8th with a time of 19:11 making it her highest ranking earned thus far … As a senior, helped UH claim their victory at the BYUH Invitational by placing 2nd in the 5k with a time of 19:07 … At the Bronco Invitational ran the 6k and placed 29th with a time of 21:23 …

Follow Nicole’s senior season:
UH Athletics Website

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Zeb Klemke

Spokane Falls College Men’s Cross Country, 2013-2014
Senior at Eastern Washington University – NCAA, Big Sky Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
As a freshman, ran personal bests in the 5,000 at the Willamette Invitational placing 10th with a time of 15:36 and in th1 10,000 at the Erik Anderson Icebreaker placing 15th with a time of 33:33 … Klemke also ran a personal best during his sophomore year placing 11th at the Carroll College Early Bird Open with a time of 20:07 and the 8,000 at the Inland Empire Classic with a time of 26:15…

Eastern Washington University
Outdoor: Named to the Big Sky All-Academic team… At the Big Sky Outdoor Championships, placed 20th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase… Early in the season at WAR 9, Klemke earned the Al Manuel in the 5,000 with a personal best of 15:58… Also scored a personal best at the Pelluer Invitational in the 1,500 with a time of 4:05.
Indoor: In the 3,000 set a personal best at a dual meet with a time of 9:24 good enough for 9th place overall…

Follow Zeb’s senior season:
EWU Athletics Website

Where are they now - Chantelle Zamora (Walla Walla Volleyball)

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Transfer from Walla Walla CC
Walla Walla Volleyball, 2013-2014
Senior at Keiser University (FL) – NAIA, The Sun Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Named All-NWAC First Team in 2013…Earned team captain in 2014 and was honored as Second Team All-NWAC player…Won Player of the Week honors three separate times while at Walla Walla.

Keiser University
In her junior year, was selected to the Sun Conference honorable mention squad…Averaged 2.5 kills per set, ranking third on the team with 248 overall kills for the season…

So far as a senior has started 21 matches out of 22 and has rallied with 166 total kills, currently averaging 3.41 digs per set good for second on the team, and leads the team with 24 service aces. Chantelle recorded a team-high of 10 kills and 7 digs in the 3-0 victory over Florida National on October 10. Chantelle was named Sun Conference Attacker of the Week for matches played between Oct. 3-9.

KU Seahawks are currently 18-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

The Seahawks are set to play their next match against Johnson & Wales University (Fla.) on October 26, 2016 [watch live].

Follow Chantellele’s senior season:
KU Athletics Website
Twitter: @KUSeahawks

Where are they now - Elvis Pavon & Delaney Romero

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Elvis Pavon

Chemeketa Men’s Soccer, 2015
Sophomore at Eastern Oregon University – NAIA, Cascade

NWAC Accomplishments
During the Northwest Athletic Conference 2015 campaign, finished with 14 goals and 3 assists… finished with a team-high 31 points… named NWAC Southern Region MVP and assisted Chemeketa with a third-place finish in conference play.

Eastern Oregon University
Has appeared in all 10 games thus far in 2016… current statistics at EOU include 6 goals and 3 assists... Elvis scored 2 goals and had one assist in a victory over Walla Walla University.
EOU is currently 8-4-1 overall with their 8th conference game on October 14th against Rocky Mountain College. Full Men’s Soccer standings can be found on the Cascade Conference Website.

Follow Elvis’ Sophomore season:
EOU Athletics Website 

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Delaney Romero

Walla Walla Women’s Soccer, 2013-2014
Junior at Eastern Washington University – NCAA, Big Sky Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played one season at Walla Walla College... Led the Northwest Athletic Conference in scoring in 2013 and was an NWAACC All-Star selection...

Eastern Washington University  
During the 2015 season, appeared in 19 games and started in six… Scored a total of 3 goals, tying for third on the team along with tying for fourth in total points with eight… Assisted with the first goal of the season on August 21, 2015 against UTEP… Also tallied 2 game winning goals and one assist against the team’s first match-up against University of Idaho… Was selected to the Big Sky All-Academic Team in 2015.
As a Junior has played in 13 of 14 matches so far…Has scored 1 goal against UNLV and 1 goal against Idaho this season…
EWU is 10-1-2 on the season overall with their next game on October 14th against Southern Utah University. Other members of the EWU Women’s Soccer team that are also former NWAC players include Madi Gale from Highline CC and Emily Busselman from Spokane CC.

Follow Delaney's Junior season:
EWU Athletics Website
EWU Twitter @EWUSoccer

Where are they now - Jessica Mildes & James Breen

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Jessica Mildes

Spokane Women’s Cross Country, 2012-2013
Senior at Gonzaga University – NCAA DI, WCC

NWAC Accomplishments
Set the junior college national record in the 10,000 meters at the 2014 Mt. SAC Relays ... she ran a 34:29.36, breaking the national record by four seconds ... 2014 NWAC High Point Award winner at the NWAC Championships ... 2014 NWAC 1,500, 5,000, 10,000, and steeplechase champion ... 2013 NWAC 1,500 and 5,000 champion ... won the 2012 and 2013 NWAACC cross country titles ... ran a 17:51 in 2013, and a 17:59 in 2014 ... cross country All-American in 2013.

Gonzaga University
In her junior year, placed first at the Cross CountryErik Anderson Invitational, running unattached, with a time of 18:34 over the 5,000-meter course … during the indoor season, ran the sixth-best time in GU history a 9:55.46 at the UW Indoor Preview in the 3,000 meters … ran the third-fastest 5,000-meter indoor time at the Husky Classic at 17:00.66 … she opened the outdoor season with a first place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.85, and a second place finish in the 1,500 meters at the Buc Scoring Invite with a time of 4:35.88 … broke the school record and placed first at the Stanford Invitational in the 10,000 meters with a time of 33:40.82 … placed third at the Oregon Relays with a 5,000-meter time of 16:16.88, the fastest time in program history … ran the 10,000 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary.
As a Senior, finished 11th overall and 2nd on the team at the Clash of the Inland Northwest Invitational with a time of 14:31 (4K)

Follow Jessica’s senior season:
GU Athletics Website
Twitter: @GonzagaTFXC

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James Breen

Clark College Men’s Cross Country, 2014-2015
Junior at Eastern Washington University – NCAA DI, Big Sky Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Finished 5th overall at the 2014 NWAC Championships and 1st overall at the 2015 NWAC championships earning All-American honors in both years.   

Eastern Washington University
Placed 12th overall of 93 runners (7 schools) at the Clash of the Inland Northwest Invitational and 3rd overall on the team.  At one of the largest meets in the nation, the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota, James finished 153rd (2nd on the team) of 263 runners.  The field consisted of 29 Division I teams including 7 of the top 30.

Follow James’ senior season:
EWU Athletics Website
Twitter: @EWUathletics

Where are they now - Megan Minke

Megan Minke

Megan Minke

Clackamas Volleyball, 2013-2014
Senior at Keiser University (FL) – NAIA, The Sun Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Helped Clackamas to the 2014 South Region Title with a perfect 10-0 league record and a 4th place finish at the Northwest Athletic Conference Championship tournament.  On the season Megan tallied 133 kills and her .342 hitting percentage was the best on the team and 4th in the NWAC.

Keiser University
In her junior year, was selected to the AVCA All-Region squad…named Sun Conference Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Conference…Lead the conference in hitting percentage at .357 and service aces with 58…Season total of 267 was 2nd on the team…

As a senior this season has started all 12 matches thus far with 62 total kills, 10 service aces, and leads the team with 11 total solo blocks.  Minke’s KU Seahawks are currently 10-2 on the season which in includes two undefeated runs through non-conference tournaments.

Follow Megan’s senior season:
WSU Athletics Website
Twitter: @KUSeahawks

Where are they now - Alysha Overland & Erick Urzua - Washington State and Concordia Soccer

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Alysha Overland

Spokane Women’s Soccer, 2015
Sophomore at Washington State University – NCAA, Pac 12

NWAC Accomplishments
Led Spokane to the 2015 Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship…led the NWAC with 29 goals, breaking the CCS school record…named the NWAC East Region MVP and an East-West Region All-Star…also tallied 11 assists as CCS finished 16-2-1 in 2015…also competed in track and field for Spokane in the sprint and relay sprint events.

Washington State University
Has appeared in all 5 games thus far in 2016, leading the team in goals scored at 3.  Alysha scored the lone goal [video] in a 1-0 victory over #13 ranked Santa Clara and scored two goals [video]in the 2-1 win over the University of Montana.   

WSU is currently 3-2-1 & ranked 30th in the RPI, with Pac 12 play beginning on September 23rd against Colorado.  Eight WSU soccer matches are currently slated to air on the Pac 12 Network

Follow Alysha's Sophomore season:
WSU Athletics Website
Twitter: @wsuCougarSoccer

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Erick Urzua

Peninsula Men’s Soccer, 2013-2014
Senior at Concordia University – NCAA, Great Northwest Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two seasons at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington... Named to the all-star team in both seasons and won back-to-back NWAC championships for the Pirates... Recorded 23 goals total and 12 assists.

Concordia University  
Started 15 games for the Cavs as a junior… Made CU debut against Humboldt State on Sept. 4 where he scored a goal and added an assist… Finished second on the team with nine points after scoring three goals and adding three assists… Logged 1,293 minutes for fourth on the team… Played every minute in nine matches, including 110 minutes in a 3-3 tie versus MSU Billings and a 0-0 tie at home against Seattle Pacific… Took two of the team’s three penalty kicks on the year, converting both chances. 

Has started 1 of 2 matches thus far as a senior… Already logged a goal scoring on a PK against Hawaii Pacific in the 79th minute which gave Concordia the 2-1 win.    

Concordia is 2-0-1 on the season with 3 games remaining before conference play begins on September 24th vs Montana State Billings. MSU Billings currently has two former NWAC players on it’s roster including former Peninsula College teammate Victor Sanchez.

Follow Erick's Senior season:
Concordia Athletics Website
Twitter: @gocugo  

Where are they now- TC Florentine & Cheyenne Barker (Barger)

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TC Florentine

Edmonds Baseball, 2013, 2014
Senior at Santa Clara – NCAA DI, West Coast Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
played two years at Edmonds…As a freshman, Hit .333 with 22 RBI's and 8 SB's… Earned 2nd team All NWAC and Gold Glove Honors…As a sophomore hit .341 with 4 HR's, 38 RBI's, and 13 SB's…Earned Gold Glove, NWAC MVP, Baden Player of the Year, and ABCA All American honors…Helped Edmonds win NWAC Championship in 2014…In over 600 innings played accumulated 0 errors…

Santa Clara
AS A JUNIOR (2015): Made 52 appearances and 51 starts, primarily in center field … hit .246 with six doubles, three triples, 15 RBIs, 17 runs scored and 18 walks … 

AS a SENIOR (2016): Appeared in 30 of 34 games thus far…averaging .312 with a .364 on base percentage…Totals 9 doubles (most on the team), 17 RBI's (2nd on team) with 3 stolen bases.  Santa Clara is currently 16-18 on the season…

Follow TC's senior season:
WSU Athletics Website
Twitter: @SCU_baseball

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Cheyenne Barker (Barger)

Treasure Valley Softball, 2013, 2014
RS Junior at Eastern Oregon University – NAIA, Cascade Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two years at Treasure Valley…As a freshman hit .569 with 61 RBI's and 14 HR's…Earned 1st team East Region and named NFCA All American…Helped Treasure Valley reach NWAC playoffs…As a sophomore hit .582 with 59 RBI's and 18 HR's…Earned East Region MVP, named NFCA All American, and Baden Player of the Year… led Treasure Valley to NWAC playoffs this time to Final 3 appearance…

Eastern Oregon University
Red Shirted her first year…This year has started in all 42 games…hitting .341 with 49 RBI's and 25 HR's…Eastern Oregon is currently 2nd in Cascade Conference East Standings with a 13-9 conference record

Follow Cheyenne's Junior season:
CSUN Athletics Website
Twitter: @eoumountaineers

Where are they now - Teauna Hughes & DJ Gee

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Teauna Hughes

Boise State (Senior)
Mt Hood CC (2013 & 2014)

SENIOR (2016): Started 37-39 games so far this season… batted .529 (9-for-17) with a double, home run, five RBI and four multi-hit efforts over five games at the Husky Classic...went 2-for-4 against Bradley and followed with a 2-for-3 showing at Seattle University that included a double and a game-winning three-run homer (March 5)... hit two homers and drove in three runs against Texas Tech (March 20)... hit a solo homer in series opener against Fresno State (March 29)...posted her second two-HR game of the season in the finale against UNLV, going 2-for-3 with three RBI (April 10).

JUNIOR (2015): Started 47 of 50 games, batting .263 with four home runs, nine doubles and 17 RBI... went 3-for-3 with two solo home runs in win over Montana (March 7)... went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the second game of a doubleheader against UNLV (April 7)...had two hits, including a double, in the series finale in Vegas (April 8).
SOPHOMORE (2014): Named Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Southern Region Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row...helped lead the Saints to 39-3 mark and the program's fourth NWAACC title...batted .481 with 63 hits, 14 home runs and 63 RBI.
FRESHMAN (2013): NWAC South Region Player of the Year...led the league with 21 home runs and 60 RBI...also named NFCA NWAC All-American, to All-NWAC South Region First Team and All-NWAC Tournament Team...helped lead the Saints to a 39-7 record in 2013, including 16-4 in conference play.

Follow Teauna's Senior Season:
BSU Softball Twitter
BSU Website

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DJ Gee 

Marshall University (Senior)
Pierce  College (2012 & 2014)

2016 (Senior): Started 30-30 games so far this season…used primarily as an outfielder, Gee had a .278 with 35 hits off of 126 plate appearances…scored 20 runs with 1 homerun and 17 RBIs…collected 11 stolen bases with 14 attempt.

2015 (Junior): Appeared in 48 games, starting 45 … used primarily as a outfielder, Gee had a .283 batting average with 45 hits and 14 RBIs during 159 plate appearances … recorded 13 multi-hit games, including four games with three hits … had a season-high two RBIs four times throughout the season … had one home run at Mississippi State (Feb. 21) … collected 12 stolen bases on 13 attempts … finished the season with 26 runs, 12 walks and seven doubles.

Pierce: Helped lead the Raiders to a Northwest Athletic Conference Championship (NWAC) in 2012 ... was named First Team All-NWAC in 2012 and 2014 and earned the NWAC West Division MVP in 2014 ... was named a First Team All-American ... teammate Elliot Morris is currently in the San Diego Padres Organization.

Follow DJ's Senior Season:
Marshall University Baseball Twitter
Marshall University Website

Where are they now - Evan Omelia & Neydeen Martinez

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Evan Omelia

Spokane Men's Golf, 2012-2014
Senior at Washington State University – NCAA DI, PAC-12 Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
As a sophomore, helped the team capture the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Golf Championship…named a first-team all-conference player in the NWAACC …won four individual titles over two years with the Sasquatch…helped lead the team to 15-straight tournament titles during his freshman campaign.

Washington State University
Senior (2015-16) – Best finish through four tournaments was at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, where he tied for 19th as an individual and shot 1-under par in the first and third rounds…maintained a scoring average of 74.5.

Junior (2014-15) – Competed in five tournaments for the Cougars…at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Oct. 13-14, carded a single-round 64…the mark is a career-best and the second-best score in school history…best finish came at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, Sept. 8-9, tying for 21st…maintained a scoring average of 73.93.

Follow Evan's senior season:
WSU Athletics Website
Twitter: @WSUMensGolf

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Neydeen Martinez

Columbia Basin Women's Golf, 2014-15
Sophomore at Eastern Washington University – NCAA DI, Big Sky Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played one year at Columbia Basin…Won 5 Tournaments including the NWAC Championship where she shot 74(+2) and 72 (E) for a Total 146 (+2).  Also won NWAC Player of the year award.

Eastern Washington University
As a sophomore helped Eagles to a 10th place finish at the Thunderbird Invitational finishing T66 shooting 86  & 80 for a 166.  Gave a solid performance at the Boulder Creek Invitational last month , finishing just outside of the top 20, tying for 22nd. She shot 239, with a low of 77 in the first round, and totals of 79 and 83 in the subsequent rounds.

Follow Neydeen's sophomore season:
EWU Athletics Website
Twitter: @EWUGolf

Where are they now - Lindsie Scholwinski & Yusuke Akitoshi

Lindsie Scholwinski in action

Lindsie Scholwinski

Spokane Softball, Pitcher
Junior at Southeastern University – NAIA, The Sun Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two years at Community Colleges of Spokane…Recorded 13 wins as a freshman with a 1.47 ERA and 195 total strike outs…Named Eastern Region Pitcher of the Year and NFCA All American…Pitched 198.2 innings as a sophomore, with a perfect 29-0 record and 0.81 ERA…Lead team to NWAC championship…Named once again as Eastern Region Pitcher of the year and selected NFCA All American

Southestern University
Has recorded 100.1 innings pitched thus far as a junior with a 13-1 record… 126 total strikeouts (3 games with double digit strikeouts)… 1.79 ERA and twice named The Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week.   

Follow Lindsie's junior season:
Southeastern Athletics Website
Twitter: @FireAthletics

Yusuke Akitoshi in action

 Yusuke Akitoshi

Skagit Valley Baseball, Infielder
Senior at Cal State Northridge – NCAA DI, Big West Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two years at Skagit Valley…Hit .273 as a freshman with 18 RBI's, 3 HR's, on 41 hits in 150 AB's… Recorded .975 FLD% with 34 PO's and 121 A's…Lead team .362 AVG as a sophomore with 4 HR's, and 29 RBI's… Recorded .959 FLD% with 65 PO's and 93 A's…Twice Named All NWAC First Team and winner of two gold gloves…Also named to All Academic team

Cal State Northridge
As a junior started in all 57 games at shortshop...Hit .286 to go along with 32 runs, 60 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 32 RBI, 25 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .367 on-base percentage...Led the team in at bats, hits, doubles, stolen bases, RBI and on-base percentage.. Recorded a team-high 17 multi-hit games...Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a double against #11 UCLA (2/17/15)

As a senior has started in 19 of 20 games with a .301 AVG, 10 RBI's, 22 H's, 21 R's, 13 BB's and 11 SB's… Fielding .979% with 33 PO's and 60 A's…CSUN currently has a 18-3 record with conference play set to begin April 1. 

Follow Yusuke's senior season:
CSUN Athletics Website
Twitter: @GoMatadors

Where are they now - Hannah Depew & Earl Jones

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Hannah Depew

Columbia Basin Women's Basketball
Senior at Linfield University – NCAA DIII, Northwest Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two years at Columbia basin College…Team's second leading scorer (10.4 ppg) as a freshman, averaged 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, and led the team in steals (52 total)...Averaged 11.2 ppg in the NWAC tournament…Earned 2nd team All East Region and All-Defensive Team…Played in 31 of 32 games as a sophomore and helped CBC claim the 2014 NWAC Title

Linfield University
Last season as a junior, team's second leading scorer as a junior in 2014-15…saw 26.7 minutes per game while averaging 9.9 points and 4.7 rebounds…started 19 of 23 contests…supplied back-to-back career highs of 21 points…doled out a team-high 71 assists…

This season as a senior, started 19 of 23 games played…Shooting 42% FG…Averaging 9.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, is second on the team with 50 total assists and leads the team in steals with 41 total… Linfield is currently 12-11, with their final games this weekend against Pacific and undefeated, top ranked George Fox.

Review Hannah's senior season:
Linfield Athletics Website
Twitter: @linfieldsports

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Earl Jones

Mt. Hood Men's Basketball
Senior at Warner Pacific University – NAIA, Cascade Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two years at Mt. Hood…As a freshman was in the NWAC top 10 for steals (75 total) and 3 Point FG 41.7%...Lead the NWAC in assists with 7.29 per game…Also averaged 13.5 ppg & 2.68 spg…Lead Mt. Hood to 8th place finish at NWAC tournament…Earned 1st Team All-South Region honors…  As a sophomore was 4th in the NWAC in assists (4.95 pg) and 2nd in steals (2.86 pg)…earned 2nd Team All-South Region honors…lead Mt. Hood to 7th place finish at the NWAC tournament

Warner Pacific University
As a senior, started 19 of 21 games played…Shooting 50% FG, 45% 3FG, and 76% FT…Averaging 15.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.3 apg (leads team) and 48 total steals (leads team)…Also leads team in 3 point field goals made…Named Cascade Conference Player of the Week… Warner Pacific is 14-4 in conference play and has clinched a birth to the post season.

Follow  senior season:
Warner Pacific Athletics Website
Twitter: @wpcknights


Where are they now - Demarea Caples & Ricardo Maxwell

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Demarea Caples

Bellevue Women's Basketball
Senior at Northwest Christian University, NAIA – Cascade Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Played two years at Bellevue College…earned MVP honors at the Bellevue Classic in both seasons...earned Second-Team All-NWAC honors as a freshman...earned First-Team All-NWAC honors during sophomore season and was selected to play in the NWAC All-Star Game...averaged 10 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals per game, & totaled 28 blocks (13th in the NWAC) as a sophomore...led Bulldogs to conference championship and 5th place finish in NWAC championship tournament.  Career best game came against Everett shooting 9/11 FT, 50% FG%, 23 pts, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot.    

Northwest Christian University
Last season as a junior, started in 25 of 28 games for the Beacons , averaged 7.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg (lead the team) and totaled 24 blocked shots (2nd on the team) and 34 steals (2nd on the team) on the season ... Season high game came on the last game of the year vs Corban, scored a game high 19 pts and 8 rebounds.

This season as a senior, started 13 of 14 games played…Averaging 6.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg and shooting 73% FT… NCU is currently 11-5, in Cascade Conference play (4th in standings) and has clinched a berth to the conference tournament. 

Follow Dexter's senior season:
Northwest Christian Athletics Website
Twitter: @GoBEACONS

Ricardo Maxwell in action

Ricardo Maxwell

Edmonds Men's Basketball
Senior at Western Washington University, NCAA DII – Great Northwest Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
First-team Northwest Athletic Conference Northern Region All-Star and All-Defensive Team pick as sophomore in 2012-13 ... Helped Tritons to 26-4 record, North Region title and championship game of NWAC Tournament ... First-team all-tournament choice ... Averaged 20.6 points, shooting 41 percent (61-of-150) from 3-point range, 5.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds ... Scored season-best 36 points versus Everett CC ... Did not compete as freshman in 2011-12 because of severe ankle sprain ... Played 2010-11 season at North Seattle Community College. 

Western Washington University
Second-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star as junior in 2014-15 after being GNAC Pre-season all-star ... Played in 25 games, making 23 starts ... Averaged 15.0 points on 51.8 percent (144-of-278) field-goal shooting, 3.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds ... Ranked fifth in GNAC in minutes played, sixth in assists, seventh in scoring, ... Shot team-best 71.8 percent (64-of-89) at free-throw line ... Had season-high 31 points vs. Western Oregon on 1/24/15 and 28 at Northwest Nazarene on 1/17/15 ... Had team-best 12 assists vs. Thompson Rivers BC on 12/15/14 and grabbed seven rebounds in each of two games ... Drove length of court for winning layup in 68-66 win over Seattle Pacific ... Redshirt in 2013-14 ... 

This season as a senior, has started in all 23 games…Averaging 16ppg (2nd on team & 7th in GNAC), 2.48 rpg, and 4.6 apg (1st on the team & 5th in the GNAC)…Shooting an even 50% from the floor (12th in the GNAC)… 76% from the FT line…2nd in GNAC in assist to turnover ratio…5th in GNAC minutes played…& ranks among the GNAC's top 25 in steals…WWU is currently  14-9 on the season and in contention to make the GNAC Tournament.   

Follow Dexter's senior season:
Western Washington Athletics Website
Twitter: @WWUAthletics

Where are they now - Laci Effenberger & Dexter Williams

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Dexter Williams

Southwestern Oregon Men's Basketball
Senior at Montana Western University, NAIA-DI, Frontier Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
As a freshman in '12-'13 lead the team with 13.96 ppg & 6.46 rpg while also tallying 36 steals and 9 blocked shots on the season...Helped lead his team to a 2nd place finish in the south region, and a trip to the NWAC tournament… As a sophomore was named First Team South Region…  Among the NWAC top 15 in scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg)…shot 48% from the field and added 21 blocks on the season… Top game included a 30 point, 12 rebound, 5 assist, and 4 blocks performance against Lane… lead team to a 21-9 overall record and a trip to the NWAC tournament. 

Montana Western University
Last season as a junior, played in all 33 games, shooting 53.6% FG (top 20 in NAIA DI)... averaged 15.82 points, 6.76 (lead team) rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game... helped team reach the 2nd round in the NAIA National Tournament…Scored 17 pts and 7 rebounds in 1st round win over Benedictine (Kan.)

This season as a senior, currently ranked in the NAIA top 25 in total steals (37) and rebounds (170)…Leads the Frontier Conference in Double-Doubles (7)…  Averaging 15.6 ppg (leads team), 7.4 rpg (leads team) and shooting 52% FG.  Recently named Frontier Conference Player of the Week where he shot 57% from the floor and averaged 25 points and 7.5 rebounds… Montana Western is currently 14-9 and is the 25th ranked team in the Nation.

Follow Dexter's senior season:
Montana Western Athletics Website
Twitter: @UMW_Bulldogs

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Laci Effenberger

Clackamas Women's Basketball
Senior at Cal State East Bay University, NCAA-DII

NWAC Accomplishments
Named First Team All-Southern Region and All-NWAC…Averaged 28 points and nearly six assists during the NWAC Championship Tournament...Set tournament and program records with 112 tournament points in four games...Scored 42 points in a victory against Skagit Valley...Led the NWAC in made 3-pointers (112), ranked second with 181 assists (6.2 apg), fifth with 545 points (18.8 ppg), and sixth grabbing 75 steals (2.6 spg).

Cal State East Bay University
Appeared in the final 17 games off the bench in her first season at Cal State East Bay...Knocked down at least one 3-pointer in final 15 games...Finished 33-of-95 (.347) from distance...Ranked second on team in 3-pointers made despite missing nearly half of season while recovering from injury...Averaged 7.2 points per game...Scored season-high 17 points in program's first ever CCAA postseason win (March 5)...Went 6-for-6 at free throw line in win over Cal Poly Pomona (March 5)...Scored in double figures four times...Made three 3-pointers in six different games...Finished with 123 points...Averaged 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game...Named East Bay Female Athlete of the Week (Jan. 27).

Has started in all 21 games as a senior for CSEBU… Averaging 11.2 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.2 rpg, and 2.0 spg… Top performances thus far 10 point, 12 assist, 5 rebounds vs CSU San Bernadino & 23 points, 3 steals, 4 assists vs Academy of Art…Currently leads the team and is 3rd in the conference in steals (42)… CSEBU is 17-4 overall and 11-2 in conference play

Follow Laci's senior season:
Cal State East Bay Athletics Website
Twitter: @EastBayPioneers

Where are they now - David Ware & Jordan Klebaum

David Ware in action

David Ware

Everett Men's Basketball
Senior at Chaminade University, NCAA-DII, Pac-West Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
As a sophomore in '13-'14 named to North Region All-Defensive team ... averaged 15.1 ppg and 7.2 rpg during sophomore year ... had eight 20-point games with a season-high of 26 against Yakima Valley and 10 games of 10-plus assist with a season-best 17 vs. Lane CC ... led the NWAC in steals (3.14) and assists (8.57) that year ... named to the All-Tournament Team of the Green River Crossover Tournament ... was the Defensive Player of the Year ... guided Trojans to the Clackamas Holiday Tournament championship and was named MVP ... was the NWAC Co-Player of the Week (Feb. 17) ... was second in the NWAC in assists during freshman year (6.2).

Chaminade University
Last season as a junior, played in 24 games, making four starts ... averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game ... led team in steals with 33, ranking eighth in the Pacific West Conference (1.4 spg) ... had 44 assists, third-best on team ... shot 44.2 percent from the floor ... made 12 3-pointers ... season-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range vs. BYU (Nov. 25) ... season-best seven rebounds at 24th-ranked Azusa Pacific (Feb. 16) ... season-high seven assists at Dixie State (Feb. 12) while tying season-best with five steals ...

Played in 24 games this season, making 4 starts… Averaging 4.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, and 1.4 spg on 42% FG in 15 minutes per game.  Had 7 steals vs Dixie State and season best performance of 4 assists, 5 steals, and 15 points in win over Holy Names. 

Follow David's senior season:
Chaminade Athletics Website
Twitter: @goswords

 Jordan Klebaum in action

Jordan Klebaum

Chemeketa Women's Basketball
Senior at Eastern Oregon University, NAIA, Cascade Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
As a freshman, averaged 8.7 ppg, 1.5 apg, 2.8 rpg, and 1.1 spg helping Chemeketa reach the NWAC tournament, finishing in 4th Place.  As a sophomore, averaged 13.6 ppg, shooting 92% from the FT line.  Also added 1.9 apg, 3.9 rpg, and 1.7 spg.  Earned South Region All First team honors while again leading Chemeketa to a 4th place finish at the NWAC tournament. 

Eastern Oregon University
Key guard on the 2014-15 team that clinched its third-straight Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Regular Season Title and reached the 2015 NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship… Collected Honorable Mention All-CCC plaudits… Knocked down 60 three's… Tallied nearly 10 points and 3.2 rebounds per game… Made nine starts in 25 contests… 

Currently as a senior, has started all 21 games for EOU, averaging 11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 2.0 spg (8th in the Cascade Conference).  Klebaum is also 8th in the Conference in 3FG made (53).  Season best game came last Saturday against Corban, Jordan scored 22 points, knocking down 6 3's and adding 7 assists, and 4 steals.  EOU is currently 14-8 on the season, 10-3 (3rd) in conference play.      

Follow Jordan's senior season:
Eastern Oregon Athletics Website
Twitter: @EOUSports

Where are they now - Warren Edmondson & Brooke Bowen

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Warren Edmondson

Portland Men's Basketball
Senior at Montana State-Northern, NAIA Frontier Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals, shooting 46% FG, 40% 3FG, and 78% FT in his two year career with the Panthers...named to the '12-'13 South Region All Defensive Team in his freshman season… Name Southern Region First Team during his sophomore season, leading his team to PCC's first ever NWAC Tournament, and winning the NWAC Championship… Warren was a vital part of that championship team scoring 41 points in a Semi-Final Victory over Skagit Valley, and 18 points in the Championship game versus Pierce…

Montana State-Northern University
Played in all 31 games, as a junior... averaged 12.23 points and shot 42 FG%, 42 3FG%, & 86 FT% ... 4th in the Frontier Conference in 3FG% and 3rd in FT%... Was ranked 26th in all of NAIA D-I in 3FG%... Played in all 18 games thus far as a senior helping his team to a 13-5 overall record…Averaging 12.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, and 1.06 spg.    

Coach Huse had this to say about Warren, "Warren is an extremely competitive guy with that rare ability to break a game wide open with his shooting. We look forward to seeing him shine in his senior year as he is one that puts a tremendous amount of off-season work into his game."

Follow Warren's senior season:
MSU Northern Athletics Website
Twitter: @MSUNorthern

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Brooke Bowen

Clark Women's Basketball
Senior at Chico State, NCAA DII

NWAC Accomplishments
Named NWAC West Region MVP...Averaged 16.8 ppg, 8.03 rpg, 2.83 apg, and 2.47 spg, helping her team advance to a 5th place finish at the NWAC tournament...  Posted 9 double-double nights, including an 11 rebound, 22 point performance over rival Lower Columbia in the NWAC tournament.

Chico State University
Led the Wildcats in rebounding (144) and blocks (17) in 2014-15…Third on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg)…Scored in double digits in 12 games while posting a pair of double-doubles…Poured in a season-high 19 points Jan. 24 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay…As a senior has started the last 6 games for the Wild Cats and has appeared in all 15 games.  Averaging 9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 spg, and shooting 77% FT. 

Follow Brooke's junior season:
Chico State Athletics WebsiteTwitter: @ChicoWildcats

Where are they now - Shannon Bland & Joseph Stroud

Joseph Stroud's CWU personal page

Joseph Stroud

Highline Men's Basketball
Senior at Central Washington University-NCAA DII

NWAC Accomplishments
Averaged 12.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg (4th in the NWAC)…63.9 FG% 2nd in NWAC…Named to first-team all NWAC…first-team West Region, and West Region Defensive Player of the Year.

Central Washington University
Played in all 26 games as a junior and started 18…lead the GNAC in FG% .707 (129/183)… 2nd in the GNAC in blocked shots 69 total (2.7 per game)…Lead the team with 47 total offensive rebounds…Averaged 12.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg in 24 minutes per game…As a senior this year has started in 9 of 10 games…averaging 17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, and has totaled 27 blocked shots…Stroud is currently 5th in the GNAC in scoring, 7th in rebounding, 6th in offensive rebounds, 2nd in FG% (.616) and 1st in blocked shots...The Wildcats are 3-2 in conference play with an 8-2 overall record…Recently Stroud recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocked shots in the CWU 81-77 upset win of #3 nationally ranked Western Oregon. 

Follow Joseph's senior season:
Central Washington University Athletics Website
Twitter: @CWUAthletics

  Shannon Bland in action

Shannon Bland

Columbia Basin Women's Basketball
Senior at Cal State East Bay-NCAA DII

NWAC Accomplishments
Member of squad which won the 2014 NWAC Championship...Posted season averages of 6.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.6 steals per game...Ranked among the top ten NWAC players with 141 assists and 80 steals...Named to the NWAC All-Tournament First Team

Cal-State East Bay
As a junior voted Cal State East Bay Female Newcomer of the Year...Started all 31 games as team's point guard...Scored go-ahead 3-pointer in program's first ever CCAA postseason victory (March 5)...Averaged 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game...Scored career-high 13 points twice...Posted 13 points in 17 minutes against San Francisco State (Feb. 7)...Dished out season-high six assists in two games...Ranked second on squad with 95 assists...Grabbed 11 rebounds against Cal State San Bernardino (Feb. 20)...Earned CCAA All-Academic Team honors.

As a senior averaging 11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.1 apg…FT% (.860) is a team best and 4th in the CCAA…Recently coming off of a 20 point, 5 rebound, 3 assist, 63 FG% performance against CCAA opponent Stanislaus State…Cal State East Bay is currently 5-0 in conference play and 11-2 on the season. 

Follow Shanon's senior season:
Cal State East Bay Website
Twitter: @EastBayPioneers

Where are they now - Arinesha Smith & Collin Spickerman

Collin Spickerman

Clark Men's Basketball
Senior at Portland State University

NWAC Accomplishments
Averaged 17.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game for the Penguins... shot .542 from the field and .722 at the free throw line... named the NWAC West Region Most Valuable Player after leading his team to a 27-2 season, 16-0 in league play and Western Region Championship

Portland State University
Played in all 29 games, starting 18 as a junior... averaged 4.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 20.8 minutes per game... led the Big Sky Conference in blocked shots... his 72 blocks were second-most for a season in school history and his average (2.6) was best in school history... shot .467 from the field, .722 from the free throw line... blocked at least one shot in 20 straight games and 26 of 29 overall... scored a career-high 10 points with five rebounds, four blocks and three assists in a win over Northern Colorado (2/21)... blocked a Portland State record seven shots, along with nine points (4-8 FG, 1-1 FT) and six rebounds against Sacramento State (2/28)...

Has started in all 10 games as a senior for the Vikings, averaging 7.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 22.0 minutes per game… scored a career-high 17 points on 12/12 against SIU-Edwardsville

Follow Collin's senior season:
Portland State University Athletics Website
Twitter: @PSU_Vikings

Arinesha Smith in action

Arinesha Smith

Lower Columbia Women's Basketball
Senior at University of Alaska-Fairbanks

NWAC Accomplishments
Two-time NWAC West Region First Team member...NWAC All-Defensive Team as a freshman...Averaged 11.6 points, 4.1 rebound and 3.5 assists as a sophomore...Helped Red Devils finish 22-7, take runner-up in the West Region and place sixth in the NWAC Women's Basketball Championship...Voted to the NWAC Sophomore All-Star Game...Averaged 11.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a freshman...Tallied 35 career double-figure scoring games...Career-high 30 points during sophomore season...Also compiled single-game, career bests of 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Appeared in 16 games with 16 starts as a junior ... Lead the team in 3-point shooting percentage (.354%) ... Second amongst Nanooks in assists with 48 ... Averaged 8.8 points per game ... Tallied 11 steals, 2 blocks and 44 rebounds ...  Career high points with 17 on Jan. 8 against Saint Martin's ... Tied for third amongst Nanooks in minutes per game (25.7).  Has started in all 13 games as a senior for the 5-8 Nanooks…Averaging 8.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.2 steals in 29.2 minutes per game.   Matched her career high of 17 points on Dec. 19 against UC San Diego. Currently leads the team in assists with 46 total on the year.

Follow Danah's junior season:
University of Alaska-Fairbanks Website
Twitter: @AlaskaNanooks

Where are they now - Kyle Impero & Danah Haley

Kyle Impero in action

Kyle Impero

Whatcom Men's Basketball
Senior at Western Washington University

NWAC Accomplishments
Averaged 20.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 2.7 assists per game as a freshman, helping Whatcom reach the NWAC tournament…As a sophomore was named North Region MVP leading Whatcom to back to back NWAC tournament appearances…2nd leading scorer in the NWAC at 28.3 PPG…Averaged 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, & 2.2 steals per game…Career high of 43 against Olympic…Shot 47.6 FG% and 80.8 FT%

Western Washington University
Started in 8 games as a junior in '14-'15 averaging 23 minutes per game…Averaged 7.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG and totaled 33 steals and 63 assists on the season…Has started all 12 games this season as a senior for the Vikings…Averaging 16.9 PPG and leads the team in rebounds at 6.8 per game…Shooting 59% FG and 44% 3FG…Recently named GNAC player of the week & has Western off to a 2-1 start in conference play  

Follow Kyle's senior season:
Western Washington University Athletics Website
Twitter: @WWUAthletics

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Danah Haley

Blue Mountain Women's Basketball
Junior at Portland State University

NWAC Accomplishments
Played in 10 games as a FRESHMAN before missing the rest of the season due to injury…Averaged 13.3 points, 8,5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 25 minutes per game…scored in double figures in 9 of 10 games she played in with a season high of 22…

Portland State University
As a SOPHOMORE, missed the first half of the season rehabbing from injury sustained as a freshman…Played in the final 16 games of the season averaging 2.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game…Recorded a 10 point, 9 rebound performance on 2/19 against North Dakota…has appeared in all 11 games this season as a JUNIOR averaging 19 minutes per game with 5.7 rebounds and 6.4 points…Totaled 4 blocks and 7 steals so far this season   

Follow Danah's junior season:
Portland State University Athletics Website
Twitter: @PSU_Vikings

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