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Foster & Terry named 2019 Baden Track & Field Athletes of the Year

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ESSENCE FOSTER
SOPHOMORE • CLACKAMAS

Sophomore Essence Foster, Rogers HS / Puyallup, WA., the returning Baden Track & Field Athlete of the Year, was the Women’s High Point Athlete of the Championship Meet. Foster amassed 34.75 points winning the 400M Hurdles and the Heptathlon. She also placed in the 400M Dash (3rd), Long Jump (3rd) and was a member of the Cougars’ 4x100M Relay (4th) and 4x400M Relay (3rd) teams. Foster is considering several schools for next season.

BRYAN TERRY
SOPHOMORE • SOUTHWESTERN OREGON

Sophomore Bryan Terry, Lowry HS / Lowry, NV., was the Men’s High Point Athlete of the Championship Meet. Terry collected 28 points winning the Shot Put (15.83m) & Discus Throw (44.50m) and placing second in the Hammer throw. Terry is considering several schools for next season.

Day named 2019 Baden Baseball Athlete of the Year

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DAWSON DAY
SOPHOMORE • PITCHER • MT. HOOD

Sophomore Dawson Day, Centennial HS / Gresham, OR., the South Region MVP, turned in a .358 batting average (7th best in NWAC). Along with two home runs, Day tallied 10 doubles in conference play. As a pitcher, he turned in a record of 4-2 as a starter including an impressive 104 strikeouts on the season (2nd in NWAC). His excellent control led to a league low 47 walks. His play on and off the mound helped Mt. Hood to a 32-12 record (19-5) and their 30th tournament appearance. Day is considering several Division I offers for next year.

Mott named 2019 Baden Softball Athlete of the Year

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MADI MOTT
SOPHOMORE • PITCHER • NORTH IDAHO

Sophomore Madi Mott, Gladstone HS / Gladstone, OR., notched a pitching record of 25-2, was named East Region MVP and Pitcher of the Year, posted a conference-best ERA of 1.61 and was first in strikeouts with 240 K’s on the season. When she wasn’t on the mound, Mott was wreaking havoc against opposing pitchers with her .508 batting average. She launched a league-leading 27 home runs and 74 RBI (9th best). She was twice named All-American and Player of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and was the Championship Tournament MVP in 2018 and 2019 after leading NIC to back-to-back conference titles. Her combined two-year pitching record was 54-3. Mott has signed with NCAA Division II St. Leo University in St. Leo, Florida.

Gill & Larson named 2019 Baden Golf Athletes of the Year

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AVERY GILL
FRESHMAN • SOUTHWESTERN OREGON

Freshman Avery Gill, West Linn HS / West Linn, OR., was dominant in her first collegiate season winning the Bellevue, Spokane and Highline league matches to cruise to the Women’s Golf Player of the Year honor. She also claimed fourth place in the Walla Walla league match.

JONNY LARSON
SOPHOMORE • SKAGIT VALLEY

Sophomore Jonny Larson, Bellingham HS / Bellingham, WA., won the Walla Walla league match during the season and had the most consistent performances at all league matches to win to the Men’s Golf Player of the Year honors. Larson is still considering his options for next season.

Panchuk & Cruz named 2019 Baden Tennis Athletes of the Year

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SOPHIA PANCHEK
FRESHMAN • BELLEVUE

Freshman Sofia Panchuk, Sammamish HS / Bellevue, WA., came late to the Bulldogs’ roster and made an immediate impact. She went 4-0 in #1 singles and 3-1 in #1 doubles entering the championship. She only lost 3 sets in the #1 singles in two matches cruising to the women’s title. She then paired with teammate Chen-Yu Tang to take the #1 doubles championship.

OSCAR CRUZ
SOPHOMORE • BELLEVUE

Sophomore Oscar Cruz, Renton HS / Renton, WA., was dominate all season going 10-4 on the season in #1 singles - his only losses coming to players from 4-year schools. He was also 7-0 in regular season #1 doubles. Cruz won both his matches to capture the NWAC title and paired with teammate Stefano Wirawan to also take the #1 doubles title. Cruz is considering several 4-year schools for next season.

Wenatchee Valley's Ashlynn Burgess and North Idaho's Rayquan Evans named 2019 Baden Basketball Athletes of the Year

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ASHLYNN BURGESS • GUARD
SOPHOMORE WENATCHEE VALLEY

Burgess led the 28-5 Knights to the 2019 Women’s Basketball Championship title where she was named the championship tournament MVP. In the semifinal game vs top-ranked Lane, Burgess tallied a double-double scoring 24 while taking down 10 rebounds.  She followed that with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks in the title game vs. 3rd-ranked Umpqua.

For the season, the East Region MVP recorded 18.6 ppg on 53.7% shooting and registered 6.9 rebounds per game.

Burgess has signed with Seattle Pacific University for next season.

RAYQUAN EVANS   GUARD
SOPHOMORE NORTH IDAHO

Evans led the 31-2 top-ranked Cardinals to an East Region title and their second consecutive NWAC Championship. The two-time championship tournament MVP had a double-double against 2nd-ranked Lane in the semifinal game, scoring 18 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. In the title game, Evans was unstoppable ripping the nets for 32 points on 65% shooting while dishing 6 assists and going 9-9 at the charity stripe.

For the season, the East Region MVP turned in 18.2 ppg and was second in the league in steals (79) and third in assists (162). The point guard also pulled down 7.4 rebounds per game and had the third best assist to turnover ratio of 3.1.

Evans is still considering several options for next season including offers from Florida State, Gonzaga, and Washington State.

2018 Baden NWAC Volleyball Athlete of the Year

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JOELLE MAHOWALD • SOPHOMORE
MIDDLE BLOCKER SPOKANE

Sophomore middle blocker Joelle Mahowald, Lakeside HS / Spokane, WA., led the NWAC in hitting percentage (38.9%) and was second in blocks per set (1.05). The East Region MVP was also named the championship tournament MVP as she helped lead the Sasquatch to a perfect 40-0 season and Spokane's ninth team championship. Mahowald has signed with NCAA Div II Montana State University Billings next season.

2018 Baden NWAC Soccer Athletes of the Year

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YUUYU SUZUKI • FRESHMAN
FORWARD LANE

Freshman forward Yuuyu Suzuki, Maebashi Ikuei HS / Ebina Japan, tallied 33 points while leading Lane to a 10-1-1 region record (14-2-2 overall) and a playoff berth.  The Southern Region MVP turned in a league high 13 assists while scoring 10 goals.

BUBACAR TOURAY   SOPHOMORE
FORWARD TACOMA

Sophomore forward Bubacar Touray, West Anchorage HS / Anchorage, AK., tallied a league high 55 points while leading the Titans to a West Region title, a 20-1-2 overall record and the NWAC Championship. The West Region MVP dominated the league in scoring with 25 goals (1st) and 5 assists (8th). Touray is currently considering several four-year colleges for the 2019 season.

2018 Baden NWAC Cross Country Athletes of the Year

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MICAELA KOSTECKA • SOPHOMORE
SPOKANE

Spokane sophomore Micaela Kostecka, Mt. Spokane HS/Spokane, WA., the 2017 XC championship runner-up, took the 2018 Women's cross country championship individual title by a 12 second margin (18:24) over 2017 champion Delia DeLeon. She also helped lead the Sasquatch to their sixth consecutive women's title and 18th in program history. Kostecka has signed to run for NCAA Div II Western Washington University next season.

ANDY MUHA   SOPHOMORE LANE

Lane sophomore Andy Muha, Sunset HS/ Beaverton, OR., turned in a time of 25:28.00 to claim the 2018 Men's Cross Country Title.  Muha, the 2017 men's champion, won the race by 11 seconds and helped lead the Titans to their third consecutive team title.  Muha is currently considering several four-year colleges for the 2019 season.

Sage named 2018 Baden Baseball Player of the Year

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JOHNNY SAGE
YAKIMA VALLEY • SOPHOMORE

Sage, the East Region MVP, turned in a .390 batting average (4th best in conference) and led the league in RBIs with 67. A dangerous hitter, opposing pitchers would pitch around him which allowed Sage to earn the most free bases in the conference as he walked 45 times. Sage was named the All-NWAC Baseball MVP and led his team to a second place finish at the 2018 Baseball Championship Tournament. He is considering several offers from four year programs for next season.

Mott named 2018 Baden Softball Player of the Year

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MADI MOTT
NORTH IDAHO • FRESHMAN

With a record of 29-1, Mott, the East Region MVP, led the league in wins and posted a conference second best ERA of 2.08 and was second in strikeouts with 208 Ks on the season. When she wasn’t on the mound, Mott was creating havoc against opposing pitchers with her .432 batting average. She blasted 15 homers (10th best in the conference) and 66 RBIs (12th best). The talented freshman was named to the NWAC NFCA All-American team and she was named Championship Tournament MVP after leading NIC to the 2018 conference title.

Foster, Paller & Ford named 2018 Baden Track & Field Athletes of the Year

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ESSENCE FOSTER
CLACKAMAS • FRESHMAN

Foster placed in six events with a first place finish in the 400m Hurdles; second in the Heptathlon and 400m Dash and third place finishes in the Long Jump, 400m & 1600m relays. She tallied a total of 35 points to earn the championship meet’s High Point Athlete.

COLTON PALLER
OLYMPIC • SOPHOMORE

Paller captured the triple crown in the throws, winning the Discus (his second consecutive title), the Hammer Throw and the Shot Put. He tallied 30 points to be named Co-High Point Athlete of the Meet. Paller has signed with the University of Wyoming to continue his track & field career.

JACOBE FORD
EVERETT • FRESHMAN

Ford captured the triple crown in the jumps events, winning the Long Jump, High Jump and smashing the 36-year-old record of
50’ 7 1/2” with a mark of 50’ 11 1/2”. He tallied 30 points to be named Co-High Point Athlete of the Meet.

Yoshikawa & Quintero Delgado named 2018 Baden Tennis Players of the Year

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CHIAKI YOSHIKAWA
BELLEVUE • FRESHMAN

Freshman Chiaki Yoshikawa only lost three sets in two matches as she cruised to the 2018 Women’s Championship title. The native of Japan went undefeated in singles and doubles matches on the season and was also a member of the #1 Doubles Championship team.

EDGARDO QUINTERO DELGADO
BELLEVUE • SOPHOMORE

Quintero Delgado, the 2017 Player of the Year went undefeated in #1 singles league play this season going 8-0. The native of Venezuela also went 7-1 in doubles play and captured both the #1 Singles and #1 Doubles Championships. Quintero Delgado was also named Under Armour Player of the Week in April 2018. He is considering several offers from four year programs for next season.

Esvelt & Lockwood named 2018 Baden Golf Players of the Year

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BRIANNA ESVELT
COLUMBIA BASIN • SOPHOMORE

Esvelt defended her 2017 Player of the Year performance with another great season and 2018 Player of the Year title. She won five tournaments and was a medalist in three of four league matches. Esvelt will be playing golf at NCAA Division II Western Washington University next year on scholarship.

KOBIE LOCKWOOD
SW OREGON • SOPHOMORE

Lockwood won the Columbia Basin and Highline Invitational tournaments during the season and had the most consistent performances at all league matches to cruise to the Player of the Year honors winning by 25 strokes. Lockwood has signed to play at NCAA Division II California State University Stanislaus on a golf scholarship next year.

McKeown and Jackson named 2018 NWAC-Baden Sports Basketball Players of the Year

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CIERRA JO MCKEOWN
WALLA WALLA • SOPHOMORE • GUARD

McKeown led the Warriors to the 2018 NWAC Women’s Basketball Championship title where she was named the championship tournament MVP.  In the semi-final game, McKeown scorched the nets for 45 points, falling just short of the tournament record for points in a game. She followed up that performance with 32 points in the championship game.   For the season, McKeown averaged 23.6 ppg, while shooting 43.6% from the 3-point line.  She shot 88% from the free throw line, and was named East Region Most Valuable Player.

McKeown has signed to play for NCAA Div I UC Davis next season.

GIO JACKSON
EVERETT • SOPHOMORE • GUARD

Jackson led the Trojans to their first North Region title in 41 years as well as an Elite 8 appearance in the NWAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.  Jackson averaged 18.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, and 6.3 apg.  Known as an intense competitor, Jackson's competitive spirit and leadership was quite evident during the season as he was twice named Under Armour player of the Week and was crowned North Region Most Valuable Player while leading the Trojans to a school record 26 wins. 

Jackson is still considering several offers from 4-year schools.

2017 Baden NWAC Volleyball Player of the Year

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JANE CALE FRESHMAN
SETTER CHEMEKETA

Freshman setter Jane Cale, West Albany/Albany, OR., had a solid year quarterbacking the Storm offense with 716 assists on a 7.78 a/set average, A very versatile player, the South Region MVP also had 64 kills on a very strong 41.3% kill efficiency and had 249 digs on a 2.71 d/set average to go with 33 blocks. Her kills, digs and blocks totals led the conference for setters. Cale's play was a pivotal factor in leading Chemeketa to a 25-4 season record and helping the team to a perfect championship tournament going 5-0 to capture the Storm's fourth NWAC title. For her efforts, Cale was named the Tournament MVP.

2017 Baden NWAC Soccer Players of the Year

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SYDNEY WARREN SOPHOMORE
FORWARD PENINSULA

Sophomore forward Sydney Warren, Tahoma HS/Maple Valley, WA., rewrote the record book at Peninsula scoring 31 goals, sixth most goals in NWAC history. The North Region MVP, Warren helped the Pirates to 20-1-0 record, a team record number of goals in a season (142) and a runner up finish at the NWAC Championship. Warren has inked with the University of Portland for the 2018 season.

ISRAEL GONZALEZ   SOPHOMORE
FORWARD COLUMBIA BASIN

Sophomore forward Israel Gonzalez, Grandview HS/Grandview, WA., was a dominate force in turning around a CBC squad that finished near the bottom of the East region standings a year ago to a playoff contender and second place finish in a perennially strong region. Gonzalez, The East Region MVP, scored 16 of the Hawk's 42 goals and with 4 assists, tallied 42 points on the season.  CBC fell in a PK shootout to eventual NWAC Champions Highline in the quarterfinals. Gonzalez is currently considering several four-year colleges for the 2018 season.

2017 Baden NWAC Cross Country Athletes of the Year

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DELIA DELEON FRESHMAN
TREASURE VALLEY

Treasure Valley freshman Delia Deleon, Nyssa High School/Nyssa, OR., (18:29.20) cruised to victory by 11 seconds over the second place finisher to win the women's championship. Deleon, the NWAC Women's Athlete of the Week for Week 2, helped lift Treasure Valley to a second place finish at the Championship meet.

ANDY MUHA FRESHMAN
LANE

Lane freshman Andy Muha, Sunset HS/ Beaverton, OR., turned in a time of 26:47.30 to claim the 2017 Men's Cross Country Title. Muha topped sophomore teammate Michael Martin (26:56.90) by 9 seconds to claim the men's title. The pair had been topping NWAC results all season long while claiming five of the six men's Athlete of the Week awards. Muha's Titans took the team championship edging Spokane 42 to 47.

Zach Needham named Baden NWAC 2017 Baseball Player of the Year

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ZACH NEEDHAM
Sophomore, Edmonds

Zach Needham, Puyallup High School/Puyallup, WA, was the North Region Player of the Year. He had a .373 batting average and led the league in home runs with 10 and was second in RBIs with 55.

Needham will be playing for the University of Houston Cougars next season.

Amber Writer named Baden NWAC 2017 Softball Player of the Year

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AMBER WRITER
Sophomore, Wenatchee Valley

Amber Writer, Anacortes High School/Anacortes, WA, was named the East Region Player of the Year and helped lead the Knights to the 2017 Softball Championship.

She had a .467 batting average with 14 home runs (6th in the league) and 69 RBIs (3rd in the league). Writer will be playing for Div II Central Washington University next season.

Chelsea Bone and Grant Shurtliff named Baden NWAC 2017 Track & Field Players of the Year

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CHELSEA BONE
Sophomore, Clackamas

Chelsea Bone, Oregon City HS/Oregon City, OR. cruised to the Heptathlon title winning by 462 points. Her total score of 4702 gave her the 7th best Heptathlon score in the history of the women’s event dating back to 1979. She also placed in five events to give the Cougars a total of 39.5 points. She has signed to compete at Division II Concordia University (OR).

GRANT SHURTLIFF
Sophomore, Lane

This is Grant Shurtliff’s second Player of the Year award as he was the 2016 high point scorer. The Thurston High School product out of Springfield, OR repeated as the Decathlon Champion and placed in five events at the championship meet to tally 37 points for the Titans. Shurtliff has signed with Division II Eastern Washington University.

Brianna Esvelt and Dexter Simonds named Baden NWAC 2017 Golf Players of the Year

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BRIANNA ESVELT
Freshman, Columbia Basin

Brianna Esvelt, Kamiakin High School/Kennewick, WA. was dominate in women’s league play - winning two league matches and medaling at the Highline Invitational. She placed third at the NWAC Championship.

DEXTER SIMONDS
Freshman, Bellevue

Dexter Simonds, Liberty High School/Kirkland, WA. didn’t medal in any of the regular season matches, but he was the most consistent player in the conference, compiling the least league match stokes and helped Bellevue to a second place finish at the NWAC Championship

Moriah Austin and Edgardo Quintero Delgado named Baden NWAC 2017 Tennis Players of the Year

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MORIAH AUSTIN
Sophomore, Bellevue

Austin, the 2016 Tennis Player of the Year, turned in another great season going 3-1 in #1 singles league play and 7-0 in league doubles. The Woodinville, WA. product also defeated a pair of #1 singles players from Division I & II schools. Austin repeated as the NWAC Singles Champion. She ihas signed to play for Whittier College, A Division III school in Whittier, CA.

EDGARDO QUINTERO DELGADO
Freshman, Bellevue

Quintero Delgado, a native of Venezuela, went undefeated in regular season league play - registering a 6-0 singles record and 5-0 doubles record. He won his NWAC title in two sets 6-3, 6-3 then partnered with teammate Bence Da Re to win the #1 Doubles title.

King & McCord Named Baden NWAC 2016-17 Basketball Players of the Year

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BRIANNA KING
SPOKANE - SOPHOMORE - GUARD

Vancouver, WA-The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) office is proud to announce that sophomore guard, Brianna (Bri) King from the Community Colleges of Spokane is the Baden NWAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. 

King led the CCS Sasquatch to the NWAC championship (first since 84) this past March and was named championship tournament MVP. 

King is the two-time East Region player of the year and is the school's all-time single-season scoring leader with 660 points. 

She averaged 18 points per game overall this season while averaging 27 points per game during tournament. King also set the individual scoring mark in championship tournament history with 46 points.

She also finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in Community Colleges of Spokane history with 1175 points.

JACOB MCCORD
BIG BEND - SOPHOMORE - FORWARD

Vancouver, WA-The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) office is proud to announce that sophomore forward, Jacob McCord from Big Bend Community College is the 2017 Baden NWAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. 

McCord finished the season averaging a double-double with 25.6 ppg  and 12 rebounds per game.   Both his scoring and rebound totals topped the NWAC leaderboard this season.

McCord was held to single digit scoring only once in 30 games on the year with a high point game of 43. He also registered double-digit rebounds in 20 of those games with a high of 21.

Known by his tremendous work ethic, leadership, and blue-collar approach, McCord is a player who never took a practice or game off. 

With his skills, along with an excellent GPA, McCord has committed to play for Idaho State University in the fall.

Lane's Healy and Clark's Garvin named 2016 NWAC Baden Cross Country Athletes of the Year

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LEXI HEALY
LANE - FRESHMAN

Lexi Healy, Henley HS / Klamath Falls, OR, has been named the Women’s Cross Country Baden Athlete of the Year.

Healy got going early with a 5th place finish at the NWAC Preview meet before catching fire. She claimed first in the Southern Region Championships with her collegiate PR then cruised to a 16 second victory at the NWAC Championships.

SAM GARVIN
CLARK - SOPHOMORE

Sam Garvin, Mountain View HS / Vancouver, WA, has been named the Men’s Cross Country Baden Athlete of the Year.

After collecting All-American honors in 2015 with a 7th place finish at the championship event, Garvin placed first at the NWAC Preview, Southern Region Championship and ended his two year career with a title at the NWAC Championship.

Chase Bohman named NWAC Baden 2016 Volleyball Player of the Year

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CHASE BOHMAN - LINN-BENTON
SOPHOMORE - OUTSIDE HITTER

Chase Bohman from Creswell HS in Creswell, OR has been named NWAC Baden Volleyball Player of the Year. The 5”10” outside hitter led Linn-Benton to a perfect 39-0 regular season record including a 14-0 region record while leading the Roadrunners to the South Region title. LBCC finished the season 45-2 and made an appearance in the championship match.

The Southern Region MVP led the NWAC in kills with 411 (4.6 kps) on a 31.0% kill efficiency and was 12th in digs with 284.

Bohman plans to continue her career at Oregon Institute of Technology next season.

Clark's Joyce and Spokane's Cortez named 2016 NWAC Baden Soccer Players of the Year

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MOLLY JOYCE
CLARK - FRESHMAN - STRIKER

Molly Joyce, Brookings HS / Waimea, Kauai, HI, has been named the Women’s Soccer Baden Player of the Year. Joyce, a freshman forward for the Penguins, tallied 25 goals and 5 assists while leading Clark to a South Region title with a 11-0-1 region record and 14-3-1 overall.

Joyce’s 55 points was second most in the NWAC on the season and led to her selection as South Region MVP.

JONATHAN CORTEZ
SPOKANE - SOPHOMORE - STRIKER

Jonathan Cortez, Moses Lake HS / Moses Lake, WA has been named the Men’s Soccer Baden Player of the Year. Cortez lit up scoreboards all over the NWAC the past two seasons and led Spokane to back to back championship appearances.

The East Region MVP led the NWAC in scoring both seasons, registering a two year total of 39 goals and 3 assists for 81 points.

2016 Spring Sports Baden Players/Athletes of the Year

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WOMEN'S TENNIS
MORIAH AUSTIN
Freshman, Bellevue
Moriah went undefeated in NWAC singles and doubles play, and lead Bellevue to its 3rd straight team championship. Moriah's only 4 losses on the year came from 4-year university opponents.

MEN'S TENNIS
SCOTTIE ZIEGNER
Freshman, Treasure Valley
Scottie went undefeated in NWAC singles play, and recorded just one loss in doubles on his way to an NWAC singles and doubles championship. Ziegner's only single defeat of the year came from an
NCAA Division III opponent.

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MEN'S GOLF
HALEN DAVIS
Sophomore, Skagit Valley
Davis had 6 top ten finishes and medaled in two league matches. He shot a 76 and a 71 at the NWAC Championships, earning him an 8th place overall finish.

WOMEN'S GOLF
NICOLE MILLER
Freshman, North Idaho
Nicole had three top 5 finishes in invitational tournaments, and was a medalist in 3 of 4 league matches before placing 2nd in an exciting playoff at the NWAC Championship tournament. Miller's two day +8 at the Championship helped lead the Cardinals to the 2016 NWAC Title.

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WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
RUBIE CORDEY
Freshman, Lane
Cordey was named the high point winner of the 2016 Track and Field Championships (39 points) after finishing 4th in the triple jump (35'7 ¼"), 3rd in the long jump (17'2 ¾"), 2nd in the 200 meter dash (25.15s), and 1st in the 400 meter run (55.61s). Cordey also placed 4th in the Heptathalon with a total score of 3971.

MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
GRANT SHURTLIFF
Sophomore, Lane
Shurtliff was name the high point winner of the 2016 Track and Field Championships (38 points) after finishing 6th in the 110 meter hurdles (15.47s), 4th in the 400 meter hurdles (55.64s), 3rd in the high jump (6'3 ½"), 2nd in the pole vault (15'1"), 2nd in the triple jump (46'8 ¼"). Shurtliff also won the Decathalon with a total score of 6587.

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SOFTBALL
KAYLA BYERS
Sophomore, Mt. Hood, Pitcher
Byers was 3rd in the NWAC in Strikeouts (191), 2nd in wins (23), to lead the NWAC in ERA at 1.62. In addition to dominate pitching, Byers was 2nd on the team in batting average (.436), 2nd in home runs (7) and 1st in RBI's (28).

Byers did it all on the field to lead the saints to a South Region Championship and capped off the season with an undefeated tournament run to claim Mt. Hood's 5th NWAC Softball Championship.

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BASEBALL
JAKE VIETH

Sophomore, Tacoma, 1st Base
Vieth was 2nd in the NWAC in batting average (.405), 2nd in home runs (7) and 3rd in RBI's (41). Additionally, Vieth was named to the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Division All-America First Team and was the NWAC Western Region 1B Gold Glove selection.

During Vieth's two years at TCC he helped lead the Titans to a two season combined total of 70-27 and a 3rd place finish in 2015. Vieth will play baseball next year at Gonzaga University.

Jo Paine & Bryan Berg named Baden NWAC Basketball Players of the Year

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Jo Paine
Clackamas Community College, sophomore guard, Jo Paine (Oregon City, Oregon) has been named the Baden Women's Basketball Player of the Year for 2016.  Paine led the Cougars to the first round of the NWAC championship tournament appearance in 2016 and was the second leading scorer this past season in the NWAC averaging 23.1 ppg. 

She also averaged 12.2 rebounds per game along with 5.2 assists per contest.    Paine was the only player in the top three in the NWAC for points, rebounds, and assists per game.  She set school single game records for both points and rebounds in a game with 46 and 24 respectively. 

Paine will finish her transfer degree at the conclusion of spring term and is being recruited by several NCAA Division and Division II schools.   

Bryan Berg
Clark College, sophomore guard, Bryan Berg (Tigard, OR) has been named the Baden Men's Basketball Player of the Year for 2016.  Berg a two-year performer led the Penguins to their second regional title in a row and to a 3rd place finish at the 2016 NWAC Championship Tournament. 

He was also a member of the 2015 Clark College NWAC championship team.  This year Berg led the Penguins in scoring with 17.6 ppg. while shooting 56% from the floor and 45% from the three point line. 

Berg shot 85% from the free throw line and averaged 2.63 assists per game.   Bryan's cumulative record at Clark was 48-15. 

Both Paine and Berg will receive their awards at the NWAC HOF Banquet June 2, 2016 at the Bellevue Red Lion.

Spokane's Mildes and Clark's Breen named Baden Cross Country Athletes of the Year


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The Northwest Athletic Conference office is pleased to announce that Becca Mildes and James Breen are the Baden Athletes of the Year in NWAC Cross Country. 

After placing 2nd overall in 2014, Mildes, a sophomore from Community Colleges of Spokane, finished with the top time of 17:58 to become the 2015 women's individual champion.  Mildes' 17:58 was one of the fastest times in NWAC history.

After finishing in 5th in last year's championship event, Breen, a sophomore from Clark College, took second in the Southern Region Championship, a second behind Clackamas' Jackson Baker. Breen then soundly defeated Baker by 8 seconds with a time of 25:12 to take the 2015 NWAC title.

Both Mildes and Breen were previously named XC Athletes of the Week during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Thanks to Baden Sports in their efforts to support NWAC student-athletes.

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Baden Athletes of the Year

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