Friday, February 6, 2015

Region’s youth players making 2015 NLI college declarations

It is that time of year. High school athletes are making their final decisions on which schools they are going to attend once they graduate this summer. A large number of players and schools made their announcements on National Letter of Intent day Wednesday, including several transfers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spokane's Ramos chosen by Toronto FC in MLS SuperDraft

Spokane native Mike Ramos capped a fantastic year in which he led the Spokane Shadow to the Evergreen Premier League title and Whitworth University to the Northwest Conference championship with his selection Tuesday in the third round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

The striker was taken 50th overall, eighth in the third round, by Toronto FC in the four-round even that began with the first two rounds held at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia last Thursday and finished with the second half via teleconference call. Looking for talent up top, Ramos was the first of three strikers the club chose on the day. In the first two rounds they chose a goalkeeper, three defenders and another forward.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Huerta, Setterlund chosen by Chicago in NWSL draft

Boise native Sofia Huerta was chosen 11th overall Friday morning at the third annual National Women's Soccer League Draft in Philadelphia by the Chicago Red Stars, who later also selected Washington State University's Nicole Setterlund in the third round.

Huerta, a US and Mexican youth international, was the second choice in the second round of the draft and was the fourth of seven taken overall by Chicago in the four-round, nine-team draft. With their sixth selection, the Red Stars wrapped up the third round, 27th pick, with Setterlund (Surrey, BC), a Canadian youth international.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Five area players on NWSL draft list; Spokane's Ramos on radar ahead of MLS SuperDraft

The National Women's Soccer League released its initial list of eligible player for its third annual draft to be held Friday, January 16 during the NSCAA Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Preceding the NWSL draft, Major League Soccer will conduct the first two rounds of the SuperDraft on Thursday.

Among the NWSL list are five players from the region, four combined from Boise State, Eastern Washington and Washington state along with Boise native Sofia Huerta. Additional players may join the list as registration for the draft is still open, closing on Wednesday. Whitworth University and Spokane Shadow standout Mike Ramos has grabbed the attention of several MLS clubs, and is expected to sign professionally for 2015 be it in the top flight or lower divisions.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tracker: Conference, national honors for INWsn area players & coaches

Mike Ramos, Coe Michaelson, Eddie Gutierrez & Brooke Moody have had great campaigns this year
Now that the college regular seasons around the northwest and beyond are wrapping up, the various conferences have been announcing their season honors and the NSCAA is in the process of release its annual lists of All-Americans.

It has been a pretty good season for the region with a number of teams experiencing some of their best campaigns in program history. Those efforts have resulted in a vast number of individual awards for players and coaches from schools such as Northwest Nazarene, Montana and Whitworth.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

INW Best XI - Week 13: Ames leading Concordia in title defense

A trio of INWsn area players were recognized for last week's playoffs action along with a number of other players around the region who played key roles even though their teams were eliminated from the postseason.

Ashley Ames (Spokane, WA) guided Concordia to an opening round win in defense of their national championship and Cody Lang (Spokane, WA) was pitching a shutout for Seattle Pacific before an overtime goal dashed their championship dreams.

INW NCAA College Recap – Week Thirteen: Concordia women last team standing in postseason

It has all come down to one. The Concordia Cavalier ladies, featuring several players from the Inland Northwest, posted a 3-0 victory in their opening round match of the NAIA tournament Saturday to advance to the week-long Sweet 16 tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama the first week of December. The Cavs, who have reached the final four times in the previous 10 years, will be aiming to repeat as national champions.

The playoff runs for several hopefuls teams in the area, unfortunately, came to an end this past week. Most notably was the Whitworth men, who lost in a hard-fought Sweet 16 contest of their own while the Rocky Mountain College men were knocked out in their opening round NAIA match. Here's a quick round-up of the area schools, players from the INWsn region and a couple other scores for teams around the northwest.