Thursday, November 15, 2018
A literal second season in the Cascade Collegiate Conference for the top eight with a second automatic berth at stake following the regular season champions already earning a berth to the NAIA dance, many of the leagues teams had a chance to make a run to the national tournament over the course of four days in Springfield, Oregon last week.
Katie Michkiosky (Wenatchee, WA / Wenatchee Valley College) and Kristofer Wennin helped lead fifth seed Northwest University and third seed Rocky Mountain College to surprise championships to claim those berths.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Central Valley avenged their earlier playoff loss in districts to Gonzaga Prep Friday night in the State Quarterfinals and Deer Park avoided a potential heartbreaker in a shootout as they joined big winners Kamiakin and St George's in heading to the State Final Four.
College Notebook 11.13.18: Surprises Highlight CCC Tourneys for NAIA Berths as NCAA Tourneys Kicked Off
After a week off the Cascade Collegiate Conference held its postseason tournaments to determine who will join the regular season champions in the NAIA Tournaments. Both number two seeds were upset in the opening round, but Corban would still earn an at-large berth on the men's side despite the loss to Carroll. In the women's tournament, it was Carroll on the losing end of that scenario as the Saints were knocked out in the opener. They were not alone though as regular season champion Eastern Oregon was the lone team of the top four to survive the first day. In the end, third seed Rocky Mountain took the men's title in a shootout against regular season champion Southern Oregon and five seed Northwest completed a fantastic run with a win against EOU.
In national tournament action there were no real surprises as Washington State took care of business against Montana and Santa Clara and Baylor, featuring players from the region, advanced in the Division I tournament. In Division II play, Western Washington reversed the regular season and GNAC tournament results with a second round victory against Concordia in the women's tournament. In Division III play both Puget Sound women Pacific Lutheran men were knocked out, though the Lutes put up a fight in a narrow 1-0 loss in Minnesota.
Friday, November 9, 2018
Wednesday's slate of remaining First Round state playoff matches did not go as well for local sides with Central Valley the lone team to advance to the second round, winning handily at Eastmont, who had finished third in the MCC but won the district playoff tournament. Richland fell in the other 4A contest at Puyallup and Mt Spokane was knocked out in a narrow one at Shorewood.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Defense has been the staple of the University of Montana game this season and the fifth seed Griz used three shutout performances to run the table at the Big Sky Tournament to win the league championship and a berth to the NCAA tournament, avenging their only two losses of the season in the process.
INWsn Player of the Week selection Taylor Hansen was at the heart of not only that defensive effort, but played a key role in the attack for the first two victories, registering assists on all three goals. She drove up the right side against Northern Arizona and struck a pinpoint ball to Janessa Fowler for the 1-0 winner. In the semifinals she sent a perfect ball forward from midfield to Alexa Coyle who spun and fired for the opening goal in a 2-0 win against Weber State in which she also helped set up the second, connecting with fellow back Taryn Miller (Spokane, WA), who delivered a long ball forward to Fowler in the box for the second goal.
Navarro helped Saint Martin's win twice in a bid to finish second in the GNAC only to come up a point short of Western Washington, which also finished the season on a winning run.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Postseason play often inspires standout performances and that was the case last week as nearly every player selected for the Best XI could arguably have been chosen as the INWsn Player of the Week.
It was a great night for the Spokane area and MCC schools in the First Round of State Tournament action as they pair of GSL and MCC schools both won and the trio from the Northeast A League swept their games in dominant fashion, outscoring their opponents 21-4. The only side to slip up was East Valley, which was never able to come back from an early deficit at home.