Monday, November 26, 2018
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The big story of last week came out of the Cascade Collegiate Conference yet again as all five teams, including the fifth-place season finisher Northwest University women, advanced to the championship events in California and Alabama the week of November 26 to December 1. On the flip side of matters, the postseason runs for nearly all of the other programs and players from the region came to an end last week with a few exceptions. Notably still in action is Camryn Wendlandt's (Coeur d'Alene, ID) Baylor Bears while the Portland Pilots, featuring RJ Stretch (Spokane, WA), were knocked out after winning their opener.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
The St George's Dragons captured their second girls championship of three consecutive 1B/2B title game appearances. Meanwhile Central Valley and Kamiakin won the 4A and 3A consolation matches to finish third in the the state tournament. Deer Park fell 2-1 in their consolation match.
The second championship for the Dragons came by defeating the same Kalama side they defeated two years ago for the the previous crown. In their bid to repeat last year they fell 1-0 to Life Christian.
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.