Oskaloosa–Jorden Steele (Jr., Tacoma, Wash., /Pierce College) is the most recent player to produce big numbers at the plate and she was recognized for that success by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference Softball Player of the Week Monday.
Steele, who received her first weekly accolade, helped William Penn (24-13, 10-4 MCC) to a 4-2 week as she hit .571 (8-for-14).
The junior had two home runs, nine RBIs, and four runs scored in addition to also walking four times. She had a hit in five of the Statesmen’s six contests and highlighted her week by going 2-for-2 (one home run, one walk) with four RBIs and one run scored against Roosevelt (Ill.) on Saturday.
For the year, Steele is hitting .327 with seven doubles, one triple, four home runs, 23 RBIs, and 22 runs scored. She also leads the team with eight sacrifice hits. Since sitting at a .192 batting clip on March 28, the junior has posted hits in 14 of WPU’s last 18 games (eight with at least two hits).
A season after posting just 12 home runs, Steele and her teammates have already produced 27 roundtrippers this spring which ranks sixth on the program’s all-time single-season list.
Jorden was a two-time first-team West Division All-Star for the Raiders (2012 & 2013), was selected to the NWAACC All-Academic Team, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
The best sophomore basketball players in the Pacific Northwest are coming to Pierce College this Sunday, March 9, for the NWAACC’s Annual Basketball All-Star event. The top 10 sophomores from each of the conference’s four divisions — for both women and men — will descend on the Health Education Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom (in Lakewood, WA) for four games on Sunday.
The game schedule for the all-stars is as follows; 11:00 a.m. – East Women vs. North Women, 12:30 p.m. – South Women vs. West Women, 2:00 p.m. – East Men vs. North Men, and, 3:30 p.m. – South Men vs. West Men. For up to date roster information, go to, www.nwaacc.org
If you can’t attend the games in person on Sunday, you can watch via livestream at, www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics/raidertv
Congratulations to all of this year’s sophomores for your outstanding 2-year careers in the NWAACC!!
There’s an old sports adage that says, “you can’t beat the same team 3 times in a season”. So, after beating Highline Community College three times in 2013-14 (once in the pre-season and twice in the regular season), the Raiders squared off against the Thunderbirds for a fourth time on Monday night, in the semi-finals of the NWAACC Championships — with a trip to the tournament title game on the line — and hoping to prove the adage wrong.
The Raiders and T-Birds were evenly matched throughout most of the first half, with Pierce finally pulling out to a 12 point advantage at halftime. David Baze came out of the break determined to help the Raiders to a shot of the title game on Tuesday, scoring 12 of the team’s first 20 points, and extending the lead to 16, at 59-43. However, Highline was unwilling to throw in the towel, and fought back to within 3 points with under 2 minutes to go in the contest. That’s when Gary Jacobs and Isaac Barsh helped close things out for the Raiders, to record the 77-71 victory, and putting Pierce back in the championship game for the second time in 5 seasons — their last appearance was in 2010.
Isaac Barsh goes high for 2 of his team high 18 points, in win over Highline.
Barsh led another balanced Raiders attack with 18 points, and pulled down 9 rebounds. Chris Parker followed with 17 points, going 5 of 12 from 3-point range. David Baze, whose early second half outburst kept the Raiders in the game, finished with 15 points. Devin Matthews tossed in 11 points, grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds, and handed out 7 assists.
The Raiders will face the tournament’s Cinderella story in the championship game Tuesday night — the Portland Panthers. This is the Panthers’ first-ever playoff appearance, and both teams have their sights set on taking home the big prize. Portland finished their regular season at 10-4 (19-9 overall), and in 3-way tie for the Southern Division title. The Raiders took second in the West with a 13-3 record (20-6 overall). Game time Tuesday is at 8:00 p.m. Raider fans can watch the game on the internet at, www.nwaacc.org
Sophomore guard Gary Jacobs tossed in a game high 26 points, to lead the Raider Men’s Basketball team to a second round win at the NWAACC Championship Tournament, defeating Edmonds CC 83-65. Jacobs shot an eye-popping 68% from the field, going 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and 11-16 overall, grabbed 7 rebounds, and picked the Tritons pockets for 4 steals.
Gary Jacobs completes a full court break for 2 of his game high 26 points in 83-65 win over Edmonds CC
Center Paul Loranger scored 16 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, blocked 5 shots, and did a stellar job defensively, holding the Tritons 7-foot center to just 4 points in the second half. Isaac Barsh had one his best all-around games of the year with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Devin Matthews was masterful in running the Raiders offense, dishing out 13 assists. The Raiders shot 50.7% from the field, including 43% from beyond the arc.
The win moves the Raiders into the tournament semi-finals, where they will play West Region foe Highline CC, at 6 p.m. Monday night.
Follow all the action at, www.nwaacc.org
Gary Jacobs scores 2 of his 15 points in the Raiders’ opening round win at the NWAACCC Championships.
The Raider Men posted a solid win against Southwest Oregon Community College, to open the 2014 NWAACC Championship Tournament, outlasting the Lakers 86-75. This marks the second consecutive year the Raiders have qualified for the NWAACC’s version of March Madness, and the third time in the past 4 years.
The Raiders were led by sophomore point guard Devin Matthews, who tallied a team-high 18 points, while grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists. Running mate Gary Jacobs threw in 15 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, and had team-high 7 assists. Isaac Barsh (11) and David Jeffries (10), also scored in double-figures, and Paul Loranger had a game-high 12 rebounds.
The game saw 12 lead changes, before the Raiders pulled away in the final minutes. The win advances the Raiders along in the winner’s bracket of the NWAACC tournament, where they will face Edmonds CC, on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Edmonds (the #4 seed from the North) knocked off #3 ranked Treasure Valley (#1 seed from the East) to earn the right to play the Raiders in the quarterfinals. Follow the action at, www.nwaacc.org
The Raiders ended the 2013-14 season with a 75-66 victory over the Titans securing
the sweep during regular season play. The Raiders have won 5 of their last 6 games securing a 9-7 record for league play. This is the second best league record in Head Coach Brian Purugganan’s five year stint. The Raiders were one game shy of securing a playoff berth.
Alyssa Simonson (SO. Covingotn, WA) set a new record for assists in a game shattering her previous record with 20 assists on the night with 14 of those coming in the first half to help edge out the Titans 39-33 in the first half. The Raiders shot 45-percent from the field and 40-percent from beyond the arc in the first half. Simonson also had six rebounds and seven steals as she ended her career as a Raider as the NWAACC leader in steals and assists.
Haley Hutchinson (FR. Twin Falls, ID) led all scorers with 26-points and six rebounds. Currently Hutchinson is leading all freshmen in the West Region for scoring and is an ideal candidate for Freshman of the Year. Simonson was threading passes to Hutchinson all night. “It’s pretty amazing watching these two work together. Pretty much anything thrown in her vicinity (Hutchinson) she will grab even with two broken fingers” said Assistant Coach Jenee James.
Kami Hansen (FR. McCammon , ID) chipped in 16-points of her own and has scored in double digits in 4 of her last 5 games. In her final game as a Raider, Mackenzie Lancaster (SO. Graham, WA) had 15-points and 13 rebounds solidifying her first double-double on the season. With only two sophomores graduating, the Raiders look to build during the off-season and improve as a team.
Sophomores Alyssa Simonson (SO. Convington, WA) and Mackenzie Lancaster (SO. Graham, WA) played the last game of their careers at the HEC, but ended it in high
fashion. Simonson continues to exert her dominance as one of the most prolific
passers in the NWAAC. Simonson had eight assists, 11-points and three steals on
the night, while fellow sophomore comrade Lancaster chipped in 14-points and
grabbed eight rebounds.
In this collective effort, the Raiders ousted the Chokers of Grays Harbor 80-54. The Raiders led by as many as 28-points. After only a 10 point lead at half time the Raiders came out of the gates blazing and used a 10 -0 scoring run to help extend its lead.
The Raiders were led by five players in double figures, including two with a double-double. Freshman Haley Hutchinson (FR. Twin Falls, ID) led all scorers with 21-points and 12 rebounds. Hutchinson shot 10-for-19 from the field (53%) and is currently 13th in the NWAACC for field goal shooting percentage and is 2nd in the West for those attempting over 100 shots.
Also with a Double-Double was Nakesha Hatchett (FR. Vancouver, WA). Hatchett notched another double-double with 16-ponts and 10 rebounds shooting 7-for-8 from the field she also chipped in four steals and two assists. This is Hatchett’s eighth double-double on the season. Kami Hansen (FR. McCammon, ID) had 12-points and seven rebounds on the night.
The Raiders have won 4-of-5 games down the stretch and will play the final game of the season versus crosstown Rival Tacoma in hopes of securing a winning record for regular season. Tip-off is slated for 3pm at Tacoma this Saturday.
Off night or stellar defense, the Raiders defense hold LCC to their lowest point total in over 30 games and secure a Key West Region 58-45 victory over the Red Devils of Lower Columbia College. The loss ended an eight game win streak for LCC and dropped the Red Devils back into second place in the West. Not a single Red Devil scored in double digits and no starter made close to their average points for the game.
NaKesha Hatchett (FR. Vancouver, WA) had another double-double on the season with 12-points and an unprecedented 17 rebounds on the night. Hatchett continues to flourish as a dominant inside player for the Raiders.
The Raiders headed into intermission with a 9-point lead and never looked back also outscoring the Devils in the 2nd half. Mackenzie Lancaster (SO. Graham, WA), and Haley Hutchinson with 15 and 10 points respectively, were also in double digits for the Raiders. Alyssa Simonson (SO. Covington, WA) almost had a double-double of her own dishing out 10 assists on the night and grabbing 8 rebounds. Simonson is currently leading the NWAACC in total assists and assists per game. “She is the most prolific passer I’ve ever coached” proclaimed Head Coach, Brian Purugganan. Simonson is also leading the NWAACC in steals as well and may just fall shy of her 114 total last year second on the team to former teammate Carli Elwin who now plays at NCAA Division II Minot State.
The Raiders keep their playoff hopes alive and will head down to Vancouver in a make-up game to take on the Penguins of Clark College. Tip-off is slated for 2 pm, at Skeet O’Connell Sports Center.
Day 2 of the 6th Annual Raider Holiday Invitational proved to be a bit more exciting than Day 1, capped off by an overtime thriller in the day’s finale.
In the consolation bracket, the first game of the day pitted West Region opponents Tacoma and Green River. Tacoma built an early lead and cruised to a relatively easy win, 69-41. Alexus Grant led the Titans with 21 points, dished out 9 assists and snared 5 steals. Gina Mitchell led the Gators with 17 points.
In the second consolation game, the host Raiders knocked off Peninsula, 71-61. Mackenzie Lancaster led 5 Raiders in double figures with 15 points. Madison Pilster and Alison Knowles each had 17 for the Pirates.
In the winner’s bracket, the match-ups lived up to expectations. In the first game, the #2 ranked Cougars from Clackamas came back from an early 14 point deficit to open the game, to knock off the #1 ranked Columbia Basin Hawks. Jasmine Gibbs-Brown led Clackamas with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Shannon Bland and Sydney Mercer each had 14 for the Hawks.
The day’s finale was a barn-burner, as Lane and Wenatchee Valley went to overtime to decide a winner. The Titans, behind Shelby Snook’s 23 point and 12 rebound effort held on to defeat the Hawks, 62-59. Lindsay Loe led the way for CBC with 12 points and 9 boards.
Sunday’s match-ups are as follows: at 11:00 am, Tacoma and Pierce will play for 4th place, in an all-West confrontation; at 1:00 p.m., in and all-East match-up, Columbia Basin will take on Wenatchee Valley; and, at 3:00 p.m., Lane and Clackamas will play for the tournament championship for the fourth consecutive year.
The first day of the 6th Annual Raider Holiday Invitational saw some great action, but was short on close finishes. With the top 3 teams in the season-opening NWAACC Coaches Poll in the tournament field, the results ended up being a bit one-sided.
In the tournament opener — and the closest game of the day — Clackamas held off a feisty Tacoma team to win 64-47. Tori Wilkinson led the way for the Cougars with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Tyanna Barton earned a double-double for the Titans with 17 points and 13 boards.
Game 2 pitted the top-ranked Hawks from Columbia Basin against Green River. CBC built a 27 point lead at halftime and coasted to a 94-43 victory. 5 Hawks tallied in double figures, led by Kelsey Yenney’s 15. the Gators were led by Evelyn Hawk, with 11 points.
The host Pierce Raiders took on Wenatchee Valley in the day’s third game. The Knights took a 16 point lead into halftime, and played the Raiders even the rest of the way to pull out a 72-52 win. Kiarra Rowe led WVC with 15 points. Pierce’s Nakesha Hatchett was the day’s leading scorer, tallying 21 points in the loss.
In the final game of the day, the Lane Titans built an early lead and cruised to a relatively easy win over Peninsula, 91-59. Marikah Wright and Niki Duncan each scored 17 points to lead the Titans, and Joleen Chanco pulled down 13 rebounds. Madison Pilster had a solid performance for the Pirates dropping in 20 points.
Day 2′s schedule is as follows: in the consolation bracket games; Tacoma and Green River play at 1:00 p.m., Peninsula goes up against the host Raiders at 3:00 p.m.; in the winner’s bracket, the 5:00 p.m. game features Clackamas and Columbia Basin, and at 7:00 p.m., Lane will take on Wenatchee Valley.