Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EdCC Hires Gilmore As New Softball Skipper

LYNNWOOD (July 23) -- Edmonds Community College hired Sheryl Gilmore as its new softball head coach on Wednesday. Gilmore, a former EdCC player, takes over an EdCC fastpitch team that came within a game of qualifying for the postseason in 2014.

“I am very excited and honored to accept the position as the new head coach,” said Gilmore. “I would like to thank (athletic director) Jorge de la Torre and (assistant athletic director) Spencer Stark for providing me with this opportunity and believing in the softball program here at Edmonds. I am looking forward to continuing the vision that former head coach, Shawna Juarez, had for this ball club and I am thrilled to have assistant coach, Adrian Manuel, on board. They have both done an amazing job turning the Triton softball program around, recruiting a group of very talented athletes, whom I cannot wait to work with.”

Gilmore has extensive experience playing and coaching softball in the Snohomish County area. She had a stellar four-year career at Edmonds-Woodway HS, where she received first-team all Wesco and first-team all-league honors as a shortstop, as well as MVP and most inspirational player during her senior season.

After high school, Gilmore continued her softball career at Edmonds CC where she was a member of the last Triton team that reached the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) championships. “My goal is to take this team back to NWACs,” said Gilmore. “My time at Edmonds CC playing for Janessa Riley (Karstens) made me realize that I wanted to be a coach. I fell in love with the knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm that she brought to the game.  Her coaching style is one that I strive to emulate.”

Sheryl later transferred to Western Washington University and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in sports psychology, and Master’s degree in Human Movement and Performance. Gilmore was awarded Magna Cum Laude honors as a master’s candidate and will soon be published for her softball related thesis research.

Gilmore taught upper division kinesiology classes and worked as a strength and conditioning coach at WWU before moving back to Snohomish County where she co-founded the Washington Warriors Fastpitch Club, an 18U select travel team that participates at the 18A and 18 Gold levels.

“We have known about Sheryl for some time though her club team,” said de la Torre. “She was at the top of our list to take over the program, so we couldn't have been happier when she agreed to take the job. Sheryl will be a great fit on what I think is the best coaching staff in the NWAC.”


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

EdCC Softball Head Coach Takes Position at Walla Walla

LYNNWOOD (July 15) -- Shawna Juarez stepped down as softball head coach at Edmonds Community College on Tuesday to take the positions of head coach and academic adviser at Walla Walla CC.

“This was a difficult decision for me to make,” said Juarez, who is from Wenatchee Valley. “But I get the chance to work full-time and to be closer to my family and loved ones.”

Juarez led EdCC to a 9-17 overall mark in 2014, and the team was just one win away from qualifying for the NWAACC tournament. In addition, four Edmonds CC players earned NWAACC North All-Star honors: Arista Honey (1st team), Madisyn Napier (1st team), Mallori Cossell (2nd team) and Alex Deaver (2nd team).

“I will always carry a part of EdCC with me, as it taught me wonderful lessons, I met amazing young kiddos, and was affiliated with some of the best administrators and coaches in the NWAC,” stated Juarez. “I firmly know the direction of the program is headed in the right direction and will continue to blossom and grow.”

“Shawna did a great job of getting us some wins this year and setting softball on the right path,” said EdCC athletic director Jorge de la Torre. “We appreciate what she did for the program and wish her the best. Our loss is Walla Walla's gain.”

Edmonds CC softball competes in the North Division of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC - formerly the NWAACC). The Tritons have won six division titles and appeared in 10 NWAACC championship tournaments, winning the crown in 1980.

“Combining our terrific on-campus facility and the positive steps we have taken in the last couple of years, it’s obvious that the softball program is on the rise,” said de la Torre. “The expectations are that EdCC softball will be competing for NWAC North titles in the very near future. The search for the next softball head coach will start immediately."

Friday, June 20, 2014

Triton Athletics Holds Awards Luncheon

On Friday, June 6, Edmonds Community College held its annual BBQ and Athletic Awards. 

EdCC had a great year, some highlights include:
  • Two teams (women’s soccer and baseball) won the North regular season title
  • Four of seven teams qualified for the postseason
  • Men’s soccer reached the NWAACC quarterfinals
  • Men’s basketball finished sixth at NWAACCs
  • Women’s soccer finished second at NWAACCs
  • Baseball won the NWAACC Championship
  • 26 student-athletes were named All-Stars or All-Region
  • Seven student-athletes earned All-Academic honors
  • Eight student-athletes were selected to All-Tournament teams
  • Two coaches (Jeanette Delaney and Scott Kelly) were named NWAACC North and NWAACC Coaches of the Year
  • EdCC had the NWAACC Baseball Player of the Year and NWAACC Baseball Tournament Player of the Year
  • Three baseball players were named as ABCA All-Americans with TC Florentine selected as the Pacific Association Player of the Year.
Earning honors as the Male and Female Athletes of the Year were Andrew Kemmerer and Madisyn Napier.

Kemmerer posted an league-best 11-1 record for the NWAACC Championship winning baseball team. The sophomore right-hander compiled a 1.81 ERA in 12 starts, with four complete games and 69 strikeouts. Kemmerer was named a North Region 1st team All-Star, an All-NWAACC 2nd team pitcher and a All-NWAACC Tournament member. He also earned league all-academic honors. A leader on the Triton baseball team, Andrew is a vocal supporter of all EdCC teams and was a fixture at most home contests. Kemmerer signed with the University of Central Arkansas.

Napier starred and started for both the women's soccer and softball teams. An All-Region soccer player, Napier scored two goals and dished out an assist from her midfield position. Edmonds posted 16 wins in 2013, won the North Region regular season title and reached the NWAACC Championship game. Napier was a two-year starter for the Triton softball team as well, seeing time at just about every position on the diamond, including pitcher, catcher, infield and outfield. Napier helped lead a resurgence in the EdCC softball program this year by batting .400 with 21 runs scored, two homers, eight RBI and nine stolen bases at the plate. As a pitcher she posted a 3-3 record. Another supporter of other programs, Madisyn could be seen rooting on the Tritons at both home and away events. Napier signed to play both sports at Menlo College. 

Thanks to all of our student-athletes, especially sophomores, who made this a great 2013-14 season. We appreciate all your hard work and wish you the best of luck. Athletics also wants to give a shout out to a great intramural department that was ran by Hana Segawa and Viktor Klymets. Fantastic job!


Compete list of award winners:


2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Softball MVP
Arista Honey

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Softball Sportsmanship
Anna-Nicole Murphy

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Men’s Basketball MVP
Badhasa Margarsa

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Men’s Basketball Sportsman
Stefan Johnson

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Women’s Soccer MVP
Jessica Rankin


2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Women’s Soccer Sportsmanship
Katie Carnell

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Men’s Soccer MVP
Zak Naylor

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Men’s Soccer Sportsmanship
Josimar Evangelista

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Volleyball MVP
Yuremi Lopez

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Volleyball Sportsmanship
Heather Simmons

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Women’s Basketball MVP
Danielle Smythe

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Women’s Basketball Sportsman
Tonia Velasco-Bono

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Baseball MVP
TC Florentine

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Baseball Sportsmanship
Kyle Olson

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Academic Standout of the Year
Nasir Elmi

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Special Appreciation
Jeanette Delaney

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Male Athlete of the Year
Andrew Kemmerer

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Female Athlete of the Year
Madisyn Napier

2013-14 EdCC Triton Award
Five Years of Service
Coach Brandon Mitalas

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Florentine Named ABCA Player of the Year

TC Florentine

Budnick and Becker Also Make All-American Squad


Complete List


Edmonds Community College center fielder TC Florentine was announced as an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) first team All-American, a Gold Glove recipient and the Pacific Association Player of the Year. Florentine's selection as ABCA Pacific Association Player of the Year is the first ever from a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC).

Also earning selections to the ABCA All-American Pacific Association team were Triton sophomores Ryan Budnick and Matt Becker. 

Florentine, who has signed to play at Santa Clara University, earned honors as the NWAACC North Region MVP, the NWAACC Player of the Year and he helped the Tritons win the 2014 NWAACC Baseball Championship, the eighth title in the history of the program. 

The lefty swinging Florentine hit .341 during his sophomore season, with 49 runs scored, 25 RBI and 13 stolen bases. As a center fielder, Florentine was error-less in 39 games with 81 putouts. The Gold Glove award as an outfielder from the Pacific Association is second straight for Florentine (2013 & 2014). An excellent student, Florentine earned a spot on the NWAACC All-Academic Team. 

Ryan Budnick, who has signed with Santa Clara, was named as a second team All-American. The right-handed slugger led EdCC with a .376 batting average with 19 doubles, two triples, six homers and 47 RBI.

Earning a third-team selection was Matt Becker. The lefty hitter and thrower hit .345 with 60 hits, 44 runs scored, 24 RBI and 32 stolen bases. The sophomore outfielder also saw time on the hill and started the NWAACC Championship game. Becker signed with Youngstown State (Ohio). 

Congratulations to all three players!


TC Florentine, Ryan Budnick and Matt Becker



Monday, May 26, 2014

Tritons Claim NWAACC Title

Edmonds celebrates its 2014 NWAACC Title
Lane Box | Bellevue Box | Photos



LONGVIEW __ Tyler Baker’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning plated the game-winning run as Edmonds held on to beat Northern Division rival Bellevue 7-6 in the title game of the NWAACC Baseball Championship on David Story Field Monday at Lower Columbia College.

Edmonds, which won its seventh title and first since 2008, finished 39-8. Bellevue finished 28-23.

Earlier in the day, Edmonds beat Lane 9-2 behind another solid pitching performance from lefty Zach Johnson who picked up his 10th win of the year. That outcome pushed the Tritons into the 11th title game appearance in school history. The victory also avenged Edmonds’ 6-5 loss to Bellevue in the tournament on Saturday.

“Our mantra all season was returning to the NWAACC tournament,” Edmonds coach Scott Kelly said. “We feel we should be here every year.”

Kelly said his players took to the idea, resulting in winning the Northern Division title. Edmonds also won the North Region tournament by sweeping three games there, including two against the Bulldogs.

“They really held onto it, battled all season and got things done,” he said. “This is a special team of guys who really liked each other a lot. They have a lot of character, and it was fun to show up every day and be with them.”

Edmonds jumped on Bellevue starter Alex Hatch for four runs in the second inning. Chris Osborne and Conor Plaisance slapped singles, Ryan Budnick and Jamie Umbinetti each coaxed walks, and Ryan Archibald hit a two-run double down the left field line before the first out was recorded.

Tournament MVP Chris Osborne and Coach of the Year Scott Kelly.
Osborne, who finished 4-for-4, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

“I had a good tournament,” said Osborne, who hit .500 with five RBIs. “I looked for pitches to hit, I did my job and it felt good.”

Bellevue scored twice in the fifth inning highlighted by RBI singles from Brady Kerr and Alex Check, and tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning following singles from Nate Anderson, Nick Pribble and Brady Kerr.

The Bulldogs pulled ahead 5-4 in the seventh when Anderson hit an RBI double to left-center field, but Edmonds answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. TC Florentine clubbed a two-out triple into the right field corner, and came home on a base hit from Ryan Budnick. Four pitches later, Budnick scampered home after Osborne hit his fourth single of the game.

An obscure rule violation during the seventh inning resulted in the ejection of Bellevue coach Mark Yoshino. The Bulldogs’ skipper visited his pitcher, Alex Hatch, on the mound after Hatch threw his first pitch to Osborne. Two pitches later, Yoshino went back out to the mound to pull Hatch in favor of reliever Brandon Mahovlich.

What Yoshino didn’t realize was a rule which states he can’t visit the mound twice during the same at-bat. Hatch threw two more pitches to Osborne, one of which resulted in an RBI single, before he was lifted for Mahovlich.

“Apparently the umpires knew the rule because I’m not smart enough to think of that,” Kelly said with a chuckle. “We caught a break on that one. It’s unfortunate, but a great break for us.”

Bellevue tied the game at 6-6 in the eighth with an RBI single from Check, but the Tritons ahead for good in the bottom of the eighth on Baker’s RBI single.

“Bellevue’s a good club which is well-coached,” Kelly said. “We knew if we got up four runs they wouldn’t quit and would come back and give us everything we could handle.”

Edmonds finished with 12 hits, including two from Budnick.

“I knew we’d have more offense at the end of the game, and I hoped it would come in time to pull us through,” Osborne said. “Our pitching was going to hold them off.”

Matt Becker scattered seven hits and struck out four through five innings before yielding to Andrew Kemmerer, who allowed eight hits through three innings for the win. DJ Oliver allowed one hit in the ninth for the save.

Kerr went 4 for 4 to lead Bellevue’s 16-hit attack. Check was 3 for 5 with two RBIs, and Anderson was 3 for 5 with a double.

2014 NWAACC All-Tournament Team
MVP:   Chris Osborne, Edmonds
Catcher: Brady Kerr, Bellevue
Infield:
Erik Long, Lane
Aaron Stroosma, Bellevue
Reed Johnson, Tacoma
Jarren Goddard, Lane
Jamie Umbinetti, Edmonds
Ryan Budnick, Edmonds
Outfield:
Spencer Smith, Lane
Kurt Lindemann, Bellevue
Joakim Soderqvist, Bellevue
Utility:
Matt Becker, Edmonds
Pitcher:
Zach Johnson, Edmonds
Aaron Sanderfur, Bellevue
Ryan Schmitten, Pierce

Andrew Kemmerer, Edmonds

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Osborne's Hit Lifts EdCC Over Tacoma

DJ Oliver back flips before EdCC's win over Tacoma.
Oliver would get the win nearly 7 hours later
box score | video 

LONGVIEW - Despite a nearly five-hour rain delay and a ton of missed opportunities, Edmonds CC topped Tacoma CC 3-2 in ten innings Sunday night in a loser-out game at the NWAACC tournament. DH Chris Osborne delivered the game-winning hit with two outs in the tenth, a shot that hit the base of the center field wall. 

With the hard-fought victory, the Tritons live another day and will face Lane (30-17) at 12:05 pm Monday. If EdCC wins that game the Tritons will meet up with Bellevue (28-22) and play for the NWAACC title at 3:05 pm.

Sophomore Colin Samuelson started for Edmonds against TCC and went six solid innings in which he didn't allow a run. The Titans didn't get a hit until the fourth but would threatened in both the fifth and sixth innings. However, a double play erased one threat and a few hard shots that were gloved ended the other. 

The Tritons were up 2-0 at that point thanks to RBI hits by outfielders TC Florentine and Matt Becker. That's when the rain started falling on Lower Columbia's Story Field.


The game was halted in the middle of the sixth at around 3:30 pm. Play wasn't resumed until 8:00 pm but EdCC's offense didn't show up for more than another hour. The Tritons failed to score from the second inning on while a fired-up Tacoma squad pushed across runs in the eighth and ninth to tie the game at 2-2.

Edmonds finally got their bats going in the tenth. Becker started things off with a one out single to left. Catcher Kyle Olson followed with a single to right that put the speedy Becker on third. The Titans then intentionally walked Florentine to set up a force out at any bag. 

A strikeout by first baseman Ryan Budnick had Tacoma one out away from escaping the jam but Osborne put together an amazing at-bat and finally crushed a full-count offering from Joey Gamache for the walk-off.

DJ Oliver picked up the win for EdCC (37-8) after two innings of one run relief. Kameron Miner threw the seventh and eighth frames, yielding just one run.

The NWAACC's No. 1-ranked Titans end the year with a 39-8 record.

No. 2-ranked Edmonds beat Lane 8-0 Thursday in an Opening Round game but the Titans, who play in the South, have gone on a roll since, topping Columbia Basin 6-0, Treasure Valley 7-0 and Bellevue 6-2.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tritons Drop Into Loser's Bracket After Loss to Bellevue

Conor Plaisance rips a hit against Bellevue Saturday
at David Story Field. The Tritons would lose, however.
box score

LONGVIEW -- Edmonds CC had beaten Bellevue five straight times but the Bulldogs got a good measure of revenge against their North Region rivals at Story Field Saturday after they topped the Tritons 6-5 in the winner's bracket game of the NWAACC Championships. 

EdCC drops into the loser's bracket where they will take on Tacoma in a loser-out game Sunday at 2:05 pm. Bellevue (28-21) will face Lane at 7:05 pm. The lone unbeaten squad remaining in the tournament, the Bulldogs are assured a spot in the title game and can finish no less than second place. Edmonds needs to win Sunday and then twice on Monday to claim the NWAACC title.

EdCC got off to a good start on Saturday, plating a pair of first inning runs off of Bulldog ace Nick Kiel. Ryan Budnick and Chris Osborne each delivered RBI hits in the frame. But as would be the case for most of the game, the Tritons failed to capitalize with more runs. 

Bellevue pounced on Triton starter Austin Lee, scoring a run in the first and three more in the second to take a 4-2 lead. Edmonds got one back in the third but two more runs by BC in the home half of the inning off of reliever Torin Dooley had the Bulldogs up 6-3.

That would be the last runs for Bellevue of the day as Dooley settled in and pitched brilliantly over the final five frames.

The Triton offense chipped away with runs in the fourth and fifth but despite an ever increasing pitch count by Kiel and numerous opportunities, Edmonds could not come up with the clutch hit. Kiel (7-4) sealed the win with a foul pop up on his 139th pitch of the game.

Lee dropped to 8-1 after allowing four runs on four hits in two innings of work. Dooley fanned seven and gave up two runs in his five-inning stint.

Edmonds (36-8) had 13 hits and three walks Saturday but stranded 11 runners. Osborne and Conor Plaisance each had three hits in the loss.

Tacoma and Edmonds finished the regular season ranked No. 1 and 2 in the NWAACC respectively. The Titons enter Sunday with a 39-7 record.