Thursday, March 8, 2018

Triton Men's Hoops Readies for NWAC Championships

LYNNWOOD -- Edmonds CC opens the NWAC men’s basketball tournament in Everett on Saturday at noon inside the Walt Price Fitness Center at Everett CC. The Tritons (20-9, 8-6 North) earned the No. 3 seed from the North Region and face the No. 2 seed from the South, the Linn-Benton CC Roadrunners (20-9, 10-6 South).

Edmonds raced to a 9-1 record, then endured a tough stretch at the start of North Region play. Through six regional contests, the Tritons found themselves 2-4, with back-to-back losses on their home floor. But the Tritons fought through the adversity, notching grind-it-out wins to get back in the postseason.

Sixth-year head coach Kyle Gray reflected on the tough early start.

“We stuck together,” Gray said. “When things didn’t go our way these guys used their mental training. We had a great outlook even in the tough times. No one felt like we couldn’t get it done.”

And get it done they did – Edmonds was 6-2 over its last eight games, including four straight road triumphs.

Zach Walton
Much of the team’s success falls on the shoulders of soft-spoken, lead-by-example sophomore Zach Walton. After a redshirt season last year due to injury, Walton has come back to full strength.
Walton, the North freshman of the year in 2016, earned NWAC Player of the Week honors twice this year, and is one of the top scorers (20.7 ppg, seventh overall) and rebounders (9.3 rpg, sixth overall) in the conference. Although he has a humble nature, he plays with an inner fire that resonates throughout the entire group.
Walton and a strong supporting cast of sophomores has been the difference in lifting the Tritons to the postseason for the fifth time in the past six years.
“Some guys really stepped up,” Gray said. “Rotash (Mattu) has been big for us on the defensive end. His consistency has really helped us dial in the game plan.”
Point guard Raven Frazier has filled the role of vocal leader and floor general.
“I think he’s the most underrated player in the North. He brings it every day, every practice,” Gray said. “He’s everything we’ve asked and more.”
Frazier’s improved perimeter game has kept defenses honest and he’s also the Tritons distributor, dishing out 4.6 assists per game.
Loren LaCasse
Looking inside the first-round matchup, Edmonds is third in the NWAC in scoring, averaging 91 points per game, and is connecting on 46 percent of its shots. The Tritons are balanced offensively with Loren LaCasse (11.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg), and Jake Higgins (14.8 ppg) also averaging double digits. Higgins is a three-point specialist who is tough to stop when he’s hot. Tyler Morris provides a spark off the bench is and averaging 10 points per game.
In talking about Higgins and Morris, Coach Gray said, “Their shooting has been great, but they’ve learned to play with each other. Tyler has found his role and he has flourished.”
Another key cog for Edmonds is Devin Price who has battled injury but has contributed 7.6 ppg, and 5.1 rpg.
Linn-Benton is scoring nearly 87 points per game, and shoots 44 percent from the field this year. The Roadrunners are also balanced with Bailey Evans (13.8 ppg), Cooper Getsfrid (13.1 ppg), and Taylor Jensen (12.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg) leading the attack. The seventh-ranked Roadrunners have the seventh-most free-throw attempts in the NWAC and are third overall in free-throw percentage. Trent Van Cleave averages four assists per contest.
“They are a sound team and we need to be ready for a physical game,” Gray said. “We must take care of the basketball and play honest defense. We’ve got to share the basketball and spread it around.”
Edmonds sophomores Raven Frazier (Spanaway, Wash.) and Zach Walton (Morton, Wash.) received all-region recognition. Frazier was selected to the North All-Defensive Team and Walton collected his second North first-team award.
The Tritons have nine sophomores on the roster and they’ve all helped make it a special season.
“This team has been a pleasure to be around every day. They are just a fun group,” Gray said. “It has really been the difference for us. They’re very close.”
Triton men’s basketball won its only NWAC championship in 1985 under NWAC Hall of Fame coach Keith Kingsbury. In the Coach Gray era the Tritons have two North Region titles (2013, 2015) and have placed at the NWAC Championships three times. In 2013 and 2015 they lost in the championship game; in 2014 they placed sixth.
The format of the 16-team NWAC Championship Tournament is single elimination. The winner of Edmonds and Linn-Benton will play the Walla Walla-Centralia winner at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The final four will take place next weekend at Everett CC on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18. Single day general admission tickets are $17 for adults, $10 for students/seniors, $8 for ages 7-12, and free for kids under six years old. If you can’t make it in person, watch all NWAC Tournament games on the NWAC Sports Network.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Triton Women's Hoops Stuns No. 6 Everett

LYNNWOOD -- Edmonds CC women’s basketball came out on fire early against North region foe Everett CC on Saturday, and stunned the No. 6-ranked Trojans 73-70. It was a fitting end to the home portion of the schedule, playing in front of the largest crowd of the year. The Tritons jumped out to a 16-1 lead midway through the first quarter, and did not relinquish that lead until 3:46 was left in the fourth quarter when Everett took their first lead of the game, 64-63. 

Freshman Hailey Carlson
It looked as though the Trojans would complete the comeback – Edmonds was up by 28 points at one point – but the Tritons showed resilience, fighting back to close out the victory with some key stops and big shots. Caitlin Rojas nailed a trey that stopped the Trojans’ momentum, and put the Tritons back on top for good, 67-65. Ryan Terry made two free throws with 35 seconds left that extended the lead to five, and Zaria Smith’s two freebies iced the game with 8 seconds on the clock.

Smith has been the bona fide scorer for the team all season (averaging 17 ppg), and she again led the Tritons with 23 points in the win, but the emergence of Hailey Carlson has been a major reason for the squad’s recent surge. Carlson scored a season-high 22 points and added 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists. The return of Ryan Terry has also given the team a boost. In her third game back after injury, Terry chipped in 7 points and was 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Head coach Eric Ensign reflected on the win. “Our girls were focused from the beginning and did a great job of executing our game plan. Everett came back in the second half when we started to get tired, but we were able to keep our composure at the end of the game, which has been tough at times with such a young team,” he said. Ensign didn’t take much time to enjoy the win. Shortly after the upset, he was back on the recruiting trail headed to Tacoma to watch games.

Edmonds, who picked up their second league win of the year against Everett, has three more regional tilts – all on the road – to close out the 2018 campaign. This week the ladies are at Whatcom (6-16, 1-8 North) Wednesday, and Peninsula (5-16, 3-6 North) on Saturday. Edmonds has five wins this year, the most since the 2012-13 season. Watch Wednesday's game at Whatcom here.

Men's Basketball: Huge matchup looms at Whatcom Wednesday

LYNNWOOD -- The end of the NWAC North Region men’s basketball slate is near, and with it, a tight race for playoff berths has ensued. Edmonds gave Everett all they could handle on Saturday, but in the end couldn’t stop the Trojans from winning their 10th straight game. Seaview Gym saw a highly contested game, and a large contingent on hand to support both teams as well as honor nine Triton sophomores who were playing in their final home game. 

Zach Walton netted a game-high 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had 5 assists, and 2 steals. Loren LaCasse also registered a double double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and point guard Raven Frazier scored a season-high 20 points for the Tritons. Edmonds led for much of the contest, but fell 100-93. Walton’s 20.4 points per game is ninth-best in the NWAC, and his 9 rebounds per game are sixth-best in the league overall.

The Edmonds CC men’s hoops team now travels to Bellingham on Wednesday, February 21 to clash with Whatcom for what could be the game that decides the final spot to Everett for the NWAC Championship Tournament. Whatcom defeated the Tritons in an earlier face-off this season on January 24 in Seaview Gym. The Orcas pulled away late in the game, topping Edmonds 93-88. Both squads are 5-6 in the standings -- the winner of Wednesday’s game can take control of their own destiny in the final two games of the season. With a loss, Edmonds risks losing the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Orcas. 

Sophomore Rotash Mattu
Whatcom’s Trazil Lane and Alex Martin each notched 20-point games against Edmonds in the first meeting, but it may have been the bench production of Tevin Bayne (16 points) and Donavan Sellgren (12 points) that did the Tritons in. Edmonds won the battle of the boards 46-38 in the first matchup, but only shot 37.7% from the field compared to Whatcom’s 45.9%. The Orcas also took advantage of better free throw shooting in that contest even though the Tritons had seven more attempts.

It is no secret that sophomore Zach Walton makes the Tritons go, but the recent play of big man Rotash Mattu has given the team a boost on the defensive end of the floor. In Wednesday’s road victory over Shoreline, Mattu blocked 4 shots in addition to scoring 8 points and collecting 11 rebounds. Against Everett, Mattu grabbed 9 rebounds and swatted 6 more shots. Another key factor for success will ride on the sharp shooting of Jake Higgins and Tyler Morris. Both specialize in launching the three ball, and both will be counted on down the stretch to hit that shot when it is presented to them.

Whatcom is also coming off a tough Saturday loss after dropping a double overtime thriller to Olympic, 113-112. Alex Martin scored 39 points in a losing effort. The rest of the NWAC North schedule on Wednesday: Olympic at Everett; Peninsula at Skagit, and Shoreline at Bellevue. The Tritons Wednesday showdown at Whatcom tips off at 7:00 p.m. The game will be live-streamed here.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fenster Chosen as New Women's Soccer Coach at Edmonds Community College

LYNNWOOD – Adam Fenster has been named head coach of the Edmonds Community College women’s soccer program. Fenster has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience on the men’s and women’s side, both at Bellevue College and The Evergreen State College. He was an assistant with the EdCC women’s soccer program this past fall.
Adam Fenster
In 2006, Fenster’s first year at Bellevue College as men’s assistant coach, the Bulldogs made it to the NWAC title game. Fenster took over head coaching duties the next year, and served in that role from 2007-2010. The Bulldogs qualified for the NWAC playoffs all four years, and made it back to the NWAC title game again in 2008, losing to Walla Walla. In 2009, they got redemption, claiming the NWAC title over Walla Walla 2-1.
Fenster was the Western Region and NWAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2009. His overall record at Bellevue was 50-17-11. In 2010, Fenster became head women’s soccer coach at his alma mater, The Evergreen State College. He had a seven-year tenure there, stabilizing the program and expanding the team’s roster size while leading the Geoducks.
“Adam is an exciting addition to our coaching staff. He is dynamic and understands the NWAC,” said athletic director Spencer Stark. “I expect our women’s soccer student-athletes to thrive under his leadership because of his passion to develop them as people. He is very motivated to build the women’s soccer team, and has an experienced perspective and defined vision. We are thrilled to hire Adam.”
Fenster is actively involved in youth soccer, coaching for the Greater Seattle Surf Club (formerly Northwest Nationals) since 2012. He currently coaches 01, 02 and 07 girls’ premier programs. His background also includes stops with Highline Premier, Snohomish United, FC Alliance, Meadowdale High School, and the Overlake School (state champions). He has been Director of Coaching for the Puget Sound Slammers, coached for the Seattle Sounders Youth Program, and has worked with the Washington State Olympic Development Program (2008-2010).
“I’m excited about the opportunity. Edmonds is a great school, with a great group of people, and it has a rich tradition of excellence,” said Fenster. “The facilities are top-notch, the support and professionalism of everyone involved couldn’t be better. I am ready to rebuild the program. I have high expectations for Triton soccer.”
Fenster received his Bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in 1997 after playing there for four years. He was team captain, an all-conference selection, and named Team MVP twice at Evergreen. Fenster grew up in Seattle and graduated from Seattle Prep High School in 1993. He played semi-professional soccer in the Netherlands, and also in Washington D.C. for a few years after graduating from Evergreen State before starting his coaching career.
He holds his USSF “B” License, is certified as an American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Instructor, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist, and is a Muscle Activation Techniques candidate. He has been a strength coach for more than a decade, including with the University of Washington men’s and women’s soccer teams in 2003, and the Seattle University men’s team in 2009. Fenster is still a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
The Edmonds CC women’s soccer program has four North Region titles and won NWAC titles in 2000 & 2002. Coach Fenster can be reached at

Monday, November 27, 2017

Beitel-Davidson Steps Down from Women's Soccer Post

LYNNWOOD -- Brittney Beitel-Davidson has stepped down as women's soccer coach after four years as the head coach. Edmonds went 17-39-6 in the North under Beitel-Davidson, and was 21-42-8 overall. In 2014, the Tritons qualified for the playoffs in her first year, and were defeated in the quarterfinals at Treasure Valley -- that match was decided by penalty kicks.

Brittney Beitel-Davidson
Beitel-Davidson, who also served as the college's athletic women's commissioner, made the decision to move on and pursue other interests. "I am thankful to Brittney for her dedication and commitment to the women's soccer program, and for serving as our women's commissioner. Her players have done a great job in the classroom and are positive representatives of our athletic program -- that is a direct reflection of her," said athletic director Spencer Stark.

Edmonds Community College women's soccer reached the NWAC championship game in 2013, after a steady improvement under former head coach Jeanette Delaney, who served a nine-year stint at the helm. The program has four North Region titles, and two NWAC Championships, in 2000 and 2002. The Tritons play their home games at Triton Field, on a soccer pitch that is one of the largest in Snohomish County at nearly 40,000 square feet. The multi-sport complex is lighted, all-turf, and is home to Triton softball, baseball, and men's soccer, in addition to women's soccer. It is located in the middle of campus, and is one of the top soccer facilities in all of NWAC soccer. Edmonds CC is known for their professional game-day soccer atmosphere.

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. If interested in the position, please contact athletic director Spencer Stark at or 425-640-1046. The position is open until filled.

Information on the Coaching Opening

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Volleyball Back at NWAC Championships in Tacoma

TACOMA -- The Edmonds Community College volleyball team opens the 2017 NWAC Volleyball Championships bright and early Thursday morning on the fifth floor of the Tacoma Convention Center. The Tritons are pitted against the Walla Walla Community College Warriors at 9 a.m. in their opening round game. The Warriors (32-15) finished in third place from the East Region, and ended the season ranked No. 6 in the final NWAC Coaches Poll of the year. The two teams met once earlier this year at the Edmonds-hosted NWAC Crossover on October 21. Walla Walla took that three-set match, two games to one. Edmonds earned second place from the North with a 26-15 record, matching their win total from last year.

The NWAC tournament is nothing new for Tritons' coach Tony Miranda. Before his current stint as head coach at Edmonds, Miranda led the Bellevue College program to the playoffs in all four seasons he served as head coach (2001-2004). In 2002, Bellevue placed 3rd. He later joined the Tritons staff as an assistant, helping the team back to the tourney in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, as head coach -- the last time Edmonds qualified in back-to-back years -- Miranda guided his teams to NWACs, which included another 3rd place showing in 2008. This season marks the second straight year Edmonds will compete in the double elimination tournament.

(L-R): Lawrence, Magri, Dmitruk
In comparing this year's squad with last year's, Miranda believes team chemistry is much improved. "This is a team that plays for each other. They get along. They have gelled," he said. In September, Triton volleyball took a 10-day trip to Arizona and Nevada, competing against top NJCAA schools in two tournaments, which allowed the team to spend time together and bond. Miranda shared, "This team is both recruiting classes coming together. We are more athletic than last year and have better leadership."

The result and length of the Tritons' run in Tacoma will still come down to the basics. "For us to be successful we will need to defend, transition, serve, and pass well. We have to play complete volleyball," Miranda said. "We've had a good last week and a half of practice. This sport is emotional. When we are connected emotionally and they're ready, I feel confident about our chances of finishing in the top four."

NWAC All-Stars and the All-Academic team were announced at the banquet Wednesday night. Sophomores Sydney Lawrence (Pullman, Wash., MB), and Macy Magri (Fresno, Calif., S) both received 2nd-Team recognition. Freshman Michelle Dmitruk (Everett, Wash., OH) was awarded 1st-Team distinction. Lawrence and Magri also garnered All-Academic team honors, as well as fellow sophomore Chenoa Faletoi (Pago Pago, American Somoa).

The winner of Thursday morning's match will advance in the winner's bracket to face the winner of Pierce and Mt. Hood on Friday at 10 a.m. The loser will play again Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. against the Pierce-Mt. Hood loser. All tournament matches will be live streamed on the NWAC website.

Link to Live Stream | Link to Live Stats | EdCC Tritons Twitter | Championship Website | Bracket

Triton Tidbits
Michelle Dmitruk was honored for the second week in a row when she was named the NWAC Offensive Player of the Week... Dmitruk has been the North Region Offensive Player of the Week the last two weeks... she also leads the team in kills (273) and aces (40)... Macy Magri is tied for fourth overall in the NWAC for assists per set (7.89)... freshman Sam Fast (Oregon City, Ore.) leads the team in digs (204)... Sydney Lawrence leads the team in blocks (41)... other categories the team ranks in the top 10 of the NWAC are: sets played (4th), kills (9th), and hitting percentage (9th).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kelly Selected as Assistant Athletic Director

Lynnwood, Wash. -- Scott Kelly was hired as Edmonds Community College Assistant Athletic Director on August 10, 2017. In addition to supporting the seven athletic programs, Kelly will be responsible for all home game management, upkeep of and management of all athletic facilities, facility rentals, hiring and training student and part-time hourly employees, scheduling, and will serve as the Seaview Gym emergency preparedness building coordinator among other duties.

“I would like to thank Christina Castorena for this great opportunity, and I look forward to working with all of our
Assistant Athletic Director, Scott Kelly
coaches and athletic programs. I’m very excited to start the next chapter of my professional career as the Assistant Athletic Director at Edmonds Community College. Go Tritons!” said Kelly.

Kelly brings 14 years of coaching experience from all levels (high school, NWAC, NAIA, NCAA, summer collegiate leagues), including 7 years in the NWAC both as an assistant and head baseball coach, to the position, which started in 1996 when he was a student-athlete at Green River CC. He later played at Missouri Valley College and was a NAIA All-American pitcher there before being taken by the San Diego Padres in the 25th round of the 2001 MLB Draft. He began his coaching career at the ripe age of 25, and after assisting the Missouri Valley program for one season, took over the reins as head coach in 2005. Kelly later had stops at Green River CC, Saint Martin’s University, and Kentlake High School before he landed the Edmonds CC head baseball coaching position in December of 2012.

Kelly has a proven track record of moving players on to four-year schools and the professional ranks from a structured program where student success is at the core. He is deeply committed to Triton Athletics and the college’s mission, core themes, vision, and values. “I want to help all students succeed that come through our doors at EdCC,” Kelly said.

“Scott is a great choice for this position because of his problem solving skills, his experience and depth of knowledge in two-year athletics, and his leadership abilities. He will strengthen our community here at Edmonds CC and also in the greater South Snohomish County area. He’ll play a large role in helping us create the best student-athlete experience in the NWAC, and we will lean on his fundraising background to enhance Triton Athletics. His facility management, game management, and facility rental experience should suit him well in supporting our department into the future,” said Edmonds CC Athletic Director Spencer Stark.

The 2018 baseball season will mark his 6th year as head baseball coach at the college. Kelly has guided the Tritons to two North Region championships, five straight playoff appearances, a 3rd place finish in 2015, and a NWAC Championship in 2014. Kelly received his Bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley College in Recreation Administration. His office is located in Seaview Gym 102C.