Tuesday, July 5, 2016

17 Tritons Notch a 3.50 GPA or Better in Spring 2016

Seventeen Triton student-athletes had 3.50 GPA or better in Spring of 2016, with perfect 4.0s by Moris Vrachovski, Michelle Bodzeweski, Chantel Brown & Hannah Wilcox! Great job!

Complete list of 3.50 or above.

Sheriff Conta – men’s soccer
Issac Ensz – men’s soccer
Sebastian Sulantay – men’s soccer
Moris Vrachovski – men’s soccer
Michelle Bodzewski – women’s soccer
Hannah Longsine – women’s soccer
Olivia Olason – women’s soccer
Shaleea Butler – volleyball/ women’s basketball
Eulialia Gonzalez – volleyball
Nick Johnston – baseball
Ryland Kerr – baseball
Alex Kiel – baseball
Rob Lawler – baseball
Robbie Watson – baseball
Chantel Brown – softball
Kristina West – softball
Hannah Wilcox – softball

Friday, June 10, 2016

Athletic Department Hosts Awards Ceremony

2015-16 Female Athlete of the Year
Shaleea Butler
On Tuesday, June 6, the EdCC Athletic department hosted its fourth annual awards ceremony to recognize the 2015-16 athletic achievements and team award winners. All student-athletes in attendance feasted on pizza and picked up the last "We are the Tritons" tee-shirt that sported the old mascot, as the newest EdCC logo and mascot will be unveiled by the end of the spring quarter. 

Some highlights include: 

  • Four teams qualified for the postseason, including softball for the first time in 10 years. 
  • 17 student-athletes were selected as NWAC All-Star status
  • 17 sophomore student-athletes earned NWAC Academic Excellence status
  • Ozzy Erkut was named NWAC North Men's Soccer Coach of the Year
  • Full list at NWACsports.org
  • Jan Guenther (Coach) and the 1998 EdCC baseball team were inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame (read story)
Team awards were:

Softball MVP
Hailey Malakowski

Softball Coach’s Award
Karley Quibilan

Men’s Basketball MVP
Zach Walton

Men’s Basketball Coach’s Award
Jerry Smallwood

Women’s Soccer MVP
Lexie Gray
Women’s Soccer Coach’s Award
Haylee Longsine

Men’s Soccer MVP
Sebastian Sulantay

Men’s Soccer Coach’s Award
Rell Sturdevant

Volleyball MVP
Delaney Watson

Volleyball Coach’s Award
Ali Carney

Women’s Basketball MVP
Asiyah Davis

Women’s Basketball Coach’s Award
Amanda Steffins

Baseball MVP
Shane Hanon 

Baseball Coach’s Award
Garrett Gallinger

Athlete of the Year
Jesse Moore

Athlete of the Year
Shaleea Butler

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tritons Sweep ‘Phins to Open League

Blake Randazzo impressed Satrrday

Triton Baseball swept four games from Shoreline CC over the weekend to open conference play. Edmonds pitched back-to-back shutouts, 2-0 and 1-0, at home on Saturday. The Tritons pushed across 16 runs on Sunday at Shoreline, winning games three and four 7-2 and 9-2.

All four starting pitchers collected wins for Edmonds. Brian Way earned his team-leading 4th victory of the season in the opener, scattering 6 hits and going all 9 frames for the complete game. Blake Randazzo followed him in game 2 with 6 1/3 innings of 2-hit ball before being removed after a comebacker hit him in his throwing arm. On Sunday, C.J. Blowers struck out 9 batters in 6 innings in the first tilt; Jared Gray closed the series allowing no runs in 7 innings of work.

Jesse Moore was the offensive star of the series for the Tritons. The sophomore was 8-for-14 in the four-game set, upping his average to .380. His RBI triple in the 4th inning of the opener ended up being the game winner – EdCC prevailed 2-0. Moore added 5 more hits on Sunday at Shoreline.

Chris Okura’s RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd was the difference in EdCC’s 1-0 game 2 triumph. Nick Johnston’s 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief earned him the save after taking over for Randazzo. Daniel Bateman had 3 hits in the game for the Tritons.

Shane Hanon saved the day in game 1. In the top of the 9th the Dolphins had runners on the corners with 1 out when Drey McInnes lined one deep into the left-center gap. Hanon made an over-the-shoulder catch on the run, and relayed the ball in to first base to double off the Dolphin runner and end the game. Hanon also had a hot bat on Sunday, ripping 4 hits which included a triple and his first home run of the season. He was 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored in the Tritons’ 7-2 game 3 win.

Garrett Gallinger led the charge in the series finale. Gallinger was 4-for-5 with a triple and RBI in a game where Edmonds used two 3-spots in the 1st and 3rd innings to jump ahead 6-0 early. Steven Weber added 3 RBI in the 9-2 victory. Edmonds led both contests from start to finish on Sunday. Shoreline dropped to 5-15 on the year and will face Everett CC next weekend.

EdCC (15-5, 4-0 NWAC North) has a bye week this weekend. Their next series is scheduled for April 16-17 versus Olympic College.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Tritons Take a Chance on Former NBA Top Pick

Edmonds Community College Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kyle Gray announced the signing of former NBA overall number-one draft pick Greg Oden to a Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) letter of intent Friday. 

A 7-0 center, Oden battled injuries during his 7-year NBA career. He was recently cut by the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. As a member of the Dragons, Oden averaged 13.6 points and 12.6 rebounds a game.

“Well, he is only 28. There are a ton of guys in this league who are older,” said Gray about the signing. “Since he only played one year at Ohio State, we think he can play a year with the Tritons. Who knows? It might get him back on track for another shot at the NBA and we can always use a big man.”

Oden helped lead Ohio State to the NCAA title game in 2007 against Florida. Oden scored 25 points and had 12 boards in the losing effort. The first pick by the Trailblazers that year, Oden was finally cut in 2012 and signed with the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 season.

Asked about Oden’s professional career as it pertains to NWAC eligibility, Gray laughed: “Well, it was the Trailblazers for Pete's sake. It’s not that professional there anyhow – I mean it’s not like the Lakers and their incredible amount of Championships (16). Now that’s a franchise -- a dynasty really!”

Happy April 1st! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Have Mercy! Softball Sweeps Blue Mountain

Bailee Senner hit a grand-slam Saturday
box game one | box game two

PENDELTON, OR -- The EdCC softball team swept Blue Mountain in a non-league twinbill on Saturday by scores of 12-1 and 15-6 Both contests were halted due to the 8-run mercy-rule. Edmonds improved to 9-3 on the year.

Blue Mountain scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the first of the opening game, helped out by an EdCC error, but it was all Tritons from that point on. Edmonds scored four in the second, two in the third, one in both the fourth and fifth and then four in the top of the sixth. 

EdCC collected 13 hits in the game, led by a two hits by Chantel Brown, Reagan Ingersoll, Tia Hedmand and Bailee Senner. Senner blasted her second round-tripper of the season, a grand-slam, and drove in five. Hedman scored four runs and Hanna Wilcox had three RBI.

Picking up the win was Hailey Malakowski who went six frames, allowing one run on six hits. 

Edmonds scored in every inning of game two as well, thanks to 16 hits, three of those were homers by Kristina West, Kamryn Kanae and Hedman. The Tritons have now hit 18 homer runs on the year. West and Chantel Brown each had three RBI, Antionette Watson had two RBI. 

Brown and Hedman had three hits apiece, with Watson, Kanae, West and Senner with two each.

Madison Budnick started and went 2.2 innings before giving way to Malakowski (7-3). The freshman earned the win with 2.1 frames of relief. 

Edmonds opens North Region play on Saturday, April 2, at Bellevue. First pitch is slated for 2 pm. The Bulldogs are playing at Robinswood Park (off of 148th, about 2 blocks from campus) this year while their campus field undergoes renovations. 

Tritons Walk Off LC in 19th To Earn Series Split

Justin Polzin ended a long nightcap with a
game-winning hit Saturday. 
LYNNWOOD – NWAC No. 3-ranked Edmonds swept No. 2 Lower Columbia at home Saturday, 6-3 and 2-1. Justin Polzin's line drive walk off in the 19th inning capped the dramatic nightcap. With the two triumphs at home Edmonds split the series with the defending NWAC champions. it was LCC sweeping Edmonds the day before, in Longview, 8-2 and 7-6. 

The pitching was the story in game two Saturday as 18 consecutive innings came and went with no runs being scored. Both staffs weathered storms, wiggling out of several jams throughout the contest.

The 19th provided all 3 runs of the game, first with a Lower Columbia sac fly by Cameron Campbell in the top half. Edmonds answered in the bottom: Chris Okura beat out an infield single, Hunter Henry drew a walk, and both moved up on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Shane Hanon worked a 3-2 count and walked to load the bases. Zach Needham then tied the game at 1-1 with another walk. The stage was set for freshman catcher Justin Polzin.

Polzin, who had not reached base in his previous 7 plate appearances, followed with a line drive to deep center field scoring the game winner. Final score: Edmonds 2, Lower Columbia 1. The Tritons extra-inning instant classic stamped the end of their non-league slate.

There were notable pitching performances on both sides. For Edmonds, Blake Randazzo started and tossed 7 shutout innings. Jason Shevenko (3 IP), Kelly Fromm (6 IP), and Nick Johnston (2 IP) also allowed no runs to cross. LC's starter Tyler Parsons logged 8 plus scoreless innings and reliever Max Tilton was equally impressive, throwing 8 plus innings of zeroes himself.

Edmonds came from behind in the opener, trailing 2-0 after 4 innings. They tied the game in the 5th and used a 4-run 6th to pull ahead for good. C.J. Blowers got the win and Austin Whitehouse earned the saved. Chris Okura and Steven Weber were both 2-for-3 with multiple RBI's.

EdCC (11-5) opens NWAC North Region play at home, Saturday April 2nd when local foe Shoreline (5-11) comes to Triton Field. First pitch of the doubleheader is 1 pm. In a change this year, both league contents will now be 9 inning games. The Tritons are the two-time defending North Region champions. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Twenty-Four Tritons Earn 3.50 or Better GPA

Twenty-four EdCC student-athletes notched at least a 3.50 GPA this past winter quarter, led by Sheriff Conta and Olivia Olason who both earned a perfect 4.0! Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and thanks for your hard work on the playing field/ court and in the classroom!