Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gray scores twice, Pruett records 12 saves in Triton win

Lexie Gray Scored Twice Wednesday
Box Score | Photos

TUKWILA, WA -- Lexie Gray scored two goals and goalkeeper Peyton Pruett saved 12 shots as EdCC women's soccer defeated Clackamas 3-0 Wednesday at Starfire Sports Complex. 

With the triumph the Tritons improved to 2-0 on the 2014 season. 

Both sides had chances early on but neither came through until Gray spun in her first goal of the season from 15 yards out in the 35th minute of play. 

The Cougars had a golden opportunity to tie the match but hit the crossbar on a penalty kick. Everything else shot at the EdCC goal was saved by Pruett who was making her first collegiate start. 

Haylee Longsine made the score 2-0 Edmonds with a point-blank goal off a deflection in the 80th minute. Lauren Rodger got the assist when her shot from 30 yards out careened off the crossbar.

Gray headed in the third goal of the game eight minutes later for the final 3-0 score. Clackamas keepers saved five shots on the day.

The Tritons host Highline CC at Triton Field for a league tilt on Friday, September 5, starting at 5:00 pm. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Women's Soccer Opens Year with a Win

TUCKWILA, WA – Edmonds Community College women’s soccer defeated Walla Walla 2-1 Tuesday morning at Starfire Sports Complex. The win not only kicked off the 2014 season, it was the first for new head coach Brittney Beitel.

EdCC’s small squad of 14 players -- 11 of which are freshmen -- had the jitters early, however, allowing a Warrior goal by Oryian Matheny in the first minute of action.

The Tritons took the early hit and began to gather themselves, asserting control midway into the first half.  Edmonds had a couple of scoring opportunities before Keana King cashed in with a goal in the 34th minute of play to even the score at 1-1. Earning the assist was Olivia Olason.

The two sides would go into the break tied 1-all and that’s the way the score would stay until minute 80 when Hannah Longsine headed in the go-ahead shot off another header.

Both sides had chances but six saves from Warrior keeper Sasah Holt and five from Alecia Longsine would prevent any further scoring.

The Tritons will van down to Tukwila on Wednesday to take on Clackamas at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, August 4, 2014

EdCC Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

2013 EdCC Volleyball Team

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 4, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 676 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 season. 

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Edmonds Community College, with a team GPA of 3.34 during 2013-14, was one of the schools recognized by the AVCA. Just two Northwest Athletic Conference squads earned Team Academic Award honors, the other being Clackamas Community College.

"Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court and we have a potent formula for future leadership! What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools."

The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 500% increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 676. 

Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 22-year history, with exactly 6,126 awards been given out in total. Additionally, there were six programs to earn recognition in the inaugural sand category.

For a list of all 676 team winners, click here

Thursday, July 31, 2014

EdCC Seeking Men's Soccer Assistant Coach

Edmonds Community College, a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) is seeking a coach to assist with the men's soccer program.

Performs responsible program building including, planning, coaching, and recruiting. Will assist in managing and directing the soccer program. Work is performed under general supervision and performance evaluation is based upon completion of assignments and results obtained.

Reports to: Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Head Soccer Coach

PRIMARY DUTIES - May include, but not limited to the following:
  • Assists the head coach in managing and directing the soccer program.
  • Assists the head soccer coach with all aspects of the team including training, competing and scheduling.
  • Organizes and maintains accurate inventory of soccer equipment and uniforms.
  • Assists with coordinating travel arrangements.
  • Assists with the organization and completion all required paperwork.
  • Driving a 12 passenger-van to away contests.
  • Academic and study table monitoring
  • Managing student-athletes during fundraising and community service events
  • Assists with recruiting including calling prospective student-athletes, evaluating prospective athletes, and maintaining accurate records
  • Works cooperatively with personnel in the athletics department, attends department meetings and activities, and always represents the College positively when interacting with the community, alumni, high school and club coaches, media and general public
  • Commits to and is responsible for adhering to all rules and regulations set forth for the team, the College and the NWAC with the utmost integrity.
  • Completes other assigned administrative duties.

Successful applicant must have Associate’s degree and previous collegiate coaching and/or playing experience is preferred. Strong oral and written communication skills required.

To apply for position please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references to: Brandon Mitalas, Men’s Soccer Head Coach – at Review of applications begins immediately as the position start date is no later than August 22, 2014.

Salary for the position is a stipend of $2,100. Season runs from late August to early November. 

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