Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Volleyball reloads with freshman class

LYNNWOOD -- Edmonds CC volleyball has reloaded for the 2018 season, and welcomes seven new players to the program. The roster is diverse, with a mix of players from across the Northwest. There are players from four different states (WA, OR, ID, UT). Head coach Tony Miranda has signed five incoming freshmen and two transfers for the upcoming season.

Payton Ludwig is a three-year letter winner from Lake Stevens High School where she played libero, outside hitter, and setter. Her senior year was her first season playing libero, and she was awarded WesCo 4A 2nd Team honors. Lake Stevens qualified for the playoffs her junior and senior seasons, finishing 8th in 2016. Ludwig plays for WVBA 18 Adidas and played three seasons for the Northwest Juniors.

Emily Jameson is an outside hitter from Glacier Peak High School. She was selected as WesCo 4A honorable mention her senior year. She previously played for the Seattle Juniors and Northwest Juniors while in high school.

Haylee Hooper is another three-year letter winner from Auburn Mountainview High School. Her senior year, she was awarded 2nd Team All NPSL setter. Auburn Mountainview finished 5th in 2016 and 7th in 2015 at the state tournament. Hooper played club for the Puget Sound Volleyball Academy.

Sadie Gardner is an outside hitter and middle blocker from Vernal, Utah. She's a versatile athlete and a four-year letter winner for Uintah High School. Gardner has played multiple positions throughout her career and assumed setting duties her senior year. She was a 4A All-State selection her senior year as setter and outside hitter.

Audree Weekes is a two-year letter winner from Emmett High School in Idaho. She was selected to the 4A Southern Idaho 2nd Team as a setter and has played the last few seasons for the RISE Volleyball Academy.

Zarya Smith is one of two transfers from Salt Lake Community College. Smith is an outside hitter from Olympus High School in Holladay, Utah. At SLCC she played DS and outside hitter, competing in nine matches. At Olympus she was the team MVP three straight years and earned All Region honors her sophomore, junior, and senior campaigns. Smith received Desert News All State honorable mention her sophomore year, and was 2nd Team All State her junior and senior years. In 2016 she was a Utah State Beach Champion. Smith also collected four varsity letters in swimming.

Sydnee Peterson is a defensive specialist, libero, and outside hitter from Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah. At SLCC she primarily played DS and libero, competing in 17 matches. At Corner Canyon she lettered three times in volleyball, and one year in golf. Her volleyball awards include: 2016 Region 7 MVP, 2016 1st Team Region 7, 4A Senior All-Star, and 3rd Team All State. Her 2016 club team, Club V, were region champions and qualified for Nationals. They finished 11th overall in the 18 USA Division.

Dmitruk was a 1st Team NWAC North selection in 2017
Smith and Peterson were both members of the team at SLCC that earned a share of the Southwest Athletic Conference crown in 2017. The team was nationally ranked in the NJCAA Division I all season.

"We are proud to welcome these girls to our program. Our incoming freshmen will bring a great attitude and athleticism, which are a great fit with our current group of athletes," said coach Tony Miranda. Sophomore returners include Sam Fast (L), Rylie Rasar (MB), Ciera Hadden (OH), Emalee Jordan (L), Heather Goodman (OH), Kendall Broschat (MB), and Michelle Dmitruk (OH).

The 2018 schedule has been released. After three scrimmages against four-year schools, Edmonds will open the season at the NWAC Fall Showcase August 25-26 at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield, Ore. The Tritons have qualified for the postseason in back-to-back years.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Triton Athletics honors excellence at annual awards ceremony

LYNNWOOD -- The Edmonds CC athletics department held its sixth annual athletics banquet and awards ceremony on May 30 to honor the outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments of the 2017-18 athletic season. There was a great turnout of Triton student-athletes and special guests who were provided a catered meal from the college's culinary arts department.

Season Recap
Four Triton teams qualified for the postseason in 2017-18. Volleyball made the postseason for the second consecutive year and went 1-2 at the NWAC Tournament. Edmonds lost to Walla Walla, defeated Mt. Hood, and were eliminated by North Idaho. They were one set away from a North Region title; their 27 wins overall bested their 26-win season in 2016. It was the most victories for the program since the 2008 season. Men's basketball punched their ticket to the NWAC Championships for the fifth time in the last six years and had 20 wins on the season. The Tritons closed the season on a 6-2 run before losing to Linn-Benton CC in the opening round. Baseball extended their playoff streak to six straight years, and claimed the North Region title for the first time since 2015. Edmonds went 2-2 at the NWAC Tournament before bowing out to eventual champion Lower Columbia. The Tritons placed 3rd overall and ended the 2018 campaign with 40 wins (tied for second most in school history). Coach Scott Kelly was named North Region Coach of the Year for the third time in his tenure. Softball had a record-setting season, notching 42 wins and taking the North Region title for the first time since 2004. Their 3rd place finish at the NWAC Tournament was the highest for the program in 20 years. It was the third consecutive appearance for the Tritons in the playoffs. Coach Sheryl Gilmore was the North Region Coach of the Year for the first time.

Six Tritons earn NWAC Player of the Week honors:
  • Macy Magri - NWAC North Volleyball Setter of the Week (August 30)
  • Macy Magri - NWAC Volleyball Setter of the Week (August 30)
  • Macy Magri - NWAC North Volleyball Setter of the Week (September 5)
  • Michelle Dmitruk - NWAC North Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week (November 1)
  • Michelle Dmitruk - NWAC North Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week (November 7)
  • Michelle Dmitruk - NWAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week (November 7)
  • Zach Walton - NWAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week (December 19)
  • Zach Walton - NWAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week (February 27)
  • Seli Aholelei - NWAC Softball Player of the Week (April 4)
  • Seli Aholelei - NWAC Softball Pitcher of the Week (April 18)
  • Will Smith - NWAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week (April 25)
  • Chantelle Shimabukuro - NWAC Softball Player of the Week (May 10)
For the full list of this year's student-athletes who were selected as Tritons of the Week, go here.

Current list of Tritons who have signed to four-year schools from Edmonds CC this year:
  • Sydney Lawrence (So.) - Volleyball - MB - Lewis-Clark State College (NAIA)
  • Macy Magri (So.) - Volleyball - S - Arizona Christian University (NAIA)
  • Morgan Lord (So.) - Women's Soccer - DF - Saint Martin's University (NCAA DII)
  • Natalie Brown (So.) - Women's Soccer - F - Saint Martin's University (NCAA DII)
  • Abdoulie Danso (So.) - Men's Soccer - DF - Adams State University (NCAA DII)
  • Sheriff Conta (So.) - Men's Soccer - DF - Walla Walla University (NAIA)
  • Kolby Force (Fr.) - Baseball - OF - Cal. State University, Northridge (NCAA DI)
  • Will Smith (Fr.) - Baseball - RHP - Seattle University (NCAA DI)
  • Evan Hurn (So.) - Baseball - 1B - Marshall University (NCAA DI)
  • CJ Blowers (So.) - Baseball - LHP - Cal. State University, San Bernadino (NCAA DII)
  • Andrew Bustard (Fr.) - Baseball - C - Simpson University (NAIA)
  • Elliot Carney (So.) - Baseball - RHP - Wofford College (NCAA DI)
  • Lucas Ford (So.) - Baseball - RHP - Charleston Southern University (NCAA DI)
  • Carson Lindell (So.) - Baseball - INF - Concordia University Neb. (NAIA)
  • Guthrie Morrison (So.) - Baseball - OF - Gonzaga University (NCAA DI)
  • Nathaniel Sagdahl (So.) - Baseball - C - Central Arkansas University (NCAA DI)
  • Elijah Santiago (So.) - Baseball - OF - Saint Martin's University (NCAA DII)
  • Chasity Stalcup (So.) - Softball - UTL - Northwest University (NAIA)
  • Nicole Manuel (So.) - Softball - OF - Pacific Lutheran University (NCAA DIII)
  • Seli Aholelei (So.) - Softball - P/OF - Western Washington University (NCAA DII)
The NWAC recognizes sophomores with Academic Excellence awards for those earning at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA with a minimum of 36 credits earned. This year's Academic Excellence award winners:
  • Sheriff Conta - Men's Soccer (3.8)
  • Mahmoud Farajallah - Men's Soccer (3.77)
  • Emanuel Sakaita - Men's Soccer (3.86)
  • Sarah Beck - Women's Soccer (3.5)
  • Natalie Brown - Women's Soccer (3.89)
  • Morgan Lord - Women's Soccer (3.39)
  • Kylie Morse - Women's Soccer (3.57)
  • Chenoa Faletoi - Volleyball (3.47)
  • Sydney Lawrence - Volleyball (3.43)
  • Macy Magri - Volleyball (3.3)
  • Rotash Mattu - Men's Basketball (3.51)
  • Devin Price - Men's Basketball (3.47)
  • Nicole Manuel - Softball (3.78)
  • Elliot Carney - Baseball (3.75)
  • Lucas Ford - Baseball (3.65)
  • Evan Hurn - Baseball (3.4)
  • Guthrie Morrison - Baseball (3.49)
  • Nathaniel Sagdahl - Baseball (3.53)
  • Conner Sayles - Baseball (3.84)
  • Sam Wyatt - Baseball (3.36)
Additionally, over fall and winter quarters, there were 131 individual quarters where a Triton student-athlete earned a 3.0 or higher. There were 63 individual quarters where our Triton student-athletes earned a 3.5 or better.

2017-18 individual program awards and Athletes of the Year
Female Athlete of the Year
Seli Aholelei (Softball)
Co-Male Athletes of the Year
Walton and Carney
Elliot Carney (Baseball)
Zach Walton (Men's Basketball)
Softball MVP
Seli Aholelei
Coach’s Award
Emily Copeland
Men’s Basketball MVP
Zach Walton
Coach’s Award
Rotash Mattu
Women’s Soccer MVP
Natalie Brown
Coach’s Award
Natalia Datskiv
Men’s Soccer MVP
Sheriff Conta
Coach’s Award
Kyle Aure
Volleyball MVP
Michelle Dmitruk
Coach’s Award
Sydney Lawrence
Women’s Basketball MVP
Zaria Smith
Coach’s Award
Hailey Carlson
Baseball MVP
Elliot Carney
Coach’s Award
Nathaniel Sagdahl

All-NWAC & All-Americans
Softball's Seli Aholelei and Chantelle Shimabukuro were named to the NFCA NWAC All-American team. It was the second straight year Aholelei was bestowed with the honor -- a first in Triton softball history. 2018 NFCA NWAC All-Americans

Baseball had four players selected to the All-NWAC and Gold Glove teams -- Guthrie Morrison, Will Smith, Wyatt Stanley, and Nathaniel Sagdahl. Sophomore pitcher Elliot Carney was selected as the ABCA Pitcher of the Year. 2018 Baseball All-NWAC and Gold Glove Teams | 2018 ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association Division All-America Teams

Sophomore backstop Nathaniel Sagdahl received the gold glove at catcher for the ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association Division Gold Glove Team.

Special Recognition Awards
Kirk Mahalath
At the end of the evening two special recognition awards were given out. Custodian Kirk Mahalath received the Special Appreciation Award for his commitment and service to athletics. Mahalath keeps Seaview Gymnasium in great shape, and has worked tirelessly to upkeep the hardwood floor.

Ronnie Stiell-Williams
Coach Ronnie Stiell-Williams was chosen as the second recipient of the Ron Omori Assistant Coach of the Year Award. The men's basketball program's top assistant has been at head coach Kyle Gray's side for the past six years and is a selfless individual who has taken time to mentor many men's basketball players. Stiell-Williams is the Dean of Students at Edmonds-Woodway High School and prepped at Mountlake Terrace High School before playing at North Seattle CC. He joined the coaching ranks at North Seattle CC before following Gray to Edmonds.

All the pictures from the banquet are posted on the athletics Facebook page. The awards ceremony concluded another successful year for Edmonds. Fall sports (volleyball, men's soccer, and women's soccer) begin official practice on August 1.