On Site: CC Spokane receives more than 50 Track & Field All-America Awards from the Northwest Athletic Conference
Community Colleges of Spokane athletes led by the second women’s sprinter Alma Manzo von Connell, garnered more than 50 Track & Field All-America awards from the Northwest Athletic Conference for 2021.
Although there was no conference championship meeting because of the coronavirus pandemic, there were weekly meetings and the NWAC Athletics Sports Committee decided that it would recognize the Conference All-Americans as Conference All-Americans participating in every single event and are listed in the top three of each season according to the season.
Manzo was honored in seven disciplines – five individual races, two of them in first place and two relays – and the women’s newcomer distance runner Tressa wood and men’s novice throwers Bradley Fillis were awarded in three individual events.
- All-Americans (-Displays first in event):
- Women: Manzo, 100, 200, 400, long jump, triple jump; Julian Vaughan, freshman, 400; Wood, 1,500, 5,000, 10,000; McKenzie Fletcher, in the second year, 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles; Kaiten fishermen, Fr., 400 hurdles; Lainey Johnson, so., heptathlon; 4×100 relay (Fletcher, Johnson, Jadyn Schulte, Manzo); 4×400 squadron (Fletcher, Johnson, Fisher, Manzo).
- Men: Jake Schnatter, fr., 200; Jon Watkins, fr., 400; Johan Correa, Fr., 800, 1,500; Travis Hicks, fr., 800; Issak Chol, Fr., 1,500; Anthony Carlascio, Fr., 1,500, 3,000 obstacle course; Giovanni Raskell, Fr., 5,000, 10,000; Gideon Swanson, Fr., 10,000; Harlon stuits, so., 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles; Jabriel Davis, fr., high jump; Jaxon Nichols, so., HJ; John Grieshaber, so., pole vault; TJ Lynch, so., PV; Fillis, shot put, discus, hammer; Aster Dotson, so., spear; Joey Woodland, fr., spear; 4×100 season (Watkins, Demitrius Alford, Stuits, Schnatter); 4×400 relay (Watkins, Alford, Stuits, Correa).
Lakeria Crowder, assistant to the women’s basketball coach for the past four seasons at LeMoyne Owen College, Division II in Memphis, Tennessee, has been hired as the women’s basketball assistant at Whitworth University, director of women’s coaching for Pirates Joial Griffith announced.
Crowder replaced Jessica Kramerwho went to become the women’s head coach at Community Colleges of Spokane.
During her four years at LeMoyne Owen, Crowder served as the top assistant, overseeing both offensive and defensive fixtures at various points in her tenure, and was also the team’s recruiting coordinator.
“Lakeria is a competitor, tireless worker, competent and passionate, not only in player development, but also in personnel and leadership development,” Griffith is quoted in a school communication.
Whitworth Junior Jaxsen Sweum, who started in right field all season, was called up to the second baseball team of the ABCA / Rawlings NCAA Division III All-West Region in 2021.
Sweum hit .346 during the regular season and led the Pirates in home runs (10), RBI (43) and slugging average (.639). He was one of two pirates who appeared in all 39 regular season games. At the Northwest Conference tournament, he was 2 for 6 with a home run.
• Two infielders from Coeur d’Alene, Kylie Smith, a senior from Coeur d’Alene HS and Haley Loffer, a junior from Lake City HS, played a key role in the College of Idaho, which finished third in the NAIA Softball World Series last week in Columbus, Georgia.
Smith, who had two hits for the Yotes in a 9-0 loss to eventual national champions Southern Oregon in the game for third place, hit .319 for the season with 47 runs and 36 RBI. Loffer beat .359 with 68 runs, 34 RBI and shared the team lead in stolen bases with 28 in 32 tries.
College of Idaho started the World Series with two wins, including 6-4 over Southern Oregon, who are in 1st place, before beating Cascade Collegiate Conference rivals Oregon Tech (4-1 in the winning class final) and Southern Oregon, lost season 44-19. Southern Oregon defeated Oregon Tech twice for its second straight national title and crowned a 1-2-3 CCC finish.
• Another honor for Boy Scout Cai, the Seattle Pacific Senior, who finished 13th in the women’s pole vault at the 2021 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships. The Colfax product, the No. 2 pole vaulter in the west, has been named a Division II All-West Region by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
• Pacific Lutheran’s five-time Northwest Conference rowing team, comprised of two athletes from the region, finished fifth at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 29 in Sarasota, Florida, their highest ranking since 2016.
With Elisabeth Horner, a junior from Mt. Spokane and Hannah Beach, a senior from Rosalia, on board, the first eight of the lute won the petite final with a 13-second lead over the 2,000-meter course. PLU’s second varsity eight, which includes Corrie Grieves, a sophomore at Mead, finished second in her petite final and finished sixth overall.
• Washington State’s 9-1 baseball win over Washington on May 29 in Pullman secured the Cougars the 2020-21 Boeing Apple Cup Series championship, which topped Huskies 190-185 in the pre-school sports competition that opened in 2018/19 year .
Women’s basketball scored 60 points for the Cougars with a swing of the huskies, baseball 50 and men’s basketball 45 for a series split. Football, tennis and athletics added 10 points each and rowing added five points. Because of COVID-19, there was no football or volleyball.
Washington won the first Boeing Apple Cup Series, an extension of the schools’ annual Apple Cup soccer game. The second season 2019-20 was canceled due to COVID-19.
• Three Eastern Washington Eagles and three Idaho Vandals have been named to the 2020-21 Spring FCS All-America football teams by Phil Steele publication in partnership with Draftscout.com.
Eastern quarterback Eric Barrier was the publication’s Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team selection. He was named to six All America and three POY lists that spring and was inducted into Steele’s first team by the Eagles’ offensive lineman Drab Taylor and linebackers from Idaho Tre Walker, which earned his fifth postseason honor.
The second team includes EWU wide receivers Talolo Limu-Jones. Vandal Defender Logan Kendall (Cheney) and punter Cade Coffey (Lakeland of Rathdrum) were called up to the third team. It is Coffey’s fourth award this spring.
• Awards for repeat winners and the entire team highlighted the Eastern Football team’s post-season awards.
Barriere, the offensive MVP and the second kicker were repeated Seth Harrison (Coeur d’Alene HS), the MVP of the Special Teams, for a second season in a row. Youth security Anthany Smith was the defensive MVP. The scout team awards went to newbies, quarterback Trey Turner (Insult) and linebackers Ahmani Williams (Defense).
Senior linebacker You graham (Cheney) received the Pat Roberts Award for academic and athletic excellence and the entire team was awarded the Golden Eagle Kind of Guy (EKG) for resilience during the coronavirus pandemic-hit season.
The captain of the Spokane Chiefs, Eli Zummack, was named the sportiest player in the US division of the Western Hockey League after a vote by general managers and head coaches.
The 21-year-old striker collected just four minutes on penalties in 21 games, while leading the team with assists (13) and shorthanded goals (two) and finishing second on points (22).
Further award winners of the division:
Dustin Wolf, Everett, Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, 18-3-0-0 record, 1.80 GAA, 0.940 savings percentage; Nick Cicek, Portland, Defender of the Year, career highs in goals, assists and points (5-16-21), led the division’s defenders in scoring; Thomas Milic, Seattle Goalkeeper, Rookie of the Year, 5-4-0-0 record, 2.74 GAA, 0.913 savings percentage; Mason Mannek, Portland, Scholastic Player of the Year, 4.0 GPA at Clackamas Community College; Cole Fontstad and Gage gon calves, Everett striker, top scorer, both had division highs of 34 points.
The division winners are eligible for the WHL general awards, which will be announced this week.
• The Chiefs, who have the first pick in the Western Hockey League Prospects Draft 2021 on December 9th, will choose 16th and 29th place in the two-round US Priority Draft the day before.
2006 US Priority Draft players are from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas Born in Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
The Prospects Draft, formerly known as the Bantam Draft, will also include 2006 players from the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.