Flavin, Treend Earn National Scholar-Athlete Honors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Following an outstanding season that saw the Evergreen Geoducks just a goal away from a conference title, juniors Mitch Treend (Vancouver, Wash./Prairie HS) and Kevin Flavin (Oak Harbor, Wash./Shoreline CC) have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, as announced on Friday morning.

The pair, who were earlier named Bank of The Cascades Academic All-Conference, were two of ten men’s soccer players from the Cascade Conference who were honored by the NAIA.

A total of 315 men’s soccer players were honored with the award. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Lopez Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – Evergreen women’s soccer senior Teresa Lopez (Yakima, Wash./Walla Walla CC) has been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, as announced by the NAIA on Friday morning.

Lopez earlier was named Bank of The Cascades Academic All-Conference following her outstanding efforts in both the classroom and on the field.  She appeared in 10 games for the Geoducks this season, playing a primarily defensive role for Evergreen.

A total of 492 women’s soccer players were honored with the award. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

#9 Vikings Stop Geoducks, 66-54

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Tournament MVP Trishi Williams had 15 points and six steals, leading nationally ranked Western Washington University to a 66-54 victory over The Evergreen State College in the final game of the 16th Annual Lynda Goodrich Women’s Basketball Classic which ended Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

Center Britt Harris had team-highs of 17 points and six rebounds for the Vikings, who improved to 4-0 and are ranked No.9 in this week’s USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll.

The triumph marked the 450th career victory for WWU coach Carmen Dolfo.  Dolfo, who is in her 22nd season, has a record of 450-169, all with the Vikings.

The contest was a non-counting exhibition for NAIA Evergreen, which was led by the game-high 20 points of center Danielle Swain.

The Geoducks led much of the first 10 minutes, and had a 23-20 lead with 6:21 left in the first half, but WWU went on an 11-2 run the rest of the half and held a 31-25 advantage at halftime.

The margin got as close as five in the second half, and the Vikings led by just eight, 49-41, before going on a 7-1 run to take a 56-42 lead on a Jenni White (So., Spokane/East Valley) 3-pointer with 7:50 remaining.  The margin remained in double figures the rest of the way.

Kayla Bernsen had 10 points and five rebounds for WWU on 5-of-5 field goal shooting. The Vikings shot a season-low 37.1 percent (23-of-62) from the field, but were 16-of-20 (80.0 percent) on free throws.

It was the 10th straight victory in Goodrich Classic games for the Vikings, who have won 29 of 32 tourney games overall, and have now won or tied for 14 of the 16 tournament championships.

Harris joined Williams on the all-tournament team, as did Jessica Denmon of Evergreen, Chelsea Haskey and Brooke Paulson of St. Martin’s, and Torrie Cahill of Carroll.  Saint Martin’s defeated Carroll, 59-48, in Saturday’s other contest.

WWU opens Great Northwest Athletic Conference play next week, entertaining Western Oregon on Thursday (7 p.m.), Nov. 29, and Saint Martin’s on Saturday (7 p.m.), Dec. 1.

Story Courtesy of Paul Madison, WWU Sports Information

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Geoducks Chop Down Loggers, 74-66, For Milestone Win

PARKLAND, Wash. –  Junior KJ Hong (Federal Way, Wash./Shoreline CC) went off for 25 points as the Evergreen Geoducks earned the 200th win in program history, knocking off the Puget Sound Loggers, 74-66, in a non-conference men’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at Olson Auditorium in Parkland, Wash.

The Geoducks (1-4) took the early lead as Hong hit his first six shots, including five from behind the arc, for 20 first half points.   Evergreen’s early lead hit double-digits with 11:25 to play on a free throw by junior Lucky Lagerberg (Olympia, Wash./South Puget Sound CC) that put the Geoducks up, 25-15.  The Loggers tightened the gap slightly before half but Evergreen still led, 35-28.

Evergreen continued to pressure UPS as the Geoduck lead hit 20 on a lay-up by Jakob Herron-Berentsen (Sacramento, Calif./Grays Harbor CC) with 11:49 left to go in the game.  The Geoducks pushed the lead to 27 with 9:20 left to play but the Loggers stormed back, pulling within nine on a Riggs Yarbo lay-up with 52 seconds left to play.

The Loggers fought back to get within six but Travis Wagner (Federal Way, Wash./Green River CC) hit a pair of free throws with five second left to earn the 74-66 win.

Evergreen was led by 25 points from Hong, who was eight-of-nine from the field, including six-of-seven from behind the arc.  Wagner and freshman Frankie Johnson (Renton, Wash./Hazen HS) each added 11 points while Cody Peters (Coupeville, Wash./Western Oregon Univ.) brought down 11 rebounds for the Geoducks, who held a 51-50 advantage on the boards.

Puget Sound was led by 11 points each from Yarbro and Derek Jobe.  Rex Holmes added 10 points in the losing effort.  The Loggers were 24-of-77 from the field for 31.2%, including just three-for-30 from three-point range.

The Geoducks open up the Cascade Conference season next Saturday when they play host to Northwest.  Tip with the Eagles is set for 7:30 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

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Lutes Earn 76-45 Win Over Geoducks

PARKLAND, Wash. – Senior forward Travis Wagner (Federal Way, Wash./Green River CC) put up 18 points but the Pacific Lutheran Lutes earned a 76-45 win over the Evergreen Geoducks in a non-conference men’s basketball game on Friday night at Olson Auditorium in Parkland, Wash.

The Lutes built a strong lead in the first half, holding an eight-point lead with 7:05 left to play in the opening period but the Geoducks fought back and kept the differential in single digits heading into halftime, 35-28.

The PLU lead continued to grow in the second half as the Lutes pushed their advantage to double-digits with 17:18 left to play and it never got better for Evergreen.  A 45-28 rebounding edge helped Pacific Lutheran earn the win on their home floor, earning a 76-45 win over the Geoducks.

Evergreen was led by 18 points from Wagner, who connected on seven-of-11 shots, including four baskets from behind the arc.  Wagner also added a pair of blocks on the night as the Geoducks recorded four rejections on the game.

Pacific Lutheran was led by 19 points and 10 rebounds from Cameron Schilling.  Andrew Earnest added 13 points in the win for the Lutes, who made 31 of 65 attempts for 47.7%.

The Geoducks will be back in action on Saturday afternoon  when they take on Puget Sound in a neutral site game, beginning at 4 p.m. at Olson Auditorium in Parkland, Wash.

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