Evergreen Kickers Earn All-Conference Nods

LA GRANDE, Ore. – For the second time in as many collegiate seasons, sophomore Willie Spurr (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) has been named First Team All-Cascade Conference, as announced by the conference office on Sunday. The Geoducks also landed three on the second team.

Spurr led the Geoduck offense with five goals and three assists this season as he was directly responsible for three game-winners this year. He was one of just two sophomores on the team, joining Corban’s James Williamson.

A trio of seniors were named Second Team All-CCC as defenders Greg Wolfe (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Shoreline CC) and Brady Espinoza (Pasco, Wash./Pasco HS/Walla Walla CC), as well as midfielder Joseph Ademofe (Ifon, Nigeria/Shoreline CC) all earned recognition by the coaches.

Concordia senior forward Septi Danciu repeated as CCC Player of the Year while Northwest keeper Joe Galbraith was named CCC Defensive Player of the Year.  Corban’s Kemar Prince was named Newcomer of the Year while Aaron Lewis earned Coach of the Year after leading the Warriors to the regular season and tournament titles.

2013 Men’s Soccer All-CCC Teams

DI Redhawks Fly Past Geoducks, 100-59

SEATTLE – Taking on their third NCAA Division I opponent in eight days, the Evergreen Geoducks fell to the Seattle Redhawks, 100-59, in an exhibition men’s basketball game on Saturday night at KeyArena in Seattle.

The Geoducks kept it tight with the Redhawks early in the first half as the two teams were tied at six with 15:21 to go but Seattle came out of the first media timeout on fire, going on a 21-0 run before Evergreen would hit another basket.  SU continued to push the pace as the Redhawks would take a 49-26 lead into the halftime break.

In the second half, the Redhawks continued to pull away but the Geoducks never stopped battling, improving their second half point production by seven points  as Seattle earned the 100-59 win over Evergreen.  It was the third straight year that the two squads met and the third straight win for SU.

Evergreen was led by 17 points off the bench from KJ Hong (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur HS/Shoreline CC).  Kwame Awadjie (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) added 10 points.  The Geoduck starters struggled against the bigger SU team, combining for just 15 points as Evergreen shot 33.9% from the field, making 19-of-56 attempts in the former NBA arena.

Seattle was led by 19 points each from Isiah Umpig and Deshaun  Sunderhaus.  William Powell added 14 points while Shore Adenekan added 10 points.  Former Washington Husky Clarence Trent was held to just four points in the counting game for SU.  The Redhawks shot 43.5% from the field but dominated the glass, outrebounding Evergreen 68 to 28.

The Geoducks return back to NAIA competition on Nov. 24 when they play host to Cal Maritime.  Tip with the Keelhaulers is set for 2 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

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Loggers Use Quick Start to Defeat Geoducks, 71-58

TACOMA, Wash. – Senior Kyle Calhoun (Seattle, Wash./Hazen HS/Marshalltown CC) put up 24 points but the Evergreen Geoducks couldn’t pick up the win, falling to the Puget Sound Loggers, 71-58, in  a non-conference men’s basketball game on Friday night at Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma, Wash.

In the first half, it was the Loggers who came out on fire, scoring the first five points before Bryce Phillip (Spanaway, Wash./Bethel HS/Green River CC) scored for the Geoducks.  Evergreen fought back to tie the game early but a 12-3 run gave UPS a nine-point lead with 13:30 to go in the opening half.  The Loggers continued to push the pace, using a layup with 9:30 to go to extend the lead into double-digits and Puget Sound would keep the lead, taking a 38-24 lead into the break.

In the second half, the two teams were even most of the way but the early deficit proved too much to overcome.  The Geoducks used a three-ball by Calhoun with 16:20 left to go to cut the Logger lead to 10 but they would never get any closer, falling 71-58 in the non-conference matchup.

Evergreen was led by the 24 points from Calhoun, who was nine-of-15 from the field, including five-of-seven from the three-point line.  Cameron Faison (Atlanta, Ga./Foster HS/West Valley College) added eight as the Geoducks next leading scorer.  The green and white shot just 39.6% from the field, making 21-of-53 attempts.

Puget Sound was led by 24 points from Rex Nelson.  Keith Shattuck came off the bench to score 11 while Nick Holden finished with 10 points for the Loggers.  UPS had a slight advantage in rebounding, bringing down 38 boards compared with 36 for Evergreen.

The Geoducks play their third Division I opponent of the season on Saturday night when they head up to Seattle to take on WAC member Seattle University in an exhibition.  Tip with the Redhawks is set for 7 p.m. at KeyArena.

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Geoducks String Up Win Over Lutes, 66-59

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Four players scored double-digits as the Evergreen Geoducks picked up their first win of the year with a 66-59 victory over the Pacific Lutheran Lutes in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Friday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

The Lutes (0-1) opened up their season with a strong offensive showing early as they led the Geoducks (1-2) by five with 16 minutes to go in the first half.  The Geoducks battled back to tie things at 14-14 with 10:41 on a layup by Natasha Trinidad (Tacoma, Wash./River Ridge, HS/Pierce CC) .  Evergreen continued to push the pace, using a free throw by Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) to take a seven point lead, 25-18, with 5:46 to play in the first half.  PLU got back within one but a 6-0 Evergreen run to end the half gave the Geoducks the 34-27 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Geoducks would never trail but PLU didn’t give up, pulling back within two points with 9:32 left to go.  Evergreen pushed the lead to double-digits, 59-49, on a pair of free throws by Jessica Denmon (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Skagit Valley CC) with 2:12 left to go.  The Lutes would get back within three but the Geoducks hit their free throws down the stretch to collect the 66-59 win.

Evergreen was led by 14 points from Clark, who also added five assists in the win.  Denman finished with 13 while Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) added 12 points and nine rebounds to narrowly miss the double-double.  Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS) rounded out the Geoducks in double-digit scoring with 10 points and nine rebounds, also missing the double-double by just one board.

Pacific Lutheran was led by 19 points from Samantha Potter, who also led the Lutes with eight rebounds.  Shelly Kilcup added 17 for PLU, who shot 34.0% from the field, making 18-of-53 attempts.  The Lutes were outrebounded by a total of 45-40.

Evergreen hits the road for the first time this season next Friday when they head down to Oregon to face Linfield.  Tip with the Wildcats is set for 6 p.m. in McMinnville, Ore.

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Diggers Outlast Geoducks, 66-58

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Holding a slight edge shooting, the Montana Tech Orediggers picked up a 66-58 win over the Evergreen Geoducks in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Wednesday evening at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

In the opening period the Geoducks (0-2) came out ready to play, leading the Orediggers (3-1) by six points just six minutes into the game.  Montana Tech tied it up a few minutes later around the midway point and the Diggers would hold onto the lead until Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) hit a three pointer for Evergreen with 4:15 left to play that would tie the game at 23.

After another brief Tech lead, the Geoducks used a pair of free throws by Jessica Denmon (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Skagit Valley CC) to tie things up at 25 all but a jumper by Kabri Emerson with three ticks left gave the Diggers a 27-25 halftime lead.

The second half was another battle as the score stayed tight.  Montana Tech began to pull away  with about five minutes to play, going on a 7-0 run that put them up by 11 at 59-48.  The Geoducks chipped away and cut the gap to four on a jumper by Denmon with 1:27 to play but that was the final basket for the Geoducks as the Orediggers earned the 66-58 win.

Evergreen was led by 14 points each from Denmon and Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS).  Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) added seven assists for the Geoducks.  As a team, Evergreen was 44.7% from the field, making 21-of-47 attempts.

Montana Tech was led by 15 points from Victoria Turner and 14 from Kelsey DeWitt.  As a team, the Orediggers shot 59.1% from the field, making 26-of-44 attempts.  Montana Tech also held a slight 25-23 advantage on the glass.

Evergreen will be back in action on Friday night when they play host to Pacific Lutheran.  Tip with the Lutes is set for 6 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

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