Gray, Johnson Named Red Lion CCC Athletes of the Week

LA GRANDE, Ore. – After spending the weekend putting up some outstanding performances, junior Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) and freshman Anthony Johnson (Seattle,Wash./Garfield HS) have been named Red Lion Cascade Conference Athletes of the Week in their respective sports.

Gray earned women’s basketball honors after she averaged a double-double with 22.5 ppg and 12.5 rpg to lead the Geoducks to their first ever sweep in Portland. Also added a single block in each game and was 11-of-15 from the free throw stripe to help the Geoducks get the free points.

Johnson was named men’s field athlete of the week after he became first NAIA high jumper of the season to break the seven-foot mark, taking second at the UW Indoor Preview with a mark of 7-0.25 (2.14m). Nearly cleared 7-2.25 (2.19m) before clipping pole with his ankle. Shattered own school record by six inches and became the second automatic qualifier for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships as he can make his plans for Ohio in March.

Also being recognized was junior Les Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma CC), who earned honorable mention honors for Men’s Track Athlete of the Week after winning his heat of the 600m run at Saturday’s UW Indoor Preview.

Knights Battle Past Geoducks, 79-70

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Evergreen Geoducks erased a second-half doubleheader but the Warner Pacific Knights proved victorious, 79-70, in a Cascade Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday night at C.C. Perry Gymnasium in Portland, Ore.

The first half was a tight one as the Geoducks and Knights seemed to match either other shot for shot with neither team allowing the other to build much of a lead. A 12-2 run over the final four minutes of the half allowed Warner Pacific to take a double-digit lead into the break at 45-33.

Warner Pacific pushed the lead to 16 points with just over 17 minutes to play and it looked like WPC might cruise to victory but the Geoducks didn’t give up, digging deep and battling back to within one point on a three ball by Jordan Dam (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS/Centralia CC) with 10:11 left to play.  Unfortunately for Evergreen, they would be unable to regain the lead as Warner Pacific held on for the 79-70 win.

Evergreen was led by 19 points from Dam.  Cody Peters (Oak Harbor, Wash./Coupeville HS/Western Oregon) and Dre Taylor (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS/North Idaho College) each added 13 points while Kyle Calhoun(Seattle, Wash./Hazen HS/Marshalltown CC) added 11 points in the loss.

Warner Pacific was led by 19 points from Doug Thomas.  Ryan Parks added 16, including five three-pointers, while Marcus Moore finished with 13 points on the night.  Josh Black rounded out the Knights in double-digit scoring with 10 points.

The Geoducks look to bounce back on Friday night when they host Northwest Christian.  Tip with the Beacons is set for 7:30 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

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Geoducks Complete First-Ever Portland Sweep with 78-74 Win at WPC

PORTLAND, Ore. – Everything came up roses for the Evergreen Geoducks this weekend as the green and white earned their first ever weekend sweep in the Rose City, earning a 78-74 win over the Warner Pacific Knights in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday night at C.C. Perry Gymnasium in Portland, Ore.

The Geoducks got off to a quick start as Evergreen scored nine of the game’s first 11 points to put Warner Pacific behind early.  The Knights answered back with eight straight and the two teams would battle the rest of the way with Evergreen earning a two-point halftime lead thanks to a pair of late free throws by Jessica Denmon (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Skagit Valley CC) that put the score at 33-31.

In the second half, the Geoducks pushed the lead into double-digits on a free throw following a made basket by Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS) with 12:11 left to play.  WPC stormed back to get within one point with 3:21 left to play but Evergreen dug deep and finished strong to earn the four-point win, 78-74.

Evergreen was led by 22 points off the bench from Uriah Thomas (Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West HS).  Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) added 19 points while Britany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) put up 18 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double.  Denmon added 11 points in the win to round out the Geoducks in double-digit scoring.

Warner Pacific was led by 13 points from Jordan Wilcox.  Courtney Walchli added 11 points off the bench as just two Knights finished in double-digit scoring.  The Knights were doubled up on the glass as Evergreen held an incredible 53 to 25 rebounding advantage.

The Geoducks will look to make it three in a row on Friday as they return home to take on Northwest Christian.  Tip with the Beacons is set for 5:30 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

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Johnson Punches Ticket to NAIA T&F Indoor Championship

SEATTLE – Freshman Anthony Johnson (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) became the first NAIA high jumper of the season to clear the seven-foot mark, jumping 7-0.25 (2.14m) to take second at the UW Indoor Preview, hosted by University of Washington, on Saturday afternoon at Dempsey Indoor Track in Seattle.

Johnson met the NAIA automatic qualifying mark of 2.05m on just his second jump of the afternoon after clearing 6-8.  He wasn’t done, as he cleared 6-10 on his third chance before becoming the first athlete in Evergreen history to clear seven feet on his second opportunity.  He barely missed at 7-2.25, clipping the bar with his heel on his second chance.

Johnson wasn’t the only Geoduck to have a good afternoon as Les Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS) won his heat of the 600m run in a time of 1:24.33, holding off Jacob Emerson of Coastal Track Club down the stretch.  Jones finished 18th overall, just three-tenths of a second off his own school record.

Wes Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS) went up against American mile record holder Alan Webb in the second heat of the 800m run, leading the Olympian in the first lap before finishing seventh in the heat with a time of 1:58.55, which placed him 17th overall.

The Geoducks will be in action again on Tuesday night, taking part in the UP/PSU Tuesday Night Races at the Chiles Center on the campus of University of Portland.

Meet Results

Evergreen Falls in High-Scoring Affair at Concordia, 103-92

PORTLAND, Ore. – Looking to win their second straight, the Evergreen Geoducks gave it everything they had but couldn’t get the victory, falling to the Concordia Cavaliers, 103-92, in a Cascade Conference men’s basketball game on Friday night at Cavalier Gymnasium in Portland, Ore.

After Concordia, who is among those receiving votes in the latest NAIA Division II Top 25, took the early lead on Evergreen, the Geoducks tightened their belts and got back into it. With the lead changed 12 times in the opening half, Evergreen used a layup by Marc Taylor (Boise, Idaho/Skyview HS/Edmonds CC) with six seconds left to take the 47-43 lead into halftime.

The Geoducks held onto the lead over the opening minutes of the second period until a three-pointer by Tyler Velasquez tied it up at 54-54 and then two possessions later, Adam Herman hit a pair of free throws to put the Cavs up by two with 13:24 left on the clock.  Concordia pushed the lead to double-digits with 9:24 left to go and the high-scoring Cavs held on for the win, 103-92.

Evergreen was led by 33 points from Kyle Calhoun (Seattle, Wash./Hazen HS/Marshalltown CC), including eight three-pointers.  Dre Taylor (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS/North Idaho College) added 16 points while Marc Taylor finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to earn the double-double. The Geoducks held a slight advantage on the glass, outrebounding Concordia 37 to 36.

Concordia was led by 29 points from Velasquez.  Herman finished with 22 points, with 14 of those coming on free throws, while Anthony Holton finished with 15 points.  Willy Ligon came off the bench to score 14 points and Esvan Middleton earned the double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to round out the Cavaliers in double-digit scoring.

The Geoducks will look to get a win on Saturday night as they remain in Portland to take on Warner Pacific.  Tip with the Knights is set for 7:30 p.m. at C.C. Perry Gymnasium.

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