11th Place for Carlson on National Stage

GENEVA, Ohio – Competing against the best NAIA has to offer, junior Karissa Carlson (Pateros, Wash./Pateros HS) took 11th overall in the preliminaries of the 800m run at the 2011 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at the GaREAT Sports Complex in Geneva, Ohio.

Carlson finished the race in 2:17.58 to improve on her seed time of 2:17.7 but it wasn’t fast enough to earn a spot in Saturday’s final as she took 11th among the 18 runners competing in the event.

While the indoor season has officially come to a close, the Geoducks will head outside next Saturday as they head up to Parkland to take part in the Pacific Lutheran Invitational.

Evergreen Hoopsters Earn All-CCC Honors

PORTLAND, Ore. – After a pair of seasons that taught the Evergreen men’s and women’s basketball teams a lot about themselves, a quartet of Geoduck hoopsters have been honored by the Cascade Collegiate Conference, as announced on Monday.

Senior Latrina Woods (Skyway, Wash./La Sierra University) was the lone representative from Evergreen to earn first-team honors as she was named to the 12-member All-CCC Women’s Basketball Team.  She concluded her final collegiate season by leading the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game, also adding 4.9 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game.

Women’s basketball freshman Danielle Swain (Rainier, Wash./Black Hills HS) earned honorable mention honors in her first season after leading the CCC in rebounding with 9.3 per game, also adding 11.7 points per game as she nearly averaged a double-double for her freshman year.

On the men’s side, senior Josh Troyer (Vancouver, Wash./Lower Columbia CC) and junior Marice Tolliver (Tacoma, Wash./Lower Columbia CC) each earned honorable mention honors to represent the Geoducks.

Tolliver finished the season ranked third in the conference in rebounds at 7.2 per game, including a conference-best 6.08 defensive rebounds per game, and third in blocked shots at 1.16 per game.  Troyer led the conference in minutes played at 33.14 per game.

Concordia nearly swept the individual awards for the women as Danielle Clauson was named Player of the Year, Courtney May was named Newcomer of the Year and Aaron Christian was named Coach of the Year.  College of Idaho’s Nicole Gall was named Defensive Player of the Year.

In the men’s awards, Player of the Year went to Joseph Foster of Oregon Tech.  Northwest’s Greg Peters was named Defensive Player of the Year while Jordan Highland of Southern Oregon earned Newcomer of the Year honors.  Legendary Oregon Tech coach Dan Miles was named Coach of the Year, the sixth time he has earned the honor.

Carlson Heads East For NAIA Nationals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Earning her ticket to the 2011 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships back on Feb. 13, the time is now for junior Karissa Carlson (Pateros, Wash./Pateros HS) as she heads to Geneva, Ohio this week.

Carlson, who earned an automatic qualifying time at the UW Open, will compete in the 800m run at the GaREAT Sports Complex.  With a qualifying time of 2:17.75, she is seeded 11th among the 18-runner field.

Joining her in the field are conference foes Alma Garcilazo and Sarah Hanchett of Eastern Oregon.  The favorite in the event looks to be junior Helen Crofts of Simon Fraser, who posted a qualifying time of 2:05.43, nearly eight seconds faster than the second-seeded Milca Villegas of Wayland Baptist.

Carlson is set to take to the track on Friday at 4:15 p.m. EST (1:15 p.m. PST).  More information regarding the 2011 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships can be found at http://naia.cstv.com/sports/w-itrack/spec-rel/082310aaa.html.

Geoducks Do Their Part In Bone Marrow Battle

OLYMPIA, Wash.  –  While the Evergreen Geoduck men’s and women’s basketball teams battled against the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers inside the CRC Gymnasium,  a battle was being fought in the lobby and the Geoduck faithful stepped up in a big way, adding around 50 names to the national bone marrow registry.

In support of former Evergreen men’s basketball player Aaron Foy, Evergreen teamed up with the Puget Sound Blood Center to build the national registry.  Not only did Evergreen help to build the local and national registry, the volunteers were of diverse racial backgrounds, which is important given that the current registry is 73% Caucasian, leaving many minority patients with a tougher chance of finding a matching donor.

Between the women’s and men’s games, former Director of Recreation & Athletics Pete Steilberg took a few minutes to discuss the importance of the drive before introducing Tonya Knowles of the Puget Sound Blood Center.  Tonya took the chance to dispel some common myths regarding bone marrow donation.

Speaking last was the man of the evening as Aaron Foy took the microphone, thanking everyone for attending the games and supporting such an important cause.  He stressed that fans join the registry not just to help him but to help anyone who could use the marrow before proclaiming “I’m gonna beat this.”

While the Geoducks are proud of the boost they were able to give the registry, they know that the fight is far from over and that the registry will not be complete until everyone who ever needs marrow has a suitable match.  For more information on how you can get involved, visit http://www.psbc.org/programs/marrow.htm.

Mounties Use Long Ball To Beat Geoducks, 71-65

OLYMPIA, Wash.  – Taking the court for the final time this season, the Evergreen Geoducks put together a solid effort but couldn’t quite get the win, falling to the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers, 71-65, in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

The Geoducks (5-20, 3-15 CCC) came out ready to play, going ahead by five just 3:31 in but the Mountaineers (18-9, 10-8 CCC) powered back, taking the lead less than 90 seconds later using two of their six first-half three pointers.  EOU’s lead reached double-digits with just under two minutes left as the visiting Mounties took the 32-22 lead into the half.

In the second half, the Mounties continued to extend the lead, reaching 18 with 14:39 left to play but knowing that they were hitting the hardwood for the final time this season, the Geoducks battled back, pulling back within four points with just 1:57 left to play.  Evergreen continued to play hard until the end but when the final buzzer sounded, Eastern Oregon earned their 10th conference win of the year, 71-65.

Evergreen was led by 17 points from senior LaTrina Woods (Skyway, Wash./La Sierra Univ.), who also added eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals in her final collegiate contest.  Fellow senior Vanessa Caskey (Tacoma, Wash./Pierce CC) added 15 points while freshman Danielle Swain (Rainier, Wash./Black Hills HS)  collected the double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.  Shevon Tate (Tacoma, Wash./Tacoma CC) rounded out the Geoducks in double-digit scoring with 11 points on the night.

Eastern Oregon was led by 17 points from Kyle Miller.  Shaylee Nielsen came off the bench to add 13 while Rosebud Guthrie, Kelsea Hurliman and Samantha Flett each chipped in 10 points in the win.  The Mounties hit 10 shots from behind the arc to collect the win.

The Geoducks end the season at 5-20, including 3-15 in the Cascade Conference.  Eastern Oregon finishes the regular season at 18-9 overall and 10-8 in CCC counters.

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