Class of 2014 Inducted into Evergreen Hall of Fame

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On a night that honored all the achievements within The Evergreen State College Department of Recreation and Athletics, the Geoducks inducted the second class of the Recreation and Athletics Hall of Fame.

Joining the inaugural class of 2012 were US Soccer paralympian Josh Blue, former men’s basketball player Troy Torbert and former men’s soccer coach Arno Zoske.

Josh Blue ‘01

A member of the 2004 U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team that competed in Athens, Greece, Josh is a 2001 graduate of The Evergreen State College.  He was voted the Last Comic Standing on NBC’s reality show Last Comic Standing during its fourth season.

Troy Torbert ‘99

The first All-American in Evergreen basketball history, Troy transferred to Evergreen prior to the 1997-98 season from Cornell University.  In his first season with the Geoducks, he was named First Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-America.  He remained at Evergreen as an assistant coach for the 1998-99 season, graduating that spring.

Arno Zoske

The second head coach in Evergreen men’s soccer history, Arno arrived on campus following a journey that should be on the big screen.  Born in 1939, his family escaped Eastern Germany and eventually immigrated to the United State in 1956.  He served as athletic trainer for the University of Notre Dame basketball team under Digger Phelps before moving to Washington to start a soccer coaching career. After stints at Tacoma CC and Pacific Lutheran, he arrived at Evergreen in 1983, earning 93 wins in 12 seasons at the helm of the Geoducks.

In addition to the hall of fame inductions, the Geoducks also handed out a number of awards, including Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Sophomore high jumper Anthony Johnson (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) was named Male Athlete of the Year after earning a pair of All-American honors.  He placed fifth at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships before earning a runner-up finish last week at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  He also became the first individual Cascade Conference champion in school history, winning both the high jump and long jump at the CCC Championships in Nampa, Idaho.

Senior women’s basketball player Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS)  earned Female Athlete of the Year honors after earning First Team All-CCC honors. Clark led the Geoducks in scoring with 15.0 points per game and added 115 assists to her now-school record total of 290.  She finished her three-year career at Evergreen with 969 points.

This Week In Geoduck Athletics

Last weekend was a great one for the Geoducks as they look to continue the strong play this week, both domestically and abroad!

Men’s Basketball
After beating the alumni for the first time in many years, the 2013-14 Geoduck men’s basketball team heads up to Kamloops, B.C. and Thompson Rivers University for the first two games of the season.  Evergreen faces off against UBC-Okanagan on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. before taking on the host Wolfpack on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
The Geoduck men continue their push towards the postseason this week as they play their final two home games of the season on Evergreen Pitch (Field #4). Evergreen hosts College of Idaho on Friday afternoon (3 p.m.) and fans will have a chance to win free Chipotle coupons during the “Frizbee Toss Challenge.”  On Saturday, the Geoducks honor their seniors prior to a 1 p.m. kick with Oregon Tech and the green and white will be joined by the musical stylings of Olympi a’s own Artesians Arkestra, who will perform at various times during the match.

Women’s Soccer
The Geoduck women hit the road this weekend, making the short trip down I-5 to Portland for a pair of matches in the Rose City.  Evergreen take on the top team in the nation on Thursday when they visit Concordia for a 7 p.m. start and then the Geoducks return to Portland on Saturday for a 6 p.m. kick at Warner Pacific.

Evergreen returns to newly-dedicated Costantino Recreation Center Gymnasium this weekend as they host Oregon Tech on Friday night and Southern Oregon on Saturday.  Both matches are at 7 p.m. and YOUR Geoducks could use some fan support as they try to climb into the playoff picture for the first time since 2003.

Geoduck Gallop
Runners looking for something to do on Feb. 1 can stop their search as the Geoducks are proud to announce the annual Geoduck Gallop 10k/Half-Marathon will take place beginning at 9 a.m.  For more information, including how to register, visit the Geoduck Gallop page here.

Follow the Geoducks this weekend and all season long on Twitter ( and Facebook ( or simply visit us on the web at

Geoducks Wrap Up Regular Season at L&C Invite

ESTACADA, Ore. – Racing for the final time before the 2013 Cascade Conference Championships, the Evergreen Geoducks went down to Oregon and took part in the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Saturday at McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore.

The Geoducks were led by Aaron Jones (San Bruno, Calif./Capuchino HS), who took 43rd with a time of 26:48.  Twins Les Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS) and Wes Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS) were the next across the line, taking 92nd and 97th respectively.  As a team, the Geoducks took 12th of 13 teams.

Junior Ashley DiCristina (Prescott, Ariz./Brandshaw Mountain HS) represented the Geoduck women, taking 150th with a time of 30:23.

Evergreen will wrap up the 2013 season on Nov. 9 when they head to Caldwell, Idaho for the 2013 CCC Championships.

Results: Men/Women

This Week in Geoduck Athletics

It’s a busy week for the Geoducks as the green and white look to put on a good show for an alumni on campus for Return to Evergreen!

The public will have their first chance to see the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball teams as they take to the hardwood against former players in the annual alumni games.  The women will tip at 3:30 p.m., followed by the men at 5:30 p.m.  Between games will be the official dedication of Costantino Recreation Center, named after recently retired Vice President of Student Affairs Art Costantino.

Cross Country
Evergreen fans in the Portland area can swing by McIver State Park in Estacada, Ore. on Saturday morning to watch the Geoducks race in the Lewis & Clark Invitational.  The meet is expected to begin at 11 a.m. and will feature a number of teams from around the Cascade Conference as well as other local schools.

Men’s Soccer
After playing to a scoreless draw with 25th-ranked Corban on Tuesday, the Geoducks will be down in Portland as well on Saturday, taking on Warner Pacific.  The match with the Knights is set to kick at 1 p.m. at David Douglas High School.

Women’s Soccer
After over a month of matches on the road, the Geoducks return to the friendly confines of Evergreen Pitch on Thursday when they play host to Eastern Oregon, beginning at 4 p.m.  Evergreen will then take on College of Idaho on Saturday at 1 p.m., also on Evergreen Pitch (Field #4).

And as a bonus, Haley Lightfoot, an Geoduck soccer alumnus and designer of Lightfoot Longboards has donated a one-of-a-kind custom longboard for a halftime raffle on Saturday.  You’re not going to want to miss this opportunity to support your school, your team and your former Geoducks in a radical weekend of Evergreen celebration.

The third team traveling to Portland this weekend is the volleyball squad as the Geoducks play at Warner Pacific on Friday night and at Concordia on Saturday night.  Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Geoduck Gallop
Runners looking for something to do on Feb. 1 can stop their search as the Geoducks are proud to announce the annual Geoduck Gallop 10k/Half-Marathon will take place beginning at 9 a.m.  For more information, including how to register, visit the Geoduck Gallop page here.

Follow the Geoducks this weekend and all season long on Twitter ( and Facebook ( or simply visit us on the web at

Evergreen Men Sixth at PLU Invite

PARKLAND, Wash. – Aaron Jones (San Bruno, Calif./Capuchino HS) took 18th to lead the Geoduck men and the Evergreen women saw their first action of the 2013 campaign on Saturday morning at the PLU Invitational in Parkland, Wash.

A error with the timing system prevented times from being recorded by Jones  was the 18th male across the line. Les Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS) took 33rd while twin brother Wes Jones (Tacoma, Wash./Mt. Tahoma HS), finished 44th overall.  As a team, the Geoducks took sixth with 184 points to finish sandwiched between fifth-place Trinity Lutheran and seventh-place Olympic College.

On the women’s side, Ashley DiCristina (Prescott, Ariz./Brandshaw Mountain HS) was the first Geoduck of the season across the finish line, taking 57th with a time of 29:16.48.  Courtney Conaway (Granite Falls, Wash./Granite Falls HS) was just one spot back, taking 58th with a time of 29:50.24.

The Geoducks close out the regular season next weekend at the Lewis & Clark Invitational in Estacada, Ore.