Evergreen Recreation and Athletics Celebrates 2010-11

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Under sunny skies, the Evergreen Geoducks broke out the barbeques on Friday afternoon and celebrated all that was achieved in 2010-11. A number of awards were recognized and given out, including the inaugural Geoduck Achievement and Most Outstanding Athlete awards, as student-athletes and staff from around the college recognized the year that was for the green and white.

The celebration began with men’s basketball assistant and college academic specialist Corey Lenecker saying a few words in recognition of our graduating seniors.  Assistant Director for Operations Andrew Beattie handed out awards to the student and event employees who help make the CRC run as effectively as possible.

Head women’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director Monica Heuer handed out gifts to the members of SAAC who were in attendance before sports information director Chris Thompson helped recognize all the student-athletes who earned Cascade Conference or NAIA honors over the course of the season.

The Geoducks also announced the winners of the 2010-11 Most Outstanding Athlete awards as men’s basketball senior Josh Troyer (Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen HS/Lower Columbia College) and women’s cross country and track and field junior Karissa Carlson (Pateros, Wash./Pateros HS) earned the first ever awards.

Troyer was named Most Outstanding Male Athlete after ranking third in the Cascade Conference in rebounding with 7.2 per game, including a conference-best 6.08 defensive rebounds per game.  He also led the conference in minutes played at 33.14 per contest.

Carlson was named Most Outstanding Female Athlete after earning two trips to the national championships.  Carlson took 11th in the 800m run at the 2011 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships and most recently placed 10th in the 800m run at the 2011 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Five student-athletes were also honored for lettering all four years for the Geoducks.  Men’s cross country and track runners Tyler Luce (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) and Chris Johnson (Bonney Lake, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) were recognized, as were women’s soccer players Sonya Daisely-Harrison (Tahoma, Wash./Tahoma HS) and Nina Hinton (Mt. Vernon, Wash./La Conner HS) and men’s soccer player Caleb Maltsberger (Tukwila, Wash./Foster HS).

The program concluded with interim director of athletics and recreation Wendy Endress taking a few minutes to acknowledge the students and staff who have served on the many hiring committees this year.  Endress also handed out gifts to a pair of staff members who are leaving the department:  Women’s volleyball coach and director of recreation Mike Bryant and cross country and track and field coach Jason McConnell.

Geoduck Summer Camps Filling Up!

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Summer vacation is right around the corner and the Evergreen Department of Recreation and Athletics is preparing for five different summer camps, focusing on maximum participation, practice and fun!

The first two camps will take place during the final week of June as Evergreen coaches and student-athletes will conduct four-day youth soccer and youth basketball camps, beginning on June 30.  With a camper to staff ratio of 10:1, campers will have lots of opportunities to learn skills and fundamentals, practice teamwork and use their new and improved skills in game situations.

The second basketball camp will take place on July 11-15 as the instruction expands to five days, providing campers with an even better opportunity to improve their hoop skills, while learning about good sportsmanship and social skills.

On July 18, the popular Geoduck Recreation Camp will begin as campers will explore the many adventures that Evergreen has to offer.  This one-of-a-kind camp offers a variety of recreation and enrichment opportunities for campers to choose from, including on-campus field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports, group games, yoga and outdoor activities.  No matter what they choose, campers will have a safe and memorable camp.

The final camp takes place on August 1-5 as the Geoducks will wrap up the summer camp season by turning their attention back to the pitch for a week long soccer camp.  With the Pacific Northwest’s reputation as a soccer hotbed, this camp is sure to fill up quickly!

The Geoducks are members of the NAIA and the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The Evergreen State College campus includes a forest with multiple hiking trails, and features a beach on Eld Inlet. Facilities include a gymnasium with three full–sized basketball courts and three full–size volleyball courts, machine and free–weight rooms, an 11–lane Olympic swimming pool with separate diving well, saunas, four indoor racquetball courts, an indoor rock climbing wall, as well as 13 acres of playing fields including a covered pavilion and tennis courts.

For more information, including camp costs and registration information, visit our dedicated website at http://www.evergreen.edu/athletics/youthsportscamps/home.htm.

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.