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Friday Scoreboard: Ruiz Leads Climbers to Win, Blazers Top Tornadoes; Spurr Scores Golden Goal

High School Football
Shelton 26, Foss 6

Willy Ruiz rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Shelton Highclimbers to 26 first half points in a 26-6 win over Foss to open 3A Narrows League play.

The Highclimbers and Ruiz capitalized on two Foss turnovers to open the game. After a 23 yard run by Sidaris Fletcher on fourth down, Skylar Ross picked off an Orlando Stumvoll pass on the next play. Shelton then put together a 12 play drive that ended with a four yard dive by Ruiz to give them a 6-0 lead.

On the next drive, Fletcher again converted a fourth down with a 12 yard run, but the Climbers recovered a fumble by Stumvoll on the next play. Ruiz broke a 23 yard run on first down and punched it in from 13 yards out one play later to give Shelton a quick 12-0 lead.

Junior quarterback Tyler Giraldes gave the Climbers a 19-0 lead with a three yard keeper capping off a 13 play drive that saw Ruiz rush for 65 yards. Foss tried to answer back right away but Gabe Reyna put himself in perfect position to pick off a Stumvoll long bomb. Shelton did the Falcons one better and Giraldes aired it out to Kyle Kimball for a 60 yard touchdown on the next play that put the Climbers up 26-0.

Foss finally got on the board in the third quarter – their first points in any quarter other than the fourth this season – when Stumvoll hit AJ McGee for a 35 yard touchdown. But Shelton picked off two more passes in the fourth quarter to cement the victory.

Giraldes went 6-for-12 with 120 yards passing while Colton Paller provided a nice counter to Ruiz and racked up 92 yards on the ground. Sidaris Fletcher ran for 118 yards and Stumvoll completed seven passes for 140 yards for Foss.

In other action…
Black Hills 21, North Kitsap 6
North Thurston 14, Wilson 13
Olympia 48, South Kitsap 7
River Ridge 26, Franklin Pierce 19
Timberline 35, Yelm 21
Tumwater 49, La Center 6
Lincoln 71, Capital 46
Raymond 27, Rainier 13
Elma 26, Rochester 14
Hoquiam 20, Tenino 13

Men’s Soccer

Evergreen 1, Eastern Oregon 0 – Box Score

Willie Spurr scored the golden goal six minutes into the overtime period to give Evergreen a 1-0 win in their Cascade Conference opener at Eastern Oregon. Angel Guerra made five saves in net and the Geoducks moved to 4-0 this season. They will face Warner Pacific at 10:00 in Portland on Saturday night.

Women’s Soccer

Eastern Oregon 5, Evergreen 0 – Box Score

College Volleyball

College of Idaho 3, Evergreen 0 (25-17, 25-20, 26-24) – Box Score

Friday Scores: Spartans Overwhelm Highclimbers Late

High School Football
Sumner 34, Shelton 3

Shelton hung with Sumner for the first 35 minutes and found themselves down by just 11 points at the half and well into the third quarter. But Connor Wedington and Josh Riley proved to be too much for the Highclimbers and the Spartans pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 34-3 win at Highclimbers Stadium.

Wedington tallied 157 yards on the ground including rushing touchdowns of nine, 61 and eight yards and added an interception of Shelton quarterback Tyler Giraldes. Josh Riley broke the game open at the end of the third quarter with a 50 yard touchdown run that put the Spartans up 21-3. Kolby Nikolaisen finished off the game by ripping the ball out of the hands of a Highclimbers running back and waltzing into the end zone to put Sumner up 34-3.

Both Wedington and Nikolaisen had long touchdowns called back on penalties. Wedington went for a 53 yard scamper that didn’t count and Nikolaisen intercepted a pass and took it to the house minutes before getting the fumble recovery that did make it into the score book.

Willy Ruiz rushed for 141 yards for the Highclimbers while Tyler Giraldes threw for 82 yards. Cody Bragg’s 25 yard field goal in the first quarter were the only points that Shelton could muster. Kyle Kimball intercepted a pass from Sumner QB Luke Ross and Giraldes hit Skylar Ross for 30 yards on the next play. But penalties derailed the drive near the goal line before Bragg’s field goal cut the Sumner lead to four points at 7-3.

Shelton fell to 1-1 in their two non-conference games and will open 3A Narrows League play against Foss at Mount Tahoma Stadium next week. Sumner moved to 2-0 and will face Enumclaw at home on Friday night.

In other action:
Black Hills 42, Rochester 7
Olympia 41, Capital 7
River Ridge 19, North Thurston 13
Tumwater 48, Timberline 10
Yelm 41, Foss 8
Rainier 34, Kittitas 6
Tenino 39, Castle Rock 20

Women’s Soccer

Stanislaus 4, Saint Martin’s 3 (OT) – Box Score

After falling behind 3-0 in the 51st minute, Abby McFaul scored in the 68th minute and again in the 73rd minute before Saint Martin’s completed the comeback with a 79th minute equalizer by Hannah Frakes. But Jade Poon scored the overtime game winning golden goal in the 96th minute for Cal State-Stanislaus.

College Volleyball

#9 Southern Oregon 3, Evergreen 0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-19) – Box Score

SPSCC Swaps Softball for New Volleyball Program

clippers logoSouth Puget Sound Community College announced today that they have dropped softball from their roster of sports offered and will be adding a volleyball program beginning in the fall of 2016.

The announcement ends a tumultuous period in SPSCC softball history. Success came for the program in the 90’s and they were the runners-up for the NWAACC championship in 1992.

But more recently, the team practiced on a neglected campus field that was more often than not a mess due to the weather and they played most of their games across town at The RAC. The 2012 season was cancelled due to a lack of players and since returning in 2013, the Clippers posted a 3-56 record and were outscored 740 to 217. This season came to an abrupt end after an 0-10 start.

While I hate to see a program get the axe, this move makes sense. With the cancellation of the 2015 season, the softball team was left with no coach, no players and no facility. The team was only a team in theory making it very easy to drop. SPSCC will save money on field rental and equipment with the volleyball team and they can likely charge admission to games.

My only reservation comes from the fact that the two established college volleyball teams in town have found very little success historically and if the Saint Martin’s and Evergreen teams have not been able to recruit from a traditionally strong group of local high school players, what makes anybody think that SPSCC can?

Here is the full press release from South Puget Sound:


SPSCC Athletics to Launch Volleyball Program

For the first time in 23 years, South Puget Sound Community College Athletics is adding a new intercollegiate sport: volleyball. SPSCC Clipper Volleyball will take to the court for the first time during the fall 2016 season.

“When I was hired, I was given the task of helping to lead a rejuvenation of the department; to not just field teams but to field quality teams in both character and in talent,” SPSCC Director of Athletics Nick Schmidt said. “No one can dispute the quality of talent in Thurston County. With that success came numerous players moving on to college outside of our local area; now we will be able to provide an avenue for those players to stay home.”

Last year, five Thurston County high schools made their respective state volleyball tournaments, with Tumwater winning the 2A state championship and Capital finishing as the 3A runner-up.

Clipper Volleyball will be the eighth team competing in the Northwest Athletic Conference West Region, replacing Clark College, which moves to the South Region at the beginning of this competition year. Schmidt said a coaching search will begin soon, with the ultimate goal of hiring a coach in late fall 2015. That will allow the new coach time to start recruiting in January and play a direct role in all elements associated with starting a program.

“Wanting to make the ‘right hire’, I’ll be consulting with people in the local volleyball community, NWAC and NCAA as we begin the search process,” Schmidt said. “I want to make sure we bring on someone who will not only be a great leader and role model to our players, but someone who can also lay the foundation for a successful program.”

This move follows the decision of SPSCC Athletics to discontinue its intercollegiate softball program, effective immediately. Schmidt served notice to the NWAC Executive Board of the decision on Aug. 5.

“While the overall history of our softball program should never be forgotten, recent history unfortunately left it in an extremely unstable situation,” Schmidt said. “This move will reenergize Clipper Athletics as well as bring more athletic events to campus, allowing us to better engage the students and supporters of SPSCC. I won’t rule out eventually bringing the program back, but it was time that we moved in a new direction.”

For more information about SPSCC Clipper Athletics, visit Follow Clipper Athletics on Facebook by clicking here or on twitter at @spscc_athletics.

VIDEO: Stabler Forces OT, Saints Take 69-67 Win

Krista Stabler’s last second bank shot three pointer tied the game at 58 and Saint Martin’s went on to take a huge 69-67 overtime win over Northwest Nazarene on Thursday night at Marcus Pavilion.

The win moved the Saints to 7-10 in GNAC play and kept them tied for fifth place with Central Washington with the Wildcats coming to town on Saturday night. The top six teams make the GNAC playoffs in Billings. Alaska and Montana State-Billings sit one game behind Central and Saints with just one game left to play.

Megan Wiedeman scored 13 points, pulled down 19 rebounds and set the single season record for blocks with six tonight, giving her 48 this season. She passes Juanita Mebane, who set the record during the 1997-1998 season.

Elin Johansson and Brooke Paulson each scored 15 points and it was Johansson’s layup with one minute left in overtime that proved to be the game winner. Liz Mills recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss eliminated the Crusaders from playoff contention.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shorthanded Geoducks Run Out of Sand

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In the first home playoff game in program history, the shorthanded Evergreen Geoducks put up a fierce fight building an eight point lead with 6:33 left to play. But when LaNiecia Weatherspoon picked up her fifth foul with 6:02 left, the Geoducks had to play without a sub the rest of the way and Oregon Tech gradually took advantage.

Karly LeVeque’s three at the 3:03 mark gave the Owls a 59-57 lead. Randi Boseman’s jumper with 2:41 left tied the game at 59 but Megan Whetstone put the Owls ahead for good after a questionable offensive foul was called on Evergreen’s Karina Gee with just over two minutes left to play. OIT finished off the Geoducks down the stretch to take a 69-62 first round win and end Evergreen’s season.

Natasha Trinidad was fantastic in her last game as a Geoduck scoring 19 points with six rebounds while another senior, Sadee Jones, scored 13 points with nine boards. Randi Boseman also saw her Evergreen career come to an end on a seven point, five assist effort.

The Geoducks finished their record setting and roller coaster season at 16-10 overall.

Saints Host Televised Hoops Doubleheader

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Women’s Basketball | LIVE ON ROOT SPORTS
Saint Martin’s vs. Western Washington – Marcus Pavilion – 6:00 PM

Men’s Basketball | LIVE ON ROOT SPORTS
Saint Martin’s vs. Western Oregon – Marcus Pavilion – 8:00 PM

Thursday Scores: Saints Get Close, Can’t Finish

Women’s Basketball

Alaska 85, Saint Martin’s 77 (OT) – Box Score
Marcus Pavilion 1st 2nd 2nd Final
Nanooks (3-2 GNAC, 11-4 overall) 41 29 15 85
Saints (1-3 GNAC, 4-8 overall) 36 34 7 77

Jordyn Richardson’s three pointer at the buzzer sent Saint Martin’s and Alaska to overtime but the Saints ran out of gas and dropped an 85-77 decision to the Nanooks at Marcus Pavilion on Thursday night.

Alaska led by as many as 11 points in the second half and built a five point lead with just 41 seconds left to play and had the opportunity to salt the game away with 14 seconds left. But Jordan Wilson, who led all scorers with 24 points, missed the front end of a one-and-one allowing Angela Gelhar to cut the lead to three with seven seconds left. The Saints immediately fouled and the Nanooks again missed the front end free throw.

The Saints were granted a timeout with 2.6 seconds left and drew up a perfect play. Krista Stabler came around the corner and took the in-bounds and found Jordyn Richardson in the near corner. Richardson spotted up and buried the three to send the game to overtime.

But Alaska scored the first six points of the overtime session and never looked back and dropped the Saints to just 1-3 in the GNAC. Krista Stabler led the Saints with 16 points while Brooke Paulson and Liz Mills added 15 and 14 points respectively.

Men’s Basketball

Central Washington 80, Saint Martin’s 78 – Box Score
Marcus Pavilion 1st 2nd Final
Wildcats (3-1 GNAC, 8-3 overall) 30 40 70
Saints (2-3 GNAC, 5-10 overall) 34 34 68

Saint Martin’s built a 43-33 lead in the second half before Central Washington used an 18-1 run to retake the lead and knock off the Saints 70-68. Riley Carel had a good look at a three pointer in the final seconds but couldn’t connect to win the game. Carel scored 22 points and Trey Ingram added 20 in the loss.

Today (1/8): Saints Host GNAC Hoops Doubleheader

Wednesday College Scores: Skaar Leads Clips to Win in Auburn

Women’s Basketball

SPSCC 61, Green River 55 – Box Score
Auburn, WA 1st 2nd Final
Clippers (1-1 NWAC West, 3-6 overall) 33 28 61
Gators (0-2 NWAC West, 5-9 overall) 30 25 55

Dramikha Skaar scored 18 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and had four steals in South Puget Sound’s 61-55 win over Green River on Wednesday night in Auburn. Laura James and Krista Johnson also each scored in double digits for the Clippers with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Men’s Basketball

Green River 78, SPSCC 61 – Box Score
Auburn, WA 1st 2nd Final
Clippers (0-2 NWAC West, 5-8 overall) 35 26 61
Gators (1-1 NWAC West, 10-5 overall) 38 41 78
 SPSCC: De’Ron Kyle – 14 points


Saturday Scores: Artesians Fall to Bellingham; Saints, Geoducks Women Win

Above: Willie Spurr | Photo by Charis Wilson

Above: Willie Spurr | Photo by Charis Wilson

Bellingham United 9, Oly Town Artesians 8
Olympia Indoor Soccer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Hammers (3-1-1 WISL) 3 2 1 3 9
Artesians (2-3-0 WISL) 4 1 1 2 8
 Recap | Photos

TUMWATER, Wash. – For the second game in a row, the Oly Town Artesians and Bellingham United went to the fourth quarter tied. And for the second game in a row, Bellingham came out on top, this time thanks to two Nick Cashmere goals in the final four minutes to lead the Hammers to a 9-8 win in front of a boisterous crowd at Olympia Indoor Soccer on Saturday night.

Cashmere’s two fourth quarter goals gave him a hat trick, one of four hat tricks on the night. Justin La Torre and Willie Spurr each scored three times for the Artesians while Capital High School grad Gabriele Zaccagnini collected his three goals in the first half against his hometown team.

Women’s Basketball

Saint Martin’s 69, Western Oregon 58 – Box Score
Monmouth, OR 1st 2nd Final
Saints (1-2 GNAC, 4-7 overall) 33 36 69
Wolves (1-2 GNAC, 4-7 overall) 34 24 58
 SMU: Krista Stabler – 18 points


Evergreen 72, Northwest 63 – Box Score
CRC Gymansium 1st 2nd Final
Eagles (2-3 CCC, 9-6 overall) 23 40 63
Geoducks (2-3 GNAC, 8-4 overall) 31 41 72
 TESC: Brittany Gray, Sadee Jones – 18 points


Lower Columbia 55, SPSCC 44 – Box Score
SPSCC Gym 1st 2nd Final
Red Devils (1-0 NWAC West, 8-7 overall) 31 24 55
Clippers (0-1 NWAC West, 2-6 overall) 25 19 44
 SPSCC: Krista Johnson – 18 points

Men’s Basketball

Seattle Pacific 87, Saint Martin’s 52 – Box Score
Seattle, WA 1st 2nd Final
Saints (2-2 GNAC, 5-9 overall) 26 26 52
Falcons (3-1 GNAC, 11-3 overall) 47 40 87
 SMU: Tyler Idowu – 18 points


Northwest 102, Evergreen 94 – Box Score
CRC Gymnasium 1st 2nd Final
Eagles (2-3 CCC, 12-5 overall) 44 58 102
Geoducks (0-5 CCC, 3-9 overall) 46 48 94
TESC: Frankie Johnson – 31 points


Lower Columbia 78, SPSCC 75 – Box Score
SPSCC Gym 1st 2nd Final
Red Devils (1-0 NWAC West, 9-5 overall) 35 43 78
Clippers (0-1 NWAC West, 5-9 overall) 29 46 75
SPSCC: Elijah Sanders – 22 points | De’Ron Kyle – 20 points


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