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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.”

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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


Sunday Scores: Clippers Take Tourney Title; Saints Top Cavs

Above: SPSCC wins Dale Bates Tourney (photo from Aaron Landon)

Above: SPSCC wins Dale Bates Tourney (photo from Aaron Landon)

Men’s Basketball

SPSCC 80, Spokane CC 76 – Box Score
Lane CC 1st 2nd Final
Clippers (4-5 overall) 34 46 80
Bigfoot (8-3 overall) 37 39 76

Elijah Sanders went for 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the South Puget Sound men’s basketball team to an 80-76 win over Spokane CC in the championship game of the Dale Bates Tournament at Lane Community College. De’Ron Kyle added 17 points and seven boards and Nick Springer chipped in 11 points for the Clippers. SPSCC won three straight games in the tournament knocking off Umpqua and New Hope Christian on Friday and Saturday en route to the title.

Women’s Basketball

Saint Martin’s 52, Concordia 42 – Box Score
Marcus Pavilion 1st 2nd Final
Cavaliers (7-3 overall) 15 27 42
Saints (3-6 overall) 20 32 52

Saint Martin’s held Concordia’s top two scorers to just eight frustrating points and pulled away in the second half to secure a 52-42 win over future GNAC member Concordia on Sunday afternoon. The Saints were led by 10 points from Liz Mills. Megan Wiedeman pulled down 14 rebounds in the win. Neither team shot well from the floor at all with the Saints posting a 37% mark and Concordia hitting at just 31.4%.

Friday College Scores: Geoducks Women, Clippers Men Pick Up Wins

Women’s Basketball

Evergreen 75, Pacific 58 – Box Score
CRC Gymnasium 1st 2nd Final
Boxers (3-3 overall) 27 31 58
Geoducks (5-3 overall) 44 31 75

Brittany Gray recorded another double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Evergreen’s 75-58 non-conference with over Pacific on Friday night. LaNiecia Weatherspoon added 15 points and Sadee Jones hit double digits with 10 points in the win.

Eastern Washington 69, Saint Martin’s 39 – Box Score
Cheney, WA 1st 2nd Final
Saints (2-7 overall) 17 22 39
Eagles (4-3 overall) 32 37 69
 SMU: Megan Wiedeman – 12 points | Saints shot 22% from field

Men’s Basketball

SPSCC 79, Umpqua 76 – Box Score
Lane CC 1st 2nd Final
Clippers 26 53 79
Riverhawks 36 40 76

Five Clippers scored in double digits as South Puget Sound came roaring back from a 10 point halftime deficit to score 53 points in the second half and take a 79-76 win over Umpqua at the Dale Bates Tournament at Lane Community College. Elijah Sanders and Mikey Fey led the Clips with 13 points while De’Ron Kyle added 11.

Pacific 81, Evergreen 71 – Box Score
CRC Gymnasium 1st 2nd Final
Boxers (3-3 overall) 41 40 81
Geoducks (3-6 overall) 31 40 71
 TESC: Alix Hernandez – 21 points, Jordan Dam – 15

Today (12/12): Hoops!

Schedule for Friday, December 12th

Men’s Basketball
SPSCC vs. Umpqua – SPSCC Gym – 4:00 PM
Evergreen vs. Pacific – CRC Gymnasium – 8:00 PM

Women’s Basketball
Evergreen vs. Pacific – CRC Gymansium – 6:00 PM

Girls Basketball
River Ridge vs. Franklin Pierce – River Ridge HS – 5:15 PM
Capital vs. Shelton – Capital HS – 7:00 PM
Olympia vs. Yelm – Olympia HS – 7:00 PM
Timberline vs. Gig Harbor – Timberline HS – 7:00 PM

Boys Basketball
River Ridge vs. Franklin Pierce – River Ridge HS – 7:00 PM
North Thurston vs. Lincoln – North Thurston HS – 7:00 PM

Thursday Scores: Saints Go Cold In OT

Men’s Basketball

Alaska Anchorage 75, Saint Martin’s 68 (OT) – Box Score
Marcus Pavilion 1st 2nd OT Final
Seawolves (1-0 GNAC, 3-4 overall) 28 36 11 75
Saints (o-1 GNAC, 2-6 overall) 25 39 4 68

Freshman Trey Ingram scored a career high 21 points to help Saint Martin’s take Alaska Anchorage to overtime but the Saints went cold in the extra period and fell in the GNAC opener to the Seawolves 75-68.

Alaska Anchorage extended a three point lead at the half into a seven point lead on a Kalidou Diouf bucket with 15:49 left but an 11-3 run over the next three minutes gave the Saints the 42-41 lead at the 12:21 mark. The game would go back for the rest of regulation with no team taking more than a four point lead until Brent Counts hit a pair of free throws with 26 seconds left to tie the game at 64. After Seawolves guard Brian McGill missed a layup with three seconds left and the Saints Riley Carel barely missed a half court shot at the buzzer, the game went to an extra five minutes.

McGill opened up the overtime period with a layup off a steal and and a three pointer and went 4-of-4 from the free throw line to seal the deal for the Seawolves. McGill finished with 22 points, 17 in the second half and overtime. The Saints hit just one field goal over the last five minutes and fell to 0-1 in conference play.

Wenatchee Valley 88, SPSCC 61 – Box Score
SPSCC Gym 1st 2nd Final
Knights (4-1 overall) 47 41 88
Clippers (1-3 overall) 26 35 61
 SPSCC: Mikey Fey and Jordan Higgins – 11 points

Women’s Basketball

Central Washington 62, Saint Martin’s 47 – Box Score
Ellensburg, WA 1st 2nd Final
Saints (0-1 GNAC, 2-5 overall) 27 20 47
Wildcats (1-0 GNAC, 4-2 overall) 25 37 62
SMU: Liz Mills – 14 points

Girls Basketball

Northwest Christian 45, The Northwest School 41
NWC: 1-0 overall | NWS: 0-1 overall


Montesano 62, North Thurston 28
MONT: 1-0 overall | NT: 0-2 overall

Today (12/4): Saints Open Conference Play; Clippers Host Wenatchee Valley


Men’s Basketball
Saint Martin’s vs. Alaska-Anchorage – Marcus Pavilion – 7:00 PM
SPSCC vs. Wenatchee Valley – SPSCC Gym – 7:00 PM

The Saint Martin’s men open up conference play on Thursday night when they host Alaska-Anchorage. The Saints started out 0-5 and it looked like it could be a very rough season. But suddenly they have put things together, knocked off George Fox handily and then avenged an earlier big loss (in which they played the worst half of basketball I had seen in the three years of calling their games) by handing a good Concordia team their first loss of the season down in Portland, 73-72.

Meanwhile, Alaska-Anchorage comes into the game at just 2-4 this season with their only two wins over a vastly under manned Northwest Indian College. They also went 1-2 against Division I schools over the Thanksgiving break at their own tournament but those three games counted as exhibition contests. The Seawolves feature the preseason GNAC Player of the Year in Travis Thompson and returning guard Brian McGill.

Tuesday Scores: Sanders Perfect in Clippers Win

Men’s Basketball

SPSCC 104, Concordia JV 83 – Box Score
SPSCC Gym 1st 2nd Final
Cavaliers 32 51 83
Clippers (1-2 overall) 56 48 104

Timberline alum Elijah Sanders had a perfect night going 9-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free throw line to lead South Puget Sound with 20 points in a 104-83 win over Concordia University’s JV basketball team.  Sanders also pulled down five rebounds and collected four blocks.

Nick Springer almost matched Sanders perfection going 5-of-6 from the floor including a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the the three point line and a pair of free throws for 15 points. The Clippers shot 59% from the field on the night. D’Ron Kyle (12 points) and Jonathan Roberts (11) also scored in double digits in the win.

Girls Basketball

Black Hills 59, North Thurston 44
BH: 1-0 overall | NT: 0-1 overall


Timberline 60, Emerald Ridge 50
TIM: 1-0 overall | ER: 0-1 overall


WF West 53, River Ridge 29
WFW: 1-0 overall | RR: 0-1 overall

Boys Basketball

North Thurston 64, WF West 54
NT: 1-0 overall | WFW: 0-1 overall


Black Hills 70, Bremerton 45
BH: 1-0 overall | BREM: 0-1 overall


Kentridge 54, Olympia 39
KENT: 1-0 overall | OLY: 0-1 overall

Monday Score; Tuesday Schedule

Score from Monday, December 1st

Boys Basketball

River Ridge 84, Graham Kapowsin 52
RR: 1-0 overall | GK: 0-1 overall

Schedule for Tuesday, December 2nd

Men’s Basketball
SPSCC vs. Concordia JV – SPSCC Gymnasium – 7:00 PM

Girls Basketball
Black Hills vs. North Thurston – Black Hills HS – 6:00 PM
River Ridge vs. WF West – River Ridge HS – 7:00 PM

Boys Basketball
North Thurston vs. WF West – North Thurston HS – 7:00 PM
Black Hills vs. Bremerton – Black Hills HS – 7:30 PM

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