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NWAACC Basketball Championship Results and All-Star Honors
At the NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament held in the Tri-Cities Feb. 28-March 4, appearances by both of Bellevue Colleges basketball team were unprecedented as it was the first time one person served as head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams. Jeremy Eggers, in his 11th season as men’s coach and first year as women’s coach led his teams to North Region titles, and gave a good run through the Championship tourney as well.
Women: The BC women’s team went directly into
Men: The BC men’s team squeaked past Big Bend 70-69 in their first match-up on Saturday, then lost to Portland 76-77 on Sunday. This was the Portland men’s team’s first-ever appearance in the NWAACC Tournament, and they would go on to complete that Cinderella story with the 2014 Championship. In the meantime, the Bulldogs would play their final game on Monday, losing to Clark College, 70-80, to be eliminated from the tournament. It was a good season all the way around though and we are very proud of our teams and their entire coaching staffs!
Basketball All-Star Honors
Three BC sophomores and one freshman were named to the 2013-14 NWAACC Women’s Basketball All-Stars teams. Sophomores on the Northern Region First Team were Alexis Berrysmith and Airashay Rogers; Second Team Jori Hall, who was also selected Defensive Player of the Year; and freshman Hunter Hopkins was named to the All-Defensive Team. Rogers, Berrysmith, and Hall also were selected to the NWAACC All-Star Game on Sunday March 9 at Pierce College. Rogers led all scorers for the North with 13 points.
Sophomore Austin O’Keefe was selected for the NWAACC Men’s Basketball All-Stars Northern Region First Team. O'Keefe also started in the NWAACC All-Star Game on Sunday March 9 at Pierce College and scored 14 points.
Bulldogs Softball Team Goes 4-1 Over the Weekend
After losing their first game of the March 7-9 weekend in a close battle, the Bellevue College Bulldogs rebounded to win four straight games, going 4-1 at the RAC Inter-Region Tournament in Lacey. On Friday, the Bulldogs opened up with Chemeketa CC. After holding on to a 1-0 lead thru six, Chemeketa was able to muster two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 2-1. Despite the loss, BC’s Brielle Bray threw a strong seven innings.
After getting just one run in the first game of the weekend, the Bulldog bats caught fire as they scored 47 runs and pounded out nine home runs in the next four games, getting offensive production from the entire team. The Bulldogs beat Southwest Oregon CC 12-3 on Friday, Green
Hannah Sauget picked up two wins on the weekend, while Brooke Bonsen and Bray each collected a win from the circle. Offensively, Halee Ross was dominated with the short game, while Brianne Cossey, Bray, Alex Kubeska, Hannah Sauget, Katie Jackson (x2), Lauren Burchak and Erin Scott each collected home-runs on the weekend. In addition, Taylor Pottschmidt hit her first-ever out-of-the park home run, slapping a grand slam over the centerfield fence!
Overall, it was a great weekend for the Bulldog softball team. Up next, the Dawgs take on a four-year school, traveling to the University of Puget Sound for a doubleheader this Thursday, March 13 at 2 pm.
Baseball Wins Two of Three Against Pierce
Bellevue College Baseball lost a pitching duel on Saturday March 8 2-1 before getting rained out in game two then swept a pair on Sunday March 9 over the Raiders by scores of 6-2 and 2-0. The weekend was highlighted by excellent pitching as both the starters and bullpen staff were sharp in all three games.
On Sunday, Bellevue's offense benefitted from the control issues of Pierce's pitchers as they gave Bellevue three free runs with wild pitches and/or walks to give the Bulldogs the lead for good. Bellevue jumped out earlier in the second inning on an RBI single by Clayton Huber and a sacrifice fly from Jeff Wyner. Dylan Wright, who was summoned straight off the bench to replace starting pitcher Brandon Mahovlich who left the game abruptly in the second inning due to an arm injury, was stellar in long relief to earn the win. Wright went five innings and gave up only one run before giving way to Koleman Johns and Cody Culp who held Pierce in check for the remainder of the game. Brady Kerr went 3-for-4 to lead Bellevue's offense. In game two, Bellevue managed only three hits in the game but came up with the key one as John Bodenhamer lined a shot to second base to score Nate Anderson and Joakim Soderqvist for the only runs of the game. Alex Hatch went five innings and struck out seven while walking only one to earn the win. Hatch lowered his ERA to 1.00 with the win and is off to a hot start for Bellevue.
The Bulldogs, who have a winning record for the first time this season at 4-3, enter a rugged week with six games in three days in Arizona. The week features games against professional clubs from the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers.
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