MCC lineup looks the same for 2014-15

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 6, 2014 

Unless things drastically change, like last-minute opt-ups, the Mid-Columbia Conference makeup for next fall pretty much looks the same.

Remember, please hold all parimutual tickets until everything is declared official.

The latest numbers from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association came out Monday, and they still have Chiawana, Pasco, Richland and Walla Walla as Class 4A schools.

Hanford, Kamiakin, Kennewick and Southridge are solidly entrenched in Class 3A — although Kamiakin is just six students away from being 4A.

A few smaller changes: Sunnyside looks like it’ll move from 3A to 4A in the Columbia Basin Big Nine; but West Valley of Yakima, which has been a 2A CWAC school the last few years, has climbed back up into 3A.

The normally 10-school CWAC might still get that 10th school, as Quincy moves back up from 1A to 2A.

As far as 1A is concerned, Mabton and Warden look to be moving back down to 2B.

The next WIAA Executive Board meeting, when things should be finalized, is set for Jan. 26-27.

A quick college update

Playing catchup after a busy holiday season, here’s a look at what some of our athletes have been up to the last few months.

Women’s soccer

Freshman Emma Sanders (Southridge) was an honorable mention selection to the All-Northwest Conference women’s soccer team. Sanders, a midfielder playing for Willamette University, started the final 15 contests for the Bearcats. She scored one goal this season. Teammate and defender Jaclyn Parnell (Richland) started eight matches this season as a true freshman.

w Senior defender Missy Everson (Pasco/CBC) started 18 of 19 matches for Nebraska-Kearney (8-8-3) this season, scoring a goal and an assists and taking 10 shots on goal. She was an honorable mention selection in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association team.

At the team awards dinner, Everson earned a coaches award and a senior award. Everson also was named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, carrying a 3.25 GPA while majoring in Spanish.

Cross country

Eastern Oregon’s Cristal Delgado (Herrmiston) finished her college career by placing 29th at the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships in November, running the course in 20:23.

w Northwest Christian’s Michelle Fletcher (Kamiakin) placed 283rd overall at the NAIA National Championships in Eugene on Nov. 23. Fletcher covered the 5K course in 21:24. Northwest Christian finished ninth as a team.

w WSU’s Andrew Gonzales (Southridge) led WSU’s men’s team this season and was the top Cougar finisher in five of the six races he competed in. Gonzales finished eighth at both the Clash of the Inland Northwest and Sundodger Invitational, 39th at the Notre Dame Invitational, fourth at the Inland Empire Classic, 15th at the Pac-12 Championships, and 21st at the NCAA West Regional.

w Marissa Howard (Pasco) placed third overall in the Mountain West Conference Championships on Nov. 1 for Boise State. Howard ran the 6K course in 21 minutes, 18.58 seconds.

Men’s soccer

Perry McNamar (Richland/Walla Walla CC) played in 10 matches for 5-11-2 St. Martin’s, earning three starts and recording seven shots. Derrick Gonzales (Moses Lake) appeared in all 18 matches, starting in three and getting an assist in one game.

w Junior midfielder Jose Beleche (Walla Walla) scored a goal and an assist in 15 matches for the 9-9-2 Whitman College mens soccer team. Sophomore defender Isaac Sappington (Pasco) played in 12 matches and had an assist, while junior midfielder Marcos Medina (Walla Walla) played in 17 matches for the Missionaries.

w Evgeny Potanin (Walla Walla CC) started 10 matches for the 4-12-0 Warner Pacific men’s soccer team this fall. He had one assist.


Junior outside hitter Chelsey Bettinson (Richland), playing for WSU, was named honorable mention to the Pac-12 All-Academic Women’s Volleyball Team this fall. Bettinson cvarries a 3.29 GPA majoring in movement studies.


Freshman linebacker Miquiyah Zamora (Chiawana) finished seventh on the Eastern Washington football team in tackles with 54.

Zamora had one quarterback sack, a forced fumble, and an interception for the Eagles in his redshirt freshman season.

Teammate Aaron Neary (Hanford) saw playing time on the offensive line. The Eagles finished the season with a 12-3 record and made it to the FCS semifinals.

w Quarterback Zach Bartlow (Waitsburg-Prescott) played in six games for Eastern Oregon this fall, going 47 for 84 for 444 yards, three TD passes and three interceptions. Wide receiver Luis Ortiz (Hermiston) caught 15 passes for 142 yards and one TD.

w Othello grad Devon Lind was named honorable mention All-Northwest Conference at wide receiver for Whitworth’s football team. In 10 games, Lind had 36 catches for 488 yards and five touchdowns.

w Freshman linebacker Jalen DeVine (Hanford) played in two games this season for 7-3 Redlands College, getting one tackle as the team made it to the NCAA Division 2 playoffs.

w Sophomore defensive back Jordan Upton (Southridge) had 29 tackles and one interception this season for 8-4 Rocky Mountain College.

w True freshman defensive back Jake Oram (Hanford) played in three games for Simon Fraser University this season, getting three tackles, including half of a sack.

w In six games this season, true freshman running back Jonah Hoe (Walla Walla) rushed 19 times for 33 yards for the 6-5 University of Mary. Hoe also caught six passes for 41 yards.

w James Swinyard (Kamiakin) was PLU’s punter this fall, averaging 33.8 yards a kick over 31 attempts. His longest was a 60-yarder. Swinyard also has 14 tackles for the 8-2 Lutes. Linebacker Drew Oord (Kamiakin) played in six games, getting four tackles.

Men’s basketball

w Bryce Leavitt (Kennewick) scored 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished off three assists to lead North Idaho JC over Blue Mountain 89-70 on Dec. 1.

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