Saints Teams Record Victorious Weekend
Posted: May 17, 2011
Cheers of “We are the champions! We are the champions!” can be heard all over Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) after a particularly victorious weekend in softball, baseball and men’s and women’s track and field.
Photo by Paul Kester
“Saturday was a great day to be a Saint,” enthused Kim Hyatt, MHCC athletic director, referring to the College’s mascot.
The Saints softball team, coached by Meadow McWhorter, swept the visiting Penguins from Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., to secure the NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) Southern Region championship.
Going into the weekend, the MHCC softball team was tied for first place with Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). Then, in the first game, Chelsea Schriber “had one of her best games of the year,” Hyatt said, “striking out eight batters to lead the Saints to a 1-0 win.” Mai Galusha, first baseman, led the Saints with two singles and a homerun. Jessica Guy, left fielder, hit two singles.
In the second game, Galusha hit her second homerun of the day, but it wasn’t enough, as the SWOCC Lakers exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach for the Saints, with a final score of 2-9.
The next day, the Saints beat SWOCC twice, to gain the sole lead of the Southern Region Conference. The Saints will face either Spokane or Columbia basin on Friday, May 20, in the NWAACC softball championship at Delta Park in Portland. The Saints – the two-time defending champs – will begin play at 11:30 a.m. on field 2.
The Saints baseball team, coached by Bryan Donohue, kept their hold on first place with a sweep of SWOCC. In the first game, John Yearout struck out five batters to pick up the 7-3 win and Eric Kittleson picked up the save. Alex Foulon, short stop, hit for two singles and a double and Jeremy Burright, first baseman, hit a homerun to lead the Saints at the plate.
In the second game, Burright picked up the 3-1 win and Christian Bannister extended his school record for the number of saves to 14. Foulon and Trevor Cass, second baseman, led the Saints offensively with two singles each.
The Saints baseball team will travel to Clackamas Community College on Tuesday, May 17, before preparing for the NWAACC tournament May 26 at Lower Columbia Community College in Longview, Wash.
The Saints track and field teams, coached by Matt Hart, competed at the Southern Region Championships in Eugene, with the men placing second and the women third. Track highlights include:
- The Lady Saints dominated the sprints -- Erica Drake (100 meter dash), Mariah Crumpler (200 meter dash) and Laura Knudson (400 meter dash).
- Crumpler also finished in second in the 400 meters while Knudson and Drake finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 meters.
- The men’s and women’s teams each won the 4 X 100 meter relay.
- Wes Hughes and Sky Lofgran placed first and second, respectively, in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Donnie Clauson placed fourth.
- Brian Howelton placed second in the 110 meter hurdles and fourth in the 400 meter hurdles.
- Zach Young placed second in the 400 meter hurdles.
- Terra Zodrow placed second in the 400 meter hurdles and third in the 100 meter hurdles.
The MHCC Saints were also victorious in field events:
- Zach Stephens picked up two championships in the hammer and discus.
- Tyler Callahan won the javelin.
- In the shot put, Alan Iberra placed second, Stephens third and Chris Benson fourth.
- Benson also placed third in the hammer and discus.
The NWAACC track and field championships will be held May 23 – 24 in Spokane.