MHCC Students and Employees Celebrate Victories in Athletics, Speech and Journalism

Posted: May 31, 2012

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) students and employees are celebrating outstanding victories as spring term winds down on the Gresham Campus.

After finishing fourth in Southern Region play, softball coach Meadow McWhorter and her team were aiming for their fourth straight Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) softball championship. The tournament was held May 18-21 at Delta Park.

To start the tournament, the Saints beat Walla Walla Community College and then faced Clackamas Community College before upsetting the number one seeded Wenatchee Valley Knights. In semi-final action between the two remaining unbeaten teams, the Saints suffered in an emotional 21-16 loss to Lower Columbia Community College. The Saints then faced a rematch with Clackamas, who had battled through the losers’ bracket after falling to MHCC in the second game. The Saints struggled to reach the home plate and fell 20-6 to the hot Clackamas team, who would go on to win the championship. The Saints came in third place to end another successful season.  Mai Galusha, Lola Ciu and Brittney Dawson were named to the NWAACC All-Tournament Team.

The following weekend, in Longview, Wash., the Saints baseball team, coached by Bryan Donohue, battled hard to come in second place at the NWAACC championship tournament. The team battled through the tournament to reach the final game against the Peirce Raiders for the championship. Having lost one and won one versus Peirce earlier in the tournament, the Saints knew what they were up against.

With the Raiders leading the final 10-2 at the top of the ninth inning, the Saints fought back with six runs to make it 10-8 before the final pitch of the game. The Saints last hit turned into a double play, ending the game and giving Pierce the title. The Saints came in second, with five players (Dane Lund, Alex Foulon, Nick Paxton, Jon Bjorklund and Eric Huson) named to the NWAACC All-Tournament Team.

Track and Field
MHCC Track and Field, coached by Matt Hart, earned high honors as the women finished third and the men finished fifth at the NWAACC track and field championships May 21-22 in Spokane, Wash.

All-American Terra Zodrow was named the Outstanding Field Athlete of the meet after coming in first in the long jump, second in the heptathlon, third in the 100 meter hurdles, first with her 4x100 meter relay team and second with her 4x400 meter relay team. Zodrow shared All-American honors with many team members: Christa Collmer came in second in the 800 meters, Laura Knudson earned third place in the 400 meters and the 400 meter hurdles, Tori Dixson was champion in shot put, and Kaitlyn Doyle finished third in discus.

Robert Hanke led the men’s team, earning All-American honors with first place in the 400 meter hurdles. Jacob Troupe, second in the high jump, and Douglas Sudberry, third in the 100 meter, also picked up All-American honors.

The 2011-12 MHCC Forensics Team won the Northwest Forensics Conference Community College Regional Championship at the end of April. On top of a team win, many members walked away with individual awards. Kim Neal, Danner Marshall and Rob Sepich each earned first place in their individual event categories. Stephanie Saracco and Kimball Craig earned first in the Duo Interpretation category. All three MHCC teams advanced to the elimination rounds of the NPDA Team Debate, where the teams of  Sepich and Craig, and Saracco and Ryan Rhoades walked away with gold medals and the team of Marshall and Jeremy Likens brought home the silver medal. Five students advanced to the elimination rounds of the IPDA Debate with three earning silver medals and two earning bronze. The team’s performance marked MHCC’s fourth Overall and fifth Oregon State Sweepstakes titles in the last five years.

This championship was only one of many honors the Forensics Team received this year. MHCC finished in the top three in every regional tournament the team attended this year. The team earned fifth place honors for community colleges in the International Parliamentary Association National Season Sweepstakes Race. In March, the team placed sixth at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, and was the Community College Champion (placing second overall) in the Pi Kappa Delta Province of the Great West Regional Championships. Additionally, MHCC was the only community college to participate in the United States British Parliamentary Debate National Championships held at Willamette University in early April.

The Forensics team is led by Shannon Valdivia, MHCC speech and forensics instructor.

The Advocate
In early May, seven editors from The Advocate traveled to Albany, Ore., for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s Collegiate Day. They came home with four first place awards, six second place awards and one honorable mention from the ONPA’s 2012 Collegiate Newspaper Contest for non-daily newspapers at two-year colleges.

Among the first place award winners were Kylie Rogers for Best Review, Shelby Schwartz for Best Columnist, John Tkebuchava for Best Website, and the entire staff for Best Design. The Advocate staff also earned second place awards for Best Columnist, General Excellence, Best Section, Best Editorial, Best Sports Story, and Best Photography, and an honorable mention for Best Writing.

Dan Ernst, Lisa Marie Morgan and Bob Watkis serve as advisers to The Advocate.

Written by Jamilyn Mohr

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