Gator Sports Update
Volleyball Earns Crossover Championship– Tops Highline
The Gator Volleyball team improved to 20-7 on the season after the team won the Southwestern Oregon Crossover tournament this weekend in Coos Bay, OR. Green River defeated rival Highline College for the championship title 25-16, 25-20, 24-26, and 25-23. The two teams had met previously with the Thunderbirds winning two five-set affairs. Gator Sophomore Gwen Leituala was named the tournament’s most valuable player, while freshmen Agnes Eneliko and Lorraine Toilolo were named to the all-tournament team. Green River will be getting back into league action with two home matches against Tacoma on Wednesday night followed by Centralia on Friday. Both games are starting at 7:00 p.m.
Soccer Team Survives Freeway Accident
A scary moment on Wednesday forced the rescheduling of the Green River-Shoreline contest when one of the Green River team vans was sideswiped on Interstate 5 on the way to the game. The hit and run accident jostled half the team with several players displaying signs of whiplash and soreness. Fortunately there were not more significant injuries. The game was canceled and is rescheduled for Monday Oct. 29.
On Saturday, the team traveled by bus to Southwest Oregon College in Coos Bay, OR where the Gators responded with a five goal outburst to earn their second straight victory. After missing two practices to soreness, team captain and leading scorer Jessi Crabill took to the field notching two goals in the contest. Jordan Burton, Karissa Ritter and Rachel Opel also scored on Saturday. The Gators will host Edmonds College at Wilson Playfield on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
Cross Country Runs Well in Portland
The Green River women’s cross-country team had their best performance of the season when they traveled to race in the Mike Hodges Invitational. Finishing in second place behind Oregon State University was no surprise, but defeating community colleges from Clark, SW Oregon and Central Oregon gave the team a jolt of confidence as they are preparing for the Northern Region meet in two weeks. Nikki Bohart paced the Gators with a 20:47 time over the 5K course. Richelle Orpilla was second for the Gators with a 21:22 time. The men continue to improve as well with a third place team finish. Luke Garcia and Nick Knoblich finished 11th and 12th respectively with Garcia beating Knoblich to the line in a time of 22:11.
Official Basketball Practice Starts Today
Fall Sports are in full swing, but to wet the winter appetite official NWAACC practice for men and women’s basketball starts on Monday Oct. 15th. Head Coaches Tim Malroy and Tim Riles return with a full roster eager to take to the court. Action for Gator basketball tips off Thanksgiving weekend with the women hosting Whatcom College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 24 while the men will be participating in the Skagit Valley Thanksgiving Shootout.
For more information and up to the minute standings go to www.nwaacc.org.