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NWAC Volleyball Championship 2019

The Blue-Collar Team

On November 21st, 2019, the women’s volleyball team had not only captured their third consecutive Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) west region title, they were also able to solidify their spot in Pierce College Athletics history by being the only team to have back to back undefeated conference seasons. Their next goal would be set on capturing the NWAC championship.

The road to the mountain top began with going head to head against the Walla Walla Warriors which ended with a score of three to zero giving the Raiders their first win in the tournament.

On Friday November 22nd, 2019 Pierce College continued full steam ahead as they went on to beat Edmonds Triton’s with a score of three to zero allowing them to advance.

However, there is no journey without it’s adversities and obstacles. As Lane’s Titan’s would go on to beat the Raiders with a score of three to zero giving the women’s volleyball team their first loss in the tournament.

Saturday, November 23rdthe day before the championship game Pierce College’s Raiders would compete in three games. They went on to defeat Rogue’s Osprey’s with a score of two to zero, then followed up by a draw between them and Tacoma’s Titans.

In the end, it came down to the Raiders having to face off against Lane’s Titans one more time in a rematch that would avenge their previous loss. Winning with a score of two to zero, they were placed in the championship game.

Sunday, November 24th2019 The Pierce College Raiders would face off against Spokane Sasquatch. In a back and forth match that had the crowd constantly on their feet, it would ultimately be Spokane that would come out with the NWAC championship.

Coach Greg Finel of the women’s volleyball team looked back at this season as one for the books. When describing the journey getting to the NWAC championship he says “It was a long journey, hard fought every single day and watching the growth from the players from the first day to the last day, I wouldn’t change anything.”

When it came to the mindset going into the championship game against Spokane, Mr. Finel describes it as “It was just be us, we got to where we were by being us and I didn’t want them to change. I wanted them to enjoy the match, of course we wanted to win but it didn’t happen but I wanted them to enjoy every moment of that no matter what the outcome was going to be.”

When it comes to the experience of playing in the championship game Coach Finel says that “it was fun, I mean we were chasing history by going undefeated in the conference, we were chasing history by going undefeated at home for the last couple years, we were chasing history every time we stepped out on that court.”

Lastly when asked if Spokane had any weaknesses if any Finel responded with “Their confidence. We’re a blue-collar team, nothing for us was given. We didn’t come into the season with people thinking over the last four years we could be anything. It’s its Pierce College, We’re Lakewood, we’re Tacoma, we’re Steilacoom. We’re not a high-profile team from a high-profile area everything we got is blue collar we don’t take anything for granted.

The Players had an incredible run this past season and reflect on making it to NWAC championship. Karlee Lewis says “I think it’s amazing we made it that far honestly, we all wanted to do better than what we did last year. We did it.”

When asked about what moments stuck out the most Peyton Foster says “The first time we played highline after they beat us. I personally went into that match kind of scared because they beat us before then after we beat them it was joy and relief.”

When asked about how much closer the team is now than at the start of the season Ainslee Eberlee says “There was definitely a lot of tension but living together fixed that on its own.”

With the season, finally over this 2019 Girls’ volleyball team have left their mark. They captured their third consecutive Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) west region title. They also had back to back undefeated conference seasons. What’s left, an echo an echo that rings “Legacy. What is a legacy?It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”

The Pioneer brings home the trophy

During the annual Washington Community College Journalism Awards The Pioneer took first place in the General Excellence category amongst other awards

The Pioneer took first place in General Excellence last Saturday in a statewide competition between community college student publications.

The Pioneer’s website, launched last fall, also took second place for Best Website Content.

“I’m so glad for the staff that they got some recognition for all of their hard work,” said Pioneer adviser Michael Parks.

“The heat they have taken this year for spelling errors and typos has been justified, but it tends to overshadow all the hard work that goes into producing a publication, every two weeks, on deadline, with strong, student oriented content,” Parks added.

“I’m so proud of our team,” Krizia Chimal said.

Oren Campbell, a retired UW journalism professor and adviser to The Daily, coordinates the contest for the Washington Community College Journalism Association.

Campbell recruits fellow members of the Society of Professional Journalists to volunteer as judges.

“It’s exciting for the students to know they are being evaluated by professionals,” Parks said.

“The feedback they get on their entry forms is invaluable,” Parks added.

In addition to the newspaper, Parks said he was especially pleased with the strong showing for the website.

“We have been struggling with a website for years, but a strong team of talented students put it all together this year and got if off the ground,” Parks said.

“We are especially lucky to have a close relationship with and strong support  from the Digital Design program, led by Brian Martin,” Parks added.

The Pioneer staff also received a first-place in headline writing and a second place for editorials. Individual winners were:

• Kristen Larkin, third place, general news reporting;

• Melissa Elrod, third place, editorial cartoons;

• Eileen Quackenbush, third place, personality profiles;

• Quackenbush and Sarah Clifton, third place, best multimedia story telling;

• Daniel Conrad, honorable mention for page design.

According to the WCCJA criteria sheet, The General Excellence award is based on “a combination of strong, concise writing; effective images; powerful design; editorial leader- ship; theme; consistency; flow; community reflec- tion and connection; and overall synergy.”

Nine colleges entered the contest with 360 submissions.

The awards luncheon was held at Bellevue College; Pierce College will host the event next year.

Raider men take Western Region Championship

Duncan Stevenson/Courtesy Photo

One final win against TCC gave the men’s baseball team the regional title and allows them to move on to the NWACC’s
Andrea Bell
Staff Writer

The men’s baseball team has had an impressive season, ending with a record of 22-2 in their league season.

This made them the western region champions.
With the talented coaching staff and the very talented team, whose skills ranged from consistent hitting and catching, the season went very well.

The dynamic duo of Desmond Santos, shortstop, and Josh Potter on first base consistently worked together to make fast plays to get runners out before they even hit first.

Potter proved to be a versatile player by hitting, playing first and pitching all in the same game when needed.

Jacob Phillips also proved to have a wide variety of baseball skills. From being seen on third, in the out field, on the pitchers mound, a few times on first base, hitting and even a fill in catcher once when Michael Sherwin got injured.

Phillips was also heard giving various positive comments to his teammates.

The team next year will have some big spots to fill when they lose these two talented players to four-year teams.

This season also made for some comebacks as Elliot Morris returned to the field after having Tommy John’s surgery on his elbow.

The men, plowed over their competition, although with some very close games, and only defeated twice by Lower Columbia.

The men also had some exciting last minute wins where one hit put them up by one run and allowed them to win the game.

“The team has accomplished great things over the past two years. We have great chemistry and that’s a huge part of our success,” explained Brian Corliss, sophomore second baseman.

The team worked to push each other and create the best possible out come for the season.

Even with two losses the team worked to not make the same mistakes again in the second game of the day.

The Raider team is now moving on to the NWACC tournaments an will be playing against Bellevue on May 24.

This year the team has managed to make this the best season that the school has played in the past two years, improving by a total of five wins since last year.

The team has many players looking at returning next year, so one can be hopeful that the team will continue their winning streak into next year.

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