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Swinging into a new era

New friendships and leaders have Pierce College Softball headed in the right direction

The Pierce College softball team comes into the new season with a number of new players. Leading them is a familiar face from the past: Coach Mike Nelson. His experience has helped form one of the most successful teams in program history.

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Coach Mike Nelson

Led by Mike Nelson, the Raiders have goals of reaching the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) tournament this year and playing for a chance at a ring following a 9-27 finish last year.

Nelson brings an approach that emphasizes the most basic parts of the game which has a trickle-down effect on other things too.

“Proficiency in the basic fundamentals leads to the game becoming easier to play,” Nelson said. “Teaching not only the how, but the why. In the long run, a better understanding of what we are doing leads to more confidence.” Confidence as a team leads to positive experiences both on and off the field and having fun as a team will also be important, Nelson said.

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Brittany Camp

Nelson returns to Pierce College, where he was an assistant from 2010-2012. He helped guide those teams to a 67-46 record over that span. That includes 2011, where the team tied a school record with 37 wins. Sophomore catcher Brittany Camp said the team has come together as a unit and the bond between the women is a key theme this year. Camp plans to get her general Associates in Arts degree and evaluate her options to play at the next level when the season ends.

“We honestly revolve around food,” Camp said. “We always go out to dinner and hang out with each other. We’re all really close this year and hang out even on our off days.”

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Michaela Hougland

Among the returners, outfielder Michaela Hougland has an opportunity to repeat as a member of the NWAC’s North All Region first team. She terrorized opposing pitchers in her freshman season with a .412 batting average and a .521 on base percentage.

Natalie Vollandt returns for her sophomore season after leading the team in innings pitched last year with 86.

Freshman utility player Riley Rivera comes to Pierce College all the way from Rathdrum, Idaho. She said the transition has not been a whole lot different but there’s more work and responsibility now.

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Riley Rivera

“It’s a big reality check having to move states and live on my own,” Rivera said. “You learn to take responsibility for more things.”

Rivera also said the experience has been positive so far and spoke on the transition from high school to college softball.

“There is definitely more talent so you are working with girls at a similar skill level,” Rivera said. “In high school you are working with younger girls and in college most people only have a year age gap.”

So far this season, the team holds a 3-7 record and will look to come into league action playing their best. Their next matchup is a road double header against Highline College on April 9.

Raiders win first round in tournament

Stronger, faster, better Raiders show what they are made of

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Pierce College Raiders (left to right) #14 Ryleigh Burdick and #6 Kenzie Seltz after NWAC Tournament at Pierce College Health Education Center Monday, November 20, 2017.


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From the start of the game the Raiders showed they meant business. #2 Julia Heronema, an outside hitter, dominated the court with repeat power hits. Two minutes in to the game and the score stood at 12-2.

#12 Allie Bauer, team setter, seemed to have the skill of a seeker. When the Saints (Mt. Hood) sent the ball over the net, more often than not Bauer would be there to either set it up for a power hit or just send it back.

The Raiders would win the game 25-10.

The Saints caught their rhythm in the second game. Nearly every point the Raiders gained, the Saints answered. Three minutes in and the score was tied 14-14. For the rest of the game each side fought point for point, keeping the score tied.

When the score reached 20-20, the Saints managed to gain the upper hand, winning 25-23.

In the third game, Raiders again scored almost immediately, but the Saints answered right back, tying the score 3-3.

Then the Raiders suffered a reversal of fortune. They continued to fight to get ahead, but the Saints defense would knock them down, gaining the lead at 12-6.

Then the Raiders sent a combination of power hits and sneak attacks, bringing the score to 17-11. They held their ground, slowly closing the gap to 20-18.

Despite the Raiders’ best efforts, the Saints had a few sneak attacks of their own. They won 25-19.

The Raiders started the fourth game with fresh energy. They haven’t made it passed the first round in the tournament in 3 years and today they were determined to change that.

The Saints also came in the game with fresh energy. Both teams answered point for point, but eventually the Raiders were able to score just enough to stay 2-3 points ahead of the Saints, ending the game at 25-20.

The Raiders kept the energy going into game five. They needed to win it if they wanted to stay alive. Otherwise it would be the survival round later that day if they were to stay in the tournament.

Again, they wasted no time in scoring, but the Saints weren’t about to let them get comfortable. Both teams wanted this win bad.

The Raiders kept finding holes in the Saints’ court, but the Saints never let up the pressure, staying just a few points behind.

But the Raiders never lost their lead and would win the game 15-12.

At the end of the game the coach, Greg Finel, was proud of his team. “It was a great opportunity for the players to show what they are capable of. Great champions get knocked down, but then get right back up,” he said.

When asked what made this team different than other years, his answer came without hesitation. “They play for each other. They look out for each other. They care about each other. It makes a difference,” Finel said.

Raiders vs. Highline Thunderbirds

October 4 @ Heritage Field in Puyallup

Final score 0-3
Raiders lost

Raiders vs. Skagit Valley Cardinals

September 14 @ HEC

 

Final score 3-0
Raiders won

“Modern Warfare” rakes in $775 million in first week

Infinity Ward’s new epic made 775 million dollars in the first five days of release making it one of the bestselling video games of all time.

Game developer Infinity Ward continues its bestselling “Modern Warfare” franchise with “Modern Warfare 3.” Though the game closely resembles the first “Modern Warfare,” the single player campaign mode has been greatly improved.

The single player campaign is written much more fluidly than the previous “Modern Warfare”, in which it was hard to tell where the gamers’ character was going and why it was there in the first place. The first few stages of the campaign are similar in style, zipping back and forth on the globe, but are unique because of some interesting commonalities.

One level has you shoot up the first floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and another has you protecting the Russian President on a jet.

The real star of “Modern Warfare 3” is the multiplayer. An average fan could easily mistake it for any of the previous Modern Warfare games, but minor changes in the multiplayer experience make this game a great long-term investment.

The kill streak system has been completely revamped allowing gamer to select options that don’t reset the streak back to zero when the character dies. Instead, it totals up the gamers’ kills from the entire round.

There’s even an option to customize the kill streak rewards depending on the game type. This option requires gamers to analyze how they play, and pick rewards accordingly.

For a “Call of Duty fan,” this game is a must-buy. New maps, upgraded kill streak options, and a satisfying ending brings great new elements to the table. The only downside of this game is that it hasn’t really changed too much from the previous installments.

“Modern Warfare 3” is a great example of a game where small changes can make a big difference in game play. Gamers looking for something new and different might look elsewhere, but Infinity Ward launched a great sequel to a very successful franchise.

 

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