The historical 2016-2017 Clippers Men’s Basketball season came to an end on Friday, March 10, when the Clippers lost to the RiverHawks of Umpqua Community College 66-53 at Everett Community College. The Clippers were the lone Regional Champion to advance to the Elite 8 of the NWAC Championship.
“It’s the best team in South Puget Sound history,” Coach Aaron Landon said. “... It was really hard to come up short, but it’s just a really exciting time at South Puget Sound. “We’ve got really good people at the college. You can quote me on it — we’ll be good again next year.”
Clippers Women’s Basketball wrapped up their 2016-2017 season March 1 at home versus western region champion Lower Columbia, falling in a tight contest to the Red Devils 69-58. The home finale also served as the last game in a Clipper uniform for seven sophomores; they were recognized prior to the start of the game at “Sophomore Night”.
Savannah McGill and the South Puget Sound Clippers [women] ended their season tonight and what a season it was for McGill. The 6' 1" sophomore forward out of River Ridge High School in nearby Lacey, WA tallied 34 points for the Clippers, but more importantly McGill registered 18 rebounds to help her to break two more NWAC rebounding records.
No one has beaten South Puget Sound Community College in the NWAC West Region so far. It became obvious very quickly Wednesday night that Grays Harbor wasn’t going to be the first as the Clippers raced away to a 98-60 home victory over the Chokers.
Clipper Athletics and SPSCC closed the inaugural season of women’s volleyball in November on a positive note. After nearly a year of turning an idea into reality, the Clippers ended their first season 4-10 in the NWAC West, but Coach Melanie Miller praised the freshmen ladies for their determination and “will-to-win” attitudes.
I am very proud of the way we battled with every team we played,” said Miller. “Scores were close and we took a set off almost every team.”
Clipper Athletics and SPSCC celebrate as the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) awarded the men’s soccer team with three distinguished awards at the close of the 2016 season. Awards include a region all-star, all-academic award, and co-coach of the year selections.
The team will celebrate and share team awards tonight at their end-of-season banquet. The NWAC West Region Team will be released in mid-November and several players are expected to make that team, as well.
Clippers Athletics today announced season outlooks for its Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams for the 2016-17 year. Last season, both teams achieved personal record bests in league standings and several student athletes were honored for their achievements on and off the court. Resonating from coaches Landon (men’s team) and Moore (women’s team) was excitement, high expectations, and confidence for their balanced teams of Clippers rookies and returners.