*Future is bright for young Clipper squads despite first-round exits
*Four earn spots on NWAC Academic Excellence Teams
Both the South Puget Sound Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams saw their seasons come to an end on Saturday, but that hasn’t kept more post-season honors from coming in. Maintaining a tradition of strong academics among student-athletes at SPSCC, both hoops squad had members qualify for the Northwest Athletic Conference Academic Excellence Teams.
Sophomore Laura James made the squad for the SPSCC women, while the Clipper men were represented by sophomores Topher Burian, Kyle Snyder, and Tyler Watts. To make the team, student-athletes must have earned a minimum of 36 credits, maintaining a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
The accolades come on the heels of numerous honors already bestowed on this year’s Clippers.
For the women, this included by NWAC West Region Freshman of the Year Savannah McGill, who also made the NWAC All-West Region 1st Team. Sophomore Krista Johnson earned a spot on the NWAC All-West Region 2nd Team, and also represented the Clippers on the South-West team at the NWAC Sophomore All-Star Game on March 10. In that game she went 4-of-6 shooting for 12 points to help lead the squad to an 84-76 win against the North-East team.
The SPSCC women finished at 16-13 overall following a tough 72-36 road loss to East Region champions Wenatchee Valley in the opening round of the NWAC playoffs. Still, it was the first time the Clipper women advanced to the postseason since the 2008-09 season.
For the men, both sophomore Deiondre Bird and freshman Dez Stoudamire were named to the NWAC All-West Region 1st Team, while Bird and Watts also earning a placement on the All-West Region Defensive Team. The SPSCC men saw their season come to an end in Saturday’s first-round playoff matches as well, falling 90-74 to Spokane on the road. Spokane finished second in the East Region, but led the NWAC with an overall record of 26-5 this season. SPSCC finished with an overall record of 22-6, setting a new school mark for wins in a season.
It was the first season since 2007-08 that both teams made the playoffs together. Both teams will have numerous returners, giving both Clipper squads the chance to carry over this season’s momentum into next year.