Evergreen students enjoy athletic and academic success
By Chris Thompson
Photo of Danielle Swain by Shauna Bittle '98.
It’s been an exciting year for the Evergreen Geoducks, led by the 2012 men’s soccer team putting together one of the top seasons in school history as they reached the Cascade Conference Championship game.
Led by CCC Coach of the Year John Purtteman ’85, the team played to a record of 13-6-0 for the year, including a school record of 12 conference wins. Junior Brady Espinoza was named CCC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Geoducks to nine shutouts. Freshman Willie Spurr was named CCC Newcomer of the Year after scoring 10 goals and assisting on three others in 17 games played.
Seniors Mirza Memic and George Bundy, as well as juniors Jeff Roland and Mauricio Sanchez, were named Second Team All-CCC and senior defender Brandon Wood was named Honorable Mention All-CCC in his final collegiate season. The Geoducks had a pair of academic awards as juniors Mitch Treend and Kevin Flavin were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
The 2012 Geoduck women’s soccer team also had several players honored as Leah Aragon and Sophie Krauza were each named Honorable Mention All-CCC. Senior Teresa Lopez was named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete after earlier earning Bank of The Cascades Academic All-Conference honors.
The Evergreen volleyball team also had a pair honored for academic success as both Taylor Asao and Sonja Arrasi were named Bank of The Cascades Academic All-Conference, with Arrasi also earning Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete status. Men’s cross country runner Aaron Jones also earned Academic All-Conference honors after pacing the Geoducks in 2012.
On the hardwood, Danielle Swain wrapped up an outstanding career, earning First Team All-Cascade Conference honors after leading the Geoducks to a sixth-place finish and a spot in the CCC Tournament. Junior guard Sammi Clark also earned honors, being named Honorable Mention All-CCC after averaging 3.8 assists per game to go with 11.1 points per game.
Clark, as well as senior forward Maddie Graves, were also named Bank of The Cascades Academic All-CCC, as was men’s basketball senior Travis Wagner. Freshman Frankie Johnson led the Geoduck men this season, earning Honorable Mention All-CCC honors.
The final sport is still in action as the Geoducks are sending a small but competitive track and field squad to various meets around the Pacific Northwest. Evergreen already has one qualifying mark for the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in May as Aaron Jones took eighth at the Vancouver Lake Half Marathon to post a provisional qualifying time in the marathon.