PENDLETON The Blue Mountain Community College Timberwolves got some good news Monday when the NWAACC regional all-star teams were released and the Timberwolves were tied with Yakima Valley for the most first-team selections in the East.
Blue Mountain sophomore Becky Kershner of McDermitt, Nev., and freshman Kassi Howarth of Springfield, Ore., were the T-Wolves representatives after the team went 11-3 in NWAACC-East play and finished third in the regular season.
Blue Mountain coach Dave Baty said he was happy to see his team get honored after struggling in some of their matches.
We werent sure if the other coaches were going to recognize the true power from our team offensively,?he said. Im real pleased for both of them.
Kershner, a 6-foot-5 middle blocker, got stronger as the season went along for the T-Wolves and has garnered interest from four-year schools, Baty said.
Everybody knew that we had a pretty good player returning this year in Becky Kershner in the middle,?he said. Teams adjusted to her really well. There was a couple of other good middles in the East this year and it made it tough for Becky to take off like she did last year.
Howarth, a 5-11 outside hitter, was the only freshman on the first team and just one of two to make the first or second team.
I wasnt surprised so much because after you go around the league to each division you see who the top players are and I?definitely expected Kassi would get included in that bunch, Baty said.
Walla Walla sophomore middle Brittany Dominguez and Spokane sophomore outside hitter Brigitte Lowe were the East Regions Co-MVP while Walla Wallas Tim Toon was the Coach of the Year.
Spokane had the most overall selections with four, Walla Walla had three and Wenatchee Valley, Columbia Basin and Treasure Valley each had one.
Blue Mountain had no second team selections.