COUGAR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK ARCHIVES

  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Julia Suchan
    April 25, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending April 23 -- Julia Suchan, a freshman outfielder from Calgary, Alberta, had a good four games last week in helping the softball team to three wins. Julia went 10-of-16 with seven runs scored, seven RBIs, and had two doubles and two home runs. It was the NJC game that Julia really stepped up when she went 3-for-4 in a 15-5 win with five RBIs, two runs scored and had two home runs and a double. She then went 2-for-3 in the 18-0 game two win with three runs scored, a RBI, and a double.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Brock Randels
    April 25, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending April 23 -- Brock Randels, a sophomore from Baldwin City, Kansas, had a big day in the Cougars loss to McCook last week. The third baseman went 2-for-3 in the game with two doubles. Randels also scored the only run for the Cougars. Besides doing it with his bat, he also was a mainstay in the field, registering seven put outs with a fielding percentage of .875. So far this season, Randels is batting .232 with 23 runs scored, 18 RBIs, and seven doubles.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Celyn Whitt
    April 13, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending April 9 -- Celyn Whitt, a sophomore from Broomfield, Colorado, had a big weekend in helping the Cougars to four wins against Otero. Celyn went 9 of 13 with eight runs scored, nine RBIs, four walks, three stolen bases, and two home runs. Celyn had a four-RBI game on Sunday against Otero where she also had two doubles and a home run in the game while going 3-for-4 from the plate.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Ty Benson
    April 13, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending April 9 -- Ty Benson, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, had a decent outing last weekend in games against Lamar and Trinidad. In the three games that he played, he finished with three hits. In the first Lamar contest, Ty had a run scored and a double. Ty has 27 hits this season in 36 games played in helping the Cougars to an 18-4 conference mark.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Emily Selby
    April 05, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending April 3 -- Emily Selby, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado, had a solid performance against Trinidad, Lamar and Northeastern Junior College. Emily finished the six games with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, 10 RBIs and six runs scored. Emily, in a 12-4 win against Trinidad, went 2-3 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. She had a 3-run dinger in the fifth inning of that game.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Stuart Eurich
    April 05, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending April 3 -- Stuart Eurich, a sophomore from Elizabeth, Colorado, had a pretty good series against Otero Junior College Sunday and Monday. The outfielder finished the four game with six RBIs with three runs scored and a RBI. Stuart had three RBIs each in a 7-1 win on Sunday and a 6-1 win on Monday to help the Cougars remain unbeaten in conference play.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Jasmine Wessel
    March 30, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending March 27 -- Jasmine Wessel, a sophomore infielder from Thornton, Colorado, had a bit day in the Cougars' 13-1 win against Lamar Community College on Sunday. The sophomore went 3-for-4 from the plate in finishing with a home run and a double in the win. Jasmine also had three RBIs and a run scored. So far this season, Jasmine is batting .429 with six home runs, 35 runs scored and 41 RBIs.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Lincoln Trujillo
    March 30, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending March 27 -- Lincoln Trujillo, a sophomore from Cheyenne, Wyoming, had a huge game on Monday against Miles Community College where the sophomore helped the Cougars win two games to remain unbeaten in conference play at 10-0. In the opener, Trujillo came through with a pinch-hit single in the sixth to score the go-ahead run in the 10-9 win. The second game saw Trujillo finish with eight RBIs in belting two home runs, including a first-inning grand slam in the 15-9 win.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Women's Basketball Team
    March 16, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending March 12 -- The Women's Basketball team captured the Region IX title on March 11 with a thrilling 53-51 win over Eastern Wyoming College. The win was the Cougars 13th Region IX title and qualified the team for the national tournament in Lubbock, Texas. WNCC opened the tournament with a come-from-behind, overtime win over Northwest College before dropping defending regional champs Gillette College. The Cougars are 28-4 on the season and had three all-region players, one all-region defensive player, and four players on the all-tournament team.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Alex Achtermann
    March 16, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending March 12 -- Alex Achtermann, a sophomore from Aurora, Colorado, helped the Cougars to a sweep over McCook Community College last weekend. In game two of the McCook game, Alex went 4-for-5 with four singles, two runs scored, and a stolen base in the 5-4 win. In game one, Alex went 1-for-1 with a double and three walks in the 7-5 win to help the Cougars move to 4-0 in Empire Comference play.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Zeynep Canbaz
    March 03, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Feb. 28 -- Zeynep Canbaz, a sophomore from Turkey, had two double figure contests in the regular season games. In a game against EWC, Zeynep finishied with 13 points with six rebounds. Zeynep, a guard, had a bigger contest in a come-from-behind win over Gillette where she scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds. More importantly, she hit clutch free throws down the stretch, She was 6 of 8 from the charity stripe for the Cougar women's 13th straight win.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Trent Harris
    March 03, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Feb. 28 -- Trent Harris, a freshman from Scottsbluff, had a season best night when the Cougar men beat EWC Saturday night 105-89. Harris finsihed with a season best 25 points, but it was his long range shooting that stood out, connecting on 6 of 7 treys. Harris not only had the hot hand from the field, but he pulled down three rebounds and dished off two assists. Harris is averaging 10 points a game this season.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Sladjana Rakovic
    February 16, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Feb. 12 -- Sladjana Rakovic, a sophomore form Montenegro, came off the bench to help lead the Cougars to wins over Iowa Western and McCook last week, scoring in double figures both contests. In a win over Iowa Western, Sladjana had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three steals in 30 minutes of action. She had another impressive all-around performance against McCook, where she scored 10 points, pulled down six rebounds, had four assists and connected on a 3-pointers.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Marlon Sierra
    February 16, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Feb. 12 -- Marlon Sierra, a freshman from Miami, Florida, helped the Cougars to two South sub-region wins last week over McCook and North Platte. Against McCook, Marlon finsihed with 15 points while going 7-of-9 from the field in the 100-77 win over the Indians. Against North Platte, Marlon netted 13 points, going 5-of-7 from the field. He also had three assists and four steals in the 93-91 win over North Platte.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Anastacia Johnson
    February 09, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Feb. 5 -- Anastacia Johnson, a freshman from Aurora, Colorado, had a consistent performance in two wins over Otero and Trinidad. Against TSJC, Anastacia had seven points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. She kept that consistency up in a win over Otero, finishing with eight points, three rebounds, three steals, three assists, and knocking down two 3-pointers.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- RJ Palmer
    February 09, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Feb. 5 -- RJ Palmer, a sophomore from Tampa, Florida, had a big game in a come-from-behind win over Otero Junior College on Saturday. RJ finished that game with 18 points, including pulling down six rebounds. He also had two 3-pointers in the 63-60 win. RJ also had a decent game against Trinidad, where he only scored two points, but he pulled down five rebounds and had three blocked shots.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Kellie Gaston
    February 03, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Jan. 29 -- Kellie Gaston, a freshman from Tampa, Florida, had a great game against Laramie County Community College last week. The freshman guard finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. She also went 2-for-2 from the free throw line and had two steals and two rebounds in the Lady Cougars' win.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Diamond Onwuka
    February 03, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Jan. 29 -- Diamond Onwuka, a freshman from Barcelona, Spain, had a nice weekend for the Cougars in two wins. Against LCCC, Diamond came off the bench to nail a 3-pointer while collecting two assists and a steal. Then, on Sunday against Ft. Carson, Diamond finished with five points, four rebounds, and had a 3--pointer and two blocks shots. He even had a steal and assist in the win over Ft. Carson.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Bree Paulson
    January 26, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Jan. 24 -- Bree Paulson, a sophomore from Broomfield, Colorado had a consistent last three games. Against McCook, Bree finished with 11 points and nine rebounds in a win. Against EWC, Bree tallied 13 points and went 4-of-4 from the free throw line. In the game against Casper, Bree tallied 15 points including five 3-pointers to help the Cougars win their third straight.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Jalan Brown
    January 26, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Jan. 23 -- Jalan Brown, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, provided plenty of energy in the past three games. Jalan had seven points and four rebounds in a big win over Eastern Wyoming. On Monday against Casper, Jalan poured in 12 points while getting three steals and pulling down three rebounds. Jalan is averaging 2.5 rebounds and 3.3 points in a reserve role for the Cougars this season.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Melisa Kadic
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Jan. 15 -- Melisa Kadic, a freshman from West Valley City, Utah, had a good weekend for the Cougars. Against NJC, Kadic finished with 10 points including nailing 2 of 3 3-pointers. She also had two assists. Against Lamar, Kadic was one of the players that finished in double figures despite the loss. Kadic tallied 15 points while nailing three treys. She also had four assists and three steals against the Lopes.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Vinnie Shahid
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Jan. 15 -- Vinnie Shahid, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, had a good week from the free throw line in two South sub-region wins. Against NJC, Vinnie nailed 14 of 14 free throws while finishing with 21 points in a 93-57 win. He also dished out eight assists and three steals. Against Lamar, Vinnie only had seven points, but his two free throws in overtime gave the Cougars a 71=69 overtime win against the No. 11 team in the nation.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Jaleesa Avery
    December 15, 2016
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Dec. 11 -- Jaleesa Avery, a freshman from Aurora, Colorado, helped the Cougars come back from a 9-point deficit against Otero to get the win 71-65. Jaleesa finished the game with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. She also had three blocks and four assists in the win. Avery followed that up with a 14-point effort against Trinidad, where she also had seven rebounds and was 4-of-5 from the free throw line.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- RJ Palmer
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Dec. 11 -- RJ Palmer, a sophomore from Tampa, Florida had a good weekend. While he never led the team in scoring in both games played, he did have all-around contests. Against Trinidad State, RJ finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. He also had two assists and a steal in the win. Against Otero in just 14 minutes on the court, RJ had six points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer. RJ is averaging six points and three rebounds a game this season.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Zeynep Canbaz
    November 28, 2016
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Nov. 27 -- Zeynep Canbaz, a sophomore from Istanbul, Turkey, had a big game in a win over previous unbeaten and No. 19 ranked Casper last week. Canbaz poured in 24 points with four 3-pointers along with six assists in the double-digit win. Canbaz, in the last four games, has scored 49 points with six 3-pointers. She also had seven steals in a win over Adams State JV back on Nov. 18.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Vinnie Shahid
    November 28, 2016
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Nov. 27 -- Vinnie Shahid, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, had a nice week last week, scoring 27 points and connecting on six 3-pointers in a loss to Snow College. Shahid also had two treys and six points against Salt Lake Community College and buried three 3-pointers with 10 points in a home win against Adams State Junior Varsity. For the three games, Shahid 11 treys.
  • -- Female Athlete of the Week -- Volleyball Team
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Nov. 6 -- This week's honor belongs to the entire volleyball team who captured their 18th straight regional title over the weekend by sweeping NJC for the championship. The Cougars also defeated Lamar in three games and NJC in four games for the title. Several individuals picked up regional and tournament honors. Barbara Briceno was named the Player of the Year, while Kaylee Spreier, Lara Picht, and Brooke Kaawa were on the South All-Region team. Earning all-tournament honors included Briceno, Picht, Kaawa, Genesis Benitez, and Bia Berti. Binny Canales was named co-coach of the year.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Dorde Dimitrijevic
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Nov. 6 -- Dorde Dimitrijevic, a freshman from Grdelica, Serbia, opened up the men's basketball season by netting 42 points in two games. The 6-foot-1 guard scored 16 points in the upset of College of Southern Idaho in connecting on two treys. Dorde followed that up with a 26-point effort in a 116-105 win over the Ft. Collins All-stars, where he buried three 3-pointers and the team had 16 as a team.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Barbara Briceno
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 23 -- Barbara Briceno, a sophomore from Lima, Peru, had a big 25 kills in a five-set win over Otero Junior College last week. In the three conferference matches, Briceno tallied 47 kills and 32 digs. Against Otero, she had 25 kills with 16 digs while hitting .426. Barbara also had a double-double of 15 kills and 16 digs in a four-set win over Trinidad State. Barbara now has 1,080 career kills and ranks among the top 10 in career kill leaders. Barbara leads the nation in total kills and total points.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Billy Hoffmann
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 23 -- Billy Hoffmann, a sophomore from Longmont, Colorado, is one of the leaders on the Cougar men's soccer team. Hoffmann is a defensive player for the Cougars and has one assist on the season. Last week, Hoffmann helped the Cougars at the regional tournament against Trinidad State, but the Cougars couldn't get the win. Hoffmann not only is a leader on the field, but he is a leader off the court, majoring in pre-med and is an avid supporter of all Cougar athletics.
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