-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 30 --
Kaile Tuisamtatele, a sophomore from Hawaii, had a nice weekend in the middle in hitting over .500 for three matches. In a loss to Otero, Kaile had seven kills and four digs while hitting .429. She picked it up in the next two matches, recording double-doubles. Against Lamar, Kaile had 13 kills, 12 service points, seven digs, and three solo blocks. She had a double-double also in a a win against Trinidad, finishing with 10 kills, 12 points, three ace services, and two digs.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 30 --
Thomas Franze, sophomore from Brazil, came back from an injury and scored a goal and had an assist in two conference matches last week. In a 2-1 win over Trinidad State Junior College, Franze scored the team's second goal, which proved to be the game-winner. In a 2-1 loss to Otero, Franze had an assist on a goal by Silvio Xavier. In eight games played, Franze has a goal and three assists.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 23 --
Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina, a 6-foot-3 middle hitter from Tacoma, Washington, put up double-figure kills in two wins last week. Leslie tallied 11 kills and two solo blocks in a four-set win over McCook where she hit .556. Leslie also had a 10-kill, 3-solo block effort in a win over Dawson. In a match against EWC, Leslie tallied six kills and hit 1.000 attacking while tallying three solo blocks. She also had six kills and three solo blocks in a win over Casper. For the four matches, Leslie tallied 33 kills and 11 solo blocks.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 23 --
Hector Salgado, a freshman from Denver, scored two goals in a conference win over Central Community College-Columbus on Saturday at the Landers Soccer Complex. Hector scored his first goal toward the end of the first half as WNCC had a 2-0 lead at intermission. Hector booted his second goal to make it 4-0 early in the second. The Cougars won 6-2. Hector has four goals on the season, scoring twice in a game against Colorado Northwestern earlier in the season.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 16 --
Thais Nayara, a freshman from Brazil, scored three goals in two matches last week. Thais had two goals in a 3-2 win over Northeastern Junior College on Wednesday and then added the tying goal in the 79th minutes help the Cougars tie Gillette 2-2 in double overtime. Thais has scored four goals this season for the Cougar women, who are off until Sept. 28 and 29 when they host Otero and Trinidad.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Sept. 16 --
Ruam Barbosa, a freshman goalkeeper from Brazil, was called into the match with Gillette College on Saturday with pressure. Barbosa was inserted into the match to defend a penalty kick and Barbosa successfully stopped the kick. The save proved huge in the end as WNCC beat Gillette 2-1. Barbosa finished the game with two saves in net for the 10 minutes he was in the game, but the biggest save on the penalty kick.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 9 --
Caroline Vieira, a freshman from Brazil, scored the only goal the Cougar women needed in a 1-0 win over Trinidad State Junior College on Saturday. Caroline's goal came in the 70th minute off a free kick to help WNCC to the Region IX South win. The goal was Caroline's first of the year and helped the Couigar women to their second victory of the season.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 9 --
Ramses Atahualpa, a sophomore from Brazil, scored the winning and only goal in a 1-0 win over Trinidad State Junior College on Saturday. Ramses has scored at least one goal in four straight matches now. Ramses also scored the tying goal in the win over Otero on Friday. So far this season, Ramses has netted five goals, one from his total from a year ago.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Aug. 26 --
Ana Costas, a freshman from Puerto Rico, stepped in nicely for former libero Genesis Benetiz at the Reiver Invite. Ana finished the four games at the invite with a total of 63 digs, including a 21 dig performance against Jefferson. She also had 16 against Iowa Western and 15 against Indian Hills. She also had 20 service points in three matches, including a 13-point scoring spree against Jefferson.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Aug. 26 --
Silvio Xavier, a sophomore from Brazil, scored two second-half goals in a game against Salt Lake Community College on Aug. 23. The Cougars trailed 3-0 at halftime to the Bruins, before Xavier rocketed in two goals to make it a 0ne-goal game. Silvio scored his two goals in the 62nd minute and the 83rd minute. Silvio now has scored 19 goals in his two years at WNCC.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending June 17 --
Kirstee Trees, who played for the volleyball team the last two seasons, is from Riverton, Wyoming. This month Kirstee was recognized by the NJCAA for his work in the classroom, earning First Team honors in academics as a NJCAA Academic All-American with a 4.0 GPA. Kirstee earned second team NJCAA academic honors as a freshman. Kirstee graduated this May and will continue her academic career at the University of Wyoming. She said she will forgo playing volleyball next year.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending June 17 --
Andre Matzuda, who played for the men's soccer team, is from Lima, Peru. This month Andre was recognized by the NJCAA for his work in the classroom, earning First Team honors in academics as a NJCAA Academic All-American. This is the second straight year Andre has earned First Team honors with a 4.0 GPA. Andre, who graduated in May, will attend Shaw University in North Carolina to play soccer.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending April 22 --
Brooke Doumer, a sophomore from Parker, Colorado, had one of those weeks that stood out. In six games last week, Brooke went 17-of-26 with 11 runs scored, 15 RBIs, three doubles, four home runs. Her biggest games came in a doubleheader against NJC where she went 8-of-9 with five runs scored, 11 RBIs, three doubles and three home runs. Two of the home runs were grand slams.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending April 23 --
Zach Berg, a freshman from Parker, Colorado, picked up a big win in relief on Monday, April 23 when he pitched 3 1/3 strong innings in helping WNCC top Otero 7-6. Berg did not allow a run or hiit while striking out five and walking just one in the 3-plus innings of work.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending April 15 --
Reagan Solomon, a freshman from Farmington, Utah, had a decent last week. Solomon picked up two pitching wins in the circle, but it was her performance in the 23-0 win over North Platte that stood out. Solomon went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, four runs scored, with two doubles and a home run. In the four games last week, she was 7-for-13 with five RBIs, and five runs scored. Solomon is batting .333 for the season with five home runs and 23 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending April 15 --
Blake Sophomore, a sophomore from Johnstown, Colorado, picked up a big win for the Cougars on April 11 when he went 6 2/3 innings in helping the Cougars to a 5-1 win over McCook. Slaymaker struck out five, walked just two and scattered seven hits in allowing just one earned run. Slaymaker has a 4.154 ERA this season for the Cougars.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending April 1 --
Madi Jackson, a sophomore from Herriman, Utah, had a five double week last week in games against Otero. For the four-game series, Madi went 12-for-18 from the plate with six doubles, and five RBIs. Madi had a double and an home run in the first game of the series. Madi came back and went 5-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs in a 13-12 win.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending April 1 --
Tommy McRill, a sophomore from Parker, Colorado, had two big games last week. In a game against McCook, McRill went 2-for-2 with a double and home run. He also had two RBIs. McRill added some more extra base hits in a game against Lamar where he went 3-for-4 with two runs scores, a double, and a home run. For the season, McRill is batting .233 in 18 games played.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending March 25 --
Michaela Kelly, a freshman from Castle Rock, Colorado, had a decent week last week in helping the softball team to a 4-4 record. Kelly went 14-of-32 from the plate including three doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs, and 10 runs scored. Kelly had a big game in a win over NJC, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs scored. She had the same type of game in a win over Trinidad, with a a double, home run, 3 RBIs, and three runs scored.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending March 25 --
Hunter Parker, a freshman from Centennial, Colorado, had a nice outing on the mound to help the Cougar baseball team to a 6-4 win over No. 18 Trinidad State Junior College on Saturday, March 24. Parker, a Eaglecrest High graduate, went six strong innings in scattering six hits and allowing just two runs. Parker struck out nine Trojans and walked just one in 27 batters faces. Parker then gave way to Jacob Pekol, who picked up the save for the Cougars.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending March 11 --
Women’s Basketball Team — The whole team performed well all season finishing with a 29-4 record and a runner-up finish at the regional tournament. Because of their stellar season and runner-up finish, the Cougars earned an at-large bid into the national tournament. WNCC will face Tallahassee Community College. WNCC is the 22nd seed in the tourney and Tallahassee is the 11th seed. WNCC will play Tuesday at 11 a.m. MST.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending March 11 --
Men’s Basketball team — The team made big history last week when they captured the Region IX title with an 86-78 win over Otero Junior College. This is the first regional trophy that will be hung on the wall since 2001. It has been 17 years since a regional title. WNCC opened region tourney play with a win over McCook in the first round. They then topped Central Wyoming and then ranked Sheridan College to move into the finals. In the finals, WNCC trailed 50-40 at halftime but opened the second half on an 11-0 run to grab a 51-50 lead. With around five minutes to play roughly, WNCC trailed by 5ive, but closed out the game on a 20-8 win top Otero on their home court for the title.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Feb. 25 --
Giovanna Silva, a sophomore from Brazil, had a productive and consistent last two weeks. Silva, in three games, scored 30 points and 28 rebounds. She also had 12 steals and seven assists in those three games. She finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and two assists in the team’s game with McCook on the road. She had five steals in a win against Lamar.
The Cougar women will open up regional tournament play on March 2 at home against McCook.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Feb. 25 --
Marlon Sierra, a sophomore from Miami, had a big four-games to wrap up the regular season. In a win over Lamar, Marlon had 12 points with five assists. Against Otero, Marlon finished with 21 points and eight rebounds. In the final two regular season games on the road, Marlon continued to be consistent. Against North Platte, Marlon had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds and then in a big win over McCook, Marlon finished with eight points, four rebounds, and two assists. WNCC will enter the regional tournament as the No. 2 seed.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Feb. 11 --
Merle Wiehl, a freshman from Germany, helped the Cougars win two games last weekend and earn the No. 1 seed from the South sub-region. Merle finished the weekend with 49 points, four 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and five steals. In the Trinidad game, Merle had 23 points and eight rebounds. In the win against LCCC, Merle had 26 points, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Feb. 11 --
Vinnie Shahid, a sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota, had a nice weekend in losses to Trinidad and LCCC. Vinnie finished the weekend with 37 points, six 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Vinnie had 16 points and five rebounds against Trinidad State. He then followed that up with a 21-point effort, including four 3-pointers, five rebounds, and three assists in a loss to LCCC.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Feb. 4 --
Karlie Seay, a freshman from Chicago, had a record-setting performance on Saturday. Seay broke the 39-year-old record of most points in a game of 38 when she netted 48 points in a 92-81 win over EWC. Seay connected on four 3-pointers, but it was her free throw shooting that was excellent, going 12-of-13 for the game. Seay had 16 points at halftime and then 16 points each in the third and fourth quarter. Seay set the record on a 15-foot jumper from the leftside of the free throw line.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Feb. 4 --
Martin Roub, a freshman from the Czech Republic, had a decent game on Saturday in a 106-73 win over EWC. Roub came off the bench, playing 16 minutes in scoring 16 points with two 3-pointers and six rebounds. Roub also had a 13-point performance the week before in a win against NJC. Roubis averaging 10 points a game and has connected on 44 3-pointers this season.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Jan. 21 --
Jaleesa Avery, a sophomore from Denver, had a big weekend in helping the Cougars to two 100-point wins last week. Jaleesa finished with 24 points in a 107-32 win over the Nebraska All-stars and then had 19 points in a 115-56 win over McCook on Saturday. Jaleesa knocked home a trey in each game and combined for 7-of-8 free throw shooting. Jaleesa had three rebounds, four assists, and two steals against the all-stars and then had five rebounds and three assists against McCook.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Jan. 21 --
Jervay Green, a freshman from Denver, had a dunking big weekend for the Cougars in helping them to wins over North Platte and McCook. In both contests, Jervay had some big dunks. He had three in the McCook win. Against North Platte, Jervay finished with 22 points including hitting four 3-pointers. In the McCook come-from-behind win, Jervay finished with 17 points and one trey. In both contests, Jervay also pulled down eight rebounds and dished off 10 assists. He had six assists against North Platte and had six rebounds, four assists, and two steals against McCook.