COUGAR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK ARCHIVES

  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Karli Seay
    November 14, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Nov. 12 -- Karli Seay, a freshman, had the biggest shot of the season when the freshman hit a trey at the buzzer to top No. 2 Johnson County on Saturday. Seay finished with 24 points in the game with seven rebounds. In three games last week, Seay had 32 points, 15 rebounds, 9-of-12 from the free-throw line, and 12 assists.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Marlon Sierra
    November 14, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 12 -- Marlon Sierra, a sophomore, had a big weekend, including scoring 26 points against Salt Lake. He had four assists, three steals, 8-10 of free throw shooting in the game. In a win over CSI, Martin had nine points, eight rebounds, 3-4 free throw shooting and three assists.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- 2017 Volleyball Team
    November 11, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 5 -- The WNCC volleyball team earned this award because of their thrilling five-set win over NJC which helped them capture their 19th Region IX tournament trophy. WNCC opened the tourney with a five-set win over Otero and then swept NJC before taking out the No. 1 seed Plainswomen n five sets.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Vinnie Shahid
    November 10, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 5 -- Vinnie Shahid, a sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota had six 3-pointers and had 23 points against Little Big Horn and 26 against CSI. On top of that, Vinnie was 15 of 17 from the free throw line. On Wednesday, Vinnie signed to play next year at North Dakota State University.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Syenna Masaki
    November 04, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 29 -- Syenna Masaki, a freshman from Hawaii, had a consistent week in the last five matches. Enna hit over .500 and tallied 16 kills, 174 set assists, 38 digs, and five blocks in the matches. Enna had 15 digs and 50 set assists in a 5-set loss to San Jacinto.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Soccer Team
    November 04, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 29 -- Men’s Soccer Team, The Cougar soccer team finished the season with a heartbreaking loss against NJC at regionals in the semifinals, but the team had a record-setting season with the most wins in the season (12) and most goals scored.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Brooke Kaawa
    October 25, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 22-- Brooke, Kaawa, a sophomore from Hawaii, had a big weekend for the Cougars, tallying 37 kills, 20 digs, 15 points, and four service aces in three wins. Brooke had a 17-kill performance in a win against Trinidad.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Silvio Xavier
    October 25, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Oct. 22 -- Silvio Xavier, a freshman from Brazil, had a hat trick in the Cougar men’s first-round playoff match against Northwest College, where the Cougars won 5-1. Silvio had an unassisted goal in the first half and then two assisted goals in the second half. The Cougars will now play NJC in the semifinals on Friday, Oct. 27 in Denver.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Morgan Smith
    October 18, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 16 -- Morgan Smith, a sophomore from Gering, Nebraska, had a memorable match on Saturday. Smith scored her first collegiate goal, but more importantly, she helped the women’s soccer team stop a 6-game non-scoring streak with a first-half goal. Her first goal came from an assist from Tonya Bertani.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Lawan Abary
    October 18, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 15 -- Lawan Abary, a sophomore from Niger, became the school’s all-time season and career goal scorer with three goals this past week. Abary has now scored 18 goals in the season after scoring twice against Central-Columbus on Friday and once in a 2-1 win over Gillette. Abary now has 24 career goals.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Sarena Bartley
    October 09, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Oct. 8 -- Sarena Bartley, a freshman from Ridgefield, Washington, had a pretty good three games in helping the Cougars to three wins. Sarena finished with 12 kills in a win against Otero and had nine kills each in wins over Lamar and Trinidad. Sarena also hit over .200 for each of the three matches. Sarena had a .326 hitting efficiency in the Otero win.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Owen Parra
    October 09, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 8 -- Owen Parra, sophomore from Scottsbluff, is a mainstay on the defensive side of the ball for the Cougars. While Owen doesn't score a lot of goals, head coach Todd Rasnic said his work ethic on the field is unreal. Owen has started every match for the Cougars and helped the Cougars to a 3-2 overtime win over Western Wyoming Community College on Saturday.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Joise Maldonado
    October 02, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 1 -- Joise Maldonado, a sophomore from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, had a big match in helping the Cougars to their 20th win of the season against McCook. Joise came up with a 15-kill performance while recording solo blocks in the four-set win against the Indians on the road. Both were season highs. Her previous best as a 9-kill performance back on Sept. 1 against Clarendon.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Silvio Xavier
    October 02, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 1 -- Silvio Xavier, a freshman from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, helped the Cougars to a big win over Otero Junior College on Saturday by scoring a hat-trick of three goals. Silvio scored twice in the first half and then scored the go-ahead goal in the second half to help WNCC top Otero 6-3. Silvio has scored 10 goals this season and delivered six assists for 26 points.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Syenna Masaki
    September 27, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 24 -- Enna Masaki, a freshman from Kailua, Hawaii, had a consistent two matches last week in helping the third-ranked Cougars to their 13th straight win. Against McCook, Enna finished with eight kills, 11 digs and three assist blocks. In a win over EWC, Masaki had 13 kills, eight digs and seven points. For the season, Enna has 127 service points, 113 kills, 292 set assists, 151 digs, 12 solo blocks, and 15 aces.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Ade Oshikoya
    September 27, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 24 -- Ade Oshikoya, sophomore from London, England, was a mainstay on offense and defense for the Cougar men over the weekend. Oshikoya anchored the defense in two wins, a 2-0 win over Central Columbus and a 4-2 win over Northeast Nebraska. Ade also scored a goal in the Central game. Ade has now scored three goals and delivered four assists this season.
  • Female Athlete of the Week Kadara Marshall
    September 21, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 17 -- Kadara Marshall, a sophomore from Hilo, Hawaii, had a decent week for the Cougars as the team played seven matches in six days in gaining sweeps in all seven. Kadara finished the seven matches with 21 kills, four solo blocks, nine assist blocks and eight digs. She had a season-high eight kills in a win over Western Wyoming and had four assist blocks in a win over LCCC.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Andre Matzuda
    September 21, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 17 -- Andre Matzuda, a sophomore from Lima, Peru, is having a good sophomore season. Andre scored a goal in the Northeastern Junior College game last week in a 3-2 win. Andre, this season, has scored two goals, but has been on the opposite side in delivering four assists. Andre has been a leader on and off the field for the Cougar team this year as they get ready for a Region IX South match on Saturday against Central-Columbus.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Jayme Commins
    September 14, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 10 -- Jayme Commins, a freshman from Ogallala, Nebraska, had a consistent five matches last week in helping the No. 4 ranked Lady Cougars to a 5-0 record. Commins finished with 160 set assists in the five matches, whils also tallying three solo blocks and four kills. Jayme had 39 set assists in a 3-0 win over No. 13 Utah State-Eastern. Jayme had 713 assists this season in 31 sets played for a 7.13 average.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Ramses Atahualpa
    September 14, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 10 -- Ramses Atahualpa, a freshman from Lima, Peru, connected on two goals and two assists in a weekend series with Otero and Trinidad State. Ramses has also collected at least one assist in the last four matches, including Sept. 13 game with NJC. Ramses has six assists and four goals through seven matches this season. 
  • Female Athlete of the Week Genesis Benitez
    September 06, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 3 -- Genesis Benitez, a sophomore from Puerto Rico, had a good effort last week in five matches, recording double-digit digs, totaling 79. She had a 21-dig performance in a five-set win against Barton and also a 17-dig match against EWC for the fifth-ranked WNCC volleyball team. Genesis sets 10th in the nation in total digs.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Thomas Franze
    September 06, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 3 -- Thomas Franze, a freshman from Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, had two goals in the 6-2 win over Northeast Community College on Saturday. Thomas one goal in each half to help the Cougar men go to 3-1 on the young season. Franze is a midfielder who is majoring in Business Administration.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Brooke Kaawa
    -- Female Athlete of the Week: Brooke Kaawa For week ending Aug. 27 -- Brooke Kaawa, a sophomore from Hawaii, had a big weekend for the sixth-ranked Lady Cougars, tallying double figure kills in all four matches of the Reiver Invite. Kaawa finished the Invite with 52 kills and 24 digs. She had an 18 kill performance against Indian Hills and then had a double-double of 14 kills and 10 digs against Iowa Western.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Lawan Abary
    -- Male Athlete of the Week: Lawan Abary For week ending Aug. 27 -- Lawan Abary, a sophomore from Niamey Niger, had a huge opening weekend where he blasted in four goals in a 6-3 win over Northwest College on Saturday. Abary has scored five goals this season in two games. Abary's goal scoring is tied for fifth in the NCAA this season, just three goals out of leading the nation. Abary scored just six goals all of last season.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Lara Picht
    July 13, 2017
    -- Female Athlete of the Week Lara Picht -- Lara, who graduated from WNCC in May, earned the athlete of the week for her award for academics. Lara was named a NJCAA First Team Academic All-American for achieving a 4.0 GPA during the 2016-17 school year. Lara was a member of the Cougar volleyball team. Lara signed to continue her education and playing at Oral Roberts University.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Andre Matzuda
    July 13, 2017
    -- Male Athlete of the Week Andre Matzuda -- Andre, who will be a sophomore this year and came to WNCC from Lima, Peru, earned the athlete of the week for his award for academics. Andre was named a NJCAA First Team Academic All-American for achieving a 4.0 GPA during the 2016-17 school year. Andre was a member of the men's soccer team.
  • 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.
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