COUGAR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK ARCHIVES

  • 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.
  • 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.
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