-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 9 --Taylor
Taylor Joplin, a freshman from Great Plain, Kansas, had a nice game in a win over Northwest College on Friday. Joplin finished the game with 16 points on 60 percent shooting. Joplin finished three 3-pointers. Joplin also pulled down four rebounds and dished out three assists. Joplin is averaging 13.2 points a game and has connected on 20 3-pointers.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Dec. 9 --
Jervay Green, a sophomore from Denver, had a big win in two wins last week. Jervay, the University of Nebraska recruit, scored 52 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in wins over Williston State and No. 24 Sheridan College. Jervay had 26 points in both games. Against Williston, nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, and was 11 of 15 from the field. Against Sheridan, Jervay had threes and was 10 of 15 from the field.
-- Female Athlete of the week for the week ending Dec. 2 --
R'Manie Pulling, a freshman from Denver, had a big week last week in two wins for the Cougars. R'Manie had double-figure performances int eh two wins and pushed her consecutive streak to four games. In a win over the Colorado State Club, R'Mani had 14 points with two treys and six assists. R'Manie then finished with 11 points in a win over an undefeated EWC team while going 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Dec. 2 --
Dru Kuxhausen, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, had a big performance in a win over Eastern Wyoming College last week. Dru finished the game with 22 points including nailing five 3-pointers and going 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Dur also dished off four assists and had two steals. Dru is tied for fifth in the nation in made 3-pointers with 40 made treys so far this season for the No. 16-ranked Cougar men.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Nov. 18 --
Merle Wiehl, a sophomore from Germany, had three big games last week in scoring 84 points in three wins. Merle started with a 32-point performance against Northwest at home as she finished with six 3-pointers. Merle followed that up with two imporessive games on the road, finishing with 25 points in a win over Gillette where she had three treys and then had a 27-point effort against Colorado Northwestern where she had another three treys. For the season, Merle is averaging 24.7 points and has made 16 treys.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Nov. 18 --
Elie Cadet, a freshman from West Orlando, Florida, had a big game in a 99-70 win over Central Wyoming College on Saturday. Cadet led the team with 27 points in his first start of the season. Cadet was 13 of 19 from the floor and pulled down five rebounds with two blocked shots. Cadet in a previous game with Western Wyoming where WNCC won 93-90, finished with eight points. Cadet is averaging 8.6 points on 59 percent field goal shooting for the season.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 4 --
Tishara Morehouse, a freshman from Milwaukee, finished the first two games of the season scoring 50 points. Tishara had a 36-point effort in a win over Garden City, where she had five rebounds, three 3-pointers, four steals while going 14 of 20 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. In a loss to Seward to open the season, Tishara had 14 points with five rebounds and two 3-pointers.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 4 --
Bryce Sanchious, a sophomore from Ft, Lauderdale, Florida, had a consistent opening two games on the road finishing with 43 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists in wins over Central Wyoming and College of Southern Idaho. Bryce had 24 points with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and three assists against Central. He was also 8-of-8 fro the free throw line. Against CSI, Bryce had 19 points with four threes, six rebounds, and four assists.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Oct. 28 --
Amryi-Grace Paris, a freshman from Hawaii, had a good week last week in powering down 17 kills in a 5-set loss to Iowa Western, the No. 5 team in the country. Paris also had 14 kills in a win over Sheridan and tallied nine kills in a five-set loss to LCCC. In three matches, she had 40 kills, five solo blocks, and four assisted blocks. In the last eight matches, Paris has netted double-figure kills in seven of the matches.
-- Male Athlete of the Week ending Oct. 28 --
Viktar Kravets, a sophomore, was selected this week because of homecoming festivities since there were no male sports going on. Viktar, from Aurora, Colorado, was named a second attendant at the Homecoming Royalty crowning on Oct. 26 after the WNCC/Iowa Western volleyball match. Viktar and Cougar soccer player Arcy Salgado each were a nominee.
-- Female Athlete of the Week for week ending October 21 --
Sarena Bartley, a sophomore from Ridgefield, Washington, came off the bench in the win against McCook and put down a season-With 14 kills in the 4-set win. Sarena, who has been battling injury and sickness for the majority of the season, finished the McCook win with a hitting efficiency of .385. She also picked up a season-high four digs.
-- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Oct. 21 --
Josue Fernandez, a sophomore from Holdrege, had a big goal in the last regular season game against Central Community College-Columbus on Oct. 13 when he scored a goal in helping the Cougar men to a 3-0 win to wrap up the regular season. Josue has scored two goals this season for the Cougars and ws a starter.
-- 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.