COUGAR ATHLETES OF THE WEEK ARCHIVES

  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Yuliyana Valcheva
    November 07, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Nov. 3 -- Yuliyana Valcheva, a sophomore from Sofia, Bulgaria, opened the season with a 24-point performance over the Nebraska All-stars in the No. 17 Lady Cougars season opener on Saturday. Yuliyana was 9 of 15 from the field with two treys to help the Cougars to the 106-51 win.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Teddy Allen
    November 07, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Nov. 3 -- Teddy Allen, a sophomore from Boys Town High School in Omaha, averaged 35 points in two contests over the weekend for the Cougar men's basketball team. Teddy had 38 points and three 3-pointers in a loss to Western Wyoming before coming back with a 33-point effort in a win over Central Wyoming College on Saturday.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina
    October 24, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Oct. 20 -- Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina, a sophomore from Hawaii, had two double-digit kill performances in wins over Trinidad and Otero over the weekend. In a win over Trinidad, Leslie had 16 kills with three digs and a solo block. Against Otero, Leslie had 16 kills while hitting .536 with three digs, two solo blocks, and two assists. She was also named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Jack Mann
    October 24, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Oct. 20 -- Jack Mann, sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado, scored the only goal for the Cougars in a 3-1 loss to NJC on Saturday. Mann's goal, however, sliced a NJC 2-0 lead in half as the Doherty High graduate chipped one in from the far sidelines close to the cornerkick area for the goal. It was Mann's second goal of the year, his first coming back on Sept. 1 against Dakota County Technical.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Destiny Mueller
    October 09, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Oct. 6 -- Destiny Mueller, a freshman from Gering, scored two goals in the Cougars 2-1 overtime win over Western Wyoming on Saturday. Destiny made it 1-0 when she took a pass from Caroline Vieira in the first half. The goal almost held up until WWCC scored with two minutes left in the match to force overtime. In the overtime period, Destiny took a pass from Bethany Fuchs seven minutes in for the match winner.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Hector Salgado
    October 09, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Oct. 6 -- Hector Salgado, a sophomore from Denver, was one of four players to net a goal in the 4-1 over Western Wyoming on Saturday. It was Hector's goal, however, that started the offensive attack as the sophomore stole the ball and fought the defender to the goal and planted the ball into the back of the net with the only goal of the first half. It was Hector's second goal in the last two weeks.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina
    September 23, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending Sept. 22 -- Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina, a sophomore from Aiea, Hawaii, had a big week in helping the volleyball team to a 4-1 record and 15-5 overall. Leslie finished with 62 kills in five matches last week. Leslie had 17 kills from her middle hitter position against Salt Lake Community College, 16 kills against Midland, and 14 against Colorado Northwestern. Leslie also had six solo blocks and eight assisted blocks in the five matches.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Bernardo Torres
    September 23, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for Week Ending Sept. 22 -- Bernardo Torres, a sophomore from Brazil, helped the Cougars snap a 3-game losing skid with a big goal in the first half of their game Saturday against Central Community College-Columbus which the Cougars won 2-0. While it wasn't the first goal of the match, that was a penalty kick by Daniel Matty, Torres' goal was a beauty as he took a free kick and lofted it into the back of the net from about 25-30 feet out. The goal put WNCC up 2-0 and the defense did the rest. It was Bernarndo's second goal of the season, his first coming in a game against Montana College Club team.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Gabriela Canavati
    September 11, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending Sept. 8 -- Gabriela Canavati, a sophomore from Laredo, Texas, had a big night in a five-set win over Laramie County Community College on Sept. 3. Canavati pounded out 20 kills with two solo blocks in the third straight win for the Cougar volleyball team. The 20 kills was a season-high for Canavati.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Ygor Brito
    September 11, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending Sept. 8 -- Ygor Brito, a freshman from Brazil scored the only goal for the Cougars in a 4-1 loss Northeastern Junior College on Sept. 4. Brito's goal came within the first four minutes of the game. Brito has scored three goals in the last three matches for the 3-2 Cougar men.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Bethany Fuchs
    September 04, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of he Week for the week ending Sept. 1 -- Bethany Fuchs, a sophomore from Aurora, Colorado, had a big weekend in helping the Cougars to a 4-0 record and then a No. 19 ranking in the NJCAA polls that came out Tuesday. Bethany had a hat trick of three goals in the team's 12-0 win over Dakota County. She also had an assist in a 2-1 against Mount Marty varsity. Congratulations Bethany!
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Saul Aguilar
    September 04, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for week ending Sept. 1 -- Saul Aguilar, a sophomore from Aurora, Colorado, helped the Cougar men to two wins over the weekend to improve to 3-1 on the season, In a 7-0 win over a Montana Club team, Saul scored a goal and had two assists. In a 3-2 win over Dakota County Technical, Saul had the go-ahead winning goal in the second half to break a 2-2 halftime lead. Congratulations Saul!
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Rafaela Passos
    August 28, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Aug. 25 -- Rafaela Passos, a red-shirt sophomore from Brazil, had one of the bigger goals of the season in the Cougar women's season-opening game against No. 3 Iowa Western. Passos nailed a PK in the first overtime to help WNCC stun Iowa Western 1-0. The WNCC women then topped Barton the next day 2-0 to remain unbeaten on the early season.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Washington Junior
    August 28, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Aug. 25 -- Washington Junior, a freshman from Brazil, scored the first goal of the season for the Cougar men as the Cougars upended No. 12 Illinois Central College 2-1 on Saturday. The Cougar men went 1-1 in the Iowa Western Tourney.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Softball Team
    May 16, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending May 15 -- Cougar Softball Team -- The softball team had a fantastic season, capturing their seventh Region IX title in program history and first since 2016. WNCC opened tourney play with a walk-off single by Bri George in a 3-2 win over McCook. WNCC then downed Trinidad State before facing McCook in the championship and winning 14-5. The Cougars then hosted the district final against Butler and fell in two games to the No. 10 Butler in a close 5-4 defeat and then 8-5 to end their season at 35-20 and winners of 19 games since April 1.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Baseball Team
    May 16, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending May 15 -- Baseball team -- The Cougar baseball team capped off a successful Region IX tournament with a second-place finish. WNCC opened with a win over Southeast Community College in a play-in game. WNCC then went to the double elimination tournament and captured two wins over Trinidad State 3-2 and Lamar Community College 6-4 to move into the championship. Sunday's championship games were close. WNCC was one out from capturing their second Region IX tourney title in program history, but Lamar came back to win 6-5 in 11 innings. Lamar then won the if-neccessary game to advance to the district payoffs.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Bri George
    May 09, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending May 7 -- Bri George, a freshman catcher from Hooper, Utah, has a 9-game streak of getting a hit in a game. IN the last four games, Bri had hits and had a big home run in a win over McCook in a 9-4 win where she had five RBIs and two runs scored. The home run was a grand slam. She also had two doubles in the four games. Bri is hitting .434 on teh season with 10 runs scored.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Zach Berg
    May 09, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending May 7 -- Zach Berg, a sophomore pitcher from Parker, Colorado, picked up a win and save in four days to help the Cougars earn a playoff spot. Berg picked up the win against Otero by tossing four innings in striking out six while allowing a run and three hits. Then a couple days later, Berg finished off Sunday's must-win game against Lamar with a 4-inning relief appearance for the save in the 6-4 win. Berg struck out five and allowed just two hits in the save.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Tylar Davis
    April 24, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending April 21 -- Tylar Davis, a freshman from American Fork, Utah, had three big hits in a doubleheader win over Lamar on Saturday. Tylar, went 1-2 in a 2-0 win over the Lopes in the first game with a double add RBI. Tylar then wend 2-for-3 in a 12-1 win in game two with a double. Tylar also went 2-3 in a loss to 5-3 loss to Trinidad State. Tylar is batting .260 on the season with 17 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Dermot Fritsch
    April 24, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending April 21 -- Dermot Fritsch, of Brisbane, Australia, had a nice weekend in helping the Cougar baseball team to three conference wins over Trinidad State thus taking over first place in the conference. Dermot went 6-of-10 from the plate with seven runs scored and four RBIs His big game was in a 13-4 win over Trinidad on Saturday where he went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, three runs scored, and had a walk-off home run to end the game. Dermot is batting .327 for the season with 27 RBIs and 27 runs scored.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Emma Glawson
    April 11, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending April 7 -- Emma Glawson, a freshman from Victoria, British Columbia, had a big weekend in four games in helping the Cougars take 3 of 4 from Otero. Emma went 11 of 16 at the plate with four runs scored and nine RBIs. Her big bat was her ability to hit extra base hits, collecting five doubles and two home runs. Her one double was a walk-off hit that scored Hannah Baesler with the game-winning run. She had three doubles and three RBIs in that win.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Brevin Owen
    April 11, 2019
    --Male Athlete of the Week for the Week Ending April 7 - Brevin Owen, a soohomore from Peyton, Colorado, had a good seven games last week against Otero and McCook. Brevin finished with 11 runs, 12 hits, four doubles, two triples, two home runs, and six RBIs.He also struck out once in 22 at bats. It was the home series with McCook that Brevin stepped up as the sophomore hit .500 with six runs scored with a double, a triple, and two home runs with six RBIs.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Michaela Kelly
    March 27, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 25 -- Michaela Kelly, a sophomore from Castle Rock, Colorado, had a solid six games last week in helping the Cougars to five of six wins. Michaela finished the six games with a .696 batting average while tallying two doubles, one triple, and two home runs. She also had 15 RBIs and nine runs scored. In all six games, Michaela had at least two hits. In the NJC doubleheader win, she had nine RBIs with two doubles and a home run, while scoring four runs. Michaela is batting .500 for the year.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Hunter Parker
    March 27, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 24 -- Hunter Parker, a sophomore from Centennial, Colorado, had a big pitching performance in a 4-1 win over Southeast Community College on Sunday. Parker, who has signed to play at Ft. Hays State University next year, went five strong innings with eight strikeouts while allowing just two his and one run, Parker faced just 21 batters in those five innings. For the season, Parker is 2-1 with 17 strikeouts in four appearances. Parker is committed to play for the Western Nebraska Pioneers this summer in Gering.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Women's Basketball Team
    March 12, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 10 --  The Women's Basketball Team gets the pick this week for winning the Region IX title with a 65-60 win over Casper College to earn a third straight trip to nationals. The championship was the programs' 14th Region IX title. WNCC earned the title with a 95-43 win over Sheridan and then a 91-65 win over Eastern Wyoming. The Cougars will be facing Hutchinson in the National Tournament on Monday, March 17.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Harrison Yates
    March 12, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 10 -- Hunter Yates, a sophomore from Laramie, Wyoming, had a bit weekend in helping the Cougars to two wins over Trinidad State Junior College. In a 6-5 win on Saturday, Yates went 2-for-2 with a run scored. It was the next two games that stood out. In a 10-3 win, Yates went 2-for-3 with a grand slam, four RBIs and a run scored. Yates added another home run in the 11-3 loss to the Trojans.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Emma Glawson
    March 06, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 4 -- Emma Glawson, a freshman pitcher from Victoria, British Columbia, had a big game in a 22-7 win over Trinidad State Junior College last weekend. Emma went 4-for-4 in the win with five RBIs and five runs scored with a double and two home runs. She also pitched 1.1 innings in the game allowing two hits. In the game before this one, Emma picked up the in circle in the 9-1 win over Trinidad allowing four hits, one run, and striking out five. Emma is batting .400 on the season with four home runs and four doubles.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Braden Lofink
    March 06, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 4 -- Braden Lofink, a sophomore outfielder from Scottsbluff, had a big, clutch 2-run double to help the Cougar baseball team to a 9-4 win over Lamar Community College in conference action on Friday. Lofink finished the game going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, two runs scored, and a double. Lofink is batting .250 for the season in five games with four runs scored and six RBIs.
  • Female Athlete of the Week -- Abriana Ramirez
    March 01, 2019
    -- Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending February 24 -- Abriana Ramirez, a sophomore from Arvada, Colorado, had a big series as WNCC defeated No. 14 Highland Community College in a pair of games last week. Abriana went 5 for 7 in two wins. In the second game, the 14-13 win, AB went 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, five RBIs, and four runs scored. In the 10-6 win, AB went 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored.
  • Male Athlete of the Week -- Martin Roub
    March 01, 2019
    -- Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 24 -- Martin Roub, a sophomore from the Czech Republic, had a consistent two games in a pair of sub-region games against Otero and Trinidad State. In a win over Otero, Martin tallied 27 points on 13 of 17 shooting with four rebounds and two blocked shots. In a loss to Trinidad, Martin led the team with 28 points on 13 of 19 shooting from the field while pulling down seven rebounds, burying two 3-pointers, and blocking a shot.
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