Central Washington University Rodeo Club will be hosting three days of rodeo this weekend beginning at noon on Friday April 26th with the slack performances and commencing at 2 p.m. on Sunday the 28th.The rodeo will take place at the historic Ellensburg Rodeo Arena and bring in collegiate teams from all over the northwest. Rough stock which means bucking bulls will take place in the evening on the 26th and 27th. Central Rodeo will also be hosting a silent auction throughout the weekend. From barrel racing to steer roping, the CWU Collegiate Rodeo will have something to offer for all fans of rodeo.
After beating up on Washington State this past weekend, Central Men’s Soccer will head to Pullman to partake in the NCCSC Tournament. Central will enter as the favorite this weekend due to their stellar record of 6-1-1 totaling 19 points. WSU cannot be counted out being that they are the only team to beat CWU this season. WSU is also the defending champions.
The tournament will begin with Eastern Washington, the 5 seed, taking on the 4th seeded Vandals of Idaho at 11 am on Saturday. Idaho and Eastern split the season series, with Eastern taking the most recent of the two matches.
The 2 pm game will see the host Cougars take on the Bulldogs of Gonzaga in the 2 vs 3 match-up. WSU and Gonzaga only played one match this year due to scheduling conflicts. Both teams are very good and depending on who shows up, the match could go either way.
The night cap will pit the number 1 seed Wildcats against the winner of the 11 am game. The Wildcats will look to take the conference tournament title after losing in OT last year in the championship match.
The consolation final will be at 10 am on Sunday, with the championship following at 1 pm.
Central Rugby sent a message to the rest of the Rugby World today. The message: We will back next year, and you best be ready.
Central thumped Cal Poly-SLO 60-29 in what was mainly a one-sided match featuring many of the Wildcat Ruggers. The Cats who were knocked out of playoff contention 2 weeks ago by UCLA wanted redemption against Poly. The Cats did not let up, scoring tries came easy on Saturday, whereas in the last two D1-A matches it has not been, the Wildcats hope their strong finish can lead them into next season with momentum. Central Rugby might not be in the D1-A playoffs this year, but the future looks bright for the Cats as U-20 selection Tanner Barnes got into the mix scoring three tries. The Wildcats were also helped by Patrick Blair, Paul Smith, Alex Reher, Bijan Ghambari, and Andrew Nelson who all got into try zone or converted kicks for the Wildcats.
With the season ending, next week the Wildcats will be hosting the CWU Rugby Alumni Game on Nicholson Rugby Pitch at 1 p.m. Following the game the annual Banquet and Auction will take place in the SURC Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. Hope to everyone there.
Central Washington Wake Sports earned their berth to Oklahoma City and The ALT Games in the fall, but this weekend will decide who will represent the Wildcats in OKC. Central Wake Sports is attending an open competition in Toledo, WA at Koppert Lake this weekend. This competition will decide the six riders that get the opportunity to compete in Oklahoma.
This weekend is also the final competition tune-up for the Wildcat Riders who will look to put Central Washington University on the map in the Wake Sports World. Central is one 14 pre-qualified schools due to winning the Western Regional in Chehalis, WA last fall.
The other schools that qualified for OKC are:
Arizona State University
Ball State University
California State University – Chico
Central Washington University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Illinois State University
North Carolina State University
University of Florida
University of Louisiana – Monroe
University of Miami
University of Tennessee
University of Wisconsin – Madison
National Recognition is nothing new for Central Rugby, following in Head Coach Tony Pacheco footsteps Tanner Barnes and Aladdin Schirmer were both selected to compete with the U-20 National Rugby Team, which is a first for Central Rugby. The team will compete in U-20 Junior World Rugby Trophy Tournament in Salt Lake City, UT. Barnes of Fresno, California and Schirmer of North Bend, WA are both currently freshmen at CWU have both played significant minutes for Central’s first side. Barnes was also an asset during seven’s competitions in Las Vegas and Texas. “It is exciting to have two of our players representing their country.” said Pacheco.”They have worked hard for this opportunity. They will represent our country and Central Washington University well.” The tournament begins on June 18th with the champion being awarded on the 30th.
Two weeks, two championships. Before Central heads to Pullman; Washington State will make a visit to Ellensburg to decide the number 1 seed for the NCCSC Conference Tournament as well as who is the regular season champs. Central’s road to the top seed is very easy, win or tie and the top seed and first round bye is all theirs. Washington State’s road is more difficult, but easier to understand, win and their number one next weekend.Central sits atop the standing with 16 points with the Cougars nipping at their heels at 14 points.The tournament next weekend will be hosted by the Cougars by virtue of winning the NCCSC Tournament last year.
The Central Washington University Sport Club office is proud to announce the US Bank Scholarship winners for Winter Quarter. Below are stories about each individual and their accomplishments.
Miranda Frank: Rodeo
Miranda Frank of the Rodeo Club is from Moses Lake and majoring in Business. Her coach Mary Minor had this to say about Miranda.
“She is, without a doubt, one of the most hard-working, dedicated club members that I have ever worked with. She is a leader and takes pride in following through on anything asked of her. Her time devoted to the Rodeo Club is unbelievable since she is a full-time student and works part-time for the local school district. “Miranda is a vital part of CWU College Rodeo events and making sure they run smoothly. Miranda Frank is the US Bank Scholarship Winner for December.
Ryan Snider:Men’s Rugby
Ryan Snider of the Men’s Rugby Team has had to deal with some adversity over the past year. In March of 2011 he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. After a long and intense rehab with University Recreation training staff he suffered a setback in November re-injuring the knee. Despite the injury Ryan played for Central in the Collegiate Rugby Sevens National Championships in December and helped lead them to a national runner up performance. In February he persevered through the injury to play in the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens Tournament. Following the tournament he found out that he will need an additional surgery to repair his knee. He will miss the remainder of the spring 2012 but is expected to return to full strength by the fall. Despite being injured Ryan has been at practices, helped the team administratively and helped players prepare for matches. Ryan’s leadership to the team has been noticeable and he continues to inspire his teammates even though he cannot play for 6 months. The US Bank Scholarship winner for December is Ryan Snider of the Men’s Rugby Team.
David Kuich: Wrestling
David Kuich of the Wrestling Club has only been enrolled at CWU for two quarters, but his impact on the club has been more than what the usual freshman has to offer. Acting as the assistant coach/wrestler, David amassed an undefeated record against NCWA opponents during the regular season. David earned 4th place at the West Coast Regional Tournament in San Jose on Feb. 25 and was named “All Conference” for the 133lb weight class. David is a freshman at Central and undecided on his major. US Bank Scholarship winner for January is David Kuich of the Wrestling club.
Mackenzie Nichols: Climbing
Mackenzie Nichols a junior from Cashmere has been a mainstay in the CWU Climbing Club. She balances her time between climbing and academics very well, double majoring in Global Wine Studies and Public Relations. Mackenzie has helped grow the Climbing Club to what it is today and helps greatly with the “Ropeless Rodeo” hosted every year by the CWU Climbing Club. In Northwest Collegiate Club Climbing Circuit Competitions she is currently 12th Overall. Mackenzie Nichols is the US Bank Scholarship Winner for January.
Chris Johnson: Men’s Lacrosse
Chris Johnson, a Port Angeles native and graduate student in the education department at Central, has served various roles in the Men Lacrosse team over the years. He has played four years for the Wildcats and has scored 63 goals in his career thus far. In their win against Willamette University he scored a game-high 9 goals. His first stint as a player ended in 2007 for the Wildcats, he then transitioned into a coaching position, and is now excelling in his last year as a Wildcat. Chris Johnson is the February US Bank Scholarship Winner.
Jenny MacKenzie: Women’s Water Polo
Jenny MacKenzie, a Sophomore Exercise Science major from Lake Tapps, has become a major part of the Women’s Water Polo Club in their early season tournaments. The club headed down to Woodburn, Oregon in early February and Jenny played a vital role in their win against rival Western Washington. Throughout the tournament her stats were off the charts scoring 14 goals, 5 assists, and 7 steals. Jenny led the Cats throughout the tournament and is maturing into team leader, becoming club president earlier this year. The February US Bank Scholarship Winner is Jenny MacKenzie.