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CWU Rugby Prepares for D1-A Season

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By JOSH PETRIE sports editor

Central Washington University has one of the premier collegiate men’s rugby programs in the nation, but it doesn’t fit in geographically with its peers. The closest worthy adversaries are in California and the Mountain time zone.

The Wildcats were a staple of the Division 1-A Pacific Conference, but with more California schools moving up came fewer willing to travel north. So CWU will go it alone this season, becoming the top flight’s only independent squad for the 2013 season.

“It wasn’t really our preference. We wanted to stay,” CWU head coach Tony Pacheco said. “As they added schools, some of those schools voiced they didn’t want to come to Ellensburg, basically. So I think to kind of appease the masses, we came up with a creative solution to play as an independent.”

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CWU Rippers Defend Title

(Ellensburg, WA – Oct. 8, 2012) The CWU Wake Sports Club successfully defended their West Coast Collegiate Wakeboard Championship title in Sacramento this past weekend. CWU handily won the competition by 27 points, as the closest competitor was defending national champion Chico State. Six divisions were up for grabs; Men’s A, B, C, D, Wake Skate and Women’s Open.

Saturday’s preliminary round advanced nine CWU riders into the final round on Sunday. CWU’s own Thomas Olson and Kolby Blew finished fourth and fifth in the Men A’s riders and in the Men B’s division Sean Harris, Corbin Schafer and Eddie Roberts were top seeds in the finals. CWU swept the Men’s B with Roberts in first, Harris in second and Schafer in third. Mike Day finished second in Men’s C and Patrick Mahoney finished second in Men’s D and also finished third in Wake Skate. Chelsea Worland represented the ladies division and finished second.

CWU will now focus on the Alt Games National Wakeboard Championship in spring of 2013.

Men’s Lacrosse Opens up Fall Ball Season

Ellensburg, Wash.-The CWU Men’s Lacrosse team will begin their Fall Ball season next Saturday on October 6th and 7th in Hillsboro, OR as they take part in the Fritz Hayes Memorial Tournament. The Wildcats will play six games against five different opponents, all of which are part of Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL), except for Humboldt State. The schedule is below and will take place at two different locations. On Saturday competition is at 53rd Avenue Sports Fields and on Sunday the tournament will move to Hillsboro Stadium.

Saturday, October 6th
53rd Avenue Sports Fields
Time Home Away Field
9:00 AM Portland vs. Central Washington 1
10:00 AM Portland State vs. Lewis & Clark 1
10:00 AM Western Oregon vs. Humboldt State 2
11:00 AM Southern Oregon vs. Humboldt State 1
12:30 PM Lewis & Clark vs. Portland State 1
12:30 PM Western Oregon vs. Central Washington 2
1:30 PM Central Washington vs. Portland 1
2:30 PM Humboldt State vs. Southern Oregon 1
2:30 PM Western Oregon vs. Lewis & Clark 2
3:30 PM Portland vs. Portland State 1
3:30 PM Central Washington vs. Southern Oregon 2
Sunday, October 7th
Hillsboro Stadium
 Time Home Away Field
10:00 AM Western Oregon vs. Central Washington 1
10:00 AM Portland vs. Southern Oregon 2
11:00 AM Portland State vs. Humboldt State 1
12:00 PM Western Oregon vs. Lewis & Clark 1
12:00 PM Southern Oregon vs. Portland State 2
1:00 PM Portland vs. Humboldt State 1
2:00 PM Central Washington vs. Lewis & Clark 1

Demo Day Success

Sept. 19, 2012 Ellensburg, Wash.- Central Washington University Collegiate Sports Clubs Demonstration Day a.k.a “Demo Day” was a resounding success and an excellent kick-off of the upcoming competition year for clubs. With all 24 clubs participating, 408 new recruits came to meetings and practices all over campus. Even though the air quality was not up to par, it did not affect the clubs’ ability to recruit new members. Practices were canceled and clubs held meetings to inform new students how they can get involved. “Every meeting I attended was full of new faces excited about the opportunities to participate” said Sport Club Graduate Assistant Derek Tomasone. The club with the most new recruits for the day was the Archery Club with 40 potential new members. Demo Day is an integral part of Collegiate Sport Clubs and its recruiting process.

CWU Rugby Announces Recruits

CWU Head Coach Tony Pacheco has announced his 2012 recruiting class as well as the 2012 Fall Competition Schedule. Pacheco said, “The men coming into the program significantly boosts the national profile of CWU Rugby.” The recruits include 13 student-athletes from Washington, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Montana.  Not only do the incoming ruggers come from all over the United States, their size is all over the place. Ranging from Hobie Sisk (6’5″ 265 Lbs.) a Juanita High School (Kirkland, WA) graduate, to the other end of ruler with Austin Haecherl, a native of Hopkins, MN at (5’6″ 160 Lbs.). The 2012 class also includes two West Valley High School of Yakima products, Jose Serrano (5’10” 160 Lbs.) and Ronnie Roosendaal (6’2″ 180 Lbs.). The Wildcats also picked up Max Narewski (6’0″ 200 Lbs.) who will make the longest trek to campus arriving from Dowington, PA via Bowling Green where he was a Collegiate 7’s All American this past summer playing under Pacheco. CWU Rugby also continued the growing trend of bringing student-athletes to Central from California. The Cats picked up teammates Beau Davis (6’1″ 205 Lbs.) and Doug McKinley (6’0″ 180 Lbs.) of Orinda, CA and Miramonte High School, Gavin Schang (5’11 210 Lbs.) a Lafayette, CA native. All three played for the California State Champions and Number 1-ranked High School program in the nation, La Morinda. Other Washington recruits include Dustin Melton (5’10 170 Lbs.) of Gig Harbor, WA and Micheal Alvernaz (6’3″ 185 Lbs.) of Kent, WA. Other out-of-state recruits include Zach Siemens (5’10” 190 Lbs.) of Minnetonka, MN who played and won with current Wildcats Tanner Barnes and Aladdin Schirmer in the U-20 World Trophy this past June. John Ray (6’1″ 190 Lbs.) of Missoula, MT, and Korbin Lindell (6’2″ 220 Lbs.) of Wales, WI round out the excellent 2012 class. Pacheco also added, “We are adding 13 high class, high integrity individuals that portray the ideals of CWU Rugby.”

2012 Class

Player Height Weight Hometown High School/College
Michael Alvernaz 6’3 185lbs Kent, WA Kentridge High School
Beau Davis 6’1 205lbs Orinda, CA Miramonte High School
Austin Haecherl 5’6 160lbs Hopkins, MN Hopkins High School
Korbin Lindell 6’2 220lbs Wales, WI Kettle Moraine High School
Doug McKinley 6’0 180lbs Orinda, CA Miramonte High School
Dustin Melton 5’10 170lbs Gig Harbor, WA Gig Harbor High School
Max Nawerski 6’0 200lbs Downington, PA Downington High School/Bowling Green
John Ray 6’1 190lbs Missoula, MT Sentinel High School
Ronnie Roosendaal 6’2 180lbs Yakima, WA West Valley High School
Gavin Schag 5’11 210lbs Lafayette, CA Acalanes High School
Jose Serrano 5’10 160lbs Yakima, WA West Valley High
Zach Siemens 5’10 190lbs Minnetonka, MN Minnetonka High School/Trinity College
Hobie Sisk 6’5 265lbs Kirkland, WA Juanita High School

Wake Sports Takes 4th at Nationals

CWU Wake Sports battled both weather and 12 other Collegiate Wake Sport  teams at the 2012 Collegiate Wake Board National Championships. Central wound up taking 4th, an improvement of 3 places from 2011. The event took place at the Guthrie Country Club in Guthrie, Oklahoma from May 31st-June 3rd, the event was originally slated to be held at a Oklahoma City site.Thursday and Friday were filled with challenges to the event. The qualifying rounds began on time on Thursday but were halted by the local health department due to high bacteria levels in the Oklahoma City site after two nights of rain and tornadoes in the area. The permit was revoked and the event was forced to find a new location.The Guthrie Golf and Country Club, 30 miles north of Oklahoma City, came to the rescue and graciously allowed the event to be staged on their  property.

Central’s riders competed in all seven classes. Men A, B, C, D, as well as Women’s A, B and Wake Skate. In Men’s A Thomas Olson, a US Bank Scholarship winner, placed second overall. Brent Lund and Corbin Schafer also took second place in Men’s C and Men’s D respectively.”The entire team  performed on a national stage, ” Club President Eddie Roberts said, “we continue to put Central Washington on the national radar and continually show that we can ride with the best.” Also competing and scoring for the team were Patrick Mahoney, Michelle Moos, Kodie Trinidad, and Roberts.CWU Wake Sports continues to be a strong force in the National Collegiate Wake board Circuit. Central finishes a banner season with a West Coast Regional Title as well as top 4 finish at Nationals.

Coverage will premiere on Wednesday, July 11 (9 p.m. EDT) as part of The Alt Games Presented by Jack in the Box® on CBS Sports Network. Wakeboarding also will be featured as part of the Alt Games Highlight Show Presented by Jack in the Box® airing on the CBS Television Network on Saturday, July 15 (2 p.m. EDT).

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers on Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 (1643 in HD) and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

CWU Equestrian Makes History

When Central Washington Equestrian looks into the history books years from now, they will look at 2012 and see the solid foundation that helped take the club to new levels.From finding a home arena to challenging Oregon State, a powerhouse in IHSA Equestrian, it was a year of newfound success that even led to national recognition.

Shannon Bedell, placed sixth this past weekend at the IHSA National Show in Raleigh, North Carolina. She competed in Advanced Western Horsemanship becoming the first Wildcat to take home hardware in IHSA Equestrian. This accomplishment will forever be apart of Central Washington University and continue to take the CWU Equestrian Club to new levels.