May 16, 2017
Storm baseball entered the last weekend of league in a battle for the two remaining playoff positions. Four teams in each of the four regions in NWAC baseball make the playoffs with each league champion earning an automatic spot in the NWAC Championship Tournament. The other three qualifying teams play in different cross regional tournaments. Each of the cross regional tournament winners also qualifies to participate in the Championship Tournament. With a weekend four game series left the Storm were one of 5 teams still in competition for the remaining two Southern Region playoff spots. The weekend started rough with a one run loss to Southwestern Oregon, but the Storm bounced back in game two with a 3-2 victory and a first day split. Still in the thick of the race a day two sweep would assure the Storm at least a tie for one of the remaining playoff positions. The Strom opened game one on Sunday to take an early lead only to relinquish that lead a few innings later. Every time Southwestern scored the Storm seemed to answer finishing with an 8-6 win. Sunday’s game two was a classic. In what was supposed to be a seven inning game, both teams saw opportunities lost either by squandered opportunities or timely plays to squash a potential rally by the opponent. Finally in the bottom of the 12th inning the Storm managed to capitalize on a leadoff single that resulted in a sacrifice fly three batters later for the game ending score. The 3-2 victory coupled with the rest of the league results put the Storm in the first round of the playoffs. The Storm finished 4th in league with an 11-13 record and an overall record of 26-19. They will travel to Tacoma for a 1 pm game against Skagit Valley who is the third place team out of the Northern Region. With a cross regional tournament win the Storm would qualify for NWAC Baseball Championships which will be held in Longview, Washington starting on Thursday May 25, 2017. The cross regional and championship action can be followed at www.nwacsports.org/baseball/championships, Go Storm.
May 16, 2017
The Storm women’s softball team may have struggled through some inconsistency this season but playing anyone, anywhere, anytime proved to be what was needed to get the job done. Getting to the softball championships is about doing well in league as the top three teams in each of the three leagues in the NWAC are automatic qualifiers to the sixteen team tournament. After the automatic qualifiers are determined the final seven spots in the tournament are determined by your standing in the RPI rankings. Wins are obviously part of the equation but so is the strength of the schedule you compete against, and the Storm understood this and made the preseason schedule count for them as well. The Storm finished the season 11-17 in league play and a sixth place finish in the incredibly strong Southern Region. Overall the Storm finish with a record of 18-21, so between the tough non-conference schedule and playing in the strong Southern Region they were able to secure an RPI ranking of 12th. So even though they weren’t able to secure one of the automatic bids they were still able to qualify. The Storm will face the 5th seeded Edmonds Community College team at 12:30 pm Friday May 19th in Spokane, Washington at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in the first round of the NWAC Softball Championships. The tournament action can be followed at www.nwacsports.org/softball/championship, Go Storm.
March 23, 2017
Fall sports teams achieved success on the field of play in 2016. This included a third place finish for the Volleyball team at the NWAC Championships, as well as Men’s Soccer finishing fifth in the NWAC Men’s Soccer Championships. For their athletic efforts the following Chemeketa student-athletes were recognized: All Southern Region team and South-West All-Star participants for men’s soccer were, Luis Armenta, Eric Garibay, Julio Miranda, Marco Aguilar, Mauricio Juarez, and Hector Sanchez-Martinez. All Southern Region team for women’s soccer was Eve Ponce, Janae Souza, Katie Foster, and Cheyanne Kier, while Eve Ponce was selected to the South-West Region All-Star participant for women’s soccer. Three Storm volleyball players were named to the All Southern Region Volleyball team, they were Tory Bennett First Team, Madison Ross Second Team, and Taija Jones Honorable Mention. The following sophomore student-athletes were recognized as members of the NWAC Fall All-Academic team, which requires a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better. They were from women’s soccer, Kayla Loukojarvi, Janae Souza, Emily Vandehay, and from volleyball, Tory Bennett, Madison Ross, Molly Warriner, and Emily Weidlich.
Winter teams battled the ups and downs of a tough Southern Region but neither qualified for the NWAC Basketball Championships. The player’s efforts did not go unnoticed by conference coaches though. As three men’s basketball players were honored for their outstanding play. Tregg Peterson was selected to the Southern Region First Team and All Defensive team as well as an NWAC All-Star game participant, Collin Huun was selected to the Southern Region Second Team as well as to participate in the NWAC All-Star game, while Damon Heard was selected All-Freshman Honorable Mention. On the women’s side Lakin Susee was selected women’s basketball All Southern Region Second Team as well as the All-Freshman Team, while Erika Skoog was selected to the Southern Region All Defensive Team, and Victoria Swanson was chosen Southern Region Honorable Mention. The basketball teams also had three sophomore student-athletes selected to the NWAC Winter All-Academic Team with Tregg Peterson and Collin Huun representing men’s basketball, and Jasmine Ernest from women’s basketball.
March 23, 2017
Four years ago, the NWAC office determined it was time to acknowledge the success of its members both academically and athletically. To acknowledge the schools with the most overall success in the classroom they created a formula where points are awarded for credits completed, overall GPA, and degree completion. The award given to the winning school is called the Presidents Cup, which is a traveling trophy that has the winning schools name and year it won inscribed on it. A similar formula was created to calculate the athletic accomplishments of each school as well, which included points for finish in conference as well as NWAC Championship events for each sport. This award is called the Directors Cup and like the Presidents Cup the winning schools are inscribed on the traveling trophy. To also even the playing field a little they divided the NWAC into two categories, schools with eight or more sports and schools with seven or less sports. With seven teams the Storm compete in the division of seven or less sports. Even though we have always believed in the title of student-athlete, we have fully embraced the new NWAC competition. In the first four seasons of the Presidents Cup, Chemeketa has yet to win. However we are one of only five schools in our division to place in the top ten each of the four years the competition has taken place. Our athletic endeavors have continued to show strong and the Storm have won the Directors Cup for its division in two of the first four years of its existence, including the inaugural year in 2013.
March 22, 2017
On March 17th the first NWAC baseball coaches poll was released and Storm baseball debut at #5 in the first ranking. The Storm were the only ranked team from the Southern Region and boasted a 9-1 record at the time of the poll. Four days later the Storm appeared on another radar, this time in the ABCA – Junior College Pacific Associations Division Baseball Poll. This poll encompasses all Oregon, Washington, and California two-year colleges. The Storm were ranked 19th in this top twenty-five poll. Congratulations to the Storm baseball team on their early season recognition.
March 20, 2017
A tryout for the Chemeketa Storm women's soccer team is being held Saturday March 25th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at McNary High School. McNary is located at 595 Chemawa Rd. N Keizer, OR 97303. If you have further questions please contact head coach Sara Landis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20, 2017
Chemeketa Storm are hosting a tryout on Saturday March 25th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Sprague High School. Sprague is located at 2373 Kuelbler Rd. S. Salem, OR 97302. For further questions please contact head coaches Cristian Curiel at email@example.com or Oscar Monteblanco at Oscar0657@comcast.net.
November 3, 2016
The Storm men's soccer team is hosting Pierce College this Saturday at Willamette University with a scheduled start time of 6:00pm. The winner of the match will qualify for one of the four spots in the NWAC Men's Soccer Championships, which are being held at Starfire Sports Complex in Seattle, Washington November 11-13. A Storm victory would be the fifth trip to the final four since the programs inception nine seasons ago, as well as back to back tournament appearences. Come out and support the Storm in their Championship quest.
October 31, 2016
The Storm men’s soccer team entered their contest on October 29th in a tie for first place. They needed a win to at worst share the region championship and secure a first round playoff bye, as well as hosting a second round playoff match. The Storm proved to be a category 5 for the visiting Rogue Osprey. The Storm started strong and jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead. They controlled the ball for the majority of the half constantly putting pressure on the visitors. The halftime break did not slow the Storm as they came out even stronger. Again with ball control and constant pressure on their opponent the Storm added 5 more goals and finished the game with an 8-1 victory. The win secured a share of the league title and the number one seed for playoffs. As luck would have it, Portland Community College with whom the Storm were tied entering the day, could only manage a tie in their match. Thus giving the Storm the outright Southern Region league championship.
As the Southern Region number one seed the Storm will play host to a second round playoff match this coming Saturday November 5th at 6:00pm. The game will be played at Willamette University verses an opponent to be determined. The Storm will face the winner of the North Idaho and Pierce match up, which will be held on Wednesday at North Idaho. North Idaho is the number 2 seed out of the Eastern Region and Pierce is the number 3 seed out of the Western Region. The winner of Saturday’s match will move on the NWAC Men’s Soccer Final Four Championships, which will be held November 11th through the 13th at Starfire Sports Complex in Seattle, Washington.
October 31, 2016
The Storm Volleyball team took to the road this past weekend looking for a couple wins. The journey was good as they found what they were looking for with wins at Umpqua on Friday October 28th and Southwestern Oregon on Saturday October 29th. The two wins moved the Storm's league record to 8-3 and gave them a 4 game lead over the two fifth place teams Umpqua and Southwestern Oregon, with three league games remaining to be played. This secures a spot in the NWAC Volleyball Championship Tournament for the Storm. The tournament will be played November 17-20 at the Tacoma Convention Center.
The Storm will finish their home schedule this coming week hosting Clark College on Wednesday November 2nd at 6:30pm then hosting Mt. Hood Community College on Friday November 6th at 6:30pm. The Storm's final league match will be at Clackamas Community College on November 9th at 6:30pm.
October 24, 2016
The home soccer matches scheduled for October 29th will be played at Blanchet High School, which is located at 4373 Market St. NE in Salem. Game times are women at 12:00pm and men at 2:15pm.
October 16, 2016
The canceled men's soccer match from Saturday October 15th has been rescheduled for Monday October 17th. The game will be a 3:00pm start and will be held at Harmony Sports Complex in Vancouver, Washington.
October 14, 2016
The Chemeketa men's soccer game scheduled for Saturday October 15th at Clark College has been postponed due to weather. We will post the information on the rescheduled match when it is finalized.
September 21, 2016
All Chemeketa home volleyball matches will be streamed this season. By clicking on the link in this article it will take you to the page to find home games. If you click on athletics you will get a drop down with years. Click on the appropriate year and sport and choose the specific game you are wanting to watch and view the Storm in action live. https://video.chemeketa. edu/category/Athletics
August 29, 2016
The volleyball season opened last weekend at the NWAC Fall Festival in Eugene, Oregon. The event featured 32 NWAC volleyball teams squaring off over the two day event. The Storm faced a who’s who of the 2015 season in the first weekend and showed themselves well. The first match was against Northern Idaho College who is now competing in the NWAC after leaving the Scenic West Athletic Conference, which competes at the National Junior College level. The Storm battled but fell short losing the three set match 15-25, 26-24, 7-15. The second match of the day was a two set sweep over Tacoma Community College who was the fourth place finisher at the 2015 NWAC Championships. The Storm started strong and stayed that way throughout the match winning both sets 25-16, 25-16. In the third match the Storm faced four time Defending NWAC Champions, Blue Mountain Community College. Still feeling good after the win over Tacoma, the Storm continued to roll with another two set victory winning 25-18, 25-16. In the fourth match of day one the Storm squared off against Walla Walla Community College who was tied for fifth place at last year’s NWAC Championships. With both teams battling fatigue it was a test of wills, with the Storm coming out on top. It was the third two set sweep of the day as the Storm won 25-22, 25-18. Day two featured two more quality NWAC opponents starting with Highline College who finished in the top eight at last year’s NWAC Championships. The Storm started the morning with a first set win but fell in the next two sets, dropping the first match 25-20, 22-25, 13-15. They responded from the first match defeat buy coming back with a last match sweep over Shoreline Community College who placed tied for fifth at last season’s NWAC Championships. The Storm finished the weekend event winning 25-16, 25-18, 25-21 and a weekend record of 4-2. Chemeketa will play there next match on the road with a contest at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington on Tuesday August 30 at 5:00 pm.
July 25, 2016
The fall sports seasons will be kicking into high gear starting August 1st. This is the first official day that NWAC fall sports programs may begin practice for the upcoming 2016-17 season. This past year saw the Storm have high levels of success both in competition and the classroom. As students, the Storm excelled with over half of it student-athletes finishing the year with over a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 11 of our sophomore student-athletes also were recognized by the NWAC for academic excellence, which required them to complete their second competition season with over a 3.25 cumulative GPA. In competition the Storm's seven programs amassed an overall 57% winning percentage. Between the programs they won 1 region championship, had 6 teams make the NWAC playoffs, and garnered 2 Region Coach of the Year awards, 2 Region Most Valuable Player awards, and had 19 student-athletes earn All Region acknowledgement. The Storm were also recognized by the NWAC as the top school for athletic success with 7 or fewer teams in the 2015-16 year by being awarded the Directors Cup. It is the second time the Storm has won this award since its inception four years ago. 2016 fall schedules have been posted to this site and rosters will be posted as soon as they are finalized by the coaches. So get your Storm gear ready, add the dates to your calendar, and come support the Storm. We are looking forward to another great year and hope you will be a part of it with us.