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future career. Heavily involved in drama during high school, he continued to pursue it after his graduation. Although Olson did land a lead role in the play, he did not know about the auditions until the day before. “I asked a friend for a monologue and went to the audition with the script in hand rather than having it memorized,” said Olson. The play’s stage manager, Athena Ruhl, has been a part of CCC’s drama department for four years and is currently in the Artist-in-Residence program at CCC. The program allows Ruhl to work as an intern, work with students and help with theater classes. Ruhl has also been a part of the
Clackamas Repertory Theatre for two and a half years. As stage manager, Ruhl has many responsibilities. “I set the stage, you set props. When the show finally opens I’ll be calling queues that run the show. So up until then it’s really just making sure the students or the actors learn their lines,” she said. “Helping them learn their lines and helping them learn their blocking. Just if they need help in general I’m there for that. Just making sure that things are going as smooth as physically possible.” Please see PLAY, Page 4
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During the year 1885, Bulgaria was going through a hard time—the SerboBulgarian War. In spite of the war, Raina Petkoff sat on her balcony overlooking her small Bulgarian town. Little did she know that soon there would be a Swiss mercenary soldier from the Serbian Army in her bedroom. She would spend a suspenseful evening with this strange soldier and find herself in a whirlwind of excitement. This included hiding him from the
Bulgarian Army and then sending him on his way the next morning, hiding beneath her father’s coat. The war would come to an end, but will the Serbian soldier return? The CCC drama department will be showing the play “Arms and the Man” to tell the story of the soldier and if he will indeed return. Thommie Olson, plays Captain Bluntschli, the Serbian soldier. He defines his character as thoroughly practical and contrasts himself with the other characters. “They all view war romantically whereas Bluntschli is a pragmatist,” said Olson. This is Olson’s second term at CCC. He knows he wants to be an actor for his
In the second act of the play “Arms and the Man,” Raina and Catherine Petkoff consult Major Petkoff after he gets back from war. He also finds out about the Serbian soldier who was hidden away in his daughter’s bedroom and wore his coat as a disguise to flee the next morning. The play runs Feb. 28-March 10 at the college.
Basketball alumni shoot for the stars, land overseas Andrew Millbrooke Sports Editor
Scott Kellar, had nothing but praise for his former star player in a phone interview. “Between his sophomore and junior years he physically and fundamentally just exploded,” said Kellar. “Even more impressive to me is what a great teammate he was and how much he was respected by his teammates. He had a gift for relating to people.” Tapscott played in the International Basketball League last year for the Salem Soldiers and is planning on playing for the Portland Chinooks when they start at the end of April this year. Tapscott was sensational for the Soldiers, averaging 28.6 points and 12.7 rebounds while shooting 48-percent on 3-pointers. Tapscott, at only 6-foot-5, is undersized to play on the inside, but he makes up for it with tremendous hustle and athleticism. “He’s got unbelievable tim-
ing, especially rebounding and he just has a nose for the ball,” said Kellar. “With his jumping ability and his wingspan, he plays a lot bigger than he is.” Tapscott, who was in town in early December for an alumni scrimmage against the current Clackamas team, said his goal is to play in the NBA. Tapscott is willing to do whatever it takes to get there, even if it means travelling halfway across the world to do it. Kellar is sure that Tapscott will eventually get a shot at the NBA. “He’s such a versatile offensive player and he’s gotten better every year,” said Kellar. “That has been his dream since high school and I wouldn’t put anything past him.” Please see EUROPE, Page 8 TAPSCOTT
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Three former CCC men’s basketball players are making quite a name for themselves on the other side of the world by playing professional basketball. While not quite realizing their dream and playing in the NBA, these players are living the dream by getting paid to play the game they love, while living comfortably and traveling all over Europe. Chehales Tapscott, Brian Freeman and Michael Kuebler are all playing professionally in different European countries. In addition, all three players went on to successful Division I careers after they left Clackamas; Tapscott at Portland State, Freeman at Long Beach State and Kuebler at Hawaii. All three first made a name for
themselves at the Oregon prep level, Tapscott at Century High School in Hillsboro, Freeman at West Albany and Kuebler at South Salem. Tapscott, 2010 Clackamas alum, is playing overseas in Luxembourg’s Diekirch League for AS Soleuvre. Tapscott joined the team midway through the first stage of the season, providing an immediate impact. Tapscott averaged 22 points and over 10 rebounds per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. Tapscott was a two-time NWAACC Player of the Year (2009, 2010) for the Cougars and went on to average 14 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior last season at Portland State. Tapscott was named All Big Sky Conference after leading the league in rebounding, blocked shots and double-doubles. Tapscott’s coach at Century,
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For Whom the Letter Tolls
Greg Fitzgerald CCC Foundation Director
The English department has hopes for the letter as well and expressed interest in possibly passing the letter around to other colleges in the area. English Chair Dave Mount had some ideas about what could be done with the letter. “I think one thing we could do is facilitate making sure that Hemingway scholars in
CCC was previously unknown to them. The college, however, cannot publish the letter or put out a transcript of the letter, and will rarely show the original. “The content of the letter is copyrighted by the Hemingway family for some period of time, but it will be published in a series of books with the other Hemingway letters,” said Fitzgerald. A donation of this size and importance is a fairly rare thing for the college, and overall everyone involved with the letter has expressed hope, joy and excitement at getting the opportunity to work with it. “Certainly it adds to our academic status that we have another piece to add to our collection and our research collections. It’s a good legacy for this college all the way around,” said Fitzgerald.
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Clackamas Community College was treated to a gift that is not often bestowed upon community colleges. It received, from a private collector, a rare 80-year-old letter written by Ernest Hemingway. The letter written in 1933, intended for his friend Charles Thompson, details deep sea fishing in Cuba, a car that he left in Florida and about setting a later date for a scheduled hunting trip to Africa. The letter was written in pencil while Hemingway was staying at a Havana hotel. The donor is Larry Peterson,
“At this point we’re leaving up how to display the letter to the English Department.”
the area do know about it,” he said. “Maybe writing a letter and sending it out to UO and OSU to let Hemingway experts in the area know it’s here. It’s kind of a responsibility actually.” Greg Fitzgerald, Foundation director, has overseen the letter since it first arrived at CCC. “At this point we’re leaving up how to display the letter to the English department. They are going to figure out what they want to do to unveil this. It’ll be spring term,” said Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald offered more concrete details on what the plans for the letter will be. “We’ve had a lot of interest from Dr. Suzanne Clark at the University of Oregon, but also from Penn State University who has a project called the Hemingway Letters Project, and from the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston,” said Fitzgerald. The Hemingway Letters Project at Penn State is a unique and ambitious project with their hopes to publish 6,000 of Hemingway’s letters, and the letter that was donated to
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a Lake Oswego based lawyer. Peterson came into possession of the letter at an auction in 1993 and it has largely sat untouched since then. “I believe he paid about $5,000 and it has recently been appraised at close to $23,000,” said CCC Major Gifts Officer, Vicki Smith. The letter was given not only to the college but to the Alden E. Miller Law Library of Clackamas County. “We drafted up a memo of understanding between us and the law library. Larry Peterson had to give it to one place so we could give him a receipt, so he gave it to CCC but we share ownership with the law library,” said Smith. Plans on unveiling the letter at CCC are still in the works and much is still on the table in regards to how to show the letter. Another concern is what the most responsible and academic way of handling the letter will be. “We’ve been in touch with the National Hemingway Society and professors who study nothing but Hemingway,” said Smith. “And they say don’t
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Channel your inner moneymaker Brittany Bell News Editor
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Woodturner and YouTube entrepreneur Carl Jacobson speaks to Clackamas students on Wednesday, Feb. 20, about the moneymaking possibilities that come with a popular YouTube channel and well placed ads from Google AdSense.
How does a person make money on YouTube by just simply posting videos – without selling a product, without joining some ponzi scheme and without ripping off your viewers? On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Clackamas offered a Making Money on YouTube luncheon presentation to the community for a $5 admission fee per person. The speaker was Carl Jacobson, who is a self-employed woodturner, which differs from other forms of woodworking because the piece of wood is conitnuously moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. He sells the products he makes in his YouTube videos but makes more money from the ads that play before his videos or show on the side of his page. “When I first set up my account, I was just using it to watch cat videos,” said Jacobson. “YouTube is free to watch.” Jacobson started by making videos in his garage as a side project to teach people about woodturning. “At the time YouTube was a new way to teach people, because people want to learn things,” he said. “With this you can do anything.” After a while, YouTube suggested that Jacobson become an AdSense partner; both programs are owned by Google. Once you have a YouTube channel, you can either create an AdSense account or request permission for a partnership through YouTube’s monetization settings. Having an AdSense account is important because it is how you get paid for ads. How this works is a company will pay YouTube or
Google to run their ads based on views. When you allow ads on your site, you get a portion of the money that the advertisers are paying. “You don’t have a choice of what ads play, but you can decide where and when they run,” said Jacobson. You may want to have advertisements showing on the side of your page, which will bring in revenue, as long as viewers are interested enough to click on them. Or you could have a video advertisement play before yours begins. The type and number of ads depict your revenue and the more relevant the ad is to your video, the more you will get paid. “If I put a video up on YouTube, people will share it, and they have a group of people, and a couple of them will share it,” said Jacobson. This shows one way that your video can get more views and in turn bring in more revenue. Other ways might be to post a link to your video on other social media or forum sites relating to your topic. Throughout the presentation, Jacobson fielded questions from the audience. One of the questions was from Bill Briare, Dean of Arts and Sciences. “Is there a threshold for ads on YouTube?” asked Briare. “There used to be, but there’s not anymore,” replied Jacobson. Jacobson convinced a friend to post a video of making a Barbie doll cake. It is called “How to Decorate a Barbie Doll/Princess Cake with Icing” and has been up for about six months. This video has made over $5,000 from ads on YouTube already, with approximately 30 percent of views playing through the whole video. “This is the reason I’ve been so successful. I have 15,000 viewers on
my channel, I reply to all the comments. I answer all the questions,” said Jacobson. “I try to keep that up more than anything.” Some things you should remember when uploading a video to YouTube are to include a title, a description of the video and tag words that are related. You shouldn’t put a title or keywords that are unrelated to your video just because it is a commonly searched tag or to get hits. People will find that annoying. AdSense can be used for other sites such as Blogger and personal websites as well. You can also put a link in your videos that suggests another one of your videos to viewers. This event was co-sponsored by the Customized Training department and the Business and Computer Science department. Funds from the departments and the admission fee provided the speaker an honorarium pay. The crowd was a diverse group of students, community members, professionals, CCC faculty and a wide age range, who all chatted casually before the presentation began. Business and Computer Science Department Chair Sharon Parker invited the attendees to take courses related to the presentation that are offered at Clackamas. Some of the relevant classes that will be offered spring 2013 would be BA 101 Introduction to Business, BA 146 Entertainment Law and New Media and DMC 199 Experimental Filmmaking. This was the first presentation luncheon offered, but there may be more to come. “We are exploring the possibility of more of these ‘lunch and learn’ kind of things in the future if there’s an interest,” said Parker.
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Raina in her bedroom during the first act helped a gentleman of the Serbian army hide during the war. She gives him her hand so he can kiss it, but makes sure to be courteous and does not touch her hand with his dirty hand.
PLAY: A window into Bulgaria Continued from Page 1
The play director, Jim Eikrem, has directed at least 20 plays and is also the drama instructor at CCC. Ruhl is also working as Eikrem’s assistant director for this play. When asked why he decided to choose “Arms and the Man” to direct, Eikrem said, “It has a good size cast. It has a lot of challenges in terms of language. As I saw who I had available within in the school, I thought I could assemble a good cast, which I think I have very much. I think the ideas that Shaw has with his play
are very relevant and worth thinking about.” The play also was of interest because Eikrem could see how the students would latch onto the materials and have a good time with it. “They’d really understand how some of this complicated from over 100 years ago is still very relevant to what’s happening today. Relationships between people have not changed much over the years and that’s why these plays are still worth doing,” said Eikrem. The play is a comedy and will
hopefully get people to laugh. “It’s fun. I like it. I think it has a lot of potential to really give a good show and it has a lot of possibilities to be really funny,” said Ruhl when asked how she feels about the play. The play will open on Feb. 28 and will continue through March 10 at the Osterman Theatre located in the Niemeyer Center at 7:30 p.m with Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. Also, on Feb. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. there will be a behind the scenes tour when anyone can discover how it all happens behind the curtains.
Cougars get animated Comic book artist Joelle Jones spoke to an auditorium full of students offering advice and stories of career Sage Niles The Clackamas Print “I’ve had to learn how to decapitate a person in over, like 25 ways now,” said Joelle Jones. Although that quote might seem gruesome at first, Jones is not a particularly sadistic person. Jones is a comic book artist who spoke to a group of students and former students Feb. 19 in the McLoughlin auditorium at Clackamas Community College. Jones has worked for publications such as Dark Horse, Marvel, DC, and Oni press. She has been
the artist on Ultimate SpiderMan issue 150, “Dark Horse’s Troublemaker” and her new book, “Helheim” which will be released March 6. The event, which was organized for the students, featured Jones speaking to a full auditorium of curious comic aficionados. She offered stories of her rise in the comic book industry and gave insights about breaking into it. “I know a lot of people these days that are finding their way in through web comics. Another way is they have portfolio reviews at most of the comic book conventions,” said Jones. Jones was an informative and entertaining speaker who answered questions for longer than she spoke. Most of the students found her work interesting and wanted to check out more. “I met her a couple of weeks ago and I’ve just been getting to know her and her work and I enjoy it. I have other favorite artists but I enjoy her work,” said former CCC student Jonny Batts.
Although some students were not aware of her work, they still appreciated and enjoyed it. “I’m not too familiar with her work as I don’t read too much comics. My main interest is animation and cartoons, but I do find her work fascinating, fascinating well-detailed, all of that,” said student Tom Newton. The event was a unique and engaging example of how an on campus guest speaker can be both entertaining and offer insights to students on how to find a job in their chosen field. “I just discovered her. I’m going to look into a lot of her stuff now, because it was just really good art.” said student Torsen vanDyke. Ultimately Jones is very pleased with her choice in her career and expresses joy at following through with her passions. “I get to wear my PJs to work; that’s awesome. I get lots of free comics and I get to set my own schedule and I get to do my dream job,” said Jones.
During Act II, the Petkoff family, along with Sergius Saranoff, sit in the garden of their house to enjoy breakfast. During breakfast Sergius talks about his journey at war and a family who hid away a Swiss Mercenary, which was exactly what Raina and Catherine Petkoff had done.
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Another romance Sparks interest refreshing. “The Notebook” may be one of the most popular of Sparks’ novels that have been turned into films. The cast of the movie includes Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, a couple that found love again after years of not being with each other. This movie has the most forbidden passion and romance of any of the other movies I have seen. McAdams’ character has to choose between a life with a rich man or the love of her life. After years without seeing Gosling’s character, she remembers the love that they once had when they were young and foolish. This was probably the biggest chick flick ever created, with almost every girl in the world having seen this film. Personally, as one of my favorite movies, I can watch “The Notebook” twice in one day and I will still cry at the same spots even though I know already know what is going to happen. I am sure many teen girls have at least cried more than twice while watching this movie. Another film created from a Sparks novel, “Nights in Rodanthe,” is very different than “The Notebook” or his other romance novels. “Nights in Rodanthe” is about a divorced mother who needed to get away. While living at a beach house, she falls in love with another divorced parent but they realize that they have to leave eventually and move on with their lives. They are unsure if their relationship could work outside of their secluded beach home.
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When you think of romance, who do you think of? In my opinion, the king of romance is Nicholas Sparks. He has written many love stories over the years and several have been turned into movies. This is your guide to which books are the best to read and which movies are the best to watch. “Safe Haven” is one of Sparks newest novels that was turned into a film a short few years later. The film was released in theaters earlier this month. Sparks’ first published book was “The Notebook,” which he wrote when he was 28. Since then, he has also written “The Last Song,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “A Walk to Remember” and many more.
The best part about his novels is that there is always a tragedy involved. It gives the reading some suspense and makes people wonder what is going to happen next. Most of Sparks’ novels are based in North Carolina. The towns that he chooses to be the setting for his stories are usually small, beautiful towns full of life and character. I think that is why he chose North Carolina as his basic setting for all the novels. It feels good to pick up a book and to be able to visualize the beautiful trees and flowers. “I live in North Carolina and am familiar with the area,” stated Sparks on the frequently asked questions page of his official website. With watching the movies, even though the towns may all be in North Carolina, he makes the scene so different from the next film. Not one town has the same character as the next. It is
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This is a different kind of love story and it is nice to see Sparks change up his romance a little bit while watching the movie. This story is not talking about the typical teenage love story when boy meets girl and they fall in love at first sight. It is about a passion between two older people who have had love in the past but it did not work out. This novel shows adults that even if you fall out of love, there is always someone else that can love you even more. “Safe Haven” is a very different kind of novel and film compared to most of the love stories he has previously written. Willamette Week wrote a review on the film and graded the film pretty low. The review said that this movie is a “happily-ever-after version of domestic violence. In this film, Sparks tries to add something different than what people are used to reading or watching in his novels and films. It is not all about falling in love. It
shows the struggles that many women have in life including domestic violence and being forced to run away and start over. She ends up in a small town, South Port, North Carolina, and starts a new life with another man who shows her what real true love is like. This is probably the most suspenseful and life-changing novel that Sparks has written. “For ‘Safe Haven’ I really wanted to add in the element of danger,” said Sparks in the trailer for the film. I think that Sparks is one of the best fiction writers of all time. His books help show women what kind of love we should aim for and that we should not settle for someone who hurts us. Sparks has two movies coming out in the near future. One comes out next month called “The Choice.” His new novel that comes out this September, “The Longest Ride,” will also be turned into a film and will hit theaters by the beginning of next year.
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For wrestling fans everywhere in this country, it was a major blow. It was unexpected and below the belt, too. Two weeks ago, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee voted to eliminate wrestling from the Summer Games, beginning in 2020. Freestyle and GrecoRoman wrestling will still be contested at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but both will be dropped from the 2020 games. The sport could still win an appeal at the I.O.C. board meeting in May, with a final decision set for this September. I hope the board reconsiders and looks to the past before making what seems like an arbitrary decision based solely on money. Wrestling does not draw the crowds that other sports do and is being trashed, without looking at its rich history. Wrestling is one of the most ancient sports, depicted in cave paintings in France from 15,000 years ago. It is one of the original Olympic sports, added with boxing in 708 B.C. It also was the final event of the pentathlon, a five event contest which included the stadion, long jump, javelin throw, and discus throw. Wrestling has been contested at every modern Olympic Games since 1904. Simply put, wrestling is a big part of the history of sport. It is one of the most basic forms of exercise and strength building. It is one of the best ways for growing boys to learn about their bodies and to exert that invisible and boundless physical energy that lies inside. Growing up with two brothers and an athletic father who was a coach, wrestling is how we learned to compete. When my brothers and I got tired of beating on each other, we could always team up and try to take down Dad, although it never worked. The announcement was certainly a blow to the wrestling community in our state. Oregon has a rich history of wrestling. An Oregonian won one of the most famous matches in history. Canby’s Larry Owings, wrestling for the University of Washington, beat Iowa State’s legendary Dan Gable, 13-11, in the NCAA finals at 142 pounds in 1970. It was Gable’s first and only career loss. He finished with a 182-1 career record in high school and college. Gable went on to win a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1972 Olympics and then, as a head coach, he led the University of Iowa to 16 NCAA team titles from 1976-1997. Gable credits much of his success in the Olympics and as a coach to that one defeat. I have a feeling that wrestlers everywhere will band together and push the I.O.C. to reverse course and re-instate both forms of international wrestling to the Olympic schedule. This is not just one loss for the most famous wrestler of all-time; it is a gigantic loss for the entire sport. Wrestlers are fighters. They have a huge worldwide support system. They will fight this ruling hard, and I mean hard. In the end they will win. I’m just glad to be in their corner.
Champions Trent Noon and Jacob Mitchell display their individual first place awards at the NJCAA Wrestling Tournament. From left to right: Assistant Coach Rich Vigorito, Trent Noon, Beau Roberts, Jacob Mitchell, AJ Palmer, Sage Ornelas and head coach Josh Rhoden. Clackamas took 3rd overall.
David Beasley Associate Sports Editor Facing fierce competition in Des Moines, Iowa last weekend, eight Clackamas wrestlers battled for national recognition at the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center for this year’s NJCAA Championship. It was an impressive campaign against savvy opponents.
We had three finalists, which is the best in school history.” Beau Roberts 2nd place 149 lb division
Five All-Americans surfaced from the aftermath of the strife: Sage Ornelas, C.J. Palmer, Roberts, Trent Noon and Jacob Mitchell. The five dominant wrestlers added to Josh Rhoden’s competitive coaching resume of 35 All-Americans over seven years. Finishing third overall as a team, the Cougars maintained their reputation as a top tier team. The road to team success and individual victories was a game of patience and attrition. Ranked fourth going into the tournament, Clackamas rallied a powerful team performance. All eight wrestlers racked up points throughout the weekend. Steve Conn, Jacob Laden and A.J. Ballard were knocked out early, but still earned team points. Sage Ornelas secured his AllAmerican title by placing sixth in the 125 pound division; he earned nine points for the team. Despite injuries and illness, C.J. Palmer joined the top ranks with a fourth place finish in the 133 pound division. “Palmer did very well. He got tonsillitis Thursday and still
competed, he’s really mentally tough,” said Rhoden. Palmer battled through shoulder injuries as well, earning 17 team points. Beau Roberts displayed the tenacity of Clackamas wrestlers. He bested four opponents on his way to the finals. “It was a real good experience, a lot of good competition and tough wrestlers,” said Roberts. “I knew I had to get in there and battle. I was ranked amongst the top kids that were in my weight class and I knew it was going to be tough all the way through.” The championship match in the 149 pound division pitted Roberts against Josh Tardy of Harper College. Roberts initiated the action with a takedown after a measured feeling out process. Roberts had a one point lead at the end of the first round. Beginning round two, Roberts secured a two point takedown, but Tardy scrambled to bring his score up to five quickly. With Tardy leading 5-4, Roberts regained momentum with a reversal, garnering a 6-5 lead at the end of round two. Round three began methodically with back and forth hand fighting. Tardy was awarded a point for Roberts going out of bounds. Gaining advantage over Roberts, Tardy finished the match with two more points. “He just hesitated a little bit, gave up a takedown, came back and got an escape. It was a good match but a tough loss,” said Rhoden. Roberts lost 7-6, but nabbed second place in the 149 pound division, earning AllAmerican honors and 18 team points. “Losing at the end was real tough,” said Roberts. “I wanted it so bad. It’s almost worse having it right there in your grasp. The one thing that is good about it is it keeps me hungry.” Trent Noon blazed through the 174 pound division, pinning three out of four opponents on his way to the final match. “The first round and a half of the semis was toughest. Midway through the second round the other guy got tired and broke so I put him on his back and pinned him,” said Noon. “He had the first takedown, besides the quarters and finals the other guys got the first takedowns.”
Noon had no trouble securing a two point takedown in the final match against Chanse Menendez. Menendez grabbed a high single leg, but Noon demonstrated impeccable balance and flexibility defending the takedown attempt. Menendez tried for more takedowns and was routinely shut down throughout the match. With a considerable amount of standing wrestling, the match was calculated and defensive. Noon snatched a couple impressive two point takedowns during round three and won 9-5 in a dominating display. Noon achieved his year-long goal of becoming national champion at 174 pounds, while also accruing 26 points for the team. “I knew that I could do it,” said Noon. “I didn’t think about it, took it one match at a time. I didn’t even look at the bracket.” Jacob Mitchell ended the Cougars run through the competition at 285 pounds versus Yaseen Mudassar of Nassau Community College. Mitchell used his height advantage against the shorter,
stockier Mudassar, avoiding takedowns and controlling distance. The two behemoths locked arms, vying for head control. The match was a clinic of defense and exhibition of strength by Mitchell. With 15 seconds remaining, Mitchell pitched a two-point takedown and won 3-2, to become the heavyweight national champion. Mitchell contributed 23 team points, edging Clackamas into third place with 97.5 points. The Cougars were satisfied in the end with another solid placing at nationals. It is the third straight year that Clackamas has finished in the top four nationally as a team. “The week went good. Three of us were in the finals and two of us won,” said Mitchell. “It was fun. All that hard work paid off.” “Our team stepped up at the end and everyone did their part,” added Roberts. “As a team I feel like we really came together, third place was really gratifying.” Complete event results are available at: www.trackwrestling. com.
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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Women win big
Andrew Millbrooke Sports Editor The Clackamas women’s basketball team won its final two regular season games by a combined 80 points last week as they clinched their third Southern Region championship in the past four seasons. The Cougars (23-4, 13-1) have won 18 of 19 games and are a confident group heading into the NWAACC tournament in Kennewick, Wash. this weekend. “We found our rhythm in the last two pre-season games and everyone started to click on the same page,” said freshman wing Tori Wilkinson. “That’s when we knew we were going to be good. We’ve gotten better and better and we just want to go to NWAACC’s and win it all.” The Cougars regularly play nine players and all have been big contributors on the season. Six different players have led the team in scoring at least once on the season.
“Anyone can step up,” said Wilkinson. “You’re never going to know who it is. I don’t know how you prepare to beat a team that can do that.” Co-head coach Jim Martineau loves having so many options on the offensive end. “I think it’s key,” said Martineau. “We’ve gone up there years in the past with one or two main scorers and if they struggle in a game, we’re in big trouble. So, it’s a nice thing to go up knowing that if someone has an off night, there are three or four other kids that can get you 12 to 15 points. Psychologically, I think it’s big for the group. They know they can trust their teammates and they don’t have to play perfect for us to go up there and do well.” The Cougars had some injury issues early in the season, but once everyone got healthy they were almost impossible to beat. A big key was when freshman point guard Lacy Effenberger returned from a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). “Once we got Lacy back from
tearing her ACL, we realized that everyone can play on the same page,” said Wilkinson. “We can do what we want to do and play how we want to play. I think our depth has helped us tremendously.” It was no surprise that the Cougars swept most of the top honors when All-Region awards were handed out on Sunday. Co-head coaches Martineau and Kayla Steen were named Southern Region Coaches of the Year. Clackamas’ leading scorer, sophomore Jenny Johnson, was named MVP. Fellow sophomore Ashleigh Anderson joined her on the All-Region first team. Effenberger earned second team honors and won the freshman MVP award. Wilkinson and sophomore Megan Feldman both were named to the Honorable Mention team. The Cougars open up the NWAACC tournament on Saturday against Spokane CC (15-11, 8-6) at 8 p.m. Spokane is the number four seed from the East Region.
Southern Region Awards Jenny Johnson Sophomore Tualatin H.S.
Region MVP 1st-Team All-Region
Ashleigh Anderson Sophomore Oregon City H.S.
Photos by Brad Heineke The Clackamas Print
Brock Lutes Sophomore Newberg H.S. 1st-Team All -Region
The home crowd was fired up last Wednesday night in Randall Gym as the men’s and women’s basketball teams swept Portland CC. Both teams head to Kennewick, Wash. for the NWAACC Tournament this weekend.
Men’s basketball wins again Andrew Millbrooke Sports Editor
Feb. 27 - March 5
“Who woulda thunk it?” The first line of Clackamas men’s basketball head coach Clif Wegner’s email said it all. A month ago, the Cougar men’s basketball team had lost seven of eight games, including five of six in league, to sit in last place in the Southern Region standings. The season was in the toilet, about to be flushed into stinky oblivion. What a difference a month makes. The Cougars didn’t quit. They came together as a team, found the lineups that worked, and rolled off seven wins in the final eight league games to qualify for the NWAACC tournament for the 14th consecutive season. “We’re clicking now,” said freshman point guard Michone Hopkins. “We’re getting stops on defense and our shots are falling. Everyone’s going good right now.” Sophomore guard Kirby Hawkins has been a huge spark off the bench for the Cougars, leading them in scoring in three of the past five games. “I feel like we can beat anyone from the start,” said Hawkins.
“We just kind of had a rocky road at the beginning. Our lineup was kind of messed up, along with our chemistry as a new team.” It wasn’t easy either. The Cougars won five straight elimination games to end the season, culminating in a thrilling one-point overtime victory over Umpqua CC in Roseburg on Saturday. Clackamas fell behind 13-2 as a fired up Riverhawks team was ready to end its season. The Cougars didn’t buckle though, as they settled down and slowly got back into the game to take a 39-33 halftime lead. They held the lead for most of the second half, before pulling out the 82-81 overtime victory behind the scoring of Brock Lutes and clutch free throws by Jordan Mosby-Barber. Both Lutes and Mosby-Barber posted double-doubles, while Hawkins came off the bench to score 20 points. Lutes finished with a game-high 24 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Barber added 19 points and game-high 12 rebounds. Clackamas 91, Portland CC 81 On sophomore night in the final home game of the season, the Cougars rallied in the second half behind a sensational scor-
WEDNESDAY - 2/27
THURSDAY - 2/28
● NBA: Denver at Portland, 7:30 p.m. CSNW/ESPN/KEX
● Intramural Volleyball: Noon-1 p.m. in Randall Gym
● Randall Fitness Center: 8:30-10 a.m. and 1-8 p.m. downstairs in Randall Hall
● Randall Fitness Center: 12-8 p.m. downstairs in Randall Hall
ing performance from Hawkins to pull away from the Panthers in another must win game and keep their postseason hopes alive. Hawkins poured in 32 points, making five of six 3-pointers and 13 of 15 field goals overall. “I can’t even explain how big of a win that is,” said Hawkins. “On sophomore night too, it feels good. We just started clicking lately. As long as we play how we were playing today we can beat anybody.” The men were well represented during the Southern Region awards on Sunday. Sophomore wing Brock Lutes earned first team honors, while fellow sophomore Kirby Hawkins was named to the second team All-Region. Freshman point guard Michone Hopkins was second in the freshman Player of the Year voting, earning All-Freshman team and honorable mention All-Region honors. Sophomore Jake Dewitt was named to the All-Defensive team. Sophomore post Jordan Mosby-Barber was named as an alternate for the sophomore AllStar game. Clackamas (16-12, 8-6) opens up the NWAACC tournament in Kennewick, Wash. against Yakima Valley CC (20-8, 10-4) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.
FRIDAY - 3/1
● CCC Softball: at Delta Park vs. Concordia 5 p.m. vs. Bellevue 7 p.m.
● Cougar Basketball: at NWAACC Championships Men - 4 p.m. Women - 8 p.m.
● CCC Softball: vs. NW Christian at Delta Park, 10 a.m.
Rebounds: 5.9 Assists: 2.6 Steals: 1.4 FG Percent: 48%
SUNDAY - 3/3
● CCC Baseball: Clark at CCC, Noon ● Cougar Basketball: at NWAACC Championships in Kennewick, Wash. Runs through Tuesday, March 5
MONDAY - 3/4
● NBA: Charlotte at Portland, 7 p.m. CSNW, KEX ● Randall Fitness Center: 8:30-10 a.m. and 1-6 p.m. - downstairs in Randall Hall
TUESDAY - 3/5
● Intramural Basketball: Noon-1 p.m. in Randall Gym
● Randall Fitness Center: Noon-8 p.m. downstairs in Randall Hall
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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
EUROPE: Freeman dunks till the cows come home
Photos contributed by Rachal Barranco
Former Cougar and MVP Brian Freeman shows his fierce prowess and skills as he slams one home while playing for the Lourdes, a pro basketball team in France. Continued from Page 1
Freeman, 2007 Cougar alum, has played in Austria, Holland, Poland and France since leading Clackamas to the 2007 NWAACC Championship. Freeman, at 6-foot10, 240 pound post player, was named MVP of the Southern Region and MVP of the NWAACC tournament that year. He had averaged 18 points and 14 rebounds per game. Freeman’s coach from West Albany High School, Everett Hartman, is really proud of his former player. “Brian is not just a good basketball player; he is a quality young man. He was a late bloomer. When he played for me in high school, he probably didn’t weigh 200 pounds,” said Hartman. “But he was always working hard to get better. He is a great story about perseverance and hard work.” Freeman has dual citizenship (U.S. and Holland) and is currently playing for Lourdes in France. “He’s in France again this year,” said Wegner. “Last year his team went 21-1 and he was named MVP.” Freeman stated in an email that his team is 40-4 over the past two seasons and he is very happy to be where he is, after a few ups and downs early in his career overseas. “I was the MVP last year,” stated
Freeman. “I’m having another very strong year this year. I think I have found a situation that is perfect for me and I will probably end up spending most of the rest of my career here.” Freeman’s schedule for the past few years has him overseas from mid-August to mid-May playing with his team. He rarely gets free time during the season, but has taken advantage of Christmas breaks to travel in Italy, Spain and England. “I do not travel after the season though,” stated Freeman. “I usually go home immediately after our last game because by that time I’m missing my friends and family back in America and I want to get back as soon as I can.” Freeman is hoping he can play as long as his body will allow him to. “I will just continue to stay out here and make money and gain experience for the future until either my body does not hold up anymore or something better comes along to keep me in the States,” stated Freeman. Kuebler, 2002 Clackamas alum, averaged 18 points per game at Hawaii as a senior. He attracted interest from the NBA coming out of college due to his 6-foot-5 frame and sweet outside shooting touch. Although Kuebler didn’t make it
to the big show, he has carved out a successful career overseas for the past eight years. “Michael Kuebler was a skinny little kid out of Salem that really nobody else recruited except for some smaller Division II and Divison III schools,” said Wegner. “We really liked the kid and when we got him here, I realized he was better than I even thought. He just got better and better. He was a phenomenal kid, a player of the year, a scholar athlete and he went on to have a great career at Hawaii.” Kuebler is currently playing for his fifth different team in Poland
after previously playing in Israel and Finland. Kuebler is averaging 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 18 minutes per game for AZS Kozalin in Poland’s top basketball league. “He’s had a great career overseas,” said Wegner. “He’s having a fabulous time and has a great contract. His team in Poland won the national championship last year.” Freeman shared a funny story about meeting Kuebler for the first time. “We had never met before until we found out on a basketball court in Poland that we both happened to be from the Northwest,” stated
Freeman. “Then we got to talking and it was funny who he turned out to be and that we had both played for Wegner at Clackamas.” They may not be household names or having million dollar shoe contracts, but these former Clackamas basketball players are having the experience of a lifetime as they live their dream of playing professional basketball. Hartman summed it up best when he told me what Freeman said to him last time he was home. “He said, ‘Coach, I’m single, I’m making good money and I’m living my dream,’” said Hartman.
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