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UCC men’s basketball falls just short to Clark 80-73

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    Center Jouvon Edison attempts the jump hook Wednesday, Feb. 22 on Pack the Gym night in Roseburg. corden drift/Mainstream

With hundreds of people in the stands, the UCC Riverhawks fell just short in a game that was

UCC guard Ethan Betts attempts to get the Riverhawks back in the game by driving hard to the basket.

competitive for the entirety of the match-up, and the Clark Penguins claimed the 80-73 victory Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Roseburg, Oregon.

The Penguins came into the nest ready to play, forcing the Riverhawks into an early first half deficit. While UCC had difficulty taking care of the basketball and rebounding, the Riverhawks managed to keep it close. UCC worked for every basket they scored, but Clark took the 44-36 advantage into halftime.

“We really just didn’t do the little things like looking after the basketball and rebounding,” UCC guard Ethan Betts said. “Those really were the key factors to us not being successful.”

UCC came out with a little more energy in the second half and remained persistent. The men were down 12 points early in, but then fought back, cutting Clark’s lead to just three points, 53-50, with 13 minutes and 31 seconds remaining in the game. The Riverhawks kept chipping away at Clark’s lead and brought the score to within three several different times.

From this point on, Clark and UCC traded baskets back and forth the rest of the game. The Riverhawks again tightened up the score, 68-65 in Clark’s favor but with only four minutes and 30 seconds remaining, Clark hit a tough 3-point shot and continued to separate themselves just enough to counter UCC’s resiliency.

Just over two minutes later, UCC came within three once more, 71-68 Clark’s advantage. The Riverhawk men were in the penalty and were forced to send Clark to the free throw line for bonus shots. Clark missed the first free throw, but the Penguins grabbed the offensive rebound off the missed shot then UCC was forced to commit another foul to stop the clock. UCC missed a key opportunity to grab the board and get back in the game, and instead sent Clark back to the line, increasing their lead 72-68 after making one of two free throws.

UCC had good looks at the basket in the final minute but failed to make shots down the stretch. The Riverhawks had to keep fouling Clark to conserve time on the clock and hope that the Penguins would miss some free throws to stay in the game. UCC never brought the score back within four points due to Clark’s clutch free throw shooting to close out the game and the Penguins sealed the victory 80-73.

“Turnovers and second-chance opportunities from offensive rebounds were the things that hurt us in the end,” head coach Daniel Leeworthy said.

The Riverhawks were out rebounded 44-35 in the game; 19 of Clark’s 44 rebounds came off the offensive glass which led to the Penguins scoring 17 second-chance points. UCC also committed 18 total turnovers throughout the game.

Although UCC suffered a tough loss against Clark, the Riverhawks took control of their own destiny and UCC earned a share of the Southern Region championship Saturday, Feb. 25 by defeating the Clackamas Cougars 99-96 in Oregon City. UCC Forward Jacob Danhoff led the team to victory by scoring 27 total points and grabbing nine total rebounds.

The Riverhawks will play the Chemeketa Storm on Wednesday, March 1 at home for a chance to claim the Southern Region championship all for themselves. UCC has already punched their ticket into the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament and tournament play will begin Thursday, March 9 at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center located at 2206 Tower Street in Everett, Washington.

UCC women win 3rd title in 4 years, defeat Clark 78-41

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    Bria Thames helps lead UCC to their third title in four years. Corden Drift/Mainstream
Forward Bria Thames drives to the basket after using the crossover move.

UCC iced the Clark Penguins 78-41 Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Roseburg, Oregon. The Riverhawks added another accomplishment to their long list of achievements by earning their third regional championship in four years and extending their current win streak to 14 games.

The UCC women look incredibly fun to watch, even in warmups. The Riverhawks have developed a strong chemistry through laughter and friendly competition, continuing to improve as a team one day at a time.

“The goal is to just keep getting a little better every day,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. “The girls love to play the game, and they love to play together,” Stricklin continued. “It doesn’t really matter who we play. Every game is important because it’s one more chance that we all get to compete together.”

Valuable contributions were made from the whole team offensively and defensively against Clark. UCC had only two players who didn’t score, one of whom did not participate in the game. The women limited Clark to one total basket in the entire second quarter and finished the first half with a 44-18 lead.

UCC didn’t lose their grit after the halftime break, and collectively, the team continued to stifle Clark’s offense.  Clark again could not find any consistency and scored only six total points in the third frame. The Riverhawks claimed a 59-24 lead heading into the final quarter.

Clark then found a little life in the fourth frame by scoring 17 points in comparison to UCC’s 19 points, but by then it was already too late, and the Riverhawks sealed the victory and earned the Southern Region championship.

Forward Daisy Powell led the team in scoring with 25 total points on 11 of 14 shooting. Forward Bria Thames displayed her all-around game totaling 17 points on 50 percent shooting from the field while also grabbing nine total rebounds and passing out four assists.

Forward Jordan Stotler didn’t have her best shooting night (6-17 FG), but followed up her triple double performance against Lane on Wednesday, Feb. 15 with a near quadruple double, scoring 15 total points, securing 21 total rebounds, dishing out eight assists, and six blocks defensively.  Shots weren’t falling for Stotler, yet she found other ways to impact the game by rebounding, passing, and playing stout defense.

With the Southern Region title under their belt, The Riverhawks turn their focus to their next game against the Clackamas Cougars on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Oregon City.

“It sounds cliché, but this team really has taken just one game at a time,” Stricklin said. “There wasn’t any mention of being Southern Region champs, and I’ve never heard any one mention the playoffs at all,” Stricklin explained. “We’ve got another game Saturday, and that’s where all our focus will be.”

With the spotlight on UCC, Riverhawks guard Tasia Bilbrew still exuberates confidence moving forward. “I’ve got a great feeling. We’re so determined and focused,” Bilbrew said. “We’re taking everything one step and one day at a time, taking every opportunity to get better and improve.”

UCC will look to continue their win streak to 15 games against Clackamas which has only been accomplished once in UCC’s women’s basketball history. UCC’s first 15-game win streak came in the 2008-09 season with one of those wins coming by forfeit.

The Riverhawks extended their win streak to 15 games after defeating the Clackamas Cougars 96-65 Saturday, Feb. 25 in Oregon City. Forwards Bria Thames, Daisy Powell, and Jordan Stotler all scored at least 20 points in the match-up. Thames scored 26 points on 53 percent shooting. Both Powell and Stotler shot an efficient 69 percent from the field, with Powell scoring 23 points, while Stotler scored 20 points.

UCC will now play the Chemeketa Storm on Wednesday, March 1 at home in the final game of the season before entering the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament which starts on Thursday, March 9 in Everett, Washington. The tournament will be held at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center located at 2206 Tower Street in Everett.

Women soar over PCC

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The season for the UCC women’s basketball team continues to move in a positive direction with a win that didn’t come easy after a full 40-minute effort against the Portland Panthers Monday, Feb. 6, in Roseburg, Oregon. The Riverhawks defeated the Panthers 88-77 and continued their current win streak to nine games.

UCC started slow in the first quarter in large part to Portland’s point guard Toni Doroha. Doroha gained a lot of confidence after starting the game hitting multiple 3-point shots. “We didn’t guard her well enough in the beginning of the game and she hit a couple wide open shots,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. Doroha finished the game with 43 total points and 57 percent shooting overall. UCC finished the first frame 19-13 in favor of Portland.

The Riverhawks received Doroha’s wake-up call and blew the gate open. Forward Jordan Stotler hit two straight 3-point shots to start the second quarter and UCC went on a 24-3 run to start the second frame. “We got some stops and rebounds which led to a couple fast break [opportunities],” Stricklin said.

UCC made another impressive effort in the rebounding category. The UCC women totaled 44 rebounds as a team and 20 of those rebounds came on the offensive glass. Offensive rebounding plays huge part in UCC’s success, as those offensive rebounds give UCC second looks at the basket. The Riverhawks totaled 14 second chance points. “Rebounding in general is stressed,” said UCC guard Tasia Bilbrew. “Offensive rebounds create second shot points and that’s what we want.”

The Panthers kept it close for most of the game. UCC’s biggest lead was 17 points, but Portland kept the margin relatively close throughout the game and brought it within 10 points in the closing minutes in the fourth quarter.

The dynamic duo of forwards Jordan Stotler and Dajanay “Daisy” Powell were on full display again in a match up against the Panthers. Stotler contributed 31 total points and secured 13 total rebounds. Powell also poured in 28 total points and collected 13 total rebounds of her own. Bilbrew got her teammates involved as well respectively and dished out 10 total assists.

The women added another game to the win column and extended their current win streak to 10 games after defeating the Linn-Benton Roadrunners 94-53 Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Roseburg. UCC has one more home game against the Mt. Hood Saints Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2:00 p.m. before heading up the road to Eugene to play rival Lane Community College Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in Gymnasium 202 off Gonyea Road.

Women’s Season Record


Nov 25: 93-53, Pierce, win

Nov 26: 82-44, Olympic, win

Nov 27: 82-54, Clackamas, win

Dec 02: 67-60, Skagit Valley, win

Dec 03: 75-52, North Idaho, win

Dec 04: 69-78, Lane, loss

Dec 10: 104-47, S. Puget Sound, win

Dec 11: 98-49, George Fox JV, win

Dec 17: 103-63, College of the Redwoods, win

Dec 18: 93-51, College of the Redwoods, win

Dec 28: 94-57, Centralia, win

Dec 29: 82-76, Yakima Valley, win

Dec 30: 69-72, Lower Columbia, loss

Jan 05: 102 -70, SW Oregon, win

Jan 11: 91-58 Linn-Benton, win

Jan 16: 89 -53 Mt. Hood, win

Jan 18: 77-58, Lane, win

Jan 21: 65-39, Clackamas, win

Jan 25: 103-67, Chemeketa, win

Feb 01: 98-85, SW Oregon, win

Feb 04: @ Clark vs. Umpqua (2 p.m.)

Feb 06: @ Umpqua vs. Portland (5:v30 p.m.)

Feb 08: @ Umpqua vs. Linn-Benton (5:30 p.m.)

Feb 11: @ Umpqua vs. Mt. Hood (2 p.m.)

Feb 15: @ Lane vs. Umpqua (5:30 p.m.)

Feb 18: @ Portland vs. Umpqua (2 p.m.)

Feb 22: @ Umpqua vs. Clark (5:30 p.m.)

Feb 25: @ Clackamas vs. Umpqua (2 p.m.)

Mar 01: @ Umpqua vs. Chemeketa (5:30 p.m.)


Men defeat PCC in hard fight

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The men got back to their winning ways after defeating the Portland Panthers 91-86 Monday, Feb. 6. The win didn’t come easy as the first half both teams defended each other well.

“They are long and active on defense and have some good players,” head coach Daniel Leeworthy said before the game. “But if we match their energy and execute we will have a good game.” Both teams held each other to under 40 percent shooting in the first half.

The Riverhawk men’s defense continued to execute down the stretch and held the Panthers just 36.4 percent shooting overall. All while improving their own shooting percent from 38.7 percent shooting in the first half to 44.1 percent in the second.

UCC was later defeated by the Linn-Benton Roadrunners 97-90 Wednesday, Feb. 8.  UCC will play one more home game against the Mt. Hood Saints Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4:00 p.m. before heading north to Lane for a showdown against the frequent rival Titans in Eugene Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Gymnasium 202 off Gonyea Road at 5:30 p.m.

Men’s Season Record


Nov 19: 90-59, UO Club Team, win

Nov 21: 97-63, Willamette JV, win

Dec 02 : 85-82 , Centralia, win

Dec 03:  72-75, Lower Columbia, loss

Dec 04: 69-75, Bellevue, loss

Dec 09: 79-73, S. Puget Sound, win

Dec 10: 76-73, Grays Harbor, win

Dec 11: 62-78, Tacoma, loss

Dec 28: 75-55, College of the Siskiyous, win

Dec 29: 92-88, Shasta, win

Dec 30: 82-74, Butte, win

Jan 05: 74-76, SW Oregon, loss

Jan 11: 84-76, Linn-Benton, win

Jan 16: 98-91, Mt. Hood, win

Jan 18: 81-72, Lane 72, win

Jan 21: 87-72, Clackamas, win

Jan 25: 122-116, Chemeketa, win

Feb 01: 70-55, SW Oregon, win

Feb 04 – @ Clark vs. Umpqua (4 p.m.)

Feb 06 – @ Umpqua vs. Portland (7:30 p.m.)

Feb 08 – @ Umpqua vs. Linn-Benton (7:30 p.m.)

Feb 11 – @ Umpqua vs. Mt. Hood (4 p.m.)

Feb 15 – @ Lane vs. Umpqua (7:30 p.m.)

Feb 18 – @ Portland vs. Umpqua (4 p.m.)

Feb 22 – @ Umpqua vs. Clark (7:30 p.m.)

Feb 25 – @ Clackamas vs. Umpqua (4 p.m.)

Mar 01 – @ Umpqua vs. Chemeketa (7:30 p.m.)


Who heals the healers?

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    Jordan Unicume, UCC paramedic student, and Roger Kennedy, UCC program adviser, are familiar with stress. Corden Drift / The Mainstream

The untold story of emergency responder stress

The emotional toll suffered by people in medical professions is seldom told. Those out on the front lines and in the emergency room attempting to save family and friends are only human. TV shows like “House M.D.” and “Grey’s Anatomy” portray medically trained professionals as heroes who can bring back people from the dead and perform miraculous procedures any day. Yes, sometimes people are inexplicably saved, but realistically that is not always the case.

Because workers in medical fields can accumulate a great amount of stress after every single incident they respond to, UCC paramedic students are required to take at least one term of crisis intervention class. These classes are meant to prepare students for traumatic situations they might experience in the field. In these classes, students also learn how to cope with emotions post-scenario. This is the only amount of training students get in regards to the emotional stress that will occur after responding to an incident.

“My very first call as an actual working EMT was a code,” said UCC paramedic student Jordan Unicume. A “code” means that an EMT is attempting to resuscitate a patient whose heart is not pumping. “A code is a situation that does not typically end well for the patient. It is rare to see a patient who has suffered from cardiac arrest walk out of the hospital.” Unicume said. “I had gone through the crisis intervention class and was taught how to deal with my emotions from the traumatic experiences that the job would throw at me, yet I was unprepared,” Unicume continued. “I don’t believe all the training in the world could prepare us for what we face as first responders.”

When running a code, the first responder is expected to follow a timed algorithm that dictates when to perform CPR, when to pass certain medications, and when to defibrillate the heart. Unicume said that a code is something that is one of the easier things that a first responder is expected to know how to perform. “As an EMT, we are expected to be able to look at any medical or trauma situation and determine how to provide the best care,” Unicume explained, “all while selecting from a large variety of tools and medications in an environment that could be completely out of your control.” Unicume elaborated further by saying, “It’s unpredictable, and yet we need to know how to handle the scenario around us while also providing professional care to one or more patients in front of us.”

What first responders do on a regular basis takes a stressful and emotional toll. The statistics are jaw-dropping. In a study done by the Reviving Responders for Fitch & Associates’ Ambulance Service Manager Program, 37 percent of participants said they contemplated suicide, and 6.6 percent of participants attempted suicide compared to 0.5 percent of adults nationally. More than 80 percent of the participants admitted to experiencing “critical stress.” In the study, critical stress was defined as “the stress we undergo as a result of a single critical incident that had significant impact or accumulated stress over time.” More than 4,000 people participated in the study.

What’s more disheartening is that 40 percent of those who admitted to contemplating or attempting suicide had access to help but chose not to receive support because co-workers might look at them differently. Why is seeking help to handle emotions looked down upon?

“Everybody has a backpack, and in every incident that we respond to something winds up in your backpack,” UCC paramedic program advisor Roger Kennedy said. “If you don’t keep working to empty your backpack and lighten the load, at some point that backpack is going to be so full that you can no longer carry it, and it’s going to pull you down.”

First responders, EMTs, and paramedics are more than just people who drive the ambulance, fire truck, or police car to the scene of the incident. These people are awake at all hours of the day to help others. In addition to knowing how to perform a multitude of tasks for a plethora of medical scenarios, first responders have to cope with the emotions that come with not being able to save everyone they come in contact with.

 

Men’s basketball defeat Lane Titans in dramatic fashion on home court

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The UCC men’s Riverhawk basketball team rode a two game win streak in Roseburg with their victory against Eugene’s Lane Community College, extending their current winning streak to three games by defeating the Titans 81-72 Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Riverhawk nest.

The men had a slow start, giving up an early lead to the Titans. Head coach Daniel Leeworthy called his team’s first timeout early in the first half after a dunk was made by Lane forward Jaylin Robinson. “We just didn’t start very well, and we weren’t ready to play,” coach Leeworthy said. “We lost a lot of those toughness plays [as] we like to call them, and we corrected the ship.”

UCC fought back and took a 36-31 lead into halftime after an exchange of nine lead changes in the first half.

After the break, the Riverhawks came out firing on all cylinders by going on a 19-3 run to start the second half, increasing their lead to 20. After shooting just 39.4 percent as a team in the first half, UCC finished the second half strong, shooting 48.6 percent in the second frame.

Lane would not go down without a fight though as they slowly clawed their way back into the game. The Titans brought the score to within three, 75-72 in favor of the Riverhawks, after Lane made two bonus free throws while UCC was in the penalty. “You’re always trying to weather the storm and try to get momentum back on your side,” UCC guard Grant Ellison said. “Sometimes it’s hard because it seems like they’re making all the shots and getting all the calls, but you just have to stay calm.”

Although UCC gave up their largest lead of 24 points, the Riverhawks stayed the course and got the win. “It kind of feels bittersweet because we let that big lead go, but at the end of the day a win is a win,” Ellison said after contributing 21 points on 57 percent shooting.

The Riverhawks have now extended their win streak to five games after contests against the Clackamas Cougars in the nest on Saturday, Jan. 21, winning 87-72, and against the Chemeketa Storm defeating Chemeketa 122-116 on the road. UCC’s next home game will be played against the Portland Panthers Monday, Feb. 6. Students can attend for free with a student I.D.

Riverhawks emerge victorious from the courts

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    Guard Ashley Backen and Forward Jordan Stotler lock in defensively against the Titans Corden Drift / The Mainstream

Women’s basketball obliterate Lane, 77-58

The women’s basketball team’s 2017 basketball season started off strong after defeating the 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference Champions Lane Titans, 77-58, Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Riverhawk nest in Roseburg, Oregon.

UCC entered the game ready for a clash with the Titans as both teams were fighting for the top spot in the South region. The Riverhawks started the game off slowly, giving Lane an early 8-2 lead in the first quarter, but eventually UCC picked up speed. “It was a big game. Both teams hadn’t lost yet, and it was played at home,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. “We didn’t want to lose here at home and have to go to Lane and now have to beat them at Lane to get a tie.”

The Riverhawks especially imposed their will against the Titans in the rebounding category. As a team, UCC collected 58 total rebounds, with 25 coming off the offensive glass. That effort led to 23 second-chance points for UCC and played a crucial part in sealing the win.

Forwards Jordan Stotler and Dajanay “Daisy” Powell both had double doubles in the game. Stotler posted a game-high 24 points and gathered an impressive 18 rebounds. Powell also had an incredible outing with 14 points and 15 rebounds. “Daisy is so unbelievably strong, and Jordan is so long and athletic,” coach Dave Stricklin said. “The two of them complement each other so well.”

After putting Lane in the rear view mirror, the Riverhawks then met the Clackamas Cougars on home court. The women defeated the Cougars again 65-39 in Roseburg after winning four of the last nine meetings against Clackamas.

The Riverhawks have now won six games in a row, bringing their overall season record to 17-2 and 6-0 against regional opponents. Both of UCC’s losses came in the month of December: one loss against Lane, 78-69, the other against Lower Columbia, 72-69. UCC can boast about defeating defending NWAC champions Lane. The Riverhawks have won six of their last 10 games against Lane, dating back to the 2013-2014 season.

UCC’S final game against frequent rival Lane will be played in Eugene on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Gymnasium 202 off Gonyea Road.

 

Riverhawks defeat SWOCC Lakers, earn berth into NWAC Tournament

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    The UCC Riverhawks women's volleyball team celebrates and poses after victory over SWOCC. Corden Drift / The Mainstream

Umpqua came in fourth in the league, the South division, after tournament play.

The UCC women’s volleyball team created a night to behold Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Riverhawk nest defeating the SWOCC Lakers in dominating fashion, winning all the three sets 25-14, 25-13, 25-13. The night honored the sophomores who will be graduating later this year as Wednesday night’s game was the last home game of the year. On this sophomore night with friends and family in the stands, the Riverhawks earned the fourth seed in the South region and will move onto the NWAC Championship Tournament in Tacoma, Washington.

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Riverhawks fall to Chemeketa Storm in competitive three set match

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    Olivia Gulliford, Kaysie Cornelio and Felicia Sparks, await serve attempt from Chemeketa Corden Drift / The Mainstream

The women’s volleyball team lost to Chemeketa Community College in a competitive three set match at the Riverhawks nest Friday, Oct. 28. UCC lost all three sets in the match 25-18, 25-22 and 26-24; however, the match was more compelling than the final scores indicate. Keep Reading

UCC confidently goes into second half of season defeating SU

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    UCC Riverhawk #7 Kaylee Hagadorn serves toward the SU Red Hawks Corden Drift /The Mainstream

The Umpqua Community College women’s volleyball team defeated Simpson University in convincing fashion Monday, Oct. 17, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 at the Riverhawks Nest in Roseburg, Oregon. With the win, UCC moved their overall record to 20-17 and continue their season with confidence as UCC has multiple conference games coming in the near future.

The Riverhawk ladies started off slow against the Red Hawks but kept it competitive in the first set. Head coach Lacy Pinard made a lineup change in the second set, adding middle blocker Cheyenne Chambers into the mix. Chambers’ enthusiasm sparked the team’s chemistry and the team didn’t look back, taking the next three sets to win the game. Libero Kaysie Cornelio had this to say about Chambers’ enthusiasm, “We all feed off of her energy. We use that to push and execute.”

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