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Pool opening creates a splash

To some it seemed like a millennium since the Umpqua Community College’s swimming pool was operational. Well sunny days are here again.

The 225,000 gallon pool was filled with water in just over 48 hours, leaving students, faculty, and community members abuzz with excitement. Read More


Daniel Leeworthy
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Daniel Leeworthy

Leeworthy to lead summer recreations

Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, Daniel Leeworthy’s life revolved around water. With summer right around the corner, and the opening of the Umpqua Community College swimming pool, Summer Recreation Director Leeworthy may be feeling right back at home again.

As Summer Recreation Director Leeworthy will act as manager of the pool. Read More


Neither Riverhawk fans nor players will be occupying the bleachers and dugouts of Legion Field in the foreseeable future.
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Neither Riverhawk fans nor players will be occupying the bleachers and dugouts of Legion Field in the foreseeable future.

Baseball proposal is out: next year’s budget shortfall eliminates hope for Riverhawk baseball

It has been more than 25 years since Umpqua Community College fielded a baseball team.  Next year’s projected budgetary shortfall is going to make the wait for America’s favorite pastime a little bit longer.

The idea of getting the Riverhawks back on the diamond has been in the works for a number of years. Over this past year, the issue had gained a lot of steam and appeared to be on the verge of becoming more of a reality than a possibility. Read More


The Riverhawks dressed up for the NWAACC awards banquet Friday night, Feb. 28, preceeding the four-day tournament.
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The Riverhawks dressed up for the NWAACC awards banquet Friday night, Feb. 28, preceeding the four-day tournament.

Riverhawk battle ends in runner up finish

A heartbreaking end to an otherwise successful season for the Umpqua Community College women’s basketball team came Tuesday evening, March 4 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington.

An estimated 1100 hostile Columbia Basin Hawk fans made a short journey from Pasco and the surrounding Tri-Cities to support their local team in the championship final. Their effect on the game was evident from tip-off. Read More


Ashli Payne pulls up in traffic for a mid-range jumper while #32 and Asia Smith follows.
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Ashli Payne pulls up in traffic for a mid-range jumper while #32 and Asia Smith follows.

NWAACC Game 3: vs Blue Mountain

Umpqua Community College women’s basketball team continued their championship quest behind dominating performances from the inside/outside tandem of sophomores Asia Smith and Kyndal Charleston.

Smith scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds, while Charleston buried six of her eight 3-point attempts, leading to a team-high 25 points, and the right to play for the championship Tuesday evening at the Toyota Center. Read More


Romanalyn Inocencio (22) drives to the hoop against Lainey Corbett (12) from Sutherlin High School, Asia Smith (32) and Kyndal Charleston (31) follow.
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Romanalyn Inocencio (22) drives to the hoop against Lainey Corbett (12) from Sutherlin High School, Asia Smith (32) and Kyndal Charleston (31) follow.

NWAACC Game 2: vs Walla Walla

It was a tale of two halves at the Toyota Center Sunday afternoon. For twenty minutes the No. 8 Walla Walla Warriors gave the No. 3 Umpqua Community College women’s basketball team all they could handle.

 UCC (23-6, 10-2 South) blistered the Warriors (19-8, 12-2 East) in the second-half from 3-point range, shooting 60 percent on 9/15 shooting, allowing them to roll into the third round and continue their quest for a NWAACC championship. Read More


Pilialoha Kailiawa (10) battles for a rebound as teammates Marcy Ortiz (13), Paige Tompkin (12), Leilani Morris (30), and Hannah Hawkins (4) look on.
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Pilialoha Kailiawa (10) battles for a rebound as teammates Marcy Ortiz (13), Paige Tompkin (12), Leilani Morris (30), and Hannah Hawkins (4) look on.

NWAACC Game 1: vs Centralia

Looking to bring home their first championship since 2000, the Umpqua Community College women’s basketball team left little doubt about their readiness following a 38 point blow-out of the Centralia Trailblazers in a final 88-50 score.

Umpqua guard Kyndal Charleston scorched the Blazers (14-13, 10-6) with 17 first-half points, while forward Leilani Morris took over the second-half dropping 18 of her game-high 20 points.

With three minutes into the contest, freshman Ashli Payne’s lay-in gave the Riverhawks (22-6, 10-2) their first lead of the ballgame. UCC would not look back. Charleston and Payne’s back-to-back 3-pointers with 5:25 to play pushed Umpqua’s lead to 31-18. Read More


UCC men charge past Linn-Benton, 65-55

In the final home game for Umpqua Community College men’s basketball team, a trio of sophomores made the most of it.

Guards Torrmall Thomas and Chris Mock sparked a 25-6 first-half run, combining for 17 points. Point guard Mishima Gray picked up the slack in the second-half, scoring 16 of his game high 19 points, en route to a 65-55 Riverhawk victory. Read More


Storm escapes hawk nest

In a rollercoaster match-up against the Chemeketa Storm (12-12 8-4 South) the UCC men’s basketball team gave them all they could handle.

The short-handed Riverhawks (5-19 1-11 South) were down early in the contest as Chemeketa would go on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes taking an 11-4 lead. The Storm continued their push before UCC responded with its first-half fight fans have become accustomed to. Read More


Riverhawk Asia Smith trails as Kyndal Charleston drives on Lane guard Shelby Snook. Umpqua beat Lane 85-66.
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Riverhawk Asia Smith trails as Kyndal Charleston drives on Lane guard Shelby Snook. Umpqua beat Lane 85-66.

Riverhawks devour Lane

In the biggest basketball game of the year for Umpqua Community College, (18-5, 7-1 South) Kyndal Charleston came through at the most important time.

Charleston buried five 3-pointers in the first fifteen minutes of the contest, and the Riverhawks capitalized on a dismal shooting performance by Lane Community College (19-5, 6-2 South) to win in  dominating fashion 85-66. Read More


Gary Stewart scores on Lane defenders, converting a layup in the first half.
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Gary Stewart scores on Lane defenders, converting a layup in the first half.

Second half Titans

It was a tale of two halves for the UCC men’s squad in a Feb. 5 loss to the Lane Titans (12-11, 5-4 South). After a hard-fought first half battle, Lane capitalized on their size in the backcourt and handed the Riverhawks (5-16, 1-8 South) an 86-67 setback. Read More


Freshman guard Ashli Payne ties UCC women’s single game scoring record
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Freshman guard Ashli Payne ties UCC women’s single game scoring record

Enter the house of Payne

With the kind of season that 5’11’’ freshman guard Ashli Payne has been having, opponents in the NWAACC take notice.  Payne’s 53 point performance in a Feb. 1 victory against Portland spoke volumes. Payne recorded one of the greatest individual performances in UCC women’s basketball history. Read More


Riverhawk coach adds 700 victories to storied career
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Riverhawk coach adds 700 victories to storied career

The Stricklin effect

Umpqua Community College will never have to worry about hindsight following a 1995 decision that made Dave Stricklin, head coach of its women’s basketball team.

Now into his 19th season, the success of UCC basketball is evident. What is hard to calculate is the profound effect coach Stricklin’s had with players on and off the court. Read More


 Indiana-based company working on making necessary fixes to UCC pool.
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Indiana-based company working on making necessary fixes to UCC pool.

Pool renovations may seem shallow but much progression being made off-site

If you are wondering what is going on with the UCC pool, you are not the only one. Thankfully, some light has been shed on the status of the eye-sore project. The swimming pool, out of commission since April 2011, is on track to reopen its gates by May 2014. Read More


While hosting the Saints at home, the Riverhawks men’s team played a physical, fast-paced game. Mishima Gray, Gary Stewart, Tormall Thomas and Nick Corpening were often seen soaring through the air.
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While hosting the Saints at home, the Riverhawks men’s team played a physical, fast-paced game. Mishima Gray, Gary Stewart, Tormall Thomas and Nick Corpening were often seen soaring through the air.

Men’s effort evident, not quite enough

If Saturday night’s basketball game was determined by effort and toughness, the UCC’s mens team would have won their contest versus the Mt. Hood Saints hands-down. The men may have been a perceived underdog going into a matchup against the Mt. Hood team that boasted an enormous front line, but it did not show a bit in a heart-breaking 73-70 loss to Mt. Hood (15-5, 4-3 NWAACC South) on Jan. 25. Read More


The ‘Hawks used their size inside against Mt. Hood during 
their game on Jan. 25. UCC utilized their Forwards, Pilialoha Kailiawa (pictured with ball), Marcy Ortiz, Ashli Payne, Leilani Morris, Asia Smith, and Kayla Bice, grabbing 36 of the 54 team rebounds.
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The ‘Hawks used their size inside against Mt. Hood during their game on Jan. 25. UCC utilized their Forwards, Pilialoha Kailiawa (pictured with ball), Marcy Ortiz, Ashli Payne, Leilani Morris, Asia Smith, and Kayla Bice, grabbing 36 of the 54 team rebounds.

Riverhawks wipe boards with Mt. Hood

The women’s basketball team (15-5, 5-1 NWAACC South) maintained their first place standing tied atop the conference by defeating the Mt. Hood Saints (2-17, 0-6 NWAACC South) on the back of a dominating performance on the boards, and an impressive effort from their bench. Read More


UCC's Baseball
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UCC's Baseball

Baseball proposal going to the Board

After more than 25 years without a baseball team, UCC is looking to bring America’s favorite pastime back to the college.

According to Athletic Director Cheryl Yoder, the reason for the proposal of reinstating the baseball program is to help raise enrollment as well as gain more community interest and involvement. Read More


“Most players wait to Tebow until after the play is over,” women’s coach Dave Stricklin teased.
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“Most players wait to Tebow until after the play is over,” women’s coach Dave Stricklin teased.

Basketball season opens

The men and women played their second home game Jan. 15 against Southwestern Oregon Community College with a win for the women (87-70) and a loss for the men (82-60). Read More


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The women’s volleyball team celebrated their last game with custom shirts that humorously expressed moments of camaraderie during the season.

Solo sophomore “sets” up future for flower business

Danae Perkey, the sole sophomore on the Riverhawk volleyball team, is traveling the unconventional path to success. She may not go on to play volleyball at a university like many college athletes strive toward, but she’s OK with that. Perkey has a different definition of fulfillment—owning her own flower shop. Read More


Kathryn Epler(4) and Kelsey Warren (8) attempt to block a hit as Danae Perkey, Elysha Lang, and Jocelyn Vallencia cover the court.
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Kathryn Epler(4) and Kelsey Warren (8) attempt to block a hit as Danae Perkey, Elysha Lang, and Jocelyn Vallencia cover the court.

Riverhawks reflect on 2013 season

This year has been full of valleys, but every valley has a mountain peak somewhere. Outside hitter Mariah Gladden, deffensive specialist Jocelyn Valencia, middle blocker Kelsey Warren and setter Danae Perkey share their mountain top experiences on this journey. Read More


Jocelyn Valencia tips the ball in an effort to rally against the Linn-Benton Road Runners.
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Jocelyn Valencia tips the ball in an effort to rally against the Linn-Benton Road Runners.

Diggin’ hope: A cause for the cure

The Umpqua volleyball team had high spirits as they came into a pink gym for their game versus Linn-Benton Community College on Friday, Oct. 11.

The gym was decorated with pink balloons, streamers, posters and the players even wore pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. While honoring those who have suffered from breast cancer, the awareness had a financial impact as well. Read More


Back row from left to right: Cierra Cotton, Kelsey Warren, Elysha Lang, Danae Perkey, Mariah Gladden, Kathryn Epler. Front row from left to right: Jocelyn Valencia, Katelyn Knight
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Back row from left to right: Cierra Cotton, Kelsey Warren, Elysha Lang, Danae Perkey, Mariah Gladden, Kathryn Epler.
Front row from left to right: Jocelyn Valencia, Katelyn Knight

Taken by storm

Coming off a loss to Linn-Benton the night before, the Lady ‘Hawks fell short again after three games against the Chemeketa Storm on Oct. 12. Umpqua (0-4 in conference, 2-10 overall) could not get going, resulting in a short match. Having received a minor concussion in the game the night before, Kathryn Epler was forced to sit out the entire match. Read More