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Currie, Proctor Lead Weekly Awards After Title-Clinching Win
Currie, left, finished with 335 yards of total offense in the win while Proctor blocked what would have been the game-winning kick for Azusa Pacific to secure the WOU victory.
Currie, left, finished with 335 yards of total offense in the win while Proctor blocked what would have been the game-winning kick for Azusa Pacific to secure the WOU victory.

Monday, November 11, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – After playing key roles in Western Oregon claiming a share of the program’s first-ever GNAC title in football, senior quarterback Ty Currie and senior linebacker Nate Proctor, Jr., lead this week’s honorees for GNAC Player of the Week awards.

Currie was named the Football Offensive Player of the Week after finishing with 335 yards of total offense in Saturday’s 23-21 win over Azusa Pacific. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown while also carrying the ball 22 times for 178 yards and another touchdown.

Proctor, meanwhile, earned Special Teams Player of the Week accolades after he came up with the block on Azusa Pacific’s last-second 37-yard field goal attempt to preserve the victory for the Wolves. He also finished with four tackles and a sack on defense.

Central Washington freshman defensive back Patrick Rogers was named the Defensive Player of the Week after he came up with two of the Wildcats’ four interceptions in the 72-17 rout of Southwest Baptist. On the second of those picks, Rogers returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. He also finished with three tackles as CWU limited Southwest Baptist to 252 yards of total offense.

Western Washington, meanwhile, swept through the defensive awards for soccer and volleyball. Senior Jeremiah Lee was named the Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after he anchored a defense that allowed just two shots on goal in title-clinching shutout victories over Northwest Nazarene on Thursday and Montana State Billings on Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Natalie Dierickx earned Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her three saves and eighth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win at Seattle Pacific on Thursday.

On the court, freshman outside hitter Calley Heilborn was named the Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for her 33 digs, six blocks and 18 kills in a pair of three-set sweeps at Seattle Pacific on Thursday and Saint Martin’s on Saturday. Heilborn had 19 digs against the Saints to go with two blocks and 10 kills.

Offensively, Saint Martin’s senior forward Brandon Madsen was selected as the Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for his three goals in a 1-1 week, which included the game-winning goal in Thursday’s 2-1 victory at Concordia. Western Oregon junior forward Alyssa Tomasini earned the Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award after she scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Central Washington that clinched the No. 3 seed in the GNAC Championships.

Alaska Anchorage senior outside hitter Vanessa Hayes earned the Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week award after she finished with 34 kills and a .438 hitting percentage in wins over Western Oregon on Thursday and Concordia on Saturday. She notched a career-high 19 kills on Saturday as she hit .457 with two digs and two blocks.

Western Washington senior center Logan Schilder was named the first Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for 2019-20 after he averaged 16 points per game and shot 61.9 percent from the field and 67 percent from three-point range in the GNAC/CCAA Conference Challenge in Bellingham. He was named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring 17 points against Cal State Dominguez Hills and 15 against UC San Diego.

Central Washington sophomore forward Samantha Bowman was named the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after she averaged 17.5 points and 12 rebounds per game as the Wildcats went 1-1 in the CWU West Region Crossover. She had double-doubles in both games, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds in Friday’s win over Stanislaus State and 22 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s loss to Hawaii Pacific.

GNAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK SELECTIONS – WEEK 11
FOOTBALL
Offensive: Ty Currie
(Western Oregon, QB, 6-2, Sr., Yreka, Calif. – Yreka): Currie finished with 335 yards of total offense as the Wolves clinched a share of the GNAC title in a 23-21 win over Azusa Pacific. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown while also carrying the ball 22 times for 178 yards and another touchdown. He completed passes to six different receivers and had three passes over 30 yards while also finishing with a long run of 32 yards. Also Nominated: Christian Moore (Central Washington).

Defensive: Patrick Rogers (Central Washington, DB, 5-11, Fr., Tacoma, Wash. – Lincoln): Rogers had two of the Wildcats’ four interceptions in the 72-17 rout of Southwest Baptist on Saturday. He ran his fourth-quarter interception back 85 yards for a touchdown. In addition, Rogers finished with three tackles as the Wildcats limited Southwest Baptist to 252 yards of total offense. Also Nominated: Derek Parnell (Western Oregon).

Special Teams: Nate Proctor, Jr. (Western Oregon, LB, 6-2, Sr., Seattle, Wash. – O’Dea): Proctor blocked Azusa Pacific’s last-second 37-yard field goal attempt to preserve Western Oregon’s 23-21 victory as the team clinched a share of the GNAC title. Proctor also had four tackles and a sack in the victory. Also Nominated: Patrick Hegarty (Central Washington).

MEN’S SOCCER
Offensive:
Brandon Madsen (Saint Martin’s, F, 6-1, Sr., Auburn, Wash. – Seattle Univ.): Madsen scored three goals and had his fifth game-winning goal of the season as the Saints split last week’s matches. The game-winner came in the 79th minute of Thursday’s 2-1 victory at Concordia. He then scored both of the Saints’ goals in Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Seattle Pacific, both of which came on headers in the second half. Also Nominated: Kieran McMinn (Concordia), Mark Talisuna (Simon Fraser), Ryan Schaefer (Western Washington).

Defensive: Jeremiah Lee (Western Washington, D, 6-4, Sr., Marysville, Wash. – Grace Academy): Lee played all 180 minutes in two wins as the Vikings clinched the GNAC title by allowing a combined two shots on goal. Lee and the Vikings allowed Northwest Nazarene just six total shots in a 2-0 win on Thursday and allowed six shots, none on goal, in Saturday’s 1-0 shutout of Montana State Billings. Of Western’s nine conference wins, five have come by shutout. Also Nominated: Collin LaBranche (Saint Martin’s), Aidan Bain (Simon Fraser).

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Offensive:
Alyssa Tomasini (Western Oregon, F, 5-8, Jr., Camas, Wash. – Camas): Tomasini scored a pair of goals and notched the game-winner that secured the Wolves’ berth in the GNAC Championships. She scored a pair of goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Central Washington, connecting in the third minute before notching the game-winner off a corner kick in the 42nd minute. Tomasini had four shots in two matches last week, three of those on goal. Also Nominated: Isabelle Morales (Concordia), Alexa Iacolucci (Montana State Billings), Maddie Wolff (Saint Martin’s), Giuliana Zaurrini (Simon Fraser), Liv Larson (Western Washington).

Defensive: Natalie Dierickx (Western Washington, GK, 5-7, Jr., Kirkland, Wash. – Colorado State Univ.): In the team’s only match of the week, Dierickx made three saves to secure her eighth shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory at Seattle Pacific. She turned back the three shots on goal as Seattle Pacific took 11 total shots. Also Nominated: Hailey Asato (Concordia), Rose Robbins (Saint Martin’s), Alex Qualls (Western Oregon).

VOLLEYBALL
Offensive:
Vanessa Hayes (Alaska Anchorage, OH, 5-11, Sr., Salem, Ore. – McNary): Hayes led the Seawolves to a pair of home victories with 34 kills and a .438 hitting percentage and carried the load thanks to two starters sitting out due to injury. Against Western Oregon on Thursday, Hayes finished with 17 kills, two aces and six digs in a three-set sweep. She then posted a career-high 19 kills, a .457 hitting percentage, two digs and two blocks in Saturday’s four-set win over Concordia. Also Nominated: Bridgette Webb (Central Washington), Mackenzie Carter (Saint Martin’s), Kayln Hartmann (Simon Fraser), Kayleigh Harper (Western Washington).

Defensive: Calley Heilborn (Western Washington, OH, 6-1, Fr., Auburn, Wash. – Auburn-Riverside): Heilborn paced the Western Washington defense with 33 digs and six blocks to go along with 18 kills in a pair of three-set sweeps on the road. Heilborn came up with 14 digs and four blocks to go with eight kills in Thursday’s win at Seattle Pacific. She then finished with 19 digs, two blocks and 10 kills in Saturday’s win at Saint Martin’s. Also Nominated: Kyla Morgan (Central Washington), Callie Wilkins (Concordia), Kylie Alos (Saint Martin’s), Gabby Oddo (Seattle Pacific).

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Logan Schilder
(Western Washington, C, 7-0, Sr., Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom CC): Playing in his first games following his redshirt season, Schilder averaged 16 points per game, shot 61.9 percent from the field and 67 percent from three-point range in the Vikings’ openers in their own GNAC/CCAA Conference Challenge. In Friday’s 92-88 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills, Schilder finished with 17 points on 7 of 12 from the field and 3 of 45 from outside to go with four rebounds and two assists. He just missed a double-double in Saturday’s 76-69 loss to UC San Diego, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds on 6 of 9 from the field and 3 of 4 from the three-point line. Schilder was named to the All-Tournament Team. Also Nominated: Hunter Sweet (Concordia), Wilfried Balata (Simon Fraser).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Samantha Bowman
(Central Washington, C, 6-2, So., Zillah, Wash. – Zillah): Bowman averaged 17.5 points per game to go with 24 rebounds and four blocks while shooting 68.4 percent from the field as the Wildcats split their games at their own CWU West Region Crossover. Bowman finished with a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds in Friday’s 85-76 win over Stanislaus State. She then posted a big effort of 22 points and 12 rebounds on 10 of 14 from the field in Saturday’s 81-76 loss to Hawaii Pacific. She also added three assists and three blocks in the effort. Also Nominated: Riley Friauf (Concordia), Taylor Cunningham (Montana State Billings), Shariah Green (Western Oregon), Dani Iwami (Western Washington).

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