2021-22 General News
  • Monday, January 17, 2022

    Wildcats Top Undefeated WWU, Win Team Of The Week

    Despite only getting six points and 25 minutes from their bench, Central Washington rode their stars to a 76-68 win over previously undefeated Western Washington, a top-five team nationally in multiple polls.

  • Monday, January 17, 2022

    Near-Record Performances Lead Athlete Of Week Awards

    Simon Fraser's Aaron Ahl and Alaska Anchorage's Joshua Wagner share the GNAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week award after both runners ran times in their disciplines that rank No. 2 on the GNAC All-Time List.

  • Friday, January 14, 2022

    SAAC Spotlight: SFU's Kalissa Beltran

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features SFU defensive specialist and libero Kalissa Beltran, who talks about her work with children with developmental disabilities and how she's "living the dream" as a DII student-athlete.

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022

    Simon Fraser, Central Oklahoma Award of Excellence Finalists

    Simon Fraser is named a Division II Award of Excellence finalist for its SAAC-driven social media initiative while Central Oklahoma was honored for its Junior Rower Program.

  • Monday, January 10, 2022

    Defense, Playmaking Give WOU Upset Win, Team Of The Week

    Western Oregon held regionally-ranked Saint Martin's to 13 points in the first half and Tresai McCarver made plays down the stretch to give WOU the biggest upset of the GNAC season and the Team of the Week award.

  • Monday, January 10, 2022

    High Scoring Earns Thurman, Cranston Weekly Honors

    Northwest Nazarene's Teagan Thurman and Western Oregon's Cameron Cranston used a trio of high-scoring performances to earn the GNAC Player of the Week awards.

  • Friday, January 7, 2022

    SAAC Spotlight: NNU's Colton Moore

    In this week's SAAC Spotlight, Nighthawks infielder Colton Moore discusses playing on the same college team with his brother, his heroes on the New York Yankees and how writing helps him get creative.

  • Monday, January 3, 2022

    Team Of The Week Seawolves Down Preseason Favorites

    Seattle Pacific was the unanimous coaches' pick to win the conference prior to the season, but Alaska Anchorage hit 14 three-pointers to dispatch the Falcons 88-83 and win the GNAC Team of the Week award.

  • Monday, January 3, 2022

    Rowlands, Wisotzki Take Player Of Week Awards Up North

    Alaska Anchorage's David Rowlands and Simon Fraser's Jessica Wisotzki are the first GNAC Players of the Week for 2022 after a pair of leading scoring performances for their respective teams.

  • Friday, December 31, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Western Oregon's Eli Nafziger

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features Western Oregon track and field athlete Eli Nafziger, who talks about his positive first year throwing javelin and how long it takes him to solve a Rubik's Cube.

  • Friday, December 24, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Saint Martin's Malia Pinder

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features Saint Martin's infielder Malia Pinder, who aspires to advocate for women of color and children as a lawyer in the future but also likes ketchup. Like, LOVES ketchup.

  • Thursday, December 23, 2021

    Western Washington Leads West Region In Directors' Cup

    Western Washington leads both the GNAC and all West Region institutions in the fall Learfield Directors' Cup standings for Division II. The Vikings benefited from deep volleyball & women's soccer playoff runs.

  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021

    Central Washington Sweeps Player Of The Week Awards

    A pair of strong performances prior to the holiday break earned Central Washington's Xavier Smith and Kizzah Maltezo selections as the GNAC Players of the Week.

  • Monday, December 20, 2021

    Saints Ride 24-Hour Run To Team Of The Week

    Saint Martin's got a pair of 24-point performances – one from freshman Rian Clear and one from veteran Claire Dingus – to pick up a pair of wins within a 24-hour period and cement an 8-2 start.

  • Monday, December 20, 2021

    Record Performance Earns Bowman Another Weekly Award

    The Central Washington junior center leads the GNAC Player of the Week awards after posting a monster double-double against Concordia Irvine and tying the single-game record for rebounds.

  • Friday, December 17, 2021

    Basketball Championships Stay In Washington In 2023, 2024

    Western Washington University has been selected as the host site for the 2023 GNAC Basketball Championships while Central Washington will host the 2024 championships in a renovated Nicholson Pavilion.

  • Friday, December 17, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: SPU's Ashley Antoniak

    In this week's SAAC Spotlight, Seattle Pacific junior opposite Ashley Antoniak talks about how she changed her mindset early on in her career and what she thinks all athletes should do once a month.

  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021

    Three GNAC Institutions Honored For Academic Achievement

    Saint Martin's, Seattle Pacific and Western Washington are among 43 recipients of the NCAA Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence, honoring institutions with an Academic Success Rate of 90 percent or higher.

  • Monday, December 13, 2021

    Rivalry Win Gives NNU Men's Hoops Team Of The Week

    The Nighthawks topped local rivals College of Idaho, a Top-15 school in the NAIA, to sweep the Mayor's Cup for the first time since 2012. George Reidy and Gabriel Murphy led the way for NNU.

  • Monday, December 13, 2021

    Performances At The Podium Top Athlete Of Week Podium

    A quartet of performances at the Spokane Open, including a top-two GNAC all-time mark and a school record, are at the top of the GNAC Athlete of the Week selections.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: WOU's Tresai McCarver

    Tresai McCarver is a floor general for Western Oregon, averaging four assists per game, but she's also the point person for many of her school's SAAC events. Find out more about Tresai in this week's SAAC Spotlight.

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021

    NCAA Reveals Unified SAAC Logo For All Three Divisions

    The new logo, which will be used by Student-Athlete Advisory Committees in all three divisions, is designed to bring a united, modern and athletic approach for student-athletes to identify with and use.

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021

    Grisham Set To Retire, Caps 37 Years As Saint Martin's AD

    After a 37-year career at Saint Martin's, Bob Grisham has announced that he will retire as the school's athletic director at the end of the academic year.

  • Monday, December 6, 2021

    Double Regional Champs Share Team Of The Week

    Western Washington volleyball and Seattle Pacific women's soccer each won NCAA West Region championships in their respective sports, the second and third GNAC teams to do so this year.

  • Monday, December 6, 2021

    Twice As Nice: Cranston, Shelley Repeat In Weekly Awards

    The Western Oregon junior guard and Montana State Billings senior forward earn their second GNAC Basketball Player of the Week awards after big scoring performances in the first week of conference play.

  • Friday, December 3, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: NNU's Analynn Bohner

    After playing 11 minutes in her inaugural GNAC game, NNU's Analynn Bohner talks about her recovery from Tommy John surgery, the "superhero" in her family and much more in this week's SAAC Spotlight.

  • Thursday, December 2, 2021

    Conference Continues To Rank High In Graduation Metrics

    For the 10th consecutive year, the GNAC ranks in the top 10 among Division II conferences in Federal Graduation Rate and Academic Success Rate according to numbers released by the NCAA.

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    Alaska Anchorage, GNAC Mourn Passing Of Greg Myford

    The GNAC joins the University of Alaska Anchorage community in mourning the passing of director of athletics Greg Myford, who died on November 29 after a battle with cancer.

  • Monday, November 29, 2021

    Nighthawks Women's Hoops Win Team of the Week

    NNU proved there's more than one way to win a game, having eight different players score over five points in a win over Point Loma and relying on two 20-point scorers and dominance in the paint to beat Concordia.

  • Monday, November 29, 2021

    Wisotzki, Pantovic Score Their Ways To GNAC Weekly Honors

    Simon Fraser's Jessica Wisotzki and Alaska Anchorage's Oggie Pantovic are named the GNAC Basketball Players of the Week following a pair of high-energy scoring performances.

  • Monday, November 22, 2021

    Vikings Prove Regional Mettle, Earn Team of the Week

    Western Washington women's basketball entered the week at No. 4 in the D2SIDA West Region rankings but beat two of the teams ahead of them in convincing fashion. Emma Duff averaged 20.5 points per game to lead WWU.

  • Monday, November 22, 2021

    Big Scoring Performances Lead Player Of Week Selections

    Saint Martin's Claire Dingus and Alaska's Shadeed Shabazz posted a pair of impressive weekend scoring performances to pick up GNAC Player of the Week honors.

  • Friday, November 19, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: NNU's James Nelson

    Fresh off a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double in NNU's season-opener, James Nelson talks about his favorite memories from the hardwood and his political aspirations and heroes in this week's SAAC Spotlight.

  • Monday, November 15, 2021

    Falcons Footy Locks Down Championship, Team Of The Week

    After winning the GNAC Championships with a dominant 4-0 victory in the championship match, the SPU women’s soccer team can add GNAC Team of the Week to their list of accomplishments.

  • Monday, November 15, 2021

    20/20 Vision: Bowman's Big Weekend Leads Weekly Awards

    The Central Washington junior forward averaged 20 points and 20 rebounds in two season-opening games to pace the GNAC Player of the Week awards.

  • Friday, November 12, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: MSUB's Mason Powell

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features MSUB two-way baseball player Mason Powell, who shares his list of mentors, the two "h-words" he uses to describes DII athletes and his "amazing" under-the-radar skill.

  • Monday, November 8, 2021

    Yellowjackets Tip Off On High Note For Team Of The Week

    Led by 18.7 points per game from senior forward Taryn Shelley, the MSUB women's basketball team went 2-1, only losing by six points to a No. 1-ranked Lubbock Christian team that has won 38 straight games.

  • Monday, November 8, 2021

    Glasper's Career Day Headlines Player Of The Week Awards

    The freshman quarterback leads the GNAC Player of the Week winners after he threw for 452 yards and finished with 498 yards of total offense in Central Washington's win at Western New Mexico.

  • Friday, November 5, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Alaska's Lainey Lioi

    This week's SAAC spotlight features Alaska swimmer Lainey Lioi, who talks about her medical school ambitions, her favorite things to bake and which family member she wishes she could spend more time with.

  • Friday, November 5, 2021

    Theresa Hanson Named To Division II Management Council

    Simon Fraser's senior director, athletics and recreation, will represent the GNAC in a four-year term on the NCAA Division II Management Council beginning in 2023.

  • Monday, November 1, 2021

    Vikings Take Alaska By Storm, Win Team Of The Week

    Western Washington volleyball has won 10 straight and opened up some distance between themselves and the rest of the GNAC with two road wins, including a three-set sweep of second-place Alaska Anchorage.

  • Monday, November 1, 2021

    Women's Soccer Scoring Standouts Lead Weekly Awards

    Montana State Billings' Haylee Gunter and Northwest Nazarene's Madison Grande shared the GNAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award with two performances with potential playoff implications.

  • Friday, October 29, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Alaska Anchorage's A.J. Garrity

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features Seawolves basketball guard A.J. Garrity, who talks leaving Huntington Beach for Anchorage, why he'd want to spend a day with Jordan and the one thing he makes sure to do each week.

  • Monday, October 25, 2021

    SFU XC Sweeps Championships For Team of the Week

    The Simon Fraser men's and women's cross country teams had combined for 10 second-place finishes with just one title over the past decade. They put the heartbreak aside by both winning at the GNAC Championships.

  • Monday, October 25, 2021

    Wildcats Roll To Championship-Caliber Weekly Awards

    Central Wahington's Darius Morrison and Patrick Hegarty lead the GNAC Player of the Week awards after helping leads the offense to the Wildcats' fourth consecutive conference football title.

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Northwest Nazarene's Teagan Thurman

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features NNU forward Teagan Thurman. A biology and pre-med student, Thurman has ideas on where she wants to live after college, how to give basketball scoring a makeover and more.

  • Monday, October 18, 2021

    Lockdown Defense Leads Simon Fraser To Team of the Week

    Simon Fraser faced the GNAC's two leading goal-scorers, but Defensive Player of the Week Aidan Bain and the rest of the SFU back line didn't allow a goal in two victories, including a triumph over No. 7 Seattle Pacific.

  • Monday, October 18, 2021

    True North Rising: Simon Fraser Tops Weekly Honors

    Following victories both on the gridiron and pitch saw Simon Fraser sweep both the football and men's soccer awards to lead the GNAC Player of the Week selections.

  • Friday, October 15, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Alaska Anchorage's Tylantiss Atlas

    This week's SAAC Spotlight Q&A features 2020-21 GNAC 400 meter champion Tylantiss Atlas, who shares why she views every SAAC event as an "opportunity" and how she uses her legs for more than just running.

  • Monday, October 11, 2021

    Overtime Heroics Give SPU Ranked Win, Team Of The Week

    Seattle Pacific women's soccer recorded two shutout wins to pull into a tie for first in the GNAC, including a 1-0 triumph against No. 6 Western Washington that saw goalie Riley Travis save a penalty kick in overtime.

  • Monday, October 11, 2021

    Falcon Crest: Seattle Pacific Dominates Weekly Honors

    With a quarter of victories on the home pitch, including a key women's overtime victory over Western Washington, Seattle Pacific took home three of four soccer awards to lead the GNAC Player of the Week honors.

  • Friday, October 8, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Central Washington's Lauren Odette

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features women's rugby player Lauren Odette, who shares her favorite SAAC tradition she helped start on campus, as well as which author she'd want to spend a day with.

  • Monday, October 4, 2021

    CWU Football Wins Team of the Week With Comeback Upset

    The Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to stun No. 11 Midwestern State on Saturday. Donte Hamilton tied a GNAC record with three INTs, and kicker Patrick Hegarty hit a game-icing 50-yarder.

  • Monday, October 4, 2021

    Lone Star Leap: Football Performances Lead Weekly Awards

    Western Oregon's Ryan Worthley and Central Washington's Donte Hamilton and Patrick Hegarty lead the GNAC Player of the Week selections following a pair of victories over Lone Star Conference foes.

  • Friday, October 1, 2021

    SFU's Emma Kramer Named National SAAC Representative

    Simon Fraser junior women's basketball player Emma Kramer has been named to a three-year term as the GNAC's representative to the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

  • Friday, October 1, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Alaska's Rya Berrigan

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features UAF cross country runner and skier Rya Berrigan, who discusses her medical aspirations, what she does with her hands in her spare time and more.

  • Monday, September 27, 2021

    Giant-Killing Wildcats Earn Team of the Week Honors

    Two Top-25 opponents in one week? Zero problems for the Central Washington volleyball team, who coasted to two wins over ranked GNAC opponents and were named the conference's Team of the Week.

  • Monday, September 27, 2021

    Falcons' Scoring Barrage Leads Player Of Week Awards

    Seattle Pacific outscored its opponents 11-0 in the opening week of conference play, allowing Falcons' forward Lauren Forster and defender Mariah Alexander to sweep the Women's Soccer Player of the Week awards.

  • Friday, September 24, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Northwest Nazarene's Molly Anderson

    This week's SAAC Spotlight highlights NNU women's volleyball defensive specialist Molly Anderson, who talks about the challenges of starting her freshman season during COVID-19 in this week's Q&A.

  • Monday, September 20, 2021

    Alaska Volleyball Sweeps GNAC Foes, Wins Team Of Week

    The Nanooks, led by Defensive Player of the Week Emily Moorhead, asserted themselves to other GNAC programs by opening up conference play with two three-set sweeps on the road.

  • Monday, September 20, 2021

    Record Moments For Boddie, Billeter Lead Weekly Awards

    Central Washington's Rashaad Boddie had the eighth-best rushing performance in GNAC history while Western Washington's Megan Billeter tied the GNAC women's golf single-round record.

  • Friday, September 17, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: MSUB's Clare Keenan

    This week's SAAC Spotlight features MSUB women's soccer goalie Clare Keenan, who shares her favorite book, her self-care priorities and much more in this week's Q&A.

  • Monday, September 13, 2021

    Two Race Wins Pace Simon Fraser To Team Of The Week

    Individual cross country wins from Aaron Ahl and Olivia Willett, a team win for the women's program and both the men and women placing five runners in the top 20 highlights SFU's case for the weekly award.

  • Monday, September 13, 2021

    Historic Moment For Elliott Leads Player Of Week Honors

    Simon Fraser's Kristie Elliott became the first Canadian female to play in and score in an NCAA football game and earned herself GNAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

  • Friday, September 10, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Alaska Anchorage's Caleb Larsen

    Alaska Anchorage men's basketball guard Caleb Larsen shares his thoughts on SAAC, obstacles along his collegiate journey, Damian Lillard and more.

  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    Johnson, Holmberg Named Regional Scholar-Athletes Of Year

    The Northwest Nazarene baseball utility player and the Seattle Pacific distance standout were selected as the West Region Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association.

  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021

    Fast-Starting Volleyball Teams Split Team Of The Week Award

    After both starting 4-0 and taking massive leaps forward for their respective programs, the Simon Fraser and Saint Martin's volleyball teams split the GNAC Team of the Week Award.

  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021

    Holding Court: Dexter, Alos Lead Player Of The Week Honors

    Simon Fraser's Brooke Dexter and Saint Martin's Kylie Alos headline the GNAC Player of the Week awards following a pair of 4-0 opening-week tournament performances.

  • Friday, September 3, 2021

    SAAC Spotlight: Northwest Nazarene's Alex Nadermann

    Alex Nadermann is a senior on the Northwest Nazarene men’s soccer team and a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

  • Monday, August 30, 2021

    Historic Dual Win Gives Alaska Team Of The Week Honors

    After stunning Alaska Anchorage with a dual meet victory in the UAF Blue/Gold Meet, the Alaska women's cross country team has been named the GNAC Team of the Week.

  • Monday, August 30, 2021

    Freshman Debuts Lead Athlete Of The Week Awards

    Victories at the UAF Blue/Gold Meet for Nanooks' freshman Kendall Kramer and Alaska Anchorage freshman Coleman Nash lead the first GNAC Athlete of the Week selections in 2021-22.

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021

    A Mystical View 56 Years In The Making At SFU

    The new SFU Stadium at Terry Fox Field is ready to host teams and games. Howard Tsumura of Varsity Letters details the project, the history and how it elevates Simon Fraser's athletic programs.

  • Thursday, August 12, 2021

    Butch Kamena Receives GNAC SAAC Faculty Mentor Award

    Western Washington's assistant athletic director for compliance and academics was singled out for his longtime commitment to Vikings' student-athletes.

  • Friday, August 6, 2021

    CWU Leads GNAC Honorees In D2 ADA Academic Awards

    Central Washington's 136 honorees lead a total of 326 conference student-athletes from five institutions that received Academic Achievement Awards from the Division 2 Athletic Directors Association.

  • Friday, July 30, 2021

    NCAA To Convene Historic Constitutional Convention

    Citing the need to immediately transform college sports, the NCAA Board of Governors will convene a constitutional convention in November to propose drastic changes to the organization's governance.

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021

    Bazemore: From MSUB Intern To MSUB Athletic Director

    Ten years before he was named Montana State Billings athletic director, Michael Bazemore was an administrative intern for the Yellowjackets. 406MTSports.com profiles his road to the MSUB athletic director's seat.

  • Friday, July 16, 2021

    Record 353 Athletes Receive FAR Scholar-Athlete Award

    A total of 353 student-athletes receive the GNAC Faculty Athletic Representative Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Barnes & Noble College. The program honors student-athletes with a 3.85 GPA or greater.

  • Friday, July 9, 2021

    Central Washington Wins Academic All-Sports Championship

    For the first time in program history, Central Washington University is the winner of the GNAC Academic All-Sports Championship, presented by Barnes & Noble College.