This year BC has shown how elite we can be in sports. While other NWAACC schools get to the playoffs in one maybe two sports, BC has become champions in three sports while reaching the playoffs in all nine of the sports offered at BC. And even though it is not approaching New Years Eve now at the end of this school year is as good as any to take a look at the last year in sports.
This past fall we had our first champion being the men’s soccer team. Men’s soccer posted an overall record of 14 wins, 4 losses and 4 ties. men’s soccer tied for the division championship with rival college Peninsula. However this did not deter the boys as they made a remarkable run in the post season.
It is hard to argue with numbers and the men’s soccer team put together a season where they had 58 goals for and 33 goals against while recording two shutouts. The soccer team was undefeated in the post season.
In the fall women’s soccer and women’s volleyball also reached the playoffs. Volleyball also recorded a North division title, while placing fifth in the playoffs. On the other hand women’s soccer was second in their division and was put out in the second round of the playoffs not placing.
This winter both men’s basketball and women’s basketball had high expectations going into the season. The boys team being ranked in the top 10 of all the schools in the NWAACC.
The women achieved a stellar season including a phenomenal 14-2 in league. The lady bulldogs attained a second place standing in the division but did not carry the momentum of regular season play into the post season losing two straight games in the tourney.
The men’s team squeezed into the playoffs with a third place finish in the division. However in the NWAACC tourney they stepped up to the plate losing the first game by three in overtime to eventual second place finisher Lower Columbia. The Bulldogs then won two straight securing an 8th place finish.
This spring we had two teams that achieved an NWAACC championship. The first being the women’s tennis team that have dominated the last six years winning six straight NWAACC titles. There are few words that come to mind when a team dominates in such a way but what seems to fit best at this point is dynasty.
The second team to win a title was the men’s golf team. The team’s success came down to an individual performance as KC Chang’s eight under on the final day helping to secure the title. The margin of victory was only one stroke.
The other two spring sports that competed very well within their league and made a run in the playoffs. The softball team had an overall record of 32 and 11 but because of a change of format during NWAACC’s (due to rain delays) they did not place.
Baseball came into the season as defending champ’s and they proved why they were by going far into the tourney with an eventual third place finish, finishing the season with a respectable 32 and 20 record.
Here in our own backyard of Bellevue College we have some great sports teams. Each commanding respect from other schools based upon long histories of success. Not only did Bellevue College earn three NWAACC titles but they also had 15 players earn all league selections and three coaches earn coach of the year honors.
For what some schools do in a lifetime of college athletics, Bellevue College has done in a single school year.