Clark College dominates NWAACC West basketball honors

Bowen, Spickerman named players of year; coaching honors to Kirk, Aldridge

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Clark College sophomores Brooke Bowen and Collin Spickerman were named the women's and men's Most Valuable Player of Northwest Athletic Association of Community College West Division basketball. Selections were announced Tuesday.

Penguins head coaches Al Aldridge and Alex Kirk were named Coach of the Year for NWAACC West women's and men's teams, respectively.

Bowen, a Skyview High School graduate, is ninth in all of the NWAACC in scoring at 17.5 points a game, 11th in steals a 2.54 a game and 16th in rebounding at 8.08 a game.

Spickerman, a gradaute of Jesuit High School in Portland, is second in the NWAACC with 3.00 blocks a game, seventh in rebounding (9.54 a game), 13th in field goal shooting percentage (172 of 310, 55.5 percent) and 18th in scoring (18.25 points a game).

Division honors hardly stopped there for the Penguins, however, following a regular season in which Clark swept the division championships.

The Clark women placed Nicolette Bond and Haley Grossman on the All-West Region First Team and Shantell Jackson on the Second Team. Jackson was also named Freshman Player of the Year, and Taylor Howlett was selected to the All-Defensive Team.

Bond, a Battle Ground High School graduate, leads the NWAACC in free throw shooting percentage at 89.4 percent (76 of 85) and is 11th in three-point shooting (58 of 158, 36.7 percent). She scores 13.8 points a game.

Grossman, also a Battle Ground High School graduate, is third in the NWAACC in field goal shooting percentage at 56.4 percent (119 of 211). She averages 10.96 points and 6.12 rebounds a game.

Jackson, a graduate of Auburn Riverside, is seventh in the NWAACC in steals at 2.80 a game, and also is sixth in three-point shooting (38 of 97, 39.2 percent) and ninth in free throw shooting (65 of 84, 77.4 percent). She averages 13.88 points a game.

For the Clark men, Sean Price was named to the All-Region First Team and Max Livingston to the Second Team, while Spickerman and Price were All-Defensive Team selections.

Price, a Columbia River High School graduate, is 11th in the NWAACC in assists (4.21 a game), 13th in scoring (19.21) and 15th in rebounding (8.38).

Livingston, a graduate of Lake Oswego High School in Oregon, is second in NWAACC three-point shooting at 48.1 percent (76 of 158). He averages 12.67 points a game.

Clark's men are ranked No. 1 and the women are No. 2 in the NWAACC coaches' polls going into the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championships set for Saturday through Tuesday, March 4 in Kennewick.

The Penguin women first face Clackamas at 10 a.m. in the opening round Saturday, with the men opening against Chemeketa at 6 p.m.