The life and times of a community college recruiter

PENDLETON — Kim Pickett had never seen a horse before, much less climbed into the saddle. But here she was, sitting atop the big brown animal as it ambled down a rural road.

Because she’d never ridden a horse, she hadn’t known what to wear. In hindsight, though, sweatpants and flip flops probably weren’t the correct attire for equestrianism.

The Los Angeles native stood out on her ride near Touchet, Wash., though her dirt road could have been any meandering through the farm lands outside of Pendleton. The country homes were spread far enough apart to render the term neighbors obsolete, the once-green fields in each direction were beginning to fade under the August sun and some kind of little dog was happily trotting along side the horses’ clopping hooves.

 
 
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BMCC'S Darius Butler loses the ball to a steal.(Photo/EJ Hariis)
By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian

PENDLETON — As the old adage says, you can’t win games in the first half. But as the Blue Mountain Community College men proved Wednesday night, you sure can lose them there.

BMCC came out shooting boulders into Dixie Cups in the first half, managing just 13 points while making 15 percent of its shots. Even a 50-point second half couldn’t help make up the difference as Walla Walla Community College would take the game and the final NWAACC Championship tournament spot behind an 82-63 victory.


 
 
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By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian


PENDLETON — Saturday’s game with Columbia Basin College found the Blue Mountain Community College women playing catch up. They never led but on multiple occasions in the second half, the Timberwolves pulled to within a possession or two.

The Hawks erased any lingering chances for a comeback, though, with at 15-3 run in the game’s final minutes. CBC pulled way out in front at the end for a 69-52 victory in NWAACC East play.


 
 
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By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian


PENDLETON — Tyler Adams was slumping. His shot was off and it had showed when Blue Mountain Community College visited Walla Walla on Wednesday. He made only 1-of-5 shots from 3-point range and finished with seven points in a 72-55 loss.

The Timberwolves season had been following a similar path. BMCC wasn’t making all the shots that it should. On Saturday, Blue Mountain couldn’t miss.


 
 
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By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian


PENDLETON — It wasn’t long Saturday before the Blue Mountain Community College women knew they’d be getting their first NWAACC East Region victory of the 2012-13 season. The Timberwolves led 54-11 at halftime in Pendleton against Treasure Valley Community College.

So the remaining 20 minutes became about something more in an eventual 98-46 Timberwolves’ victory. Coach Christy Martin had her players focusing in on a narrower path. With the final never really in doubt, the T-Wolves wanted every possession, every shot practiced to perfection. Don’t look any farther ahead than right now, Martin instructed, the kind of game that she wants the women’s basketball team running each game.


 
 
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By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian


PENDLETON — The first half looked surgical the way Blue Mountain Community College gutted the Treasure Valley Community College defense and stymied the responding attacks. The Timberwolves climbed ahead by more than 20 points before pulling into halftime comfortably at 41-24.

“We were limiting them to one shot; I think we gave up only two offensive rebounds in that whole first half,” BMCC men’s basketball coach Adam Ellis said.


 
 
By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian

Blue Mountain Community College capped off its volleyball season this weekend with a truly dominant performance in the NWAACC championship match. The win, the team’s 43th of the season, helps put this season’s Timberwolves right at the top in the discussion of greatest BMCC teams ever.

So how did they do it? How did Blue Mountain nab its second NWAACC title in three years despite being targeted as the favorite from the season’s first weeks?

 
 
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The NWAACC champion BMCC Timberwolves (Photo by Matthew Aimonetti)
By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian


GRESHAM — As if Blue Mountain Community College didn’t have enough motivation to cap off its tremendous volleyball season with an NWAACC championship trophy, the Timberwolves added one more reason half way through their title bout against Spokane on Sunday.

Outside hitter Claire Tolbert.


 
 
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By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian


GRESHAM — Only one match remains between Blue Mountain Community College and another NWAACC volleyball championship.

The Timberwolves showed no evidence of a hangover from Friday night’s draining five-set thriller with Mt. Hood Community College, dispatching Spokane on Saturday quickly to earn a spot in the championship. BMCC (42-4) dominated, especially in the middle section of the match, and left the Sasquatch in the dust 25-19, 25-11, 25-19.


 
 
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Claire Tolbert scores on Green River. (Photo/Matthew Aimonetti)
By AJ MAZZOLINI
East Oregonian


GRESHAM — Two sets, two victories for Blue Mountain Community College. Friday’s quarterfinal match at the NWAACC volleyball tournament was shaping up like so many Timberwolves contests before it this season.

But Mt. Hood refused to play by the script that BMCC has remade over and over again on its way to an undefeated East Region title. After going down 25-21, 25-21 to open the match at Mt. Hood Community College, the Saints found their spirit for 25-17 and 25-23 victories to knot things up.

But even with BMCC on the ropes, the Timberwolves showed their fangs behind a huge set from hitter Kendra De Hoog to hang on for a 15-11 fifth-set win that clinched the match. Blue Mountain will advance to the semifinals today at 1:30 p.m.