Oregon Tech's Greg Stewart
For the fourth time in his seven seasons at the helm of the Oregon Tech Owls, Greg Stewart was chosen as CCC Coach
of the Year by a vote of his peers. The Texas native led his team to 33 wins this season and the No. 1 seed in this weekend’s CCC tournament. The Owls are currently ranked No. 19 in the latest NAIA coaches poll and were ranked has high as No. 17. Heading into this weekend’s action, Stewart has amassed 217 wins and a winning percentage of .671.
Corban University may be the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s Cascade Collegiate Conference softball tournament, but they will be boasting the CCC’s best player, as the Warriors’ Stephanie Nippert was selected as the 2011 CCC Player of the Year, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches.
In her 39 games for the Warriors, Nippert led the conference in homers (18), total hits (58), runs batted in (50), total bases (122), stolen bases (21) and slugging percentage (.976). The sophomore outfielder from Rocklin, Calif., is ranked in the NAIA top-5 in six different categories: first in fielding (1.000), second in home runs per game (.462), third in slugging pct. (.976), fourth in homers (18) and fourth in total bases per game (3.1).
College of Idaho freshman Nickayla Skinner was named Newcomer of the Year. The Mountain Home, Idaho pitcher won 15 games in 145 innings while striking out 166. All those numbers were second behind Oregon Tech’s Imhof.
2011 All-Cascade Collegiate Conference Softball Team
Player of the Year: Stephanie Nippert, OF, Corban
Pitcher of the Year: Jackie Imhof, Oregon Tech
Newcomer of the Year: Nickayla Skinner, P, College of Idaho
Coach of the Year: Greg Stewart, Oregon Tech
Name School Year Pos. Hometown
Jackie Imhof Oregon Tech Sr. P Portland, OR
Stephanie Nippert Corban So. OF Rocklin, CA
Ashleigh Larson Oregon Tech Jr. 2B Central Point, OR
Ali Paz Concordia Sr. SS Roseburg, OR
Rayna Okimoto Southern Oregon So. SS Honolulu, Hi
Renee Santos Concordia Sr. P Portland, OR
Nickayla Skinner College of Idaho Fr. P Mtn. Home, ID
Taylor Schmidt Oregon Tech So. P Medford, OR
Courtney Castronovo Corban Fr. OF Salem, OR
Katie Moy Southern Oregon Jr. OF Oceanside, CA
Kalie Kurdy College of Idaho Sr. C/OF Boise, ID
Brittany Cherry Oregon Tech Sr. OF Pasco, WA
Emma Winckler Corban Jr. 3B Eltopia, WA
Sam Genskay Concordia Jr. 2B Oregon City, OR
Shauna Collins Oregon Tech Fr. SS Roseburg, OR
Tamara Feb Corban So. C Oregon City, OR
Irene Barrantes Southern Oregon So. 3B Dos Palos, CA
Jordyn Brown Concordia Jr. P Hillsboro, OR
Honorable Mention: Wailiana Buchanan, 3B, Eastern Oregon; Jess Plummer, 3B, Oregon Tech; Nikki Shumway, F, College of Idaho; Jordyn Kurtz, P/DP, Southern Oregon; Emily Anderson, SS, Eastern Oregon; Kayla Vickaryous, OF, Concordia; Cassie Bishop, OF, Northwest Christian.
Gold Glove Award Winners
Catcher: Kayde Schaefer, Oregon Tech
First Base: Melissa Corn, Southern Oregon
Second Base: Ashleigh Larson, Oregon Tech
Third Base: Megan Mazanec, Northwest Christian
Shortstop: Ali Paz, Concordia
Outfield: Stephanie Nippert, Corban
Outfield: Nikki Shumway, College of Idaho
Outfield: Kayla Vickaryous, Concordia
Pitcher: Nickayla Skinner, College of Idaho