Oregon Tech's David Clarke.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - After earning all-conference recognition last season in their respective sport, Cascade Collegiate Conference guards, Karissa Dixon and David Clarke highlight the Preseason All-Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s and men’s basketball team selected by the league’s coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Clarke, a 6-foot-3 senior, averaged 10.1 points per game in leading the Owls to a third NAIA national championship in 2012. Clark, a CCC honorable mention selection in 2012, was true on 46% shooting from the floor, including a 75-172 (.436) from long range, while recording a team-high 161 assists. Clarke, the Owls’ only preseason all-conference selection, will look to lead the Hustlin’ Owls to a fifth-straight CCC regular-season and conference tournament crown.
Tech junior Karissa Dixon was a first-team all-conference selection a year ago. (photo by Kelly Caleb
Dixon, a 5-10 junior, averaged 12 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per contest to earn first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore last season. Dixon, who led Tech to a 21 win season and a fifth place finish in the CCC standings, shot 44.5% from the floor, including 40.1% (63-157) from the 3-point line. During the season Dixon was also named CCC Player of the week on one occasion and helped the Owls secure a spot in last year’s postseason conference tournament.
Southern Oregon’s Eric Thompson, an honorable mention NAIA All-American as a freshman last season, was voted the 2012-13 Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s basketball Preseason Player of the Year, while The College of Idaho’s Felicity Jones, was voted the CCC’s Preseason Women’s Player of the Year. Jones was also an honorable mention NAIA All-American selection for the Yotes last season.
The Hustlin’ Owl men get the season underway at Danny Miles Court on Friday, November 2nd versus UC- Merced beginning at 7:30 PM, while the women open the 2012-13 campaign on Saturday, November 3rd, when they host Walla Walla University at 7PM.