Beacons Stepping Into The Light
The Beacon Bolt is a publication of the student body of Northwest Christian University. The Northwest Christian University men’s basketball team stands in first place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, but also #8 in the NAIA National Coaches Poll, the highest ranking in school history. This is the first 20-win season in over a decade. The women also have made an impact on school records this season, having the first 15-win season since joining the NAIA and the Cascade Collegiate Conference in 2007.
20-4 is the men’s current record, going 13-1 in CCC, with only one loss to Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Even better than their season record is their 13 game winning streak and solid undefeated record at home. The men have six players that are averaging over double digits per game, Javonte Byrd 14.7, Kenny Blackwell with 10.8, Omar Richards with 13.4, Austin Kuemper with 11.0, Jack Hackman with 10.3 and Jay Mayernik with 10.2.
Senior Javonte Byrd has had an amazing season thus far, not only is he currently the team’s highest average scorer, but has had a few really memorable game endings. At Corban he made a three point shot for the win, as well as making a free throw to beat Eastern Oregon University by one point in La Grande. One of Javonte’s favorite team traditions occurs after the game, whoever has a really good game gets “held up” by the rest of the team (as pictured above). When asked what he was most proud of when it came to his team, Byrd responded, “How successful we are. We still have a lot to prove, but everything’s been great thus far.” He also wanted to thank his NCU family and Carlton White AKA Remi.
15-8 is the women’s season record, with 10-4 in conference play. The women also have a few girls that are averaging double digits, Niki Duncan with 13.6 and Andrea Gloss with 10.3. Monique Thompson and Hanna Mack are close with 9.8 and 9.4 points per game respectively.
Freshman Jenna Christenson said, “What I love about my team is how diverse we are, ranging from age and talent. We all bring something different to the table and at every practice we push each other to play our hardest.”
The next few weeks the Beacons will face all CCC teams, starting with two home games this Friday, The Evergreen State College, and Saturday, Northwest University. The 12th and the 13th they will travel up north to face Multnomah University and Warner Pacific College. The final week of regular conference play will be a challenging one as the Beacons play Southern Oregon on the 19th and Oregon Tech on the 20th here in Eugene. Tipoff for the women will start at 5:30, followed by our #8 ranked men at 7:30. Please come out and have some fun supporting our Basketball teams as they battle for CCC honors and a shot towards the national championships.
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