The fall sports season of the Northwest Athletic Conference was a particularly strong one for the Chemeketa Storm.
That strength was seen in on-field success, playoff qualifications, and numerous individual honors for athletes and coaches.
The Storm had a very strong regular season, going undefeated against their NWAC South competition to receive a high seed going into the NWAC championships in Tacoma.
After a win over Colubmia Basin in the first day of the tournament, Chemeketa struggled in their second day, falling to Tacoma and Clark and were eliminated, finishing the season with an overall record of 37-4.
In individual honors, Marandah Boeder of Albany was named South Region MVP. Katrina Zens of Canby and Madison Ross of Harrisburg were named to South Region First Team, while Tory Bennett of Eugene was named to the South Region Second Team.
Boeder and Zens also received national honors. Boeder was named First Team All-American, while Zens was named Second Team All-American. All-Americans honors are named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Head Coach Traci Stephenson was named South Region Coach of the Year.
The Storm men’s soccer squad picked a good time to get hot – the end of the season. In fact, Chemeketa finished off the regular season with six straight wins to finish second in the NWAC South. That success continued in the playoffs, as Chemeketa beat Columbia Basin in the first round, then upset #1 ranked Highline in penalty kicks to qualify for the NWAC Final Four, where the Storm fell in the semifinals to eventual champion Peninsula.
Chemeketa finished the year with a record of 12-5-2.
In individual honors, Elvis Pavon of Eugene was named South Region MVP. Pavon, Gustavo Mendoza of Aloha, Jorge Rico of Salem, Igor Hubenya of Albany and Ariel Barrientos of Albany were named to the North-South regional All-Star team.
Coach Oscar Monteblanco was named Co-Coach of the Year in the South Region.
Like the men, the Storm women’s soccer team ended their regular season strong as well, winning four of the last six matches to earn the third and final playoff spot in the South region, although they fell in the first round of the playoffs 2-1 to a tough North Idaho squad.
Chemeketa finished the season with a record of 10-6-2.
Eve Ponce of Salem was named to the North-South regional All-Star team.
Academic Excellence honors were given to McKenna Kendall of Salem, Holly Martinez-Moorman of Salem, Alex VanAmburgh of Salem and Naomi Wasser of Salem.