Bruins rewarded with NCAA tournament bid
The George Fox softball team had to sweat it out for more than a week, but was rewarded Monday for its record-breaking season with an at-large bid to the 62-team NCAA Division III tournament.
"The girls are definitely excited," coach Jessica Hollen said. "We're happy that we get the opportunity to play again, absolutely."
The No. 12 Bruins (35-9) fell 9-0 to No. 9 Linfield (35-8) in the Northwest Conference tournament championship game, but will get another crack at the rival Wildcats, who will host George Fox and SCIAC champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in one of two three-team regionals beginning Friday.
George Fox finished as the No. 4 ranked team in the West Region, one spot behind Linfield, and none of the teams above it were upset in their conference tournaments.
"The West is a very strong region and I felt like we definitely deserved an opportunity, but you never know what's going to happen," Hollen said. "We felt like we had a decent shot. At the same time, you never really feel comfortable until your name is said on the selection show."
With just three teams instead of the traditional four, George Fox will face Claremont in the opening game at 4 p.m. Friday. The Athenas will then turn around to face host Linfield at 6:30 p.m. The Bruins and Wildcats will then face each other at 4 p.m. Saturday.
If one team loses twice in round-robin play, they will be eliminated and the remaining two teams will play in game 4 at 6:30 Saturday. If the unbeaten team wins game 4, they will advance to super regionals. If the team that went 1-1 in round robin wins game 4, a game 5 will be played at 3 p.m. Sunday.
If all three teams finish round robin play 1-1, George Fox (the No. 2 seed) and CMS (No. 3 seed) will face each other in Game 4, with the winner advancing to face top-seed Linfield in Game 5.
George Fox faced the Athenas (30-12) in the 2016 NCAA tournament and are eager to get another shot at Linfield, too.
"Both of our teams respect one another a great deal," Hollen said. "I think we go about business and do things the right way on both sides. It's a fun, just-down-the-street rivalry and it's definitely fun to be able to have those bragging rights."
George Fox men's basketball coach Maco Hamilton has announced the dates of his youth basketball camp and elite basketball camp for the summer of 2018.
The youth camp for boys entering grades 3-8 will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-9. This camp will provide instruction with an emphasis on individual skill development by the George Fox coaching staff, as well as current and former collegiate players. Quality competitive action will include various contests such as a "Hot Shot" competition, free throw and three-point competitions, and three-on-three tournaments. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and basketball, a camp photo, and a certificate with the coaches' evaluation.
The elite camp for boys entering grades 9-12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. It is designed to provide position-specific individual skill development and collegiate-level scheme instruction and implementation from the Bruin coaching staff. Game scenarios and situation work will be taught and campers will apply what they have learned in competitive five-on-five games. Players attending the Elite Camps should be high-level varsity athletes capable of playing at the collegiate level.
The cost of the Youth Camp is $150 per person for early registration, while the Elite Camp cost is $75 per person. More information, including a downloadable a registration form, visit athletics.georgefox.edu/camps/index.
Youth soccer tryouts set
The newly-formed Newberg Youth Soccer (NYS) league will continue hosting tryouts for the upcoming season this week and next.
All tryouts will be held at Renne Park, with boys and girls vying for the U-13 and U-14 teams participating separately Wednesday and Thursday: girls will go from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and boys will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. U-15 and U-19 boys and girls will tryout May 14-15 and follow the same schedule.
Cost to tryout is $10 and will be applied to fees should the player join an NYS team. Players should plan on attending both days for their age group and bring water, cleats, shin guards and their own ball marked with their name.
Register for Bruin Basketball Academy
George Fox University head women's basketball coach Michael Meek will host the Bruin Basketball Academy for all players in grades 3-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23-26 at Wheeler Gymnasium. Players will be instructed on dribbling, passing, scoring off the drive, scoring off the pass, getting open, defensive skills and much more. Cost is $195 per camper and $155 for each additional sibling. Each player will receive a basketball, camp T-shirt and 22 hours of instruction. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2Imb88x.