Track & Field are Big Winners at Fourth-Annual “EeeWoos”
Seven awards are won by members of EWU’s track and field program, in addition to three won by the Eagle football team
Led by record-breaking All-America pole vaulter Keisa Monterola, members of the Eastern Washington University Track and Field teams won seven awards at the fourth-annual “EeeWoos” Tuesday (June 5) at Showalter Auditorium on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash.
The event is a season-ending awards gala honoring EWU student-athletes and teams. Monterola won awards as Female Newcomer of the Year and for Best Record-Breaking Performance. The men’s indoor track and field team was picked as the Best Team after finishing a best-ever third at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in February.
The football team picked up three awards, including Bo Levi Mitchell as the Best Male Athlete. Women’s basketball player Brianne Ryan was selected as the Best Female Athlete.
Here is a complete list of winners, as well as a complete list of the nominees:
Best Team –
Men’s Indoor Track & Field
Best Game/Competition – Football at Cal Poly (53-51 victory in triple overtime)
Best Play – Greg Herd to Nicholas Edwards TD Pass, Football at Cal Poly
Best Male Athlete – Bo Levi Mitchell, Football
Best Female Athlete – Brianne Ryan, Women’s Basketball
Male Newcomer of the Year – Brad Michael, Men’s Track & Field
Female Newcomer of the Year – Keisa Monterola, Women’s Track & Field
Coach of the Year – Stan Kerr, Men’s Track & Field
Triple-Threat Citizen – Laney Brown, Volleyball
Best Record-Breaking Performance – Keisa Monterola, Women’s Track & Field
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Bowe Ebding, Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Shene Davis, Women’s Track & Field
2011-12 EeeWoo Nominees
WINNER . . . Men’s Indoor Track & Field (Third): Led by a record-breaking performance from Eastern’s 4x400 relay team and nine All-Big Sky Conference performances, the men’s team finished a best-ever third at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz. Eastern’s 88 points were a school record, eclipsing the previous high of 77 set in 2006. The relay team, consisting of Collin Green, Michael Okoro, Brad Michael and Brad Wall, won the league title with a school-record time of 3:11.04. Individually, Michael also finished second in the 400 and third in the 200. Steven Warner won the 60-meter hurdles title, and Eastern also had All-BSC performances (top three finish) from Wall (400), Zach Nielsen (35-pound weight throw), Phillip Puccino (triple jump), Nick Stearns (pole vault) and Kersee Lind (heptathlon).
Women’s Basketball (16-14, 10-7 Big Sky): For the second time in three years, the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team finished its season with a winning record at 16-14. With a 10-6 Big Sky record, the Eagles took third overall in the league race, which marked the team’s second-best finish in the regular-season since 1987-88 (EWU’s first year as a member of the Big Sky Conference). The Eagles earned their third-straight bid to the Big Sky Championships, and eighth in head coach Wendy Schuller’s 11-year tenure. Eastern’s senior guard Brianne Ryan was selected as the league MVP, and was a unanimous first-team selection, while senior point guard Chene Cooper was named to the All-Big Sky second team. During the year, the Eagles celebrated a historic sweep of the Montana road trip, as it won back-to-back games in Missoula (Jan. 26) and Bozeman (Jan. 28) for the first time since becoming a member of Division I athletics in 1983-84. Including the two momentous wins against the Lady Griz and Bobcats, Eastern earned six Big Sky road victories in 2011-12, which tied the school record for most league road wins in a single season. The Eagles also broke a 32-year old single game record when it tallied 22 steals in the Big Sky opener against Montana State on Dec. 29. As a team, EWU boasted the best turnover margin in the Big Sky, while its steals (11.9) and assist (15.5) averages were among the top 30 in the nation.
Men’s Tennis (12-9, 6-2 Big Sky): Finishing the 2012 campaign at 12-9 overall, the EWU men’s tennis team posted its first winning record since 2009, while also earning a bid to the Big Sky Conference Championship for the first time in three years. The Eagles earned the No. 3 seed in the tourney after an impressive 6-2 run through the Big Sky regular season. EWU clinched one of the four coveted postseason bids after winning back-to-back matches at home against Weber State and Northern Arizona. Eastern’s 5-2 win against the Lumberjacks on April 8 was its first against NAU since 2008. Also during the regular season, EWU celebrated an exciting 4-3 win over cross-town rival Gonzaga, and two wins against Seattle. Five different Eagles reached the 10-win mark in singles play during the year, including senior Chad Henninger and sophomores Ilija Cuic and Mario Navarro, all of whom were recognized on the All-Big Sky Conference team. Cuic was a first-team selection, while Henninger and Navarro garnered honorable mention accolades. Senior Julian Sanchez and junior Kyle Koetje also eclipsed double-digit wins. EWU had three different players earn Big Sky Player of the Week honors during the year.
Football (6-5, 5-3 BSC): Overcoming a rash of injuries and a 0-4 start, the Eagles won six of their last seven games to finish 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Sky Conference. The late surge helped Eastern clinch its 14th winning season in the last 16 seasons, as the Eagles have now won 13 of their last 14 regular season games in November. Eastern’s five losses were against teams that were a collective 39-22 in the 2011 season. En route to a thrilling 53-51 overtime win over Cal Poly in the second-to-last game of the season, Eastern won its eighth game in the past two years when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter. A total of 14 starters – seven on each side of the ball – suffered injuries that kept them out of the lineup, including seven players lost for the season. Eastern started 46 different players in the 2011 season – 24 on offense and 22 on defense – with only five players starting all 11 games. A total of 21 players made starting debuts during the season.
Men’s Basketball (15-17 overall, 8-8 Big Sky): Enjoying their best season in six years, the Eagles won their first postseason game since 2006, beating Idaho State in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Championship (81-75) before falling to eventual champion Montana (74-66) in the semifinals. Eastern improved by five victories from the year before and equaled its most wins since EWU made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. And for the first time since 2006, the Eagles also had their first non-losing conference season and had their first player honored on the All-Big Sky Conference first team and BSC All-Tournament squad. In addition, Eastern won six road games – its most since EWU won seven in the 2002-03 season and six the year after. Eastern’s average attendance of 2,286 was double the 1,101 average of the 2010-11 season when the Eagles finished 10-20 overall and 7-9 in the league. Eastern’s crowds of 3,617 versus Montana State on Jan. 28 and 3,512 against Montana on Jan. 26 rank ninth and 10th, respectively, on EWU’s all-time list of single game recorded attendance.
WINNER . . . Football vs. Cal Poly (11/12/11): A touchdown pass by wide receiver Greg Herd sparked Eastern Washington to scores on four consecutive plays in the second and third overtimes, as the Eagles prevailed 53-51 over Cal Poly on the road on Nov. 12. Herd’s 25-yard TD toss to fellow wide receiver Nicholas Edwards helped send the game into a third overtime. After a game-tying point after conversion by Mike Jarrett, Bo Levi Mitchell passed 25 yards to Herd on the very next play for the go-ahead score to begin the third OT. Mitchell then scrambled his way into the end zone for the all-important two-point conversion. Cal Poly scored on the next possession, but Alden Gibbs broke up a pass on the two-point conversion to preserve Eastern’s victory. Eastern sent the game into overtime with a 10-play, 80-yard drive to score with 1:51 to play on a 22-yard pass play from Mitchell to his older brother Cory Mitchell. Eastern, which passed for 461 yards in the game, converted 8-of-10 third downs in building a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.
Women’s Basketball at Gonzaga (Dec. 9): The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball was just moments away from pulling off one of the most inspiring upsets in school history against national power and cross-town rival Gonzaga on Dec. 9 at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. The Eagles completely controlled the first half of the game, shooting 52 percent from the field, including 5-of-8 from long range. EWU held the Zags to just 37 percent shooting in the first period, and the only time GU led in the half was in the opening minute at 2-0 and 4-2. The second half was more evenly matched, but the Eagles managed to hold a one-point edge (69-68) with just under a minute remaining. But an Eagle rebounding foul sent Gonzaga’s all-star Kayla Standish to the line with 38 ticks left on the clock. The 6-2 forward converted both free throws to give GU a narrow 70-69 lead. After the Eagles missed the front end of one-and-one on their next possession, they were forced to put Standish back on the line. The Bulldogs went on to make three of their next four shots from the charity stripe to extend their lead to six with nine seconds left to play. Eastern tried to keep the game alive with a desperation three, but the shot was off the mark and Gonzaga came down with the rebound as time expired. Despite having the lead for much of the night, the Eagles returned to Cheney with a heartbreaking 75-69 loss. Senior point guard Chene Cooper had a near triple-double in the contest, as she finished with 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Junior Carrie Ojeda had a then-career-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds, while senior Brianne Ryan added 14 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Men’s Tennis vs. Gonzaga (Feb. 22): With the match against cross-town rival Gonzaga tied at 3-3, junior Kyle Koetje found himself in a compromising position in the clinching match No. 6 singles. Gonzaga's Muzeen Ismath took the opening set against Koetje 6-3, but with the weight of the match on his shoulders, the Arlington, Wash., native came up big for his team. Koetje battled back to win the next two sets, 6-3, 6-4, and solidify the 4-3 victory for EWU. The Eagles won all three doubles matches to start the night, but the Bulldogs made it interesting with wins at No. 2, 4 and 5 singles. Along with Koetje’s clutch performance at No. 6, sophomores Ilija Cuic and Mario Navarro also helped Eastern's cause with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Volleyball vs. Washington State (Aug. 27): It just the second outing of its 2011 season, the EWU volleyball team took down rival Washington State out of the Pac-12 Conference in five thrilling sets (22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 15-8). After dropping the first set, the Eags rebounded with a dominant performance in the second. EWU registered 16 kills with only three errors, while holding the Cougs to a dismal .094 hitting percentage. With a slight 14-11 advantage in kills, 15-10 edge in digs and four service aces, Eastern was able to nab the third set, 25-20. The Cougs took the fourth set thanks to a late 7-2 run. In the dramatic and decisive fifth set, WSU scored the first two points before senior Cora Kellerman came up with a couple big plays to eventually give Eastern a 10-7 advantage. The Cougs scored the next point to pull within two at 10-8, but that would be it for the Crimson and Gray, as EWU scored five unanswered points, including a stuff block of All-Pac 12 hitter Megan Ganzer on match point. Kellerman finished the match with 20 kills, including six in the final set, and 17 digs. Junior Shelby Puckett and sophomore setter Lindsay Niemeier also registered double-doubles in the win.
Volleyball vs. Montana (Sept. 24, Oct. 28): The Eagles swept the regular-season series against rival Montana, but it was accomplished in the most dramatic fashion, as both meetings were decided in five nail-biting sets. On the road in Missoula, four different Eagles posted double-digit kills, while senior libero Lindsey Petroni tied her career-high with 33 digs. Early in the match, it looked as though Eastern would pull off a sweep of the Lady Griz when it won the first two sets, 25-22, 29-27. But Montana battled back on its home court, winning sets three and four to force a rubber game. After UM jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the fifth set, the Eagles went on a 7-0 run and never really looked back. Freshman Talia Fermantez came up with two big kills late in the set to help EWU solidify a 15-8 victory in the fifth. In the rematch in Cheney, Montana won the first set, EWU took the second and third, and then UM kept it alive with a victory in the fourth. But the fifth set was all Eastern, as it rattled off 11 kills with just one error on 22 attempts. Petroni had another 30 digs in this win, while junior Cora Kellerman tallied a career-high 25 kills.
Football vs. Washington (9/3/11): The Eagles came one big play short of an upset of epic proportions. Eastern out-gained Washington 504-250 in total offense, but lost the turnover battle 4-0 and narrowly lost to the Huskies 30-27 in front of 58,088 fans at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. The Eagles had a chance to win the game, but Washington’s Desmond Trufant – the younger brother of former Eagle Isaiah Trufant – intercepted a pass in the end zone with 29 seconds left to ruin Eastern’s upset bid. The loss spoiled a remarkable performance by senior quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who had the second-most single-game passing yards in school history with 473.
Men’s Indoor Big Sky Championship (2/24-25/11): Led by a record-breaking performance from Eastern’s 4x400 relay team and nine All-Big Sky Conference performances, the men’s team finished a best-ever third at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz. Eastern’s 88 points were a school record, eclipsing the previous high of 77 set in 2006. The relay team, consisting of Collin Green, Michael Okoro, Brad Michael and Brad Wall, won the league title with a school-record time of 3:11.04. Individually, Michael also finished second in the 400 and third in the 200. Steven Warner won the 60-meter hurdles title, and Eastern also had All-BSC performances (top three finish) from Wall (400), Zach Nielsen (35-pound weight throw), Phillip Puccino (triple jump), Nick Stearns (pole vault) and Kersee Lind (heptathlon).
Men’s Basketball vs. Hawaii (11/22/11): Eastern turned a four-point advantage into leads of 14 and 18 in the second half, and went on to defeat Hawai’i 89-72 in a non-conference college men’s basketball game Nov. 22 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Eagles sank 24-of-26 free throws in the game, including 14-of-15 in the last 4:23 to clinch EWU’s first-ever win against the Rainbow Warriors. Junior Collin Chiverton led Eastern with 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field with three 3-pointers. Senior Cliff Ederaine scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and made 5-of-9 shots from the field and 8-of-9 free throws. Senior point guard Cliff Colimon chipped in 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds, and Jeffrey Forbes added 14 points. Eastern won the rebounding battle 34-30, with 13 of those on the offensive end. Eastern also had just 11 turnovers compared to 16 for Hawai’i.
WINNER . . . Greg Herd to Nicholas Edwards TD Pass in Second Overtime of Win at Cal Poly: A touchdown pass by wide receiver Greg Herd sparked Eastern Washington to scores on four consecutive plays in the second and third overtimes, as the Eagles prevailed 53-51 over Cal Poly on Nov. 12. On what appeared to be a routine wide receiver reverse, Herd’s 25-yard TD toss to fellow wide receiver Nicholas Edwards helped erase a seven-point Cal Poly lead and send the game into a third overtime.
Keisa Monterola’s Record-Breaking Pole Vault at Pelluer Invitational: Monterola set three records in her first pole vault competition of the 2012 outdoor season. The Venezuelan broke EWU’s school record, the Roos Field record and the Pelluer Invitational record with a jump of 14-0 at the 41st Annual Pelluer Invitational in Cheney, Wash. She went on to win the Big Sky Conference outdoor title in the pole vault, to go along with an All-America performance and league title during the indoor season.
Men’s 4x400 Relay Team Clinching 3rd Place Team Finish at Big Sky Indoor Championships: Anchored by senior Brad Wall, the Eagles clinched a third-place finish at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships by winning the final event of the meet. Finishing with a time of 3:11.04, Eastern’s victory in the 4x400 broke a 22-year-old school record. Other members of the relay squad were Collin Green, Michael Okoro and Brad Michael. The Eagles broke another school record by scoring 88 points in the meet.
Steven Warner Wins Big Sky Title in 60-Meter Hurdles by .01 Seconds Over Sac State Hurdler: Seeded just fifth entering the meet, senior Steven Warner came from nowhere to win the Big Sky Conference title in the 60-meter hurdles at the BSC Indoor Championships. He won by just one-hundredth of a second, finishing with a time of 8.07 to rank second all-time in Eastern history. He went on to win All-Big Sky honors outdoors with a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.
Cliff Colimon to Tremayne Johnson Half-Court Alley-Oop versus Idaho State: With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, point guard Cliff Colimon gains possession of the ball just beyond the half-court line. Colimon spots teammate Tremayne Johnson breaking away from the Idaho State defense, and leads a perfect pass to the rim, where Johnson connects for a high-flying alley-oop. The dunk gave EWU a three-point lead at halftime, and the Eagles went on to win the game on the road, 85-78.
Bo Levi Mitchell to Greg Herd Touchdown Pass at Washington: With 44 seconds left in the third quarter, on the sixth play of gritty drive, wide receiver Greg Herd broke loose from his defender just enough to haul in a 43 yard touchdown pass from Bo Levi Mitchell. The conversion and made PAT to follow pulled Eastern within seven points of the Huskies to end the third quarter. Herd finished the memorable game at Husky Stadium with seven catches for a total of 87 yards receiving and one touchdown.
Tremayne Johnson Tomahawk Dunk versus Linfield: Johnson dribbles ball from half court and takes off just inside the free throw line for a nasty dunk over a Linfield defender.
Chene Cooper Euro Step against Northern Arizona: Cooper displays a tricky Eurostep to evade a Northern Arizona defender, resulting in an easy layup for the five-foot point guard. Cooper finished the game with 12 points and nine assists to lead Eastern to an 84-58 rout of the Lumerjacks.
Collin Chiverton to Tremayne Johnson Alley-Oop versus Linfield: Junior Collin Chiverton makes the most of a Linfield turnover, as he dribbles the length of the court to find Tremayne Johnson for a fast-break alley-oop.
BEST ATHLETE - MALE
WINNER . . . Bo Levi Mitchell - Football: Mitchell capped a sensational two-year career for the Eagles by being selected as the winner of the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Mitchell was also the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first team All-BSC selection as a senior. That led to consensus first team All-America accolades from six media agencies. He also won the Elite Quarterback Award from College Football Performance Awards. Eastern won six of its last seven games to finish 6-5 in the 2010-11 season, and Mitchell passed for a school-record 4,009 yards and 33 touchdowns to lead FCS in both categories. In April, Mitchell signed a free agent contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Chad Henninger - Men’s Tennis: Henninger celebrated the most successful season in his four-year career at Eastern, compiling the best overall record on the team at 13-6, which included an impressive 6-2 mark in Big Sky Conference play. He also earned nine doubles wins this year with partner Julian Sanchez. As a team, Henninger and Sanchez rank third all-time at Eastern for career doubles wins with 19 in just two years playing together. Individually, Henninger finished his career tied for fourth in the school record book for career singles wins, with a total of 40 in his tenure. Henninger started his memorable senior campaign with seven-consecutive wins, including one against the nationally-ranked Oregon Ducks in his hometown of Eugene. Henninger downed UO’s Jose Izquierdo in straight sets at No. 4, 6-2, 7-5. The very next day, he earned another big win on the road against conference-foe Portland State. For his efforts in the pair of matches in Oregon, Henninger was tabbed as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for the first time in his career. In the last month of the season, he won five of six singles matches, including a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win against Weber State’s Dave Hintze, which actually clinched the 4-2 win for EWU against the Wildcats.
Matt Johnson - Football: Despite missing four games after a season-ending shoulder injury, Johnson earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors for the second-straight season. At the time of his injury, Johnson was the team’s second-leading tackler with 52, including a team-high eight tackles for loss. He had 1 1/2 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a quarterback hurry. Prior to the season, he joined teammate Renard Williams on the Buck Buchanan Award “Watch List” as a candidate for the award given to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision by The Sports Network. Johnson ended his career as the fifth-leading tackler in school history with 341 (eighth in Big Sky history), and also finished second on the school’s all-time lists for interceptions (17, ranking seventh all-time in the BSC) and interception return yards (210). After starting every game Eastern has played the last four seasons – with a collective record of 30-15 -- he exited tied as the all-time leader in career forced fumbles with six. In April, Johnson was drafted in the fourth round of the National Football League draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
Nick Edwards - Football: Edwards earned first team NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America accolades on seven different teams after catching a school-record 95 passes for 1,250 yards and 19 touchdowns. His receptions ranks 20th in FCS history and third all-time in the Big Sky, and his average of 8.64 catches per game is fifth in BSC history. His 19 touchdown receptions led FCS and were also a school record. Edwards also finished the season ranked fourth in FCS in receptions per game (8.64) and fourth in receiving yards per game (113.6).
Steven Warner – Track & Field: Warner concluded his Eastern career with All-Big Sky Conference performances both indoors and outdoors for the Eagles. Seeded just fifth entering the meet, the senior came from nowhere to win the Big Sky Conference title in the 60-meter hurdles at the BSC Indoor Championships. He won by just one-hundredth of a second, finishing with a time of 8.07 to rank second all-time in Eastern history. He went on to win All-Big Sky honors outdoors with a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.29 in the preliminaries ranks him second in school history, just .01 behind the record of 14.28.
Kyle King – Track & Field: King made history at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships – his final league competition as an Eagle. En route to winning Eastern’s first-ever outdoor men’s distance title, the senior from Coupeville, Wash., was crowned conference champion in the 10,000 meters in Bozeman, Mont. He finished the race in 30:52.23 to win by nearly 16 seconds and come less than one second from the stadium record. Since Eastern became a member of the Big Sky Conference in the 1987-88 season, no Eagle has won a men’s title outdoors of longer than 800 meters. In fact, he is the first athlete from a non-altitude school to win the 10K while competing in the meet at altitude. The only other low altitude runner to win it at all was from Boise State in 1995. King, who is set to transfer to Oklahoma after the season and compete as a graduate student, earned All-Big Sky Conference honors in the 5,000 meters on the final day of the BSC meet. He was champion in that event at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in 2011.
Cliff Colimon – Men’s Basketball: Senior point guard Cliff Colimon saved his best for last, finishing with 77 points in his final three games, including a career-ending 27 in a 74-66 loss at Montana in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament in Missoula, Mont. For his effort, which included 10-of-20 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line, Colimon was selected to the Big Sky Conference Championship All-Tournament team. A first team All-Big Sky Conference selection as chosen by the league’s head coaches, Colimon scored at least 20 points on 13 occasions as a senior, including seven of his last nine outings. He had a 21.9 average in those nine games. For the season, Colimon was second in the Big Sky Conference in assists (5.0 per game), third in scoring (16.5), fifth in steals (1.6), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.5), sixth in 3-pointers made per game (2.1), fifth in free throw percentage (.810) and third in minutes played (35.1). His 527 points rank as the seventh-most all-time in Eastern history, and he also had the eighth-best performance in school history with 160 assists. Colimon’s 66 3-pointers made in his senior campaign rank sixth in school history, while his 183 attempts are seventh.
BEST ATHLETE - FEMALE
WINNER . . . Brianne Ryan - Women’s Basketball: Brianne Ryan capped an incredible four-year career at Eastern by being named the 2012 Big Sky Most Valuable Player. This award came two years after she was selected as the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Ryan is the only player in league history to win both awards in a career, and she became just the second player ever from EWU to be named MVP. She was a unanimous All-Big Sky first-team selection, and was also recognized on the College Sports Madness All-Mid-Major team. During the year, she earned Big Sky Player of the Week accolades three times during the 2011-12 campaign. She scored in double figures in every single game of the season, and had four games with 30+ points. Only two other players in the Big Sky hit the 30-point mark this year, and no one besides Ryan did it more than once. She was among the top 15 players in the league in nine different statistical categories, including a league-leading 19.3 points per game, which ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Ryan joined the 1,000-point club this season, and will leave Eastern as the third-leading scorer all-time with 1,451 career points. She is also fifth in the record book in total games played (119), total field goals made (543), 3-point field goals made (141) and steals (171).
Chene Cooper - Women’s Basketball: One of the most prolific players in EWU history, Chene Cooper capped her four-year Eastern career with All-Big Sky second-team honors. She broke Eastern's all-time career steals record that had stood for 27 years, finishing her career with 267 total steals. She also joined the 1,000-point club, having scored 1,093 total points in her tenure. Cooper ranks second in the EWU record book for career assists with 515. The five-foot point guard led the league in both assists and steals throughout the entire 2011-12 campaign, and ranked among the top 10 in the nation in assists every week of the season. Cooper had five games with 10+ assists, and posted four double doubles. In Eastern's game against the nationally-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, Cooper was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double, as she finished with 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Cooper's assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.2 was the best in the Big Sky, while ranking 11th in the nation. She was also among the top 15 in league-only statistics in scoring (12.3), free throw percentage (78.0), 3-point field goal percentage (39.2) and minutes (33.9).
Cora Kellerman - Volleyball: In her first year back on the court after redshirting the 2010 season due to medical reasons, junior Cora Kellerman was recognized by the league coaches as one of the six best players in the Big Sky Conference. After being named Big Sky Player of the Week twice during the year, Kellerman was honored on the All-Big Sky First Team. She was among the top five hitters in the conference throughout the year, averaging 3.14 kills per set and 3.41 points. She also averaged 2.82 digs and tallied 42 total blocks during the season. Kellerman registered nine double doubles, and had four 20+ kill outings. She posted a career-high 25 kills in a thrilling five-set victory over Montana (Oct. 28), and had a career-high 20 digs in another five-set win against Boise State (Aug. 31). Kellerman's 25 kills against the Grizzlies was the third-best offensive performance of any player in the Big Sky this season.
Whitney Brannan - Soccer: For the third year in a row, Brannan was recognized on the All-Big Sky Conference team, but this year was her best showing, as she a second-team selection. Brannan earned honorable-mention accolades as a sophomore and junior. Brannan certainly proved to be one of the biggest offensive threats in the Big Sky, as she was second overall in shots per game (3.56). She finished the season with three goals and four assists, for a total of 10 points in her senior campaign. Brannan will leave Eastern with eight school records to her name - four career, one single season and three single game. Brannan is tied with former Eagle Brittany Sparks for the all-time scoring record at EWU with 17 career tallies. She is the sole record holder for career assists (11), points (45) and shots (152).
Keisa Monterola – Track & Field: Monterola earned first team All-America honors after placing fifth in the pole vault on March 10 at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho. She jumped 14-1 1/4, slightly lower than her personal best of 14-4, which broke the Big Sky Conference all-time record. Prior to the NCAA meet, she won the Big Sky Conference title with an effort of 14-2 to earn Most Outstanding Athlete honors. She had a school-record 14-0 vault in her first competition of the outdoor season, coming just 2 1/2 inches from yet another Big Sky record. She went on to win the Big Sky outdoor title, and continues to chase the Olympic Provisional Standard - a mark she’s been vying for all season, of 14-5 1/4.
SENIOR SCHOLAR ATHLETE - MALE
WINNER . . . Bowe Ebding – Cross Country/Track & Field: Ebding will finish his Eastern career with a total of 10 Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. He has a 3.62 grade point average as a Spanish education major. A perennial conference qualifier in distance events, in the 2011 cross country season, he finished first or second on the team in every race. At the Big Sky Conference Championships, Ebding finished 16th with a time of 23:07.87 to help the Eagles finish in fifth place. As a senior, he placed 22nd.
Julian Sanchez - Men’s Tennis: Sanchez will be selected for a fourth-consecutive time to the Big Sky All-Academic team. A native of Ciudad Real, Spain, Sanchez has done exceptionally well as an international student, maintaining a 3.62 cumulative grade point average as an economics major. On the court, Sanchez earned a 10-7 record in the 2012 campaign, which included an impressive 6-2 Big Sky mark. With 40 total singles wins in his tenure, Sanchez ranks fifth all-time at Eastern, He also appears in the record book in for career doubles wins, as he and partner Chad Henninger rank third all-time with 19 wins as a team.
Mike Jarrett - Football: Jarrett was among the 58 players selected to the 14th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. Jarrett has a 3.46 grade point average as a double major in communications and government with a minor in business administration, and was a three-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team. Jarrett finished his career with four school records, and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2011. An impressive 16-of-18 kicking field goals in the 2011 season, Jarrett broke the previous school record for field goals of 15. He closed the year ranked ninth in the NCAA Football Subdivision with an average of 1.45 makes per game, and his .889 percentage ranked third in FCS among kickers with at least eight attempts. Jarrett broke Eastern’s career record for kick scoring, finishing with 236 in his tenure to rank 16th in Big Sky Conference history. He also finished his career with school records for career extra points made (143) and attempted (150).
SENIOR SCHOLAR ATHLETE - FEMALE
WINNER . . . Shene Davis – Track & Field: With a trio of Big Sky Conference runner-up finishes and a relay title on her resume, Davis will end her career with seven BSC All-Academic honors. She is an exercise science major with a 3.68 grade point average. Four times she has earned All-Big Sky honors with top three finishes at Big Sky competitions, including a second-place finish in the triple jump at the 2012 BSC Outdoor Championships with a school-record effort of 40-6 1/4. She ranks in the top three on Eastern’s other indoor and outdoor top 10 lists in the triple jump and long jump, including a school-record 19-9 1/2 jump indoors in the long jump. Her other runner-up finishes in the Big Sky were indoors and outdoors in the long jump as a sophomore, in addition to running a leg on EWU’s winning 4x100 relay team. That squad registered a school-record time of 45.31, which at the time ranked second all-time in Big Sky history.
Lindsey Petroni - Volleyball: Selected by her teammates as the Most Valuable Player this year, Petroni has excelled on the court and in the classroom. Majoring in human resource management, with a minor in communication studies, Petroni holds a 3.57 grade point average. She is a three-time Big Sky All-Academic honoree and was named EWU’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month for December. During her senior campaign, Petroni averaged 4.56 digs per set and 5.15 in league play, which was the third-best average in the Big Sky. She had four 30+ dig outings this year and with that, she set the EWU all-time school record for the most 30-dig matches in a career with seven in her four-year tenure.
Kirsten Fausko - Soccer: An exercise science major with a concentration in pre-occupational therapy, Fausko was honored on the Big Sky All-Academic list all four years of her Eagle career. She has maintained a 3.37 grade point average. To start off her senior campaign, Fausko was one of two forwards named to the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic All-Tournament team. Fausko scored her first goal of the season and third of her career in Eastern's narrow 3-1 loss to tournament-champion Robert Morris. She started 14 of 15 games this season, tallying five total points with two goals and one assist.
Brianne Ryan - Women’s Basketball: The 2012 Big Sky Most Valuable Player, and unanimous All-Big Sky First-Team selection, Ryan was also honored this year on the Big Sky All-Academic team - her third-straight appearance on the prestigious list. She has a 3.31 cumulative grade point average, majoring in professional accounting. She has twice been selected as EWU’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month. Ryan led EWU to its second winning record (16-14) in the last three years, and the second-best finish in the Big Sky regular-season since 1987-88. The Eagles took third in the league race with a 10-6 record. She scored in double figures in every single game of the season, and had four games with 30+ points. She was among the top 15 players in the league in nine different statistical categories, including a league-leading 19.3 points per game, which ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Ryan will leave Eastern as the third-leading scorer all-time with 1,451 career points.
MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
WINNER . . . Brad Michael – Track & Field: Michael, EWU’s freshman phenom, broke the school record in the 400 with a time of 46.97 en route to a second-place finish at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships. He also placed third in the 200 with a time of 21.63 that ranks third in school history, and was also was part of the 4x400 relay team which won the Big Sky title with a school-record time of 3:11.04. Outdoors, he finished third in the 400 at the Big Sky Championships with a time of 47.28 to rank fourth all-time at EWU.
Colin Chiverton – Men’s Basketball: Chiverton was the Newcomer of the Year in the Big Sky Conference -- only the third such honor for an Eagle and the first since 2002. A transfer from City College of San Francisco, he had 12 20-point performances for EWU to also earn honorable mention All-Big Sky accolades. Chiverton was second in the league in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 2.8, and was also eighth in the league in scoring (13.9), 10th in 3-point percentage (.406) and sixth in free throw percentage (.790). Despite enduring an injury-plagued season, his 88 3-pointers and 217 attempts are both second in school history behind the school records of 103 makes and 264 attempts set by Shannon Taylor in 1999.
Parker Kelley – Men’s Basketball:
Walk-on guard Parker Kelly, a true freshman out of
Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash., received significant minutes late
in the year as he continued to adjust to the college game. Kelly
averaged 8.3 points per game in EWU’s last 10 games,
including two with 17 and one in which he hit a game-winning
3-pointer with 14 seconds to play. He averaged 19.5 minutes in
conference play and 15.8 minutes per game overall, and had an
average of 6.5 points in the league on 27-of-56 shooting from the
3-point arc (48 percent). Overall, he averaged 4.8 points and made
44.9 percent of his 3-point attempts (34-of-77) to rank fourth in
the Big Sky Conference. He also made 91 percent of his free throws
(21-of-23). In an 85-78 win at Idaho State on Feb. 23, Kelly
equaled his career-high with 17 points, making 5-of-7 3-pointers as
EWU finished with 10 as a team. In an earlier game versus Northern
Colorado, he scored nine second-half points on a trio of
3-pointers, including a game-winning trey with 14 seconds left in
the come-from-behind 79-76 victory.
Cody McCarthey - Football: McCarthy finished his injury-plagued year with 41 tackles in seven games to rank ninth on the team. McCarthy had arthroscopic knee surgery during the preseason and didn’t make his Eagle debut until the Montana game on Sept. 17, then had team-high 12 tackles in EWU’s 42-35 overtime win over Sacramento State on Oct. 22. He added 10 a week later versus Portland State, and had four tackles in his starting debut at Northern Arizona on Oct. 8. One of the highest-rated recruits by scouting services that Eastern has ever signed, he was picked as Idaho’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year in 2010 after leading his school to the 4A State title. McCarthy was a four-year starter in high school and set school tackle records in a career (377), season (177) and single game (24).
Jake Miller – Football: After nearly breaking a school record in his debut season, Miller was named to the College Sports Journal All-Freshman All-America team in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. A transfer from Washington State, Miller was one of 20 players on the voting list for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award given by The Sports Network to the outstanding freshman in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, and he was given honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. Miller did not meet the minimum of 3.6 punts per game to qualify and be ranked in NCAA statistics. But if he did, his 44.26 average would have ranked third nationally in FCS. He had 39 attempts and would have needed 40 to qualify. The highest-ranked freshman in NCAA statistics was 15th and had a 41.91 average. Miller’s season average came just .16 from the school record of 44.42 yards per punt set by Jesse Nicassio in 2003. Miller had 10 punts of at least 50 yards, with a long of 59.
FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
WINNER . . . Keisa Monterola – Track & Field: A transfer from Clackamas Community College, Monterola set a school record in the pole vault in her first EWU competition. But her vault of 13-11 1/4 at the Candy Cane Invitational was only the beginning. After winning the Big Sky Conference title with an effort of 14-2 to earn Most Outstanding Athlete honors, she went on to earn first team All-America honors after placing fifth in the pole vault on March 10 at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho. She jumped 14-1 1/4, slightly lower than her season and personal best of 14-4, which broke the Big Sky Conference all-time record. She went on to register a school-record 14-0 vault in her first competition of the outdoor season, coming just 2 1/2 inches from yet another Big Sky record. She won the Big Sky outdoor title with a meet-record vault of 13-7 1/4, and continues to chase the Olympic Provisional Standard, a mark she’s been vying for all season, of 14-5 1/4.
Moira Hedberg - Women’s Tennis: Freshman Moira Hedberg made a major impact in her freshman season with the Eagles. The rookie out of Oxnard, Calif., was named to the All-Big Sky Second Team after a vote of the league’s nine head coaches. Hedberg played 18 of 19 matches this season at No. 1 singles, but despite the obvious pressures of being a freshman in the top spot, she recorded the most wins of anyone on the squad with a 9-10 overall record. She was 4-4 in conference play, with all four of the wins coming in straight sets. Hedberg won five of her first eight singles matches in the 2012 campaign, and was selected as the BSC Player of the Week on March 20 after celebrating two impressive wins at No. 1 against Air Force and Seattle.
Katie Cashman - Soccer: After starting 13 of 15 games on Eastern’s back line, freshman Katie Cashman was recognized on the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention squad. The rookie from Granite Falls, Wash., played a total of 1,239 minutes in 2011 - the second-most on the team. Before arriving at Eastern, Cashman was a Class 2A All-State Second-Team selection and the 2010 Offensive Player of the Year in the Cascade Conference. She owns the Granite Falls High School record for career goals (72) and assists (58).
Talia Fermantez - Volleyball: Fermantez, a freshman out of Honolulu, Hawaii, played in 26 of 28 matches in her first year of collegiate volleyball. She had a major impact throughout the season, but was especially strong in conference play. The 6-1 middle blocker averaged 1.75 kills per set on a .302 attack percentage, and contributed 0.94 blocks per set in Eastern's 16 league matches. Behind veterans Cora Kellerman and Shelby Puckett, Fermantez was the third-leading scorer on the team during the Big Sky season. Fermantez had a career night against Montana State on Oct. 29, leading Eastern to a four-set victory with 13 kills on a .462 attack percentage and nine blocks. She also had double-digit kills earlier in the conference season against Montana and Northern Arizona.
Melissa Williams - Women’s Basketball: Melissa Williams started every single game for EWU as a rookie. The Camas, Wash., native averaged 5.3 rebounds per game to rank third on the squad, and she twice set a career-high of nine rebounds against Montana (Jan. 2) and again at Sac State (Feb. 4). Williams scored in double figures in three Big Sky Conference games, including a season-best outing against Portland State, where she scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead EWU to a 75-67 win on the road. Williams also ranked in the top 12 in the conference in blocked shots, averaging just under one per game. Prior to arriving in Cheney, Williams was selected as the 2010 Great St. Helen’s League Player of the Year.
COACH OF THE YEAR
WINNER . . . Stan Kerr – Men’s Track & Field: A school-record 88 points was the highlight of the 2012 EWU indoor season, as the Eastern men under the direction of Kerr placed third at the Big Sky Conference Championships. The Eagles went on to finish sixth at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships. A total of 13 All-Big Sky performances were registered during the 2012 season, including nine indoors. The 4x400 relay team won the league title indoors with a school-record time of 3:11.04. Brad Michael was a member of that team, and also finished second in the 400 and third in the 200 in individual events. Steven Warner won the 60-meter hurdles title, and Eastern also had All-BSC performances (top three finish) from Brad Wall (400), Zach Nielsen (35-pound weight throw), Phillip Puccino (triple jump), Nick Stearns (pole vault) and Kersee Lind (heptathlon). Outdoors, All-Big Sky performances were registered by Warner (110 hurdles), Michael (400) and Kyle King (champion in the 10,000 and third in the 5,000).
Wendy Schuller - Women’s Basketball: Schuller led the Eagles to their second winning season in the last three years, and the school’s second-best finish in the Big Sky since 1988. The Eagles finished at 16-14 overall and 10-7 in conference, which was good for a No. 3 seed in the BSC tournament. The Eagles have earned a postseason bid the last three-consecutive seasons, and eight times total under Schuller. During the year, Schuller directed her team to the school’s first-ever sweep of the Montana road trip since becoming a member of Division I athletics. The Eags won back-to-back games at the notorious Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., and Worthington Arena in Bozeman. At one point in the 2011-12 campaign, the Eagles had won six games in a row, and were undefeated in conference road games. EWU won a total of six BSC road games this season, which tied the school record. Under Schuller’s tutelage, senior Brianne Ryan was named the Big Sky MVP, while senior point guard Chene Cooper earned second-team honors. Ryan is the second MVP in the last three years for Schuller, and the first-player in the history of the league to earn both offensive and defensive player of the year honors in a career.
Darren Haworth - Men’s Tennis: Finishing the 2012 campaign at 12-9 overall, Haworth led the EWU men’s tennis team to its first winning record since 2009. The Eagles went 6-2 in conference play to earn the No. 3 seed in the tournament - the school’s first postseason bid in three seasons. Under Haworth’s guidance, five different Eagles reached the 10-win mark in singles play during the year, including senior Chad Henninger and sophomores Ilija Cuic and Mario Navarro, all of whom were recognized on the All-Big Sky Conference team. Haworth had his team ready to play in the final home games of the season, as the Eagles won back-to-back matches against Weber State and Northern Arizona, which effectively clinched Eastern’s bid to the Big Sky Championship. With a dramatic 4-3 decision on Feb. 22, the Eagles also won their fourth-straight match against cross-town rival Gonzaga.
Beau Baldwin - Football (6-5 overall, 5-3 Big
Sky): Coaching the Eagles to a national championship in
2010 was easy compared to the injury epidemic and 0-4 start EWU had
to overcome in the 2011 season. A total of 14 starters –
seven on each side of the ball – suffered injuries that kept
them out of the lineup, including seven players lost for the
season. But Baldwin and his staff adjusted, and the Eagles won six
of their last seven games to finish 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big
Sky Conference. The late surge helped Eastern clinch its 14th
winning season in the last 16 seasons. En route to a thrilling,
53-51 overtime win over Cal Poly in the second-to-last game of the
season, Eastern won its eighth game in the past two years when
trailing or tied in the fourth quarter.
Jim Hayford – Men’s Basketball (15-17 overall, 8-8 Big Sky): Under the direction of the first-year head coach, Eastern improved by five victories from the year before, as the Eagles equaled their most wins since Eastern made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. The Eagles finished 15-17 overall and 8-8 in league play to advance to the Big Sky Conference Championship. The Eagles won their first postseason game since 2006, beating Idaho State in the quarterfinals (81-75) before falling to eventual champion Montana (74-66) in the semifinals. In addition, Eastern won six road games – its most since EWU won seven in the 2002-03 season and six the year after. Eastern’s average attendance of 2,286 was double the 1,101 average of the 2010-11 season. Eastern’s crowds of 3,617 versus Montana State on Jan. 28 and 3,512 against Montana on Jan. 26 rank ninth and 10th, respectively, on EWU’s all-time list of single game recorded attendance. And for the first time since 2006, the Eagles also had their first non-losing conference season and had their first player honored on the All-Big Sky Conference first team and BSC All-Tournament squad. In addition, Eastern also was home of the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year – only the third such honor for an Eagle and the first since 2002.
WINNER . . . Laney Brown - Volleyball: Voted by her teammates this year as the Most Inspirational Player, Laney Brown has certainly excelled in the three areas of academics, athletics and community service. Brown has a 3.86 grade point average with a double major in recreation management and business, and has been honored on the Big Sky All-Academic team two years in a row. On the court, Brown averaged 4.40 assists per game and 1.89 digs as one of two setters in Eastern’s 6-2 offense. She registered seven double-doubles on the year, and tallied the second-most service aces of anyone on the squad with 27. In the midst of her schoolwork and training, Brown spent many hours volunteering at the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest, where she was in charge of organizing events and fundraisers, while also serving as their director of multimedia. Brown also took part in a variety of community service efforts with her teammates, including the East Region Special Olympics Spring Games, the Betz Elementary “Jump Rope for Heart” Event and the Second Harvest “Help the Hungry” Sort Night.
Chene Cooper - Women’s Basketball: After
leading the Big Sky all season in assists and steals, Cooper was
selected to the All-Big Sky Second-Team, her second-consecutive
season as a conference all-star. Cooper scored her 1,000th career
point during the season, while also breaking EWU’s all-team
career record for steals (267). With a 3.29 cumulative GPA in
criminal justice, Cooper was named to the Big Sky All-Academic
squad for the third-consecutive year. Throughout her four years at
Eastern, she has also made community service a priority. She has
helped every year with a variety of Special Olympics events in the
area, and has been a frequent volunteer at the Hutton Settlement -
a state residence that provides housing for orphaned children ages
5-18. As a child of the military, Chene has also spent time
mentoring students at Michael Anderson Elementary school on
Fairchild Air Force Base. This past fall, she visited the school to
speak specifically about goal setting, and motivated the youngsters
to confront any challenge they may face in life.
Jamie Walker - Soccer: After being named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week twice during the regular season, Walker garnered the first postseason honor of her career, as she was recognized on the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention squad. The junior goalkeeper from Graham, Wash., was second in the conference in saves per game (5.33) and save percentage (.816). She finished the year with 80 total saves. Graham, has maintained a 3.21 GPA as an English major at EWU, and was selected as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November. Beyond her successes on the field and in the classroom, Walker has been an active volunteer with Spokane TOPSoccer - a community-based soccer program for kids with physical and developmental disabilities. She helped organize and coach at the areas first-ever TOPSoccer tournament, which was hosted by the Eagle women’s soccer team on May 19.
Bowe Ebding - Cross Country/Track &Field: The ultimate example of a triple-threat citizen, Ebding has spent many hours volunteering at various Special Olympics events in the area, including the annual spring games, basketball and softball tournaments. He also works with the Cheney Track Club in is free time and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Ebding has a 3.62 grade point average as a Spanish education major. He finished his Eastern career with a total of 10 Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. A perennial conference qualifier in distance events, in the 2011 cross country season, he finished first or second on the team in every race. At the Big Sky Conference Championships, Ebding finished 16th with a time of 23:07.87 to help the Eagles finish in fifth place overall.
Tim Armstrong - Track & Field: Armstrong is not only busy as a multi-events athlete for the track and field, but is also a devoted student and active member of the community. A four-time big Sky All-Academic honoree, Armstong has upheld a 3.56 grade point average in exercise science. He devotes time and energy to the youth in the Spokane area, assisting and teaching at Iron House – a Christian leadership-building facility. He also volunteers with the Cheney Track Club, serving as an assistant coach to young track athletes. This season, Armstrong took seventh in the heptathlon at the 2012 Big Sky Indoor Championships, and finished eighth in the decathlon at the outdoor championship. He also qualified for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles at that event, finishing eighth with a time of 15.09.
Steven Forgette - Football: Although his junior season came to a premature end after suffering an injury in Eastern’s third game of the year, Forgette remained an important member of the team and the campus community. The president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Forgette has organized several community service projects with his fellow student-athletes, including Adopt-a-Family, and an afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane. He also volunteers each year with the Special Olympics Washington. Forgette has a 3.26 grade point average as an exercise science major, and as a freshman in 2010, was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team. He was also an All-Big Sky Conference honorable-mention selection in 2010 after starting 14 of 15 games at left guard for the Eagles.
BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
WINNER . . . Keisa Monterola – Track & Field: Monterola broke a pair of school records and three Big Sky Conference marks in the pole vault in her first season on the Eastern Washington track and field team. She had a season best indoors of 14-4, which established new school and conference all-time records. Her winning 14-2 vault at the Big Sky Indoor Championships set a meet record and helped earn her Most Outstanding Athlete honors. She had a school-record 14-0 vault in her first competition of the outdoor season, coming just 2 1/2 inches from yet another Big Sky all-time record. That leap at the 41st Annual Pelluer Invitational also set meet and Roos Field records. She won the Big Sky outdoor title with a meet-record vault of 13-7 1/4, and continues to chase the Olympic Provisional Standard, a mark she’s been vying for all season, of 14-5 1/4.
Whitney Brannan - Soccer: With one goal and two assists in Eastern’s 3-0 shutout of Weber State on Oct. 15, senior Whitney Brannan set a multitude of school records. Her goal against the Wildcats was the 17th of her career, which tied for the all-time career scoring record at Eastern. She also became the all-time assist leader with 11 total in her tenure. With the four total points in that game, she took sole ownership of the career points record as well. Beyond the career records met, Brannan tied the single-season record for assists with four and single-game assist record with two. The Kennewick, Wash., native will leave Eastern with eight school records to her name.
Chene Cooper - Women’s Basketball: In the 2011-12 Big Sky Conference opener against Montana State (Dec. 29), senior point guard Chene Cooper broke EWU’s 27-year-old career steals record and tied the school’s single-game steals record. She had seven steals against the Bobcats, which at the time, improved her career total to 218. She surpassed the previous career record of 212, held by Lisa Comstock, who played from 1982-85. Coop finished the year with a single-season record 93 steals. She also owns the fourth and 10th-best single season numbers in school history, with 70 in 2010-11 and 57 in 2009-10. She will leave Eastern with 267 total career steals, which tops the EWU record book by more than 50 and ranks sixth all-time in Big Sky history.
Women’s Basketball vs. Montana State (Dec. 29): As a team, Eastern Washington tallied 22 steals in its Big Sky opener against Montana State (Dec. 29), and in doing so, broke a school record that had stood for 32 years. The previous team single-game steals record of 21 was set on Feb. 10, 1979 when the 1978-79 Eagle squad played Northwest Nazarene. Against the Bobcats on Dec. 29, 2011, eight of 10 players who entered the game had at least one steal, while four players had three or more. Montana State committed 28 total turnovers in the game.
Bo Levi Mitchell – Football: With 830 yards in the last two games of his career, Mitchell finished the 2011 season with a school-record 4,009 passing yards to break the previous record by a mere five yards. He had 397 yards in a season-ending 45-14 victory at Idaho State on Nov. 19. The most successful quarterback in Eastern history, he directed the Eagles to a 19-7 mark in his two seasons at EWU, including 13 victories in the 2010 season en route to the NCAA Division I championship.
Nick Edwards - Football: Edwards set a school record with 95 receptions and tied another EWU record with 19 touchdown catches. His receptions ranks 20th in FCS history and third all-time in the Big Sky, and his average of 8.64 catches per game is fifth in BSC history. With six performances of 10 catches or more, his 13 receptions against South Dakota ranks second-best in school history behind the record of 17.
Men’s 4x400 Relay Team – Track & Field: Eastern’s 4x400 relay team broke a 22-year school record, and in the process secured third place for Eastern Washington at the 2011 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships. The relay team, consisting of Collin Green, Michael Okoro, Brad Michael and Brad Wall, won the league title with a school-record time of 3:11.04. The previous record was 3:12.72 set in 1990.