BCC’s Monagle signs with Montana Tech

By JOEL WILLITS

Sophomore averaged 17 points and seven rebounds for BCC this season

By JOEL WILLITS

Bellevue News

Bellevue Community College sophomore Josh Monagle has signed a national letter of intent to attend and play at NAIA Division I Montana Tech of Butte, Mont., next season.

Monagle, a 6-foot-6 sophomore from Port Orchard, averaged 17 points and seven rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field this season for the Bulldogs, who finished 22-10. BCC finished in seventh place at the NWAACC Championships.

“All of us here are extremely excited for Josh,” said BCC head coach Jeremy Eggers in a press release. “He has been an invaluable part of our success for the past two years, and his personality, humor, and good nature will be missed just as much as his presence on the basketball court. We look forward to following his progress at the next level and wish him nothing but the best.”

Monagle led his South Kitsap High School team to a 56-7 record in his two seasons on varsity. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds his senior year, leading the Wolves to a 27-2 record and a 4A state semi-final appearance.

As a freshman at BCC, Monagle averaged 10 points and eight six rebounds off the bench.

Monagle said he choose Montana Tech “because the academics were outstanding” and the majors offered were exactly what he wanted. He also made note that the “placement for post-graduation jobs is amazing.”

“As well as academics, the basketball program is excellent,” Monagle said. “Coach [Nate] Larson and the team are ready to become contenders in the Frontier Conference, and I want to be a part of that.”

The Orediggers finished 6-23 overall last season, 2-12 in the Frontier Conference.

Other BCC notes

BCC baseball takes series against Shoreline

Bellevue won its second-straight league series by taking three for four games from Shoreline Community College. With the wins, BCC improved its season record to 6-2 in division play and 17-8 overall.

BCC won game one 3-2 in extra innings. Hunter Beaty drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to get the win.

The Bulldogs scored nine runs in the first inning of game two and would not relinquish the lead, winning 15-1.

Brad Reid pitched a complete game shutout in game three, going seven innings while allowing only two hits and striking out seven on the way to a 3-0 win. Reid improved his record to 4-0, while lowering his ERA to 0.53 on the season.

The Bulldogs lost the final game of the series 8-2.

Streak now 11 for Bulldog softball

With a doubleheader sweep against Olympic, the BCC softball team upped its winning streak to 11 games, winning 8-0 and 9-6.

Freshman Michelle Ruby pitched a complete game one-hitter for Bellevue.

Sophomore Christine Miller-Long picked up the win for BCC in game two.

The Bulldogs are now 12-2 overall on the season and 8-0 in the North Region.

Tennis opens season, continues winning ways

The BCC tennis team opened the 2008 season with a 7-2 win over Skagit Valley College, extending the Bulldogs winning streak to 39 matches.

Sophomore Ciara Schultz won her singles match in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 and also teamed with freshman Yuri Kida to win in doubles as well.

Bellevue returned only two players to the team this season.

Bulldog golfers tee it up

The BCC golf team shot a 291, good enough for the team to win the Olympic College invitational March 30-31. UW-bound Richard Lee shot a 66, the best individual performance at the tournament.

Joel Willits can be reached at 425-453-4270 ext. 5060 or at jwillits@reporternewspapers.com.