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Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner & Auction Supports Scholarships

Posted: 3/27/2013 11:18:00 AM

Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner & Auction Supports Scholarships


Tacoma Community College's Athletics Department hosts its 6th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner & Auction April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Carl Opgaard Student Center. Ticket information is available online. The event honors the legacy of former Titan athletes while raising funds to provide scholarships for future student athletes. Among the athletes being inducted this year is soccer player Joey Gjertsen, who followed an outstanding college career with eight years in professional soccer.

In Washington, public funds are not used to pay for community college athletics. The athletic department depends on two fundraisers - the Hall of Fame Dinner and the summer Golf Tournament - to raise funds for scholarships that can open the door to significant opportunity for student athletes.

"This has become one of our campuses' most popular events, and it gives us a chance to honor these former Titans who not only excelled here, but had great careers after TCC as well," said TCC Athletic Director and Men's Basketball Head Coach Carl Howell.

TCC's six athletics programs give freshman and sophomores the chance to get significant playing time in their first two years. Titan athletic graduates regularly transfer to four-year schools, including D-1 colleges, often on full-ride scholarships.

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Men's Soccer
Eight-year professional soccer player Joey Gjertsen was named 2001 NWAACC West Region MVP and All Star when he played as a freshman for TCC. He transferred to Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ as a sophomore, winning the Junior College National Championship. His success continued at the Evergreen State College, where he was named the 2004 Cascade Conference MVP, Regional Player of the Year, and All American. Gjertsen signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2005 and was named Rookie of the Year. He subsequently played for the Montreal Impact and the San Jose Earthquakes, becoming a free agent in 2012.

Women's Soccer
Angie Karabaich led the Titan Women's Soccer team to a NWAACC Final Four appearance in 2001, and was named to the NWAACC's Southwest Region 1st team in 2000 and 2001. Karabaich completed her four-year degree at Pacific Lutheran University and currently coaches soccer at Wilson High School, where she earned Coach of the Year awards in 2010 and 2012.

Holly Tillet helped Karabaich lead the Women's Soccer team in 2000 and 2001, and was named South/West Region MVP in 2001. She went on to play at Warner Pacific College, where she was named 1st Team All Cascade Conference in 2003.

Men's Basketball
The three Men's Basketball players who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year played for TCC in 2000 and 2001, leading the team to a 4th place finish in the 2000 NWAACC tournament and a 2nd place finish in the 2001 tournament.
Brendan Merritt was named to the 1st Team All-West Region in 2000 and 2001. He went on to play at NCAA D-1 school Eastern Washington University, leading the Eagles to their only NCAA tournament appearance in 2004. Merritt was named 2004 Big Sky Tournament MVP.

Josh Banard was named to the 2nd team All-West Region in 2000 and the 1st Team All-West Region in 2001. He played at the University of Washington before joining Merritt at Eastern, where he was an All-Big Sky selection in 2004.

Keith Browne was named to the 1st Team All-West Region in 2000 and was the 2001 West Region MVP and named to the 1st Team All NWAACC Tournament in 2001. He joined Banard and Merritt at Eastern, playing in the 2013 NIT tournament.

Team Award
The 2001 Men's Basketball Team's 28-5 record includes a 25 game winning streak. The team placed 2nd in the NWAACC tournament and won the West Region Championship, the Edmonds Thanksgiving Tournament, the NWAACC Crossover Tournament and the Palm Desert Holiday Tournament. Seven players earned full scholarships to NCAA D.1 and D.2 schools.

 

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