News from the Department of Athletics

May 5, 2014, 2:19 pm
CRU Award Rimar Christie

CRU Awards celebrate Crusader student-athletes success
More than 300 student-athletes, coaches and friends of Crusader Nation gathered at the Johnson Sports Center on Wednesday, April 30, to celebrate Northwest Nazarene University’s athletic success over the past year.

The third annual CRU Awards honored athletes from each of the Crusaders 15 men’s and women’s varsity sports teams, along with honoring the top individual Crusader athletes from the 2013-14 academic year.

Here are the winners from Wednesday’s CRU Awards: Arthur D. Ortman Award: Julianne Steele; W.A. “Art” Horwood-Ralph E. Neil Soccer Award: John DiLulo; Bennett Volleyball Award: Michelle Terpstra; Roberts Inspirational Award: Rebecca TenHaken; Steve Hills Cross Country Award: Michael Gordon and Natalie Evans; Salisbury Basketball Award: Megan Hingston; Glen Reed Basketball Award: Mario Donaldson and Kevin Rima; Eldon Beer Baseball Award: Andrew Helmstadter; J.B. Frazier Award: Sam Cook; Bobby Halle Outstanding Softball Award: Justine Callen; Taylor Golf Award: Samantha Miller and Nick Hardy; L.E.S. Women’s Track Award: Jordan Rehfeld and Marie Miller; Wesley O. Young Track Award: Rimar Christie; Most Inspirational Performance of the Year: Connor Magnuson; Rookie of the Year: Alison Silva; Break-Out Athletic Performance of the Year: Micah Spatz; Best Performance of the Year: Nick Hardy; Team Community Service Award: Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field; Coach of the Year: Craig Stensgaard; Hopkins-Humphrey Female Athlete Award: Megan Hingston; Orrin E. Hills Male Athlete Award: Rimar Christie.


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Crusaders to host two girls’ summer basketball camps
The Crusader women’s basketball team invites all school-age girls to participate in one of two summer camps in June. The first camp is open to girls entering first through sixth grades, and will be Monday through Thursday, June 9-12, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Cost for the camp is $75.

The second camp will be for girls entering seventh through 12th grades. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday, June 16-19. Cost for the camp is $100.

Register online at and go to the link on the “Women’s Basketball” page or under “Camps;” or click here for registration and release form.

The camps will be run by NNU women’s basketball head coach Ryan Bragdon, NNU assistant women’s basketball coach Elpidia Allen and members of the NNU women’s basketball team, and will be held at the Johnson Sports Center (313 E Dewey Ave., Nampa, Idaho) on the NNU campus.

The Crusader women’s basketball team is a five-time NCAA Division II National Tournament qualifier and last season was ranked for five consecutive weeks in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25, climbing as high as No. 17 in the nation.

Bragdon has 12 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience and was named one of the “Top 25 Mid-major assistant coaches” in the nation. Allen is a former high school All-American and played in the NAIA National Tournament.

Click here here for registration and release form.


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