>Penguins prosper from presence of Polk, Sperry
Two Madras High girls basketball graduates, Tiffanie Sperry and CeCe Polk, helped Clark College of Vancouver, Wash. to the tournament title with three wins in its own eight-team tournament held over Thanksgiving weekend.
"This is the first time Clark College has won the tournament," said head coach Trev Kiser, "and Tiffanie and CeCe were major forces in the wins."
Members of the Northwest Association of Community Colleges, the Clark College Penguins are ranked-third in their league in pre-season coaches' polling.
"We hope to show all the schools that Clark College is a lot better than third," Sperry said after Clark rallied past the Clackamas College Cougars, 64-63, in Sunday's tourney title tilt.
The Penguins tipped off the event against Linfield College's junior varsity squad on Friday.
Polk and Sperry both played extensively in Clark's 78-63 win over Linfield. Polk scored 18 points and Sperry added six.
Saturday's semi-finals pitted Clark against Everett (Wash.) Community College. Sperry played nearly the entire second half for Clark in posting eight rebounds, five assists and eight points in a 66-63 Clark win interrupted by power failures and technical fouls.
Sunday's championship game saw Sperry and Polk combine for 28 points, 12 of them by Sperry, in a game in which the Penguins rallied from 12 points behind with four minutes left.