Fall Classic Takes WWU by Storm

21 academy teams play in annual tournament

By: Becky St. Clair

Fifteen academies from across the U.S. and Canada came together to play the annual Fall Classic tournament at Walla Walla University. Photo by Chris Drake.

Twenty-one academy soccer and volleyball teams converged on Walla Walla University’s College Place campus last week for the annual Fall Classic tournament.  

The tournament began on Thursday, Oct. 6, when students, coaches, and sponsors gathered to receive an overview of tournament details during a welcome meeting.  Teams uniformed up for team photos that afternoon, and play began at 1:30 p.m. for the first bracket competition.  

“Fall Classic was great this year,” says Deb Ostojic, event coordinator and guest relations coordinator at WWU.  “The enthusiasm the academy students brought to campus was contagious.”

The visiting teams totaled nearly 650 campus guests, so WWU was more abuzz than usual for most of the weekend.  

“The best part of the whole event was seeing the players pull together and work as a team to accomplish great things,” says Ostojic.  

"All my students talk about in practices and at lunch is the trip to Walla Walla," says Juan Leon, athletics director at Greater Miami Academy in Florida.  "They are already looking forward to next year.  You really have something special going on at WWU."

The soccer championship bracket for 2011 was Auburn Academy in first, Campion Academy in second, and Portland Academy in third.  The volleyball championship bracket for 2011 was Portland Academy in first, El Dorado Academy in second, and Walla Walla Valley Academy in third.  Sportsmanship Awards were given to Columbia Academy for soccer and Forest Lake Academy for volleyball.

Schools represented at the tournament:

Auburn Adventist Academy (Auburn, Wash.)
Campion Adventist Academy (Campion, Colo.)
Cascade Christian Academy (Wenatchee, Wash.)
Chinook Winds Academy (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Columbia Adventist Academy (Battle Ground, Wash.)
El Dorado Adventist Academy (Placerville, Calif.)
Greater Miami Adventist Academy (Miami, Florida)
Livingstone Adventist Academy (Salem, Ore.)
Mile High Academy (Denver, Colo.)
Milo Adventist Academy (Days Creek, Ore.)
Mt. Ellis Adventist Academy (Bozeman, Mont.)
Paradise Adventist Academy (Paradise, Calif.)
Parkview Adventist Academy (Lacombe, Alberta, Canada)
Portland Adventist Academy (Portland, Ore.)
Puget Sound Adventist Academy (Kirkland, Wash.)
Redding Adventist Academy (Redding, Calif.)
Walla Walla Valley Academy (College Place, Wash.)

For a full listing of the 2011 Fall Classic results, including the all-tournament award winners for each team, visit wallawalla.edu/fallclassic.  To see photos of the event, visit WWU’s Facebook page at facebook.com/wallawallau or visit our Flickr page at flicker.com/photos/wallawallauniversity.

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