Lewis-Clark State Pursues Excellence
State College will again carry the expectations of a
run at the conference championship and a successful
trip back to the national tournament in 2006-07.
More importantly, it will pursue excellence on and
off the court.
program’s head coach, Tim Walker, states it
directly. “I think we could have a good basketball
team. I don’t know when we’ll get there, but if we
stay healthy, we should be very competitive.”
Walker enters his second season with reason for
return for their senior seasons, as do four others
who are poised to make a run at the conference
championship. Added firepower will be provided by
four junior college and two NCAA Division I
transfers, and three very talented freshmen to
bolster depth. The Warriors look to have the pieces
in place to make a run at a very successful season.
Lewis-Clark State returns six seniors, all logging
considerable playing time from a season ago.
Tikker started 10 games a year ago, after missing
six games due to injury. Tikker (8.8 ppg/3.7rpg)
came on strong at the end of the year, scoring a
season high 17 points versus Rocky Mountain.
Jared’s field goal percentage was second on the team
Pitts (8.2ppg/6.2rpg) led the team in rebounds at
6.2 rpg. Pitts started in 27 games and shot 51.4%
from the field. A good defender and rebounder,
Chris had 12 rebounds in five different games last
Tikker and Pitts as seniors are
Keith Scarbrough, Steve Thompson, Steve
Scarbrough (8.9ppg/4.8rpg) is a very well-rounded
player. Scarbrough led the team in 3-pointers made
last season with 48. Keith started 26 games and
appeared in 28. He is capable of scoring in the
post and stepping to the perimeter. He gives the
Warriors a good scoring threat at multiple
Thompson (2.6ppg/2.2rpg) saw action in 21 games last
season after missing eight games with a broken foot
that was surgically repaired. Thompson is a very
capable defender and will most likely draw the
toughest assignment night in and night out. Steve
recorded a career high of 14 points versus Johnson &
(2.7ppg/2.7rpg) played in 24 games last season and
started one. Ward averaged 12.2 minutes per game
and scored a season high six points against Puget
Sound Christian and University of Great Falls.
Steve’s hustle and positive attitude are contagious
another well-rounded player who will fit in well
with LCSC’s motion offense. Teran has a good
understanding of the game and is fundamentally sound. He can shoot a little, put the ball
on the floor, and play on the low block.
is junior sharp shooting guard
(3.2ppg). Orr scored a season-high 11 points
against Corban College early last season. Caleb saw
action in 23 games, starting in two. His ability to
shoot the ball from the arc will always make him a
Walker really likes the Warriors’ 2006-07 recruiting
class. “We have a little bit of everything I think
with this group. We’ve got some size and
athleticism, some guys that can shoot and some guys
that can defend,” he says.
form the class
of juniors for this year’s Warriors.
Gordy is a big, strong, powerful guy who should
definitely have an impact on our team and in the
league. Mike has a great shooting touch inside and
step out and hit the 3 also. Gordy has a big body
so he typically gets very good post position which
should allow him to score some easy baskets.
Comer is a pure shooter. He can make jump shots.
Rob will definitely shore up the outside shooting
because he can get on a roll and put the ball in the
basket. Comer jumps well and releases the ball high
so it’s tough to defend.
could be an exciting player for the Warriors. He combines
size and great athleticism. An added dimension is
that he is left handed. Jon has a good jump hook on
the block and he just keeps getting better.
Ochoa is a quick point guard with good ball skills.
Kevin really pushes the ball well and is a good
penetrate and kick guy. Ochoa defends hard and he
is really able to get in passing lanes. Ochoa could
be one of the leaders of this year’s teams because
of his energy.
Stedman joined the team last January after attending
Seattle Pacific for one semester. Stedman is a
player that really gets after it. His work
ethic and hustle are second to none. Karl is
so valuable because of the energy he brings to the
team. His enthusiasm is contagious to his
Clincy is a big, strong guard that shoots the ball
and has the ability to rebound very well for a
guard. Brad is quick and athletic, and could really
be an impact defender on this team. In the always
tough Jayhawk CC league, Clincy averaged over five
rebounds per contest.
Warriors added youth to this year’s team as well,
inking three very talented freshmen to this year’s
Napoleon Gordon, Jr.
all joined the
team this fall.
Papendieck comes to LC from Adelaide, Australia.
This 6-foot-4 shooting guard is athletic and quick,
and has all the tools to be an outstanding player in
the program. He shoots the ball very well, and has
a good understanding of the game.
Harris is a natural wing player. Harris has good
size (6-5), and uses that to his advantage by
rebounding on both ends of the floor extremely
well. Stephen always seems to have his hand on an
Gordon, or J.R., is a truly talented player. Gordon
possesses very good quickness and has the ability to
get by people and hit the mid-range jump shot. J.R.
sees the floor well also. Napoleon has a great
upside and should turn out to be a special player in
addition of nine new players should give Coach
Walker and his staff plenty to work with in
2006-07. “I think having a lot of depth helps your
team in a number of ways,” said Walker. “One way is
that, defensively, we can pick up full court and
pressure people for 40 minutes. I think that our
practices will be very competitive. Having more
guys is good for development of young
players. On a day-to-day basis you’re playing with
and against good people.”
Lewis-Clark State will face a demanding schedule in
2006-07 and will open the season at home on Nov.1
against Cascade College. The Warriors will then
travel to Helena, Mont., to play in the Kiwanis
Shootout, where they will face Vanguard University
and powerhouse Point Loma Nazarene University. Both
schools are out of the always tough GSAC conference
in California. The Warriors are then back home for
a Nov. 11 contest against Seattle University. This
game will tip off at 2 p.m. Coach Walker and the
Warriors will then travel to Cheney to take on
Eastern Washington University in an exhibition game
on Nov. 18. Highlighting this year’s schedule is
the Cannon’s Building Material Tournament on Nov.
24-25. LC State will welcome to town 2006 national
runner-up Oklahoma City University. Also playing in
the tournament will be Montana State-Northern and Corban College. The Warriors will also play
perennial powerhouse Oregon Tech in a tournament at
Corban College in December, before they play host to
Fraser Valley University of Canada and Bethany
College out of the Bay Area.
addition to its non-conference schedule, Lewis-Clark
State College will face another rigorous Frontier
Conference slate in 2006-07. The Warriors will be
gunning for their third conference championship in
the last six years, and a fourth trip to the
National Tournament in six years.