Tom Powers is only the second California Community College basketball coach to win 900, trailing now-retired San Jose City College coaching legend Percy Carr, who got his 900th victory in 2018. When asked if he'd hang on to reach 1,000 wins, Powers laughed and said “That would take four or four more great years.” After a pause he added, “But you never know.”
When College of the Siskiyous women’s basketball coach Tom Powers celebrated his 800th win in December of 2015, he couldn’t imagine that over the next four years he’d average 25 wins a season, win 31 games and get to the state finals in 2017, and get his 900th win this year.
Powers is only the second California Community College basketball coach to win 900, trailing now-retired San Jose City College coaching legend Percy Carr, who got his 900th victory in 2018. When asked if he’d hang on to reach 1,000 wins, Powers laughed and said “That would take four or four more great years.” After a pause he added, “But you never know.”
Powers, who started his JC coaching career with a 5-year stint at Butte College before spending the last 38 years at COS, said it was a milestone “Not just for me but for all the great teams we had.” The coach appears to have another strong team on his hands with the Eagles 3-game sweep at the Monterey Peninsula College Tourney that raised their season record to 9-5. They’ve played all but three games on the road.
The Eagles beat Bakersfield on Thursday 79-70 in the only game that was close. Lynden Harry had another double, leading the Eagles in points with 26 while dishing out 11 assists. Former Mount Shasta Bear Lily Hitchcock has been improving all season. She scored 16 points on her way to averaging 19 points a game for the tourney. Anhelica Shanrock scored 15 points. Former Yreka High standout Ashley Cox scored seven points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and had six assists. Cox and Harry were named to the all-tourney team, but “Lily Hitchcock could have made it, too,” said Powers.
He got his 900th win on Friday in fine fashion when the Eagles routed Las Positas 92-58 after jumping out to a 22-8 first quarter lead. Lynden Harry poured in 25 points, while Shanrock had 18 and Hitchcock 17. Ashley Cox registered a “dozen” double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
The Eagles finished their tourney sweep Saturday, winning every quarter on their way to topping Cabrillo 71-52. Lily Hitchcock played her best game of the year, leading Siskiyou with 24 points. Anhelica Shanrock put up 19 points and Lynden Harry scored 18.
The women travel to San Jose City College for a December 27 tilt before starting Golden Valley Conference play with a January game at Shasta College. Winning an eighth straight GVC title will be no easy feat for the Eagles. All six teams in the conference have winning records and Butte, Lassen, Feather River, and Redwoods are all ranked in the top 15 in Northern California in the latest coaches poll. COS was unranked, but their four-game winning streak is likely to put them in the top 15 this week.