Paula attended Rogers High School, where she competed in three sports for the Pirates. She continued to excel in basketball, volleyball, and track and field at SFCC during the 1977-78-79 seasons. Paula was selected for the NWAACC basketball All-League Team in 1978-79 when she set a one-game rebounding record with 22 boards and accumulated 468 career points. Nickerson was an outstanding volleyball player for two seasons and competed on the track and field team as well. One of the best three-sport athletes to attend SFCC, she set the NWAACC shot put record at 43’3”and won the NWAACC high jump at 5’4” in her sophomore year.
Coached by Mary Jo Tracy, Kari was named to the NWAACC All-Tournament First Team in 1980 as CCS swept all tournament matches on their run to the championship.
Coached by Mary Jo Tracy, Robi was named First Team NWAACC All-Tournament in 1980 for the role she played in leading CCS to the NWAACC Volleyball Championship. CCS compiled a 36-7 season record and were undefeated with other two-year colleges for the year in the 1980 season.
A great setter and team leader for volleyball coach Mary Jo Tracy, Kalai was named to the NWAACC Volleyball All-Tournament First Team in both 1980 and 1981 as she led Spokane to the NWAACC Championship in both years. From Hawaii, Kalai proved to be one of the best volleyball players to ever attend CCS, leading Spokane to a combined 67-14 record that had only one loss to a two-year college in that span.
Coached by Mary Jo Tracy in 1981 and Dee Coffin in 1982 in volleyball, Sheri was named First Team NWAACC Volleyball All-Tournament in both 1981 and 1982. In addition, she played basketball for Coach Scott Foxley as they won the NWAACC Championship in basketball in 1983.
Head Coach Mary Jo Tracy and Assistant Coach Jane Horne. The 1980-81 women's volleyball team are NWAACC Champions. They beat Fort Steliacoom and Edmonds on the first day, Green River in semifinals and beat Edmonds in the finals to win the championship. Robi Purington (S), Kari Hilliard (S) and Kalei Kepa (F) were named to the All-NWAACC Tournament First Team for their role in winning the championship for Assistant Coach Jane Horne and Head Coach Mary Jo Tracy, who was named NWAACC Volleyball Coach of the Year. The team finished with a 36-7 record and no losses with a two-year college.
The 1981-82 women's volleyball team won the NWAACC Championships for the second straight year. The team was led by sophomore Jenny Stevens, who was selected All-Tournament second team, and first team freshman Sheri McNeal and sophomore Kalie Kepa who repeated as a first team selection. The team won in finals by sweeping host Edmonds (15-2,15-2,15-12) and finished 31-7 for the season. Head Coach Mary Jo Tracy announced her retirement and left CCS with a 211-64 record for her 8 seasons.
- 1st Women’s Volleyball and Basketball Coach at SFCC
- Won 2 NWAACC Volleyball Championship 1980, 1981
- NWAACC Hall of Fame 1990
- Tennis, Volleyball, and Basketball Student-Athlete at SFCC
- CCS Volleyball Coach 1982-1984
- Won NWAACC Volleyball Championship 1982
- CCS Women’s Volleyball Coach 1987-2004
- Won 4 NWAACC Volleyball Championships 1988, 1992, 1994, 2003
- NWAACC Hall of Fame 2006
- Inland Empire Hall of Fame 2009