The Spokane Shock traded rookie defensive back Elijah Lee to the Cedar Rapid Titans for wide receiver Justin Helwege. Helwege, who played collegiately at Central Washington University, has played three seasons in the Indoor Football League.
Spokane will become very familiar with its West Division rivals in its first season in the Indoor Football League. The Shock will face West foes Tri-Cities and Billings four times each. Spokane will open the season against the visiting Fever on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Arena. The teams tangle again on April 23 and May 28 in Tri-Cities and in Spokane on May 20.
Washington State sophomore Derek Bayley claimed medalist honors and the Cougars won the team title Tuesday at the WSU Collegiate men’s golf tournament at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman. Bayley tied the tournament record by shooting 5-under-par 201. He made just one bogey through the three-day tournament.
Haley Rotchford shot a 28-over-par 171 to place sixth and help the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch women finish third on Monday at the Centralia College Invitational at Capital City Golf Course in Olympia. CC Spokane carded a 532 total to finish four strokes behind runner-up North Idaho. Bellevue won with a 504 total.
Fresh off an impressive win over No. 23 Pacific on Thursday, the Gonzaga volleyball team continued its stellar play with a straight-set win over Saint Mary’s Saturday in Spokane. Scores were 25-15, 25-17 and 25-19. The win gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 start to its West Coast Conference schedule – the first time that’s happened since 1991.
Spokane head coach Adam Shackleford is bringing Ameer Ismail, his defensive coordinator at Tri-Cities, to the Shock in the same capacity. Ismail, who will also be Spokane’s strength and conditioning coach, helped the Fever rank third in the Indoor Football League in total defense (213.6 yards per game) last season. Ismail was the defensive coordinator for IFL Cedar Rapids in 2014 when the Titans finished 11-3.
The Spokane Shock’s closest geographic foes will be their division rivals. Spokane, which announced earlier this month it is leaving the Arena Football League for the Indoor Football League, is joined by Tri-Cities and Billings in the Intense Conference’s West Division.
Austrian forward Dominic Zwerger accounted for two goals and one assist Thursday as the Spokane Chiefs won their first preseason game by waltzing past the Portland Winterhawks 7-2 during the Tri-City Americans tournament at Toyota Center in Kennewick. The Chiefs (1-3) broke from a 2-all tie with a five-goal third period, starting with 16-year-old forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s first preseason goal, assisted by Zwerger with 17 minutes, 29 seconds left.