Mead and West Valley High Schools are the respective 1994-95 all-sports trophy winners for the Greater Spokane and Frontier leagues.
The Panthers scored 291.5 points after finishing first in 11 of 18 sports and second in three others. In order, University had 209 points, Ferris 188.2, Central Valley 154.2, Gonzaga Prep 153.2, Lewis and Clark 152.5, Shadle Park 137.5, North Central 108 and Rogers 94.7.
WV scored 246 points in the Frontier, with six championships and three seconds in 17 sports. Runner-up East Valley, which was first or second in seven of nine spring sports and had a total of six league titles, scored 237.5.
Cheney was third at 213 followed by Pullman, 173, Clarkston, 158 and Colville, 141.5.
The trophies have been awarded by Spokane-area sportswriters and broadcasters since 1969. Mead has won 14 in a row and 15 overall. WV won for the eighth time. Cheney has won 11.
Steve Gillis is the new Gonzaga Prep volleyball coach. He replaces Lisa Petticord, who resigned to go on a religious mission.
“It’s a good opportunity to teach fulltime and coach. I’d only do it at Gonzaga,” said Gillis, 32, a graduate of U-Hi and Westmont College in Santa Barbara. “It was a very difficult decision to leave Whitworth. It’s a step down in terms of collegiate level to high school, but I believe it has the potential to be an extremely good high school team.”
Gillis, who has coached at Whitworth the past two years, will also teach history.
“We appreciated the foundation Lisa Petticord set and now Steve can take it to the next level,” outgoing Prep activities director Al Faulkner said.
Faulkner is the new principal at Prep. Girls basketball coach Mike Arte has been named the activities coordinator.
Bone is back
Former University boys basketball coach Len Bone, who left Spokane two years ago in his quest to be a college coach, has returned to Washington as the head coach at Snohomish.
Bone coached at U-Hi for six years before
leaving to be an assistant at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Bone, who graduated from Shorecrest in 1972 and played at Seattle Pacific, where his younger brother Ken coaches, coached at LaConner from 1985-88, with the Braves qualifying for the State B tournament every year. He had a 59-72 record at U-Hi.
Newport, which went to the State AAA tournament three times in nine years as Rick Belcher compiled a 110-86 record, has hired 23-year old Kermit Foltz as head boys basketball coach. Belcher resigned to spend more time with his family.
It may be too late, but West Valley’s American Legion baseball team needs a sponsor.
“What it’s starting to look like is we’re going to combine with Rogers,” said West Valley baseball coach Ray Riggin, who has talked to more than 40 potential sponsors. “I’ve got five or six all-league caliber kids who need to play.”
League play begins next Thursday. In truth, WV needed a sponsor yesterday.
“What are you going to do? You’re talking a chunk of change, too,” Riggin said.
Interested sponsors can contact Riggin at 924-1823.