April 28, 1996 in Sports

Gonzaga Prep Senior Ascolese Chosen For All-Star Soccer Game

From Staff Reports

Gonzaga Prep senior soccer standout Joe Ascolese has been selected to participate in the Puma Cup all-star game June 15 at the St. Louis Soccer Park.

The 1996 Puma Cup, expanded to include a girls game for the first time, is played in an East vs. West format. Ascolese, a midfielder, is the only Northwest player on the West squad.

Unlike most high school all-star events, participants are selected not only for their athletic skills, but also on their academic achievement and community involvement.

Two Northwest athletes are on the West girls squad - defender Alison Burpee of Boise and forward Megan Canaday of Lake Oswego, Ore.


Registrations are being taken for Hoopfest ‘96, Spokane’s popular 3-on-3 street basketball tournament, which will be June 29-30.

Fees range from $60 for teams with players in grades 3-8, $80 for for grades 9-12, the family and recreation divisions and $100 for the open division. Deadline is May 10 to guarantee a spot, May 31 to get in if space permits.

Info: (509) 624-2414, or (800) 543-3663.


A year after a Spokane bowler won the singles title at the American Bowling Congress Tournament, a five-man team from Spokane sits in first place with the third-highest scratch score in the history of the tournament midway through the 1996 event in Salt Lake City.

The Valley Bowl quintet of Mark Trudeau (638), Sonny Hoisington (710), Jeff Utt (740), captain Tim Minor (691) and Randy McGovern (694) combined for a 3,473 to lead the event. Their game scores were 1,191, 1,138 and 1,144.

There are 9,009 teams entered in the tournament that started Feb. 10 and ends June 11.

Matt Surina of Diamond Bowl won the 1995 singles crown.

Anthony Hernandez made his first appearance in the TV-style finals of the Junior Bowlers Tour one to really remember during the April stop at Valley Bowl.

Coming in as the No. 4 qualifier, Hernandez proceeded to knock off one opponent after another, finally outscoring top qualifier Brett Rayner 238-214 for the title.

Brian Long finished third, Corey Thomas fourth and Jeremy Johnson fifth.

Johnson had high game for the boys, a 285, and also a 716 three-game series and 904 for four in the highest scoring JBT of the year. Other top efforts: a 701 series by Hernandez, 704-958 for Long, 733 for Chris Laurie and 702-922 for Jeremy Allen. High game for the girls was Kim Seifert’s 214.

Next JBT is the finals May 12 at Silver Lanes.

College scene

Marcia Senn of Gold Coast, Australia, completed her tennis career at Washington State last weekend with the winningest record in school history.

Senn, who split her final two matches, wound up with a 75-54 career record. The old mark was 60 wins, set by Brenda Tate in 1982-85. Senn, who played No. 1 singles, was ranked 46th nationally at the beginning of the season.

Jen Harrell of Spokane (Gonzaga Prep), a freshman at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., earned her first collegiate letter while helping the Red Devils win the Centennial Conference indoor track championship.

Harrell ran the 200, 400, 55 hurdles and long jumped.

Shane Wittstruck of Spokane (Gonzaga Prep), a Colorado College sophomore, improved his season-best long jump to 19 feet, 4 inches to place second in the CC Invitational last weekend.

Megan McChesney of Spokane (Mead) batted .533 (8 for 15) with five RBIs and three runs scored as Western Washington split six games to win the school’s athlete of the week award for softball for the week of April 14-20. It’s the sophomore’s second award of the spring.

Wynn Henricksen of Spokane (Ferris), a freshman at St. Norbert College, had one goal and nine assists for 10 points in 10 games to earn his first hockey letter at the De Pere, Wis., school.

The Green Knights (12-13-3) finished fourth in their conference and lost in the playoff semifinals to regular-season and playoff champion Wisconsin-River Falls.


Two Spokane Club competitors, Matt Murphey and Jim Slavin Sr., brought home championship trophies from the 24th annual National Masters Doubles Championships last weekend in Missoula.

Murphey teamed with Steve Stanisich of Butte, Mont., to win the 35-plus division.

Slavin and Bob Nedd of Los Gatos, Calif., won the Diamond Division (70-plus). It’s the third straight title for Slavin. In the semifinals, Slavin and Nedd defeated longtime former basketball coach Jud Heathcote and Ted Hulgenstuhler of Los Angeles, who placed third.

John Layman of Spokane and Dan Wilson of Moses Lake won the 40-plus consolation bracket.


The Spokane Food Bank will benefit from an exhibition game today at Eagles Ice-A-Rena between the Spokane Red Devils, a girls over-18 team, and the Spokane Oldtimers’ over-60 team.

Game time is 7:45 p.m. Admission is a can of food.

Some of the oldtimers expected are Lorne Nadeau, Carl Cirullo, Doug Kilburn and Gordon Turlik.


Spokane teams went 1-2-3 in the U-16 division at the Evergreen Regional Championships last weekend in Yakima, with New Balance X-treme not losing a game in going unbeaten to place first.

With the championship, the team coached by Irene Matlock and Pam Parks will have its entry fee paid to the Junior Olympic Championships-Open Division in late June in San Jose, Calif.

Force 10 Rapids, coached by Doug Hurd and Ron Wendle, placed second with Performance Valleyfrogs, coached by Bruce Berry, taking third.


Radio broadcasts of Eastern Washington University football and men’s basketball games will move to KJRB (790 AM) for the 1996-97 school year, athletic director John Johnson announced.

Impact Sports, which has owned the rights to EWU’s game broadcasts since 1985, was responsible for the change that will enable the home and away game broadcasts to reach a larger audience. Previously, Eastern games were broadcast primarily on KSBN.

Impact Sports CEO Paul Sorensen said Larry Weir will return as the play-by-play voice of the Eagles.

Weir, who has served in that capacity at EWU for five seasons, and will handle baseball play-by-play this summer for the Yakima Bears of the Northwest League.

There’s a change in the menu, but not the format May 10-11 for the 15th annual Eastern Washington University Orland Killin Weekend.

Rosauers has joined the Eagles as a sponsor of the weekend that includes two golf tournaments, football and volleyball scrimmages and the popular Killin Dinner-Dance on May 11 that attracts nearly 1,000 people. The event raises funds for the Orland Killin Academic Scholarship Fund as well as athletic scholarships.

Instead of lobster, the main course in the past, rib eye steak will augment the side items and seafood appetizers that include crab, prawns, shrimp and salmon.

Cost for the dinner and dance, including the hosted social hour, is $40. Tickets must be purchased by May 6. Info: (509) 359-2463 or (800) 648-7697.

The Pullman High School Booster Club will hold its annual meeting Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school’s home economics room. Main topic will be elections.

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