Eastern Washington University defensive end Steve Mattson, a pre-med major with a 3.66 grade-point average from Naselle, Wash., has been selected to the GTE Football Academic All-America second team.
Mattson is Eastern’s first Academic All-American since Kurt Schulz, now with the Buffalo Bills, was named to the second team in 1991. They are the school’s only Academic All-Americans since Eastern became an NCAA Division I school in the 1980s.
“He’s certainly a special student-athlete,” said Eastern football coach Mike Kramer. “This award exemplifies his academic and athletic persistence and is the culmination of a lot of hard work and diligence.”
Mattson was a second-team All-Big Sky Conference selection and will be named to the Big Sky All-Academic team for a third straight year.
American Legion Baseball of Spokane has two openings for paid AAA Senior coaches. Application deadline is Dec. 27.
Info: Dennis Thompson, (509) 624-5789.
The John Seefried Mid-Winter Baseball-Softball Camp for youngsters ages 8-18 will be Jan. 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Freeman High School.
Cost is $15 with preregistration, $20 at the door.
Info: (509) 928-1694 or (509) 468-9934 (evenings).
The Gonzaga University men’s team will conduct a “Little Zags” Christmas vacation camp Jan. 2-3 in Martin Centre for boys and girls in grades 1-6.
The camp will run from 9 a.m.-noon both days and feature instruction from Bulldogs coach Dan Fitzgerald, his staff and players.
Cost is $50, which includes a ball and tickets for campers and their family to the Jan. 4 men’s and women’s doubleheader and a pass for each camper to remaining GU home games this season.
Info: Bill Grier, (509) 328-4220, ext. 6374.
Tyler Young of Oakesdale, who won the boys 8-9-year-old division, was the most accurate entrant in the Whitman County Elks Hoop Shoot free throw competition. He hit 23 of 30.
Other winners: Katie Burns, Colfax, girls 8-9; Angie Jeffries, St. John, girls 10-11; Kara Gardner, Oakesdale, girls 12-13; Cory Johnson, St. John, boys 10-11; and Nick Hames, Rosalia, boys 12-13.
The winners advance to the district finals in Wenatchee on Feb. 1.
James McCold bested fast-closing Jeremy Allen 216-212 for the title in the February Junior Bowlers Tour event at Lilac Lanes last weekend.
McCold was the top qualifier with sets of 852 and 941, but Allen charged from 12th to join the TV-style rolloff in second off a 924 series.
Brett Rayner, who rolled high game for the boys with a 279, was third; Ricky Brown fourth; and Josh Ridinger fifth. Hapi Yamato had high girls game, a 235.
Next JBT event is the doubles Jan. 5 at North Bowl.
Junior Brian Guastella of Spokane (Gonzaga Prep) scored in two of Hamilton College’s three hockey wins last week as the Clinton, N.Y., school moved to 4-2.
Eamon Twohig of Spokane (Lewis and Clark) is back for his sophomore season on the Vassar College men’s volleyball team. He helped the Brewers to a No. 5 national ranking in NCAA Division III last year.
Shae Sullivan of Spokane (Shadle Park) helped Golden West Junior College in Huntington Beach, Calif., win the state volleyball championship as a freshman outside hitter. Her team defeated Fullerton Junior College in three games for the title.
Jennifer Weidert of Spokane (Mead), a freshman swimmer at Wyoming, broke the school record in the 200 butterfly (2:07.87) in placing 10th at the Husky Invitational in Seattle two weeks ago. Her best finish was fourth in the 200 individual medley as she led the Cowboys in scoring with 34 points.
Three area officials have been chosen to work the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 31.
Bill Gaskins of Pullman will be the field judge, Jim Northcott of Spokane the back judge and Walter Wolf, Spokane, the umpire.
Tickets are on sale for the third annual Inland Empire Football Foundation Scholar/Athlete Dinner Jan. 20 at the Red Lion City Center.
Washington State football coach Mike Price will be the featured speaker. Tickets, for $25, can be reserved by calling (509) 927-7768. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.
About $16,000 in scholarships will be divided among 10 finalists from area high schools. There were a record 25 nominees. The overall winner receives the $2,500 Ray Flaherty Scholarship, sponsored by the Athletic Round Table.
The top lineman and top back receive $2,000 scholarships. The second “contributor” award will also be presented. Inland Empire Toyota Dealers, KXLY family of stations and Lawton Printing are major sponsors of the banquet.
The Playfair Race Group, promoters of two flat-track motorcycle races at the Spokane horse racing track in 1996, has announced the scheduling of two American Motorcyclist Association 600 Pro National events for 1997 - July 26 and Aug. 30.
Info: Bert Marsh, (509) 489-5023.
The first interschool high school rock climbing competition was held last weekend with St. George’s defeating Gonzaga Prep, 2,095-1,861.
Scores from a school’s top five climbers are counted.
Britt Alsaker of St. George’s won the girls with 370 points. Jake Beren of St. George’s beat Vincent LaBelle of G-Prep in a climb-off after they tied at 435 points. , DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Photo