Loucks Gets Top Tennis Ranking For His Age Group In Northwest
Matthew Loucks of Veradale, a sixth-grader at Valley Christian School, earned the No. 1 ranking in the Pacific Northwest in the boys 12-and-under singles division for 1995 by the Pacific Northwest Section of the United States Tennis Association.
Loucks, who moves into the 14U division this year, had a 22-5 record in nine sanctioned tournaments in 1995. He won the Washington State Junior 12 and Under Championships in Kirkland and the sectional championships in Eugene, Ore., in October to earn the No. 1 ranking.
Youngsters ages 13-15 interested in trying to land a spot on a team that will tour Holland this spring are invited to a tryout next Sunday at 10 a.m. at Spokane Falls Community College.
Coaches for the team will be Doug Joslyn, Keith Snyder, Scott Knight and Jim Paton. Info: Paton, 468-2012.
Tickets for the Husky Classic March 8-10 in the Seattle Kingdome are available in Spokane through the St. Michaels Athletic Booster Club.
Gonzaga, Washington State and Lewis-Clark State will join host Washington, Notre Dame, Navy and Long Beach State in the event.
Adult all-tournament passes are $10. Youths 14 and under are free.
Info: Tammy Raynor, (509) 921-5708.
The University of Idaho had 10 football and volleyball athletes earn grade-point averages of 3.0 or better to make Big Sky Conference fall All-Academic teams.
Junior Lynne Hyland was the only volleyball selection.
Football: Eric Johnson, senior; Brian Brennan, sophomore; Travis Cofey, Sr.; Eric Hisaw, Sr.; Garner Moody, So.; Jason O’Neil, Sr.; Jeff Pankratz, So.; Ryan Woolverton, Sr.; and Richard Zenk, junior.
Nate Williams of Liberty Lake (Central Valley High School) started his sophomore season on the Navy tennis team with a victory, 6-4, 6-2 over his Georgetown opponent, as the Midshipmen won their opener 7-0.
Spokane Valley businessman Bill Erwin picked up two trophies while participating in the eighth annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Tournament earlier this month in Palm Desert, Calif.
Erwin was a member of a foursome that won the first-day’s competition and finished fourth overall for the two days. Former pro football player Vince Ferragamo helped the group to the first-day victory. Actor Allan Thicke was the group’s celebrity on the second day.
D.J. Cleland-Hura, 24, of Redmond, Wash., won the South Carolina duck stamp competition on his first try.
“This is huge,” said the Washington artist, who had entered 24 wildlife stamp contests in other states but never won.
Cleland-Hura’s winning acrylic painting shows two redhead ducks landing on the water with Daufuskie Island’s Haig Point lighthouse in the background.
A limited edition of 4,000 will be printed, with Cleland-Hura getting $10 for each one sold. The painting will also appear on stamps hunters are required to purchase for state duck hunting licenses.
Track and field
A camp for shot putters and discus throwers at Whitworth College has been rescheduled from Feb. 24 to March 3.
The one-day camp, staged by Arnie Tyler Jr. and Performance Training, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $45 per athlete, or $35 if four or more athletes from the same school attend.
Info: Tyler, 466-5801 or 459-3792.
All-Greater Spokane League setter Molly Jones of Ferris has signed to play at the University of Portland.
Jones, whose brother Randy earned a football scholarship to the University of Washington a year earlier, also visited UW, Oregon State and New Mexico State.
She will be joined in Portland by classmate Jennifer Swinton, who will play basketball for the Pilots.
Tamara Van Engelen of Spokane, who is home-schooled but helped North Central win the State AAA championship, has signed a letter-of-intent to play at Washington.
Van Engelen, 5-foot-11, a second-team All-GSL selection as a senior after earning first-team honors as a junior, “has excellent athletic talent … (and) is a superb middle blocker,” said UW coach Bill Neville. “She immediately adds strength to our middle.”
Tickets go on sale Monday for the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials set for June 7-8 in the Spokane Arena.
One-hundred wrestlers are expected to compete for 10 spots on the team that will represent the U.S. in Atlanta. Eight Olympic or World champions expected to head the list are Kenny Monday, Zeke Jones, Terry Brands, Tom Brands, Kevin Jackson, Melvin Douglas, Kurt Angle and Bruce Baumgartner.
Tickets, available at the Arena and G&B; Select-A-Seat, are $15 for sessions 1 and 2 on June 7, $18 for session 3 on June 8 and $25 for the finals. An all-session ticket goes for $65.
Info: 325-SEAT or (800) 325-SEAT.