Spokane bowlers continue to leave their mark on the American Bowling Congress Tournament.
Trout’s Minnows, a group of friends who take their name from one of the nicknames of their captain, Mark Trudeau, won the regular team title when the 93rd ABC Championships wound up June 12 in Salt Lake City.
Led by the 740 of Jeff Utt, the Minnows put together a five-man, three-game score of 3,473 to earn $15,000.
“They told us that was the third highest score in the history of the tournament,” said Utt.
Trudeau, who shot a 638, and Sonny Hoisington (710) each have a dozen years experience in the ABC and Randy McGovern (694) and Tim Minor (691) “have been there five or six times, each,” said Utt, in his third.
They followed a 1,191 first game with 1,138 and 1,144.
“You really don’t think of winning when you go down,” said Utt. “You think of shooting well and getting a decent check. After the first game, we thought maybe we can place high. That got us going.”
Last year, Matt Surina of Spokane won the ABC singles title with a record-tying 826 three-game series.
M.H. Floyd of Harrington, Wash., shares the all-events lead with a 2,204 handicap score after the second week of the WIBC/ABC Mixed Championships in Reno.
Floyd had a 511 in team, 462 in doubles and 483 in singles for 1,451 scratch.
Sixty-six Gonzaga University student-athletes made either the Dean’s List or the new President’s List.
Students must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 to qualify for the President’s List, 3.5 for the Dean’s List. There are 33 on each. The 66 represents 29 percent of the 230 students participating in intercollegiate athletics. In all, 143 student-athletes (61 percent) had a 3.0 GPA or better for the 1995-96 school year.
Men’s soccer: Russ Arlig, Simeon Enemuo, Eric Gerst, Joe Marks. Women’s soccer: Anne Bucholz, Amie Gregori, Sara Kinsky, Joanne Marshall, Michelle Reeves, Shannon Stanford.
Men’s basketball: Jason Bond, Carl Crider. Men’s golf: James Mackey, Dan Price. Women’s golf: Lisa Ladenburg, Annie Martin. Men’s tennis: Robert Balen, David Huberty, Matt Olmstead. Women’s tennis: Megan Gallagher, Lindsey Robertson.
Volleyball: Nora Grasham, Nicole Lamoure. Baseball: Steve Bennett. Women’s cross country: Beth Mulligan. Men’s cross country: Jeff Barison, Jon Neill, Tyrone Stammers. Women’s crew: Cheryl Jordan, Anita Kotik. Men’s crew: Matthew Mellon, Janet Schiele, Dan Vimont.
Men’s soccer: Coby Carlson, Michael Monroe. Women’s basketball: Lydia Ledgerwood, Heidi Phillips. Men’s basketball: John Nemeth, Matt Santangelo. Men’s golf: David Boyd, Thomas Teschner. Men’s tennis: Charlie Borberg, Gary Maag, Jon Olmstead, William Schmidt. Women’s tennis: Jennifer Lederle.
Volleyball: Carri Kiteley, Christine Kubista, Carolin Lopez, Shannon Marolt, Michelle Messinger, Diane Pascua, Hedy Safranski. Baseball: Toby Doolittle, Kevin Workman. Women’s cross country: Cheska Fairbanks, Liz Gustorf, Andrea Harris, Katie Owen, Amy Welsch. Men’s cross country: Chris Hale, Francisco Pelayo Jr., Jesse Sampson. Women’s crew: Aimee Czerniski. Men’s crew: Chris Heller, Scott Stoneback.
Former Spokane Indians star Jason Thompson will play for the National League team in the Triple-A All-Star Game July 10 at Salt Lake City.
Thompson, who recently rejoined Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League after a 10-day stint with the parent San Diego Padres, played at Spokane in 1993.
Pete Mackanin, who starred at Spokane as a Texas Rangers farmhand in the mid-1970s, will manage the National League squad. Mackanin manages Ottawa of the International League for the Montreal Expos.
The Yellowjackets, coached by Bill Etter, are representing Spokane in the 15U AAU National Tournament this week in Kingsport, Tenn.
The Yellowjackets, who won the regional qualifying tournament in Spokane, include: Jim Saad, Sacajawea; Billy Etter, Cass LeSage, Jon Ryan and Will Tombari, all Cataldo; Justin DeFoe, Lewis and Clark; Geoff Arte, St. Thomas More; and Andre Moore, Brandon Benefield, Carson Neal and Craig Weaver, all Horizon.
A flat tire on the last lap likely cost Bill Misner of Spokane a second top-10 finish in the 55-59-year-old division at the Fresca Men’s Masters National Cycling Championships last weekend in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Misner, who was ninth in the time trials, “was with the leaders on the last lap,” he reported, when he had a flat that took him 15 minutes to repair. He finished 26th among 53 starters.
He didn’t compete in the criterium on the final day.
Andy Palmer of Cheney, who earned a Master’s degree from Chico (Calif.) State this spring, finished sixth overall in the National Collegiate Cycling Championships this month in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Palmer’s best individual finish was fourth in the 90-mile road race in 105-degree heat. Chico State was 12th out of 75 teams.
Jim Slavin of Spokane teamed with Bob Nedd of Los Gatos, Calif., to win the Diamond (70-plus) doubles title at the National Four-Wall Championships in Lakewood, Colo., last month.
They beat Ray Barrett and Max Lasskow of Florida 21-15, 21-9 in the final.
Buck Rodolph of Cheney and Mike Phillips of Deer Park won the team roping championship at the Washington State High School Rodeo Association Finals in Pasco last weekend and will compete in the National High School Rodeo Finals in Pueblo, Colo., July 15-21.
Rodolph, a recent graduate and in his first year of high school rodeo, was named rookie of the year. He finished third in calf roping and also competed in steer wrestling. Phillips is a freshman.
Geanna Bruce of Farmington, Wash., is going to the national finals in breakaway roping.
Host Bladin’ Inc. of Spokane won the 12-and-under division at the USA Hockey InLine Northwest Zone Championships at Eagles Ice-A-Rena and will advance to the national championships Aug. 13-18 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
Derek Knox of Cheney had three goals and an assist, T.J. Clark of Post Falls had two goals and Josh Warren of Mead turned in a solid game in goal as Bladin’ Inc. beat the Portland Junior Rage 8-2 in the title game to cap a 4-0-1 tournament.
Justin Maloney of Spokane and Con Warren of Mead coach the team that also includes: Matt Bell, Mead; Chris Eckhart, Deer Park; Lonnie Miller, Nine Mile Falls; Adam Keys, Elk; Kale Lents and Jesse McCabe, both Spokane.
Clark had five goals and five assists and Knox four goals and three assists during round-robin play.
Bend, Ore., won both the 17U and 18U divisions and Salem, Ore., the 14U division.
Former Coeur d’Alene High School softball player Jamie Coles, who played the last two years at Walla Walla Community College, has signed a letter of intent to play for Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
As a sophomore at Walla Walla, Coles, batting leadoff, hit .500 with 27 stolen bases and 40 runs scored, earning first-team all-league honors.
The Ramsey Road complex in Coeur d’Alene will be the site of the Lake City girls fastpitch tournament July 6-7. Divisions are 12 and under, 14U and 16U. Fee is $120.
Info: Jack Foster, (208) 773-5493.
Shannon-Patrick Buck of Fairchild Air Force Base and Ryan Moran of Spokane have qualified to play in United States Tennis Association Zone Championships in July.
Buck, who attends Cataldo school, will be in Asheville, N.C., for the 14-year-old championships after winning the division at the Pacific Northwest Sectional in Tumwater, Wash. He went 4-0, beating Aaron Rexius of Eugene, Ore., 6-4, 6-1 in the final.
Moran, who attends Mead High School, was fourth in the 16-division sectional in Everett with a 2-2 record and will compete in Salt Lake City.
Matthew Loucks of Veradale and Torey Gambill of Colbert also competed in the 14 sectional and Adam Loucks was in the 12-year-old division.
Four athletes from the Spokane area will be in Seattle this week for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Wesley Bergin, 26, of Spokane, a Navy veteran, will compete in track and billiards; Russell Braun, 57, Spokane, Air Force, billiards, swimming, bowling, quad rugby and air rifle; Bill Erickson, 55, Reardan, Army, air rifle, billiards, bowling, slalom and motorized wheelchair rally; and Brent King, Cheney, 25, Army, basketball, track.
Kris Matthews, 13, took second in the 70-pound division to lead the showing by representatives of Lakeside and Medical Lake in the Western Regional National Freestyle Championships last weekend in Fresno, Calif.
Jon Millard, 8, was seventh at 75 pounds and Austin Laughery, 13, 12th at 85 pounds. All represent the Lakeside Regulators, coached by Ben Orth and Leonard Matthews.
From Medical Lake, Jake Lenhouts, 10, was third at 75 pounds and Tyler Nelson, 11, sixth at 85.
Ray Hare, assistant principal and activities coordinator at Ferris since 1988, is the Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit.
This is the ninth year of the award, which recognizes one NIAAA member in each state for their leadership and long-term contributions to interscholastic athletics.
Besides chairing many committees both locally and at the state level, Hare has served the WSSAAA as both president and district representative.
University of Idaho athletic director Pete Liske is expected to be formally introduced as the new A.D. at Toledo at a press conference that is being arranged for July 10 in Toledo.
Toledo’s board of trustees is expected to approve president Frank Horton’s recommendation of Liske on that day.