On May 15, shouts of “Jab!” will replace those of “BINGO!” as professional boxing makes its debut at the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Bingo/Casino near Worley, Idaho.
Johnny Avila, who lost to then-WBO lightweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1994, headlines the four-bout card that begins at 7:30 p.m. Avila’s opponent for the 10-round fight hasn’t been determined.
A ring has been set up Mondays through Thursdays at the bingo hall for Avila’s training sessions, which are open to the public.
“We’re looking at every 30 to 45 days having fights out here,” said operations manager Jerry Krieg. “We were thinking of a way to use the facility on days other than Friday, Saturday and Sunday when we have bingo. We’re looking at some other things besides boxing, maybe bringing in a smaller name band.”
Seating capacity is 2,000. Tickets, which cost $12 ringside, $10 reserved and $8 general admission, are available at G&B; Select-A-Seat or by calling 1-800-523-2464.
Idaho state athletic commissioner Jon Vestal said about 35 fights have been held in the Boise area in recent years. The last fights held in the Panhandle were in Lewiston three years ago.
Businessman Duane Hagadone has shown interest in possibly bringing pro fights to Coeur d’Alene, Vestal said, but nothing has been finalized.
East Valley will be the site of the second annual Spokane High School Armwrestling Tournament May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Weigh-in and registration begin at 6. The cost is $2 for competitors and spectators.
The event is open to all area high school students and staff, male and female. World Wristwrestling Championship rules and regulation tables will be used. Proceeds will benefit the EV wrestling program.
Info: Bill Close, 927-3200 (EVHS).
There will be an organizational meeting Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Shadle Park High School gymnasium for the West team, which will be comprised of players from North Central, Lakeside and Shadle high schools in the new five-team, AAA division of Spokane’s American Legion program.
Lance Rickman will coach the team.
Info: Legion office, 468-8284.
Nick Gonella, a catcher from Mead, and Nick Spunich, a left-handed pitcher from University, have committed to Olympic Community College.
Olympic, which has three sophomores from Spokane on its team this year, earlier announced that right fielder Matt Armitage and first baseman Cory Oden, both from Mead, would join the Rangers next season.
Gonzaga University senior forward Jon Kinloch is one of five Division I men’s basketball players to receive a $5,000 NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
Kinloch, a fifth-year senior, averaged 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game and paced the Bulldogs with 63 3-pointers this past season. He finished with 1,071 career points to rank 15th on the all-time GU list.
Two high-scoring small-school players have made oral commitments to attend Whitworth College, Pirates men’s coach Warren Friedrichs announced.
Ryan Nelson, a 6-foot-2 guard from Waterville, Wash., averaged 20.9 points, making 47 percent of his 3-point attempts. The school’s two-time MVP was named on the A-B all-state team and was chosen to play in Washington’s A-B all-state game.
Kevin McDaniel is a 6-6 forward from Sultan High School, who averaged 20.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and made 61 percent of his field-goal attempts. He was the Cascade League MVP and named to the all-area A-B team.
The North Idaho College women’s team has received an oral commitment from 6-3 center Erin Dowhy from Edmonton, Alberta.
Registrations are being accepted for the Rosalia Classic, a combined tournament for AAA, AA, A and B high school teams July 29-Aug. 1 in Rosalia.
There will be eight-team divisions for both boys and girls teams, using 1996-97 varsity rosters. There will also be 3-point and free-throw shooting competitions.
Fee is $65 per player, with an eight-player minimum. Deadline is June 3.
Info: Arnold Brown, Rosalia coach, (509) 534-9374 (home), (509) 456-4466 or (509) 523-3061 (work).
Washington State tennis coach Cari Groce and four of her players have been honored by the Pacific-10 Conference Northern Division.
Groce was named coach of the year for the third straight year after the Cougars won a second straight division title. WSU senior Marcia Senn of Gold Coast, Australia, and freshman Andrea Relsz of Pecs, Hungary, were named to the All-Pac-10 North first team. Junior Narelle Hall of Sydney, Australia, and sophomore Tunde Nagy of Balatonlelle, Hungary, were second-team picks.
Kathy Law, a Western Washington sophomore from Pullman, improved her national qualifying time in the 3,000-meter walk to 15 minutes, 17.16 seconds with a fourth-place finish in the Simon Fraser Invitational last weekend.
James Johnson, a Bowdoin College junior from Spokane (St. George’s), broke his school record for 10,000 meters and qualified for the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships at the Penn Relays last weekend.
Johnson finished 14th out of 34 runners, timing 30:34.69, to earn a spot in the national meet May 22-25 in Naperville, Ill.
Coeur d’Alene’s Steve Price bowled a 300 game, an 814 series and 859 handicap series to claim first place in each of those categories at the Idaho State Tournament in Pocatello, which concluded last weekend. Price’s score of 2,135 was second in handicap all-events.
The second annual 3-on-3 roller hockey event in Spokane will be May 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at University City Mall.
Adult teams are $21 per player and youth (16 and younger) $16 per player. Teams can have four players, one for a substitute. Goalies aren’t used. Deadline is May 13.
For more information or entry forms, contact Fitness Fanatics at (509) 922-6080.
Spokane Youth Sports Association will hold select team tryouts at five sites the week of May 13. Tryouts for U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 boys and girls will be May 13 and 15, and for U-14 and U-16 on May 14 and 16, all 6 p.m. until dark. Players must try out in their area.
Spokane had a U-12 and a U-18 team qualify for Junior Olympic national tournaments by winning in regional competition last weekend in Yakima.
The River City Ripples, coached by Stacey Ward, will be in San Jose, Calif., June 29-July 1 after winning the U-12 regional championship. They beat Yakima Gold 15-6 in a playoff.
Club Valley, coached by Steve Gillis, will be in the U-18 JO nationals after beating Puget Sound in the regional finals.
The team features Tamara Van Engelen and Aimee Wilson of North Central, Sarah Hiss and Ingrid Lindeblad of Lewis and Clark, K.C. Richards of Ferris, Devon Bakken, Kristina McAuley and Angel Whalen of University and Republic’s Megan Charles.
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