October 13, 1996 in Sports

Rick Sicilia To Join Wswca Hall Of Fame

From Staff Reports

(From Replay, Tuesday, October 15, 1996:) Mike Dahl, a freshman cross country runner at George Fox University, is from Valley Christian School. His high school was incorrectly identified in Sunday’s local briefs.

Rick Sicilia, who went from a stellar wrestling career in the Greater Spokane League to become one of its most successful coaches, will be inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame during ceremonies Nov. 19 in Tacoma.

Sicilia, whose 22-year coaching career included stints at Grandview, Omak and 17 years at University High School, had a 171-59-2 record. He coached six state champions and 30 state placers, and his teams finished third at state twice, fourth once and fifth three times.

As a wrestler at Mead High School, Sicilia was second in state at 157 pounds before graduating in 1966. At Washington State, he was Pacific-10 Conference champion at 167 in 1969.

Sicilia, now an assistant principal at Central Valley High School, is one of five in the 1996 WSWCA hall class. The others are Bob Mason, formerly at Big Bend Community College; Fred Kalal, R.A. Long in Longview; Jim Jolgen, Lake Washington; and Gordon Evans, Concrete, who’ll be inducted posthumously.

Also, Stan Omdal of Sedro Woolley will be recognized as the contributor of the year.

Anyone wishing to attend the event at Pacific Lutheran University should contact Hall of Fame director Darrel White at (509) 829-5476, or by writing him at P.O. Box 1771, Zillah, WA 98953. Reservation deadline is Nov. 1.


Registration is under way for the Spokane Women’s Bowling Association’s 10th annual Queen’s Tournament on Nov. 3 at Matt Surina’s Bowler’s World in Airway Heights.

Entry forms are available at all Spokane County bowling centers. Deadline is Oct. 30.

College scene

Hannah Bradford, a 1993 graduate of Shadle Park High School, has started her senior season on the Seattle Pacific volleyball team in fine style.

While the Falcons have compiled an 8-2 record, Bradford has earned Pacific West Conference player of the week honors two of the last three weeks. She had a season-high 26 kills against Hawaii Hilo.

Last year she had 419 kills, No. 2 in school history.

Erika Migliore of Spokane (Lewis and Clark), a sophomore middle blocker, leads the Cornell women’s volleyball team with 127 kills and a .284 hitting percentage in the Big Red’s 5-8 start. She had a season-high 21 kills in a win last Sunday over Buffalo.

Two Spokane Valley athletes, Phil Autrey, a junior from University, and Mike Dahl, a freshman from Central Valley, are members of George Fox’s nationally ranked men’s cross country team. The Bruins were No. 20 in the first NAIA poll of the season.

Annaka Gustafson, a 1995 graduate of Mead, placed eighth in a field of 220, covering the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 55 seconds, to help the Westmont College (Santa Barbara, Calif.) women’s cross country team to second place in the Stanford Invitational last weekend.

Gustafson, an NAIA All-American last year in both cross country and indoor track, has helped the Warriors to a No. 4 national ranking.

Darin Vaughan of Spokane (Mead), a junior at Eastern Washington, is the Big Sky Conference men’s golfer of the week.

He shot a pair of 71s while compiling a 54-hole total of 216 to finish sixth in the Grand Canyon/Oakcraft Classic in Phoenix, in which the Eagles were ninth, and preceded that with a season-low 66 in a dual win against Gonzaga.

Zach Ham of Spokane is a freshman left winger on the Bowling Green University men’s hockey team. He played last season for the Waterloo Blackhawks.


The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol’s 32nd annual Ski Swap will be Oct. 25-27 at the Interstate Fairgrounds.

Downhill and nordic ski equipment, snowboards and winter clothes will be on sale.

Oct. 25 is the day to register items for sale, from 3-9 p.m. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 27.


With the start of training sessions on the horizon, officials associations for basketball, wrestling and gymnastics are putting out a call for new officials.

Here’s a list of the sport, contact, and first meeting date: Wrestling: Mike Sullivan, 467-6497, Monday , 6:30 p.m., Central Valley High School.

Gymnastics: Karen Renner, 489-1432, Oct. 20, 10 a.m., Spokane Community College gym.

Girls basketball: Dan Mencke, 747-6289, Oct. 28, 5:15 p.m., Lewis and Clark High School.

Boys basketball: Al Robinson, 448-3919, 6 p.m., North Central High School.

Athletes from the 1950s will be among the honored guests at Eastern Washington University’s homecoming activities that center around the Eagles’ football game Saturday against Montana at Woodward Stadium. Those wishing to attend should call 359-6303 for details.

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