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Former Wrestling Champ To Coach At Deer Park

(From Sports, November 3, 1996:) Two girls from St. Maries, Stephanie Krebs, 10-11-year-old age group, and Tammy Addington, 14-15, were winners in the local sectional competition of the NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick competition two weeks ago. Their hometowns were incorrect in last Sunday’s report.

Steve Meuer, a former two-time Washington AAA champion, is the new wrestling coach at Deer Park High School.

Meuer (pronounced Meyer) has spent the last two years as a wrestling assistant at two high schools in Colorado, Westminster and Alameda, said Deer Park athletic director Mike Blair in announcing Meuer’s hiring.

As a wrestler at Mead High before graduating in 1985, Meuer won two state titles. He continued his career at North Idaho College and Western Montana College.

Besides coaching at the high school, Meuer will work with the Deer Park Wrestling Club, Blair said.


Coaches Bob Bender of the University of Washington, Dean Nicholson of Yakima Valley College and Bob Grisham of St. Martin’s College will join Gonzaga University coach Dan Fitzgerald for “A Day with the Bulldogs” coaches clinic Nov. 9 in the Martin Centre.

Registration is 9-10 a.m. The clinic will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with a coaches social from 5-6:30. Cost is $45 per coach, with a staff of three admitted for $120.

Bender was Pacific-10 Conference coach of the year in 1996 after leading the Huskies to fifth place and a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. He is a former assistant to Mike Kryzewski at Duke, where he was a part of six straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including three Final Four appearances.

Nicholson, an NAIA Hall of Fame coach formerly at Central Washington, came out of retirement to coach YVC to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Eastern Region crown in 1996.

Grisham has been head coach and athletic director at St. Martin’s since 1986. His 152 wins are the most in school history. His 1991 and ‘92 teams won back-to-back regular-season titles while earning him NAIA District I coach of the year.

Fitzgerald is entering his 15th and final season on the Bulldogs sidelines.

Info: Bill Grier, GU basketball office, (509) 328-4220, ext. 6374.

Idaho girls and boys high school referees - veterans and rookies alike - must attend a mandatory rules clinic Tuesday at Coeur d’Alene High School at 7 p.m.

College scene

Eastern Washington landed four men and one woman on the All-Big Sky Conference golf teams for 1996.

Juniors Brian Thornton of Blaine, Wash., and Darin Vaughan, Spokane; sophomore Scott Carroll, Spokane; and freshman Kyle Kelly, Spokane, from league runner-up Eastern made the men’s team.

The Eagles placed Spokane sophomore Brenda Hall on the women’s team.

Portland State junior Darin Danekas of Ritzville was on the 12-player men’s team.

Senior Erin McGovern of Sandpoint has seen limited action as a setter on the Michigan women’s volleyball team, but she’s second on the team in assists and improved her career total to 1,439 assists.

Jari Kirkland, a 1994 graduate of Cheney High School, is a junior on the Ouachita Baptist University women’s cross country team in Arkadelphia, Ark. The Tigers are members of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference.


Four youngsters from Spokane and two from Chewelah are among the eight winners in the sectional NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick competition.

Winning in a field of three dozen last weekend at North Central High School and advancing to the state finals Nov. 3 in Seattle are:

Boys - Matt Boyer, Lewiston, 8-9-year-olds; Jeremiah Gibson, Spokane, 10-11; Jess Trampush, Chewelah, 12-13; and Sean Grady, Spokane, 14-15.

Girls - Tara Day, Chewelah, 8-9; Stephanie Krebs, Moses Lake, 10-11; Ali Hollad, Spokane, 12-13; and Tammy Addington, Spokane, 14-15.

Trampush had the top score for the boys, totalling 346 feet, 7 inches. Addington’s 250-11 led the girls.


Chris Mitchell, former head professional at Sun Dance Golf Course, won his singles match 4 and 2 Thursday to help the professionals to a lopsided 15-1/2-4-1/2 victory over the amateurs in the 18th Hudson Cup matches played at Waverly Country Club in Portland.

In the Senior Hudson Cup, the amateurs prevailed 13-1/2-6-1/2.


John Lochridge of Spokane won three titles in the Lewiston Pro-Am Tournament last weekend.

Lochridge, who plays out of Sta-Fit East, defeated doubles partner Eric Brannigan of Sandpoint, a nationally ranked junior, 12-15, 15-6, 11-3 to win men’s pro singles for a second year in a row.

Lochridge and Brannigan, who plays out of the Sandpoint Athletic Club, teamed to win the men’s open doubles, and Lochridge was joined by Patti Nishimura to win open mixed doubles. Nishimura, who also plays out of Sta-Fit East, was second in women’s pro singles.


Members of the United States National Ski Team and Canadian National Team, as well as some of the top junior cross country skiers from around the nation, are expected on Mount Spokane Dec. 13-15 for the Wild Moose Cup.

There also will be an open citizen category race hosted by the Inland Empire Nordic Club and Round & Round Productions.

The Wild Moose Cup, part of the FIS Continental Cup Series and Yoko FIS Series, is the only FIS race in the U.S. leading to the U.S. Ski Association senior national championships and World Junior trials. It is expected to attract 200 of the top U.S. and Canadian nordic skiers.

Info: Wendy Zupan or Gino Lisiecki, (509) 533-9354.


The National Softball Association (NSA) of Washington is looking for girls 12U to 18U fastpitch teams interested in competing in a 1997 tournament series.

Info: Rick Byrum, (360) 794-0655.


Two Spokane players have qualified for the 1997 Senior Olympics in Tucson, Ariz., by finishing first or second in the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah, last weekend.

Rita Doran qualified in two events, winning gold in the women’s 60 doubles with Elita Jones and earning a silver medal in 65 mixed doubles with Doug Jones.

Two other Spokane entries were also medalists. Drena Radcliffe earned bronze in both women’s 50 doubles, with Elita Jones, and 50 mixed doubles with John Radcliffe. Radcliffe also earned bronze in men’s 50 singles.


North Idaho College’s nationally ranked team will stage an intrasquad match Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Gonzaga Prep. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students.

NIC has won 10 NJCAA national championships, produced 30 individual champions and 110 All-Americans and earned John Owen four coach-of-the-year honors.

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