Four men and one woman, including the man known as the father of modern athletics at Whitworth College, will be inducted into the school’s Heritage Gallery athletic hall of fame during the Pirates’ Sept. 21 football game in the Pine Bowl against Eastern Oregon State College.
Jerry Stannard, who brought stability to a revolving door of football and basketball coaches at the school in the 1940s during the second of two stints, will be joined by former football players Bill Cole and Walt Spangenberg, women’s basketball player Barbara Walker and contributor Alvin Quall, a former dean of the faculty and tennis coach.
Stannard coached football, basketball and baseball and served as director of athletics during stints from 1935-39 and 1945-50. From 1946-48 he coached all three sports. Stannard, deceased, went on to teach and coach at North Central High School.
One of his students at NC was Walker, who became a four-year basketball starter at Whitworth (1956-60) in an era before Title IX brought women’s sports into prominence. She led the Pirates in scoring and rebounding in a limited schedule that saw them go 15-17 in her four years.
She retired this year from coaching and teaching in Bakersfield, Calif., after 35 years. She twice earned distinguished teacher honors in her district and in 1979 was a finalist for national girls track coach of the year.
Cole, a running back from 1956-59, led the Pirates back from two consecutive losing seasons to win the Evergreen Conference championship in ‘59. He was team captain, a first-team NAIA All-American his senior year, played in the All-American Bowl in Tucson, Ariz., and signed with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League.
Cole, president of EdGE Learning Institute, lives in Seattle.
Spangenberg was an offensive and defensive lineman on the most successful teams in school history. During his three years (1953-55), the Pirates won 24 of 25 games, including 18 straight in 1954-55, and three straight EvCo titles. He was a Little All-American his senior season.
Spangenberg, a retired teacher, lives in Spokane.
Quall was a supporter of Whitworth athletics for more than three decades before he died. He also had separate stints as men’s and women’s tennis coach, and his son, Bob, was a standout tennis player at the school.
The Spokane Stars skills camp, for girls in grades 4-12, will begin Oct. 6 and run into March 1997 at Centennial Middle School, 915 N. Ella Road.
Stars coach Ron Adams said the session for girls in grades 4-6 will be from 10-11:45 a.m., those in grades 6-9 from noon-1:15 p.m. and grades 9-12 from 2-3:45.
Info: Spokane AAU office, (509) 924-5227.
Emily Thompson, a sophomore from Spokane (Mead High School), has been elected captain of the women’s cross country team at Montana State.
Thompson was seventh in the Big Sky Conference and 20th in the NCAA Region VII meet last year.
It didn’t take Gonzaga Prep graduate Joe Ascolese long to make the transition to college soccer from the Spokane Shadow Premier League team.
Ascolese, a freshman at Santa Clara, was named offensive most valuable player as the nationally fifthi-ranked Broncos won the Rebel Classic last weekend in Las Vegas.
He’ll be back in Spokane Oct. 18 when Santa Clara meets Gonzaga University in West Coast Conference action.
Jason Schmidt of Spokane (Mead), the only senior on the Muhlenberg College men’s soccer team, earned all-tournament honors at goalkeeper after the Mules finished second in the Fred Myers Invitational late last month at Ohio Wesleyan.
In two games, Schmidt made 12 saves and allowed just two goals. He kept the Mules in a 1-1 tie with the host school, before Ohio Wesleyan won on penalty kicks. Muhlenberg is ranked third in NCAA Division III.
A team captain, Schmidt earned all-league honorable mention last year when the Mules won a second straight league title and made it to the national semifinals.
Erika Migliore of Spokane (Lewis and Clark), a sophomore at Cornell University, is a returning right-side starter on the Big Red volleyball team. As a freshman, she had a .246 hitting percentage with 217 kills and 77 blocks.
The Coeur d’Alene Rowing Association is having open practices and inviting beginner rowers. Interested persons should call Aaron Roberts, (509) 484-2206.
One of the top men’s fastpitch pitchers in the world, Darren Zack of Garden River, Ontario, will be in Spokane this week competing in the National Indian Athletic Association softball tournament at Franklin Park.
Zack, 35, who’ll be pitching for the Invermere, British Columbia, Nitemares, has been named the outstanding pitcher three of the last four years in the International Softball Congress. At the 1995 ISC World Championships, in which he went 10-0, he had a string of 69-1/3 scoreless innings - nearly seven full games. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound right-hander had 150 strikeouts in 71-2/3 innings and a 0.10 ERA.
The NIAA tournament will be launched with an exhibition game Wednesday night at 7 on Bud Adams Field at Franklin with Invermere and Zack facing Spokane’s 1995 men’s major modified national champions, Brymile, in fastpitch action.
The tournament, which has drawn 16 men’s teams and 16 women’s, will begin with three games at 7 p.m. Thursday. Games will resume at 10 a.m. Friday and run all day, with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, running through 8 p.m., and winds up beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. Championship games are set for 1 p.m.
The Spokane Angels 16U girls fastpitch team will conduct tryouts for the 1997 season Saturday at the East Valley Junior High complex at 1 p.m.
Info: Roger or Jackie Williams, (509) 926-7857.
The Eastern Washington Recreation Association swim team is having recruitment during the weeks of Sept. 16 and 23. Sessions are daily from 3:30-5 p.m. at the EWU Aquatic Center and are open to swimmers age 5-18.
Info: Terri Wager, (509) 235-8754, or Chris Thompson, (509) 235-4883.
Four professionals from Spokane, led by Larry Chesbrough, made impressive showings in the $100,000 World Championships of Table Soccer during Labor Day weekend in Dallas.
Chesbrough teamed with pro master Gregg Perrie of Long Beach, Calif., to finish third in open doubles in the field of 200 in the sport also known as Foosball.
Perhaps more impressive, however, was the 13th in open doubles registered by Laurette Gunther with partner Moya Tielens of Vancouver, British Columbia. They were the only all-women’s team in the featured event. Gunther and Tielens had a 6-2 record and earned $1,000, including a $500 bonus for being the highest-finishing team that wasn’t all-male.
Gunther and Tielens also tied for fifth in women’s doubles with Lotus Chesbrough, Larry’s wife, and her partner, Stephanie Dean of Oklahoma. Lotus and Evan Stachelek of Long Beach were ninth in mixed doubles.
Spokane’s other entrant, Kathy Brainard, was seventh in women’s doubles with Charlene Agnew of Oklahoma and ninth in mixed doubles with Ron Sipiora of Los Angeles.
Two people from Spokane and one from Chewelah qualified out of the Ironman Canada Triathlon for the 1996 Ironman Triathlon World Championships on Oct. 26 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Martin Scates, 34, of Chewelah and Brad Vanwert, 42, of Spokane qualified in men’s divisions and Kristi Kinkade-Schall, 40, of Spokane, in a women’s division.
The life and times of legendary former Rogers High School wrestling coach Ken Pelo will be relived at a roast-and-toast Saturday night at the Eagles Lodge, 315 E. Francis.
Tickets are $15 in advance - deadline is Monday - but there will be a limited number of dinner tickets for $20 available at the door. Also, for those who just want to come for the roast, admission will be $5. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling Tracy or Sam Cassel at (509) 747-0062.
All proceeds will go into a Ken Pelo Scholarship Fund, which will be announced as part of the night’s activities.
A no-host social hour begins at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 and the roast and scholarship announcement at 7:30.
Pelo retired after the 1995-96 wrestling season after 37 years as a teacher and coach at the North Side school.