April 27, 1997 in Sports

Ccs Sophomore Athletes Lawler, Barker Honored

From Staff Reports

Sophomores Colleen Lawler and Billy Barker are the Community Colleges of Spokane athletes of the month.

The award recognizes student-athletes who make the most of their athletic ability.

Lawler, a graduate of West Valley-Spokane, is a leader on the Sasquatch softball team after receiving the Coaches Award in basketball. She was the inspirational award winner in both sports as a freshman.

“Colleen is foremost a team player,” CCS assistant softball coach Bill Johnson said of Lawler. “She hangs in there when the going gets tough and supports her teammates.”

Barker, from West Valley-Yakima, is a left-handed pitcher on the baseball team. He compiled a 3-0 record with a 3.03 earned-run average last month and made the vice president’s honor roll winter quarter with a 3.3 grade-point average.

“Billy is one of the hardest working pitchers on the staff,” assistant coach Ryan Brust said. “He has improved a lot from last year.”


Rich Landers, Outdoors Editor of The Spokesman-Review, will receive an award from the Northwest Bicycle Federation at the May 12 meeting of the Spokane Bicycle Club at TCI Cable, 1717 E. Buckeye at 7 p.m.

Landers is being recognized for his news coverage on bicycle advocacy issues.

Shelly Bartlett, the University of Nebraska’s senior All-American gymnast from Spokane (University High School), is the Cornhuskers’ female athlete of the year.

Bartlett earned first-team All-America honors by finishing third on the uneven parallel bars (9.9) at last weekend’s NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Fla. and was second-team All-America in all-around (ninth, 39.3) and vault (13th, 9.875). She scored 9.775 on floor and 9.75 on beam.

Senior Amy Saneholtz and sophomore Jade Hyett received special recognition at the Washington State women’s basketball awards banquet.

Hyett was named the team’s most inspirational player and its defensive player of the year. She earlier was named to the All-Pac-10 first team and was first-team all-academic.

Saneholtz, from Pullman, was named the team’s offensive player of the year. She shared leading scoring honors at 12.2 per game and finished her career with 869 points, 13th all-time at WSU.

Neither Saneholtz, who had a year of eligibility remaining, nor Hyett will return. Saneholtz will forego her final year, and Hyett has elected to play professionally in her native Australia.

A dozen Eastern Washington basketball players - three men and nine women - made Big Sky Conference all-academic teams with grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher.

Additionally, Montana State freshman Jayme Morrisette of Spokane (Ferris), earned honors.

EWU men honored: Zac Claus, junior, communications major; Travis King, senior, physical education; Karim Scott, junior, liberal studies.

Women: Kelly Bartleson, sophomore, physical therapy; Julie Carlson, junior, criminal justice; Tracy Ford, freshman, education; Tanya Kirk, sophomore, communications; Julie Moore, freshman, pre-med; Shae Olson, freshman, physical therapy; Shana Ray, sophomore, physical therapy; Andee Schmick, freshman, education; Jennifer Sutter, senior, criminal justice.

Art Keith, former wrestling coach at Central Valley (1981-82) and Ferris (1985-91) high schools, will be inducted into the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on May 3 in Salem.

Keith, who produced one state champion, three runners-up and a third-place finisher during his tenure in Spokane, started his coaching career in Oregon. He coached 13 state champions at the high school level and one national champion and three placers at the University of Oregon.

Keith, who retired from coaching in 1992, and wife, Fern, live in Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia, where he has a small construction business.

Info: Larry Wright, (503) 651-2464.

Award luncheon

Gonzaga University’s Bulldog Club will sponsor its 14th annual Senior Athlete Luncheon on Wednesday at noon at the Crescent Court Ballroom in downtown Spokane. Honored will be the Bulldogs’ 34 graduating seniors, recipients of the school’s male and female student-athletes of the year and booster Dick Wright, who will receive the Bulldog Club Service Award.

Wright, a 1951 graduate, has been the radio voice of Bulldogs men’s basketball the past 15 years. He also has been actively involved on several Bulldog Club committees and has been deeply involved in community events.

Tickets are $17 per person. Info/reservations: John Preston, (509) 328-4220, ext. 4211. Deadline is Monday.


The AAA Spokane North Stars American Legion team will hold a parent-player information meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Mead High School. The team is comprised of players from Mead and Rogers.

Info: Coach Mike Kerr, (509) 535-4074 (home); (509) 534-6926 (work).


It took qualifying leader Jason Daniels to cool off James McCold in the Valley Bowl stop of the Junior Bowlers Tour on April 13.

After qualifying fifth, McCold knocked off three straight opponents. He took Daniels to the final ball in the 10th frame before falling 205-200.

Early leader Brian Long, who averaged 251 for the first four games, finished third; Eric Morasch was fourth; and Joey Smith fifth.

Long and Jeremy Allen shared high game, a 288. Kim Seifert was high for the girls at 212.

The JBT finals are today at Matt Surina’s Bowling World.


Two Spokane girls qualified for the Junior Olympics National Championships this weekend in Orlando, Fla., with their performances in Level 10 at the Region II meet in Anchorage, Alaska.

Jasmine Davey of Northwest Gymnastics Academy will be making her second national appearance. And Meloney Monaghan, 14, who has been competing five years, will represent Spokane Elite Gymnastics.

In Level 9 competition in Anchorage, Elizabeth Dahl of NWGA was second on the vault (9.05) and eighth on floor exercise (9.10). And Keegan Fitzgerald, 13, of Spokane Elite, was second on balance beam (9.2).

Also competing were Sheila Florin and Carmen Jordan, NWGA; and Karlee Poirer, Emily Roberts, April Mims, Kristin Brunner and Gail Larsen, Spokane Elite.

In the Level 8 regionals in Seattle, Katie Dinsmore, 13, of Spokane Elite won the all-around while placing first in vault (9.1) and beam (9.15) and third on floor (9.0).

From Lilac City Gymnastics, Libby Smith, 12, was sixth all-around and second on the beam and Amber Baines, 13, was fourth in floor exercise.

Leah Borg of Lilac City and Corinna Lewis of Spokane Elite also competed.

In the younger Level 8’s, Amy Brandle, 9, of Spokane Elite was second on the beam (8.95) and floor (9.05) and teammate Elizabeth Kelley was fourth on the vault.

The Level 5 and 6 sectional and state championship meets will be held in Spokane next month.

On May 3, 144 gymnasts are expected for the sectionals at the Spokane Elite facility, 1030 N. Lake Road. Level 5 competes at 11 a.m. and Level 6 at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per session, $5 all day.

The top three in each category and next 20-25 highest all-around finishers qualify for the state meet later in the month at Whitworth College.


More than 300 competitors are expected for the third annual Lilac City Open Karate Tournament on May 3 at Lewis and Clark High School.

Competition starts at 10 a.m. Admission is $3.

Info: (509) 328-1902.

Track and field

The Performance Athletics Track Club will meet May 7 at 6:30 p.m. on the track at Spokane Community College. The club is for athletes of all ages.

Info: Arnie Tyler Jr., (509) 466-5801.

Orland Killin Weekend

The 16th annual Orland Killin/Rosauers Weekend is scheduled at Eastern Washington University May 9-10.

Highlights include the annual Red-White scrimmage that closes spring football practice, the Eagle varsity-alumni volleyball match and the Killin dinner and dance, all May 10.

The latter are limited to 1,000 persons. Cost is $40. For ticket and reservations, call (509) 359-4339 or (800) 648-7697.

The scrimmages are free.

Also scheduled are two golf tournaments May 9. The 10th annual coaches tournament will be at 1 p.m. at The Fairways. A women’s tournament will begin at noon at MeadowWood. Cost of either is $40, which includes green fees.

All events are open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Orland Killin Academic Scholarship Fund.

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