August 31, 1997 in Sports

Freeman Teen Climbs To National Title

From Staff Reports
 

FROM SPORTS REPLAY (Tuesday, September 2, 1997): Correction Bruce Harsha of Spokane completed the Subaru Ironman Triathlon in Penticton, British Columbia, in 12 hours, 37 minutes, 30 seconds. His time was reported incorrectly in Sunday’s editions.

John Goicoechea has had a meteoric climb in the world of rock climbing.

Goicoechea, 13, a Freeman Junior High seventh-grader who took up the sport just last year, highlighted his 1997 season by winning the national championship for his age last weekend in Pontiac, Mich.

There were 20 entrants in the 12- to 13-year-old division. Last year, Goicoechea was second in the nationals.

Climbers could select from four routes to the top. Goicoechea said all those in his age group chose the same difficult route. He was tied for first after both qualifying and the semifinals before prevailing in a field of six finalists.

Goicoechea has entered eight climbs this year and won all eight.

Basketball

Jerome Jenkins and Kurt McGuffin have joined the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball coaching staff, coach Steve Aggers announced.

Jenkins comes from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College, where he has been an assistant for four seasons, to become a full-time assistant.

McGuffin, a recent graduate of Kansas State, becomes Eastern’s volunteer administrative assistant.

Aggers also promoted Jack Baldwin, a restricted earnings coach the past two years, to a full-time position and recruiting coordinator, and former volunteer assistant Brian Priebe to the restricted earnings position.

The newcomers replace David Carter and Jeff Smith, who left after last season. Carter took an assistant’s job at his alma mater, Saint Mary’s College, and Smith left to coach and teach at his alma mater, Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast High School.

The Eastern women’s team also added an assistant. Anna West was selected by new coach Jocelyn Pfeifer.

In addition, former EWU men’s player Travis King will assist Pfeifer.

West previously coached at Southern Utah, Montana State and Graceland College in Indiana, where she was head coach for one year.

Bowling

Dan Kukuk of Spokane earned $1,400, figuring in an eight-way tie for 25th, in the $250,000 ABC Senior Masters Tournament two weeks ago in Akron, Ohio.

Gary Dickinson of Edmond, Okla., won the $60,000 first-place prize money.

College scene

Shelly Bartlett of Spokane and the University of Nebraska and Lynne Hyland of the University of Idaho are among 51 state-level winners for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Bartlett, a University High School graduate, has a 3.845 grade-point average and earned NCAA first- (bars) and second-team (vault, all-around) All-America honors in gymnastics. She was the Big 12 all-around champion.

Hyland, who has a 3.62 GPA, was an All-Big West Conference volleyball selection last year and the Vandals’ career assist leader.

There were 400 nominees for the state awards. Selections were based on academics, athletics and community leadership.

Ten finalists will be announced early in September, with the winner named at an awards banquet Oct. 19 in Kansas City, Mo. Billie Winsett-Fletcher, a volleyball player from Nebraska, was the 1996 winner.

Jeremi Bauer of Spokane (Shadle Park), a three-year letter winner, is back for his senior football season at Brockport, N.Y., College, a NCAA Division III school.

He’s listed as a defensive back. A year ago, he played offense, catching six passes for 46 yards.

Erika Robinson of Spokane (Lewis and Clark) is a freshman setter on the University of Toledo women’s volleyball team. She will play behind two seniors but is the only other setter on the team.

Golf

Brandon Smith, 17, a student at Central Valley, tied for 12th at the Max-Fli PGA Junior National Championship last weekend at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Running

Kim Jones of Spokane, slated to run in the Chili’s Park Forest Scenic 10 USA 10-mile championship Monday in Park Forest, Ill., is second in USA Running Circuit points.

After four races, Jones, who won her first Bloomsday title this year and is the 1997 USA 25k champion, has 25 points, to 27 for Lynn Jennings. Jennings is not listed among the entries at Park Forest, so Jones could take the points lead heading into the season finale Oct. 13 in Boston.

Softball

The Silver Bullets 18-U girls fastpitch team will hold tryouts for all positions Wednesday and Saturday. For details, call Gary Adolfson, (509) 467-4404.

The Spokane Sliders 18-U girls fastpitch team has openings for experienced players for the 1998 summer season.

Call George Lynn at (509) 468-5084 for tryout times.

Triathlon

Two of 16 Spokane entries in the Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon last weekend in Penticton, British Columbia, won their age groups and a third had a fifth-place finish.

Kelle Vigeland won the women’s 35-39 age group in 10 hours, 36 minutes, 41 seconds, making her the top overall women’s finisher. Sister Madonna Buder won women’s 65-69 (13:39:40). And Amina Giles was fifth in women’s 45-49 (12:57:51).

Top local men’s finisher was Michael McCoy, who was 145th overall, placing 50th in the men’s 30-34 division in 10:08:17.

Other local entries with overall finish and times: Michael Shannon, 199, 10:23:01; Jimmy Watts, 597, 11:22:16; Jerry Olson, 639, 11:26:34; Michael Rembolt, 810, 11:52:29; Ronald Challender, 830, 11:54:41.

Also, Bruce Harsha, 1,072, 12:51:49; Dan Benker, 1,140, 12:51:49; Lynn Stryker, 1,254, 13:19:37; Clark Christoffersen, 1,450, 14:27:40; Nancy Gunn Harsha, 1,451, 14:27:48; Sheila McDonald, 1,474, 14:44:22; Mark Conlin, 1,499, 15:03:15.

Volleyball

Jessica Henry, a senior at Pomeroy High, considered one of the top players in the state, has made a verbal commitment to accept a four-year scholarship from the University of Memphis. She is expected to sign a letter of intent in February.

Memphis, which recently changed its name from Memphis State, is coached by former Washington State standout Carrie Couturier-Yerty (1988-91). Henry, who will play middle hitter, chose Memphis from among 16 schools that offered scholarships.

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