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Deer Park Welcomes Two New Coaches

Sun., July 6, 1997

Deer Park has hired new head coaches for its football and boys basketball programs.

Doug McGill will replace Bryan Frost as football coach. Jason Thompson takes over basketball duties from Ben Widman.

McGill, an Eastern Washington University graduate, has seven years’ experience as junior varsity coach at Rogers. He was an all-league player at both Shorecrest High School in Seattle and Spokane Falls Community College.

Thompson, a Deer Park and Whitworth College grad, led the DP junior varsity for six years. He’s coaching two Deer Park teams in a Spokane summer league.

Deer Park enters the new 2A Great Northern League this fall.


The Society for American Baseball Research has selected Jim Price of Spokane to receive a Macmillan-SABR Baseball Research Award for his restrospective look at the bus accident that killed nine members of the Spokane Indians baseball team on June 24, 1946.

The article, “A Half Century of Pain,” appeared in The Spokesman-Review on the 50th anniversary of the accident last June. The award honors outstanding achievement in articles of historical and biographical research.

Price is a correspondent for The Spokesman-Review.

Jerry Clyde, longtime former coach at Orting High School before retiring in 1993, and Don Leach, who stepped down at Burlington in 1987, will be inducted into the Washington State Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on July 16 at the Tacoma Elks.

Dog trials

Ray Bly of Spokane and his dog, Fishtrap Calamity, won the National Amateur Championship Stake for retrievers last month in Virginia, Minn.

Bly also qualified a second dog in the field of 108, Fishtrap Debbie. Both are female black Labrador retrievers.

Bly, a past president and longtime member of the Spokane Retriever Club and member of the Spokane Bird Dog Club, and Fishtrap Calamity reportedly are the first Spokane-area team to win the prestigious event.


Two athletes from North Central and one from Davenport are among 20 high school seniors who have signed letters of intent with Central Washington University.

Signing from NC are Brandon Allen, a punter, who had a Greater Spokane League-record 80-yard punt, and Brandon Harmer, a two-way All-GSL lineman, who figures to play on the defense at CWU.

Luke Hammond, an All-Bi-County League tight end, who caught 25 passes for 500 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, also will join the Wildcats.


The first soccer recruiting class in school history is among the athletes who have recently signed letters of intent or scholarship agreements to attend Eastern Washington. The list includes seven women’s soccer players, three of them from Riverside and one from Medical Lake, signed by new head coach Jennifer Martin. The Eagles will play a limited schedule this fall before women’s soccer becomes a Big Sky Conference core sport in 1998.

New EWU signers by sport:

Soccer: Katie Bowers, Kellsie Johnson and Kristine Johnson, all Riverside; Mykla Anderson, Cascade High of Leavenworth; Jennifer Meader, Medical Lake; Jessica Edelbrock, Shoreline Community College; and Jennifer List, Enumclaw High.

Tennis: Sara Bracken, West Linn, Ore.; Kristen Beyer, Redmond, Wash.; Marisa Drummond, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Track and field: Stephanie Kubalek, Crescent High of Joyce, Wash.; Marni McGregor, Cascade; Darcy Steele, Aberdeen High; Shawn Gumke, Mead; Mike Oien, Knappa, Ore.; and Brian Trimble, Lake Stevens High.

Football: Anthony Griffin, defensive back, Capital of Olympia; LaVonta Howard, defensive back, Franklin of Seattle; Keish Levingston, wide receiver, Monterey Penninsula, Calif., Junior College; Brad Packard, linebacker, Fort Vancouver; Michael Renner, linebacker, LaCenter High; and Alvin Tolliver, defensive back, Lincoln of Tacoma.


Darcy Sohns, a four-time All-Frontier League selection and two-time league MVP from West Valley, has signed a letter of intent to play at Western Washington.

Sohns, a pitcher, compiled a 40-6 record her junior and senior seasons, striking out 148 in 146 innings with 14 walks. She compiled a 0.62 earned-run average as a senior. WV went to state all four years, placing third in 1996 and seventh in 1995.

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