Tony Kull, who has returned to his Spokane roots, is one of the newest members of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Kull, born at Fairchild Air Force Base in 1952 before travels took him around the country, was enshrined during a black tie affair last weekend in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Drawn to martial arts when he attended his first judo demonstration at the age of 8, Kull has acquired black belts in six different disciplines, studied under some of the great masters in Japan and has been teaching professionally for 25 years.
Kull, who has the title “sensei” (teacher), is a most-sought-after instructor, especially in law enforcement circles. He has training centers in Georgia, Hawaii and California.
Gonzaga University rowers Patrick Bears and Kristine Holzer have been named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic men’s and women’s rowing teams.
Members must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and been a significant contributor to their boat.
Bears and Holzer were honored in May by the Bulldog Club as the Gonzaga University Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Holzer graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a 3.21 GPA. Bears carries a 3.29 GPA with a major in psychology and a minor in biology.
University of Idaho’s Frank Bruder received one of college athletic’s highest academic honors when he was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Bruder, second in the steeplechase at this spring’s NCAA Track and Field Championships, is one of 36 student-athletes from all divisions to receive the $5,000 award. He can use it at the school of his choice. He plans to pursue his graduate degree in his native Germany.
Bruder graduated from Idaho in May with a 3.69 GPA with a double major in economics and finance.
Scott Asan of Gonzaga University, playing for the Ontario Meadowlarks, leads the Pacific International League with six home runs. The nine-team PIL is the Northwest representative to the National Baseball Congress for semipro leagues.
Eric Sandberg of the Spokane Heat was named best pitcher at last week’s Richland Knights Classic tournament. Sandberg homered and singled home the winning run while pitching the Heat past Richland 4-3.
The University of Idaho women’s team added depth to its post position when it signed Dana Purcell from Bellevue Community College.
Purcell averaged 17 points per game and led her team in rebounding while earning first-team all-conference honors.
George Chalich is the new assigning secretary for the Spokane basketball officials association. He replaces Al Robinson, who retired.
Anyone interested in officiating basketball this season can contact Chalich at (509) 926-2089.
A series of meetings will be conducted to determine interest in and discuss construction of a Bicycle Motocross (BMX) track in Spokane.
The meetings will be Tuesday from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Libby Teen Center cafeteria (2900 E. 1st), Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. in room A-13 of the Franklin Park Mall (5628 N. Division) and Thursday from 7-8 p.m. in the Millwood City Hall (9103 E. Frederick).
BMX racing is for people of all ages with emphasis on involvement for youth ages 5-18.
Info: Rick Hoover, (509) 926-8767.
With 10 games remaining, former Washington State quarterback Chad Davis was hitting nearly 55 percent of his passes for the Portland Forest Dragons of the Arena Football League.
As 2-8 Portland struggled, Davis hit 94 of 172 passes (54.7 percent) with four interceptions and 14 touchdowns in seven games.
Patrick E. Kelley of Spokane won the championship at the Washington state Stock Gun Championships last month in Marysville, Wash.
Sixty-four shooters from across the state participated in the United States Practical Shooting Association event, in which competitors draw handguns from holsters and engage multiple targets while on the move under time restraints.
Keith Tyler was 12th, Tim Bentley 19th and Mark Conard 53rd.
Carol Dellinger of Spokane, who has been running marathons for 10 years, is now being sponsored by Stoker bars.
She said the contract does not bring her additional income, but she was given clothing by the San Francisco company and distributes the high-carbo, low-fat energy bars at marathons.
Dellinger, 35, has raced in 91 marathons. This year, she has completed eight and has six more planned. Her average race time is 4 hours, 44 minutes.
Dellinger plans to run her 100th marathon next April at the Big Sur.
Seven members of the Spokane Silver Mermaids will participate in the U.S. Open meet July 20-26 in Beaverton, Ore.
The seven, competing in the 16-and 17-year-old division, are: Megan Murphy, Beth Moore, Nikki Velategui, Katie Enemark, Karly Johanson, Rachel Sutch and Becky Weaver.
All were among the 17 Silver Mermaids who competed in the National Age-Group Championships last month in New York. The Mermaids’ best finish was 16th out of 23 teams in the 16-and 17-year-old division.
Track and field
Bethany Hansen, the Big Nine Conference female field athlete of the year from Kennewick, has signed a letter of intent to compete for the University of Idaho.
Hansen was a first-team all-conference performer her junior and senior years in all the throwing events.
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