Regis University in Denver has found the cornerstone on which to build its women’s soccer team. She’s freshman Danielle Thorn of Spokane.
Thorn, a forward, who was a three-time All-Greater Spokane League selection at Gonzaga Prep, “has been brilliant for us this season,” said Regis coach J.B. Belzer. “She’s been a consistent offensive threat and is playing like an upperclassman. I think we can expect great things from her throughout her career.”
While the Rangers have struggled to a 7-8-1 start, Belzer said his freshman-dominated team has “had a lot of bright spots.” And the brightest has been Thorn. One of 13 freshmen on the team, she leads the Rangers with 12 goals, including two game-winners, and 25 points. She ranks second in league scoring, one point back of the leader.
One game into his junior season on the St. Norbert College hockey team in De Pere, Wis., Wynn Henricksen of Spokane (Ferris) has matched his goal output of each of his first two seasons.
Henricksen, a defenseman, had the winning goal - his second goal of the season - and an assist as the sixth-ranked NCAA Division III Green Knights opened the season with an 11-0 rout of Marian College.
Spokane-based NBC Thunder begins its exhibition men’s basketball season with four games this week including contests at Eastern Washington and Washington State.
The Thunder, coached by Danny Beard and sponsored by Northwest Basketball Camp, plays at EWU Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and at WSU Wednesday at 7 p.m. Other highlights in the 13-game schedule include Kansas State on Friday, Illinois Nov. 12, Idaho Nov. 17 and UCLA Nov. 19.
The roster includes Dave Wilson, George Fox; Emil Shephard, Seattle Pacific; Tyrone McDaniel, Lenoir-Rhyne; Adam Leachman, Montana State; Kofi Adomako Kyei, Oregon; Nico Harrison, Montana State; Shann Ferch, Pepperdine; Nate Dunham, Whitworth, Drake Charles; Derrick Boles, Idaho State; and Greg Bartram, Penn State.
The Spokane Women’s Basketball Board, which assigns referees for local junior and senior high school girls games, is still in the market for new officials.
Next meeting of the association will be the mandatory state rules clinic Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the North Central High School cafeteria. Next regular meeting will be Nov. 24 in Room 216 at Lewis and Clark High School. Apprentices gather at 5:45 p.m. and veterans at 7.
Info: Brad King, (509) 921-5024.
Eastern Washington University golf coach Julie Scott was named co-coach of the year in men’s golf in the Big Sky Conference.
Scott is in her first season as head coach and led the Eagles to within one stroke of the Big Sky title. Sacramento State won the title and its coach, Rene Mondine, shared the coaching honor.
The Northwest Pacific Figure Skating Championships will be Wednesday through Saturday at the Eagles Ice-A-Rena.
This is the first step toward the 1998 national world and Olympic competitions. Info: Sandy Blackwell, 489-9303; Nancy Bevan, 466-9147; Cindy Cederblom, 236-2324.
North Idaho College’s nationally acclaimed wrestling team will make its only Spokane visit of the season Tuesday when the Cardinals stage an intrasquad challenge at Gonzaga Prep. Match time is 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students.
NIC has won 10 national junior-college championships, has had 33 individual national champions and 119 All-Americans.
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