The Splash U-16 club team from Spokane is headed to the Junior Olympic volleyball championships after winning its 56-team division at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier last weekend in Spokane.
More than 230 teams from as far as Hawaii, Illinois and Texas competed in six age divisions, with the winners earning spots in the national event June 28-July 5 in Atlanta.
North Idaho Volleyball Club from Sandpoint finished 19th in the U-16 division.
Splash had four other teams finish in the top half of their divisions, VIP Juniors of Spokane had three and North Idaho two.
Other divisions, with the winner and area-team finishes:
U-18 (44 teams): 1, ‘Imi’ Ike, Oahu, Hawaii. 2, Splash, Spokane. 9, Moscow Black, Moscow, Idaho. 15, VIP Juniors, Spokane. 20, Storm, Spokane.
U-17 (32 teams): 1, Club Utah, Salt Lake City. 5, Blue Diamond, Spokane. 17, Northwest Impact, Spokane.
U-15 (38 teams): 1, Delta Valley Blue, Sacramento, Calif. 9, Sky, Spokane. 17, Jaguars Black, Spokane. 18, VIP Juniors, Spokane.
U-14 (44 teams): 1, Vision Blue, Los Gatos, Calif. 2, North Idaho, Sandpoint. 5, Splash, Spokane. 13, Sideout, Spokane; 15, VIP Juniors Attack, Spokane.
U-13 (16 teams): 1, Delta Valley Blue, Sacramento. 5, Eclipse, Spokane. 7, Splash, Spokane.
Two area students had top-three finishes in Big Sky Region competitions last weekend.
Bryan Brenize of Gonzaga Prep placed first in his category in events in Nampa, Idaho, and Boise. Kennedy Krossen, who is home-schooled, was third in both events.
The climbers are aiming for the regionals in Spokane on May 27.
Five former area high school basketball stars – three at Arizona State and two at Washington State – were named to Pacific-10 Conference women’s All-Academic teams.
Named to the first team was Emily Westerberg of Central Valley, a junior at ASU, who has a 3.44 grade-point average in elementary education. She was honorable mention last year.
On the second team were Adriane Ferguson of Mead, a junior at WSU, with a 3.54 GPA in Asian studies, and Aubree Johnson of Post Falls, a junior at ASU, with a 3.61 GPA in kinesiology. Johnson repeated on the second team while Ferguson was honorable mention as a sophomore.
Honorable mentions include WSU sophomore Brynn Bemis of Coeur d’Alene (Lake City), 3.54, political science, and ASU sophomore Regan Pariseau of CV, 3.26, kinesiology.
•Senior Ashley Anderson picked up two awards at the Gonzaga University women’s basketball banquet last weekend.
Anderson, a first-team All-West Coast Conference selection, was named the Bulldogs’ top defensive player and team MVP.
Senior Katie Prichard was named the team’s most inspirational player and freshman Jami Bjorklund the most improved.
•Washington State sophomore Bryn Mooney from Pullman, who has a 3.92 GPA with an undeclared major, was a first-team selection on the Pac-10 All-Academic team in women’s swimming in her first year of eligibility.
•Whitworth has the highest NCAA Division III team GPA in men’s cross country and is second in women’s according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In announcing its D-III All-Academic teams, the group said the Whitworth men had a cumulative team GPA of 3.577 through the fall semester.
The women’s team GPA of 3.704 was second to St. Mary’s (Minn.) at 3.744.
And the Pirates’ Julie Lauterbach, a junior with a 3.941 GPA, and senior Kristi Dickey (3.779) were USTFCCCA All-Academic.
For the second year in a row, five former Spokane Chiefs helped the University of Alberta win the Canadian collegiate national championship.
The Golden Bears beat the Lakehead Thunderwolves 3-2 in the Telus University Cup final last Sunday.
Defensemen Perry Johnson (1997-98) and Chris Ovington (2000-01), and forwards Tim Krymusa (1998-2003), Joff Kehler (1999-2004) and Scott Henkelman (2000-01) played roles in UA’s record 12th title and fourth in the last eight years.
Additionally, Ovington was honored as the Canada West defenseman of the year during the regular season and was named to the first all-tournament team. Johnson was selected to the second all- tournament team.
All 20 UA players in the final game had played in the Western Hockey League.
The Coeur d’Alene Umpires Association will hold its mandatory annual preseason meeting for city slowpitch Saturday at 9 a.m. at The Spokesman-Review building, 608 Northwest Boulevard.
All veteran and prospective umpires will take a test. Also, board members will be elected.
Info: (208) 699-7621.
Track and field
George Mathews of Hayden Lake, fresh from the World Masters Indoor in Austria, had two seconds and a fourth at the USATF National Masters Indoor Championships last weekend in Boston.
Mathews, 62, threw the 20-pound weight 19.02 meters and the 56-pound super weight 7.97m for silver medals. He was fourth in the shot put at 12.68m.
He had two thirds and a fifth in the world meet.