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National volleyball team picks NC’s Hill

Samantha Hill, a 14-year-old about to enter her sophomore year at North Central, made the Girls Select Red age group national volleyball team that participated against older players in the Women’s International Junior tournament.

The team played against Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Italy and different regions from throughout the United States, finishing with a 7-7 record.

Hill made the team after qualifying for the USA Volleyball High Performance Championship Camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The USAV camp tryouts came during the Pacific Northwest Qualifier volleyball tournament at Eastern Washington University last March.

In May she was among 50 of 2,700 to be invited to Fort Lauderdale’s Select A1 Camp for girls born in 1994 or later. The camp began with practices July 16 and the girls were divided into five teams for tournaments that ran July 21-26. From there nine girls, including Hill, were named to the age group national team.

•Alexis Olgard, a senior at Mead, was fourth in blocking at the FIVB World Championships in Tijuana, Mexico, and led the U.S. National Junior team in scoring during its 12th-place finish.

PNGA Amateur

Seo Hee Moon of Mukilteo, Wash., captured medalist honors at the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur on the Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton on Monday.

Moon was the only player in the field to break par, shooting a 2-under par 69.

Colbert’s Sierra Bezdicek made the 16-player cut for match play with a 77. Six players shot a 78, including Kaitlen Parsons of Greenacres, but Catherina Li of Kent won the playoff for the final spot.

Match play starts this morning.

Football begins

Area high school football practices begin Wednesday, most with single practices for the first three days.

Among Greater Spokane League teams: Central Valley begins at 10 a.m.; East Valley goes from noon-3 p.m.; Ferris 1-4 p.m.; Gonzaga Prep 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Lewis and Clark 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Mead at 6 p.m.; Mt. Spokane 8 a.m.-noon; North Central 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Rogers begins at 8 a.m.; Shadle will be on the field at 9 a.m., and University practices from 9:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Players must have 12 practices before being eligible to play in a game.

Regular season opens Sept. 3 with North Central under new coach Brian Gardner versus Ferris at 7:15 p.m. It follows a non-league game between Lake City and Lewis and Clark that marks Tigers coach Dave Hughes’ debut.

Friday’s feature the next night is Mead against Mt. Spokane at 8 p.m. The Wildcats are a returning State 3A qualifier. They follow a 5:30 opener that marks the University coaching debut of Bill Diedrick against Shadle Park. All are at Albi Stadium.

Outlaws finish 2-2

The Club Spokane Outlaws finished fifth out of eight teams with a 2-2 record during the Pee Wee Reese 12U World Series in Puerto Rico.

Brett Rypien hit over .700 and David Mickey and Braeden Weber were selected to the all tournament team. The Outlaws won the C.O. Brown sportsmanship trophy.