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EWU’s Thomas receives honor

Eastern Washington University senior offensive tackle Chris Thomas has been named as one of 106 nominees for the Allstate/American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

The honor embodies the true spirit of teamwork and giving back through selfless contributions and commendable acts of kindness. During the 2009 season, a panel will select two 11-player teams – one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and the other a combined team representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.

Thomas is a 2005 graduate of Sumner (Wash.) High School and is a biology/pre-med major with a 3.78 grade point average. He hopes to become a doctor, either as an orthodpedic surgeon, anesthesiologist or primary care physician.


Four Washington State University athletes won medals at the Canada Games at Prince Edward Island last week.

Incoming transfer Lisa Roman captured the gold for British Columbia in the women’s pairs. She and Sarah Aylard won in a time of 5 minutes, 2.44 seconds.

Redshirt sophomore Sara Powell, sophomore Katie Dick and Roman competed for British Columbia in the women’s eight race. Their boat finished second with a time of 4:12.76. Incoming transfer Jessica Start represented Saskatchewan, which finished third.

Dick and Powell were in a quadruple scull that won the silver, with Start’s Saskatchewan boat placing third.


Four University of Idaho players have earned scholar athlete honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Robert Chalkey and Timothy Huyhn earned honors for the men’s team; Daniela Cohen and Barbara Machiocha represented the women’s team.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter-winner with a grade point average of at least 3.50.

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Lynn Hickey named athletic director at Eastern Washington University

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Her first choice was the right one, Eastern Washington President Mary Cullinan has decided. Lynn Hickey, whom Cullinan hired as interim athletic director 10 weeks ago, is now the school’s permanent Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, university officials confirmed Tuesday night.