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Region roundup: Dahmen, Williams, Fern off to hot starts

Clarkston’s Joel Dahmen, Spokane’s David Fern and Moscow’s Chris Williams got off to hot starts at the Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship golf tournament at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman on Tuesday.

Dahmen carded a 4-under-par 68 to tie Stefan Richardson of Renton, Wash., for the first-round lead. Fern is tied for third one stroke back, while Williams is tied for fifth, two shots off the pace.

•Spokane’s Crissy Higgins is one stroke out of the lead after shooting a 2-over-par 74 in the first round of the Washington State Women’s Amateur Championship at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club in Lakewood.

Higgins trails Cathy Kim of Bellevue, Wash., and is tied with Pamela Burneski of Surrey, B.C.

Higgins was shooting par until a double bogey on the 17th hole.


Former Washington State University standout pitcher Jeremy Johnson is officially a pro. Johnson, a Centralia High School graduate, signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians, after the team selected him in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 10.

He was assigned to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a short-season Class A team in the New York-Penn League.

Johnson ended the 2009 season for WSU with a 6-2 record and 10 saves with 61 strikeouts in 59 innings.

•The Spokane RiverHawks (6-6) rolled to a 7-1 win over the Moses Lake Pirates (0-12) in West Coast Collegiate Baseball League play at Avista Stadium.