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Idaho hires linebackers coach

Rob Christoff, a coach with family ties to the University of Idaho, has been hired to coach linebackers for the Vandals.

A 1995 graduate of Linfield College, Christoff’s coaching career began at his alma mater in 1996. From Linfield, he went to Colorado, where he was a graduate assistant.

He eventually landed at Montana State, where he spent seven years, the first six as linebackers coach before becoming the defensive coordinator in 2006. The following year he was linebackers coach at Idaho State University and last year served a graduate assistantship at Boise State.

“Rob brings very good knowledge, very good teaching ability,” Idaho coach Robb Akey said. “He’s very well respected on this side of the country. I can’t tell you how many phone calls I got telling me what a valuable addition he would be.”

Christoff’s father, A.J., is a longtime collegiate coach and former Idaho player.

In addition to play for two seasons at Linfield – one at defensive end and the other at linebacker – Christoff was a two-year letterman at linebacker for BSU.

•Washington State football single-game tickets for all 2009 road games will go on sale Saturday online only at, beginning at 8 a.m.

In addition to the road contests, tickets for the Cougars’ eighth annual game at Seattle’s Qwest Field, also will go on sale online. WSU plays Hawaii on Sept. 12 in Seattle.

Tickets for the Oct. 31 date against Notre Dame at San Antonio are $73 each and will be limited to eight per customer.

All other road games will be available online Saturday or by phone at 8 a.m. Monday (1-800-GO-COUGS) or at the WSU ticket office (509-335-9626).

College baseball

Visiting Utah snapped Gonzaga’s eight-game winning streak 16-9 in a non-conference game.

Kyle Myers led the Utes (9-11) with three hits, four RBIs and five runs. Three others each had three RBIs.

The teams combined for 33 hits and seven errors, five by GU (14-6). Drew Heid led the Bulldogs with four hits and three RBIs.

•Lewis-Clark State College set season highs for runs and biggest inning, and tied a season high with four double plays, all coming in the team’s first shutout, a 16-0 decision over Whitworth at Harris Field.

LCSC (13-6) has held Whitworth (4-15) scoreless for 40 straight innings, which covers five games. It was LCSC’s fourth straight shutout over Whitworth the past two years.

The Warriors blew open the game with eight runs in the seventh inning, their highest output in an inning this season. LCSC took advantage of five errors and 12 walks from eight Whitworth pitchers.

College golf

The Washington State men finished in seventh place at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore.

The Cougars posted a team score of 895, four strokes behind fifth. Washington won with 859.

Sophomore Nick Ellis and junior Austin Hurt led WSU. Ellis finished at 7-over-par 223 at the par-72 Eugene Country Club. Hurt matched Ellis’ 223, including a final round 69.

•The WSU women also finished seventh in the Duck Invitational, which was played at par-72 Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City.

The Cougars shot a three-round total of 942 including a 303 in the final round, their lowest total in the tourney. Freshman Andrea Rosete led WSU with a 15 over 231, the second-lowest total of her career.

San Francisco won with 887.

•Idaho freshman Kayla Mortellaro captured her second Western Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week honor this season.

She earned the award after winning the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational last week in Hawaii. She opened with a 69 before finishing with back-to-back 75s for a 3-over 219.


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