Hardin-Simmons (Texas) University handed the Whitworth men’s soccer team its only score on an own goal in the 64th minute Saturday and the Pirates did not let it go to waste, withstanding late pressure from HSU to win 1-0 and advance to the sectional final round of the NCAA Division III tournament in Dubuque, Iowa.
Once given the lead, Whitworth keeper Brian Sherpe made two key saves, including one in the 79th minute on a diving save on an attempt by Estevan Arbaiza of the Cowboys (12-3-6).
Whitworth (16-2-3) will play No. 5 Dominican University (18-1-3) at 4 p.m. today. Dominican defeated host Loras College (20-3-1) 1-0 in overtime in earlier action.
•Bellevue CC (13-4-4) broke a 1-1 tie with Community Colleges of Spokane with a goal by Keiichi Ando in the 34th minute and went on to post a 4-1 victory in the NWAACC Championships semifinals in Tukwila, Wash. CC Spokane (9-9-4) will play Chemeketa CC (18-1-2) at noon today in a battle for third place.
Renado Parker made 7 of 9 from the floor for 20 points and added seven rebounds as North Idaho (7-0, 2-0) dominated Scenic West Athletic Conference foe Salt Lake CC (6-1, 1-1) 79-58 in Coeur d’Alene.
•Nate Montgomery scored a team-high 18 points for Whitworth (1-1), which almost saw an 18-point first-half lead disappear before putting away UC Santa Cruz (0-3) 81-75 at the Puget Sound Tip Off Classic in Tacoma.
Jessica Huntington scored 13 points to go with seven assists and three steals to lead four Eastern Washington players in double figures as the Eagles (3-1) cruised to a 93-33 non-conference victory over Corban College at Reese Court in Cheney. The Eagles shot 50 percent from the floor while forcing 31 turnovers.
•Whitworth (1-1) rallied from eight points down with 13 minutes to play to beat Macalaster College (0-2) 67-61 in the Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic at Sherwood Center in Walla Walla.
•Community Colleges of Spokane led Lane CC by three at the half but could not hold on, losing 71-62 at the Shoreline Shootout in Seattle. Karrine Tuttle led the Sasquatch with 16 points, but LCC’s Lynette Minthorn finished with a game-high 20 to lead the comeback and preserve LCC’s 72nd consecutive win. CCS plays Shoreline CC today at noon.
•No. 3 Salt Lake CC (7-1, 2-0) extended its winning streak to seven games when Allie Blake hit 1 of 2 free throws in the final seconds of a 62-61 victory over North Idaho (3-1, 1-1) in Coeur d’Alene.
Three Washington players finished with double-digit kills, led by 16 from Kindra Carlson, and the No. 4 Huskies (22-4, 12-4) avenged an earlier loss to Washington State (17-11, 5-11) with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-19 sweep in Seattle.
•Chenoa Coviare tallied 19 kills and 10 blocks as Eastern Washington (19-10, 13-4) rallied from to beat Sacramento State (16-17, 6-11) 19-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-13 in Sacramento, Calif. Eastern will host the Big Sky Tournament, which begins Friday. The second-seeded Eagles will play No. 3 Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. The other match will pit No. 1 Portland State against No. 4 Montana.
•Ali Troost had 14 kills as San Diego (18-7, 10-4) swept Gonzaga (10-18, 5-9) 25-20, 25-19, 25-11 in their West Coast Conference season finale in San Diego.
•Dropping the first set to Southern Oregon 25-15, Lewis-Clark State rallied to win three of the next four games for a comeback win against the Raiders in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament in Ashland, Ore. The Warriors advance to the 24-team pool-play portion of the tournament Dec. 1-5 in Sioux City, Iowa.
Kamron Jackson led three North Idaho wrestlers who placed at the Inland NW Collegiate Wrestling Tournament at the Valley HUB in Spokane, taking third at the 197-pound weight class. Jackson pinned Taylor Johnson of Oregon State in the third-place match. Also placing for NIC were P.J. Reich (133) in fourth and Jesse Nielsen (165) in sixth. The Cardinals took eighth out of 22 teams, finishing with 74 points.
Dylan Tappe scored at 4:28 in overtime to lift the Spokane Braves (18-9-0-2) to a 5-4 win over the Princeton Posse (13-9-0-3) in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play at Eagles Ice-A-Rena.
Rance Hughes, Adam Wade, Brycen Fischer and Jesse Collins also scored for the Neil Murdoch Division-leading Braves.
Princeton outshot Spokane 37-35 and was poised for a win before Collins scored with 16 seconds left in the third period to force OT.