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Kazuba earns honors at meet

Sun., April 4, 2010

Michelle Kazuba, 15, who competes with the Spokane Area Swimming Team, had four top-seven finishes, including a second, in the Can/Am Disabled Swimming Championships last weekend in San Antonio.

Kazuba, who competes in the S6 classification, was second in the 200 backstroke against the best disabled athletes in the United States and Canada in her first national-level meet. She timed 4 minutes, 43.62 seconds.

She also was sixth in the 100 back, seventh in both the 200 individual medley and 50 butterfly and 14th in the 100 breaststroke.

Kazuba has been chosen to represent the U.S. in world youth events in Turkey and the Czech Republic this summer, and will compete in the Junior National Championships in July.


Meghan Eisenmann of Community Colleges of Spokane, a first-team All-Eastern Region selection, has signed with Montana Tech, Orediggers coach Kerie DePell announced.

Eisenmann, from Missoula, is a 5-foot-11 wing who averaged 15 points per game for the Sasquatch. She was a CCS co-captain and named the team’s most valuable player. As a senior at Missoula Sentinel, she converted 46.2 percent of her 3-point shots.


The outcome was pretty much overshadowed by the scores at the final Junior Bowlers Tournament of the season last weekend at North Bowl.

There were three 300 games – Dalton Shears, Thomas Locke and Curtis Lindeman – a 290 (Ryan Gately), a 289 (Jesse Covington) and a couple of 279s by Alex Earle.

Shears had an 822 three-game series, Covington a 771, Mitch Lukes a 767, Chris Gray a 737 and Locke a 730. Lukes averaged 231 for 12 games and six others averaged 220 or better. Heather Lundgren led the girls with a 231 game.

Lukes, who qualified third in the pro-style roll-off, defeated leading qualifier Locke 245-189 for the championship. Lindeman finished third, Earle was fourth and Covington fifth.

The JBT fun day will be April 11 at Valley Bowl.

•Locke, who had a season-high average of 210 for the season, compiled 240 points to lead the JBT All-Star Team. Earle, who averaged 198, edged Shears (207 average), 193-192 for second. Lindeman (204) had 166 points to finish fourth and Gray (202) rounded out the team with 143 points.

Megan Froman had high season average for the girls, a 173.

College scene

A couple of sophomores are the Community Colleges of Spokane scholar-athletes of the month for March.

Darby Moberg, captain of the women’s golf team from Freeman, is the female choice. Her March achievements included a second-place finish in the Columbia Basin Invitational. Moberg, who plans to attend Whitworth and play golf, has a 3.8 grade-point average, which includes a 4.0 for winter quarter.

Taylor King, second baseman on the baseball team, is hitting .348 with 11 RBIs, seven stolen bases and 13 runs scored. King, who has accepted a baseball scholarship to Hawaii Pacific, has a 3.77 GPA.

Lexie Pettersen, a sophomore at Washington State from Shadle Park, has received honorable mention on the Pac-10 Conference All-Academic team in women’s basketball. To be eligible, an athlete must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Annie Brophy, a Notre Dame senior from Gonzaga Prep, had a 13-over-par 229 to tie for 26th in the 90-woman field at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational last weekend in Austin, Texas. The Irish placed 11th in the 17-team field.

•Nine athletes with area ties at Idaho were named to Western Athletic Conference All-Academic teams for the winter sports season with GPAs of 3.0 or better.

Men’s basketball: Mac Hopson, senior (transfer from Washington State).

Men’s indoor track and field: Jeremy Klas, sophomore (Moscow, Idaho); Steven Potratz, sr. (Moscow); Dominic Schmidt, junior (Lewiston).

Women’s indoor track and field: Darcy Collins, Sr. (Kootenai); Morgan Dunning, so. (East Valley); Melissa McFadden, sr. (Post Falls); Ellen Rouse, so. (Orofino); Julia Veseth, so. (Moscow).


The Inland Empire Gymnastics Association’s Team Avant Coeur of Coeur d’Alene had five individuals claim 10 titles, advanced five to regionals, won one level championship and the overall team title at the Idaho State Women’s Gymnastics Championships last weekend in Moscow.

Avant Coeur claimed the Optional (advanced) Team of the Year title as well as the Level 10 championship for the highest level. Three of its members, Stormi Winter, Erin Stone and Sami Thexton, qualified for the regional championships next weekend in Seattle. Also qualifying were Katherin Pope and Chelsea Averna from the Level 9 team, which placed second.

Stone (beam) and Texton (vault) had second-place finishes while Winter had two thirds (vault and balance beam). Hannah Wolf from the Level 10 team was second on bars.

Six of the state champions came from Level 7. Nicole Dundas captured four of them – all-around with a state-high 37.3 points, vault (9.225), bars (9.45) and floor (9.3). She was second on beam. Megan Morris won the balance beam with an 8.8. Tia Jessup was state champ on the vault with a 9.2.

Katie Nungessar won three titles at Level 4 – all-around (36.525), beam (9.225) and floor (9.1). She was second on bars. Tyler Priddy won the bar (9.125) title in the children’s age group. Seconds were earned by Lauren Carlson (vault) and Level 4 Senior Wendi Fencl (all-around, vault, bars and beam).

Scott Cummings and Austin Kirk led the showing by the Inland Empire Gymnastics Association’s Team Avant Coeur boys team at the Idaho State Championships March 26-27 in Boise.

Cummings won the all-around state title and was also first on pommel horse, vault and parallel bars and second on floor and rings in Level 8 (12-13-year-olds).

Kirk had a meet-leading score of 88.200 to win the Level 5 all-around for ages 7-8. He also won state titles in floor exercise, pommel and bars, and was second on rings. Hudson Brandt was first in vault and second on bars and finished second in the Level 5 (age 9) all-around. Rylan Butera was second on pommel.

All the Avant Coeur boys qualified for regionals next weekend in Beaverton, Ore.


Kailer Yamamoto of Spokane, playing for the Kent Valley Rainiers, scored the winning goal with 1:08 remaining in the second 10-minute overtime to give the Seattle-area team a 4-3 victory over the L.A. Selects in the title game of the Pacific District Pee Wee (12 and under) Tier I Championships in San Jose, Calif., last Sunday.

Kent advances to the USA Hockey national championships next week in Buffalo, N.Y. Yamamoto led the team in the district tournament with two goals and three assists.


Bill Misner of Spokane collected his fifth All-America honor in three years from U.S. Masters News for his time in the Rapid Rabbit 5-mile road race March 20.

Misner won the men’s 70-and-over age group with a time nearly 3 minutes less than the national qualifying standard.

Track and field

George Mathews, the boys throws coach at Coeur d’Alene High School, won the men’s 65-69-year-old 44-pound super weight throw at the U.S. Masters National Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston with a throw of 29 feet, 9 inches. He was second in the 20-pound throw at 55 feet, 93/4 inches.


The Eastern Washington University Foundation and EWU alumnus Michael Roos are combining forces to stage the inaugural Michael Roos Foundation Fish & Chip Tournament June 10-12 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

All proceeds from the event that includes golf and bass fishing will go to the Michael Roos Foundation, which supports Northwest children’s charities, and EWU.

In addition to Roos, who plays for the Tennessee Titans, several NFL celebrities are expected to attend.

There are a limited number of team spots and sponsorship opportunities available. Interested parties should contact EWU director of development Tim Szymanowski at 359-6132, or

S-R sports staff

Sports editor: Joe Palmquist

Deputy sports editor: Gil Hulse

Outdoors editor: Rich Landers

Columnist: John Blanchette

Copy editors: Chris Derrick, David Oriard

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