Five men with area ties are among nine who will be inducted into the Washington Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on June 12 in Spokane.
Slated to be recognized for lifetime achievement to the sport are former coaches Les Hogan, North Central High School and North Idaho College; Dean Largent, Deer Park; Rick Sicilia, a former Mead and Washington State wrestler who coached at University; and Ron Seibel, longtime former Moses Lake wrestler and coach.
They’ll be joined by Pat Fitzpatrick of Spokane, a former official.
Others to be inducted will be former coaches Bill Elliott and Chuck Panerio, both from the Wenatchee area, and former officials Gene Ramos and the late Manuel Diaz, both from the Yakima area.
Also, Larry Gibson of Omak, who overcame the loss of a leg to be a highly successful coach, will be recognized by the Washington Chapter for the Medal of Courage Award he has received from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The induction will highlight a banquet at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center in Spokane Valley. A reception at 3 p.m. will be followed by the banquet and ceremony at 4.
Info: Jay Rydell, 999-2841.
Rick Biel, a 1979 graduate of Rogers High School who went on to a four-year baseball career as a pitcher and outfielder at Mid-America Christian University, was inducted into the Oklahoma City school’s athletic hall of fame last weekend.
Biel was a two-time National Christian College Athletic Association first-team All-District VI, All-District VI tournament selection and team most valuable player who batted .492 in 1983.
Loree Hill, a second-team All-Greater Spokane League selection from Central Valley, has signed a letter of intent with Lewis-Clark State, Warriors women’s coach Brian Orr announced.
Hill averaged nine points per game and led the GSL champion Bears in blocked shots. She had a career free-throw percentage of 80.9, and shot 50 percent from the field, Orr noted.
Jamie Thornton, a Montana State senior from Pullman, received the women’s basketball team’s Bobcat Pride award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the program on the court and in the classroom.
Thornton, who had a preseason knee injury that limited her playing time last season, averaged 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, and has a 3.96 grade-point average. “Jamie is the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete in our program,” coach Tricia Binford said.
•Jake Ritter, Catie Fairgrieve and Caitlin Kokot (Spokane) of Eastern Washington qualified for the National Athletic Trainers Association Quiz Bowl on June 24 in Philadelphia by winning the District 10 competition last month.
Eastern is one of 10 teams in the national finals.
The Quiz Bowl is designed to test each student’s knowledge of athletic training. The winning school’s athletic training program receives $1,000.
•The second annual Vandal women’s sports banquet to honor Idaho’s female student-athletes in volleyball, soccer, basketball, swimming and diving, golf and tennis, will be Monday at the University Inn Best Western in Moscow, Idaho.
A no-host social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6. Cost is $25 per person and reservations are requested.
To RSVP or for more information: Volleyball coach Debbie Buchanan, email@example.com.
High school scene
The Greater Spokane League announced the winners of its highest award, the GSL Scholar/Athlete Awards, at a luncheon last week at the Spokane Club.
They were recognized for their work in the classroom, the community and in athletics. A male and female were honored from each school. This year’s winners:
Central Valley – Becky White, 3.83 grade-point average and four varsity letters in both slowpitch and fastpitch softball; Tanner Markham, 3.73 GPA, four varsity letters in track and field and three in basketball.
East Valley – Christina Nelson, 3.814 GPA, three varsity letters in soccer, one in track, one in basketball and three as football manager; Braxton Ball, 3.7 GPA, four varsity letters in football and four in basketball.
Ferris High – Macy McLauchlin, 3.83 GPA, four varsity letters in tennis and two in volleyball; Jason Bates, 3.54 GPA, three varsity letters in football and three in basketball.
Gonzaga Prep – Alicia Doohan, 3.67 GPA, four varsity letters in cross country and four in track; Ryan Nicholas, 3.85 GPA, three varsity letters in basketball.
Lewis and Clark – Megan Bech, 3.85 GPA, four varsity letters in soccer, three in basketball and four in track; Sage Poland, 3.53 GPA, four varsity letters in baseball and two in basketball.
Mead – Jill Pecka, 4.0 GPA, four varsity letters in soccer and four in softball; Jake Trotter, 4.0 GPA, four varsity letters in wrestling and three in football.
Mt. Spokane – Holleigh Bergstrom, 4.0 GPA, four varsity letters in soccer, four in basketball and four in track; Taylor Jordan, 3.917 GPA, two varsity letters in tennis and one in cross country.
North Central – Christy Grorud, 4.0 GPA, two varsity letters in track, three in cheerleading and four in gymnastics; Tanner Robinson, 4.0 GPA, two varsity letters in cross country and three in wrestling.
Rogers – Devann Burney, 3.8 GPA, four varsity letters in fastpitch softball, three in volleyball and one in cheerleading; Jordan Burns, 3.978 GPA, three varsity letters in football and one in track.
Shadle Park – Andrea Nelson, 3.9 GPA, four varsity letters in cross country and three in track and field; James Kent, 4.0 GPA, two varsity letters in baseball and one in cross country.
University – Dakota Schiermeister, 3.91 GPA, four varsity letters in softball, four in basketball and three in volleyball; Tony Tabish, 3.92 GPA, three varsity letters in football, three in basketball and two in baseball.
Spokane’s Jamie Redman and her partner, Amanda Polk, finished second in the women’s pair during Saturday’s USRowing National Selection Regatta No. 1 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
The two, members of the women’s four who won silver at the 2009 World Rowing Championships, finished in 7 minutes, 32.049 seconds.
Rachael Doyle, a defender from Australia who has international experience, including one game with the Australian National Team, has signed a letter of intent with Washington State, Cougars women’s coach Matt Potter announced.
Washington State has added three international athletes to its women’s team, coach Erica Quam announced.
Agreeing to join the Cougars are Marina Jimenez of Jaen, Spain, an 11-time gold medalist in the Andalusian Championships, who is transferring from the University of Granada; Emma Johansson of Bjarred, Sweden, who was fifth in the 100-meter butterfly at the Swedish National Championships; and Sonia Perez from Barcelona, Spain, the No. 2-ranked swimmer in Spain and a three-time winner of the 100 and 200 backstroke in the Spanish junior championships.
Whitman College’s Elise Otto (Lewis and Clark High) was named to the All-Northwest Conference women’s first team for a third consecutive year.
Otto finished 10-3 in NWC singles matches and 16-5 overall in singles play during the spring.
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