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Area coaches given awards

Sun., Feb. 7, 2010

Three members of the Central Valley staff and two Mt. Spokane coaches picked up special awards from the Washington State Football Coaches Association last month.

CV varsity assistants Sam Giampietri and the late Pat Pfeifer received the Gold Helmet Award, which is given in appreciation to a coach who has dedicated himself to the sport of football in the state.

Giampietri has coached football for 40 years, including head coaching stints at Republic, Pomeroy and Chewelah. He has been at Central Valley the past 15 years. Pfeifer, who died in December after a long battle with cancer, also coached football for 40 years, including being head coach at Ferris for 12 years. He spent the last eight years as an assistant at CV. He was inducted into the state track coaches hall of fame in January.

Recently retired Spokesman-Review sports writer Mike Vlahovich received the WSFCA Silver Helmet Award, which goes to a member of the media dedicated to the coverage of football in the state.

The state association also named Mike McLaughlin, who has been the Mt. Spokane coach since its inception in 1997, the District 8 head coach of the year; Terry Cloer, who is on McLaughlin’s staff, the District 8 assistant coach of the year; and Randy Hendrick, who has been at Central Valley for seven years after coaching stops at Eastern Washington, Liberty and Gonzaga Prep, the District 8 freshman coach of the year.

College scene

Kyla Evans, an Eastern Washington junior from Brewster, Wash., has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team in women’s basketball for a second straight year. The College Sports Information Directors Association selected Evans, who has a 3.97 grade-point average in communication studies, to the second team after naming her to the first team as a sophomore.

Kersee Lind, a junior on the men’s track and field team, and Evans have been selected Eastern Washington’s January scholar-athletes.

Lind, a health and fitness major, has a 3.4-grade point average. It’s the third major honor in two weeks for Evans.

•Three Whitworth players have been selected to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII College Division basketball teams.

Nate Montgomery, a junior with a 3.58 GPA in engineering physics, and Felix Friedt, a sophomore with a 3.94 GPA in international business, were named to the men’s first team. Cassie Pilkinton, a senior from Chelan, Wash., via North Idaho College with a 3.79 GPA in elementary education, was a second-team women’s pick.

Jessie Vaughan, a 6-foot-5 freshman forward on the Shoreline Community College men’s basketball team from Rogers, had a big weekend last weekend as the Dolphins split two games. He averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Zack Nelson, a 5-10 point guard from Rogers, also plays for Shoreline, which entered the weekend with a 13-4 record, 7-2 in league to lead the North Division.

Chelsey Hannesson was the big winner when the Eastern Washington women’s soccer team passed out awards at its annual banquet last weekend.

Hannesson, a senior, was given the Golden Eagle and Iron Eagle awards and named the co-defensive MVP. The Golden Eagle is the team’s top award and is given to the player considered the most complete on and off the field. The Iron Eagle goes for work in the weight room. Hannesson shared the defensive MVP award with senior Brittany Doran.

Other awards went to junior Lacey Schreiner, both the Emily Squires Award for her work in the classroom and community, and the Silver Eagle Award as MVP of the spring season; junior Brittney Sparks, offensive MVP; and junior Lisa Dimak and sophomore Charlene Hitchcock, who shared the most improved award.

•Fifteen Eastern Washington athletes with area ties were named to Big Sky Conference All-Academic teams for fall sports. To qualify, an athlete must have a 3.20 GPA or better.

Football: Kevin Hatch, senior, Freeman; Brett Igbinoba, sr., Cheney; Jacob Kragt, sr., Ritzville; Matt Martin, junior, LaCrosse; Jeff Minnerly, freshman, Ferris.

Volleyball: Lindsey Petroni, sophomore, Mead; Shelby Puckett, fr., Tekoa-Oakesdale.

Men’s cross country: Jordan Curnutt, fr., Mead.

Women’s cross country: April Axtell, sr., Community Colleges of Spokane; Stephanie Dye, so., Riverside; Jessi Johnson, fr., Clarkston; Brittany Williams, so., Colville.

Soccer: Jacy Fitzpatrick, so., Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls; Katy Sloyer, so., University.

•Three Gonzaga athletes from the area were named to West Coast Conference All-Academic teams for the fall with GPAs of 3.20 or better.

Corrina O’Brien, a junior from Gonzaga Prep, was selected in women’s cross country; Ben Funkhouser, a senior from East Valley, was picked in men’s soccer; and Kate Spangenberg, a sophomore from Pullman, received honorable mention in women’s soccer.


Annie Pokorny, a cross-country skier from Spokane, finished second in the 10-kilometer classic event in the Western Division Junior Olympic qualifying races at Soldier Hollow, Utah, last weekend.

Pokorny, 17, finished only behind Caitlin Compton, a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, who entered the race as a “guest” for a tune-up before the Winter Games in Vancouver. Pokorny is living and training in Sun Valley this winter.


Jami Hegg, who has played varsity soccer at Mead for four years, is a 10th member of the U18 Spokane Shadow select team who has committed to play college soccer.

A second-team All-Greater Spokane League midfielder as a senior, she has committed to Whitworth.

Names of the other nine were announced Thursday.

•Gonzaga University signed four players to national letters of intent last week, women’s coach Amy Edwards announced, and received commitments from two others who said they will enroll in the fall.

Signing with the Bulldogs were Katie Crum, an all-league defender from Los Altos, Calif.; Emily Eckmann, a second-team all-state midfielder from Seattle Prep; Cassie Geerdts, a two-time all-league forward from Aurora, Colo.; and Danielle Simien, an all-league defender from Corona, Calif.

Committing to the Zags were Erin Ennis, a midfielder from Tualatin, Ore., and Kellie Shreve, a goalkeeper from Sammamish, Wash.

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