Hockey: Spokane Chiefs defenseman Tanner Mort has been named to USA Hockey’s under-18 select team that will compete in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament August 9-14 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Mort was one of 21 players and seven defensemen named to the roster after he attended USA Hockey’s Boys’ Select 17 Player Development Camp in Rochester, NY.
“I felt like I played pretty good, not great and not bad, but solid,” Mort, a 17-year-old Post Falls resident, said of his weeklong on-ice experience at the camp. He assisted on his team’s only goal during the all-star game.
“Everyone was so solid I didn’t know how they were going to choose. They’re picking a team so they need the right guys and the right players.”
Vandals’ Enderle worth watching
University of Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle has made his way onto two watch lists that honor college football quarterbacks. He’s one of 22 on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm watch list and one of 30 on the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award watch list.
Enderle wrapped up the 2009 season ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency (157.28), 15th in passing yards per game (264.2) and 28th in total passing yards (2,906).
University of Washington senior quarterback Jake Locker is also on both lists.
Pippen returns to Bulls
Basketball: Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen is back with the Chicago Bulls, this time as an ambassador.
A six-time champion with Michael Jordan in the 1990s, Pippen will participate in various team events and attend most home games, interacting with fans and sponsors. He will also write a monthly column and appear on BullsTV for the team’s website.
Earlier this week, the Indiana Pacers announced a similar deal with Clark Kellogg.
Kellogg, who was the Pacers first-round pick out of Ohio State in 1982, has been named vice president for player relations.
He will continue to work as a television analyst for Pacers games and as the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports.