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Sports in brief: Eastern’s Piper Big Sky’s MVP

Women’s basketball: The Big Sky Conference named Eastern Washington junior forward Julie Piper (pictured) its final player of the week, then announced she was the league’s most valuable player, the first in school history.

The Eagles hadn’t had a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection since 2006.

Another Eagle junior, Kyla Evans, made the second team and sophomore Brianne Ryan shared defensive player of the year honors, another first for EWU.

Weber State senior Tonya Schnibbe from University High was honorable mention.

(See complete list in Scoreboard, B6.)

Piper scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Eagles put a bow on their first league title with a 78-68 win over Portland State on Saturday.

The Eagles host the league tournament, which begins Thursday. The Eagles have a bye into Friday’s semifinals, playing the lowest remaining seed 30-minutes after the 3:30 p.m. semifinal.

Thursday’s games feature Montana State against Sacramento State followed by Portland State and Idaho State. Montana earned the other bye.

All tickets for the tournament are general admisson, available at A three-day pass is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Single-day tickets are $15, $6 and $5.

The championship game is 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dave Trimmer

Hawks’ Wallace traded to Browns

NFL: Mike Holmgren is already making deals with his former team.

The Seattle Seahawks traded backup quarterback Seneca Wallace to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2011 undisclosed draft pick. The Seahawks confirmed the deal Monday night.

Wallace spent his entire seven-year career with the Seahawks, and was always a favorite of Holmgren when he was Seattle’s coach. Now the Browns’ team president, Holmgren has brought Wallace to Cleveland.

Wallace’s best season was 2008 when he started eight games in Holmgren’s last season and threw for 1,532 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wallace started two games last season while starter Matt Hasselbeck was injured.

Associated Press