Local gymnasts win state titles
Four members of Dynamic Gymnastics of Spokane placed first in all-around to earn state championships at the Washington State Boys Gymnastics Championships March 13-14 in Tacoma.
Will Bughi was first in Level 7, Michael Thew was first in Level 6 and Gianni Young and Ethan Fleck both had firsts in Level 4.
Cain Martin of Dynamic placed third in the Level 7 all-around.
The team is coached by Melissa Paulson.
Jessie DePell, a Montana Tech senior from Freeman, capped her collegiate basketball career by being named honorable mention on the NAIA All-America team. She earlier was a first-team All-Frontier Conference selection.
•Danielle Lynn, Portland State’s freshman outfielder from Shadle Park, was named the Mountain Division player of the week in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference after going 6 for 11 with two home runs and six RBIs as the Vikings went 3-1 last weekend in the SpringHill Suites Classic in Boise.
Lynn, who had a hit and an RBI in each of the games, including two two-hit games, is batting .275 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 19 games for the 10-15 Vikings.
•Brianna Nap, a George Fox junior from Deer Park, was named Northwest Conference women’s student-athlete golfer of the week after winning her fourth tournament of the season last weekend at an invitational in Peoria, Ariz.
Nap has a 79.54 per-round stroke average to rank 15th nationally and second in NCAA Division III Region 5. George Fox, with six tournament wins in seven outings this spring, is ranked first in the region and ninth nationally.
•Chad Henninger, a sophomore tennis player, and Nicole Luckenbach, a senior on the track and field team, are the Eastern Washington scholar-athletes of the month for February.
Henninger, who had six singles wins and went 6-1 in doubles during the month, has a 3.32 grade-point average. Luckenbach, who broke her own school record in winning the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships weight throw, has a 3.1 GPA.
•Eastern Washington had a 1-2 record in pool play and did not advance to the championship round at the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II club championships last weekend in Simsbury, Conn.
The Eagles won their final pool game, 4-2 over Bowling Green, after losses of 4-0 to Boston College and 7-1 to Davenport of Grand Rapids, Mich., which went on to win its third straight D-II title. Eastern finished the season with a 26-7-2-1 record.
Ryan Pajimola had two goals in the win with Mike Truex and Brandon Butler scoring singles. B.J. Leach was the winning goalie. Truex scored Eastern’s goal against Davenport.
Alex Pounds and Andrew Roller, both of Coeur d’Alene High School, and Dylan Maine of Freeman have signed with Community Colleges of Spokane, Sasquatch men’s coach Scott Kramer announced.
Pounds and Roller are both three-time qualifiers for the Idaho state high school championships with a handful of victories each in junior competition. Roller was a Junior World regional qualifier in 2008 and placed fourth in the Idaho juniors in 2009.
Maine is a two-time Northeast A League most valuable player and three-time Washington state tournament qualifier. He placed 15th in the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championships in 2009.
Two more Spokane Jr. Chiefs teams won titles in Washington state championships, giving the Spokane American Youth Hockey Association six titles and its best showing at the state level.
The Jr. Chiefs U18 Midget B team went 4-0 in the state tournament in Seattle to cap a 30-21 season, beating Seattle 6-2 in the championship game. The players: Dodge Gonzales, Kelly Bennett, Colton Hopkins, Epler Chace, Jacob Knowles, Nick Kruiswyk, Taylor Kruiswyk, Zac Mindermann, Ben Mortensen, Trevor Noldin, Cody Ogrin, Devon Plewman, Alex Petrtree, Niko Pukkila, Ian Schnick, Tanner Stolz, Clint Taylor and Jesse Taylor. Jim Noldin, Steve Plewman, Jamie Knowles and Steve Telvin are the coaches.
Spokane’s Jr. Chiefs Bantam B team defeated the Everett Jr. Silvertips 7-0 in its championship game to cap a 4-0 run in which it outscored its opponents 35-5. The players: Eric Davidson, Blake MacDonald, Nick Ramberg, Donovan Snyder, Tyler Zandhuisan, Graham Gustafson, Terry Stewart, Joey Porco, Payton Okon, Tony Chaffin, Mason Siebe, Carson Clark, Corbin Enquist, Dylan Taylor, Mason Jones, Michael Galusha, Josh Fisher and Austin Kirby. The coaches are Gus Porco, Darryl Clark and Mark Gustafson.
Garga Caserta, a former standout player at North Idaho College, has been hired by the Cardinals as an assistant and strength and conditioning coach for the men’s team.
Caserta, who recently completed a bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho, helped lead the Coyotes to an undefeated 13-0 Cascade Conference record as a senior in 2008 after setting single-season and career points records at NIC and earning several honors. He replaces Ken Thompson on the NIC staff.
Pat Dalsanders of Spokane has been named an assistant coach for a second straight year for Team USA for the men’s slowpitch Border Battle against Canada on July 24 in Oklahoma City, the Amateur Softball Association announced.
Dalsanders, who helped lead Team USA to a 30-23 victory last year, will be in charge of player development as well as providing leadership in the dugout. He has been involved as a player and coach at a high level in ASA for more than 12 years.
Five members of the Spokane Waves, led by Madi Lydig, Stephanie Bayless and two relay teams, had top-eight finishes in the Northwest Age Group Sectional Meet in Federal Way, Wash., last weekend, helping the Spokane team score 88.5 points and finish 23rd among 140 teams.
Lydig won the girls 13 200-yard backstroke, and also finished second in the 100 back, fourth in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 free.
Bayless won the girls 15-18 50 free and was fourth in the 100 free.
Other Waves and their placings: Matthew Stapleton, boys 13, third 100 butterfly, fifth 50 free and seventh 100 breaststroke; Kaylee Beck, girls 15-18, eighth 1,650 free; and Taylor McGregor, girls 15-18, fourth 200 free, fifth in both the 400 individual medley and 200 back, and sixth 100 free.
Additionally, the girls 15-18 400 free relay placed third and the 200 free relay was fourth. McGregor, Bayless, Regan Steinert and Beck swim on both.
Kevin Wang is the Waves coach.
•Rachel Millet had a 10th-place finish in the 100 free and scored 10 points to lead the showing by eight members of the Spokane Waves at the 2010 Speedo Champions Series Western Region meet earlier this month in Federal Way.
Natalie Stewart, a 2009 graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School who is attending North Idaho College, has signed a letter of intent with Carroll College, Saints coach Maureen Boyle announced.
A three-sport athlete at Coeur d’Alene – volleyball, basketball and golf – Stewart was Inland Empire League MVP for volleyball in 2008 and first team All-IEL in 2007 and was All-North Idaho in 2007 and 2008. She was invited to walk on at Washington State last fall, but chose NIC. She did not play for the Cardinals.