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Sunday Locals: Root earns two pickleball medals

Del Root of Spokane collected gold and bronze medals at the USA Pickleball Association National Tournament last week in Buckeye, Ariz.

Root, who earned a silver medal in the senior men’s singles 65-69 division in 2009, won gold in the men’s 65+ doubles with Bob Youngren and placed third to earn the bronze in men’s 70+ singles, losing to the two men who finished ahead of him.

Root also placed fourth in mixed 65+ doubles with Bev Youngren.


Shadle Park High School’s annual boys alumni game Dec. 11 in the school gymnasium will again benefit the Rypien Foundation.

The foundation, which assists local families battling childhood cancer, is named for Andrew Rypien, the son of former Shadle three-sport star athlete Mark Rypien. Andrew died of cancer at age 3.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Doors open at 9.

Shadle coach Tim Gaebe said alumni interested in playing should contact him at 354-6783 or

College scene

Brittney Bronson, a Pacific Lutheran senior from Mt. Spokane, had a storybook ending to her 15-year soccer career, scoring her sixth career goal in her last match last weekend, giving the Lutes a 1-0 win over George Fox.

Bronson, who started playing in the Spokane Youth Sports Association before graduating to Spokane Shadow club teams, Mt. Spokane and PLU, played in 65 matches for the Lutes, starting 28. She had two goals and an assist this year, finishing her career with the six goals and two assists.

Kellie Zakrzewski of Cheney, a forward at Seattle Pacific, was named freshman of the year in women’s soccer in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Zakrzewski was also a first-team All-GNAC selection along with SPU sophomore teammate Megan Lindsay from Gonzaga Prep, one of two unanimous first-team picks.

• Washington State junior Tiara Pittman from Mt. Spokane was a first-team selection on the Pac-10 Conference women’s soccer all-academic team with a 3.78 GPA.

Cougars junior Ali Fenter from Shadle Park earned honorable mention with a 3.41 GPA.

Erica Ehlo, a sophomore outside hitter on the Grand Canyon University volleyball team from Lewis and Clark, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District third team with a 3.94 grade-point average.

Ehlo is the Antelopes’ leader in kills, averaging 2.59 per set, and is No. 2 in digs with a 2.87 average.

Laurie Yearout, a Western Washington sophomore from Lewis and Clark, and Meg Ryan, a Central Washington junior from Mead, were named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference volleyball team.

Yearout has a 3.50 GPA and Ryan a 3.47.

Jon Swanson, a Central Washington sophomore from Central Valley, was selected to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference men’s cross country team with a 3.75 GPA.

• Cross country runners are the Community Colleges of Spokane scholar-athletes of the month for October.

Joey Hartmeier, a sophomore from West Valley, is the male choice. He has been the No. 4 runner for the deep and strong Sasquatch, ranking seventh overall in the conference. Hartmeier lowered his times by more than a minute last month, setting a personal best for 3 miles in the middle of a 25:57 5-mile race.

Freshman Mikel Elliott, a five-time state champion from White Pass who has been the No. 1 runner for CCS, is the female selection. She has run the fourth-fastest 5K in school history (18:03), the fastest time in the NWAACC by 13 seconds and a personal best by 47 seconds.

Victoria Eickerman from West Valley, who completed her swim career at New Mexico State University last year, was named the school’s 2010 female athlete of the year.

She was a four-time Academic All-American and the Aggies’ team captain her last two years. She swam for the Spokane Area Swim Team for 12 years.


The University of Idaho women signed three players to letters of intent, coach Lisa Johnson announced.

Signing with the Vandals were Leilanie Kim from Surrey, British Columbia, a member of the 2010 Canadian National Team who is ranked 57th among the Class of 2011 by Golfweek magazine; Kaitlyn Oster from Hillsboro, Ore., a three-time all-district champion; and Mary Sweeney from Woodbury, Minn., the Minnesota Junior PGA player of the year and Minnesota Golf Association champion.

High school scene

The Greater Spokane League, National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced the fall winners of their 10th annual awards.

The 10 GSL schools each select a female and a male recipient. The NECA/IBEW 2010 fall winners:

Central Valley – Josephine Warner, cross country; Kaden Woolf, cross country. Ferris – Lauren Earthman, cross country; Jordan Tonani, football. Gonzaga Prep – Sydney Weber, volleyball; Charlie Hopkins, football. Lewis and Clark – Miranda Gadau, slowpitch softball; Baxter Arguinchona, cross country. Mead – Kaely Kight, volleyball; Paul Miller, football.

Mt. Spokane – Sammie Pedersen, cross country; Brandon Graham, football. North Central – Katie Knight, cross country; Andrew Wordell, cross country. Rogers – Amber Ryan, slowpitch softball; Tommy Glasser, football. Shadle Park – Chelsea Chandler, cross country; Stephen Hafferkamp, cross country. University – Anne Millard, soccer; Collin Young, football.


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