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Locals spotlight: Ex-CV baseball coach honored

SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010

Ed Garcia, head baseball coach at Central Valley for 22 years before retiring in 2001, was inducted into the Washington High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame last weekend at Safeco Field in Seattle.

During his tenure as Bears coach, Garcia compiled a 191-168 Greater Spokane League record with six second-places among 13 top-four finishes, 17 district playoff appearances and one regional final.

College scene

Katie Williams, a senior at Whitworth, received an Elite 88 award from the NCAA during the Division III women’s cross country championships.

Williams, a peace studies and Spanish double major with a 4.0 grade-point average, was presented the award during the premeet banquet.

The award recognizes a sophomore or above who has the highest GPA at each of the NCAA’s 88 championship event sites.

Williams, a key member of the Pirates’ cross country team for four seasons, was a 2010 first-team All-Northwest Conference and All-West Region selection. She is the first Pirate to receive the award.

Amanda Wilson, a BYU-Hawaii sophomore from Riverside, finished 56th (24:43 for 6K in 3 inches of snow) in the NCAA West Regional cross country meet in Bellingham last weekend to help the Seasiders finish sixth and earn the school’s first berth in the NCAA Division II National Championships next month in Louisville, Ky.

Chima Nwachukwu, a Washington State senior, was named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine/ CoSIDA Academic All-America second team in football for a second straight season. He has a 3.85 GPA in political science.

Gurveen Clair, Washington State’s redshirt-freshman goalkeeper, earned a gold medal with the Canadian National women’s soccer team that won the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifying Tournament this month.

Clair is not guaranteed a spot on the World Cup roster, but will continue to train with Canada’s U-20 national team.

Danielle Meehan, a freshman starting left-side hitter on the Walla Walla Community College volleyball team from Post Falls, received the Coaches Award recognizing her dedication and hard work.

Meehan was second on the team with a 2.06 serve-receive rating. She also had 181 kills, 298 digs, 19 service aces and 25 blocks.

Soccer

The Spokane Shadow’s B92 U18 Navy boys team captured first place in the 2010 Washington Youth Soccer State Premier League Division 1, the highest premier level in the state.

The Shadow, who had an 8-2-2 league record, will next play in the WYS 2011 Championship Cup tournament that begins in December.

Matt Leonard is the team coach and Sean Bushey the Shadow program technical director.

The players and their schools: Devin Allen, Central Valley; Zach Allert, CB Aunan and Matt Harper, University; Jamal Angell and Christian Foster, Lewis and Clark; Brandon Barber, Matt Bray, Sam Butler and Matt Laplante, Ferris; Spencer Button, Jordan Etten, Curtis Hill, Travis Hill and Colin Shockman, Mead; and Chris Rothrock, Spokane Falls Community College.

Volleyball

Washington State signed three high school seniors from the state to national letters of intent last week, coach Andrew Palileo announced.

Slated to join the Cougars in 2011 are Zoe Gogan, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Mount Si; Chelsey Bettinson, a 6-1 outside hitter from Richland; and Jaicee Harris, a 5-11 outside hitter from Chelan.

Gogan, a two-time league MVP, led Mount Si to sixth place at the State 3A championships. Bettinson is a two-time All-Columbia Basin Big Nine first-team selection and the league player of the year for 2010. Harris, a two-time all-state selection who earned 10 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track, helped the Goats win the 2010 1A state championship after being runners-up in 2009.

S-R sports staff

Sports editor: Joe Palmquist; Deputy sports editor: Gil Hulse; Outdoors editor: Rich Landers; Columnist: John Blanchette; Copy editors: Chris Derrick, David Oriard, Michael Stephens; Reporters: Steve Bergum, Vince Grippi, Greg Lee, Jim Meehan, Dave Trimmer



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