Sunday Locals: NIC Hall of Fame will induct coaches
Two men who had a major impact on the athletic scene at North Idaho College will be inducted into NIC’s Athletics Hall of Fame during the school’s annual hall of fame induction, awards banquet and auction on May 7 in the Ts’elusm Dining Room in the Edminster Student Union Building on its Coeur d’Alene campus.
Les Hogan, who coached two NJCAA national wrestling championships, and Greg Crimp, who served 21 seasons as women’s basketball coach during two stints, form the third class of inductees.
A social and silent auction will kick off the evening at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, the awards ceremonies, live auction and induction beginning at 6:30.
In his first season as wrestling coach in 1971, Hogan guided the Cardinals to fifth place in the NJCAA tournament. In 1974 and ’75, he won back-to-back national titles and was the national coach of the year in 1975. Before he stepped down, he had won 95 of 99 matches and had two runners-up national finishes to go with the two titles.
Crimp compiled a 368-194 record in women’s basketball and was five times the Region 18 coach of the year. In five trips to the NJCAA national tournament, Crimp’s Cardinals placed as high as sixth. That was the school’s best finish until this past season when the Cardinals won the national championship.
Tickets to the banquet are $30 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the NIC athletics department at (208) 769-3348.
The University of Montana Western dipped into the area to land a couple of all-conference linemen, the Dillon, Mont., school announced.
Signing letters of intent with the NAIA school were Lucas Dalrymple, a 6-foot-3, 255-pounder from West Valley, who had 31 tackles and five sacks on defense and was the first-team All-Great Northern League center, and Brandon Sylvester, 6-3, 270, from Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls, a second-team All-Northeast A League offensive lineman.
Bulldogs coach Ryan Nourse said what he liked about Dalrymple is “as the game goes on, he plays harder and harder.” Nourse said Sylvester is “a very good athlete with good size … (and) a good long snapper.”
The Spokane Jr. Chiefs Bantam AAA team placed fourth in the prestigious, season-ending Kamloops International Bantam Invitational and wound up with two of the leading scorers in the 13-team tournament.
The Spokane Americans Youth Hockey Association 14-and-under team was involved in two of the most stirring games in the tournament, noted general manager Mark Gustafson. Host Kamloops overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Jr. Chiefs 5-4 in the tournament’s first game. Kamloops went on to an 8-0 record and its second title in the 17 years of Tier I tournament.
Spokane saw a 3-0 lead disappear in the fourth-place game against Swift Current before pulling out a 5-4 decision in the second overtime on a Keanu Yamamoto goal. The Jr. Chiefs finished with a 5-2 record.
Kienan Scott of Spokane tied for third in tournament scoring with 15 points, his 11 assists tying for first. Teammate Justin Loepker tied for the goal-scoring title with 10.
Zack Hamer of Mead is among six recruits who have signed or have transferred to Gonzaga University, Bulldogs coach Einar Thorarinsson announced.
Hamer, the brother of current Bulldog Nick Hamer, selected to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team last fall, was a second-team All-Greater Spokane League selection as a junior as Mead defended its district championship. He has four goals and three assists this season.
Joining him as high school seniors to sign letters of intent are Clark Phillips from Tigard, Ore., his school’s all-time leading goal scorer and a three-time first-team all-conference selection; Jacob Carrasquer, Portland, who helped lead his top-seeded school into the state 6A semifinals; Chris Lowrimore, Sandy, Utah, an all-state goalie with a 0.67 goals-against average and 8.5 shutouts as a junior; and Nathanael Pacheco, Albuquerque, N.M., a two-time first-team all-state selection who had 77 career goals and 40 assists despite sitting out his junior season with an injury.
Justin Hill from Boise, his conference’s 2009 player of the year and two-time Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year, has transferred from Cal Poly, where he played sparingly as a freshman.
Track and field
Johnathan Murray, the Coeur d’Alene High School senior who competes for Hammer Idaho, is ranked 18th nationally on the U.S. high school hammer throw performance list for the 12-pound hammer with his personal record of 173 feet, 2 inches at the Blue Bear meet at Central Valley on April 8.