Wrestlers in spotlight
Mead wrestling coach Phil McLean has never seen anything like it.
McLean helped coach Team Washington at the Cadet and Junior Freestyle and Greco championships in Fargo, N.D., and the Spokane area had its best representation in history.
Five wrestlers, including three from Mead, earned All-America status. Brothers Jordan and Chandler Rogers and Jeremy Golding along with Joe Grabel of Deer Park and Bryson Beard of Central Valley.
Chandler Rogers was a national champion in Greco and placed third in freestyle and Jordan took second in freestyle and third in Greco after winning national titles in both last year. They were double All-Americans. Jordan bumped up to an older division this year in which he was one of the youngest competitors.
Grabel and Beard each placed sixth in Greco and Golding took eighth in Greco. Grabel is the first All-American in Deer Park history and Beard is believed to be CV’s first All-American, McLean said.
“That’s real impressive for Spokane because half of the All-Americans in the state came from our area,” McLean said.
There were a number of other area wrestlers who competed at Fargo. They are: Tyler McLean and Sam Voigtlaender (Mead); Tanner Orndorff and Jake Laden (University); John Hover (Mt. Spokane); Isaec Quintinilla (North Central); Jarod Maynes, Cody Spillane, Dan Shoutz and Colton Orino (CV); Dakota Mauzay and Elias Mason (Cheney); Anton King (Medical Lake); Auston Hilderbrand (West Valley); and Chase Fuson (Lakeside).
Other area coaches who assisted were Matt Jorgenson (DP), Luke Liefer (NC) and Tom Owen (CV).
Jordan Rogers will go to the Fila World Championships in Hungary at the end of August. For all others the summer season is over.
The Spokane Heat defeated Lakeside Industries 5-3 in the Portland Classic championship on Sunday.
The Heat finished the summer 36-12, winning three of the nine tournaments they played in.
• Spokane’s Babe Ruth 15-under All-Star team took third at the Washington state 15-U Babe Ruth tournament.
Team members include Cody Allen, Austin Calder, Nic Clough, Kendric DeMonnin, Tanner Doyle, Will Lyle, Domingo Ochoa, Dylan Siria, Sam South, Wyatt Stockman, Bexon Widdowson and Steven Witt. They were coached by Dan Peck, Jordan Perin and Paul Lyle.
• The Spokane South Little League Junior All-Star team won District 13 and advanced to state.
The team went 3-2 at state, losing twice to Upper Valley to finish second.
Spokane South is the first team in the history of District 13 Little League to reach the championship game in either the 9-10, 10-12, 11-12 or Juniors level.
The team included Ben McFaul, Grant Linnell, Jake Hufnagel, Ethan LaValley, Brody Asbury, TJ Liss, Logan Johnston, Elijah Ross, Connor Cherry, Zach Jensen, Joey Porco, Evan Lewis and Tyrun LaRocca. They were coached by David Cherry and Jeff Johnston.
Quantae Anderson has been named Mead girls basketball coach.
Anderson, head coach the past three years at Davis in Yakima, replaces Regan Drew, who resigned to spend more time with a growing family.
Anderson assisted under Drew for five years before taking the job at Davis, where his teams were a combined 18-43. Davis qualified for district for the first time in five years last season.
“She’s (Drew) been a mentor to me over the last eight years,” said Anderson, a 1999 Davis graduate. “It’s tough leaving Davis because everything was on the upswing. We started three freshmen last year.”
“He’s such a great guy,” Mead athletic director Dick Cullen said. “He’s a relational-type guy. He’s intense and has high expectations but he’s really concerned about the relationship part. There won’t be a lot of differences in our program with the exception that it will have Q’s stamp on it.”
• The Spokane Select Warriors AAU boys team won a national championship at a tournament in Las Vegas.
Spokane Select defeated Solona Select 66-8, Colorado Fever 75-35 and Nor Cal Blazers 69-44. Players on the team included DeVonte Gorman, N’Keil Nelson, Ryan Gross, Armani Marsh, Andreas Brown, Kea Vargas, Isaac Emerson, Manny Abbo, Matthew Simpson and Ronny Burks. They were coached by Louis and Leonard Vargas.
• The Northwest Blazers Orange concluded a highly successful summer by defeating the Spokane Stars Blue 47-32 in an all-Spokane final at the MSNM Western Nationals in San Diego last weekend.
The Stars opened an 8-0 lead and led 20-11 before the Blazers Orange rallied to tie the score at 20-20 by halftime. The Orange pulled away in the final eight minutes.
Jamie Weisner led the Orange with 17 points. Aleisha Hathaway and Brooke Gallaway led the Stars with nine and eight points, respectively.
The Stars finished the spring/summer season 34-6, with two losses to the Blazers Orange.
The Blazers Orange finish the season 45-3. They played in the finals of all seven tournaments they were at, winning four.
The Northwest Blazers Black advanced to the final four of the Elite Division. The Northwest Blazers White took third in the All-Star division.
Four Spokane athletes placed in the hammer throw at the USATF nationals in Witchita, Kan.
Michaelyn Mills took fifth with a throw of 132 feet, 1 inch. Emily Flynn took eighth (127-8), Dakota Kliamovich was ninth (124-7) and Katie Wardsworth was 10th (122-0).
A handful of area golfers placed at the WGJA state championships.
In the boys 16-17 division, Zack Spencer took fourth shooting rounds of 70, 73 and 72. Tye Morrison took 10th with rounds of 75, 74, 70.
In boys 14-15, Michael Baldeck took third with rounds of 70, 72, 76 and Eric Ansett was eighth with rounds of 75, 74, 74.
In girls 16-17, Savana Bezdicek took third with rounds of 74, 77 and 85 while Taylor Anderson was fifth (84, 75, 79).
In girls 14-15, Amy Hasenoehrl was third with rounds of 72, 76 and 82.