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Sunday Locals: NIC volleyball’s Strahinic earns AVCA award

Sun., Feb. 6, 2011

Tina Strahinic, North Idaho College’s 6-foot-1 sophomore outside hitter from Metlika, Slovenia, has added another honor following her outstanding volleyball season.

Strahinic was selected a first-team All-American among two-year colleges by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Strahinic earlier was named Scenic West Athletic Conference player of the year, Region 18 tournament most valuable player, National Junior College Athletic Association All-Tournament and NJCAA first-team All-American.

College scene

Felix Friedt, a junior at Whitworth, was the top vote-getter on the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII College Division men’s basketball team.

Friedt, from Dusseldorf, Germany, an international business major, has a 3.96 grade-point average.


The annual Eastern Washington University awards banquet, this one saluting the NCAA Division I champions, will be Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Pence Union Building multipurpose room on the EWU campus.

The cost is $30 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance (359-2463). Deadline is Friday. No walk-ups will be accepted.

Awards will be presented, the 14 seniors will be recognized and video highlights of the championship season will be shown.


Two players from Minnesota have signed letters of intent with the Idaho men’s team, coach John Means announced.

Slated to join the Vandals in the fall are Mark Giorgi, the NCAA Division III freshman of the year in 2010 who is transferring from Minnesota’s St. John’s University, and Dylan Baker from Eden Prairie High School.

Giorgi, a native of Red Wing, Minn., was a three-time all-state selection in high school and the 2009 Minnesota junior player of the year. Baker was an all-state selection as a junior and is the third-ranked junior in Minnesota.


Gonzaga University has added five high school seniors and an early enrollee, women’s coach Amy Edwards announced.

Katey Pennington, a second-semester freshman from Boise High, enrolled last month after playing for a club team in Boise.

Slated to join the Bulldogs in the fall are Cricket Harber, a four-time all-conference center defender from Ballard of Seattle; Tori Lee, a two-time all-conference midfielder from Juanita of Kirkland, Wash.; and Kenzie Lubek, a 4A all-state defender from Richland.

Also added were, Jordan Travis, the Kingco League offensive player of the year in 2010 for Ballard; and Ava Vogel, a two-time All-Kingo goalkeeper from Roosevelt of Seattle. Lubek, Travis and Vogel all have participated in the Olympic Development Program.

Kelli Lessmeier, a four-year varsity player at Lewis and Clark, has signed a letter of intent with the Carroll College women’s team, the Saints announced.

In 2008 and 2010, LC won 4A Greater Spokane League titles, and was a state quarterfinalist in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Her club team, the Spokane Shadow, was a Washing- ton Division I State Cup semifinalist in 2009 and 2010 and placed third in Division II in 2008. She is a four-year member of the National Honors Society with a 3.8 GPA.

Whitney Wood, a senior at Coeur d’Alene High School, and Sarah Blum from Troy, Idaho, who attends Moscow High School, have signed letters of intent with the Northwest Nazarene women.

Wood, a center midfielder, is a three-time All-Inland Empire League selection who has played on Idaho Olympic Development Program teams for four years and has extensive club experience.

Blum was a first-team All-IEL 4A offensive selection in 2010 and was also named to the All-North Idaho first team. She has played club soccer for Moscow United for eight years.

Track and field

Johnathan Murray of Coeur d’Alene, competing for Hammer Idaho, collected two medals at the New Balance West Invitational indoor at Boise State University last weekend.

Murray threw a personal-record 57 feet, 2 3/4 inches to place second in the 25-pound mixed weight throw in the high school division. His personal-record 44-2 1/2 effort in the 12-pound shot put earned him third place.

Austin Punk of Post Falls, who also competes for Hammer Idaho, was third in the mixed weight throw with a personal record 53-7 3/4.

Their coach, George Mathews, threw the 20-pound weight 57-9 1/2.

• Two boys and a girl from the Spokane area have signed letters of intent with Carroll College, Saints coach Matt Morris announced.

Slated to join the Saints men’s team in the fall are Chace Bell, a State 2B champion (100, 200) sprinter/jumper from Reardan, and Colton Berry, a State 1A champion in the 800 and 1,500 from Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls.

Latecia Howell, a heptathlete who won two medals for Lakeland of Rathdrum at the Idaho 4A state meet last spring, signed with the women’s team.

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