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Area roundup: High school equestrians reap medals

Area competitors collected 13 medals, seven of them gold, and a team high-point award at the Washington High School Equestrian Team State Meet May 12-15 in Moses Lake.

Alex Bliss, Shelby Murray and Sydney Reynolds each won two medals to lead Medical Lake, which includes co-op schools Central Valley, Pullman and West Valley, to the Small Team High Point Award.

All three earned golds in the team Canadian flag category along with Amber Bliss, while Alex Bliss also captured gold in flags, Murray earned a bronze in flags, and Reynolds a silver in equestrian over fences.

Mackenzie Crittenden and Samantha Packard led the Mt. Spokane team, which includes riders from Northwest Christian, St. George’s and Mead. Crittenden won a gold in showmanship and a bronze in in-hand trail. Packard earned bronze in driving.

Deer Park, including Riverside as a co-op school, had three medal winners – Keni Harris, gold in reining; Emily Hoover, bronze in barrels; and Sarah Puthoff, bronze in keyhole.

Forty riders from 13 area schools competed, earning 30 other top-five finishes besides the medalists.


Jordan Wilson, a pitcher at Community Colleges of Spokane, has signed a letter of intent with Montana State Billings, Yellowjackets coach Rob Bishop announced.

The left-handed Wilson, who helped the Laurel (Mont.) Dodgers win a state championship in 2009, has a 1.99 earned-run average with 38 strikeouts in 40 innings for the Sasquatch, Bishop said.


Three players with area ties have signed letters of intent with Lewis-Clark State College, Warriors men’s coach Bandon Rinta announced.

Slated to join the Warriors in the fall are Sean Fisher, a 6-foot All-Greater Spokane League guard at Gonzaga Prep in 2009 who will transfer after redshirting at Eastern Washington last season; Danny Marshall, a 6-6 forward who averaged 13.0 points and 7.8 rebounds a game at Community Colleges of Spokane; and Nick Fromm, a 6-6 graduate of Lake City High, who will transfer from North Idaho College, where he averaged 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds last season. Fisher will be a freshman and Marshall and Fromm juniors.

College scene

Rachel Burns of Whitworth, a senior from Longview, Wash., has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with the 2011 ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the west region at the NCAA Division III level.

The award, which dates to 1982, recognizes men’s and women’s players at all levels who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis success.

Burns, a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection, was the NWC Sportswoman of the Year in 2010 and is the school’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Cameron Edman, a senior catcher at Gonzaga from Florence, Mont., was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team. Edman, who has a bachelor’s degree in applied communication studies and is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership, has a 3.62 undergraduate cumulative grade-point average and a 3.92 graduate GPA.

Washington State University senior rowers Corinna Sharick and Sarah Wolff have been named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) 2011 Division I All-West Region first and second teams, respectively.

Sharick is in her first season in the varsity 8 boat after spending the majority of her junior year in the second varsity boat, while Wolff has been a member of the varsity boat since arriving on campus as a sophomore in 2009.

WSU rowers Liz Beck, Ann Hoag and Kasia Rademacher were each named 2011 National Scholar-Athletes by the CRCA.

Beck has participated with the varsity 4 boat this season and is a food science and human nutrition major. Hoag, a junior on the second varsity 8 crew, is a hospitality business major. Rademacher, a junior English major, spent the majority of the season with the varsity four crew.


Former Spokane Chief defenseman Mike Reddington, a veteran of five-plus seasons in the WHL, has decided to attend the University of Lethbridge and play for the Pronghorns.

Reddington, from Port Coquitlam, B.C., was the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ captain last season. He played 196 regular-season games with the Chiefs before being dealt to Lethbridge early in the 2009-10 season.


Three members of Spokane Valley-based Northwest Gymnastics Academy had top-10 finishes in USA Gymnastics championship meets this month.

Amy Blyckert placed second on vault and Stephanie Wright tied for eighth on floor and placed 10th on beam in the USAG Level 9 Western Championships in the Junior C division in San Diego. Both are 13.

Jenna Schlosser qualified as an alternate but did not compete.

Jaime Wright, who has committed to Oregon State, tied for third on uneven bars in the Level 10 USAG Junior Olymic Championships in Long Beach, Calif.

Mike and Nancy Armstrong and Jennifer Matthews are the NGA coaches.


Five former players, two managers and a sponsor are slated for induction into the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame on June 18 at the Sons of Norway Hall, 6710 N. Country Homes Blvd.

Rita Mauro Birge, who played women’s fastpitch; Jack Parker, slowpitch; and former men’s modified players Mark Reeves, Dana Schmerer and John Schutz will be inducted along with ex-managers Paul Cooley and Bud Blancher and sponsor Rod Harrison.

Mead pitcher Alisha Meade will be the ninth annual recipient of the Doug “Pops” Bender Scholarship Award. It’s a $2,000 grant that goes to an area senior who plans to attend college and continue her softball career.

Info: Dan Fry, 624-5842 or Doug Bender, 276-9833.


Barb Silvey of Spokane, an eight-year official, is one of six selected to officiate the U.S. Open qualifying tournament in Tacoma June 10-12.

This will be the first professional event for Silvey, the girls varsity coach at Rogers, since attending Professional Chair School three years ago. She has worked USTA and collegiate events, including the recent Western Athletic Conference Championships in Boise. She is one of two women on the Open qualifier crew.

Track and field

Jenna Crain, a pole vaulter at Kent-Meridian High School who placed eighth in the Washington State 4A championships last spring, has signed a national letter of intent with Washington State, Cougars coach Rick Sloan announced.

Crain, a five-sport athlete who has earned 12 varsity letters at Kent-Meridian, cleared 12 feet at the 2010 Pasco Invitational and finished 15th at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., this spring. She is a member of the National Honor Society.


Annie Warner, a professional triathlete from Nine Mile Falls, was highly successful the last two weekends in a couple of 5150 International series events in the Southeast.

Warner won the female pro division in the inaugural 5150 New Orleans Triathlon May 15, then finished second in the female pro division by 5 seconds in last Sunday’s 5150 Memphis in May race.

She is trying to qualify for the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship in Des Moines, Iowa, in September.


Brian Lamppa, associate head coach at Washington State from 2008-11, has been hired as assistant coach at Idaho, Vandals head coach Debbie Buchanan announced.

Lamppa replaces Moritz Moritz , who left Idaho after five years for an assistant coaching position at South Carolina. The new Vandals’ assistant has been coaching volleyball since 1999 with nine years of head coaching experience.

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