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Brayton going into state sports hall of fame

Retired Washington State baseball coach Charles “Bobo” Brayton will be inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame on Friday before the Arizona State-Washington State baseball game at Bailey-Brayton Stadium in Pullman.

Bill Moos, WSU director of athletics, will make the presentation before the first pitch of the 5:30 p.m. game on what is officially “Bobo Brayton Day.”           

When Brayton retired at the end of the 1994 season after 33 years as head coach, he ranked No. 4 for wins among baseball coaches in NCAA Division I history with a record of 1,162-523-8. His teams won 21 division or league titles and his 1965 and 1976 teams played in the College World Series. 

The Cougars’ Brayton-Bailey Field honors the coach and his predecessor, Buck Bailey. Brayton received various NCAA awards, including the Lefty Gomez Award, for his contributions to college baseball.

A video tribute to Brayton, who was WSU’s first All-American as a player in 1947, will be shown during the game and a fireworks show will follow the game. Former players and alumni have been invited to attend.


The 12U Spokane Crew won the Triple Crown tournament last weekend in Wenatchee to qualify for the Triple Crown World Series in Park City, Utah, at the end of July.

In capturing its third straight tournament to run its record to 20-0, Crew defeated Washington Select of Seattle 6-0 in the championship game with Justin Solt, Mason Wells and Calub Ritdecha combining to throw a no-hitter.

Other team members: Ethan Bendickson, Koby Blunt, Mitch Day, Brayden Huck, Zach Steele, Michael Tsuchida, Payton Utzman and Jadan Vandervert.

Shane Steele, Darren Solt, Will Sutor and Barry Huck are the coaches.


Zach Mackimmie, a fifth-grader at Bryan Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene, won the 10-11-year-old division in the Elks’ National Hoop Shoot Regional in Portland last weekend to qualify for the national finals in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday.

Competing against state champions from Alaska, Oregon and Washington, Mackimmie missed his first shot, then made 24 in a row to claim the title.

It is Mackimmie’s fourth attempt in the Elks’ Hoop Shoot. He placed second in the Idaho state competition as a third-grader after finishing second as a second-grader. He lost out in the Coeur d’Alene city event as a fourth-grader, fueling his fire for this year.

Competitors must advance through school, local, district, state and regional competitions, and must win at regionals, to advance to the nationals. In Springfield, he will be in a field of 12 in the 10-11 finals.

College scene

Rory Buck, the Whitworth senior who was trying to win a spot on the South African Olympic team at the country’s swimming championships in Durban, South Africa, last week, apparently missed the mark.

Buck, a four-time NCAA Division III champion from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, finished third in the 200-meter breaststroke and fourth in the 100 breast. He had to finish in the top two and reach Olympic qualifying times to qualify.

He swam a lifetime-best 2 minutes, 17.55 seconds in qualifying for the 200. His finals time was 2:17.71.

High school scene

The Greater Spokane League honored the winners of its Scholar/Athlete Awards for the 2011-12 school year at a luncheon on Thursday at the Spokane Club.

The league’s highest honor recognizes students who excel in the classroom, community and athletics.  A male and female student are honored from each school.  The winners:

Central Valley – Chantelle Fitting, 3.96 grade-point average, 3 varsity letters in cross country, 3 in basketball, 4 in track;   Gaven Deyarmin, 3.92 GPA, 3 varsity letters in football, 3 in basketball, 1 in golf, 2 in track. 

Ferris – Megan Davis, 3.74 GPA, 2 varsity letters in soccer, 4 in track and field; Ben Goodwin, 3.9 GPA, 3 varsity letters in football, 4 in baseball.  

Gonzaga Prep – Christina Santorsola, 3.86 GPA, 2 varsity letters in volleyball, 4 in track and field; Conor McCandless, 3.5 GPA, 3 varsity letters in cross country, 3 in track.  

Lewis and Clark – Devyn Galland, 3.5 GPA, 4 varsity letters in basketball, 3 in soccer; Jeff Livingston, 3.86 GPA, 4 varsity letters in basketball, 3 in football, 3 in baseball, 1 in golf.  

Mead – Kendra Sherman, 3.97 GPA, 4 varsity letters in gymnastics; James Volz, 4.0 GPA, 3 varsity letters in football, 3 in wrestling, 3 in track.

Mt. Spokane – Molly Cole, 4.0 GPA, 4 varsity letters in cross country, 3 in track; Sam Wilkes, 4.0 GPA , 2 varsity letters in football, 4 in wrestling, 1 in track and field. 

North Central – Brigid Rypien, 3.97 GPA, 4 varsity letters in basketball, 4 in golf, 3 in volleyball; Brad Pelton, 3.2 GPA, 4 varsity letters in football, 4 in basketball, 4 in soccer.

Rogers – Jasmin Andrews, 3.3 GPA, 3 varsity letters in basketball, 2 in track; Karl Fencl, 4.0 GPA, 4 varsity letters in bowling, 4 in baseball. 

Shadle Park – Aleisha Hathaway, 4.0 GPA, 4 varsity letters in basketball, 1 in volleyball, 1 in track; Drew Before, 3.947 GPA, 3 varsity letters in football, 3 in basketball, 1 in track.

University – Lexi Clark, 3.91 GPA, 4 varsity letters in soccer, 4 in basketball, 3 in track; Matthew Fry, 3.99 GPA, 3 varsity letters in cross country, 2 in wrestling, 4 in track. 


Jordan Rogers of Mead, ranked No. 1 nationally, took control early and powered to a 12-4 win over No. 11 Jared Bartel at 182 pounds to lead Team USA to a 40-7 win over Team Iowa in the Dream Team Classic of high school all-stars at Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday night.

Rogers, who has thrived in numerous USA Wrestling national events and was silver medalist at the Youth Olympic Games, is an Oklahoma State recruit.

The event was held in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials this weekend in Iowa City.