Hart honored by coaches as All-American middle blocker
Kate Hart, a Community Colleges of Spokane sophomore from Riverside, led a strong Sasquatch postseason showing by being named an American Volleyball Coaches Association first-team All-American for players at two-year colleges nationwide.
A middle blocker who is the CCS career leader in blocks, Hart collected multiple all-star and MVP awards throughout her career, including being a two-time All-East Region and two-time All-NWAACC All-Star.
CC Spokane, which finished the 2012 season with a 31-1 record and a second-place finish in the NWAACC tournament, also landed Andrea Heartburg, a sophomore right-side hitter from Central Valley, on the All-Eastern Region first team.
Malea Webb, a freshman setter from Lewis and Clark, was named to the All-NWAACC tournament first team and Annie Arnzen, a freshman right-side hitter from Mead, made the second team.
Freeman and Liberty Lake elementary schools had two winners each in the Greater Spokane Area Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw competition on Dec. 1 at Valley Christian High School.
Freeman, which had a reported 98 participants among the nearly 700, won girls 10-11-year-olds with Elli Boni, who made 13 of 25 free throws, and boys 12-13 with Tug Smith, who also made 13 of 25.
Liberty Lake winners were both in the 8-9-year-old division, Dylan Darling taking the boys with 19 of 25 and Madi Brown the girls with 18 of 25.
Lauren O’Neill of Progress Elementary won boys 10-11 with 16 of 25, and Abigail Jones of St. George’s won girls 12-13 with 13 of 25.
Division runners-up: Ryan Bishop, McDonald Elementary, boys 8-9, 12 of 25; McKenna Cottrell, Freeman, girls 8-9, 12 of 25; Ryan Harper, Liberty Lake, boys 10-11, 13 of 25; Abuja Chalich, Liberty Lake, girls 10-11, 9 of 25; and Hannah Sparkousky, Cheney Middle School, girls 12-13, 7 of 25.
All division winners advance to district on Jan. 14 in Moses Lake.
Megan Lindsay, a Seattle Pacific senior from Gonzaga Prep, capped her stellar career by being named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America second-team All-American.
Lindsay, a forward who was a three-time NSCAA and Daktronics All-West Region selection for the Falcons, helped SPU (15-4-2) qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament for the 10th straight season. The Falcons posted a 1-0 opening-round victory over BYU-Hawaii before losing 2-1 in overtime at fifth-ranked UC San Diego.
She was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference leader with 12 goals, including four game-winners, and points with 28 points. For her career, she had 41 goals, including 10 game-winners, and 21 assists for 103 points. She finished fifth on GNAC career lists in both goals and points.
• Community Colleges of Spokane, the Eastern Region champion and NWAACC runner-up, cleaned up when women’s soccer postseason honors were handed out.
Lateashea Currie, a sophomore forward from Vancouver, Wash., was named the region MVP and Jim Martinson was named both the Eastern Region and NWAACC Coach of the Year after the Sasquatch went 16-2-3 and lost on a penalty-kick shootout in the NWAACC championship game.
Currie was joined on the all-star team by Tasha Luu, a freshman forward from Colville; Ali Floyd, sophomore, midfield, Mt. Spokane; Kat Tsoukalas, fr., midfield, Kennewick; Gaby Kennedy, fr., midfield, Lewis and Clark; Sarah Nanny, fr., defense, LC; Jamie Krediet, so., defense, Alaska; and Asia Porter, so., goalkeeper, North Central.
• Isaac Peter, a Community Colleges of Spokane freshman forward from Ferris, was named the NWAACC Eastern Region Most Valuable Player in men’s soccer, and the region Coach of the Year award went to the Sasquatch’s Kenny Krestian.
Also collecting men’s soccer awards for CCS were midfielder Thomas Tran, a sophomore from East Valley, and defenders Cesar Arroyo, a sophomore from Brewster, and Travis Hill, a freshman from Mead.
• Laurie Yearout, Western Washington’s senior setter from Lewis and Clark, had 41 assists, 11 digs and two service aces as the Vikings fell 25-15, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18 to top seeded BYU-Hawaii in a semifinal match of the NCAA Division II West Region volleyball tournament last weekend.
Yearout, a unanimous All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection and Daktronics NCAA Division II All-West honorable mention, finished fourth among school career leaders in assists with 3,116. She had a GNAC-leading 1,129 assists this season, an average of 11.76 per set.
• Kaely Kight, Central Washington’s sophomore All-GNAC honorable mention libero from Mead, finished third in the conference in digs with 539, an average of 5.13 per set.