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Spokane skier Burandt awarded scholarship

Elyse Burandt of Spokane has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Northwest Ski Club Council in partnership with the Far West Ski Association in recognition of her Alpine ski racing accomplishments.

Burandt, 15, who has a 4.0 grade-point average at Ferris, had 15 top-10 finishes in 15 racing starts during the 2011-12 season.

The media release announcing the award said the grant is to be used to cover training and competition fees during the 2012-13 ski racing season.

Burandt, who competes for the Spokane Ski Racing Association, finished the 2012 season in third place overall and third place in slalom for her year group. She had five top-three finishes, including second in the Western Region J-3 Giant Slalom Championships and winning gold and silver at the USSA Marriott Junior Olympics.

Chuck Holcomb is the SSRA coach.

The Northwest Ski Club Council represents over 30 clubs and more than 10,000 Alpine and Nordic skiers and snowboarders throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii.

College scene

Matt Hanson will add some scoring punch to the Eastern Washington hockey club for the second half of its British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

Hanson transferred to EWU to major in mechanical engineering after taking a year off after playing two seasons at Idaho, where he scored 26 goals in 26 games.

Eastern (3-9) resumes its schedule at home against Simon Fraser on Jan. 11 after a holiday break.

John Allen, a Western Washington senior guard who transferred to the Vikings after playing his freshman year at Washington State, was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week last week after scoring 47 points, including a season-high 32, in one game, in two tournament wins. He was also the tournament MVP.

Allen, who leads the Vikings with an 18.9 scoring average, ranks 18th in school career scoring with 1,068 points, just the fifth player to top 1,000 who did not play four seasons at WWU.

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