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Academics earn two local golfers honors

Sun., July 29, 2012

University High graduate and Washington State University junior Hank Frame and Idaho’s Stefan Richardson, now an assistant golf coach at Idaho but a player for the Vandals until he graduated in May, are two of 147 Division I college golfers nationwide honored as All-American scholars by Cleveland Golf/Srixon.

The award recognizes golfers throughout NCAA Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA.

To be eligible, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, or compete in the NCAA championships, have a stroke average defined for each division and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.

During his career at Idaho, Richardson played in 38 tournaments and had a career scoring average of 74.86. He had six top-10 finishes and was in the top 25 in 11 events. His best finish was a tie for second at the 2011 Jim Colbert Invitational and the 2010 Oregon Duck Invitational.

Earlier this month, Frame became the third amateur in the history of the event to win the annual Lilac City Invitational.

Joel Christensen from Central Valley, a second-team All-Greater Spokane League golfer, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Lewis-Clark State College men’s team.


Three longtime high school basketball officials from Spokane, Bill Brannan, Chuck Filippini and Dave McCarty, will receive Meritorious Service Awards from the Washington Officials Association at a luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 4, that winds up the group’s annual two-day convention at the Yakima Convention Center.

Qualifications for receiving the award include being a registered official for at least 15 years, serving on a local association board, working WIAA regional or state competition and being nominated by a local association.


Local teams and individuals were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and named to Division I All-Academic Teams.

The award is given annually to teams with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

The Idaho women posted a 3.30 cumulative team GPA, while the Vandals men posted a 3.22 GPA to earn the honors. The women have received the team award for six straight years, while the men have earned the award the last five.

The Vandals men also posted the top GPA among Western Athletic Conference members.

Idaho’s men were among 85 teams nationally honored, while the USTFCCCA honored 171 women’s programs.

Three Vandals men, junior Jeremy Klas (Moscow, Idaho), junior Mike Marshall (Yakima, Wash.) and sophomore Ugis Svazs (Kuldiga, Latvia), were honored, while women’s selections included six Vandals – sophomore Alycia Butterworth (Parksville, British Columbia), sophomore Hannah Kiser (Wenatchee, Wash.), junior Kristine Leonard (Rathdrum, Idaho), senior Gabby Midles (Camas, Wash.), junior Ellen Rouse (Orofino, Idaho) and junior Liga Velvere (Saldus, Latvia).

The Eastern Washington men’s and women’s programs were also recognized. Eastern’s men had a 3.12 team GPA, while the women were at 3.22.

Five EWU athletes made the All-Academic squad, including Michelle Coombs and Shene Davis among the women and Kyle King, Kersee Lind and Brad Wall on the men’s list.

Six Washington State individuals earned the honor: steeplechasers Ruby Roberts (Kingston, Wash.) and Andrew Gonzales (Kennewick, Wash.), pole vaulter Jake Baertlein (Portland), and distance runners Andrew Jordan (Medford, Ore.) and Andrew Kimpel (North Central). For the Cougars women, javelin thrower Celena Ward (North Central) received the national academic nod.

• Spokane product Baxter Arguinchona, who will be a sophomore on Seattle University’s cross country and track and field teams, was named to the U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team that will compete at the 2012 World Mountain Running Championships in Ponte di Legno, Italy, on Sept. 2.

The race consists of an uphill-only course of close to nine kilometers.

Arguinchona is one of four named to the junior men’s team.


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