Canadian motorsports hall honors Ellefson
Spokane’s Norm Ellefson will be inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame on April 21 in Toronto.
Ellefson, formerly of Edmonton, Alberta, but a long-time Spokane resident and major player in the Spokane-area racing community, will be inducted along with Dick Foley, Rudy Bartling, Robin Edwardes, Paul Manson and Ben Docktor.
The Hall of Fame was initially introduced in 1993 and has more than 100 inductees from across Canada.
Lewis-Clark State College center Kirsi Voshell (Pullman) was selected to the Frontier Conference first team.
Teammate Jasmine Stohr was named the Frontier player of the year, and LCSC’s Brittaney Niebergall was selected as freshman of the year.
Voshell, a 6-foot-3 post, led the conference with 2.4 blocks per game, is third in shooting percentage (56.2 percent) and third in rebounds (8.3).
Voshell, who also earned first-team honors as a junior last season, is second on the team with 12.5 points per game.
High scores were the order of the day during the Junior Bowlers Tour stop at Deer Park Lanes last Sunday. When all the firing had ended, it turned out to be Nik Gosselin’s day, too.
Gosselin, who had four-game blocks of 927 and 926 to qualify second going into the five-person finals, defeated top qualifier Nathan Rawley 258-248 in a high-scoring championship game.
Rawley had the day’s top four-game series, a 994, that earned him the top spot in the finals.
Cody Hurley placed third, Bry Tillett fourth and Jesse Covington fifth. Covington (933), C.J. Hartwig (911), Hurley (910) and Tillett (901) also rolled 900 series.
Hurley had the day’s highest single game, a 290. Megan Smith led the girls with a 240.
The next JBT is the extended-format (five-game sets) season finale March 25 at North Bowl.
Gonzaga junior forward Mike Hart and senior forward Shannon Reader were selected to the WCC basketball All-Academic teams.
A student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, while also being a significant contributor to his team.
Hart, a business administration major, made the list with a 3.63 GPA. Reader, a public relations major, compiled a 3.26 GPA.
Mt. Spokane’s Hunter Johnson will run for the Lewis-Clark State College men’s cross country program next fall.
Johnson finished seventh in the Washington State 3A cross country meet as a senior in 15:26. He also finished fifth in the Nike Borderclash.
Central Valley’s Alex Jacot will play football for Carroll College in Helena next fall.
Jacot is a three-year letterman at Central Valley as a linebacker and running back. He was named All-Greater Spokane League at linebacker and chosen as the CV defensive most valuable player.
Downriver Ladies 18-hole Group will hold its annual season-opening breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the course on March 27. New members are welcome to attend. For more information call Debbie at 838-7620.
The Gonzaga men’s club lacrosse team is ranked No. 6 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Magazine Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Coaches’ Poll.
Gonzaga (5-0) competes in Division II of the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League, which includes Central Washington, College of Idaho, Pacific Lutheran, Southern Oregon, Portland, Puget Sound, Western Oregon, Western Washington University, Whitman College and Willamette.
Mat Cosgriff has been named an assistant soccer coach at Washington State University, Cougars coach Keidane McAlpine announced.
Cosgriff has been an assistant at South Carolina the past nine years. South Carolina participated in the NCAA Championship each of the last five seasons.
Track and field
Whitworth University’s Toby Schwarz was selected as the Division III West Regional Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. It’s the fifth time Schwarz has been named an indoor regional coach of the year.
Whitworth’s Derrick Dewindt was chosen as the Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year and Bob Omlin the Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Two Whitworth athletes were also honored. Carter Comito (Mead HS) was chosen as the region’s Men’s Field Athlete of the Year and Trent Alsin the Men’s Track Athlete of the Year.
Comito, a junior, is the nation’s fifth-ranked shot putter in Division III and first in the region with a season best of 56 feet, 10 1/4 inches.
Alsin, a freshman, had the fastest time in the region for the 60 meters at 7.06 seconds.
Spokane’s Anthony Varnel captured his second straight NAIA national wrestling championship on March 3 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Varnel (Lewis and Clark High School), a senior wrestling at 141 pounds, beat Chris Teague of Campbellsville (Ky.) 10-8. Varnel edged teammate Myles Mazurkiewicz 7-3 in the semifinals. He finished the year with a 29-3 record.
Great Falls placed sixth at the national meet.