Idaho freshman sizzles at WAC
Idaho freshman Sean McMullen came within a stroke of the Rio Secco Golf Course record in Henderson, Nev., on Monday and grabbed a three-stroke lead after the first round of the 54-hole Western Athletic Conference men’s golf championships.
McMullen shot a 7-under-par 65 – Tiger Woods has the course record at 64 – and senior teammate Jarred Bossio tied for fourth at 2-under 70 as the Vandals tied for the team lead with Fresno State at 1-under 287.
• Community Colleges of Spokane sophomore Dylan Maine (Freeman) shot 69-76 for a 145 to win his second straight individual title and lead the Sasquatch to the team title in an NWAACC Invitational in Bellevue.
CCS’ Graham Schmaltz tied for second at 146 as the Sasquatch shot 581 for a 22-stroke win over Walla Walla.
Kaitlen Parsons, a Northern Arizona sophomore from University, was named to the 2012 All-Big Sky Conference first team after averaging 76.55 strokes per round with a Golfstat ranking of 308 that tied for fourth best in the conference. Parsons had two top-five and two top-10 finishes and placed seventh in the Big Sky championships.
Sacramento State senior Julie Shutler, who has a 139 Golfstat ranking, was named Player of the Year, and Tara Green of Montana was Freshman of the Year.
• Washington and Idaho senior Kayla Mortellaro are headed in different directions with the same destination – the NCAA Division I championships.
UW, making its 19th NCAA appearance, is seeded 10th in the East Region at Penn State. Mortellaro, the two-time WAC champion, is one of six individuals selected to the West Region in Erie, Colo. Regionals are May 10-12 with 72 teams in three regions. Eight teams and two individuals advance from each regional to the NCAA Championships.
Track and field
Community Colleges of Spokane athletes have the leads after the first day of the NWAACC Multi Events Championships at Lane Community College.
Mitch Kamstra won the long jump (22 feet, 2 1/2 inches) and the shot put (42- 3/4 and high jump (6- 41/4) while compiling 3,328 points to lead the men’s decathlon by 61 points.
Shayle Dezellem was second in the 100 hurdles (15.68 seconds), tied for second in the high jump (4-11 1/2) and was third in the shot put (29-6) in totalling 2,526 points for a 97-point lead in the heptathlon.
Senior Zach Koller and Eli Houston scored to lead Mt. Spokane to a 2-0 victory over Shadle Park at Albi Stadium in a loser-out game in the District 8 3A playoffs.
The Wildcats play University at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Albi for the district championship and regional seeding. Both will have a home game Saturday in the first round of regionals.
• Filipp Susin scored two goals and Pavel Susin and Luke Melvin each had a goal and an assist as Colville beat visiting Newport 4-0 in the Northeast A playoffs. The Indians play at Lakeside for the NEA championship Wednesday at 4 p.m. Newport was eliminated.
Gonzaga sophomore Marco Gonzales, who had career highs of 11 shutout innings with 15 strikeouts in the Bulldogs’ 1-0, 12-inning win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday, is the WCC Pitcher of the Week. Oddly, he was not the winning pitcher.