Sky honors EWU’s Brown
Following a successful weekend of Big Sky action, in which the Eastern Washington volleyball team won two matches on the road, senior Laney Brown was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week.
Itis the first career weekly honor for the 5-foot-7 setter from Waterville, Wash.
Averaging 13.25 assists, 2.88 digs and tallying nine kills on a .421 attack average, Brown propelled EWU to back-to-back wins at Northern Arizona and Southern Utah for the Eagles’ first road wins this season.
Grand Coulee bull rider Shane Proctor, the defending world champion, may be the only Washington competitior at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas but he won’t be alone when the 10-day event kicks off Dec. 6.
The combined Big Bend and Flying Five rodeo companies, owned by Don Hutsell of Ritzville and Sonny Riley of Pomeroy, are sending nine bucking horses to the 10-day event.
Also, Debi Davis of Nine Mile Falls is the assistant secretary for the third straight Finals. She is also one of five finalists for Secretary of the Year, which will be announced at the Finals, which run through Dec. 15.
The three bareback horses headed to the NFR are Cougar Mountain, Major Reno and Gold Dust, all from Big Bend, which is also represented by saddle broncs Kool Toddy and Feature Attraction.
Headlining the Flying Five stock is Spring Planting, the 2009 Saddle Bronco of the Year and runner-up for the award in 2012. The other broncs are Spring Blues, Sundance and Broken Saddle.
Cheney bareback rider Ryan Gray and Colbert tie-down roper Tyson Durfey had NFR streaks of seven and five years, respectively, end this year.
The Spokane Shock have added two defensive players, the Arena Football League team announced.
Gerald Gooden is a pass-rushing defensive end from Purdue who will be an AFL rookie this season after spending some time with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
Chase Vaughn is a defensive end/linebacker out of Colorado State-Pueblo whose pro resume includes a stint with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.