Maine receives big award at Hudson Cup
Dylan Maine, the former Community Colleges of Spokane standout from Freeman, received the Chuck Congdon Award as the outstanding amateur at the 64th Hudson Cup golf competition last week at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash.
Maine was on a winning amateur foursome team on Thursday and won his singles match Friday, 1-up over pro Chris Griffin, but it wasn’t enough as his amateur team lost 13 1/2-6 1/2.
The event pits 10 amateurs, evenly divided between Washington and Oregon, against a 10-man pro team patterned after the Ryder Cup. The amateurs had ended a 33-year losing streak last year.
Maine was the only area golfer on the amateur team. The pro team included three from the area, Corey Prugh, a Manito assistant, and former Spokane golfer and University of Idaho standout, Ryan Benzel, who both figured in two points, and Chewelah head pro Jason Pitt, who collected 1 1/2.
In the companion 21st annual Senior Hudson Cup, the pros also won, 11-9, with Mark Gardner from the Creek at Qualchan earning two points for the pros. Kent Brown from Colville earned a point for the amateurs, but Doug Potter of Coeur d’Alene was shut out.
Kyle Johnson, a Western Washington senior from Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls, finished 10th to earn All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors and help the Vikings men finish second in the league cross country championships last weekend.
Johnson covered the 8K course in 25 minutes, 28.37 seconds as the Vikings’ No. 3 finisher.
• Laurie Yearout, the senior volleyball setter for nationally ranked Western Washington from Lewis and Clark, ranks third nationally in NCAA Division II, averaging 12.25 assists per set.
• Three players from the area earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic honors in women’s soccer.
Honored were Whitney Wood, a Northwest Nazarene sophomore from Coeur d’Alene, with a 3.75 grade-point average in biology; Kari Inch, Saint Martin’s sophomore from Ephrata, 3.89 in biology; and Dani Eldridge, Saint Martin’s sophomore from Mead, 3.85, mechanical engineering.
• Three area graduates have joined Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams for women’s basketball this winter.
Aleisha Hathaway, a freshman guard from Shadle Park, has joined sophomore returnees Jennie White, a guard from East Valley, and Kayla Bernsen, a center from Moses Lake, at Western Washington.
Leslie Stillar, a 5-foot-6 junior guard from Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls, has transferred to Central Washington from Walla Walla Community College, where she was an All-NWAACC East Region selection last season, and Chantel Divilbiss, a 5-7 junior guard from Moscow, Idaho, has transferred from North Idaho College to Western Oregon. She is the daughter of former Lewis-Clark State and Idaho coach Mike Divilbiss, now an assistant at Illinois.
• Aaron Dunn, a sophomore from Mead who lettered in football as a tight end last year at Washington State, has joined the defending NCAA Division II men’s basketball champion Western Washington Vikings. He’s a 6-6 forward who was All-Greater Spokane League and All-State 4A as a senior at Mead.
Another transfer at Western is Austin Bragg, a junior center who averaged 10 points and 10.2 rebounds last year at Clark Community College after redshirting a year at WSU.
Todd Hoerner, a former Spokane drag racer now living in Lynchburg, Va., was named the American Drag Racing League Rookie of the Year in Extreme Pro Stock at the association’s season-ending banquet last weekend in Ennis, Texas.
Hoerner, 45, had an event win and finished in the top 10 in his class driving a 2012 Camaro in his first year in the ADRL.
In the season-ending World Finals VIII at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis last weekend, Hoerner lost on a hole-shot in the first round in Extreme Pro Stock but had a better elapsed time and speed.
Spokane participants collected silver and bronze medals at the Huntsman World Senior Games earlier this month in St. George, Utah.
The Spokane Sparx placed second in the women’s 50+ Division III. Terry Itami and LaDonna Schuster of Spokane played on the Seattle Wet Socks team that won a silver medal in women’s 55+ Division IV.
Morris Clark Siding and Roofing of Spokane placed third in the men’s 74+ A division, earning a bronze medal.