Basketball: The 2013 USA Basketball men’s U19 World Championship team will be led by the experienced coaching staff that helped the USA qualify for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.
That staff includes Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart as assistants to Florida coach Billy Donovan.
The 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship will be played June 17-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.
“Our 19-and-under team is going to have as good a coaching staff as there is in coaches Donovan, Few and Smart,” said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University Hall of Fame coach and chair of the 2009-12 Junior National Team Committee. “It’s going to be a tremendous advantage to have the same staff that led the 18-and-under squad a year ago.”
This past summer, Donovan, Few and Smart led the USA to a 5-0 record and a gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, earning the USA its place in the 2013 FIBA U19 Worlds. • Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (21.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg in January) and Taelor Karr (15.4 ppg, 4.3 apg) have been named West Coast Conference men’s and women’s basketball players of the month for January.
Hedge top Idaho soccer player
Soccer: Kelcie Hedge of Post Falls has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Idaho Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Hedge, a sophomore, is the first Post Falls player to be given the honor.
Hedge led Post Falls to the State 5A championship game where the Trojans lost to rival Lake City.
The midfielder scored 18 goals and had 12 assists. She was named the Idaho High School Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2012. She has 42 goals in her career.