College men: Gonzaga University center Kelly Olynyk has been named to the Sporting News College Basketball All-America first team.
The native of Kamloops, B.C., is averaging 17.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.2 blocks/game. The Bulldogs take a 31-2 record and No. 1 national ranking into the NCAA tournament.
Olynyk was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and is currently a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the outstanding player in collegiate basketball.
Other first team players are guards Trey Burke (Michigan), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Victor Oladipo (Indiana) and forward Otto Porter (Georgetown).
The Sporting News’ college basketball awards are decided on by the Sporting News editorial staff in consultation with coaches and scouts around the country.
Gebbers named All-West Region
College men: Whitworth guard Wade Gebbers has been named to the D3hoops.com All-West Region first team after helping the Pirates reach the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament for the fourth season in a row.
Gebbers, a senior from Brewster, Wash., averages 11.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game and ranks second the Northwest Conference in assists with 3.3 a game.
A two-time team captain, Gebbers has guided the Pirates to a record of 26-3 entering Saturday’s game against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Over the course of Gebbers’ four seasons, three as a starter, Whitworth has a cumulative won-loss record of 106-12.
Chiefs release playoff dates
Hockey: The Spokane Chiefs will open the Western Hockey League playoffs at home March 22 and 23, even if they don’t hold off the Tri-City Americans for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.
The Chiefs and Americans announced a schedule for the best-of-seven series on Wednesday. It takes into account the unavailability of the Arena during the last week of the month because of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Games 3, 4 and (if necessary) 5 will be in Kennewick on March 26, 28 and 30. The sixth game would be in Spokane on April 2 and Game 7 would be April 7 at the No. 4 seed.
Spokane is two points ahead of Tri-City in the chase for the No. 4 seed. The teams meet Friday in Spokane and Saturday in Kennewick.