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Mixed news for CCS disc golfers

Sun., March 17, 2013, midnight

It was a good-news, bad-news scenerio for two female members of the Spokane Community College Disc Golf Club at the Northwest Regional qualifier earlier this month in Estacada, Ore.

The good news: Darien McLaughlin, 16, a junior at Central Valley and Running Start student at SCC, and PJ Graese, 19, a freshman at SCC, both qualified for nationals in the individual women’s competition.

The bad: Unfortunately, said club spokesman James McLaughlin, “due to scheduling conflicts during the first week of spring quarter we are unable to send the girls to South Carolina” for the April 3-7 nationals.

SCC’s four-man men’s team didn’t fare as well. It was, as James McLaughlin put it, “nudged out” by a Canadian team for eighth place in the nine-team division.

But, he noted, “the trip was a success, in the fact that it was our first attempt at such a feat as a local disc golf club.”

College scene

Paul Duchow of Spokane, a graduate of Ferris and a freshman at Cleveland State, placed ninth in the men’s epee division of the 2013 NCAA Division I Midwest Fencing Regional last weekend.

Duchow capped a solid freshman season for the Vikings with an 11-8 record during the regionals.

Coach Andy Tulleners praised Duchow, who had two years of Running Start at Eastern Washington before heading to Cleveland State, saying: “… Duchow really led the pack. It’s such a long and intense day, but I thought Paul did a nice job of dealing with that.”

Duchow, who trains locally with the Fighting Marmots at the Spokane Fencers Unlimited fencing center, entered regionals with a 76-25 record. That included a 15-0 record at the Case Western Duals; 13-5 in the Notre Dame Duals; and 16-2 at the Cleveland State Duals after beginning the year by winning the bronze medal at the John Szent Kiraly Memorial Open, named for the former CSU coach.

Savana Bezdicek’s freshman golf season at Northern Arizona is going pretty much in the successful manner of her high school career at Mt. Spokane.

Bezdicek recorded her second tournament victory this school year, playing the 6,215-yard White Wing Golf Course in Rio Verde, Ariz., at even-par 144 for 36 holes with rounds of 1-under 71 and 1-over 73, and collected her second Big Sky Conference women’s golfer of the week award. She won her first after claiming medalist honors at the Cal Poly Lady Mustang Invitational last fall.

John Allen, a Western Washington senior guard who played his freshman year at Washington State, was named the Daktronics NCAA Division II West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s men’s basketball player of the year.

Allen led the No. 4-ranked Vikings to a 27-2 record entering the Division II West Regionals averaging team highs of 17.3 points and 4.0 assists.

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