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Zumwalt, Yang NIC’s top athletes

Sun., May 26, 2013

Sophomore Ryan Zumwalt (University), was named the North Idaho College Men’s athlete of the year during the NIC athletic banquet.

Zumwalt was last year’s winner of the NIC Scholar-Athlete Award and is a two-time NJCAA All-American. He returned from a season-long leg injury to win the Region 18 championship for his weight class, and was the 165-pound NJCAA national runner-up this season. Zumwalt will be competing at St. Cloud State in Minnesota next season on a wrestling scholarship.

The women’s athlete of the year is women’s volleyball player Yang Yang, a sophomore from Yong An, China. Yang was selected NJCAA second team All-American and to the NJCAA All-Tournament team after leading the Cardinals to an eighth-place national finish. She will attend Rocky Mountain College to continue her volleyball career. 

The award recipients were nominated and selected by the NIC coaching staff.

Soccer player Callie Martin was selected as the women’s academic athlete of the year. She has a 3.95 GPA and will be attending Montana State University to pursue a degree in accounting. The men’s academic athlete of the year is wrestler Jarrett Morrill. He is an NJCAA Academic All-American with a 4.0 GPA as a business major.


Mandy Caputo from the Mt. Spokane team led the showing by 36 competitors from area schools in the 2013 Washington High School Equestrian Team State Meet last week in Moses Lake.

Caputo, who had top-nine placings in four of the five events in which she competed, earned a bronze medal in driving and joined teammate Marissa Condron to collect silver in two-man birangle. Caputo also was fourth in reining and ninth in hand trail, and finished eighth overall in high-point individual performance.

Kendall and Kimber Case from Cheney combined to earn the gold medal in team sorting.

Other area competitors with top-10 finishes by team:

Mt. Spokane (which also includes Mead, Newport, Northwest Christian, Lakeside and St. George’s) – Shawna Sandgren, fifth driving. Other state qualifiers: Kolby Smith, Kevin Minden, Niki Belobersycky, Sharon Strang and Sydney Saleskey.

Colville – Brianna Short, seventh two-man birangle; McKenna Iverson, seventh two-man birangle; Jesse Glidewell, 10th team Canadian flag race; Kacie Pierce, 10th team Canadian flag race; Joellee Buckner, 10th team Canadian flag race; David Lariviere, 10th team Canadian flag race, seventh individual flags; and Hannah Gormon, eighth dressage. Other state qualifiers: Holly Maxwell, Emily Blanchard, Leanne Henry and Jessica Lane.

Cheney – Kendall Case, fifth steer daubing, 10th drill freestyle; Kimber Case, 10th drill freestyle 6+; Sam Ayotte, fifth hunt seat over fences, 10th drill freestyle 6+; Rachel Hamby, 10th drill freestyle 6+; Makaela Dunham, 10th drill freestyle 6+; Claire Schueman, 10th drill freestyle 6+; Alexia VandeKamp, 10th drill freestyle 6+; and Alexis Porter, 10th drill freestyle 6+. State qualifier: Ben Parrish.

Reardan – Clara Durheim, ninth keyhole.

Medical Lake – Sydney Reynolds, ninth working pairs; Macy Bishop, 10th driving, fifth in-hand trail, ninth working pairs. Other state qualifiers – Ashley Lentz, Colby Bishop and Rachel Lentz.

Deer Park state qualifiers – Jennifer Abbott and Jessica Johnson.

College scene

Grant Fink of Mead, a senior third baseman on the Missouri Western State baseball team, capped his career by collecting numerous postseason honors.

Fink, who hit .397 with 77 hits that included 14 doubles, two triples and a school-record-tying 14 home runs with a .706 slugging percentage and 51 RBIs, is a semifinalist for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award presented to the most outstanding player in D-II college baseball.

He was a unanimous first-team All-Mid- America conference selection and was also named to both the American Baseball Coaches Association and Daktronics NCAA D-II All-Central Region first teams as well the Capitol One Academic All-District 7 first team.

Katie Dick, a Washington State senior from Victoria, B.C., has been named the Pac-12 Women’s Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award is presented in each of the 22 sports the conference sponsors to honor student-athletes who are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. 

Dick, who has rowed in WSU’s varsity eight boat since her sophomore year, graduated with a degree in philosophy with a 3.98 grade-point average. She was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team for a second straight year and was the WSU Philosophy Department’s senior student of the year.

Kate Nelson, a Western Washington sophomore from Moscow, Idaho, is the coxswain in the Vikings’ varsity four boat that will compete in the NCAA Division II Championships May 31-June 2 at Eagle Creek Park near Indianapolis.

Jason Nokes, a Western Washington senior and 2009 graduate of Mt. Spokane, placed fourth in a 1-2-3-4 Vikings finish in the 400 meters, timing 49.42 seconds, and was a member of the school’s victorious 4x400 men’s relay team at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His high school was misidentified in last week’s Locally column.

•Gonzaga student-athletes had a combined department GPA of 3.26, led by the 3.44 of women’s golf and the 3.40 of both men’s and women’s track. Thirteen teams posted at least a 3.0 GPA.  In all, 67 Bulldogs were on the President’s List and 48 on the Dean’s List.

Rifle shooting

Twelve members of the Spokane Rifle Junior Rifle Club recently competed in the Washington State Indoor Rifle 3P Championships. Top placers included Maliya Hillman, 14, Sacajawea Middle School, First Place A Class, score of 1092; Aidan Maddox, 14, West Valley City School, 1st, B Class (1030); Garret Firestone, 15, Shadle Park High, 2nd, B Class (1024); Mike Cooper, 15, Mt. Spokane High, 3rd, B Class (1014).


Mike Roters of Gateway Golf in Clarkston capped a successful five days at the Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash., by tying for third place in the Sterling Bank Washington Open Invitational that wound up Wednesday.

Roters, who collected $3,180, finished at 5-under 211, three shots back of winner Chris Griffin from Tacoma Golf & Country Club, who earned $6,000.

Russell Grove from Avondale (Idaho), sixth after 36 holes, finished ninth at 215 after finishing with a 74, the only other area golfer with a top-20 finish in the Open.

Roters opened his stay by leading his Gateway Discount team to victory in the Drive for the Cure Northwest Pro-Am last weekend, winning a playoff with pro Brian Thornton’s Reber Ranch after the two five-man teams tied at 239.

Mark Gardner from the Creek at Qualchan was the second low pro in the pro-am with a 3-under 69.

Letters of intent

Clark Community College women’s basketball: Taylor Howlett, Lewis and Clark, 5-foot-8 guard, second-team All-Greater Spokane League, voted her team’s best defender three times.

North Idaho College volleyball: Anyssa Matheson, a 5-10 outside hitter from Worley, Idaho, and Brittany Finch, a 6-foot outside hitter/middle blocker from Missoula, have both signed with the Cardinals. Matheson, a transfer from Salt Lake Community College, graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 2012.

Montana women’s track and field: Arielle Walden, Newport High. Walden, who finished first in the 100-meter hurdles, second in the triple jump and third in the long jump at last year’s Washington State 1A meet for Newport High, won the triple jump and 100 hurdles and was second in the long jump at this year’s state meet.


East Valley assistant wrestling coach Rory McDonald received the 2013 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) scholastic awards for assistant coach of the year for the state of Washington.

 The state award winners are selected from a committee determined by the NWCA scholastic state representative in each state.

Othello’s Ruben Martinez is the NWCA coach of the year award and North Kitsap High’s Jake Velarde is the wrestler of the year.

McDonald has served as a youth, middle school and high school level coach for more than 21 years in addition to being an active USA Wrestling coach.

 For more information about the recipients from Washington and other scholastic winners visit the NWCA website at  


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