October 1, 2013 in Sports

WHL recognizes Holmberg for hot start


Spokane Chiefs’ forward Mitch Holmberg is the Western Hockey League Player of the Week after recording 10 points on five goals and five assists to go with a +6 rating during three games in the last week.

Spokane won all three games.

On Tuesday, Holmberg had two goals and two assists in a 6-2 road win over Victoria. On Wednesday, he had a goal and three assists in the Chiefs’ 6-1 victory at Victoria.

On Saturday, he scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans.

Holmberg leads the WHL in scoring with eight goals and 14 points through the Chiefs’ first four games.

The 20-year-old, five-year WHL veteran was the Chiefs’ first-round pick, 21st overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft. He has played 246 career regular-season games for Spokane, with 93 goals and 192 points.

Bjorklund joins Broncos

It’s beginning to look like a Spokane reunion every day at practice for the Santa Clara women’s basketball team.

Former University High and University of Tennessee standout Angie Bjorkland is the latest addition to Jennifer Mountain’s coaching staff. Bjorklund was named the director of operations for the Broncos.

After graduating from Tennessee in 2011, Bjorklund spent 2012 and part of 2013 playing professionally in Perpignan, France. She also has experience playing in Israel and in the WNBA with the Chicago Sky.

Mountain, a former GU player and assistant coach, also has former GU player Amanda Brown and former Mead standout Stacey Clinesmith on the coaching staff as assistant coaches.

Hubbard tabs Broncos

Colville basketball standout Matt Hubbard gave Santa Clara an oral commitment Sunday at the conclusion of a visit.

“I really liked the relationship I’d developed with the coaches,” said the 6-foot-9 Hubbard. “Once we did an in-home visit two weeks ago they had me sold.”

Hubbard chose Santa Clara over Idaho and Pacific.

Hubbard averaged 18 points, 14.5 rebounds and four blocks per game last year. He’ll start for a fourth year this winter.

He was a first team All-Great Northern League selection last year. As a freshman and sophomore, he was a first team All-Northeast A pick.

Vandals get WAC sweep

Junior Jessica Hastriter had 15 kills and six digs while hitting .333 to lead Idaho to a 26-24, 25-18, 25-23 Western Athletic Conference volleyball sweep over visiting Grand Canyon on Monday night in Moscow.

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