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Area roundup: Two Pirates earn NWC accolades

Wed., Feb. 26, 2014

Whitworth Pirates senior Kayla Johnson was named to the All-Northwest Conference first team in women’s basketball, while sophomore KC McConnell earned second-team honors, the league announced Tuesday.

Johnson, a native of Colfax, Wash., averaged 18.4 points per game – second in the NWC. She has scored 1,220 points during her career, which is sixth on Whitworth’s all-time list.

McConnell, who hails from Clarkston, Wash., averaged 15.1 ppg and 6.2 rpg. She leads the NWC in free-throw percentage at 83.6.

• Idaho Vandals sprinter Andrew Bloom was named the Western Athletic Conference men’s track athlete of the week for Feb. 17-23.

Bloom, who hails from Walla Walla, won the 400 meters in 48.62 seconds – the second fastest time in the WAC this year.


The Gonzaga Bulldogs men shot a final-round 278 – the third lowest team score for 18 holes in program history – to finish at a school-record 9-under-par 855 en route to a third-place showing at the Snowman Getaway at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.

The 855 total was Gonzaga’s second lowest 54-hole mark in school history.

Sophomore Sean Walsh led the Zags with a 211 total, tying him for 12th place.

The Air Force Academy and Illinois State tied for first place at 849, but ISU was declared the winner by posting the lowest final-round score.

St. John’s Ryan McCormick was the medalist at 15-under 201.

• Blake Snyder totaled a 9-over-par 225 to tie for 15th as the Washington State Cougars men finished 10th at the Jones Invitational at Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif.

San Diego State edged Southern Cal by a stroke to win the team title.

• Raychelle Santos and Ciera Min carded three-round totals of 2-over-par 218 to tie for eighth place and guide the Gonzaga Bulldogs women to a fourth-place finish at the UC Irvine Invitational at Santa Ana Country Club in Santa Ana, Calif.

Mariah Stackhouse of tourney-champion Stanford was the medalist with a 4-under 212.

Boys basketball

Max McCullough (17) and Dalton Thompson (16) combined to score 33 points and the Post Falls Trojans rolled to a 69-44 victory over the Lewiston Bengals in an Idaho 5A Region I loser-out game at Post Falls.

• Logan Feasline tallied 16 points and 15 rebounds to power the St. Maries Lumberjacks to a lopsided 73-8 win over the Coeur d’Alene Charter Panthers in an Idaho 2A District I-II loser-out game at Kootenai.

Junior hockey

Carson Willans had a goal and an assist to lead the Nelson Leafs past the Spokane Braves 2-1 in Game 1 of a KIJHL division semifinal series at Nelson, B.C. Sean Collins scored for Spokane. The Braves and Leafs meet again tonight in Nelson for game 2 of the best-of-seven series before heading to Spokane for games 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday at Eagles Ice-A-Rena.


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