Kelley Cunningham Spink, who rewrote Gonzaga University women’s volleyball records from 1989-92, will be inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor in the sixth annual class on March 8 at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
A former Lewis and Clark High School two-sport star, Spink was one of the most dominant players in the history of the WCC. She shattered former teammate Lisa Petticord’s records for career (1,964) and single-season (651) kills on her way to earning WCC Player of the Year as a senior in 1992. Her career kills still rank third in the WCC.
Spink was honorable mention All-WCC as a freshman in 1989 and a second-team selection as a sophomore in helping the Bulldogs to their first NCAA tournament appearance. As a junior in 1991, she led the nation in kills-per-game average at 5.888 and earned All-WCC first-team and All-West Region second team.
Spink capped her senior year by gaining All-WCC first team, All-West Region first team, honorable mention All-America by Volleyball Monthly Magazine and was named the Gonzaga Bulldog Club Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and was Gonzaga’s Champion NCAA Woman of the Year recipient.
During her career, she also won two Sports Festival gold medals, in 1990 in Los Angeles and in 1992 in San Antonio, Texas.
Kelley and husband Scott, a former GU basketball player, have three children and live in Spokane.
Spink, who will join nine other inductees, becomes the sixth Bulldog in the Hall of Honor She follows Frank Burgess (2009), Jeff Brown (2010), Brian Ching (2011), Blake Stepp (2012) and Dan Dickau (2013).
Others to be inducted are Ed Eyestone, BYU, cross country; Jeff Fryer, Loyola Marymount, basketball; Keith Swagerty, Pacific, basketball; Mike Scott, Pepperdine, baseball; Laura Sale O’Connell, Portland, basketball; Tracy Morris Sanders, Saint Mary’s, basketball; Jose Luis Noriega, San Diego, tennis; Ollie Johnson, San Francisco, basketball; and Leslie Osborne, Santa Clara, soccer.
Bobby Brett, managing partner of the Spokane Indians, has been re-elected to a second three-year term on Minor League Baseball’s board of trustees.
The 17-member board determines policies and enacts rules and regulations for the National Association. Brett, who has owned and operated the Indians since 1985, has helped the Northwest League team become one of the most successful minor league franchises. Last season, the team averaged 5,064 fans per game, its highest average in the 111-year history of the Indians. That was the third-highest attendance for a Short-Season Class A team in the country.
Eastern Washington redshirt freshman wide receiver Cooper Kupp was named the College Sports Journal Freshman of the Year. The honor was Kupp’s fourth freshman of the year accolade after a record-setting debut with the Eagles.
In addition, EWU defensive lineman Samson Ebukam, a true freshman, was a second-team selection on the College Sports Journal All-Freshman Team.
• Eastern Washington will renew its rivalry with Northern Iowa in 2015 and 2016. The Eagles will play the Panthers in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Sept. 12, 2015 and will host the Panthers at Roos Field in Cheney on Sept. 17, 2016.
Consistency won the day for Nik Gosselin last Sunday during the Junior Bowlers Tour stop at Deer Park Lanes.
Gosselin was a close second to Jesse Covington, 972-932, during the first of two four-game qualifying sessions, then leapfrogged Covington into first for the five-player playoff finals after the two squared off in all four games during match-play qualifying.
Justin Oens, who came into the finals in fifth place, got hot at the right time. He knocked off Shelby Snyder (who finished fifth), 235-218; Ryan Gately (fourth), 224-197; and Covington (third), 216-204, to get a shot at Gosselin for the championship. Gosselin prevailed, 203-178.
The high-scoring day included an 880 four-game series by Gately and games of 237 by Snyder, which was high for the girls, and 279 by Covington, high for the boys.
Next JBT will be at Cheney Lanes on Feb. 9.
Letters of intent
Seattle University women’s swimming: Madison Lydig of Mead, backstroke and freestyle, who has swum for the Spokane Waves Aquatic Team since 2001. She reached the finals of the Western Zone championships five of the last six years and swam at the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals and the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals in 2012. Seattle coach Craig Nisgor said Lydig’s time in the l,000 free is faster than the school record and she would have top-four times in the 200 back and 400 back.
Washington State women’s golf: Monica Huang, a transfer from Washington, where she played one season, competing in four tournaments for the Huskies with a low round of 73. She attended high school on Vancouver, B.C., Island, where she was ranked 25th in the Canadian Girls Junior Order of Merit, was the B.C. Zone 6 Spring Tour junior girls champion and in 2010 won the CN Future Links Pacific Championship.
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