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Yamamoto chosen for U-17 team

HOCKEY: Spokane Chiefs forward Kailer Yamamoto has been chosen for USA Hockey’s 2014 U.S. Under-17 Select Team that will compete in the U-17 Five Nations Tournament August 13-17 in Crimmitschau, Germany.

Yamamoto signed with the Chiefs earlier this summer  after being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Yamamoto, a native of Spokane, spent last week at the USA Hockey Boys’ Select 16 Player Development Camp in Williamsville, New York. He scored two goals and had four assists in five games during the camp.

Six from Eastern Washington on preseason All-Big Sky team

College football: Fifteen-and-one says a lot.

That’s the conference record as a starter of Eastern Washington University junior quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who was selected along with five other Eagles to the 2014 preseason All-Big Sky Conference team released Monday at the Big Sky Conference Summer Football Kickoff in Park City, Utah.

Eastern garnered six of the 30 selections, which were picked by a panel of media representatives and sports information directors. Adams, who is Eastern’s player representative in Park City, was selected to repeat as the league’s offensive MVP.

Other Eagles honored included sophomore wide receiver Cooper Kupp, junior offensive tackle Clay DeBord, senior linebacker Ronnie Hamlin, senior safety Tevin McDonald and senior defensive tackle Dylan Zylstra. Adams, Kupp, Hamlin and DeBord have earned preseason All-America honors already, with Adams, Kupp and Hamlin named to watch lists for national awards.

Adams enters his junior season 20-4 as a starter, including a near-perfect Big Sky mark of 15-1. Twice he has led the Eagles to the league title and the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs.