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Luke Meikle will leave Gonzaga men’s basketball team

Basketball: Luke Meikle, who saw limited playing time during his freshman season, is leaving the program, Gonzaga announced.

The 6-foot-9, 203-pound Meikle is the second Bulldog to exit the program, joining wing Gerard Coleman. Meikle, a product of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, would be required to sit out next season if he transfers to another Division I school.

Meikle played just 60 minutes in 15 appearances last season. He came off the bench with Sam Dower Jr. and Przemek Karnowski in foul trouble to score four points and block two shots in an 8-minute stint against Arkansas at the Maui Invitational.

Meikle did not play in 17 of Gonzaga’s final 21 games. He had the flu for two of those games.

Gonzaga has a deep group of forwards, including Kyle Wiltjer, Angel Nunez and incoming freshman Domantas Sabonis. Kyle Dranginis also filled in at ‘4’ at times last season.

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CdA’s Nyquist player of year

Baseball: Gonzaga University-bound Nick Nyquist of Coeur d’Alene has been named the 2013-14 Gatorade Idaho baseball player of the year.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior shortstop and pitcher batted .506 with six home runs, 35 runs and 30 RBIs. He led Coeur d’Alene (20-6) to the State 5A tournament.

“Nick Nyquist’s attitude and efford are exceptional,” CdA coach Nick Rook said. “In my experience, his personality and skill set are in the top five percent of the players who I have coached both at the high school and collegiate levels. His character is all that a coach can ask for and more.”

Freeman grad wins NCAA title

Tennis: Freeman High School graduate Maya Jansen and teammate Erin Routliffe captured Alabama’s first NCAA doubles finals championship, dropping a combined 13 points all match en route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase on Monday in the NCAA championships at Athens, Ga.

With the win, the Crimson Tide duo finishes the season at 22-4, taking their final 10 matches.

“Getting those first two games really helped us,” said Jansen. “I really believe that set the tone for the match. I can’t put this into words. This means so much to us.”