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Area roundup: Gonzaga women will host Naismith games

The Gonzaga women’s basketball team, which finished 26-8 and ranked No. 19, has agreed to be a host school in the 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge, the school announced Wednesday.

The Zags, who advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to Tennessee, will be among a field of schools including Farleigh Dickinson, Grand Canyon, Iona College, North Carolina, USC, West Virginia and Yale.

“We are excited to play in such a great event,” Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier said in a news release. “This will be a great experience for our team to travel across the country, and to the center of where basketball started.”

The Bulldogs will host and play West Virginia, USC and Grand Canyon from Nov. 22-24 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

GU would then travel to play North Carolina on Nov. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Track and field

Bret Davide of host CCS and Cody Humphrey of Eastern Washington were double winners during the Sasquatch Carnival at Spokane Falls CC.

Davide won the men’s 100-meter run in 11.14 seconds and the 200 in 22.43.

Humphrey threw 55 feet, 9 3/4 inches in the men’s shot put and 152-5 in the discus.

Baseball

Lucas Denney doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Community Colleges of Spokane defeated host Wenatchee Valley 5-2 to salvage a doubleheader split and clinch its first playoff berth since 2007.

The Sasquatch (26-13, 15-11 Northwest Athletic Conference) will complete their regular season on Saturday.

Evan Johnson’s two-out RBI single on a 1-2 pitch in the ninth allowed the Knights (16-20, 10-16) to win the opener 3-2.

Basketball

Monday is the final deadline for guaranteed team entries to the Hoopfest 3-on-3 tournament on June 27-28.

Hoopfest draws about 250,000 players and spectators and about 3,000 volunteers downtown.

For more information about volunteering at Hoopfest or to register your team, go to spokanehoopfest.net.


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