Football will be in the spotlight when Community Colleges of Spokane holds its 2015 Hall of Fame induction luncheon June 6 at 1 p.m. in the Spokane Falls Community College Student Union Building.
Five SFCC championship or co-champion football teams coached by Bob Everson from 1976 through 1985 and 13 who played during the era coached by Everson and his successor and good friend, John Buck, will be honored. Everson and Buck are deceased.
Players to be inducted:
Mike Anderson, Randy Burkhart, Chris Curran, Anthony Davis, Chad Dezellum, Tom Everson, Vince Hawkins, Ron Hewett, Tom McConnaughey, Mike Rice, Shawn Reilly, Dave Telford and Vic Wallace.
Teams to be inducted:
1976: 7-3, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges champions, won last five games, including 19-7 over nationally No. 1 ranked Mt. Hood in championship game … Bob Everson NWAACC Coach of the Year … Scott Garske, Les Rurey, Bob Simpson assistant coaches … Tom Everson first-team all-conference, McConnaughey second-team all-conference.
1980: 6-3 overall, 5-1 in league, NWAACC co-champions … Everson NWAACC Coach of the Year … Buck, Gary Davis, Rurey, Simpson, Paul Tikker assistant coaches … team included Anderson, Burkhart, Reilly and Wallace; Anderson and Reilly first-team all-conference.
1982: 5-4, NWAACC champions, beat Walla Walla 23-19 in championship game … Buck, Davis, Dwight Pool, Rurey, Tikker assistant coaches.
1984: 8-2, NWAACC champions, won last seven games, defeated Yakima Valley 42-6 in championship game … Rice first-team all-conference … Buck, Davis, Ray Hare, Bob McCray, Tikker assistant coaches.
1985: 8-2 overall, 6-2 in league, NWAACC co-champions during regular season, defeated Wenatchee 17-7 in championship game … Everson NWAACC Coach of the Year … Buck, Davis, Hare, Jack Marchant, McCray assistant coaches … Telford first-team all-conference.
The Northwest Athletic Conference softball championship trophy may have been the largest but it was by no means the only hardware coach Janet Skaife and her Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch collected in the aftermath of their 46-4 season.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Lindsie Scholwinski from Coeur d’Alene High School, who went 4-0 with a 0.54 earned run average in the championship tournament to improve her season numbers to 29-0 and 0.82, striking out 278 in 198 2/3 innings, led the way, but every Sasquatch starter reaped a postseason reward.
Scholwinski was co-MVP of the championship tournament, Pitcher of the Year in the Eastern Region and a pitcher on the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association NWAC All-America team, where she was joined by shortstop Sydney Malloy and outfielder Berkley Fisher, who were also first-team All-Eastern Region selections.
CCS catcher, Alex Shuster, who hit .600 in the tournament, was the other co-MVP, with second baseman Lexi Miller; first baseman Shawnee Zink, who had two home runs and five RBIs in the title game; and Malloy on the all-tournament team.
A first-team All-Eastern Region honor also went to Jesse Schafer, who was selected the designated player, with pitcher Haylie Van Laethem, infielders Katelyn Sage and Miller, and outfielders Shalaina Duford and Katelyn Geyer on the second team.
Skaife wasn’t left out. The retiring coach was named NWAC Coach of the Year, expanding on her Eastern Region honor, and she and her assistants – Paco Crandall, Stephani Wood, Bill Johnson, Juju Predisik, Scott Waggoner and Jamie Stewart – were named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA NWAC All-America Coaching Staff of the Year.
•North Idaho College, in its first year in the NWAC and ineligible for the conference softball tournament, placed infielder Madison Anthony and designated player Hayden Fields on the All-Eastern Region first team and pitcher Tori Almos, infielder Chloe McIntosh and utility player Hayley Fields on the second team.
•Other Community Colleges of Spokane spring sports honors:
Tennis (All-NWAC) – Chad McKenzie, men’s first team; Shaylyn Goodall, women’s first team; Maddy McCardell and Michaela Marinos, women’s second team.
Baseball (All-Eastern Region) – Evan Douglas, freshman, infielder (Shadle Park), Most Valuable Player and NWAC Gold Glove award; pitcher Adam Paulson and designated hitter Lucas Denney, first team.
Golf (All-NWAC) – Brandon Barnes, men’s first team; Tanner Kovacevich, Jordan Bass, John Duffin, men’s second team; Hailey Warren, women’s first team; Keara Rypien, women’s second team.
• Michael Porter of North Idaho College was named to the All-NWAC first team in men’s golf and the Cardinals landed Mackenzie Phillips and Elsa Goodsen on the women’s second team.
•All five Whitworth Pirates who competed at the 2015 NCAA Division III men’s golf tournament were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The Pirates: Austin Billeter, Mt. Spokane, 3.54 grade-point average, business and accounting double major; Andrew Dodge, Lewiston, 3.45, bioinformatics; Samson Martinez, Pasco, 3.43, business and accounting double major; Tyler McQuilkin, Mt. Spokane, 3.22, theology; and Oliver Rudnicki, Redmond, Washington, 3.82, mathematical economics. All are juniors, but Martinez graduated this spring after three years of college.
Whitworth was the only school of the 41 at the national tournament to have all five members earn All-America Scholar honors.
• Willie Milam, a Gonzaga senior from Portland; Jordan Arakawa, an Eastern Washington senior from Olympia; and Arizona junior Aaron Castle from Newport have been named to the Division I Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 team in track and field and cross country and are eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Milam has a 3.98 GPA in business administration; Arakawa, the first EWU track athlete to receive the honor, has a 3.93 in pre-med biology; and Castle has a 3.68 in biology.
• Dakota Kliamovich, a junior from Central Valley on the women’s team, and Trent Alsin, a senior from Olympia on the men’s team, have been named to 2015 Division III Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 teams in track and field and cross country.
Kliamovich has a 4.0 GPA as a double major in biology and psychology. Alsin graduated last week with a 4.0 GPA as an economics major. Both are eligible for Division III Academic All-America teams.
• Sophie Bush, a junior from Newport, is one of four Lewis-Clark State track and field athletes named 2015 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes with grade-point averages of 3.5 or above.
Joining her are Katie Dillavou, a junior from Pendleton, Oregon; Rachel Cundy, a sophomore from North Lakewood, Washington; and junior Maxx Antush from Tacoma.
•Eastern Washington women’s teams in basketball, cross country and golf and the Washington State women’s basketball team have been honored by the NCAA with Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards for posting multiyear APR’s in the top 10 percent of their sports.
EWU women’s golf was honored for the fourth straight season while its basketball and cross country were recognized for the third consecutive year. WSU women’s basketball was honored for the second straight year.
The recognition is part of the NCAA Division I academic reform effort intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes.
•Gonzaga student-athletes posted a cumulative GPA of 3.31 during the 2015 spring semester with 124 athletes earning their way onto the school’s Dean’s or President’s lists. All 18 athletic programs had team GPAs above 3.0 and 11 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0.
GU is one of just four schools nationally that had at least 75 percent of their athletic programs finish in the top 10 percent of the multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) of their sport. Dartmouth, Northwestern and Lafayette were the others.
Alycia Smith of the Mt. Spokane Equestrian Team collected a gold medal in driving to lead the showing by 38 area athletes from six teams at the 2015 Washington High School Equestrian Team State Meet last weekend in Moses Lake.
Mt. Spokane, which includes co-op schools Mead, Ferris, Newport and Gonzaga Prep, had 12 competitors. Isabella Crandall collected a silver medal in driving and Sarah Coward earned a bronze in working rancher. Elizabeth Crandall was fourth in driving and Bailey Mapes sixth in in-hand trail.
Colville, which had 11 competitors, received silver medals from Kacie Pierce and Mary Larsen in two-man birangle. Pierce was also fourth in breakaway roping and Larsen sixth in team Canadian flags, as were McKenna Iverson and Kialeeh Harris. Tyler Green was fifth in individual flags.
Other state qualifiers:
Mt. Spokane – Niki Belobersycky, Madeleine James, Kevin Minden, Sydney Salesky, Shawna Sandgren, Lexi Schaefer, Kolby Smith, Alycia Smith.
Colville – Leanne Henry, Emily Blanchard, Serina Bowling, Karsyn Pierce, Madison Moorehead, Keyrsten Stinson.
Reardan – Samantha Cotter, Teresa Durheim.
Deer Park – Katie Youngblood, Cassidy Price, Brook Wood, Emily Sprague.
Medical Lake – Kristen Her, Caleb Heggemeier, Macy Bishop, Leah Swannack, Rachel Lentz, Cailin Seimears, Clara O’Keefe, Alexis Porter.
Corey Prugh of Manito Golf & Country Club placed fifth with a 4-under score of 212 to lead the showing by area golfers in the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open Invitational last weekend at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Washington.
Kent Hagen, who plays out of Meridian Valley, a 2014 Washington State graduate who qualified a week earlier for a U.S. Open Sectional, was low amateur, tying for seventh at 213. Pro David Fern of Downriver was the only other area golfer in the top 15, tying for 12th at 215.
Letters of intent
Pacific University football - Brandon Welstad, Post Falls, All-Inland Empire League 5A offensive lineman.
Eastern Washington women’s tennis – Faye Worrall, Warrington, Cheshire County, United Kingdom, ranked No. 1 on women’s winter regional leaderboard in 2014-15; Jennifer Lewis, Camas, Washington, 2014 State 4A doubles champion.
West Virginia volleyball – Dzeni Hadzisehovic, North Idaho College sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia. Six-foot-4 right-side hitter was second-team All-Scenic West Athletic Conference.
Amanda Furrer of Spokane, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, placed 28th in Women’s Three-Position Rifle at the International Shooting Sports Federation Rifle/Pistol World Cup last weekend in Fort Benning, Georgia. Furrer shot a 580 during qualifying in the tight competition. The qualification leader shot 592.
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