Stuart Carruthers and Keagan Miciak aren’t done playing hockey this season just quite yet.
The two members of the Spokane Jr. Chiefs’ 14U-A1 team that returned last week from the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships in South Bend, Indiana, are in Irvine, California, this weekend participating in the Western Hockey League U.S. Prospects Camp.
They are among more than 80 top-ranked, 2004 American-born players from the Western U.S. and Alaska invited to the 14th evaluation camp conducted by the WHL. Most of the 22 WHL teams have representatives on hand.
Carruthers, 14, a freshman at North Central, is a defenseman.
Miciak, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Northwood Middle School, is a forward who had a goal and two assists for three points to share team scoring lead for the Jr. Chiefs at the Tier II nationals. Owen Ames had three goals, two in a 4-3 shootout loss to Park City, Utah, as Spokane collected its only point of the tournament, going 0-3.
Zach Baumann and Cameron Oien also scored goals and Peyton Lund, Austin Henry and Dylan Murray collected assists.
The 14U-A1 team tied for the second in the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Association and won the state title during the Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association tournament to qualify for nationals, finishing the season with a 25-15-3 record.
In the 16U-A1 Tier II nationals in Plano, Texas, Logan Steven scored on assists from Maddox Hoff and Darren Morris with just under 5 minutes to play to produce the Spokane Jr. Chiefs’ only win in three games, 1-0 over the Carolina Eagles. Chase Kriger registered the shutout in goal and the Jr. Chiefs withstood six Carolina power plays, one a 5-on-3 for 36 seconds.
Gavin Tritt had two goals and three assists and Ryan McKenna scored twice with one assist to lead the team in scoring. Darrien Cathey, Trenton Goblick and Caleb Peterson also scored goals, and Logan Steven and Peyton Flock had assists. Tritt’s five points tied him for ninth in tournament scoring.
Besides winning the state title during the PNAHA tournament, the 16U-A1 Jr. Chiefs won the banner in their West Kootenay league and finished the season with a 29-9-4-1 record.
Shamrock Campbell, as he had for four years at Ferris, made the jump from basketball to track and field seamless in his first collegiate meet.
The Carroll College freshman, a five-time Washington State 4A medalist and 2018 state champion in the triple jump, uncorked a jump of 46 feet, 11 1/2 inches to win the triple jump at the WAR XII meet at Spokane Falls last weekend and was named the Frontier Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.
Campbell, who led the Fighting Saints’ men’s basketball team in minutes played and was the Frontier co-Freshman of the Year, qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships by surpassing the B qualifying standard.
• Campbell was one of seven area athletes who collected honors at Carroll’s second annual Halo Awards last Monday as the school recognized student-athletes for achievements in athletics, the classroom and in the community.
Campbell was named the Male Newcomer of the Year. Men’s basketball teammate Match Burnham, a senior from Liberty, was the Male Player of the Year, matching an honor the first-team NAIA All-American received from the Frontier Conference.
Catie Nygren, a freshman cheerleader from Northwest Christian, received the Saints Spirit Award.
Four others were honored for having the highest GPA on their teams: John Cooney, junior, Gonzaga Prep, men’s cross country and men’s track; Terry Cox, senior, Ferris, men’s soccer; Brittney Johnson, sr., Ferris, women’s basketball; and Drew Melton, sr., Lewiston, football.
• Defending Big Sky Conference shot put champion Zachary Short of Idaho collected his first field athlete of the week honor of the 2019 outdoor season after throwing 61-7 3/4 in winning the event at WAR XII in Spokane last weekend. He leads the Big Sky and is ranked 18th in the West Region and 25th nationally.
• Sophie Hausmann continues to be recognized by the Big Sky Conference for her exploits on the golf course.
The Idaho senior was named co-golfer of the week – the eighth time she’s received the honor in her career and the third time this season – after she followed up a sixth-place finish at the Bryan National Collegiate by tying for 46th in a field of 72 at the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
Hausmann was 3 under par at the Bryan National, finishing ahead of nine top-100 golfers, and jumped 20 spots to No. 55 in the GolfStat national rankings. At the women’s amateur, she shot 73-78 for a 7-over 151 and missed the cut to the top 30 by four strokes.
• Yakima sophomore Seth Kuykendall from Gonzaga Prep was named the Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week after he threw an eight-inning complete game win with eight strikeouts. He has a season ERA of 2.60 and is first in the conference with two complete games and two shutouts and second with five wins.
• A pair of tennis victories last week that helped the Gonzaga men to West Coast Conference wins over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount was double rewarding for the Bulldogs’ No. 1 doubles team of junior Sam Feit and senior Ruadhan O’Sullivan.
They were named the WCC tandem of the week after running their season record to 21-6, and 12-4 in dual matches, and also entered the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national doubles rankings for the first time this season at No. 82. One of their wins was 6-2 over LMU’s No. 32-ranked team.
• Four from Washington State, three from Idaho and Boise State’s Brett Rypien from Shadle Park were named to the 2019 Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.
The honor goes to college players from all divisions who completed their final year of eligibility in 2018 and maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high of 1,672 players from a record 429 schools qualified.
Besides Rypien, area players Nick Begg, Taylor Comfort, Gardner Minshew and Peyton Pelluer, all WSU, and Alex Boatman, Kaden Elliss and Ed Hall, all Idaho.
• Taylor McCoy, a Washington State sophomore from Pullman, was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team in women’s swimming with a 3.82 GPA.
• Forty-one athletes from area high schools, 20 of them attending Eastern Washington, were named to 2018-19 Big Sky Conference winter all-academic teams in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track and field with GPAs of 3.2 or better.
Numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of years they have received the honor where known:
Eastern Washington: Men’s basketball – Tanner Groves, fr., Shadle Park. Women’s basketball – Grace Kirscher, fr., Sandpoint.
Men’s indoor track & field – Isaac Barville, so., University; Parker Bowden, sr., Central Valley; Liam Braeken, fr., Republic; Grant Hannan, fr., CV; Matthew Hommel, sr., CV; Caleb Johnson, fr., Shadle; Dawson Lack, jr., Medical Lake; Carter Ledwith, fr., Lewis and Clark; Domenic Rehm, sr., Medical Lake; Jack Sloan, so., U-Hi; Jacob Stripe, fr., Ferris.
Women’s indoor track & field – (4) Dominique Butler, sr., LC; Kaelah Corrigan, jr., North Central; Mariah Cunningham, sr., CV; Gracie Ledwith, sr., LC; Maggie Nelson, jr., Liberty; Alyssa Oates, fr., Wilbur-Creston; Josie Whitsett, fr., CV.
Idaho: Women’s basketball – Nina Carlson, so., Lake City; Hailey Christopher, fr., CV; (2) Allison Kirby, so., Timberlake. Men’s indoor track & field – (3) Josiah Anderson, jr., Logos (Moscow); (3) Mack Baxter, jr., West Valley; Ben Shaw, fr., Riverside; (3) Zion Stuffle, jr., Lewiston; (2) Robby Van Idour, so., Lewiston.
Women’s indoor track & field – (2) Jocie Osika, so., Lake City; Erica Pecha, fr., CV; Jordyn Raur, jr., WV; Hannah Reiman, so., CV; (3) Kara Story, jr., Coeur d’Alene; (3) Krista Story, CdA; (2) Cecilia Watkins, jr., Lewiston.
Montana: Women’s indoor track & field – (3) Olivia Ellis, jr., Lewis and Clark. Montana State: Men’s indoor track & field – (4) Alex Lewis, sr., Moscow. Idaho State: Women’s track & field – Anna Gardom, so., Timberlake. Weber State: Women’s basketball – Emily Drake, sr., Pullman. Men’s track & field – Austin Byrer, so., Lewiston.
• Three athletes from Coeur d’Alene and two from Spokane were among area athletes named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Scholar-Athletes for the indoor track & field season with GPAs of 3.0 or better.
The women’s team includes Coeur d’Alene High School graduates Kaitlyn Gunnerson-Burrup, a BYU senior, and Washington State senior Josie Brown.
The men’s team includes three from WSU, senior Kyler Little from Lake City, junior Justin Janke from North Central and junior Paul Ryan from Logos of Moscow, along with Washington junior Khalil Winfrey from Rogers.
• Gonzaga men’s rowing landed three boats in the third IRA/US Rowing coaches’ polls of the 2018-19 season.
The third varsity eight is No. 23 in its poll, the second varsity eight broke into the top 25 at No. 25 in its poll and the varsity eight is receiving votes in the top heavyweight poll. Washington leads the second and third varsity eight polls and is No. 2 in the top poll.
In the women’s CRCA/US Rowing rankings, Washington State is receiving votes in the Division I rankings that are led by Washington.
• The Idaho women and Weber State men lead the Big Sky Conference All-Sports Trophy competition following the winter sports season. Eastern Washington is 11th in the women’s and fourth in the men’s. The Idaho men are ninth.
Letters of intent
Gonzaga men’s cross country/track – Ben Brown, Portland (Central Catholic); Kyle Radosevich, Ridgefield, Washington; Riley Moore, Richland.
Montana Western – Kaycee Rogers, Loon Lake/Spokane Falls CC, breakaway, goat tying, team roping; three-time National High School Rodeo Association qualifier, 2018 Washington State goat tying champion.
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