Spokane’s Andrew Von Lossow’s entertaining run at the U.S. Amateur came to an end in heartbreaking fashion Thursday, but not before the fan favorite pushed Ben Carr to the limit at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.
J.P. Batista’s dream of a lengthy playing career, including two standout years at Gonzaga followed by 16 professional seasons, became a reality. He then set his sights on returning to GU and entering the coaching profession. He’ll take his first step in that direction as a graduate assistant for the Zags this season.
When Timme, Bolton and Strawther opted to put their pro careers on hold and return to Gonzaga, it all but stamped the Zags as a viable national championship contender and likely firmed up three-fifths of the starting lineup. Few, and essentially every coach on the planet, has an affinity for proven players with longevity in the program and it’s no secret that “older” teams tend to thrive in the NCAA Tournament.
The Nigel Williams-Goss youth basketball camp has always been a family affair. The former Gonzaga standout's dad, Virgil, helps run the event and nephew Kaden works with young campers. Williams-Goss added to the roster at this year’s camp, which concludes a three-day run Wednesday at The HUB Sports Center. His wife Kirstyn, a former University of Washington softball player, was Tuesday’s guest speaker, and 13-month-old son Naz showed impressive court coverage, usually with a ball in his hands and usually with Kirstyn, Virgil or Nigel’s mom, Valerie, in pursuit.