Chuck Forgey of Spokane (West Valley High School), a 6-foot-3, 305-pound senior offensive guard at Montana Tech, is one of three Orediggers to earn NAIA Division I first-team football All-America honors.
Forgey, earlier named firstteam All-Frontier Conference, played a huge role as the Orediggers established the No. 6 rushing offense among NAIA Division I schools and produced a 1,000-yard rusher.
“Chuck is an outstanding combination of great technique, plus exceptional strength,” Montana Tech head coach Bob Green told the Montana Standard in Butte. “Throughout the year, Chuck graded out exceptionally well against every … opponent he went man-to-man with.
“From an evaluation standpoint … (he) probably had the most consistent year I’ve ever been associated with.”
Montana Tech’s Zeke Bambolo, a former North Idaho College player, shared Frontier Conference Player of the Week honors last week.
Bambolo, a 6-foot-5 forward from Liberia, Africa, averaged 26.5 points in two Montana Tech losses.
The 17th annual Inland Empire AAU/USA Tournament, largest in the country, is expected to attract 490 teams during four weekends in Yakima. It will qualify teams for national championships in most divisions.
Dates and age divisions: March 10-12, boys grades 2-10. March 17-19, boys 16U, 17U; girls grades 3-8, 15U, 16U, 18U. March 24-26, boys 8U-15U, 17U; girls high school (from same school). April 28-30, boys 11U-16U, 19U; girls 11U-16U.
Lewiston: March 3-5 and April 7-9, boys grades 5-9. March 10-12, girls 5-9, high school. March 24-26, girls 5-9. April 21-23, boys 5-8, girls 5-8. Team fee: $125, four-game guarantee. Info: Shawn Roberts, (208) 882-6529.
For information on 290-plus AAU tournaments in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, call the AAU House in Yakima at (509) 453-2696.
The Wazzu Winter Warmup, a competition on the climbing wall at Washington State, will take place Saturday from 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
The event, for WSU students and non-students who are approved for climbing on the wall, is designed to get participants ready for the climbing season, and also give them a little friendly competition.
There’ll be divisions for men and women from beginners to advanced. Climbers will have 2 hours to make five climbs. A climb-off pitting the top climbers in each division will cap the day.
Cost is $5 by Wednesday, $8 after that. Info: Peter G. Williams, (509) 335-2651.
There is an opportunity for boys ages 5-12 (grades K-6) who are interested in wrestling to get started in the sport.
Spokane Junior Wrestling will register for the 1995 season at eight sites Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. Cost is $35 (add $5 for late registration) and used singlets will be available at a reduced cost.
Teams will practice twice a week beginning Feb. 6, with four tournaments scheduled through March 18.
Register in the cafeteria or wrestling room at: Central Valley High School, East Valley HS, Mead Junior High, Mountain View JH, West Valley HS, University HS, Ferris HS and Gonzaga Prep.
Info: John Moore, 891-8848.
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