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IEL tabs all-league honorees

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Inland Empire League baseball and softball coaches have announced their all-league teams.

In baseball, Lake City senior pitcher/outfielder Dan Lau was voted as player of the year. Lau led LC to its first league and regional championships on the way to a runner-up finish at state.

LC coach Cory Bridges was named coach of the year. Lewiston sophomore pitcher/first baseman Chris Butler was named newcomer of the year.

In softball, CdA senior shortstop Shelli Dodge and CdA sophomore pitcher Heather Helmhout were named co-players of the year.

CdA coach Larry Bieber was named coach of the year. CdA freshman Jenna DeLong was named newcomer of the year.

Dodge and Helmhout led CdA to a 25-0 regular-season record and runner-up finish at state.

All first- and second-team and honorable mention picks are listed in the Stat Sheet.

Post Falls hires coach

Matt Malone, a personal trainer at Ironwood Athletic Club, has been named head volleyball coach at Post Falls High.

Malone was one of three finalists interviewed. The other finalists were longtime junior varsity coach Greg Cossette and Jennifer Bokmo, a Bonners Ferry High graduate who played two years at North Idaho College and finished at Rocky Mountain College in Montana.

Malone replaces Lori Harris, who resigned after three seasons to spend more time with her family.

“I’ve met with the girls and it looks like we have a lot of talent,” Malone said. “We just need to do a lot of work on their skills.”

Malone, 34, played collegiately at UCLA and on a men’s championship team at Long Beach State. He was head boys volleyball coach at Servite High in Anaheim, Calif., a private, all-boys Catholic school. He’s coached club teams for six years.

“His background is really strong,” Post Falls athletic director Craig Christensen. “He’s played at a very high level and has a good knowledge of the game.”

• There are several other coaching changes to report in North Idaho.

At Mullan, athletic director Bruce Bailey has resigned as boys basketball coach after two seasons to spend more time at home. His wife just had their first child.

• At Lewiston, Rhett Mahoney resigned after two seasons as head girls basketball coach. His teams were a combined 15-31.

Pat Teichmer, boys junior varsity coach the past three seasons, has been recommended to replace Mahoney, Lewiston A.D. Ken Krahn reports.

• At Bonners Ferry, the school board cleaned house of two of its three winter sports head coaches at a meeting Tuesday.

The contract of boys basketball coach Mike Cowley was not renewed. And high school principal Kent Randall-Bayer has been named head girls basketball coach, replacing Travis Hinthorn.

Hinthorn took the job on an interim basis to help his wife, Kelly, who stepped down after having their first child. Hinthorn and former boys head basketball coach George Hays were finalists for the position.

Bonners Ferry had a policy that no administrator could be a head coach. But the board changed that policy to accommodate Randall-Bayer.

• At Moscow, A.D. Bill Holman resigned to accept a vice principal/A.D. position at Lincoln Middle School in nearby Pullman. Holman will be replaced by Jerry Jaques, the A.D. at Genesee.

Also at Moscow, head track coach Pat Amos has resigned. He will continue as head wrestling coach and assistant football coach.

Moscow girls soccer coach John Kuska also has resigned. A policeman, Kuska has accepted a similar job in Snohomish County in Washington.

• At Priest River, Carie Shugart, in her second stint as head volleyball coach, has resigned. Her varsity assistant last season, Ken Skacel, has been named head coach.

• At Timberlake, Rob Ranney has resigned as head girls basketball coach and John Hartz has stepped down as head boys basketball coach.

Hartz could return as head boys coach if no replacement can be found, A.D. Ted Mecham said.

• At Sandpoint, Cheryl Klein, who replaced Jack Dyck this spring as athletic director on an interim basis, has been recommended to the school board as the permanent A.D. beginning in the fall.

Klein’s move to A.D. means she has resigned as head cross country and tennis coach.

• At Clark Fork, Lewis Speelmon, 58, is retiring from education, the last 25 years as a combination athletic director and principal.

He’s been a head coach of four boys sports during a 31-year career. No replacement has been named.

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