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Shootout again decides Titans versus Bullpups game

University’s girls soccer team won its showdown, but actually lost ground Wednesday in the Greater Spokane League.

U-Hi (4-0) before Friday’s home match against winless Clarkston, defeated Gonzaga Prep in a shootout 2-1 to remain unbeaten.

But a shootout win is worth two points versus three points for victory in regulation or overtime. The result was that victorious East Valley and Ferris (also 4-0) took a point lead in GSL standings.

For the past two-plus years, U-Hi and G-Prep have waged spirited battles.

The Titans had last beaten the Bullpups in a 1-0 shootout in 2003, but lost in two overtimes 2-1 in the district finals that year. Last year Gonzaga won 2-1 in another league shootout and the two duplicated it again on Wednesday.

Tonya Schnibbe scored in the first half to share the league scoring lead with EV’s Lindsey Moles. Prep tied it in the second half.

After two scoreless overtimes the match went to the penalty kick shootout and the Titans got the upper hand this time 5-4, junior Brittney Barnes with the match decider.

EV (12 points) remained unbeaten with a 3-0 win over NC. The Indians had beaten them earlier in noneague. Sophomore Amy Fitterer, freshman Mallory Mott and senior Kayla Perno scored the goals.

Central Valley (3-1, 8 points), which had lost 3-2 on Wednesday to Shadle Park, bounced back with a 1-0 shootout win over Lewis and Clark to move into fifth place in league.

West Valley (1-3) got two goals each by Krystal McCarthy and Lindsay Hood during its initial, 10-0, win over Rogers.

Though U-Hi and CV have the shootout blemish, there’s still much to be determined in the GSL.

The Knights hosted Gonzaga Prep on Friday, the first of four straight arduous matches, and Ferris faces the Bullpups on Wednesday.

CV played Mt. Spokane, one of four teams that trail the Bears by two points, and still has U-Hi, Ferris and Prep among its foes.

The Titans have several tough matches left, including season-enders against EV and Ferris.

CV runners ranked

Central Valley’s boys cross country team is ranked ninth in state in the latest Washington State High School Coaches poll.

“It is the first ever for the Bears,” said coach John Preston.

The ranking was more for its narrow losses two weeks ago to Mt. Spokane and North Central, than this week’s sweep of 3A ranked West Valley, Rogers and Cheney.

They beat the Eagles handily, 19-43, placing seven runners among the top 10 and having their sixth runner done before WV’s second runner finished. Tyler Sturman, Matthew Simpson, Brandon Close and Nathan Damiano placed fourth-through-eighth, just 20 seconds apart.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Mead, Ferris and Mt. Spokane are the state’s top three 4A-ranked teams.

The Eagles are ranked eighth in 3A, behind GSL third-ranked North Central. Freeman’s boys (fourth) and girls (fifth) are also ranked in the state 1A and 1A/B polls.

CV’s girls also improved to 4-2 with three wins, Anna Layman beating WV’s Larsen Agee 19:55 to 20:29 in a race between two of the Greater Spokane League’s better individuals.

Volleyball teams bunched

The Valley’s four GSL volleyball teams are bunched between fifth and 11th places after the third week of competition.

They enter the second half of the league just two games apart with Central Valley at 4-2, University and West Valley at 3-3 and East Valley at 2-4.

U-Hi hosts EV next week as all four teams continue jockeying for postseason consideration.

Can’t get enough

After coaching local select girls fastpitch softball players, including their daughters, for 11 summers you’d think Duane and LaVonne Schreiber would be ready for a break.

Their youngest daughter Cassie, who pitched and played first base for East Valley, completed her high school career, and they figured the time was right.

“With her not playing in school anymore, I thought we were done,” Schreiber said. “I’m a glutton for punishment.”

Then the Schreibers discovered that the Amateur Softball Association has a 23U age division complete with national tournament. There are teams in Everett, Yakima, Seattle and Canada, Duane said, to offer potential summer for competition.

Their oldest daughter Kayla, who pitched EV to state in 2001, wanted to give it another go and it was an opportunity for the sisters to play together.

The result? The Schreibers are hoping to put together a team for play in 2006.

“A lot of kids in that age bracket, like Kayla, are playing slow pitch and not having any fun, so we’re going to give it a try,” Schreiber said.

The Schreibers are asking that women interested in playing fast pitch again contact them at 926-3003.

If interest is high enough they may consider creating a local league, Schreiber said.

They have gymnasium time available during the winter for conditioning and it will entail travel next summer.

Even if there wasn’t the opportunity to coach a 23U team, Schreiber said he’d probably remain involved in some manner, since his daughters are thinking about coaching a 10U team in the Spokane Girls Fastpitch Association where he has been a board member.

But the itch to continue coaching remains, particularly at the older age level, so a respite will have to wait.

“I think I’d go through withdrawals,” Duane said.

Liberty Lake 9s in tourney

Liberty Lake 9-Hole Women’s Club golfers have been involved in their club tournament, but this week involved them in medal play.

Karen Strauss was the leader of the pack with a first-flight low gross score of 45. Nancy Lampe netted 37.

Second and third flight winners Linda Saynow and Polly Soderquist both shot 56. Net winners were Carol Maycock with 36 in the former, Shirley Byus and Lee King with 40 in the latter.

Fourth flight winner was Sandy Maxwell with 70, while Jean Skredsvig netted 40. Lu Benjamin had a chip-in on the 10th hole.

Trailhead continues play

There was a tie for low gross lead again during most recent Trailhead Ladies Golf Club competition.

Marcia Rowley and Dee Elder shared A flight lead with 49. Elder had a chip-in.

Bev Johnson had 55 in B flight, Penny Brace shot 74 in C and Mary Ann Evans had 73 in no-handicap.

Net winners were Deanna Hauser with 36 in A flight, Sandi Hatcher with 31 in B and Grace Libby with 44 in C.

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