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Engstrom’s big day includes JBT victory

The pins were falling Bryce Engstrom’s way during the Junior Bowlers Tour stop at Sunset Lanes in Coeur d’Alene last Sunday.

Engstrom not only had the day’s high game, a 279, but also the top four-game series, a 961 that helped him leap from ninth into first place going into the five-bowler finals. He capped his day by winning the title with a 224-205 decision over Syafiq Fuller.

Dalton Shears finished third, Thomas Locke fourth and Chris Gray, who led after the first round of qualifying, fifth.

April McDonough had high game for the girls, a 202.

The next JBT is Feb. 15 at Fun Spot at Fairchild Air Force Base.

College scene

Senior libero Mandy Daniels from University High and junior outside hitter Hayley Hills were named co-most valuable players on Eastern Washington’s Big Sky Conference regular-season volleyball champions.

It’s Hills’ second straight MVP honor.

Other awards went to sophomore middle blocker Allison Reinstein, most improved; junior setter Amanda Yausie, most inspirational; junior setter Ashley Hamilton, Eagle Award; and senior outside hitter Chelsea Ross, teammate of the year. The Eagles also were honored for their 3.55 team grade-point average.

•Montana State junior Nick Atwood from East Valley, who clocked 8 minutes, 15.80 seconds in a runaway victory in the 3,000 meters at the Montana State Open, was named Big Sky Conference men’s track athlete of the week last week. His time qualified him for the BSC meet and is 8 seconds shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying time.

•Eight area athletes are among the conference-best 48 from Eastern Washington to earn Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors for the fall with GPAs of 3.20 or better.

Eagles honored by sport:

Football – Alexis Alexander, senior, Medical Lake; Jacob Kraft, junior, Ritzville; Matt Martin, sophomore, LaCrosse; J.C. Sherritt, so., Pullman; and Marcus Walker, sr., Pullman.

Women’s cross country – Stephanie Dye, freshman, Riverside; and Brittney Williams, fr., Colville.

Soccer – Abby Jensen, sr., Sandpoint.

•Two Montana football players, freshman Alex Shaw from Lewis and Clark and sophomore Erik Stoll from Sandpoint, were Big Sky Conference All-Academic selections.

Golf

Travis Johnsen, a senior at Wilsonville, Ore., has signed a letter of intent to attend Gonzaga University, Bulldogs men’s coach Robert Gray announced.

Johnsen was all-state each of the past two seasons when he had top-eight finishes in the Oregon 5A tournament.

Soccer

Meghan Berlingo, a goalkeeper who played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Florida, has transferred to Washington State and will begin competition next fall, Cougars coach Matt Potter announced.

From Massapequa, N.Y., Berlingo had 29 starts, posting a 22-2-1 record with a 0.48 goals-against average at Florida.

Kerry Moller, a junior at Moscow High and a forward on the U17 Spokane Shadow girls premier team, has again been included on the 2010 Top 100 Women list by Top Drawer Soccer. She’s listed at No. 95 after being as high as 71.

Softball

Three area athletes signed letters of intent to play at North Idaho College, coach Don Don Williams announced.

Slated to join the Cardinals are Alyssa Erickson, a three-time All-Greater Spokane League pitcher from Central Valley; Brittany Amende, a three-time All-Intermountain League middle infielder from Timberlake; and Shelby Gonzales, an All-Big Nine Conference catcher from Moses Lake.

Compiled from staff, wire and news service reports.
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