Kristin Hepton, who helped Central Valley win a state basketball championship as a junior before going to a standout career at the University of Portland, is among this year’s inductees into the Pilots’ Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony, part of the Alumni Reunion Weekend, is Thursday in the New Commons on the UP campus.
Hepton, a Greater Spokane League MVP, made the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team in 1996 and in the next three seasons was a first-team all-league selection. Her final two years she was the Pilots’ MVP.
She is second in career free-throw percentage (.851) at UP, third in 3-point percentage (.394), fourth in 3-pointers made (117), seventh in free throws made (292) and rebounds (649), eighth in steals (217), 10th in points (1,291) and 11th in assists (285).
She has the third- and fourth-best single seasons in 3-point percentage and is third, fifth and sixth in free-throw percentage. She also has a single-game record of nine steals.
Washington State University senior designated hitter Matt Fanelli is the recipient of the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete Award.
Fanelli, who hails from Olympia, compiled a 3.78 grade-point average in psychology.
He batted .318 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 47 runs batted in this season for the Cougars. He was All-Pac-10 honorable mention and a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third straight season.
•Track and field athlete Christy Borders and football player Jacob Kragt, who are both headed for professions in health care, have been selected as Eastern Washington University’s recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2009-10 school year.
The Scholar-Athlete Award recognizes and honors the “best of the best” of the conference’s nearly 3,000 student-athletes. One senior male and one senior female from each school in the conference are honored for their athletic and academic achievements. The award goes to seniors who have achieved outstanding success in the classroom as well as the playing field.
Borders and Kragt both graduated from Eastern earlier this month. Borders had a 3.97 GPA as a health service administration major. Kragt, a Ritzville High School graduate, had a 3.88 GPA as a biology/pre-med major.
On the track, Borders’ time of 12.01 in the 60-meter hurdles indoors is the second-fastest in school history. She qualified for Big Sky Conference competitions four times in her career.
As a senior, Kragt won the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association. He started all 12 games at defensive end in 2009.
• Ashley Durkee is the female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for May and Tyson McGuffin is the male honoree at Community Colleges of Spokane.
Durkey took third in the NWAACC tennis championships in No. 3 singles. The sophomore was 8-2 this season.
McGuffin won the conference championship in men’s No. 1 singles, finishing 12-0 and never losing a set. He teamed with Peter Brown to win the doubles title, with a 10-1 season record.
•University of Idaho director of athletics Rob Spear has been re-appointed to the NCAA Division I Legislative Council.
Spear, a member of the council since May 2008, will serve through April 2014.
A trio of Ferris Saxons have signed letters of intent to play football for the University of Montana-Western.
Headed to the Dillon, Mont., school are Pete Anderson, Nick Brown and Gage Orosco.
Kelsey Dutton of Deer Park has signed a letter of intent to play golf next year at Lewis-Clark State College. Dutton was a three-time All-Great Northern League selection.
Pitch, hit and run
Several area boys and girls qualified to participate in today’s Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship Competition today following the Mariners game at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Area competitors, all from North Idaho, are: Jonny Plum (boys 11-12, Hayden), Kodie Kolden (boys 9-10, Post Falls), Reilly Williams (girls 9-10, Coeur d’Alene), Madison Fernimen (girls 7-8, Dalton Gardens), Abby Howard (girls 11-12, Post Falls), and Kylie Rasmussen (girls 13-14, Dalton Gardens).
They will compete with other youths from Idaho, plus Washington, Oregon and Montana.
Two Greater Spokane League standouts have signed letters of intent to play for the Community Colleges of Spokane. First-team GSL left fielder, Elisabeth Roginski, from Shadle Park High School, and first-team shortstop, Regin Gallagher, from Mead, will join the Sasquatch in the fall.
“We are pleased to have signed two of the top players from the GSL,” said coach Janet Skaife. “Elisabeth hit .480 and finished in the top five in the GSL and Regin was an outstanding shortstop for Mead who has some pop in her bat.”
The North Park Racquet & Athletic Club of Spokane will have seven teams competing in the 2010 USTA League Pacific Northwest Section Championships – to be held June 27-30 in Sunriver, Ore.
The teams are: Super Senior Men’s 7.0, captained by Manuel Aquilar; Senior Men’s 4.0, captained by Ken Clement; Senior Men’s 3.0, captained by Alf Lismanis; Senior Men’s 3.0, captained by Kevin Kavanaugh; Senior Women’s 4.0, captained by Kristina Van Breda Kolff; Senior Women’s 3.5, captained by Cheryl Lepper; and Senior Women’s 3.0, captained by Teri Munson.
Track and field
Washington State University’s J eshua Anderson (men’s 400 hurdles), Anna Layman (women’s 800) and Marissa Tschida (women’s javelin) have been chosen to compete for the United States in the North American and Caribbean Championships July 9-11 in Miramar, Fla.
Linda Lanker, hurdles coach for the Community Colleges of Spokane and head track coach at Coeur d’Alene High School, is the sprints/hurdles coach for the men’s team, while former WSU athlete and current sprints/hurdles coach at Arizona, Francesca Green, is an assistant manager for the women’s team.
The University High School program is having a barbeque celebrating 20 years of U-Hi wrestling. It will be held at Brown’s Park (across from the high school) on Aug. 7, 1-5 p.m. RSVP to uhigh.titan.wrestling @gmail.com.
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