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Local briefs: Whits’ Crimson Club grows ranks

The Whitworth University Crimson Club has approved four new members of the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame for induction in 2011.

The new members are former Whitworth athletes Sky Blake, Tiffany Speer, Jerry Tighe, and coach and administrator Warren Friedrichs.

Blake (class of 2001) was an AP Little All-American for the Pirates football team during his senior season in 2000. A defensive end, Blake led the Northwest Conference in total tackles (110), tackles per game (12.2) and added 15 tackles for 49 yards in losses. He was a D3football.com first-team All-American and the co-Defensive Player of the Year in the NWC.

Speer (class of 2005) retired as the second-leading scorer in Whitworth women’s basketball history. She finished her career with 1,707 points and set Pirates records for most points in a single game (48), single-season scoring average (21.1), and most free throws made (540) and attempted (698) in a career. She was a two-time NWC Player of the Year and two-time D3hoops.com third-team All-American.

Tighe (class of 1970) was an NAIA cross country and track and field All-American at Whitworth. He won three consecutive NAIA District cross country championships and finished as high as 11th at the NAIA national cross country championships. He became a three-time All-American in the 2-mile distance at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships between 1968-70 and also was a two-time All-American in the 3-mile race at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earning national runner-up in 1969.

Friedrichs has served a variety of key roles in the Whitworth athletics department, most notably as the men’s basketball coach from 1986-2001. He is the winningest coach in school history with a career record of 251-195. His teams won or shared five Northwest Conference titles and he led the Pirates to three national tournament appearances. More recently he resurrected the Pirates golf program, leading the men to four NWC titles (2005-07, 2010) and two national tournament appearances, while the women have claimed two NWC crowns (2009 and 2010) and reached the 2010 NCAA Division III tournament. Friedrichs also served the department as interim athletic director from October of 2009 through June of 2011, during which time the Pirates claimed a pair of NWC McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophies.

The class of 2011 will join a group of 71 individuals and seven teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery during a breakfast ceremony on Oct. 8. The class of 2011, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth-Pacific Lutheran football game that afternoon.

WSU Pioneers

Washington State University will induct 31 Pioneer Cougars into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 9-10. In addition, five Pioneer Teams have also been selected for induction.

WSU athletic director Bill Moos requested a large Pioneer class for this year. Pioneer athletes are men who competed for the Cougars prior to 1970 and women who competed before 1985.

The list of this year’s inductees include:  Harold Ahlskog, 1928-30 football; Rick Austin, 1967-68 baseball; Ed Barker, 1950-52 football; Ron Bennink, 1953-55 basketball; Gordie Brunswick, 1947-50 baseball and football; Carl Dietz, 1912-15 football and track; John Divine, 1925-27 track; Pete Duncan, 1969-70 baseball; Jack Elway 1953 football and coach; Bill Faller, 1946-48 baseball; Doug Flansburg, 1965-67 football; Dan Frisella, 1965-66 baseball; Dixie Garner, 1938-40 track; Doug Gibb, 1942-74 swimming coach and 1940-41 swimming; Boyd Gittins, 1967-69 track; Gordy Gladson, 1952-55 boxing; Jennifer Gray, 1972-75 basketball; Katie Gray 1974-77 basketball; Pat Haley, 1941-44 track; Bobby McGuire, 1948-50 baseball; Jack Melson, 1948-51 boxing; Bob Newman, 1956-58 football and 1957 baseball; Julie Newnam, 1976-80 skiing and biathlon; Carl O’Donnell, 1963-65 track; Dick Rall, 1956-58 boxing; Art Sandison, 1967-70 track; Karl Schlademan, 1927-40 track coach; Paul Swift, 1931-33 track; Bill Tomaras, 1948-59 wrestling coach; Laurie Turner, 1976-79 basketball, and Joanne Washburn, 1965-82 administrator.

Teams being inducted include the 1915 and 1930 Rose Bowl football teams, the 1917 national championship basketball team, the 1937 national championship boxing team, and the 1941 NCAA runner-up basketball team.

The induction ceremonies will take place Sept. 9 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane.  The schedule will include a no-host social (4:30-6 p.m.) in the Elizabethan Room, prior to the Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony from 6-9 p.m. in the Pennington Ballroom.

For additional information or to purchase tickets to the event, contact Heidi Clarke with WSU Athletics at (509) 335-0336 or heidi. kittelmann@wsu.edu.

The 31 new honorees and five teams join the current 120 members of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Baseball

Right-handed pitcher Sean-Luke Brija of Reno, Nev., was signed to play baseball for Gonzaga University. Brija was also a utility player at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School.

Golf

University of Idaho senior Kayla Mortellaro shot a closing-round 69 to win the Cactus Tour stop at Chandler, Ariz. She won with a 54-hole score of 209.

Hockey

Canada’s national men’s summer under-18 team has won the gold medal at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament (formerly the Junior World Cup), defeating Sweden 4-1 in Saturday’s gold medal game in Breclav, Czech Republic. Spokane Chiefs’ head coach Don Nachbaur served as an assistant on Canada’s staff. No Chiefs were on the roster.

Softball

Linfield college junior Emilee Lepp of Colville has been chosen the 2011 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year for NCAA Division III. The award was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Lepp helped lead Linfield to the national championship in finishing with the 11th-best batting average in the nation at .497 while also leading the country in home runs with 29. She was the Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player, plus an all-West Region and NFCA All-America selection

Soccer

Spokane Shine midfielder Marissa Mykines, a Mead HS graduate who plays at the University of Illinois, was chosen to the All-Pacific Conference second team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

• Central Valley graduate John Palladino who played at Gonzaga University returns to the Bulldogs as an assistant coach. He replaces Mike Thompson who became director of coaching for the Coeur d’Alene Sting. Palladino graduated from GU in 2007.

Swimming

Idaho Vandals swimming and diving coach Mark Sowa, who joined the Vandals last month, has rounded out his staff with the addition of swimming assistant Ashley Jahn and diving coach Chelsea Oates. Jahn is a 2003 graduate of the Air Force Academy and later earned her master’s degree at the University of Tennessee. She comes to Idaho after one season at the University of Nevada. Oates is a 2011 graduate of Oakland University and comes to Idaho from Ohio Northern University, where she served as the recruiting coordinator.

Track and field

Morgan Romey (Freeman HS) and Justin Graff (Mead/University of Montana) are among the newcomers to the Eastern Washington University track and field program.

Romey placed second in the State 1A meet in the shot put and discus. Graff, finished fifth for Montana in the javelin at the Big Sky outdoor championships. As a transfer, he will had to sit out one season.

Other newcomers include:

Keisa Monterola, the Venuzuelan national record holder in the women’s pole vault at 14-2 1/2 in placing first at Clackamas CC at the NWAACC championships where she also place first in the long jump; and Katrina Chamberlain of La Center, Wash., who plans to compete in the decathlon and was a two-time high jump champion at the State 1A meets in 2009 and 2011.

Also: distance runners Berenice Penaloza of Eisenhower HS in Yakima and Katie Mahoney of Richland HS, thower Max Pratt of Auburn, Wash., sprinter Brad Michael of Vancouver, Wash., and hurler/pole vaulter Nick Stearns of Pahrump, Nev.

Miscellany

Danielle Beltrame, from Mount Spokane High School, has won a National Leadership Grant sponsored by NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the National Football League Players Association. The grant is awarded to student athletes who qualify based on leadership in their community, academic achievement, athletics and a required essay written by the student athlete.

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