University basketball standout Hallie Gennett has decided to make two moves – one long term and one short term.
The long-term decision is an oral commitment to Sacramento State. The short-term decision is a move to Post Falls.
Gennett, a three-year starter at U-Hi, gave Sacramento State a commitment Sunday following a trip there last week. She canceled a similar trip to Idaho State.
“I felt it was the place for me,” Gennett said. “It’s a pretty campus.”
The 5-foot-11 Gennett, a first-team all-Greater Spokane League selection last year and second team the year before, averaged a team-leading 14.5 points per game last year as the Titans qualified for state.
When initially asked about her decision to leave U-Hi, Gennett declined to be specific.
“My parents don’t want me to talk about it until I’m at Post Falls,” Gennett said. “(U-Hi) wasn’t the place for me. There was a lot of drama and I want to have a good senior year.”
She will join three Spokane Stars teammates at Post Falls – Dani Failor, Brooke Litalien and Katie King.
Chris Williams (Moscow, Idaho) qualified for match play at the U.S. Amateur in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., shooting a 2-over par 73 on the Cherry Hills Course to tie for seventh in stroke play at 138.
Former Idaho Vandal Jarred Bosio didn’t qualify, carding a 79 to finish at 151.
• Colbert’s Sierra Bezdicek defeated Celia Beyke of Federal Way, Wash., 4 and 3 during the match play round of 16 at the 57th Pacific Northwest Junior Girls Amateur Championship at Sunland Golf and Country Club at Sequim, Wash.
Idaho received two first-place votes and was selected to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference coaches’ preseason poll.
The Vandals received 67 votes to trail only New Mexico State, the top choice with eight first-place votes and 79 points.
Senior middle blocker Alex Sele and junior outside hitter Allison (Walker) Baker made the All-WAC preseason team for the Vandals.
Gonzaga junior midfielder James Matern (Ferris High) and sophomore forward Clark Phillips have been named to the All-West Coast Conference preseason team, as voted by conference head coaches.
Gonzaga was picked for seventh place in the seven-team conference’s preseason poll.
• Washington was selected to finish third in the six-team Pac-12 Conference’s preseason poll, receiving one first-place vote and 17 points.
Washington State finished its tour of Australia with a 2-3 record after Monday’s 86-81 loss to the Cairns Taipans.
Brock Motum scored 41 points to lead the Cougars against Cairns.