Tom Griggs, who has been all over the state of Washington coaching high school football, has been named head coach at Riverside.
A Montesano graduate, Griggs played two years at Washington State University and was on teams that went to the Sun Bowl and Rose Bowl. His collegiate career was cut short because of a back injury.
Griggs began coaching at Pullman where he was the offensive and defensive line coach from 2003-05. He moved on to Mountain View in Vancouver, serving as defensive line coach for two years. He was at River Ridge from 2006-11 serving as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. He was head coach for one year last fall at Rochester.
• Sandpoint has hired former St. George’s girls basketball coach Bill Bender as its girls coach.
Bender, 63, is retired from teaching and lives near Sandpoint. He was head coach at St. George’s from 2002-06 and before that was an assistant at Lakeside (Nine Mile) for eight years.
• Don Dudley will return for a third stint as boys basketball coach at Moscow.
He was head coach from 1994-99 and from 2000-03. Moscow won a state title under Dudley in 1997.
The East/West All-Star game will be June 30 in Everett.
Nine players from the Greater Spokane League are on the East roster. They are: Drew Sharkey, Kurtis Karstetter and Cole Lemer of Ferris; Gaven Deyarmin, Alex Jacot and Tyler Connors of Central Valley; Zach Bruce and Alex Deutsch of University; and Max Kelly of Gonzaga Prep.
CV coach Rick Giampietri will assist Steve Kizer of Skyview.
• A pair of Deer Park football players will continue playing at schools in Montana.
Jason Jorgensen, a running back/linebacker, has committed to Rocky Mountain College in Billings and Zach Mohr, a wide receiver/defensive back, has committed to the University of Montana-Western in Dillon.
A handful of area athletes fared well at the Border Duel Classic at Lewis & Clark College in Portland on June 2.
Lake City’s Leanne Asper won the 400 meters, winning in 56.96 seconds – her personal best this year.
Asper also took third in the 2,000 steeplechase (7:42.53)
Aaron Castle of Newport, who is headed to the University of Arizona, won the shot put (62 feet, 7¾ inches) and discus (165-0).
Anandae Clark of Lakeside won the pole vault (12-3).
Other placers were: Arielle Walden of Newport in the triple jump (third, 36-4¾), 100 hurdles (fourth, 15.41) and long jump (fourth, 17-1½); Braden Barranco of Newport in pole vault (sixth, 14-3); Summer Goodwin of Lewis and Clark (eighth in the 1,500, 4:04.44); Joel Estelle of Lewis and Clark in the 2,000 steeplechase (third, 6:10.95); Zion Stuffle of Lewiston in the 110 hurdles (fourth, 15.22) and 300 hurdles (fifth, 39.43); and Kyle Powell of Lakeside in the triple jump (second, 44-1) and long jump (fifth, 20-9¾).
Chandler Rogers of Mead, a junior to be, won a national championship June 1 in Greco in the FILA Cadet Freestyle and Greco Nationals held at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Fieldhouse at the University of Akron (Ohio).
Rogers won at 167.5 pounds. He went 6-0 with four pins and two technical falls. In the championship final Rogers won with a pin in 10 seconds. He was named the outstanding wrestler. He needed just 1 minute, 25 seconds for his four pins. He earned a position on the FILA Cadet World Team that will compete at the 2012 FILA Cadet World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, later this summer.
Joe Grabel of Deer Park, a junior to be, took fifth in Greco at 138.75 pounds. He was 6-2. One of his losses came to 2011 FILA Cadet World Team member Hayden Tuma of Idaho. Tuma won the national title at the weight.
Tyler McLean of Mead, a senior to be, went 2-2 at 167.5 pounds and was one win away from a top-six finish.
In freestyle, Rogers lost in overtime in the semifinals. Then in the match for third and fourth, he had to injury default because of a swollen ear.
Grabel and McLean each won matches but did not place.
Two Coeur d’Alene-area teams qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV (West) championships.
The Coeur d’Alene Gold U-14 girls and the Coeur d’Alene Sting Gold U-15 girls are headed to regionals, June 18-24 in Phoenix.
The Lakeland Soccer Club is sending its first team to the regional President’s Cup in Denver Tuesday through Sunday. The U-13 Lakeland Nighthawks Cater team took second at the Idaho State Cup over Memorial Day weekend.
Lakeland lost 4-3 in overtime to Boise’s Super Nova team after leading 3-2 with 2 minutes to go in regulation.
Michele Strauss (Ferris) pitched a no-hitter, striking out seven, to lead the Spokane Dawgs to the 16-U championship in the Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association Invitational on June 3 at the Dwight Merkel Complex with a 6-0 victory over the Spokane Mudhens.
The Dawgs backed Strauss, who walked one and faced just 23 batters, with a trio of two-run home runs – by Alyssa Novak (Shadle Park) in the third inning, Tamiya Tisdale (North Central) in the fourth and Kendra Bruno (University) in the seventh.
The Kelowna (B.C.) Heat defeated Spokane Diamonds Black 9-7 for the championship of the 18-U division.
For a second straight summer, the Central Valley girls won the Wenatchee Tournament going 5-0 and beating Chelan in the championship game.
Last weekend, CV went 4-2 at the Gonzaga Tournament. The Bears beat Moses Lake, Centennial of Meridian, Idaho, Big Sky of Billings and Freeman and losing to Mead and Rocky Mountain of Meridian, Idaho.